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Easter Holidays 2017 

From Bunny Chases to Car Boots, Bands to Biking! - how to make the most of the Easter four-day break & school holidays in Swindon...

Easter in Swindon:
Plenty to do
Just when we've all recovered from the festive onslaught that is Christmas, it's hard to believe that the time for big cuddly bunny rabbits and chocolate eggs is virtually upon us!
To keep you busy we've put together our guide of what's happening over Easter in Swindon. So read on!
In the Town Centre
The Brunel
Visit The Easter Bunny
Monday 10 - Saturday 15 April, between 11.00am & 3.00pm
Children will have the opportunity to meet the cheeky Easter Bunny in the upper level of The Plaza between 11am and 3pm.

There will also be an opportunity to enter an Easter 'Punny' competition to win a clutch of Easter goodies! Simply share the Brunel's Facebook post, then comment with your best Easter pun!

Easter Egg Trails
Pretend you want some Sunday morning exercise, and then ask your kids to come with you! Tell them it's an Easter Egg hunt, and they'll say yes.

Easter Trail at the Swindon Designer Outlet
Until 23 April

Spot the Easter surprises around the Centre to receive a free Lindt treat from 10th - 23rd April.

Simply visit the Guest Services desk to pick up an Easter Trail Activity Workbook - then follow the Easter trail around the Centre, where there are Easter surprises in store windows, with delicious prizes on offer! Plus, if you share your Easter Trail experience on Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #HopAndShopSwindon, there's a chance to win a £150 gift card for the Centre!

Easter Egg Hunt at The Royal Oak, Bishopstone
Easter Sunday, 16 April, 10.30am - 1.00pm
The annual Royal Oak Easter egg hunt is loved by children and adults alike.

There will be a tractor and trailer ride to the hunt.

The cost is £5.00 per car/family.
Both the egg hunt and pub will be busy so please book in advance.
Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
Saturday 22 April, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Come and celebrate the arrival of spring on the farm, meet the new lambs, plus the athe kids can join in with an eggs-citing Easter egg hunt!
The treasure hunt costs £2.00 per child.


Great Lydiard Park Easter Trail
Sunday 16 April 2017
10.00am to 4.00pm

Hop into Easter at Lydiard Park! The trail begins at the Coach House Activity Centre and you’ll travel round the lakes, woodlands and lawns. Search for clues hidden around the park to claim your Easter surprise.

£4.00 per child.

STEAM Museum
25 March - 09 April, 10.00am - 5.00pm

This Easter holiday the Museum is bursting with things to see and do for all the family!

Among story-telling displays, you’ll find legendary steam locomotives, including King George V and City of Truro, a train simulator, interactive Signal Box and oodles of hands-on exhibits.

Special Easter Holiday Activities

Bigger, Better, Faster! (Age guide: 6-12 yrs)
13 April, 11.00am-3.00pm (Drop-in) activity

King George V, built in 1927, was larger and more powerful than earlier locomotives.

Join our challenge to make a car and try to get onto our leader board for the furthest distance travelled!

Old News - New Inventions! (Age guide: 6-12 yrs)
20 April, 11.00am-3.00pm (Drop-in) activity

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of King George V, which was built in 1927, we are looking at old inventions and creating new ones!

Our friendly learning team will give you some creative ideas as we celebrate 'the King's 90th Birthday

> Steam Museum - website

Out in the country
What better time than Easter - if the sun's out - than enjoying the countryside in and around Swindon.
A Grand Day Out!
Betfair Lambourn Open Day
Friday 14 April 2017
A really great day out for all the family. Explore the stables, meet the famous horses and jockeys and enjoy the fun and games.
Lambourn Open Day
> Lambourn Open Day - website

How about a car boot?
Sunday 16 April 2017

Easter is often a good time to pickup a bargain at a car boot sale, especially with the Dauntsey Car Boot Sale starting up again on Easter Sunday!

PLUS: Don't forget the Market & Car Boot Sale at Blunsdon Indoor Market too - every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.

Dauntsey Car Boot - website

Scarecrow Trail
Highworth Scarecrow Trail
Highworth Scarecrow Trail
08 April - 23 April
This trail is becoming a real Easter tradition, so why not join in and look around this lovely market town and see who you can spot.
The theme this year is 'The Movies'

Entry forms will be available in the week before the trail begins from the Lighthouse Bookshop, Allen & Harris, the Saracen’s Head Hotel and the Goldfinger Tavern.

For more information please call 01793 764614 or e-mail highworthscarecrows@talktalk.net
All aboard!
Swindon & Cricklade Railway

The Easter Egg-Spress!
Friday 14 April - Monday 17 April 2017
Enjoy a steam train ride and visit the Easter Bunny handing out Easter Eggs in his specially decorated grotto.

FREE chocolate egg for each child.

Coate Water Minature Railway
Trains are running all four days over Easter: Good Friday to Bank Holiday Monday, 11am to 5pm.
Just one of the many reasons to visit Coate Water with all the family, voted Swindon's favourite place.
Meet the Animals
Lambs, Otters and Meerkats in Swindon
Studley Grange
If Easter Weekend has a spot of rain, don't worry! Get a taste of the tropics at Studley Grange. They've got hundreds of butterflies flying about plus loads more to see and do including a display of mini beats including snakes!
Their outdoor animal paddock includes new-born lambs, otters, meerkats, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.
The next door craft village is also a great place to explore.

WATCH VIDEO: Meet Barny the Barn Owl this Easter at Studley Grange

Roves Farm

Easter Bunny Chase and Much, Much More!
08 April - 23 April 2017
10.30am - 5.00pm
FREE Tractor and Trailer Rides will take visitors on an adventure to find the Easter Bunny for the ever popular Easter Bunny Chase - rumour has it, he has learnt some new tricks!
Children can also make Easter masks and fluffy chicks in the craft area!

As you'd expect at Easter, the lambs will be running around the farm, and there are plenty of chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits in Pets Corner for visitors to hold and stroke.
101 Things To Do In Swindon - Roves Farm

The Manor Farm Estate, Lechlade

Situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Manor Farm Estate in Lechlade offers fun for all the family.

From their friendly farmyard animals to mountain biking, swimming, nature trails & more...

> Manor Farm - website
Butts Farm, South Cerney
Open from Easter to the end of September every year, Butts Farm always has plenty of hands-on activities going on incl. goat milking, bottle feeding, pony rides and chance to meet all of farm's rare breeds pigs and piglets.
And for Easter Sunday lunch why not pop in to the Butts Farm shop afterwards and take your pick of their award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken, perfect for a family roast.
> Butts Farm - website

Cotswold Wildlife Park
Take your cheeky monkeys somewhere they can really run wild! Open all year round with fun activities to do and lots of animals to see.

Catch the animals at feeding time, jump around in the play area or take a train ride around the park.
Come On You Reds!

Swindon Town Football Club
Friday 14 April, 3.00pm
STFC v AFC Wimbledon

Town take on AFC Wimbledon at the County Ground as they try to keep their League One future.
Swindon Speedway
Sunday 16 April, 5.00pm start
They're revved up and ready to go at the Abbey for the second home Elite League clash of the season against Poole Pirates.

Easter on Horse Back!
At Rein & Shine with riding games, lessons & competitions
Tuesday 11 April 2017

Pony days at Rein & Shine Swindon
Rein & Shine, the popular riding centre in Braydon just outside Swindon, is holding an Easter Pony Day.

And there's lot on offer!

- Grooming & Platting
- Full length group riding lesson
- Stable routines and rugging
- Riding games & competitions

> Rein & Shine - website

Junior Golf Coaching
Basset Down Golf Course & Driving Range
11th, 13th & 18th April

Suitable for children aged 5-16, the Junior Golf Coaching at Basset Down this Easter is a great way of getting into the great outdoors.

Practice putting, chipping and bunkers, take part in a long drive challenge, design your own course and more!

2 hours coaching costs £12.00 which includes free squash and sweet treats.

> Basset Down - website

Theatre Time!
Dick & Dom Live
Wyvern Theatre
Tuesday 18 April 2017, 2.00pm & 6.00pm

The legends of Children’s TV, Dick and Dom are about to be unleashed on Swindon!

Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet, the performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches.

Dinosaur World
Wyvern Theatre
Wednesday 19 - Thursday 20 April

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new for show all the family (ages 3+).

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few!

Alice in Wonderland
Swindon Arts Centre
Friday 21 April 2017, 1.00pm & 4.30pm
Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as-a-bat-Hatter!

Barnes Coaches
Easter Holiday Day Trips
We understand if all the entertainment in Swindon is a little overwelming. So why not get away with for a day trip to the likes of London Zoo, Bognor Regis, Alton Towers, Monkey World and many more.

Thamesdown Transport
Easter Bus Services
With two bank holidays, please be aware of alterations to the bus timetable over the Easter period.

Best of all though, a family of 5 can travel around Swindon all day for just £5!

Visit the Thamesdown Transport website for more information.


In Case it Rains

At The Movies!
Local Cinemas

Popcorn, Pepsi and Pick 'n Mix. Surely everyone's dream. All you need now is the right movie!

And with 3 cinemas, 25 screens and usually over 30 films on every week, Swindon is one great place to enjoy a movie!

Bowl 'Em Over!
Always good fun - a couple of hours letting it rip at the bowing alley.

Clue HQ

Swindon’s most recent addition to the escape game market opens it’s doors to the public this week in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Initially launching with two exciting escape rooms; ‘Bunker 38’ - participants find themselves trapped in a nuclear fall out shelter, with the oxygen supply about to run out they have only 60 minutes to escape! ‘The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun’ - a journey deep within a cursed Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb, on a expedition to find the Cluetan Crystal.

Each room requires you to work as a team (2-6 people), to solve a series of clues, puzzles and locks to unearth the story in order to escape within the 60-minute time limit. The rooms feature a high level of theming typically only found on a Hollywood film set and special effects to fully immerse you in the experience.

Clue HQ - website

Have a blast over the Easter weekend - quite literally. Enormous fun and thankfully open on Easter Monday until 9pm.
Indoor Play!
Little ones always like an indoor game - but the lounge is not always the best place!
.... And For Maturing Kids!
We haven't forgotten that Easter's all about the children, bunny rabbits, chocolate eggs and quality family time.... but, of course, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
So try fitting in these events in between the lunches and egg hunts just to redress the balance!
Easter At The Dogs!
Easter at Swindon Greyhounds. You might not see an Easter bunny at Swindon Greyhounds this Easter – but you will see a hare!

Live Music
20 at The Kings

Easter Sunday

The Plough, Old Town
Craft ales and Easter Sunday afternoon jazz with the Pasquale Votino Trio from 3.00-5.30pm.

Eating Out

Easter Lunch
What better than a great British roast on Easter Sunday - followed by a family walk in the country. We've guides for both.
Easter Goodies!
For an exquisite range of Easter gift ideas, there's one shop you must visit - The Christmas Shop in Lechlade. No, we haven't gone mad! They actually sell much more than Father Christmas figures and festive wooden toys, especially at this time of year.
And finally....

The True Meaning of Easter
We interviewed Father David McConkey SSC about the true meaning of Easter as part of The Swindon Show, recorded in 2012.

Happy Easter!
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