Easter Holidays 2014
From Bunnies & BBQs to Boating & Bearded Dragons! - how to make the most of the Easter four-day break & school holidays in Swindon
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!
Crafty Easter Eggstravaganza!
Friday 18 April
FREE Good Friday fun in The Parade with an Easter egg hunt, basket decorating and rabbit face painting.
Easter Eggs Galore at Thorntons!
There is something for everyone this Easter at Thorntons - you can even go the extra mile with a personal message iced onto your favourite egg for FREE!
Meet the Easter Bunny with Eggs-tra!
The cost is £4.50 per child for a visit with the Easter Bunny and includes an Easter Egg, certificate and a photo opportunity.
The garden is open daily: 11.45am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11.45am – 4.00pm Sunday.
Easter breakfast & story-telling
You can also book a Breakfast session with the Easter Bunny at Mrs Allison’s Bakery on the upper level of The Plaza from 15th – 19th April 10am – 11.30am daily.
Breakfast includes a sandwich, drink, bunny cookie making and storytelling for £9.75.
To reserve a place call 01793 487150, 07909 505559 or call in to Mrs Allison’s Bakery.
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 Egg Hunt at The Royal Oak, Bishopstone
Easter Sunday, 20 April
The Royal Oak is planning to lay 100 organic eggs in the Eastbrook valley - with ten fancy fancy ones to find! There are also tractor and trailer ride too!
Both the egg hunt and pub will be busy so please book.
Easter Egg Hunt at Purton Organics
Saturday 12 April
Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with us on the farm, and the kids can join in our eggs-citing Easter egg hunt!
The Farm Shop will be open 9am-4pm on Saturday 12th April and, as usual, bursting with local goodies and treats; plus there will be farm and woodland walks to explore, animals to meet (the chickens and pigs are particularly inquisitive), and hot drinks, snacks, lunches and cakes to enjoy. Entry is FREE.
Easter Family Fun Day
The Crown at Broad Hinton
Saturday 19 April
Children's meals are also 2-for-1 throughout the Easter holidays 05-21 April too.
Great Lydiard Park Easter Trail
Sunday 20 April
11am to 5pm
Easter Egg Trail at STEAM Museum
05 - 21 April
Children will love this fun trail through the museum which is especially designed to appeal to children of all ages!
And if you come to STEAM between Good Friday and Easter Monday, there will be a small chocolate prize at the end!
Easter Egg Hunt
Town Gardens, Old Town
Sat 19 April
10am - Noon
Every child gets an egg and is entered into a draw for a big egg! £1.50 per child.
Easter Coffee Morning
Lawn Community Centre
Monday 14 April, 9.30am - 11.30am
A special Easter-themed coffee morning, with tea/coffee & a hot-cross bun for just £1! There's also a raffle to be drawn.
The Swindon Designer Outlet are hosting a series of beauty, styling and fashion events every weekend this month.
Hair & Beauty Weekend
12th - 13th April
11 am - 4 pm
Visit the beauty pod inside the main entrance for mini nail, shape and polish from Tutta Bella, the Centre's very own beauty salon plus hair styling from The Hair Group.
The Body Shop Relaxation Weekend
19th - 20th April
11 am - 4 pm
Take a break and chill out in the relaxation zone courtesy of The Body Shop. Receive a mini hand massage and learn about their latest beauty products.
26th - 27th April
11 am - 4 pm
Looking for some mini style and colour inspiration? Visit one of the Centre's stylists for some top seasonal tips and colour inspiration.
Good Friday 10am – 6pm
Easter Saturday 10am – 7pm
Easter Sunday 10am – 5pm*
Easter Monday 10am – 6pm
*Please note that there will be no farmers market on Easter Sunday at the Designer Outlet
Plus Polo Ralph Lauren, Clarks, GAP, John Lewis, Nike, Suit Direct, Next and Marks and Spencer will also be closed on Sunday due to trading laws.
What better time than Easter - if the sun's out - than enjoying the countryside in and around Swindon.
Saturday 19 April, 10am - Noon
Get your wellies on and spend the morning in a Ranger’s shoes, and learn what skills you need to prepare yourself for this rewarding and exciting vocation. Suitable for children aged 10 to 16 accompanied by an adult.
A Grand Day Out!
Horsin' About in Lambourn
Betfair Lambourn Open Day
Friday 18 April
A really great day out for all the family. Exlpore the stables, meet the famous horses and jockeys and enjoy the fun and games.
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 'World of Music' so there'll be plenty of bands, singers and composers dotted around, with prizes to be won!
For more information contact John Storey on 01793 861305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
Friday 18 April - Monday 21 April
Enjoy a steam train ride and visit the Easter Bunny handing out Easter Eggs in his specially decorated grotto.
Adult - £9, Child (inc egg) - £9, Senior - £8, Family of 2 children and 2 adults - £32.
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.
Or for something a bit faster!...
If you think you've got the next Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button on your hands, then let your little speed-demons put their racing skills to the test at Swindon Karting all over Easter.
£20 Tuesdays & £5 Fridays throughout the Easter holidays
Swindon Karting are open throughout the Easter school holidays with their Fiver Fridays deal where kids & adults can enjoy a 7 minute session for just £5 available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays too + £20 Tuesdays.
Otters, Meerkats & Bearded Dragons in Swindon
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 a mini beats including snakes & a bearded dragon!
Their outdoor animal paddock includes otters, meerkats, ducks, geese, rabbits and goats.
The next door craft village is also a great place to explore.
Studley Grange Spring Update 2014
05 April - 21 April
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's Craft Sessions offer visitors the opportunity to snip, stick and decorate Easter cards, pictures and fluffy chicks to take home.
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.
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.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
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
Bank Holiday Monday
21 April 2014, 3.00pm
STFC v Bradford
Town take on Bradford City at the County Ground on Bank Holiday Monday as they bid to keep their play-off dream alive.
Golf Open Weekend
Good Friday to Easter Sunday
Golfers always say Easter is the start of the golf season, so how about getting into the swing this weekend?
Broome Manor golf club is having an Open Weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday, where you can try out their facilities completely FREE.
Bowmoor Sailing Club Open Day
Saturday 12 April
If you wish to try sailing for FREE a trip to the Bomoor Sailing Club just outside Lechlade will be worth it Saturday, 12th April 2014.
Between 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m, s ailing instructors will be on hand to take you out on their new lake and show you the ropes.
Easter on Horse Back!
At Rein & Shine with riding games, lessons & competitions
08, 10, 15 & 17 April
Rein & Shine, the new riding centre in Braydon just outside Swindon, is holding four Easter Pony Days.
And there's lot on offer!
- Grooming & Platting
- Full length group riding lesson
- Stable routines and rugging
- Riding games & competitions
> Rein & Shine - website
Or On Two Wheels?
FREE Family Orienteering
Why now explore Swindon and try some FREE family family on two wheels this Easter?
Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are providing FREE orienteering activity packs from local leisure centres and Central library throughout this week.
There's three 7-mile routes to choose from in and around Swindon so even the unfittest mums & dads can have a go!
From Pirate Gran's to Peter Pan!
Wyvern & Swindon Arts Centre
Family fun this April in Swindon.
Book online at www.swindontheatres.co.uk and print your tickets at home.
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 Alton Towers, London Eye, Cadbury World, Eden Project, Legoland and many more.
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.
At The Movies!
Bowl 'Em Over!
Always good fun - a couple of hours letting it rip at the bowing alley.
Have a blast over the Easter weekend - quite literally. Enormous fun and thankfully open on Easter Monday until 9pm.
Little ones always like an indoor game - but the lounge is not always the best place!
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!
Plus you can get FREE entry with us here at SwindonWeb - just follow the link below!
Comedy & Live Music
Thursday 17 April 2014
Start the Easter break with a laugh at Riffs Bar Comedy Night on the Thursday night.
Featuring Headliner - Ivo Graham
Opener - Kate Lucas
Plus support from:
Bisha K Ali and Rick Murtagh
Compered by Steven Scott
To add to a great evening food is available including the Tapas menu.
Comedy Night at Cricklade House Hotel
Back by popular demand! A good laugh on Good Friday with 4 acts, compere, curry & disco.
£14.95 per person
Felix and The Funk
20 at The Kings
This must be the gig of the weekend if it's fun & funk you're after. This is a seriously good band!
The Harrow Inn
Easter Sunday, 8pm
The Plough, Old Town
Craft ales and Easter Sunday afternoon jazz with the acclaimed guitarist Trefor Owen Trio from 3.00-5.30pm.
The Sun Inn, Coate Water
Plus live music at Holmes Music
Easter Saturday & Sunday
Throughout Easter Saturday & Sunday at Holmes Music in Faringdon Road featuring Sam Brookes, Bataleurs, Erin Bardwell, Ethemia & more as part of Record Store Day.
What better than a great British roast on Easter Sunday - followed by a family walk in the country. We've guides for both.
Or how about this!...
A Night of Smokey Delights
Bunch of Swines
One of Swindon's best-kept secrets, the people at Bunch of Swines are world beaters - quite literally - when it comes to BBQ'ing.
And after the success of last year's pop up restaurant idea, they are bringing it back this Easter at the Regent Hotel.
WIN 2 TICKETS
Tickets are £18 per person and the food on offer looks incredible - buffalo wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs and more.
There will be 2 sittings: 1pm & 6pm
And best of all, we've 2 tickets to give away in a competition.
Just follow the link to enter.
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.
We interviewed Father David McConkey SSC about the true meaning of Easter as part of The Swindon Show, recorded in 2012.