Easter Holidays 2015
From Bunny Chases to Car Boots, Bands to Biking! - 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!
Meet Shaun the Sheep
Wednesday 01 April - Thursday 02 April, from 10.30am
If you´re shopping for Easter baaaaagains this coming Easter, why not come to The Brunel and meet your favourite character!
Fresh from his flockbuster movie, Shaun the Sheep will be at The Brunel in The Arcade opposite That's Entertainment and Cargo at intervals starting at 10.30am daily.
Easter Fun at The Entertainer!
Brunel Centre, Swindon
26 March - 22 April 2015
From Thursday 26th to Wednesday 22nd April The Entertainer will be holding a series of fun easter events!
In-Store Easter Egg Hunt
Find all the eggs hidden in the store. One overall winner will receive a £100 Entertainer Gift Card and one winner per store will receive an Easter Egg! You will even receive a special certificate for taking part!
Easter activity sheet
Can you find all the Easter words in the word search or help the chick out the egg? Take home a free A3 Activity sheet to help keep your little ones amused.
DreamWorks Home Activity sheet
Can you find Oh or help crack the code? Pick up a free double-sided activity sheet and poster in store.
There will also be a number of competitions to win Play-Doh Prize bundles, and much more.
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, 05 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 The Sun Inn
Sunday 29 March 2015, 11.00am
The annual Sun Inn egg hunt takes place on Sunday 29th March at 11.00am. Why not come along and help raise money for charity!
Easter Car Boot Sale & Farm Open Day
Saturday 11 April, 10.00am - 4.00pm
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 10.00am-4pm on Saturday 11th April and, as usual, bursting with local goodies and treats; plus there will be animals to meet, farm walks, a bouncy castle and more!
Easter Family Fun Day
The Crown at Broad Hinton
Saturday 04, Sunday 05 & Monday 06 April
The Crown at Broad Hinton will be holding a "clue trail" easter egg hunt on the 4th, 5th and 6th April.
The Sunday carvery will also be available from 12.00pm right through until 5.00pm on Sunday 5th April although early booking is advised.
Stanton House Hotel Easter Fun Day
Monday 06 April 2015, 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Stanton House will be holding a free event this easter featuring an easter egg hunt, face painting, craft stalls, childrens entertainment and more!
Great Lydiard Park Easter Trail
Sunday 05 April
10.00am to 4.00pm
Spring Trail at STEAM Museum
28 March - 12 April, 10.00a - 5.00pm
This holiday, take up the challenge of the STEAM Spring Trail!
The trail is included in the STEAM Spring Goody Bag (costs £3.00 in addition to STEAM admission) and also includes a bouncy ball and extra activities for you to do at home. Ideal for children under six years.
Children's Crafts For Easter
Lawn Community Centre
03 April - 06 April, Afternoons
Special craft sessions for young children and mums. Please see the website for further information.
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 03 April 2015
A really great day out for all the family. Exlpore the stables, meet the famous horses and jockeys and enjoy the fun and games.
28 March - 12 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 'Fairytales and Fables'
The trail sheets are on sale from Monday 23 March and are available from The Lighthouse Bookshop, Saracens Head Hotel, Reg Skull Motors and the Scarecrow Trail HQ at 28 High Street.
For more information please call 01793 764614 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
03-06 April 2015
Enjoy a steam train ride and visit the Easter Bunny handing out Easter Eggs in his specially decorated grotto.
Adult - £8, Child (inc egg) - £8, Senior - £7, Family of 2 children and 2 adults - £30.
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
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 + £20 Tuesdays.
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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.
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28 March - 12 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.
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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
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
04 April 2015, 12.15pm
STFC v MK Dons
Town take on Milton Keynes Dons in a cruch match at the County Ground as they bid to keep their play-off dreams alive.
Bank Holiday Monday, 4.30pm start
They're revved up and ready to go at the Abbey for the first Elite League clash of the season against defending champions Poole Pirates.
Rearranged from Good Friday after rain waterlogged the track.
Golf Open Weekend
02 April, 08 April, 09 April 2015
Golfers always say Easter is the start of the golf season, so how about giving the young ones a chance to get into the swing of things over Easter?
Broome Manor golf club is holding Easter Golf Camps for 7-12 year olds on the 2nd, 8th and 9th April from 9am to 1pm.
The Golfing Hole
The Golfing Hole is one of the newest leisure facilities in Swindon, where an indoor adventure golf course is themed to fit well with Swindon’s industrial background, featuring a range of different holes to test your putting skills.
You'll find it in West Swindon inside what used to be the Renault Building and it’s a great place to celebrate a birthday, enjoy a night out with friends or for some family fun. After your round you can enjoy some drinks and food, maybe play a game of pool, air hockey or table football?
> The Golfing Hole - website
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Easter on Horse Back!
At Rein & Shine with riding games, lessons & competitions
Thursday 02 April & Tuesday 07 April
Rein & Shine, the new riding centre in Braydon just outside Swindon, is holding two 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!
Wind in the Willows
Saturday 28 March 2015, 3.00pm & 7.00pm
Join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with a pair of pick-pocketing weasels to save Toad Hall!
Eye-catchingly elaborate costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane.
The Snail and the Whale
Tuesday 07 - Wednesday 08 April 2015
Tall Stories (creators of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) are proud to present their latest exciting collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father…
Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged 4 and up.
The Great Jaydini
Friday 03 April 2015, 11.00am
Enter the funny and magical world of The Great Jaydini, a talented and professional magician whose unique style puts together a blend of comedy and magic suitable for ages 4 and above.
Swindon Arts Centre
Thursday 02 April 2015, 11.00am & 2.30pm
Featuring catchy songs, stunning scenery and costumes and spectacular ultra violet glow-in-the-dark puppetry, this show is a real treat for all the family.
Geppetto longs for a son of his own and so builds a puppet boy named Pinocchio who is magically brought to life by a beautiful Fairy. To become a real boy, Pinocchio must first prove he is brave, kind and true and so sets off on an epic journey.
Will Pinocchio make the right choices and be good? Or will he be tempted to do wrong by a mischievous Fox and Cat or the evil Puppet Master?
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 Bristol Zoo, Bristol Aquarium, Legoland, Madame Tussauds 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!
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Josie and the Outlaw
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 Plough, Old Town
Craft ales and Easter Sunday afternoon jazz with Mrs Peel's Trio from 3.00-5.30pm.
The Tin Shack Band
What better than a great British roast on Easter Sunday - followed by a family walk in the country. We've guides for both.
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.