Despite another Easter with Government restrictions in place, there are lots of COVID-safe activities to enjoy in Bath and the surrounding countryside. Or, for an Easter treat, have a foodie experience delivered to your door…
Easter Egg Hunts and Treasure Trails
Making exploring the city fun, Treasure Hunt Bath offer virtual trails for groups of up to six. Each player is sent a map and cryptic clues to their phone – no need to download an app – and can ask for hints if things get too tough. Grab a takeaway drink and get solving clues to uncover great stories about Bath. Why not plan a picnic on the lawn in front of the Royal Crescent once you’ve finished?
Children and adults can enjoy a free Easter trail complete with lots of chocolatey treats at the American Museum & Gardens over the Easter weekend. Follow poems and clues through the grounds to spot an Easter Bunny; trail adventurers will receive a free chocolate prize, and takeaway lunches, drinks and chocolate-dipped shortbread chicks and bunnies, as well as Easter biscuits, will be available from the Garden Cafe. In Wells, a 30-minute drive south of Bath, The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens with be also be running a family Easter trail from 3rd to 18th April. Simply collect the trail from the ticket office and hunt for coloured eggs around the gardens; children can collect a prize on their way out.
Two weeks of Easter fun also awaits at Bowood House & Gardens with their BIG Easter Egg Hunt. Crack a secret code to unlock the Easter basket from 1st to 11th April, and from 12th to 18th April, join the Easter Bunny Trail, finding hidden clues for a chocolate prize. Prior Park and Dyrham Park are also both hosting Egg Hunts from 2nd to 18th April. Kids can complete nature-related activities at Dyrham and look out for signs of spring at Prior Park to collect a sweet treat at the end.
Neither an egg hunt nor treasure trail, but equally as fun, two new drive-in family theatre experiences are coming to Bristol and Bath this Easter. David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy will take place at the Bath and West Showground on 16th April, and Horrible Histories Live: Barmy Britain will be at Bristol Airport on 18th April. Give the kids something to look forward to and book tickets via Bath Box Office.
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Easter at Home
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa will be offering a choice of takeaways across the Easter weekend, thoughtfully created by Michelin-starred chef Hywel Jones. With two households, or six people, allowed to meet in private gardens, Lucknam Park’s take-outs make for the perfect celebratory meal to share with loved ones alfresco. Choose from a Good Friday Fish Takeaway, an Easter Saturday Traditional Afternoon Tea Takeaway or a three-course Easter Sunday Roast Takeaway.
Homewood's Easter takeaway menu includes a two-course traditional Easter Sunday roast or afternoon tea bundle, complete with finger sandwiches, freshly baked sweet treats and scones with clotted cream and jam. You can also celebrate Easter at home with a pre-ordered luxury Easter Roast box from Côte, who have a restaurant in Milsom Place. Complimentary Easter Egg chocolate truffles will be added to orders placed before 31st March (while stocks last).
Parks, Walks and Gardens
Fill your lungs with fresh air on a walk; Bathscape Walking Festival have lots of trails for self-guided wanders around the city and surrounding countryside that you can download. You could also visit Alice Park, on the east side of Bath, and pick up a snack from the café, or a pizza at weekends.
Iford Manor Gardens, near Bradford-on-Avon, will reopen on 1st April in time for Easter for up to six people in a socially distanced group (pre-booking essential). New for 2021 are audioguides offering an excellent insight into the architecture, history and design at Iford, as well as all of the replanting work recently carried out.
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Newton Farm Shop and Café have a delicious selection of Easter chocolate and eggs all made locally in the village of Newton St Loe, just outside Bath. For a decadent treat, stop off at The Circus Restaurant on Brock Street for takeaway gooey brownies, available daily from 10am to 2pm in four different flavours.
The Fine Cheese Co. have a selection of Seasonal Feast hampers packed full of delicious cheeses, beverages, crackers, charcuterie, and chocolate eggs, delivered nationwide, and Sweet Little Things are offering local delivery of their tasty handmade cakes on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th April.
Burn off some energy at Excel Tennis’ courts in Royal Victoria Park. They reopen from Monday 29th March, and with no membership required, book a court and plan a knock-about with a friend. If golf’s more your thing, take on the neighbouring Victoria Falls Adventure Golf Course, or, further afield, enjoy a round at Bowood Hotel's PGA Golf Course in Calne, Wiltshire – regarded as one of the top courses in the South West – when it reopens on 29th March.