Whether you’re looking for ways to enjoy a four-day long weekend this Easter, 10th to 13th April, or want to keep the kids busy during the school holidays, Bath has lots to offer.
Budding artists can get creative at Milsom Place during the Kids Big Art Workshop on 18th April and help decorate their Easter bunny, a giant sculpture made using recycled materials. After working up an appetite, visit to the grand Pump Room to treat yourself to Afternoon Tea whilst the children enjoy their own Kids Easter Tea, available from 3rd to 19th April, complete with an Easter egg biscuit and gold chocolate rabbit.
Get some fresh air up on the Bath Skyline as Wild Wednesdays, 8th and 16th April, give kids the chance to run free in the Woodland Play Area, enjoying nature-themed activities. For an exhilarating afternoon, make for Royal Victoria Park and the Easter Fun Fair, with rides for all ages, game stalls and fairground food and drink.
Further afield, The Bishop’s Palace in Wells will embrace Easter with Crafty Cats art sessions, 7th to 14th April, based around the theme of baby animals, alongside the opportunity to meet some for yourselves – say hello to their newborn lambs on 9th and 16th April. Have a family day out in Bradford-on-Avon on Easter Monday and watch 1,000 rubber ducks race down the River Avon during their popular Duck Race. After, head to Woolley Grange Hotel for a Beatrix Potter Afternoon Tea – the Peter Rabbit theme perfect for Easter!
Keep the kids busy during the school holidays at Bowood in Calne – if they’re sporty, their Junior Golf Camps and Junior Open will be just their cup of tee, and, perfect for all the family, furry friends included, The Big Bark on 18th April is set to be a fun, interactive day out in Shepton Mallet, with agility courses, talks, workshops and more.
Easter Egg Trails
Eggs-haust the kids with a fun egg hunt or trail. Search for Cadbury's Easter eggs at the National Trust’s Prior Park Landscape Garden from 10th to 13th April, looking for signs of spring and finding out about their current dams project, with a chocolate reward at the end, or, from 4th to 19th April, head to Dyrham Park to celebrate nature, finding out about the animals on the estate in the seventeenth century, before claiming a sweet treat.
For an eggs-cellent day out, make for Longleat and hunt down the decorated eggs hidden around the estate, completing the trail sheet for a chocolatey surprise, or delve into Cheddar Gorge’s Enchanted Cave, 4th to 19th April, and follow a magical trail complete with glistening fairies, sparkling crystals and glowing eggs to search for.
A Slap-Up Roast Dinner
We can’t talk about Easter without mentioning roast dinners. Fill your boots at Green Park Brasserie and tuck into a delicious Sunday roast on 12th April, complete with their Newton Farm topside beef or Castlemead chicken breast. Desserts range from classic sticky toffee pudding to blackberry cheesecake with lemon sorbet.
Bring the family together at Bowood Hotel for one of their two spring lunches, a three-course à la carte Sunday Lunch or a traditional carvery. If you’re partial to a sweet treat, why not book their Easter-themed afternoon tea?
Make the Most of Your Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
If the races are your scene, head to Bath Racecourse for their Easter holiday raceday. Easter Eggstravaganza, perfect for all the family, will see seven live horse races take place alongside a wealth of Easter-themed activities including face painting, an Easter egg hunt, a children's running race and more.
The twelfth annual Bath Comedy Festival, 31st March to 19th April, will once again bring side-splitting stand up from household names and up-and-coming stars to the city, and for a true taste of the West Country, head to Frome and the Cheese and Grain for The Wurzels’ annual Good Friday gig.
Back again for 2020, the Roman Baths’ Easter Evenings will let you enjoy the magical atmosphere of the ancient ruins by flickering torchlight. Grab a drink from the pop-up bar and watch the sun set, perfect as a romantic evening or to enjoy with a group of friends, from 10th to 13th April.
The Spirit of Easter
Connect with the meaning of Easter by watching One Good Friday on 10th April. A live dramatisation of the biblical story in two 90-minute performances, the outdoor Passion Play will take place in Parade Gardens, in the centre of Bath.
Head to The Little Theatre Cinema on 7th April for Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art, to explore how artists have depicted Christ's death and resurrection throughout history, or, if you’re in or around Salisbury, visit the Cathedral for Bach’s St John’s Passion, performed by the choir on 4th April, and a reflective Easter Trail around the building until 19th April.
The Soul Spa are also running a special Easter Sound Bath offer for couples, letting you unwind in a one-hour guided relaxation session for £40. Let go of thoughts and allow the immersive sound to wash over you as you leave feeling refreshed and re-aligned.