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Nows the time to kick-start holiday planning with a trip to the Cotswolds this Easter. Its less than two hours from London and the glorious honey-coloured villages and rolling Cotswold Hills are brimming with activity at this time of year. Whilst cherry blossom orchards and bluebell woods fill the countryside, country pub menus are packed with delicious seasonal ingredients and theres lots of Easter activities and egg hunts to enjoy too!
Heres some of whats on this Easter in the Cotswolds.
The Big Batsford Bunny Hunt, Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh
Sat 4 April – Sun 19 April 2020
See the cherry blossom at its best this Easter at Batsford Arboretum – home to the UKs largest private collection of trees. Although this beautiful botanical garden is 55-acres, it is an intimate and romantic experience with a gorgeous collection of Japanese flowering cherry trees as well as magnolias and Easter is the time to see them in all their glory. Take in the lovely spring atmosphere from the Garden Terrace cafe, with outside seating overlooking the Plant Centre. This Easter, families will want to pick up an Easter bunny trail too – there are rabbits hopping all around the garden – find them to win a prize. Theres also storytelling and family forest school activities over the Easter holidays to keep busy rabbits out of mischief.
Easter Eggstravaganza, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Fri 10 April – Sun 13 April 2020
This is a four-day celebration where the Pleasure Gardens at Blenheim are transformed into an Easter wonderland. Families will have a truly action-packed day; street performers, a puppet show, balloon artists, face painting, a dressing up tent and traditional fairground, bouncy castle, bungee trampolining, archery, circus skills workshop plus an Easter Bunny Walkabout. Theres so much going on to enjoy this Easter at Blenheim youll be left egghausted! Nothing that a refreshment and bite to eat in the Pizza Cafe and wander around the rest of the stunning Blenheim gardens wont fix.
Cadbury Egg Hunt, Snowshill Manor and Gardens, Broadway
Sat 4 April – Mon 13 April
Take your little bunnies on a hunt to find signs of spring this Easter, at Snowshill Manor and Gardens, just outside Broadway. There are sure to be daffodils in bloom and birds chirruping. And for little spring bunnies, theres a lovely Cadbury prize for all children completing the Easter trail around the garden, successfully finding signs of spring! We wonder what else will you see?
Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power
Sat 4 – Sun 19 April 2020
Visit the spring chicks, bunnies and see lambing in action at the Cotswolds most famous farm park, not far from Stow-on-the-Wold. For eggstra fun, there will be a puppet show, face painting and Easter crafts too! Theres also the usual fun of the farm going on too, including the animal barns, outdoor and indoor play and wildlife walk. Easter is a very busy time of year at Cotswold Farm Park, so get ready to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in!
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
13 April – 28 April
Easter chicks have escaped and are running amok on a wonderful Easter hunt inside the Sudeley Castle, located just outside Winchcombe. Between 13 April and 22 April, the Easter mayhem heads outside into Sudley Castles glorious gardens. For this period, a giant egg trail will lead visitors around the gardens and theres no better way to take in spring in the Cotswolds.
Easter Eggspress, Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Winchcombe
Sun 13 April
Climb aboard the eggspress at either Broadway or Toddingham station and journey to Winchcombe station for Easter activities. Of course, theres Easter fun as you travel in glorious steam style through the beautiful Cotswold countryside – Best Easter Bonnet on the Train competition and special Easter puzzles and quizzes. Look out for the Easter bunny at the station who will show you where the egg hunt begins. Before popping into the Coffee Pot Cafe, theres free Easter craft activities too so littles bunnies can make their very own ears or egg basket to take away with them.
Thats Easter weekend entertainment all wrapped up, filled with eggtastic bonanzas and delicious chocolatey egg hunts. Book your Easter cottages in the Cotswolds today.