There’s no better time to embrace the great outdoors and start soaking up the spring sunshine than Easter. And there’s no better place to do that than the beautiful Cotswolds – full to bursting with things to do and places to go over the Easter holidays.

A special Children's Easter themed afternoon tea at the Lygon Arms
Make it a break to remember with a special Easter themed afternoon tea for the kids at The Lygon ArmsFrom the 4-20 April, the special afternoon tea includes an Easter bunny biscuit, Easter chick cupcake and a wafer nest with mini eggs – among other fun holiday treats. 
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Ben Hur at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester
Step back in time this Easter and enjoy a trip to the theatre where the Romans are returning!  Get ready for Horrible Histories meets The Play That Goes Wrong in The Barn Theatre’s upcoming production of the comedy of epic proportions, BEN HUR.  Running from 4 March to 18 April, the West End meets the West Country in the Barn Theatre's second production of 2020.  Can the Daniel Veil Collective make it through without a disaster?  
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Easter at Batsford Arboretum

Wander through clouds of confetti-like cherry blossom at beautiful Batsford Arboretum this Easter. Browse the garden centre and gift shop and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea on the deck of the Garden Terrace Café whilst the children burn off some energy in the play area!  Don’t miss the Big Batsford Bunny Hunt from 4 - 19 April when you can help recapture the escaped Easter bunny helpers!  And don’t forget to bring your pet pooch – dogs are very welcome. 
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Sudeley Castle have a whole host of Easter-themed activities to keep the whole family busy.  Search the castle to find over 100 Easter chicks or venture outside and follow an egg-citing trail of activities!  With a fascinating exhibition charting the dramatic 1,000 year story of Sudeley, a pheasantry and the site of lambs in the surrounding fields, as well as the beautiful gardens bursting into spring life, it’s a great day out for all the family. 

Broadway Tower

Admire the beauty of the Cotswolds with spring birdsong and beautiful views.  Enjoy a stroll around Broadway Tower looking out for William and his herd in the deer park.  Discover more about the fascinating history of the tower or step back in time to witness how our country would have coped if the Cold War had ever turned hot.  Then reward yourself with a well-deserved piece of delicious home-made cake, locally made ice-cream or a refreshing glass of wine at one of the lovely cafes.
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Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. With the help of gardeners and keepers, John Heyworth turned a bramble-strewn wilderness into a beautiful zoological collection.  Over the past five decades millions of visitors have enjoyed the beauty of nature at the Park, with more than 260 different animal species situated in 120 acres of picturesque parkland.  Over the Easter Weekend (10 - 13 April), there’ll be birds of prey demonstrations or you can take a ride on Bella the train, watch the daily penguin and lemur feeds or explore their beautiful spring gardens. 
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Cotswolds Guided Tours

With the Cotswolds bursting into bloom this Easter, a day out exploring the region is the ultimate way to relax.  Spending time with Cotswolds Guided Tours means that you can learn the regions quirky history, discover hidden gems, beautiful villages & fantastic market towns.  Take the stress out of planning your day and negotiating public transport.  Your local driver guide knows all the best places to visit and with three different minibus tours available there’s something for everyone.
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Easter fun at Berkeley Castle
Visit Berkeley Castle this Easter for a fantastic day out for all.  King Henry VIII and his Queen will be passing by on their Royal Progress on Sunday 5 April, followed by a fabulous Easter Dragon weekend event from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April.  As well as a Chinese dragon parade, meet the baby dragons and have your face painted or take part in the Easter egg hunt.  Easter ends on a high with the Warwick Warriors demonstrating their expert sword fighting skills.
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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Dyrham Park
This Easter, join Dyrham Park  for a celebration of nature and wildlife.  You’ll learn more about the estate’s history while  exploring the animals which exist there and some which would've been around in the 17th Century but which are now extinct.  Follow the clues to the end of the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt trail to receive your chocolate egg reward. 
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Easter at Daylesford Farm

Celebrate new life at Daylesford Farm this Easter where you’ll meet the new-born lambs and learn about the organic hens.  The 28 acre market garden will host a variety of family-friendly activities on Easter Day including floral crown-making and Egg Hunts.  
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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Put on your best Easter bonnet and climb aboard the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s ‘Easter Eggspress’ on Monday 13 April.  Your journey by steam or heritage diesel takes you to Winchcombe where all sorts of Easter activities await and, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may just see the Easter Bunny!  The 15 mile heritage railway runs through the heart of the Cotswolds to Broadway, offering stunning views and a friendly welcome. 
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British Motor Museum

Head for the British Motor Museum for a whole host of Easter holiday activities.  ‘Mini Madness’ gives you the chance to follow the Fix It! Family trail, join a family tour with the Mini factory costumed characters and even design your own Mini in an air drying clay workshop!  Don’t miss the traditional Easter Egg hunt with a Mini twist over the Easter weekend. 
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The cookery school at Lucknam Park

Why not use your Easter holiday to learn a new skill?  Visit Lucknam Park’s cookery school and learn the basics of cooking as well as the importance of fresh, seasonal produce.  Or head for the Equestrian Centre and have a go at horse-riding on an  escorted hack around the estate or longer a ride through the beautiful Cotswold countryside. 
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Rococo Garden

The Rococo Garden team need the help of some eggsplorers this Easter!  An unidentified egg has been found in the garden and they’re not sure what has hatched out of it!   Young detectives track down the clues and help us find the hatchling and then enjoy a chocolate prize!  The garden will also have a wonderful display of spring flowers and don’t miss the chance to battle your way to the centre of the maze, play hide and seek in the nooks and crannies or simply enjoy the woodland play area.  Dogs are very welcome too. 
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Chastleton House

Visit Chastleton House and Gardens this Easter.  As the temperature rises and the skies clear, it’s is the perfect place to relax and unwind.  Take a stroll around the gardens and see new life and growth, or pop into the house to find out more about the family who live there; the bohemian Clutton-Brocks and the eccentric Whitmore-Jones.  Get the kids out the house and head over on the Easter weekend for a Spring themed Easter Trail where you can find the clues and solve the puzzles to win a chocolate prize at the end. 
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Go Cotswolds

Make the most of the Easter bank holiday weekend and take a tour with Go Cotswolds!  Choose from the Cotswolds Day Tour (from Moreton-in-Marsh station or Chipping Campden on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday!) for a day exploring the Cotswolds' most beautiful towns and villages.  Or, for lovers of good food, good drink and good company, there's the Brewery & Pub Tour (every Saturday), which includes a brewery tour and tasting, a traditional pub lunch and visits to two Cotswolds villages.
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Westonbirt Arboretum

Visit Westonbirt Arboretum this Easter and explore our trees through your senses; visual feasts, scented wonders and tasty treats.  Visit between Mon 6 – Thu 9 April and you’ll be able to create your own spring perfume and make different scented crafts from natural materials!  Then from Tue 14 – Fri 17 April you can create your own spring symphony by taking part in the spring sounds quiz by making different instruments out of Westonbirt wood. 
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Cogges Manor Farm

Guess who’s moving into Cogges Manor Farm these Easter holidays?  None other than Mrs McGregor herself – so cheeky rabbits better watch out!  Children are welcome to explore her traditional walled garden and transformed manor house while they search for her animal friends and enemies!  There’re free activities every day as well as the chance to get hands-on in Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s laundry, go bug hunting on Jeremy Fisher’s wildlife walk and bake Peter Rabbit biscuits or hedgehog bread on the Victorian range. 
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Giffords Circus

Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Giffords Circus this Easter with a visit to their latest production.  The company have been whipping up a storm since announcing their 2020 production, and ‘The Hooley’ is sure to delight with its hint of fairy wings and folk tales. 
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Kids Farm Days at Abbey Home Farm

Head for Abbey Home Farm this Easter for an egg-stra special day out!   Meet the laying hens and collect their eggs, then head to the woods to make a fire and cook sausages from the farm and still warm eggs from that morning.  You’ll find den building, an egg and spoon race and lots more while you explore the farm. 
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Easter at Fairytale Farm
Fairytale Farm
's unique Easter event is back for 2020, with loads of new attractions throughout the Easter holidays.  See the brand new beanstalk rising into the sky, and have a go at milking Daisy the cow.  Over the Easter weekend, explore the giant rabbit burrow and meet the Easter Bunny, who’ll tell an Easter story.  And there’s a Golden Egg hunt on the enchanted walk too! 
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