10 Easter events to enjoy in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 16:24 10 April 2017
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Make the most of the Easter break by exploring what Somerset has to offer for all ages, writes Clare Gladstone
Hestercombe Easter Trail
When: 1-17 April
The Easter bunny has dropped the contents of his basket around the gardens. Can you find everything that has fallen out on an Easter Trail at Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton? Collect a chocolate treat and an egg to decorate at the end.
£1.50 per child ,plus normal admission applies. 01823 413923, hestercombe.com
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
When: 1-24 April
Discover lions, tigers, elephants and many more animals at this hands¬on zoo set in 100 acres of countryside in Wraxall. As well as a wide variety of large animals, there are farmyard animals to meet, play areas to enjoy and a lot of learning to be done. This Easter try to find all the bunnies in the Mega Maze Bunny Hunt from 1¬24 April, a free treasure hunt for all the family that includes real bunny handling sessions.
Easter craft workshops are also available at £1 per child, noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk
Easter Teddy Bears Outing
When: 14-17 April
A weekend of fun takes place at East Somerset Railway in Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet, with activities including a teddy bear competition and the chance to become a Driver for a Tenner, plus all children who bring their teddy along get to travel the railway for free, with an accompanying fare paying adult.
Tickets £9 adult, £7 child; 01749 880417, eastsomersetrailway.com
A Stompin’ Good Night
When: 14 April
There’s no need to hop on a transatlantic flight to hear the unique genre of music when the Sunset Café Stompers will bring it to your doorstep!
Headed up by founder member and piano whizz Mike Denham, the Stompers boast a talented line up of musicians who specialise in playing exciting New Orleans jazz at Ilminster Arts Centre.
8pm; tickets £15; 01460 54973, themeetinghouse.org.uk
Music and Fun
When: 14-16 April
The Cheese and Grain in Frome is holding an Easter special weekend with food, music, cider and beer. Enjoy an Easter Scrumpy Special with The Wurzels on the Friday, music from Dreadzone on the Saturday and family fun with Dick & Dom on the Sunday. Tickets from £11; cheeseandgrain.com
Secret World Wildlife Rescue
When: 14-17 April
There will be a weekend of activities on offer at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill. As well as getting to meet some of the animals who live there, activities throughout the weekend will include Bugfest, animal talks, treasure hunt, axe throwing, archery and bird of prey encounters. Saturday night will also include a Face the Fire event complete with bar, band and barbecue.
Open from 10am each day; free entry; secretworld.org
Alice in Wonderland
When: 14-17 April
Journey down the rabbit hole this Easter and join Alice’s Adventures at Forde Abbey. The National Trust property in Chard is hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed Easter egg trail when the gardens will be transformed into a fantasy landscape with elegant tea parties, some oversized botanicals, magic potions and secret doors – the perfect backdrop for an Easter egg trail and family fun day out. Everyone taking part in the trail will be guaranteed a chocolate gift.
Normal admission rates apply; fordeabbey.co.uk
Easter with the Gruffalo
When: 15 April
West Somerset Railway, which runs between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard, welcomes The Gruffalo to Minehead Railway Station as part of a day of Easter fun. As well as enjoying a 20¬mile steam train ride, activities include a woodland themed Easter egg hunt, free vintage bus trips along Minehead sea front, face painting and crafts.
10am-4pm, tickets £18 adult, £9 child, 4 and under free. westsomersetrailway.co.uk
When: 15-16 April
The Glastonbury Medieval Fayre returns to Glastonbury Abbey and will feature jousting, battle re¬enactments, archery, hog roast, singing and children’s activities, making it an event for all the family and providing plenty to do over the Easter weekend.
Tickets £10 adults, £5 children/abbey members, £27.50 for a family ticket; glastonburymedievalfayre.co.uk
Mells Daffodil Festival
When: 17 April
Easter Monday sees the village of Mells transformed to make it a fun and exciting day out for all the family in aid of community groups in village. There will be great food and drink, exciting street stalls, live music and entertainment, and fun activities for the whole family. This year’s festival will be opened by Antique Roadshow’s Marc Allum. Tickets £3 adults, £1 children; mellsdaffodilfestival.co.uk
For more Easter events to enjoy in Somerset, why not pick up the April issue of Somerset Life? Buy here or find the magazine in stores throughout the county.