Have a cracking great Easter with a host of activities for all the family in Shakespeare’s England from 31 March – 15 April.
Meet ‘William the Conqueror Rattus’ at Warwick Castle, search for treasure in the gardens of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, see new-born lambs and chicks, search for clues to win prizes with Easter trails and egg hunts, wander around spring gardens or simply enjoy a traditional Easter lunch or fish supper with friends and family.
Easter is the time to ‘Make a Day and Knight of it’ at Warwick Castle. Celebrate the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror establishing a motte and bailey castle on the site as you plan your invasion.
Rattus Rattus, the popular character from Horrible Histories®, will greet visitors as ‘William the Conqueror Rattus’, whilst a new heritage exhibition exploring the history of The Conqueror’s Fortress will inform the family. Enjoy a short break in a riverside lodge from only £181 per night for a family of four when booked by 28 February, saving 25%. Medieval-themed accommodation, breakfast banquets and entertainment, plus two days’ admission and car parking – ensure a cracking Easter escape!
Enjoy a fun interactive children’s treasure hunt in the gardens of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, with music and comedy, led by the in-house actors Shakespeare Aloud. Discover more about Shakespeare and his family tree plus have a go at creating your own at Shakespeare’s New Place.
Feeling creative? Then create your own ‘eggcellent’ Easter bonnet or crown in the activity marquee at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or make a whirling whirligig to put in your garden. Perfect for keeping the birds away from the vegetable patch at Mary Arden’s Farm!
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering families a host of exciting activities including becoming an animator by creating a puppet and stop gap animation, based on Romeo and Juliet, creating your own shortened version of a play in just a day, guided by an RSC expert and get stuck in with Blood, Guts and Gore and learn the tricks of the trade behind stage bruises, cuts and scars with the former RSC Head of Wigs and Make-up.
With the first bleats of new arrivals and the anticipation of many more, lambing is a favourite time of year for Cotswold Farm Park! Settle down in the Animal Barn and keep your eyes peeled. Extended opening hours are available on 7 April so visitors can experience lambing after hours!
Welcome new chicks into the world and meet lambs, ewes and donkeys at Becketts Farm in Wythall. The event is held in a field on site but under a covered marquee. Entry is £1 per person, and under 1’s are free! There will be some craft activities which have a small additional charge.
Hilltop Farm near Leamington Spa will host a lamb’s event on 30 & 31 March and 2 April when the baby lambs will be available to hold and feed. This is a ticket only event and one ticket per person entitles entry into the lambing pen. There are 20 tickets per half hour slot.
The MAD Museum is offering visitors a FREE downloadable fun pack this Easter. Answer questions, solve challenges and design a wacky invention to become a VIP member of The MAD Museum’s Fun Club. The Museum showcases over 60 pieces of kinetic art and automata which have all been sourced from creators around the world, and nearly everything is interactive, meaning kids (and big kids!) can get stuck in.
There is something for visitors of all ages to discover at Stratford Butterfly Farm. Twice daily children and adults can get close to some amazing creatures with ‘Meet the Minibeast’ handling sessions in the Discovery Zone. With the help of the friendly team, visitors can hold creatures such as a giant African millipede, African land snail and a variety of stick insects.
Enjoy the scenery and a sociable time with a 90 minute Easter Quiz trail from Trivia Trails. Get to know Warwick or Stratford town centres looking for answers to a mix of historical, observational and fun questions. Adults cost £10, children aged 9-16 cost £5, children aged 0-8 are free. Dates in Stratford are 11am on 31 March, 12noon on 1 April and 11.30am on 2 April. The date in Warwick is 2.30pm on 31 March. Wheelchair, dog & buggy-friendly.
Hill Close Gardens in Warwick is celebrating a Victorian Easter from 31 March – 2 April. Heritage daffodils, primroses, cowslips and other spring flowers are dotted around the 16 individual plots that make up these unique restored gardens. Copies of Victorian Easter cards contributed by the V&A Museum, the history of Easter eggs provided by Cadbury, Victorian Easter baking recipes complete with ingredients and a Victorian style sweet shop all bring to life how Victorians enjoyed Easter. Entry Adults £4.50 Children £1 (Under 5s, HCGT and RHS members free).
Visitors are invited to join in with some ‘cracking’ fun activities at the British Motor Museum. Starting with a traditional Egg hunt over Easter weekend, followed by two weeks of ‘AutoScience,’ where the science that drives our cars is brought to life with live science shows, family tours, Technic workshops, and a Secret Mission family trail. Families can join in with an egg hunt (with a motoring twist of course!) over the Easter weekend plus there will be daily drop in craft activities suitable for all the family.
Children can have a cracking arty time at the Market Hall Museum on 3 April with Easter-themed crafts to take home, like a hatching egg and Easter cracker. Suitable for under-5s, older siblings welcome. Or take part in the Market Hall Lego Challenge on 12 April and explore the treasures of the Museum. Challenge yourself to make your favourite out of Lego. Both activities are £2.50 per child, no need to book, just drop in.
Hunt for legendary dragon eggs at Kenilworth Castle over the Easter weekend. Set off on a quest to crack the clues, meeting characters from the past along the way, then claim your chocolate reward! The quest costs £1 on top of the usual entry price.
Visit Compton Verney for an Easter adventure on 30 March & 31 March that the whole family can enjoy. Where has the giant bunny hidden his ‘eggciting’ clues? Will you be able to catch the crazy carrot? Will you solve the puzzle to claim your chocolatey prize? £3 per child. Please note you will need a valid Membership, Annual Pass or DAY TICKET.
Join in with a treasure hunt, face painting and Easter crafts at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum from 30 March – 2 April. Free, drop in event and suitable for the whole family.
Enjoy a classical concert by Orchestra of the Swan which presents Roderick Williams as the baritone and David Curtis as the conductor at Worcester Cathedral on 6 April from 7:45 pm. Experience words, music, and food – for the soul! Prices from £15 per person.
Catering for all occasions and offering a relaxed environment, Dallas Burston Polo Club’s Millstone Hare is the ideal choice for your whole family. Enjoy a delicious traditional roast on Easter Sunday – if you’re looking for an alternative to chocolate!
Enjoy a Good Friday Fish Supper in the Brasserie at Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa for £25 per person. Or a traditional Sunday lunch with Easter treats at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden. 3-courses cost £29.50 per person.
Visit The Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon on Good Friday for a fish supper and a glass of wine/beer from £17.50 per person or lunch in the Waterside Brasserie on Easter Sunday from £32.50 per person. A children’s menu is available or alternatively 1/2 price for children under 12.
The Bell at Alderminster is offering Easter Sunday Lunch with a free Children’s Easter Egg Hunt which kicks off at 2:30pm. The A la Carte menu is also available so there is plenty of choice for diners. Children aged 11 and under can eat Sunday Lunch for half price.
Visit The Fleece Inn near Evesham for an Easter Sunday lunch and see the resident Morris sides, Pebworth Morris and Belle d’Vain perform their first dance of the season in the courtyard. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt in the orchard from Good Friday to Easter Monday and a seasonal specials menu to complement the main menu.
On Easter Sunday The Cross at Kenilworth will be treating diners to a delicious lunch priced at £30 for 2-courses. Dishes will include the very best seasonal ingredients cooked by the restaurant’s award winning chefs. The Cross is the only restaurant in Warwickshire to hold a Michelin star, which it has retained for the past four years.
Extend your Easter break and stay at Chesford Grange in the heart of the Warwickshire Countryside with rates from just £150 for a 2 night stay for 2 guests to include Bed and Breakfast.