Aside from hunting down their body weight in chocolate, kids can get involved with loads of Easter events taking place in Somerset this April. From Easter crafting to spring cleaning the old-fashioned way, Easter egg events, steam train rides to toasting hot cross buns over the firepit, you’ll find all kinds of springtime fun across the county to help you plan your Easter holiday entertainment.
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Easter egg trails 2023
Easter activities at Hestercombe, Taunton
- When? 1-16 April
Visit Hestercombe for Easter holiday activities, spring flowers and family walks.
As well as free badge making (3-7, 10-14 April), there are two Easter trails – one to find the best nest (£2 per child with special prize at the end) – intrepid visitors must follow the clues around the gardens to find the golden egg and claim a chocolatey prize. Plus a free trail available for anyone who has OD’d on chocolate.
Peasy Farm Easter egg trail, Bridgwater
- When? 1 April, 11am-3pm
Set off on Peasy Farm Easter Egg hunt 2023 around Bawdrip and collect a yummy prize! £1 per child.
Easter weekend activities at The White Post Cafe, Wellington
Easter egg hunt available from Good Friday – Easter Monday at The White Post Cafe.
Easter events at Museum of Somerset, Taunton
- When? 4-13
The Museum of Somerset is buzzing with spring-themed Easter holiday events. Drop in for Easter family fun, activities and crafts, plus an Easter egg trail around the museum everyday. Drop in activities £2/Trail £1.
- Decorate an egg cup (4 April)
- Create your own woven Easter basket to store your Easter treats (5 April)
- Decorate Easter biscuits to take home (6 April)
- Daffodil themes crafts and activities (11 April)
- Make your own spring animal from clay (12 April)
- Enjoy Easter bunny crafts and meet some real bunnies and their friends (13 April)
Egg and Bunnies Sculpture Trail, Coates English Willow
- When? 1-15 April
Seek out 12 willow eggs and bunnies in the grounds of Coates English Willow, solve the wordsearch for a prize at the end (£2.50 each)
Easter fun at Torre Cider Farm
- 7-10 April
The Easter bunny will be bouncing around with treats at Torre Cider Farm! There’s also a trail for kids, farm animals to feed, kids play and an orchard walk.
Plus coffee, tea, pizza, cake and of course, Somerset Cider.
Easter days out for kids at The Station, Dorset and Somerset Railway
- When? 9-10 April
Enjoy a day at The Station, ride a train, take part in an Easter egg hunt for kids, watch Punch and Judy Shows (Easter Sunday activity) or Magic and Balloon animals by Rocky (Easter Monday) and chomp on hot cross buns and Easter biscuits. Check website for timings and tickets.
Passenger trains depart at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets are valid on all passenger trains and you can ride as many time as you wish.
Children’s Easter activities at Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction
- When? 9-10, 23 April
Choo choo fans should head over to Yeovil Railway Centre for Easter Steam Train Days on Easter weekend. ‘Pectin’ or ‘Lord Fisher’ will be chugging passengers along 1/3rd mile of the ex-Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch.
Easter Egg hunts are planned for 9 and 10 April, and the Easter Bunny (Peter Rabbit) will be dropping in for a visit too! There’s also a model railway, miniature railway and exhibits for a train-themed day out.
Calling all train fans! Join Trainmaster Somerset for an hour of all things trains in various locations across Somerset including Portishead, Nailsea, Thornbury, Yatton, Bedminster and Yate. Expect huge track layouts, superstations, ride on trains, build-your-own tracks and more.
All ages are welcome and they offer sibling discount too.
Things to do at Easter at Bishops Palace, Wells
Explore the 14 acres of stunning gardens in search of creepy crawlies on the ‘Let’s Bug Out’ Trail (1-14 April). Celebrate the arrival with storyteller Beth Webb (4 & 11 April, 11am & 1.30pm) and get involved with some Easter family crafting (6 & 13 April, 11am-3pm).
Head off on the special Easter egg hunt 2023 through the RHS Partner gardens (8 – 10 April, 9.30am – 5.30pm) or turn up on Medieval Falconry day (10 April, displays at 12pm & 3pm) to see fantastic flying displays, hear fascinating information.
All Easter events are included in the general admission price. All full price tickets include 12 months re-entry to the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens.
Easter things to do, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury
Somerset Rural Life Museum has come up with a stonking selection of egg-citing things to do this Easter:
- Discover more about simnel cake and other Easter treats in the Farmhouse Kitchen (1 April)
- Meet the bunnies and other animals from Second Chance Petting Farm (4 April),
- Have a go at Easter bonnet making (5 April)
- Get creative with Easter crafts (6 April)
- Toast hot cross buns on the firepit (7 April),
- Have a go at circus skills, take part in a scavenger hunt and decorate a rock to take home to display in your garden (8 April)
- Egg hunt in the orchard (9 & 10 April) – 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30 pm
- Decorate Easter biscuits (11 April)
- Discover how people kept they houses clean in Victorian times and have a go at washing clothes (12 April)
- Decorate an egg cup and learn about the different ways that people have tried to preserve this highly perishable food in the years before refrigeration. Suggested donation of £1.50pp.
- Donkey rides (14 April) £2 per child. If it is very wet the rides cannot go ahead but the donkeys will still be available for petting.
- Nature Day (15 April) Enjoy crafts and activities exploring the natural world. Try out binoculars, follow the nature trail and have a go at printing with natural materials.
- Meet the Birds of Prey (16 April) and learn more about them.
All Easter holidays things to do at Somerset Rural Life are included in Museum Unlimited which means you pay once and can go back as many times as you like.
Gough’s Giant egg hunt at Cheddar Gorge & Caves
- 1-16 April
After a visit from the Easter bunny, 50 glowing Easter eggs have miraculously appeared in Cheddar Gorge & Caves.
Using your trail sheet to find your way through the cave, your task is to crack the mystery code the Easter Bunny has left behind. Unravel this Easter enigma and you’ll receive a yummy treat!
You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands on with some Easter crafts in the Museum of Prehistory and make your own decorations for your home.
Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt, Newton Farm, near Bath
- When? 7 April
For Good Friday activities for kids, join the Newton Farm Easter Egg Hunt, meet the Easter Bunny and visit the animals! Book your preferred time slot. Under 10’s only.
Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt at Fleet Air Arm Museum
- 1-16 April
The Somerset Easter Bunny has visited Fleet Air Arm museum and left a trail of eggs around the museum halls. Help Ellie Copter save Easter and retrieve all the hidden eggs from across the Museum, piece together the clues and follow the trail to claim your chocolatey prize!
Events at Easter, Haynes Motor Museum
- 1-16 April
Find all the giant eggs hidden around Haynes Motor Museum Eggsplorer Trail to spell out two mystery words. When you’ve found all the eggs, unscramble the letters and crack the code to claim your prize!
Brewers Fayre Cadbury Easter egg hunt, Taunton
The O’Bridge Brewers Fayre has teamed up with Cadbury to run an egg hunt this year.
Find all of the hidden egg-shaped clues, then hop down to the soft play area (book or call up to secure your spot). The Egg Hunt is included in the usual £3.50 for 90 minutes of soft play.
Easter events Somerset
Easter Steam Up at Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum
- When? 10 April, 11am-4pm
Marvel at over 30 stationary steam engines and pumps on display at Grade II* Listed Westonzoyland Pumping Station, have a go on a narrow gauge railway ride, then test your eggtastic knowledge in a quiz for the chance to win an Easter prize.
National Trust Easter egg hunts
Pick up an adventure pack (£3 per child) for Easter egg hunts at Lytes Cary Manor (1-16 April), Montacute House (1-15 April), Prior Park Gardens (7-10 April), Tyntesfield (1-16 April) and Fyne Court (1-15 April + nature noughts and crosses, den building, natural egg nest-making and welly wanging).
Navigate your way around the picture-perfect estates to complete nature-inspired activities that are hiding along the way, in return for an Easter treat!
Easter events for kids, Yeovil Country Park
Collect a Spring trail sheet from from the Friends of Yeovil Country Park gazebo outside Ninesprings Café any time between 11am and 2pm on 4 April and find hidden letters at marked nature-inspired points dotted along the route, motivated by a chocolate egg at the end!
Entry is £2 per child, under 2s go free. The route is suitable for adventurous pushchairs, the trail will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
For fairy fanatics, there’s a chance to paint two fairy doors in the Woodland Playzone for £10 per child (12 April, 10am-12pm). Meet the Rangers on the grassy area next to Ninesprings Cafe. Booking essential.
Chard Country Crafts, Chard Reservoir
- 6 April, 10am-1pm
Have you ever wanted to know more about bushcrafts? This Easter holidays, Chard Reservoir are offering the chance to the learn the skills of firelighting and fire building, whittling your own willow and making your own charcoal.
Refreshments will be on offer form the Chard Reservoir Volunteer Group for suggested cash donations, and there will also be a representative of the RSPB on hand to answer all your queries about our feathered friends!
An Eggcellent Eggy eggxtravaganza, Ham Hill Country Park
- 3 April, 1pm-3pm
Ham Hill Country park will be celebrating fun things to do for Easter by keeping everything eggy! Decorate your egg, then walk to the stone circle to see who can roll their egg the furthest. Play catch with our eggs (there may be a raw one or two so wear some old clothes), before a grand old egg and spoon race.
Lastly, you’ll need to find all the egg tokens hidden around the stone circle to make up a sentence and unlock the ranger’s secret egg safe where they keep all their chocolate.
Every child will receive a chocolate egg. Cost £6 per child. Booking essential
Easter arts drop-in at Perry’s, Dowlish Wake
- 8 April, 11am-1pm
The cookhouse will be running a children’s Easter arts pop-up with clay egg decorating and sun prints. Drop in anytime, £2 cash donation per child.
ROAM Easter Fun, Cake and Easter Trail
5-11 year olds can join outdoor learning facility ROAM for a morning of Easter fun in the woodland on 6, 12, 13 April. As well as access to their log trail, slackline, rope swings, climbing tree and mud kitchens, they may also do den building, marshmallow toasting, crafting, art and exploring the woodland environment with the children (weather dependent). Cost is £22.50 per child for the session.
For families, there will also be an Easter trail on 8 April and a prize if you complete it, plus a crafting activity, tasty cakes and tea/coffee/hot chocolate or cold drinks.
Tulip Extravaganza, Forde Abbey
- When? 5 April-5 May
From 5 April, this magnificent estate and its 30 acres of award-winning gardens are awash with flamboyant, vivid, tulips and their cheery petals. Forde Abbey’s gardeners planted some 50,000 tulips last autumn, so you can expect an explosion of colour this spring. Don’t miss the ‘Tulip Swirl’ or centenary fountain blasting water into the air at certain times during the day.
Easter events 2023 at RSPB, Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Glastonbury
- When? 1-16 April, 10am-3pm
See how many different egg-laying animals you can spot along the Ham Wall Easter trail.
Trails and activities are aimed at children aged 3-11 years old and are suitable for wheels as all paths are hardstanding.
Kids Easter events, Glastonbury Abbey
- 4 April, 11am-1pm
Get crafty with a recycled polystyrene egg, use a mixture of felt pens and crayons to create a colourful background, then get creative with craft items and make a character.Included in admission, no need to book
Easter at Wookey Hole Caves
Wookey Hole Cave’s Big Easter Event will be filled with adventures, family fun, the Witch of Wookey and chocolate! Every child goes home with an Easter treat.
Ultimate Easter egg trails at Mendip Activity Centre, Winscombe
Win your score in mini eggs on the air rifles, pop an Easter balloon with a bow and arrow to win an Easter egg, take part in axe throwing with an Easter twist, have a go at Frisbee golf, seek out ultra violet dragon eggs in an underground cave and find hidden yetis hidden in trees above ground!
Easter eve campfire and activities, The Rectory, St Peter & St Paul’s Church, South Petherton
- When? 8 April, 5.30pm
Join Revd Tracey in the Rectory Garden for a bonfire and children’s activities, with supper. Contact Revd Tracey (via the church office) if you’d like to attend or for more information.
Messy Easter Community Event, The School Rooms, East Lambrook
- 7 April, 11am
Get involved with Easter-themed arts and crafts, a treasure hunt and hear the Easter Story followed by hearty soup and bread.
Activities suitable for Children up to age 10 and their families.
Easter Eggstravaganza, St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church, Shepton Mallet
- When? 8 April
Celebrate Easter at this family fun-day with Bouncy Castle, soft play, bible story, crafts, egg hunt, followed by a party tea!
Hauser & Wirth, Roth Bar & Grill, Bruton
- When? 30-31 March, 11am-4pm
Children’s entertainers, The Flying Seagull Project will be hosting a varied programme of music, dance and games at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Roth Bar & Grill with a troupe of clowns, magicians, circus performers and musicians.
An abundance of local suppliers will be on site – learn about baking, candle making or drop-in to one of the Westcombe Dairy demos to discover more about cheesemaking. Try Durslade Farm cider and apple juice, or a raw milkshake from Mere Park Creamery, plus lots more! There will also be a face painting stand.
Pick up handmade indulgent treats from Durslade Farm Shop, including easter eggs made with Durslade Farm honey ,as well as spring blooms to spruce up the garden.
Easter events for kids at the American Museum & Gardens
Hunt for the creative and colourful egg installations throughout the American Museum and Gardens and answer the simple quiz question at each egg station to complete the fun trail (additional £2.50) with a chocolate treat at the end.
There’s also creative Easter activities for children at the crafting station every day, a storytelling circle (3, 4, 14, 15 April) and facepainting 7, 8, 9, 10 April.
Dubs at the Mill, Haselbury Mill
- 31 March – 2 April
All-weather, family-friendly entertainment in the Great Tithe Barn at Haselbury Mill near Crewkerne, including over 30 stalls, delicious festival food, live music, bars and a mix of vintage and modern VWs.
There’s also drumming, face painting and children’s activities, Rainbow Gecko bubble, a dog Show, Strawberry Jam Entertainments circus skills and balloon modelling, plus lots more.
Day Tickets £7.50, children 5-15 £2.50, under 5s free.
Children’s Easter Party, Rumwell Farm
- 8 April, 3-5pm
Rumwell Farm Shop & Cafe is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family, situated on the A38 between Wellington and Taunton.
Head on over to their wonderful new Rumwell Orchard extension with its magical views on 8 April for some Easter farm events! The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance, J’s Disco will be providing the entertainment for the afternoon, including balloon modelling, amazing magic and fun games. Go in your best Easter fancy dress too there’s a prize for the best costume!
Tickets cost £14 per child – book in advance.
Animal attractions Easter holidays Somerset
Hide & Sheep trail at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
- 1 April – 3 September 2023
If you’re stuck for what to do for Easter, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has teamed up with Aardman to stage a baa-rilliant new event for 2023. Get set for a farm-tastic experience with an augmented reality trail starring Shaun the Sheep.
Download the free app for The Hide & Sheep trail, enter Noah’s Ark unique location code 1999, and find the 11 Shaun the Sheep markers around the zoo. The trail is fully accessible to wheelchair users and buggies, with plenty of rest stops around the zoo to enjoy too. Once found, these markers will bring the popular character to life at the zoo in 3D.
Upper Row Farm Easter activities 2023, Frome
- When? 6, 7, 9, 10 April
Bottle-feeding lambs, brushing a pony, collecting eggs, giving cows and sheep hay, hunting for wild flowers, feeding the pigs… these are some of the hands-on farm experiences families can get involved with during an Easter visit to Upper Row Farm, near Frome.
Children’s Easter activities at Farrington’s Farm, Farrington Gurney
Collect a clue sheet from the Playbarn which will take you on a tour around Farrington’s Farm, with the chance to win an Easter Egg. There’s also farm animals to meet, a straw pool for kids to fling themselves in and afternoon tea with an Easter themed twist (served from 27 March – 15 April, Monday – Saturday from 2pm).
Fun things to do on Easter at Puxton Park, Weston-super-Mare
Set in 40 acres of rolling Somerset countryside, Puxton Park is jam-packed with all-weather fun stuff for kids. Outside there are tractor rides, a bouncing pillow, trampolines, a miniature train, crazy golf, playgrounds, bumper boats, a pedal kart track, diggers, a boating lake, dodgems-style cars, a high ropes course and all kinds of animals to meet, plus lots more!
During the Easter holidays, daily entertainment includes Disco Steve’s Little Disco Company in the playbarn (3, 7, 10, 14 April), Disco Queen (4 April), Adam Allsortz (5 & 12 April), JS Disco (6 & 13 April), a daily Easter egg trail and prize as well as arts and crafts in the cosy cottage.
Easter 2023 activities, Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Highbridge
- When? 7-10 April, 10am-4pm
Take the small animal lovers in your life along to Highbridge for Secret World Wildlife Rescue’s Easter fun days.
Enter your prized pooch into a dog show on 8 April (£2 per category), go on a Golden Egg hunt – finder wins £20! (11am and 2:30pm, 9 April), head off on a daily Easter trail, hear Wildlife talks, browse the craft/gift market featuring local artists, play giant games, have your face painted and more.
Easter experience at Somerset Reindeer Ranch
- 9 April, 10.30am-12.30pm, 1-3pm
If you’re looking for Easter Sunday activities, head to the Somerset Reindeer Ranch for a special, animal-centred Easter Experience. Meet the Easter Bunny and see all kinds of friendly and magical animals, while you hunt for clues on the Easter Trail. There will be emus, pigs, ponies, Chocolate the donkey and all the reindeer.
A craft table will be set up and the Easter Bunny will handing out treats to all the children. Refreshments will be available to purchase from the brand new Ranch Bar.
Indoor Easter events 2023
Childrens’ Easter Party, The White Hart, Castle Cary
- When? 8 April, 12-4pm
The White Hart in the market town of Castle Cary is hosting a Childrens’ Easter party! There’ll be a bouncy castle, disco, games and egg hunts. Tickets on sale at The George Hotel and The White Hart (£5 per child).
Easter Party, Chicago’s Yeovil
- 7 April, 2-4pm
This fun Easter kids event at Chicago’s includes an Easter Bonnet Competition – bring your bonnets along with you to enter, a Meet, Greet and Photograph with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt. Buy your tickets at www.wegottickets.com
Facepainting, Candyfloss & Popcorn! Take no Wrap. Yeovil’s Eco Store
- 15 April, 10.30am-4pm
Have your face painted, then tuck into candyfloss and popcorn at Take no Wrap. Yeovil’s Eco Store.
Easter family events at Orchard Shopping Centre, Taunton
- 8 April
Free Easter family fun at Orchard Taunton includes music, crafts, face painting, and, if you keep your eyes peeled, a visit from the Easter Bunny with some deliciously tasty treats…
The stage will be set for a DJ and live musicians between 11am and 3pm, so hop on down for fun things to do in Taunton this Easter.
Taunton roller disco, Wellsprings Leisure Centre
- 8 April, 2.30-4pm
Skating fun, games and great music, hosted by the Eleven Roller Disco volunteer marshal team who work hard so you can skate safely. Bring your own skates or borrow theirs – hire skates and safety kit (strongly recommended!) are included in the ticket price.
Whats on at Easter – family events, Wells Cathedral
Celebrate Easter with Wells Cathedral craft workshops, follow the self-guided trail, or visit the Shroud of Turin Exhibition during the holidays.
Easter Gardens (5 April)
Follow the Easter story trail then make your own beautiful Easter garden to tell the best part of the Easter story. Each child will be provided with materials to make one item to take home. £2 per child, with a discounted price of £1 for any children who are eligible for free school meals.
Beads and Crosses (6 April)
Follow the Easter crosses trail, collecting beads along the way to make your own cross necklace.
Theatre days out this Easter
Easter events at The Brewhouse, Taunton
Dinosaurs and all that rubbish
- 2 April, 11am and 4pm
An imaginative adaptation of Michael Foreman’s environmental tale with dancing dinosaurs, fuelled by rock’n’roll. This riotous hour, packed with signature Roustabout silliness, will have you tapping your toes from start to finish.
Ministry of Science
- 3 April, 2.30pm
Discover how science shapes the modern world and how everyone has the ability to change the world for the better.
Expect 20ft LIQUID NITROGEN clouds, exploding OXYGEN & HYDROGEN balloons, FIRE TORNADOS, HYDROGEN bottle rockets, ignited METHANE and even a self-built hovercraft!
Comics and cartooning workshop
- 5 April
Discover what makes a good comic book character and design your own Viking from the world of Vinland. These one-hour workshops for 8-12 year olds (5 April, 11am) or 12 years+ (5 April, 1.30pm) are full of top drawing tips on how to bring a memorable character to life.
Christopher Harrisson is a writer and illustrator based in Bristol, who designed and animated all the projections used in Vinland (see below). He has extensive workshop facilitation experience in comics, storytelling and theatre. He has created illustrations and animations for numerous publications, including Selfridges and Sony Pictures.
The workshop is free but spaces are limited, and advance booking is essential.
- 6 April, 12.30pm & 3.30pm
Vinland retells the incredible true(ish) tale of the Vikings last journey to North America, taking inspiration from the Viking sagas of Erik the Red and his family. Using lyrical storytelling, animation, and live music, the show brings the audience into a world where myth and history collide.
The Tiger who came to tea
- 7-8 April, 11.30am, 2.30pm
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show based on Judith Kerr’s, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, returns on tour. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs and clumsy chaos.
Jay Miller’s Circus, Yeovil Showground and Taunton Race course
From Havana, Cuba, for the first time with Jay Millers Circus, are the NEW REVOLUTION TROUPE, MATYI on the dangerous Aerial sky walk, Miss CHLOE JAYNE on the Circus ring and JJ with his unique style of reverse juggling. Talented DUO MOLNAR showcase their skills in a ballet of the aerial hoop & Cyr Wheel, Peppi the clown will be bringing the comedy, plus many other talented performers awaiting your applause.