19 Fun Family Activities for Easter in Stroud


There is no excuse for anyone, child or adult, pretending to be bored on Easter. Stroud District Council has compiled a list of activities, for all ages, budgets and, this spring being in the UK, all weather conditions.

Make your choice. There is a lot to enjoy and choose from.

Take a tour on the canal

There is something very soothing and peaceful about traveling by houseboat, no choppy waters or whirlpools to worry about. The Cotswold Canals Trust offers a 35 minute narrowboat trip from Ebley Wharf every Saturday between 12pm and 4.30pm.

No reservation necessary. Price: £5 adults, £3 under 16s. Visit the Cotswolds canals.

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Canalside walks

The beauty of walking along the canal paths is that they are flat, very flat. There are also miles of accessible canal towpath.

You can walk, take a bicycle, scooter, pram, stroller or wheelchair from Stroud to Stonehouse (or vice versa) and take the train back. There are lovely canalside cafes to enjoy a cup of tea or a slice of cake along the way.

Spring activities at the Museum in the Park

As usual, there’s plenty to do at Stroud’s Museum in the Park, including the Easter Egg Hunt – Walled Garden ‘I Spy’ Trail settlement. This takes place from Friday April 15 to Monday April 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Follow the trail and see what you can spot in the beautiful walled garden, then claim your sticker or mini chocolate egg. Free, donations welcome.

Drop-in Spring Crowns Family Workshops with Corinne Hockley are also at the Museum in the Park from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Textile artist Corinne Hockley will show you how to make a fabulous fairy crown to celebrate the arrival of spring.

The beautiful gardens will hopefully inspire mini craft makers and create green leaves or colorful flowers. Free, but suggested donation of £2 per child or whatever you can afford.

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Wild Things of Spring at the Musée du Parc from Friday April 22 to Saturday April 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mini-David Attenboroughs can join DiscoNature’s Kaoru Blackstone and go on a hunt in the spring wilderness, create your own bird’s nest, use your pecking skills to explore bird beaks, and learn how to track and identify birds. It looks like fun.

For families with children aged 3 and over, cost £3.50 per child, accompanying adults free (or £3 per child advance from Stroud Valleys Project)

Step back in time at the unfinished masterpiece of Victorian Gothic

Woodchester Mansion is an icon in the Stroud Valleys. It is a unique Grade I listed building, famous for being unfinished and exposing the secrets of its construction, and watch out for the resident bat colony on CCTV.

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Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday including public holidays until October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. £8.50 for adults, children under 16 are free. Visit Woodchester Manor.

Woodchester Park Wooded Play Trail

Woodchester Park, owned by the National Trust, has lakes home to giant carp and an outdoor play trail in the woods. The walk is free, but parking is chargeable (free for NT members). Visit Woodchester Park.

Maps at your fingertips, go out and discover your region

The cards are full of information, mystery and awe. Go Outside maps are fun, kid-friendly and interactive and help kids learn more about where they live.

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There are seven to choose from, each filled with puzzles and facts. Choose to start in Berkeley, Chalford, Dursley, Stonehouse, Ebley or Wotton-under-Edge. Free. Discover the Go Outside cards.

Wotton Switchboard House

This is a gem of a hotel. Wotton Electric Picture House is one of the oldest cinemas in the UK.

What better place to enjoy a movie. Coming soon: Coppelia (U) from Tuesday April 12 to Wednesday April 14 at 2 p.m.; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (PG) from Friday April 15 to Thursday April 21 at 2 p.m.; and Operation Mincemeat (12A) from Friday April 15 to Wednesday April 20, 7:30/8 p.m.

The Circus Sonas family show at the Sub Rooms, Stroud

Join father and son Martin and Logy in taking the traditional circus act and giving it a unique, modern twist. This family show contains circus stunts to make you gasp, juggling tricks to surprise you and magic tricks to blow your mind!

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Top class circus shows and the two best barbs in the business. Accessible to children and adults of all ages from 6 years old. Wednesday, April 13, doors open at 1 p.m. Cost from £9 to £14.50. To book: visit Stroud Subscription Rooms.

Be active at The Pulse

There’s always plenty to do at the Stroud District Council Leisure Center in Dursley. On the menu of activities, its Easter Activity Day, with sports challenges, activities and manual work, as well as an inflatable fun session in the swimming pool. Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 April, 9am-3pm, cost £20 per child.

Or maybe your kids want something a little different? How about the Encanto dance workshop on Thursday, April 21, from six to nine years old, from 11:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.; from 3 to 5 years old, from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. There will be a dance performance at the end for parents and guardians. Cost £7.50 per child. For details on all Pulse activities.

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Go wild at Stratford Park

You can’t go wrong with the good old outdoors. Bring a picnic and refreshments, sit back and be lulled by nature.

But if you want something a little more energetic, Stratford Park has two playgrounds, large grassy lawns, a small skate park, a lake, a wood and a ping table. -pong (bring your own bats). Or just feed the beautiful ducks. There is ample free parking and here you will also find the Museum in the Park and the Stratford Park Leisure Centre. Free.

take from the commons

The district of Stroud has its valleys, it also has its wide and wild commons. These are fabulous places to run, play football or fly a kite, all for free.

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There are several commons near Stroud, including Selsley Common, managed by Stroud District Council. For more inspiration, click here.

Join the Play Rangers

Play Rangers will be offering HAF (Holiday Activities & Food Program) play sessions, as well as community play dates across Gloucestershire. All sessions are free and open access, so children can come and go as they please. If your child is entitled to free school meals, you can sign up for one of the 40 free meals available at the Oldends Lane session.

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Wednesday 13 April, Lawnside Playground, Nailsworth, 10am-4pm; Wednesday 20 April, Lawnside Play Area, Nailsworth, 10am-4pm; and Thursday, April 21, The Old Common Ground, Busssage, Stroud, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Suitable for ages 7-14. For more information.

Geocaching: find hidden treasure

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that uses a free app on your phone to help you find a hidden treasure box. Each box is different, but expect to find a logbook to leave a message in and small items – pick one up and leave one for others to find after you.

There are hundreds of hidden treasure chests in the Stroud neighborhood and it’s a great excuse to get out and see somewhere new. Free. Find more information on geocaching.

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Hunt Eggs and Count Trees in Painswick Cemetery

St Mary’s Church in Painswick is famous for its 99 yews. Legend says that the 100th tree will never grow. Lots of fun in this cemetery and it’s all free.

You can combine a visit with the Painswick Playgroup Easter Egg Hunt which takes place from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April. On Saturday, April 16, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be cake, hot drinks, face painting, a raffle, and Easter guest appearances. The rabbit will be available. A map is available at the Painswick Centre, where the trail begins.

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Discover the new nature-themed mosaic on a sculpture trail

The Dursley Sculpture and Play Trail artwork in Twinberrow Woods was created by local community groups and includes a newly installed nature-themed mosaic. There is free access to visit at any time and it’s free. For more information.

Stroll through Wotton

The Cotswold Way runs through the center of Wotton-under-Edge, a bustling town in the south of the district. Walk to Wotton Hill which offers spectacular views over the River Severn, or to the remarkable 111ft Tyndale Monument in North Nibley, which was built to commemorate local hero William Tyndale, the martyred 16th century Bible translator century.

The monument is open daily with views across the Berkeley Valley and the River Severn to the Black Mountains. Find seven circular walks that start at Wotton. Free.

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Play Paganhill

There is a full program of Easter holiday activities at the Paganhill Community Group, including an afternoon of family games, craft sessions and gardening workshops for children.

Become an artist at a family fundraiser for Ukraine

Kingshill House in Dursley is hosting two family fun sessions on Wednesday April 13 and Saturday April 16, from 10am to 12pm, with all proceeds going to Unicef. On Wednesday, take part in a family yoga session with The Yoga Bird, and on Saturday kids can paint a colorful sunny scene on canvas, then see their artwork displayed for six weeks and for sale.

There will also be Easter-themed crafts, an Easter trail and a bake sale. Tickets £4 per child. More information here.

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Gifford Circus

Stroud-based Giffords Circus will open their UK tour with performances at Fennels Farm near Stroud. Carpa! features the sights and sounds of rural Mexico, and of course the district’s favorite clown, Tweedy. From April 14 to 25, several times. Cost £10-£30. Children under 3 go free. To book tickets for Giffords.

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