Somerset Easter Holiday Guide
With two whole weeks or more (gulp) off school over the Easter hols, you might need some extra inspiration for things to do around Somerset. Please add more suggestions in the comment box below!
Cinderella, Vienna Festival ballet, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 31 March-Sun 2 April
Possibly the most famous rags to riches story of them all performed by a company of young international dancers. They’re running two workshops on Sat 1 April where you can see life backstage, look at the costumes and speak to the dancers.
Codingbug workshop, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Sat 1 April
Make a Pokemon game using the computer programming language called Scratch – suitable for age 8+. You need to bring a fully charged laptop with the software already installed and you can download that here.
Glow in the dark Easter egg hunt, Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Cheddar, Sat 1-Sat 23 April
A team of expert cavers have been scaling the walls and dangling off ropes in the spectacular Cheddar caves to hide a load of illuminated eggs for you lot to discover.
The Great Spring-y Conbobulation, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Fri 14 & Sat 15 April
This is the latest House of Fairy Tales’ interactive adventure playing in and around the current exhibitions. Join the Swevenaughts as they gather bits of dreams and recycle them with their Oneiric Re-combobulator to build their distant underground Dreaming City. Surreal, befuddling and brilliant, with live characters, puppets, music, games and story-seeking (not sure what that is, please go and report back). It’s free, you don’t have to book – just turn up between 11am-4pm.
Birds and bubbles, Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, Sun 2 April
Birds of prey, a bubble-copter simulator and a bubbleologist (that’s a job that I’d like) – an unusual combination of attractions – up at the famous Helicopter Museum’s family day near Weston-super-Mare.
Jesus Christ Superstar, The Octagon, Yeovil, until 8 April
I once used to know all the words to this Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical – the whole family used to sing it on long car journeys *wince*. But don’t worry, it’s the talented singers of the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society who will be performing it over the coming week and I’ve heard they’re darned good.
Easter at Kilver Court Designer Village, Shepton Mallet, Sat 15-Mon 17 April
Keep the kids occupied searching for nine giant decorated eggs hidden in Kilver Court’s beautiful gardens (the Easter Bunny will hand out choc eggs to all who complete the trail), while you watch Paolo Arrigo, director of the world’s oldest seed company Franchi Seeds (which by a stroke of luck you can buy here in the nursery shop) cooking up delicious Italian veggie dishes in his own camper van. Inside The Great House there’s an Easter shop, spelt hot cross buns – and a whopping 2kg choc Easter egg to be won. Lots of high end brand shopping if the mood takes you, too.
Oliver and the Overworld, the egg, Bath, Sun 16 April
The first ever musical created with from scratch with sign language tells the story of a deaf boy who travels to The Overworld, the land of Machinery, to find parts to mend his best friend, Oliver the Grandfather Clock. Puppets, dancers, songs and magical transformations – and of course, fully integrated sign language.
Twisted Tales, Easter holiday theatre school, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Mon 3-Fri 7 April
Learn how to be actor over this five-day course of drama-based games, performance skills and activities. Kids will be working to create brand new re-tellings of popular stories which will be performed to family and friends at the end of the week.
Get Creative Weekend, various venues, Fri 7, Sat 8 & Sun 9 April
Get Creative is a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity with lots of mostly free events around the UK. You can find events in the south west and beyond this weekend here.
Animate a LEGO dance video, Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, Mon 10 April
Bust some cool moves with LEGO characters at a 3D animation workshop run by Bristol Art. Suitable 7 years +, no previous experience required. From 10.30am-2.30pm. Book here.
Film Jam, The Explorium, Compton Dundon, nr Somerton, Weds 12 & Thurs 13 April
Come for one day or two and make your own animated and live action short films with author and poet Corrine Williams and young film maker and skate boarder Matt Treece. There will be skate, scoot and shoot sessions on both days for anyone interested in action film-making.
Alice in Wonderland Easter Egg Trail, Forde Abbey, Chard, Fri 14-Mon 17 April
Go down the rabbit hole at Forde Abbey: their already beautiful gardens will be transformed into a fantasy land, with tea parties, giant botanicals, secret doors and magic potions – and the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter an’ all. Inspired by Laura Barrett’s silhouette-style illustrations (her wonderful work will be on sale, too). Chocolate for everyone on the trail!
Mells Daffodil Festival, Mells nr Frome, Mon 17 April
This is your archetypal village fair (and some) with music, food, over 120 street stalls, hog roast, cider, classic cars and tug of war – and ferret racing. Do you look like your dog? If so, there’s a category for you in the dog show.
Did you know you can get up to London (and back) on South West Trains for just £28 at the moment? Check out my Easter 2017 – Take the kids up to London Guide.