Whether you’re trying to occupy the children during two weeks off school or enjoying a long weekend in the area with the family, there are plenty of Easter events in Stratford-upon-Avon and close by.
From Easter trails, quizzes and egg hunts, to springtime joys, such as seed planting, seeing newborn lambs and getting out among nature’s most promising season, there are loads of organised activities and events to take part in this April.
Read on too for inspiration on places to go this Easter. And don’t forget that Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations fall at the tail end of the Easter holidays, with most of the action taking place on Saturday April 27. I’ll have more on that for you in the coming days.
Easter events in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall
Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HB; website
Discover Shakespeare’s school days at the medieval schoolroom attraction in central Stratford-upon-Avon this Easter and take part in a family quiz and, for younger visitors, an Easter Bunny Trail. Activities run April 15 to 28, with extra treats from April 19-22.
Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB; Easter event listings
There’s an Easter Trail (April 19-22) as well as workshops for a variety of ages at the RSC this spring. Families also love The Play’s The Thing (kids go free with paying adults during school holidays) the RSC Tower, and theatre tours.
Shakespeare Family Homes
Central Stratford-upon-Avon, Shottery and Wilmcote; Easter event listings
There’s also something fun to see and do at five Shakespeare Family Homes during school holidays. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft and Mary Arden’s Farm for activities including making origami swans, seed planting, and egg decorating.
Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm
Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS; website
See eggs of a different kind this Easter at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, where tropical butterflies and moths have laid theirs. Tour the lush rainforest environment, where creatures fill the air, and then get up close to others in the Mini Beast Metropolis.
40 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EE; website
Visit family-friendly museum Tudor World in Stratford-upon-Avon, where children can take part in the Easter quiz. There are also the usual tours by William Shakespeare and evening ghost tours.
Easter events near Stratford-upon-Avon
Hatton Adventure World; website
Easter is the perfect time to visit this farm-based attraction (20 minutes/10 miles from central Stratford-upon-Avon), what with the spring arrivals wobbling and prancing their way around. Meet newborn lambs, chicks, and goats, hunt for Easter eggs, and head out on a tractor safari.
Charlecote Park; Easter event listings
Always popular thanks to the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Charlecote Park (15 minutes/6 miles from central Stratford-upon-Avon) also has a birds and mini beasts trail (£2 per child) from Sat 13-Wed 17 and again from Wed 24-Sun 28 April. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt runs from Thu 18-Tue 23, £3 per child. Normal admission applies to all Easter events.
British Motor Museum; Easter event listings
Family tours, trails and activities take place at this impressive motor museum, which is 25-30 minutes by road from Stratford-upon-Avon. Read my review.
Jump In Warwick; website
There’s an Easter Egg hunt at this trampoline-filled, laugh-a-minute family attraction, 20 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon by car. It runs from April 13-28.
Warwick Castle; website
There’s a brand new falconry show at Warwick Castle (20 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon) this Easter.
Coombe Abbey – Go Ape Coventry; website
Have you discovered Go Ape’s latest site? It’s set within the 500-acre estate of Coombe Abbey, just 35 minutes from Stratford. It’s an exhilarating high-ropes experience in the treetops.
Places to visit in Stratford-upon-Avon
The MAD Museum
Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6PT; website
A brilliant interactive attraction dedicated to mechanical art. Read my review.
Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EX; website
Magic Alley is a magical lifestyle emporium and wizard experience in Bell Court. It’s a great rainy afternoon treat.
Special Stratford-upon-Avon markets
There’s a special market on Bridge Street on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, 10am-5pm, with a dose of family fun throughout the day.
Escape Live Stratford-upon-Avon
31 Greenhill Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LE; website
Escape Live is an exciting escape room attraction in central Stratford-upon-Avon. Another brilliant rainy-day option.
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Information correct at date of publication