Find Your Spring Freedom in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
...With Our Easter Guide
Look no further for everything you need for a fun-filled, action-packed Easter in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
The Great Puzzlewood Easter Pottery Trail
This Easter, Puzzlewood will be visited by not just one, but a whole family of Easter bunnies as local pottery businesses in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have specially created ceramic rabbits that will be hidden within the 14 acres of magical woodland. The creations include a rabbit made by famed potter, Mary Rose Young, whose “Alice in Wonderland” styled work appears in the latest series of Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throw Down. The bunny trail will be found within the woodland and it will be up to eager explorers to hunt them down, snap a selfie and suggest a name for each bunny. Prizes will be given for each winning name. Find out more here.
Hunt for Dragon Eggs at Goodrich Castle, Wye Valley
Goodrich Castle has stood strong for centuries, even withstanding a siege during the Civil War, yet this Easter it faces a new threat as dragon eggs have been hidden within the grounds. It is up to young adventurers to crack the clues and track down the hidden eggs before they have a chance to hatch. Successful egg hunters will get a certificate and treats from Hotel Chocolat. The egg hunt runs every day between 4th-19th April and is available for £1 per child. Find out more here.
Get Crafty and Follow an Egg Trail to find the Gruffalo at the Dean Heritage Centre
Head to the Dean Heritage Centre this Easter for the opportunity to go on an egg hunt around five acres of historic buildings and woodland, while discovering the rich history of the Forest of Dean through a series of interactive displays. There will also be family friendly craft activities available daily in the craft hut and a nature trail deep in to the woods to find the Gruffalo. Find out more here.
Explore One of the Best Spring Gardens in the UK
Opening for 2020 on Sunday 5th April don't miss out on the stunning Lydney Park Estate Spring Gardens this Easter.
Make your own Easter Chocolates at Harts Barn Cookery School
Kids as young as seven can put their aprons on and get creative in the kitchen this Easter with a wide range of seasonally themed cookery classes. Have fun using melted chocolates to make different shapes and use transfer sheets to add an Easter spin. Or kids can take part in a baking class to make and decorate cupcakes, or even an afternoon tea for kids class! There are also family cooking classes and a range of other classes over the Easter period.
Discover Hidden Gems and Independent Retailers at Taurus Crafts’ Easter Antiques and Vintage Fair
On Easter Sunday enjoy live music throughout the day, sample artisan bites and work up an appetite for the Taurus Crafts BBQ while browsing a selection of antiques, memorabilia and vintage stalls. Taurus Crafts is also home to a collection of independent boutiques stocked full of organic chocolates, fair trade fashion and artwork created through local community projects. Find out more here.
Children go Free at Chepstow Racecourse’s Easter Monday Family Funday
This Easter Monday families can enjoy all the fun of the fair at Chepstow Racecourse with a mini big top on site that will host juggling lessons, clown shows and even a trapeze act. Younger children can enjoy the petting zoo, while teens let loose on the go-karts and bucking bronco. There will of course be top-quality horse racing throughout the afternoon which will be kickstarted with an exciting Shetland Pony race. Find out more here.
For all our Easter Events see our What's On Guide Here
There's pottery painting, Severn Bores, it's the Coleford Carnival of Transport on Easter Monday, there are family archery sessions in Monmouth, falconry at Tintern Abbey, junior birds of prey experiences, forest bathing for the ultimate in relaxation, arts and crafts and even more to see and do across the area this Easter. Or for active families see our guide to spring experiences from canoeing to climbing and high ropes courses to adventure days. There's also our guide to spring food and drink and wellbeing and don't forget to see our guide to the best places to stay this spring too.
See our full guide to finding your spring freedom in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley here.