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Things to do in Somerset for all the family over Easter

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: April 04, 2012

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier

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Whether you are looking for fine dining or family fun there is something for everyone in Somerset this Easter.

From the thrills and spills of the go kart track at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier to a sedate ride on a steam train, you are sure to find somewhere to suit your tastes.

For Easter-themed adventures there are a number of places worth a visit including the Bishops Palace in Wells and the county’s newest attraction, Puxton Park.

The palace has a range of trails and historical activities on offer while Puxton is holding a three-day ‘Eggstravaganza’ complete with an egg hunt, craft-making and a range of animal encounters.

Another great place to get up and close and personal with all sorts of exciting animals is Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm where you can see everything from lambs to lions.

But if you are looking for a spot of Easter fun away from the kids don’t worry, Somerset has that covered too.

The Bath Comedy Festival is currently in full swing and with big names like Arthur Smith, Robin Ince and Barry Cryer it is guaranteed to put you in the sprit for some festive fun.

For more details on the comedy festival and nine of our other top tips for Easter in Somerset check out our list below.

FAMILY FUN...

1) Packed full of rides, arcade machines and places to eat, the iconic Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier offers a fun day out for the whole family.

With all rides half-price during the Easter holidays it is also one of the most affordable. Test your skills on the indoor go-kart track, visit the Crystal Maze or jump onboard the world’s smallest rollercoaster.

Older visitors can check out the Edwardian tearoom or slip on their dancing shoes for a special tea dance event on April 15.

Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier, Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare, 01934 620238. Easter Special: Half price rides, Punch and Judy, Tea Dance event. Suitable For: Families/all ages. When: Pier open from 10am daily. Tea Dance April 15, 2pm. Price: Rides from around £2, Tea dance £6 (01934 621 218).

2) With indoor and outdoor play areas, hands-on animal experiences and a chance to see everything from turkeys to tigers, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm offers something for everyone.

Set in 110 acres of beautiful countryside just outside Bristol it is also offering a range of Easter activities including an egg trail and craft making. Daily events include meerkat feeding, a chance to bottle feed newborn lambs, a big cat talk, reptile handling and a birds of prey display.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Road, Bristol, BS48 1PG, 01275 852606. Easter Special: Easter egg trail, craft making and egg and spoon races. Suitable For: All ages. When: Daily 10.30am-5pm. Price: Adults £12.50, concessions £11.50, children (2-16) £9.50, family ( 2 adults, 2 children) £40 or (1 adult, 3 children) £38.

3) Combining history and Easter fun, No.1 Bath Crescent is well worth a visit over the holidays.

The magnificently restored Georgian town house offers a unique insight into life in 18th Century Bath for adults and an Easter trail for the children. Follow the clues around the house to discover a variety of animals hidden within the furnishings. Chocolate eggs will be given to each child who completes the trail.

No.1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR, 01225 428126. Easter Special: Crazy Critters Trail Challenge. Suitable For: Children 5+. When: Daily To April 15, 10.30am-4.30pm. Price: Free after admission. Adults £6.50, concessions £5, children (6-16) £2.50.

4) Somerset’s newest visitor attraction at Puxton Park is pulling out all the stops over the holidays with an Easter Eggstravaganza from April 6-9.

The seasonal fun includes craft-making, an Easter bonnet parade and cuddles with Puxton’s resident rabbits. There is also a chance to take part in a number of exciting animal experiences including pony rides and a bird of prey display. Puxton Park also features a giant indoor play area, a pet village, farm shop and cafe.

Puxton Park, Cowslip Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 6AH, 01934 523 500. Easter Special: ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ including craft making, bonnet parade and egg hunt. Suitable For: Families/all ages. When: Park open daily 9am-5.30pm, Easter Eggstravaganza April 6-9. Price: Adults £6.70, children £7.70 (4-16), concessions £5.20, family (2 adults, 2 children) £26.

5) Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, the stunning Bishop's Palace medieval building is a great place for an Easter holiday adventure. You can cross a flagstone drawbridge, explore the newly refurbished palace or take a walk through the stunning gardens.

There is also a chance to follow special Easter trails, make your own lantern and join in with dancing and feasting. A new cafe, The Bishop’s Table is now open for business offering drinks, cakes and lunches.

Bishops Palace, Silver Street, Wells, BA5 1UN, 01749 673 314. Easter Special: Easter feast trail, lantern making and parades. Suitable For: All ages. When: Daily 10am-6pm. Price: Special events free with admission. Adults £7, seniors £6, concession £5, children (5-18) £3, family £17 (2 adults, 2 children). Prices include Gift Aid.

6) For a relaxed and atmospheric outing over the Easter weekend take a trip onboard the East Somerset Railway.

You can sit back and watch the picturesque Mendip hills roll by from the comfort of the beautifully restored steam trains or get involved with all sorts of seasonal fun at Cranmore Station. This includes an Easter Bunny competition and an egg hunt for younger visitors.

If you are interested in all things locomotive you can also enjoy a walk around the engine shed, museum and miniature railway. And for a really special experience you can have a taste of driving one of the great trains for just £5.

East Somerset Railway, The Cranmore Railway Station, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4QP, 0174988 0417. Easter Special: ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ including Easter Bunny competition. Suitable For: Families/all ages. When: Easter Eggstravaganza April 6-9. Usual opening times 9.30am-4pm Tuesday to Friday. Price: Fares from £8.50 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6.50 children and family £26.

SOMETHING FOR GROWN-UPS...

7) If you thought the Easter holidays was all about family fun and days out with the kids then think again. The Bath Comedy Festival proves that there is plenty for adults to enjoy too with an array of top stand-up gigs, competitions and seasonal-themed shows.

Acts to appear at the two week festival include Robin Ince, Mitch Benn and Barry Cryer. The famously grumpy Arthur Smith is performing in a number of special Easter events including an Easter Egg Hunt mystery walking tour and a cabaret ‘Eggstravaganza’.

Bath Comedy Festival, Various venues, Bath, http://www.bathcomedy.com. Easter Special: Arthur Smith’s ‘Easter Eggstravaganza Caberet’, Easter Egg Hunt and a two course lunch accompanied by musical stand-up comedian Earl Okin. Suitable For: Adults. When: Daily to April 11. See website for full listings. Arthur Smith’s Easter Egg Hunt, April 7, 11am and 2pm. Price: Events from £5. Arthur Smith’s Easter Egg Hunt, £10.

EATING OUT...

8) The Castle is serving up a very special Easter lunch complete with a bonnet competition and egg hunt to keep the children occupied.

The food on offer is a mix of classic British and more modern dishes from mains like roast beef with all the trimmings to cod with caramelised cauliflower, spinach and wild mushrooms in a cumin sauce.

And if you have a sweet tooth you won’t go home disappointed with delectable desserts that include rhubarb and apple crumble, and dark chocolate fondant with milk chocolate ice cream. The hotel and restaurant has appeared in the Good Food, Good Hotel and Harden’s Guides.

The Castle Hotel, Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 1NF, 01823 272671. Easter Special: Two or three course lunch menu plus Easter bonnet competition and egg hunt. Suitable For: Families/ all ages. When: April 8. Price: Two courses £25, three courses £30.

9) With its characterful interior, picturesque location and delicious food, the Carpenters Arms in Stanton Wick has all the ingredients for a great Easter lunch destination. The popular pub specialises in using the best seasonal produce and this is showcased in the special Easter menu.

From starters like duck and port pate, to mains that include a choice of three different roast dinners there is something to please the most discerning of palates. Desserts include treacle tart and vanilla panna cotta with stewed fruits and rum syrup.

Carpenter’s Arms, Stanton Wick, Nr Pensford, Bristol, BS39 4BX, 01761 490 202. Easter Special: Three course set lunch menu. Suitable For: All ages. When: April 8, lunch served 12pm-2.30pm. Price: Adults £25, children 12-years-old and under £12.50.

10) If you fancy a bit of fine dining this Easter then book a table at the Charlton House Spa Hotel. The hotel’s renowned restaurant has created a three-course dining experience designed for a celebration.

With dishes that include roast pork belly and foie gras terrine with toasted brioche, to a rack of lamb with truffle mash, silver onions and juniper jus you will feel as though you are eating in a top London restaurant without leaving the idyllic rural setting of Somerset. The Easter fun also includes an egg hunt around the grounds.

Charlton House Spa Hotel, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4PR, 01749 342008. Easter Special: Three course set lunch menu, Easter egg and bunny hunt. Suitable For: All ages. When: April 8, lunch served 12.30pm-3.30pm. Price: Adults £2.95, children 12-years-old half price.

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