Entertaining the kids over the holidays can get pricey. Looking for activities to entertain your little ones over the Easter holidays on a budget? Look not further, I got you!

Free Activities in Gloucestershire

1. Gloucester Cathedral 

  • The Cheeky Chick Easter Trail – collect trail sheets from the welcome desk. Free but a donation of £5 is suggested. Running until 16th April, every day except Good Friday
  • Easter Family Activity Sessions in The Chapter House on 11th, 12th and 13th 12:30-3:30. Free but booking required. Again, donation suggested.

2. Museum in the Park (Stroud)

  • Easter Bunny Trail around the museum. Maps are available at the reception desk. Free but donations appreciated. Their walled garden is starting to bloom too. Everyday until April 16th 11-4.

3. The Jet Age Museum (Staverton)

  • For budding pilots. Single flyer aircrafts you can sit in, and larger ones you can go in too. If you know your aircrafts they have a Trident (passenger jet) and the Vulcan (which was a British bomber plane used in the Falklands war) you can go in – timed tours but tickets free.
    Free entry but donations appreciated.
  • On April 22nd They’ve got a visit from a vampire jet fighter and special speakers 10-4.

4. Egg Hunt Trail at Robinswood Hill

  • On until April 16th. Free – trail map available online at Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

5. Dunkertons Cider

  • Saturday 8th free screening of the movie Hop 10-12. Best fancy dress and colouring.

6. Easter Eggstravaganza 

  • Hucclecote Community Centre Saturday 8th 2:30-4:30 Family Easter Even with Peter Rabbit. Free entry. Shopping stalls, free crafts and a bar.

7. The Hewlett (Cheltenham)

  • Easter Funday on Sunday 9th – free entry – easter egg hunt, kids games, charity raffle and more. 3-5pm.

8. St James City Farm

  • Wednesday 12th April free arts and crafts plus meet the rabbits 11-12:30pm – activity is aimed at GL1 postcodes

9. Pets at Home

  • Free My Pals workshops running most days at both Chelt and Glos. This time they are doing foraging boxes for rodents and meet the animals and get a certificate at the end.

10. Gloucestershire Libraries

  • Check your local one as I am pretty sure they all run activities over the holidays.

Low-cost activities in Gloucestershire

St Augustine’s Farm (Near Frampton)

  • £6.50 adults and £5.50 children – under 2s free. Open Fri-Mon 10-4. Easter hunts, calf and lamb feeding, guinea pig holding, other animals, small play park.

Primrose Vale Easter Trail

  • Until 16th April and tickets are £5.50 a child and £2.50 an adult.

At-home budget activities:

  • Feed the ducks (bird feed or frozen peas)
  • Chalking outside
  • Decorating digestive biscuits or a baking kit (around £2 a pack)
  • Den making (indoors or outdoors depending on weather)
  • Gardening
  • Spring walk scavenger hunt (available free on google)
  • Making daisy chains

Kids eat free over the holidays

Free food for kids? I like the sound of that. Sadly, in this case there isn’t really such a ting as a free meal.

The two best offerings are:

Asda: kids eat for £1 with no minimum adult spend (as in, adults don’t even need to buy anything!).

Ikea: Kids meals from 95p

Kids eat free with an adult spend:  

  • TGI Fridays: kids eat free with every adult main (ends 16th)
  • Bill’s: free all-day meals for up to two children with every adult main dish.
  • Yo! Sushi: free all day with an adult minumum spend of £10
  • Bella Italia: Kids £1 with every adult main
  • Morrisons: kids eat free with every adult meal purchased at £4.49
  • The Real Greek: kids under 12 free with every £10 adult spend
  • Dobbies: kids eat free with every adult meal after 12pm daily
  • Sainsbury’s: kids £1 with every adult meal
  • M&S: kids eat free with every £5 adult spent