Sunday, December 21st, 2014





Family Easter Events in Shropshire 2014

Here is our selection of family friendly events taking place in Shropshire over the Easter break.

National Trust Eggsplorer in Shropshire

Cadbury team up with National Trust to offer families a cracking Easter weekend offering families the ultimate day out with their popular Easter Egg Trails.

Easter Events 2014

This year the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail (18-21 April) will be inviting families to unleash their inner explorer with adventurous trails taking place at Attingham Park, Benthall Hall, Carding Mill Valley, Dudmaston Estate (20 & 21 April) and Sunnycroft.

All Eggsplorers will receive a delicious chocolatey treat at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will help support special places in the Midlands.

green bar

FREE – Pop Up Festival of Stories at Enginuity – 19/04/2014

Children’s writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers will be entertaining and inspiring families during an exciting day of free events, activities and art workshops celebrating children’s literature at Enginuity and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge on Easter Saturday, 19th April 2014.

Ed Vere will be at the Ironbridge Pop Up Festival of Stories on 19th April.

Ed Vere will be at the Ironbridge Pop Up Festival of Stories on 19th April.

This children’s literature festival with a twist, brings children and families together to enjoy and participate in stories by creating a magical event where play, experiment, creativity and collaboration are celebrated.

The Pop Up Festival of Stories is free for all, including admission to Enginuity and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, so everyone can experience the joy of children’s books. Children and families can expect to see fantasy author Sarwat Chadda’s Marvel Comics inspired interpretations of classic myths, told through roaming performances and monster puppets, novelist Julia Golding’s Arthurian Pavilion, featuring medieval game shows, knights, minstrels and the legendary Round Table and illustrator Jane Ray’s giant toy theatre, telling tales of mermaids, firebirds and flying horses, which children help bring to life on the day.

Other highlights include Mr Big illustrator Ed Vere’s 50s era jazz joint with a cabaret line-up, whacky cocktails and compulsory dressing-up; Katie’s Picture Show creator James Mayhew’s pop-up art gallery, where giant art-works by classic artists – co-created with children and parents – come to life and Illustrator Thomas Docherty’s enormous mobile installation of an enchanted city, co-created with hundreds of children and parents who attend the Festival.

During the day visitors can also enjoy visiting Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, the Darby Houses and Enginuity, all of which will be open free of charge on the day. Visitors are advised to park at the Ironbridge Park and Ride, a short distance away at the top of Jiggers Bank (TF43QE).

The Ironbridge Gorge Pop Up is preceded by an extensive outreach programme including 20 days of author workshops in Shropshire Schools and high profile author events at venues in Telford and Ironbridge. Local children will then have a stake in the Festival and encourage their friends and families to come to Ironbridge Gorge on 19th April, helping to build a diverse and loyal audience.

green bar

Explore Weston Park this Easter with a great day out!

Explore everything Weston Park has to offer this Easter with a great day out!

Children can run wild in the Adventure Playground, explore the Park on foot or on your bike taking in woodland, wildlife, lakes and follies or simply relax in the gardens or take a tour of the magnificent house and its treasures.

Set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland, a day out at Weston has something to offer all tastes and budgets.

Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, homemade cakes and sandwiches or a delicious seasonally inspired lunch in the Granary Grill & Deli.

Why not join in with Easter craft activities? Children and adults can have a go at decorating Easter themed gifts, including painting a wooden egg cup, or adding a design to an egg shaped candle to take home.

Craft making runs from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th April and Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th April 2014.

The cost is just £2 per item in addition to standard admission.

Admission Prices for House, Park and Gardens: Adults £8.50, Seniors £7.50, Children (4-14 years) £6.00, Family £23.00 (2 adults and up to three children. Includes admission to the House), Groups 12+ £6.00

green bar

Family activities at Blists Hill Victorian Town

This Easter go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town and take part in a variety of fun drop-in activities from dipping fabulously colourful candles and building a wall with mini-bricks to discovering Morse Code and colouring in pictures of Victorian scenes.

Candle dipping at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Candle dipping at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

The fascinating museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge, where life over 100 years ago is recreated, will be staging the activities from Saturday 12th until Sunday 27th April; sessions take place from 10.15am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm.

Children from five years and upwards will enjoy using liquid wax in primary colours to create striped multi-coloured candles; they can also see a full demonstration of candle making in a similar process to that used back in the Victorian period.

Youngsters trying the mini-brick laying activity can learn how to build a wall using different ‘brick bonds’ to see which give the strongest walls, afterwards they can spot the different patterns as they walk around the Town.

Over at the Post Office, they can see how telegrams would have been using Morse Code before tapping out their own messages on a real telegraph key. Both these activities are best for the over sevens, while the Colouring Corner is for all ages, where youngster will find paper sheets featuring images of places around the Town to be coloured-in.

Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £27.50 per adult, £21 for the 60 plus, £16.50 for students and children and £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

green bar

Easter fun on the Severn Valley Railway

A packed programme of exciting family activities awaits visitors to the Severn Valley Railway during the Easter holidays.

Severn Valley Railway

Step back in time with a steam-train ride along the scenic Severn Valley, from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, with daily services running throughout the Easter holidays from April 12th – 27th.

Hop on and off to explore the beautifully restored stations along the line – if the weather is nice, why not take a country walk and enjoy lunch at one of our picnic areas or restaurants?

This Easter, families can also enjoy a quiz to spot the chicks and bunnies along the length of the line and a colouring competition to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, including an SVR Annual Family Pass worth £120 or one of four standard family tickets.

Those wanting to find out more about the Railway can visit The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, which is home to an impressive collection of reserve locomotives, majestic Royal Carriage, array of family-friendly interactive exhibits and Railway-themed children’s outdoor play area. In addition, visitors to The Engine House this Easter can also hone their craft and make a Decopatch keepsake* on April 19th, 20th, and 21st.

The Coalyard Miniature Railway will also be running on selected dates at Kidderminster station during the Easter holidays.

Families are also being encouraged to take advantage of the SVR’s ‘Fantastic Fares’ on Freedom of the Line tickets on 18th and 25th April, where they can enjoy up to 30 per cent off full ticket prices. Numbers are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

green bar

The Easter Bunny Hops Into Telford Shopping Centre

Over the next few weeks, Sherwood Square in Telford Shopping Centre is being transformed into a magical forest for Easter with everybody’s favourite woodland creatures.

Telford Shopping Centre will be running an Easter Bunny Competition.

Telford Shopping Centre will be running an Easter Bunny Competition.

The exciting new Spring display includes a giant walk through tree with animated Easter animals waiting to serenade their visitors. Spring flowers and Easter eggs also surround the enchanted woodland making this an Egg-cellent Easter family attraction.

Telford Shopping Centre will also be running an Easter Bunny Competition, challenging young visitors to find bunnies which will be hidden in various shops throughout the Centre. The competition will run from Tuesday 8th April – Wednesday 16th April, giving you plenty of time to spot them!

Competition entry forms can be picked from the Centre’s Customer Service Desks.

green bar

Create moving pictures at Enginuity family workshops

Discover how to create moving pictures from a series of still images at the drop-in Moving Pictures family workshops to be held at Enginuity, near Ironbridge during the Easter school holiday from Saturday 12th until Sunday 27th April.

Easter fun at Enginuity family workshops.

Easter fun at Enginuity family workshops.

The eye can be tricked into thinking that the static pictures are moving when they flicker in rapid succession. At the workshops you will create your own moving pictures using simple craft materials to build a zoetrope, thaumatrope or spinner, devices which can produce the illusion of animation. Workshops will be held daily between 10.30am and 3.45pm; activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.

Open 10am to 5pm Enginuity is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £27.50 per adult, £21 for the 60 plus, £16.50 for students and children and £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

green bar

Easter Egg Hunt and free craft workshops for the kids

There’s lots going on at Shrewsbury’s Pride Hill and Darwin Shopping Centres this Easter.

Miriam Salas and Sharon Griffiths from the Management Suite at Pride Hill with some of the prizes for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Miriam Salas and Sharon Griffiths from the Management Suite at Pride Hill with some of the prizes for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Local artists, Jamila Walker and Jenni Stobbs, will be offering shoppers bags of inspiration at two fun-for-all free crafts workshops – including making novelty bunting and Easter masks – on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16, and there’s also a chance for under 16s to snap up some bumper prizes in The Great Egg Hunt.

The hunt has already begun for 20 Easter eggs which have been discreetly hidden in window displays of shops at both Shrewsbury’s main shopping centres.
Shrewsbury Shopping Centres’ community co-ordinator Maggie Love, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to this year’s Easter egg hunt, both from young people keen to take part and shop owners at Pride Hill and Darwin Shopping Centres who have got right behind it, offering generous prizes and their full-on support.

“They’ve put the eggs in some ingenious places in colour-filled window displays, so families will have lots of fun trying to spot them.”

To join the hunt all youngsters have to do is download an entry form from the Shrewsbury Shopping Centre website or Facebook page or simply collect a form from the post box in The Entertainer store in the Pride Hill Centre.

green bar

Egg Dancing and Easter fun at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire as they celebrate Easter over the Bank holiday weekend from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April.

Blists Hill Victorian Town egg dancing whilst blind folded.

Blists Hill Victorian Town egg dancing whilst blind folded.

A highlight will be the unusual pastime of egg dancing, which will take place twice a day opposite the Print Shop. Once blindfolded, the townsfolk will dance across the street without stepping on eggs that are carefully placed along their route. After the demonstration, everyone can have-a-go with mini Easter eggs and lollies as rewards for completing the course without stepping on an egg!

Come wearing your best Easter Bonnet, as the Town’s milliner will be judging the finest creations at 2pm in the Pleasure Gardens; there will be prizes for the best adult and child entries and everyone taking part receives a small Easter egg.

There’s also a ‘hunt-the-chick’ competition, following a trail of clues around the recreated Victorian town; hands-on workshops such as candle dipping in the goods shed and open-air performances by the Prince Albert Players.

Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £27.50 per adult, £21 for the 60 plus, £16.50 for students and children and £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

green bar

“Friends” of West Felton CE Primary School Easter Egg Trail

The “Friends” of West Felton CE Primary School will be hosting their fundraising Easter Egg Trail on Sunday 06 April 2014 at Pradoe Church, Nr West Felton, Oswestry.

This family event will start at 11.30am and the last map will be sold at 3pm.

Buy a map/clue sheet for £2 each and follow the clues, which will be dotted around the woodland grounds of the beautiful Pradoe Estate, to help you solve the quiz. Return your completed map/clue sheet to Pradoe Church and you’ll receive an easter egg. All correct answers go into a hat and the winner will receive a prize. Plus there’s an Easter Bonnet Competition with the first prize being a £5 gift voucher from Molly’s sweet shop.

There will also be a raffle, lucky dip, tea and cakes, freshly made pancakes, hot dogs and jacket potatoes.

If it’s wet bring wellies and if it’s hot bring a deck chair – dogs on leads are also welcome.

Enjoy the wonderful views of Shropshire from Pradoe whilst raising money for West Felton CE Primary school.

Pradoe Church will be sign posted from West Felton.

green bar

Easter Holiday Eggs-travaganza at Attingham Park

Attingham Park is offering family adventures galore this Easter holiday, with activities from Easter crafts to pirate trails, sporting taster sessions and more.

Attingham Park at Easter

Attingham Park at Easter

A hunt for treasure is on the cards for young pirates this holiday, with treasure-hunting trails running daily from Saturday 12 April to Sunday 27, 10am – 4pm, with a prize at the end for successful swashbucklers. Families with older adventurers can take on a new challenge with an orienteering course to find hidden locations around the grounds – they can also win a prize to take home as a reward. All trails are £2.50 and include a prize.

The holidays will get off to a flying start with the return of Feather Perfect Falconry to showcase their stunning birds of prey between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 13 April, with a static display and a chance to see the birds in flight. Flying display times will be advertised on site on the day.

Little ones can enjoy themed activities at Trusty’s Tuesday Club, with Easter crafts on Tuesday 15 April and the chance to hunt for animal tracks and be a nature detective on Tuesday 22 April. Families can drop by to enjoy these activities between 10am and 4pm, with a charge of just £2.50 per child.

Cadbury Easter Trails will be back again from Good Friday to Easter Monday, with children able to become Eggsplorers, make a hat and see if they can find all the magical eggs around the grounds before claiming a chocolate Egghead prize. Over these four days families can also enjoy old-fashioned sports day activities on the play field, and challenge each other to an egg and spoon race. Trails are £2.50 including a prize, and other prizes are also available.

There are also plenty of new discoveries to be made, with a range of sporting activity days throughout the holidays when families can unleash their inner sporting heroes. On Sunday 13 and Wednesday 23 April visitors can try their hands at archery and tackle the climbing wall, and there’ll be more sports day favourites to try out on Wednesday 16 April. Archery and climbing are just £3 each, with full instruction, making it a great way to find a new favourite sport with no experience needed.

Standard grounds admission charges apply to all events. Admission to the grounds is free for National Trust members and under 5s.

Easter holiday fun at Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council invites you to join the outdoor recreation service and discover Severn Valley Country Park this Easter. The service is offering a number of events to keep children occupied over the holidays:

Self-led Gruffalo Trail – (Saturday 12 April 2014 – Sunday 27 April 2014 11am – 4pm)
Follow the clues to find characters from the Gruffalo story hidden around the park. Work out the puzzle to win a small prize. Trail Maps £1.50 each.

Pond Dipping Session – (Friday 18 April 11am-12.30pm, and Friday 25 April 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-3.30pm)
With our rangers, come and hunt for the many different creatures living in the ponds at the park. All equipment is provided. Children £3 (adults free) Booking recommended – 01746 781192.

Easter Craft Sessions – (Saturday 19 April and Saturday 26 April 11am-12.30pm)
Enjoy making some Easte-themed crafts with our rangers. Children £3 (adults free) Booking recommended – 01746 781192.

Help George find the Dragon – Wednesday 23 April (10am-12pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm)
Join Sir Gawains Knight Training Academy to learn the skills that you will need to track down the elusive dragons egg. Why not come along dressed up as a dragon, a knight or a princess? Prizes for the best costumes.

Children £3 (adults free) Booking essential – 01746 781192.

green bar

Creatures of the Night – Friday 25 April (7.30pm-9.30pm)
Learn about nocturnal wildlife, listen to the echolocation calls of bats as they hunt and look for the incredible mating dance of newts breeding in the pools.

£5 per adult, £3 per child or £12 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children). Booking and payment in advance essential – 01746 781192.

Meet at the Visitor Centre and Teashop for all events, open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm and every day during school holidays.

Posted on April 4th, 2014 by shropshirelive.com

 

Featured

Sandy Edwards

Aaron & Partners Ask the Expert: Sandy Edwards

Sandy Edwards, an Associate from the Family Law Team at Aaron & Partners, looks at five myths associated with divorce.

 

Featured

LB Bear

Lanyon Bowdler unveils new film

A Shropshire firm of solicitors has joined the likes of John Lewis and Sainsbury’s by unveiling its own touching advert.

Competitions and Offers

NATM3

Free Film Friday – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Posted 19/12/2014

Fancy seeing Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb or another film of your choice at Cineworld Shrewsbury for free? Enter our Free Film Friday competition.

More Competitions And Offers ➞