If you’re stuck for something to do over Easter, this list might help

Published: Thursday, 1 April, 2021

It’s official - Stroud has been named as the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, so in time for the Easter break we have compiled a list of Covid-secure ways to get out and about in our beautiful district.

As the restrictions start to ease and we have a roadmap out of lockdown, we’re looking forward to seeing our friends and family again. From the 29th March, and just in time for the Easter Holidays more restrictions are being lifted. As of the 29th March, either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are allowed to meet outdoors.

 

Support local

Local businesses in the Stroud District have been hit hard by the pandemic and as a community we can support them. Whether you’re on a walk, looking for an ice-cream or a coffee, choose local if you can. And while you’re there why not stock up on a few essentials.

Below are some examples of community shops in the district;

  • Whiteshill Community shop
  • Eastington Farm Shop
  • Pound Farm shop, Brookthorpe
  • Wotton Farm Shop
  • Frocester Fayre
  • Horsley community shop
  • Uley village shop
  • Chalford village shop

Some other alternatives could be Wholley Gelato in Elmore or Godsells milk, cheese and egg vending machine in Leonard Stanley; a fun way to support local and why not make it a treat to end a walk. It’s important you make sure to read and follow the signs at all of these local businesses, who are trying hard to keep their staff and customers safe.

 

Activities in the District

For those (hopefully not too many) rainy days in the Easter holidays there are many free activities you can do with children at home. The Museum in the Park is running home craft activities and more ideas are added during the school holidays (https://museuminthepark.org.uk/try-at-home-craft-activities).

Gloucestershire County Council is offering families home cooking kits to children who are entitled to free school meals. Further information here (https://bit.ly/30Tta9R).

The Pulse in Dursley also has lots of fun-filled activities for little ones and some great virtual classes over the Easter weekend! You can join them on Facebook Live or head out and find the Easter Eggercise Trail. All activities are free and all you need to do is tune in and make sure you've got the materials for each activity if required.

Rococo Gardens in Painswick has a great event for the all ages from the 2nd to the 18th April, 10am – 5pm. The trail is only 50p with admission to the Garden, and there is a chocolate prize! Pre-booking is essential, see more information here (https://www.rococogarden.org.uk/news/the-egg-thief/).

 

Walks around the district

In the Stroud district we’re so lucky to have some many great places to walk with some beautiful views. Stratford Park is located just outside of Stroud town and has more than 55 acres to explore. You could also take a walk along the Gloucester and Sharpness, Stroudwater Navigation or the Thames and Severn Canal and see our recent developments. As lead partner in the Cotswold Canals Connected project we are excited to share our vision of restoring and preserving the Stroudwater and Thames and Severn.

To find out more head to: https://www.cotswoldcanalsconnected.org/ . Click here to download a free nature guide: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/nature-spotters-guides

Admire the view at Selsley Common, or head to the unfinished masterpiece of Woodchester Mansion and take a walk around Woodchester Park - it’s important to know swimming is not permitted in the lakes however.

Looking for an adventure? The Cotswold Way holds a scenic route runs through Wotton-under-Edge all the way up through Cranham, or head to Frith Wood which is home to abundance of wildlife and rare plants; which children will love to discover.

To ensure as a community we respect everyone whilst visiting these destinations its always best to plan ahead; this could be arriving earlier in the day or coming back at another time if the area seems busy as some places also have limited car parking.

As always, please remember to follow the Covid-19 guidelines which can be found on the Government website (www.gov.uk).

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