The Easter holidays have just begun, so that means two weeks of freedom from packed lunches, football practices and the school run – two weeks of opportunities to take your family away to experience something new. So bring them to Bath! Here are just a few of the Easter-themed activities on offer over the holidays:
Easter Fun Day at Bath City Farm
On Tuesday 31st March, 11am-2pm there will be craft activities, egg themed games, and of course, the all-important Easter Egg Hunt! Mums and Dads can browse the craft and plant stalls or relax in the café while the kids run off some of that holiday energy. No advance booking required. Bath City Farm is located just outside the city and can be easily reached by car or on the number 10 and 5 buses – see the website for details
The heart of the city, Bath’s ancient and beautiful Abbey Church is worth a visit for its stunning and intricate Victorian Gothic architecture, and the 212-step Tower Tour is a great way to work up an appetite for a hearty lunch – or tire out the kids to guarantee a peaceful evening! The tour takes in the ringing chamber and bell chamber, a chance to stand on top of the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling, and you can even sit behind the clock face! It runs every hour on the hour (last tour 4pm) and costs £6 for adults or £3 for children.
If you wish to worship at the Abbey over Easter there are a variety of services to suit all ages and tastes:
- 8.30am Morning Prayer
- 11.00am Holy Communion
- 7.30pm Sung Eucharist for Maundy Thursday Wherein Bath Abbey Men’s Choir will sing Byrd’s Mass in Three Parts and Shephard’s I give you a new commandment
- 10.30am Cross Walk Service in the Abbey
- 11.00am Joint Cross Walks Service in Abbey Churchyard
- 12noon Three Hour Service with Music by J S Bach, played by Michael Mace (Cello). The service is divided into half hour segments to allow for people to join or leave as appropriate.
- There is a special service of Meditation in Music for Good Friday at 7.30pm, where Bath Abbey’s Choirs of Girls and Men will perform Stainer’s Crucifixion, with hymns for congregational participation. No tickets or advance booking required.
A full Calendar of Sunday services will be available on Easter Sunday, beginning with
- Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 8am; this service includes a sermon but no hymns, and lasts around 40 minutes.
- Parish Communion takes place at 9.30am, with a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere; a creche is also available. The service lasts one hour, including a mix of classic hymns and songs of worship, and Bath Abbey Girls’ Choir will sing Vaughan Williams’ Easter. There is coffee after the service, giving everyone an opportunity to mingle and chat.
- There will be Sung Eucharist at 11.15am, led byThe Right Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, with Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Philips’ Ecce vicit Leo sung by Bath Abbey Choirs of Girls and Men.
- Festal Evensong is at 3.30pm, where Bath Abbey Choirs of Boys and Men will sing
O Sons and daughters – DaviesPsalm 114Howells in GThe Twelve – Walton
- For those who prefer a more relaxed form of worship, the Abbey’s BTW: Informal Evening Service is at 6.30pm and lasts around one hour.
Ora Et Labora
Open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week and located right between Abbey Green and the Abbey Churchyard, Ora Et Labora offers a great school holiday program of craft activity workshops for kids of all ages, from window art to weaving, all linked to Bath’s Medieval heritage. Ora Et Labora (which is Latin for ‘pray and work’, the Monastic motto taken from the Rule of Saint Benedict) is famous for selling delicious honey mead and Bath Medieval Pudding, both of which can be sampled by mums and dads while the kids are busy crafting their masterpieces. Sessions cost £5 per child, sampling is free!
The Egg Hunt (#theegghunt)
As part of The Egg Theatre’s 10th birthday celebrations, all through the Easter Holidays you can take part in the grand adventure of tracking down 25 decorated eggs hidden across the city centre. Free egg hunt maps are available from the egg theatre’s café, Bath Library, Bath’s Visitor Centre and can be downloaded here. The only egg not marked on the map is the grand prize Golden Egg – it’s up to you wily hunters to figure out where that one can be found!
The map includes questions to answer while you search for the hidden eggs, and egg hunters are encouraged to post pictures on facebook and twitter using the hashtag #theegghunt. Completed maps with all questions answered will be entered into a prize draw to win the Golden Egg to keep, plus tickets for both the egg’s Christmas show and the Theatre Royal Bath’s pantomime. The first 100 maps handed in at the egg reception will also receive a handmade treat from the San Francisco Fudge Factory. So get cracking!
And for those who want a few less eggs and a few more giggles, check out the 7th annual Bath Comedy Festival. Running from Friday March 27th to Monday April 6th, this years festival is the biggest to date, with over 100 events and more acts than ever before in both the core curated programme and the free-entry open programme.
The Bath Comedy Festival is known for hosting an eclectic mix of both well-known and up-and-coming comedy performers, and this year includes the first ever Kids’ Comedy Festival. Visit the festival website for full details and booking information, and you’re laughing!