Fairy Door Trail at the Wild Place Project - can you find all ten?
Fairy Door Trail at the Wild Place Project - can you find all ten?
Bristol Cheddar PLACES Wells

School’s out for Easter?

Now the clocks have changed it’s lighter for longer in the evenings, and hopefully warmer, day trips just got fun again.

If you’re having a staycation this school holidays then look no further, Live Mendips has collected some top things to do around the Mendips and the westcountry for children of all ages.

Most schools are off for the two weeks after the long Easter weekend – except children in North Somerset who have to wait until Friday 1 April.  Either way, we’ve found some great activities for all ages over the next few weeks.

Fairy Trails in South Gloucestershire.  I will travel a long way to see fairies, and so will my six year old daughter.  We can’t wait to see the fairy door trail and listen to the fairy stories.  To round off the whole experience get a ticket for the outdoor theatre production of Peter Pan.

Duck catching at Montacute. If you enjoyed Wolf Hall and your children like netting plastic ducks you’ll all be happy here.  The duck catching is on during the first week but if you miss that you’ll still be able to enjoy the ambience of the beautiful location.

Blow away those cobwebs with a windy kite-making session at Tyntesfield.  Head for the sawmill where you will make your own kite with expert help.  Take your kite outside then try to fly it over the estate!

Aardman model making comes to the Watershed.  Who doesn’t like Wallace and Gromit?  Here’s your chance to make make your own Shaun with help from the Aardman experts.  They are running six workshops over two days at the Watershed, Bristol.  We say book now before all the places fill up!

Model railway fun. Another opportunity to ride on the Ashton Court mini-railway!  Why not make a day of it and bring the children’s scooters.  The quiet tarmac roads are great for them to whizz along effortlessly.

Perfect to brighten a rainy day, the Wells Film centre is screening Zootropolis and Kung Fu Panda 3.  On the subject of fairy stories I can’t wait for The Huntsman: Winter’s War.  This dark fable is from the producers of Maleficent, and more suitable for older children and teens.  Chris Hemsworth and Emily Blunt star in this sequel/prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman and the trailer shows an action packed treat in store.

The Strawberry Line literally runs through the Mendips and named for the strawberries it brought  from Cheddar to the mainline station at Yatton via Axbridge, Winscombe and Congresbury.  A disused railway line, it makes for easy walking or pedalling as there is no steep gradient.  Cycle through the eerie 165m long Shute Shelve tunnel and enjoy a cuppa at the Strawberry Line café or bring a picnic to eat by Cheddar reservoir.

If you have an event coming up why not tell us about it?  We have lots more great things to do on our what’s on page – take a look.

By Sophia Beyer, Live Mendips editor