Pink Flamingo Island at the newly re-opened Kilver Court garden at Shepton Mallet
Pink Flamingo Island at the newly re-opened Kilver Court garden at Shepton Mallet
Bristol Glastonbury Mells Mendip Hills PLACES Shepton Mallet

What’s on over the Easter Weekend around the Mendips?

When everyone else is doing DIY this Easter weekend you’ll be pleased you read this.  Live Mendips has selected the events within striking distance we’d love to go to.  From swing to jousting, chocolate to Wurzels we have got your long weekend covered.

See the flamingos at Shepton Mallet.  No really.  Roger Saul has opened a fantastic new garden nursery at Kilver Court and to celebrate he has re-introduced four flamingos (named George, Ken, Olive and Ivy) to the stunning gardens.  Free entry to the gardens on Easter Sunday.

Get cracking on an Easter egg hunt.   An old favourite, we can’t resist chocolate.  The National Trust has egg hunts at Stourhead, Tyntesfield, Montacute, Prior Park and Lacock.  Guaranteed fun and a happy ending – what more can one ask for?

Fancy some swing?  Bristol’s swing festival returns at Circomedia and the Trinity Centre, Bristol.  A whole weekend of swing and lindyhop awaits for your delight and you can learn at all levels – beginners, intermediate and advanced.  They’ve got everything covered from twerking to tea dances.

Challenge yourself with a spot of jousting. When you’re done with the swinging what about jousting?  Glastonbury Abbey has getting medieval, and they promise a full battle a day with hundreds of re-enactors.  Sounds like a regular day in the Live Mendip household so we’ll feel right at home!

Falconry for beginners.  A little known gem in North Somerset is the Bird of Prey centre at Congresbury.  Only open to all six times a year, Easter Sunday is one of those days.  For a very reasonable £3.50 you can see falconry displays, photograph huge avian predators and even hold one.  Not to be missed for the ornithologically minded.

Ticket to ride?  We’re pleased to report that the model railway at Ashton Court is open on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday for a family-friendly price of 90p a ride.  The Bristol Society of Model Engineers will be opening their station on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.  All aboard!

Never seen the Wurzels?  You haven’t lived.  The Wurzels are headlining Mells Daffodil Festival on Easter Monday.  The festival will be opened by ITV presenter Charlene White and will feature street food, live music and a great range of stalls.  The festival organisers promote their family friendly tent so don’t be put off if you have little ones, bring them along too!

Banger racing on the Mendips.  We’re so torn between the Daffodil festival and banger racing at Mendip Raceway way near Shipham we might need to toss a coin.

Do check on the organiser’s website to see if you need to book tickets before you set off.