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Room on the Broom trail at Dean Heritage Centre and things to keep the kids entertained in Gloucestershire this Easter

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

Room on the Broom trail at Dean Heritage Centre this weekend

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CHOCOLATE, hot cross buns and family days out – that’s what Easter is all about.

There’s certainly plenty going on in Gloucestershire this weekend that will keep the kids entertained.

At Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean, fans of Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom are in for a treat today, tomorrow and Monday.

A launch event of a new woodland trail will see the official Gruffalo character hand over the reins to a new gang of loveable characters which will reside in the woodland until March 2015.

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Harri Le Claire, event manager at the venue, said: “The characters have been expertly carved by our talented chainsaw carvers and the launch event over the Easter weekend will be fun-filled for families and a fitting celebration of our fabulous new trail.”

As well as the woodland trail which features interactive elements at each scene and a great photo opportunity at the end, the centre will be screening the Room on the Broom film which tells the tale of a witch, her band of broom buddies and a fearsome, fire breathing dragon.

On Easter Monday, producer of the animated film will be at the venue to talk about bringing the magical stories to the big screen.

The centre is open from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £7 for children while under-threes are free.

Elsewhere, there’s an Easter egg trail at Slimbridge Wetland Centre and a toddler-friendly trail at Primose Vale Farm shop in Cheltenham.

Meanwhile, at Batsford Arboretum there is a Big Batsford Easter Chicken Hunt until April 27 where children can follow a trail to find the chickens that have laid the eggs. It takes place at 10am to 5pm with a £2.50 admission fee.

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