Cracking Easter fun in Dudley borough

Dudley Council is offering a range of fun activities for children and young people to enjoy during the Easter school holidays.

The break will be kick-started with the Discover Dudley weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April. Co-ordinated by Dudley Council, the events will see selected visitor attractions in the borough offering discounts and free craft activities. Further details can be found online at

Duncan Edwards, Crystal, Halesowen leisure centres and The Dell Stadium have plenty of activities to entertain the kids, including free swimming, £1 football sessions, craft activities and brand-new soft play areas. For further information about leisure centre activities and to pre-book sessions people can visit

All Dudley borough residents aged 16 and under can enjoy free swimming at Crystal, Duncan Edwards and Halesowen leisure centres from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 16 April. Family fun disability swims will be held at Duncan Edwards on Wednesday 5 and 12 April, Crystal Leisure Centre on Friday 7 and 14 April, and Halesowen Leisure Centre on Saturday 1, 8 and 15 April.

People who have not previously registered for free swimming must do so at before their visit. Numbers are limited and entry will be on a first come first served basis.

On Saturday 1 April there will be a free craft activity at Saltwells National Nature Reserve, celebrating spring and new life. The activity runs from 1pm to 3pm with people welcome to drop into the warden's base throughout.

At Sycamore Adventure there will be family play sessions on Saturday 1, Monday 3, Wednesday 5 and 12, and Friday 14 April. The centre will also hold inclusive play for children with disabilities and their families on Tuesday 4 and 11 and Thursday 6 and 13 April. People must book in advance by visiting

At Dudley Museum at The Archives imaginative youngsters will love the ‘Rock Biters, Stone Smashers & Gravel Gobblers’ story telling activity, with games and craft, on Tuesday 4 April. The museum will also host an Easter egg hunt with a twist on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April with Easter craft followed by a dinosaur egg hunt to win a chocolate prize at the end. Each activity costs £5 per child and must be pre-booked.

Stourbridge Town Hall will offer live entertainment with stage adaptations of ‘The Jungle Book’ on Tuesday 4 April and ‘The Little Mermaid: An Underwater Musical Adventure’ on Thursday 13 April.

On Friday 7 April at Wollescote Park there will be a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt with family Easter activities and entertainment from a magician and a poet. Organised by Friends of Wollescote Park and Wollecsote Residents Association, the free event runs from 10am.

At Stevens Park (Quarry Bank) children can enjoy decorating an Easter bonnet at a crafts session from 11am to 2pm on Friday 7 April. The session is free, but people need to bring their own hat to decorate. On Sunday 9 April the park will hold an Easter event from 11am to 4pm including the annual Charity Dog show, an Easter bonnet parade, market and food stalls, activities, and games.

Dudley Council and Dudley Zoo and Castle have also teamed up to host two fantastic days of entertainment to celebrate the legend of St George on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.

The zoo has a limited number of tickets on offer for people to gain admission to the attraction from 3pm at just £5 per person. People can book tickets online now by visiting


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