The Commandery gardens will open for free for local residents seeking a breath of fresh air, a walk and a coffee at Easter, with a Family Fun Fitness Trail encouraging little legs to let off steam, from Good Friday 2 to Sunday 18 April (excluding Monday 12 April).

Situated next to Fort Royal Hill and just off the canal footpath, The Commandery is in the ideal spot for local residents to get some exercise while enjoying the spring blossom and beautiful bulbs coming up in the museum’s beautiful enclosed gardens. There will also be a free Family Fun Fitness Trail available in the gardens with exciting tasks to complete for budding explorers who need a change of scenery. With a trail happening on Fort Royal Hill organised by Friends of Fort Royal Park over the same period, it is in the ideal location for a local outing with your household, a solitary stroll or some exercise with a friend.

Commandery Coffee will continue to offer delicious take-away drinks, cakes and snacks from 10am each day, and will have outdoor seating available from 12 April onwards. Please note that the toilet facilities will remain closed until the rest of the museum reopens fully from Tuesday 18 May.

There is no need to book, but the museum will be following all government guidance and there may be limits to visitor numbers that mean a short wait at busy times to ensure everyone’s safety. In line with national guidance, groups should be limited to six people or two households.

In May, those local to The Commandery can look forward to a Mini Golf day, which is back on bank holiday Monday 3 May in The Commandery gardens, after its popularity last year. Families wishing to take part will need to pre-book a session by visiting