If you’re on the look out for child-friendly activities to keep the kids happy this Easter school holiday, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best special events and nationwide diary dates to keep the little ones in good spirits for the two week break.
What to Do This Easter School Holiday
In-Hotel Easter Egg Hunt, Cambridge
The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge will be hosting an in-room egg hunt, offering one guest the chance to win a free overnight stay in the hotel’s Senior Fellows Suite if they find the hidden golden egg. On Easter Sunday (1st April), a range of chocolate Easter eggs will be concealed throughout the hotel’s 46 rooms for guests to hunt, with a special winning golden egg to be found. So if you lose, sounds like there’s still chocolate in the picture… The in-room Easter Egg hunt will only be available for guests staying at the hotel on Easter Sunday (1st April), with the winner able to redeem their prize (excluding Bank Holidays, Fridays and Saturdays) until the end of November 2018. www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk
Family Fun at Lucknam Park, Bath
There are more Easter egg hunts on offer amongst a weekend (or more) full of fun at the gorgeous Lucknam Park near Bath. Little ones will enjoy hunting for Easter eggs amidst 500 acres of gorgeous gardens and parkland. They can also enjoy pony rides at the Equestrian Centre or take part in family cooking classes at the Cookery School. And if that’s not enough to keep them occupied, the family facility The Hideaway welcomes the whole family to enjoy time together in the fun-house-style cosy play cottage.
The 3-night Easter Retreat includes: 3 nights with daily full English breakfast, Dinner in Restaurant Hywel Jones on two evenings, Dinner in The Brasserie on one evening, Easter egg hunt, Chocolate Easter egg, Use of the award-winning ESPA spa facilities, Use of The Hideaway. The Easter Retreat costs £2,625 for three nights based on a family of 3 (two adults and one child under the age of 12) and includes all the above activities and meals. Available for arrival on Friday 30th March 2018 and subject to availability.
The Eden Project Weather Maker
How do you prepare for the weather in Britain? Make your own, of course! The Weather Maker is part of the Rainforest Canopy Walkway at the Eden Project in Cornwall, enabling everyone to explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest from the treetops. Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops; sounds like a welcome break from the UK autumn climate… edenproject.com
Horniman Easter Fair
From 31 March – 1 April (10.30am–4.30pm), check out the Easter Fair at Horniman, which includes an Easter trail, crafts workshops, face painting and other family activities. It’s free entry across the weekend, and is suitable for ages 3+. Also worth checking out is the Family Bat Walk on Friday 13 April from 7-9pm. Learn all about bats in this fun family session, where little ones will enjoy creating bat-inspired arts and crafts before going into the Gardens to search for bats using real detectors. Suitable for children aged 8+. Tickets: Child £3, Adult £5. horniman.ac.uk
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Digital Detox for all the Family at Wilderness
If you’re all suffering from screen-fatigue, take the family to Wilderness this February half term. Wilderness, a 5,000-acre private estate, is home to fully-serviced properties from luxury manors, country houses, farmhouses and cottages, and is the perfect location for a group digital detox to enjoy time together. Activites on offer include archery, scavenger hunts and bonfire experiences. All properties on the estate are within cycling distance of one another, the Pashley bikes provided are the perfect way to discover the grounds and local wildlife. Take to the Wilderness waters in complimentary rowing boats and sail around Sibton Park lake, then make fish the dish of the day and cast rods out into the water to take supper home. From £459 a night, wildernessreserve.com
Haddon Hall Reopens
Haddon Hall reopens its doors to the general public on Saturday 24 March 2018, giving visitors the chance to once again immerse themselves in 900 years of history, art and craftsmanship with a stroll around the magnificent cascading Tudor gardens, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Peak District. From 30 March to 2 April there will be four days of family friendly events, as Haddon Hall plays host to age-old archery in the Chapel Fields, an Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, music and much more… haddonhall.co.uk
Hunt for the Cheshire Cat
This immersive London experience takes fans of Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland through Central London galleries, bookshops and alleyways in search of the Cheshire Cat. Cryptic clues are texted by the Cheshire Cat himself (never mind the whole no-opposable-thumbs thing). Once you text back your answer, the crafty cat will decide how your quest will progress. Suitable for the older audience, and definitely one for adults to enjoy, too! Until 4 May 2018, £23 per ticket; starts at St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE; visit Cheshire Cat in the Hidden City for details.
Healey’s Cyder Farm
This family-fun, farm adventure includes a free Easter hunt, where little ones can meet friendly rabbits and farm animals along the way. With a map in tow, children can safely roam areas of the farm to find hidden Easter egg-shaped signs that contain a letter. Collect all the letters to discover the Easter themed word, which allows kids to collect an Easter treat. A Peter Rabbit themed Cornish afternoon tea in the new Mowhay Tea Rooms will be available for those needing refuelling after their egg hunt. Everything is homemade on the farm using Healeys ingredients and sourced locally where possible. healeyscyder.co.uk
Winnie the Pooh at the V&A
Take any fans of this chubby little cubby and friends to see the brilliant V&A exhibition, dedicated to all things Winne the Pooh. A welcome dose of childhood nostalgia awaits adults, while there’s plenty to delight younger fans of AA Milne’s work, too. Until 8 April, £8, vam.ac.uk
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