Family Friendly Easter Activities
Many of us wonder what to do with the children over the Easter school break…apart from letting them eat copious amounts of chocolate. As the cold winter weather begins to break for sunshine and showers, there is no better time to take your kids outside to explore. With our list of top Easter holiday activities, nobody will have time to be bored over spring.
Easter Egg Hunt
Obviously, the Easter holidays are incomplete without an Easter egg hunt! World-famous Cadbury have teamed up with the National Trust to create exquisite Easter egg hunts around the country. For a day out that satisfies young and old, Buckland Abbey in Devon offers an educational experience as well as delicious chocolate bounty. As you search through the historic hallways and woodlands follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake, dress up as a Tudor, and create pieces of art from natural materials in craft workshops.
It is an old Easter tradition to throw out your old winter clothes and don new summer ones, like spring cleaning. This may usually be a year-round ritual, but the growing popularity of Easter bonnets are bringing the tradition back. Make your own unique bonnet to wear on Easter Sunday at the The Commandery in Worcester, one of the most diverse historical sites in Britain. There shall also be a day of Easter activities at Fort Royal park, with prizes for the best bonnets.
Getting your Green Thumbs
Spring is the best time of year to clear out the winter debris in your garden and bring it back to life. It’s also a great opportunity to teach your children about nature and where food comes from. By planting just a few seeds, you can keep them occupied and enjoy the fruits of their labour by the next school holiday. There are some great ideas for getting your kids growing on the BBC website, as well as some fun facts to keep them busy if it’s not quite the weather for gardening!
A Lunch with a View
Get out your blankets and dust your wicker basket, with the warmer weather comes picnic season. As the landscape begins to bloom, explore the countryside and find yourself the perfect picnic spot. Wherever you are in the country, in London city centre or the Shetland Islands, there is no excuse to try a family picnic this spring. The Telegraph has collated a pristine list of Britain’s best picnic spots to help you plan your Easter break. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not take your Easter lunch outside in a picnic?
Many of us have come back from our skiing holidays last winter missing the slopes. Take advantage of Britain’s many indoor ski slopes this Easter holiday, giving you the chance to relive winter memories and practice for next year. Snow Factor is Scotland’s only indoor real snow slope, complete with panoramic restaurant and bier halle for the grown-ups. With experienced instructors to aid beginners and stunt ramps for experts, the Snow Factor slopes guarantee an exciting day out for everyone.
Make Easter sweeter this year with a visit to the home of British chocolate, Cadbury World. Cadbury World is hosting a wide range of activities and events over the spring break, including resident magicians, live shows, games, and find handmade Easter eggs in the Cadbury shop. Alongside their Easter spectacular, Cadbury World will be running their regular tours and workshops to fascinate and excite your children.
Finding Easter Feasts
While the supermarkets are heaving with customers fighting over the best leg of lamb, pop down to your local farmer’s market instead to get the finest and freshest food instead. Hampshire Farmer’s Markets is the biggest association in Britain, and you’ll find all your Easter lunch ingredients from potatoes to pudding in their markets. By shopping at a farmer’s market you are supporting the local economy, protecting the environment and treating yourself to the tastiest Easter lunch yet. Visiting a farmer’s market can also be a fun day out or outing with friends, as you pick up cooking tips from the farmers who know their food best.
Spring is full of new life, and there is nowhere better to witness it than a working farm. It’s the perfect opportunity to exercise the kid, enjoy some sunshine and see a host of new baby animals. Cannon Hall Farm in South Yorkshire has the most unusual programme of Easter activities you’ll find this year, such as sheep & ferret racing, milking demonstrations and bird of prey shows. The farm features a café, adventure playground, kids craft activities and tractor rides all year round to provide family fun even after the baby animals are all grown up.
Meet the Beekeepers
Bees are vital to sustaining the biodiversity and crops of Britain’s farms, so why not find out at St Fagan’s National History Museum exactly how they do it? Roam around the beautiful Welsh orchards in one of Europe’s leading open-air museums, meet the local beekeepers to discover how bees help the environment, and produce delicious honey. St Fagan’s offers many ways to discover nature in their extensive grounds, which is full of insects, wildlife, and noble British plants and trees.
Have an eggcellent Easter!