Looking to get away over the Easter holidays in 2020? Need ideas of things to do over the bank holiday? Check out our guide of family-friendly Easter events taking place throughout the country over the Easter weekend (10-13 April 2020).
Take a spring walk through Hinton Ampner
Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Over the Easter weekend, Hampshire’s elegant country house will play host to the magical Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Pick up a map and head off to find all the eggs hiding around the gardens. It’s a fun way to fill up on fresh air, exploring the parkland dotted with blossoming trees and crunching through bluebell woods. There’s also a chocolate prize awaiting you at the end.
Blenheim Palace’s already fabulous Pleasure Gardens will be transformed into an Easter wonderland over the bank holiday weekend. There will be lots of interactive experiences and activities for the little ones, from a dressing-up tent to circus skills workshops, face painting and traditional fairground rides. Punch & Judy will be there to provide the laughs and, most importantly, an Easter trail will be set up, full of chocolatey treats for the kids to get excited about.
Take part in an Easter Eggstravaganza at Buckingham Palace
Royal Mews, London
Have yourself a rather regal Easter with a trip to the Royal Mews. You and the kiddiewinks can embark on an annual treasure trail around the Mews, with a chocolate prize waiting for you at the end. If that wasn’t enough, the little ones also can keep themselves busy with some springtime arts and crafts – like transforming winter twigs into pretty flowers and creating sparkling jewel-covered eggs. This event takes place over the Easter bank holiday weekend and is free with standard admission to the Royal mews.
Head over to the Garden of England for some eggscellent activities in Hever Castle’s gorgeous gardens. Introduce the little ones to colourful spring blooms – like late-flowering daffodils, camellias and tulips – and, if the weather is in your favour, tackle the notorious water maze. There’ll be lots of Easter-related things to do for children of all ages, and under 7s can play their little hearts out in the Acorn Dell, with its giant sandpit, tunnels and climbing frame.
Experience the age of steam in all its whistling glory at Cranmore Station in Somerset this Easter. The kids can put their detective hats on and hunt for Easter eggs around the station, get hands-on with springtime activities and take a ride or two around the miniature railway track. Bigger brothers and sisters (or mum and dad) can also get behind the wheel of a real-life steam train with East Somerset Railway’s ‘Driver for a Tenner’ – meaning every member of the family can end their day with more memories under their belt.
Throughout the Easter break, Lowther Castle in Cumbria is hosting a magical event for all the family. Rumour has it, dragons are running riot through the gardens, devouring all the chocolate eggs in sight, so get searching for the remaining eggs before they’re all gone. Everyone who reaches the end will get an Easter prize, and there’ll be plenty of other spring-related activities to get involved in.
Meet the cuddly residents of Willows Activity Farm
Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
With an Easter-packed programme, new-born animals and fresh, rural air, Willows Activity Farm crams all the elements of springtime within its fences. There are so many things to keep the kids busy, they won’t know where to start! Crack on with an egg hunt, get mucky with arts and crafts, be entranced at a Peter Rabbit and Friends show or have a cuddle with the rabbits and guinea pigs. Children under five will love their own dedicated play area, and with fun fairground rides and plenty of bouncy castles, there’s more than enough to wear them out for the journey home.
Get out and about in York this Easter with York’s Chocolate Story’s incredible Easter egg hunt. Taking place throughout the holidays, the kids can meet costumed characters (including the elusive Easter Bunny), play games and crack the clues to find the missing eggs. This outdoor egg hunt starts outside the attraction in King’s Square before heading over to Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. The egg hunts on Saturday 11th April will take place inside York’s Chocolate Story.