Easter events in 2023

When is Easter 2023?

Looking to get away over the Easter holidays? Need ideas of things to do over the bank holiday weekend? Check out our guide to family-friendly Easter events taking place throughout the country over the Easter weekend (7-10 April 2023).


Easter events: Take a spring walk through Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Over the Easter weekend, Hampshire’s elegant country house will play host to a magical easter egg hunt. Pick up a map (there's a sensory version available too) 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.

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Easter events: Crack the egg trail at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Family skipping down drive towards the entrance to Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace’s already fabulous Walled Garden 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 balloon modelling to circus skills workshops and traditional fairground rides. Punch & Judy will be there to provide the laughs and you'll even have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Most importantly, though, an Easter trail will be set up in the Formal Garden, full of chocolatey treats for the kids to get excited about.

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Easter events: Have Eggscellent family fun at Hever Castle

Hever Castle, Kent

View of Hever Castle from across the moat with a foreground of daffodils

Head over to the Garden of England for some eggscellent activities in Hever Castle’s gardens. Hop through the trail of colourful carrots, keeping an eye out for the formidable golden carrot, and take part in the free Easter egg hunt to claim your chocolatey prize. You can introduce the little ones to colourful spring blooms, too – like late-flowering daffodils, camellias and tulips – and, if the weather is in your favour, tackle the notorious water maze.

Spend Easter at Hever Castle

Easter events: Go hunting for dragon eggs at Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle, Cumbria

Views over to Lowther Castle from the pathway leading up to the entrance

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.

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Easter events: Meet the cuddly residents of Willows Activity Farm

Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire

With an Easter-packed programme, newborn 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, have a peek inside the Easter Grotto, meet Peter Rabbit and Friends at one of their shows 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.

Spring into Easter at Willows Activity Farm

Easter events: Get crafty at York’s Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story, Yorkshire

York's Chocolate Story, York, North Yorkshire, England. High angle close up of tray with chocolate pralines.

Get out and about in York this Easter with York’s Chocolate Story’s incredible chocolate masterclass. Taking place throughout the holidays, big and little kids (aged 6 years and over) can join master chocolatiers to learn the secrets of chocolate making as they guide you through decorating your own Easter egg. You'll also get to make your own moreish chocolate truffles while sipping on a signature hot chocolate - and at the end of the day, you can take all your handmade treats home with you. Just don't eat them all in one go!

Uncover treats at York's Chocolate Story

Easter events: Follow Freddo’s Egg Adventure at Cadbury World

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Visit Bourneville’s finest chocolate factory this Easter to experience Freddo’s Easter Egg adventure. Watch and help Freddo solve challenges set by the Caramel Bunny to win a special prize, and get your hands on Cadbury’s famous chocolate creations as a thank you. Make your day extra special and book a character dining experience where you can sample a chocolatey twist on a traditional afternoon tea.

Dive into a world of chocolate

Easter events: Search for golden bunnies at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, London

Head over to Hampton Court Palace during the Easter school holidays to hunt around the gardens of King Henry VIII’s childhood home looking for the Lindt Gold Bunny statues. Follow the clues hidden around the palace and gardens and come across stories of the fascinating people who have lived and worked there in the past. Once you’ve solved all the challenges, you’ll win a delicious reward. 

Solve chocolatey challenges

Easter events: See a magnificent metamorphosis at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, London

Visit Kew Gardens this April to make friends with Superworm and see if you can help save him from Wizard Lizard. Yes it sounds crazy but we promise you it's heaps of fun for kids and adults alike. Set out on a journey through the gardens bursting with spring blooms as you immerse yourselves in this best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffle. 

Spend the Easter holidays at Kew

Easter events: Go on eggstinction watch at Shrek’s Adventure

Shrek's Adventure, London

Become a top-notch dragon conservationist this April at London Southbank’s Shrek’s Adventure, with loads of fun-filled activities based on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Join Vikings Speedifist and Cluless as you take part in an eggstinction watch to discover all there is to know about dragons – from what they eat to what their skin and eggs feel like – and help identify different types of dragon by examining objects they’ve left behind. You may even bump into a cute little baby dragon along the way too!

Have a fairytale Easter

Easter events: Embark on an adventure at Audley End

Audley End House, Essex

Stop by English Heritage site, Audley End House, this Easter to take part in a very special adventure quest. Hunt for clues and challenges, discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and a schooltime favourite, the egg and spoon race, before tracking down hidden Easter eggs and being rewarded your own chocolate treat.

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28 Mar 2023(last updated)

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50+ things to do and places to go in 2023

  • 1

    Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

  • 2

    Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

  • 3

    Hever Castle, Kent

  • 4

    Lowther Castle, Cumbria

  • 5

    Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire

  • 6

    York's Chocolate Story, Yorkshire

  • 7

    Cadbury World, Birmingham

  • 8

    Hampton Court Palace, London

  • 9

    Kew Gardens, London

  • 10

    Shrek's Adventure, London

  • 11

    Audley End House, Essex

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