Easter activities

Easter’s just around the corner and it brings a wealth of opportunities – not just to eat chocolate eggs. With the beginning of Spring, there’s no better time to get out and about, enjoy a host of fun activities and soak up the beauty of the UK countryside. In this article we’re going to focus on several areas of the UK and highlight some fun activities that are suitable for all the family over the Easter holidays. So even if you do over-indulge on the chocolate there are plenty of chances to work it off.

Northumberland is a beautiful and quite underrated area of the UK, which is part of the reason why it can be called truly unspoiled, and makes it perfect for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet on their Easter break. The egg hunts at Kielder Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and Kirkhale Courtyard give you the opportunity to win chocolate while you pretend to explore Northumberland’s fantastic heritage.

If you’d like to appreciate the joys of Spring, Alnwick Castle is one of six historic locations hosting the de Jager Tulip festival between 10 – 15 April. Learn about planting and tending tulips or just admire the pretty flowers, the festival should provide a welcome feast for the senses.

Also unique to Northumberland in Spring time, and perfect for early risers, is the Deer Safari in Kielder Water and Forest Park. Not only does this event allow you to explore the beauty of England’s largest forest but it also lets you admire their largest occupants, all before breakfast (which is also included). Trips leave on the 10 April.

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The beautiful beaches and landscape of Cornwall really comes to life in Spring and the Easter holidays provide the perfect opportunity to take some time to explore them. There are Easter events at Pendennis Castle near Falmouth and Trevarno Estate and Gardens near Helston.

No visit to Cornwall is complete to the fantastic Eden Project, which not only reflects the changing of the seasons with its fantastic flora but also holds a range of seasonal events. Easter promises ‘Freaky Nature’ a chance to get up close and personal with a range of strange plants and creatures! Your tolerance for creepy crawlies may also dictate your speed at rock climbing, which runs until April 18.

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With so much beautiful land on offer, the best Easter activities in Dorset make good use of their magnificent surroundings. Easter egg hunts are available at Corfe Castle and on Church Field on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour. If you fancy a bigger challenge then The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt at the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester should provide more than a handful to the winner.

If you prefer your wildlife to be a little less, er, wild, then RSPB Arne Nature Reserve is running a Wildlife Explorer Easter Holiday from the 1st until the 18 April. Young explorers will be provided with backpacks containing all the tools they need to identify the native creatures. But if you’d rather take a more relaxing view of the countryside then the Swanage Railway Easter Specials gives you a great view of the Jurassic coastline and even throws in a free hot cross bun. Lovely.

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Norfolk has a range of activities that make good use of its beautiful landscape. While you’ve got the energy why not try one of the many treasure hunts that run through the 90 miles of glorious Norfolk coastline (don’t worry, they’re not all 90 miles long). If you’d rather take a more passive exploration of the Norfolk countryside then the Bure Valley RailwayNorfolk’s longest fifteen inch gauge line – is running the Easter Eggspress (see what they did there?) between the 10 and 13 April. Under 5s travel free and there’s a free Easter egg for every child accompanied by an adult. The Bure Valley Railway is also hosting a range of sponsored walks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which also includes a ride on the railway. The walks take place on the 17 and 18 April.

But not all of Norfolk’s beauty is confined to the landscape. Wretham Lodge is holding an open garden day between the 4 – 5 April, allowing visitors to view the beautiful grounds and a whole range of flora. Between the 10 and 11 April the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show will be running at the Royal Norfolk Showground for those of you who can’t get enough of flowers. As well as winning the prize for the hardest name to say out loud, the show will also feature craft classes and the East of England Daffodil Championship.

No trip to Norfolk is complete without a trip to the farmer’s market at Wroxham barns. As well as sampling great local produce you can shop, watch local craftsmen and women ply their trades and let the kids take part in a range of fantastic fun activities.

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Do you have any Easter events in the UK that you’d like to promote? Post them in the comments section or drop an email to blogmaster at holidaycottagesgroup.com

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