From lambing to kayaking, safari to castles – the UK has something for everyone this Easter, as Georgia Knight discovers…
Bounce down to the paddocks and meet the baby lambs and calves, with sheep shearing and an Easter egg hunt. This farm and amusement park is filled with events the kids can really get stuck into this spring. For those rainy days the farm has an indoor soft play area and a ball games barn. (Entry, Adult £15.00, Child £14.00, children under 2 are free)
All aboard the Hogwarts Express, fans will get to explore the iconic steam train on platform 9/34. Drink butterbeer and fly a broomstick, experiencing the special effects firsthand. See the new Dark Arts section of the tour including weird and wonderful props such as, the vanishing cabinet and Harry’s arch nemesis Lord Voldemorts python. End your trip with a visit to the studio shop where you can buy chocolate frogs and your very own Griffinydor robe. (Prices, Adult £33.00, Child £25.50)
From falconry to a giant outdoor maze, this castle is playing host to numerous activities for both adults and children alike. Hunt the underground grotto for Easter surprises or scout the medieval bedrooms that Henry VII and Lady Bailie both once resided in. Following a fun filled day sit down to eat at The Great British Kitchen bistro, located within the heart of the estate and enjoy the local meats the restaurant has to offer. (Admission, Adult £21.60, Child £14.40)
Adults and children can swing through the trees rain or shine at indoor and outdoor facilities at River Dart. This adventure park has a giant pirate ship, a commando assault course and a zip wire. Walk around the nature trails or kayak along the river there is something for everyone! For those families who can’t get enough, camping is available alongside the river edge or stay in Holne Park House on a B&B basis. (Prices, Easter offer, day visiting entry £5)
Step into the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter and hang out with Peter Rabbit and friends! This year the attraction has an all day Easter egg hunt that will be raising money for the charity WaterAid. During the egg hunt lucky hunters can try to find a limited edition ceramic egg using an interactive map and explore the great outdoors. Afterwards sit down at the themed Tea Room and dig into homegrown treats. (Admission Adults £6.95, Children £3.65, Infants aged 2 and under are free)
Hop onto the safari bus or drive through yourself to see giraffes, lions and monkeys this Easter. This week the Chinese acrobatic show will be performing on the grounds and children can explore the King Arthur mirror maze. Parents can wander through Lord Bath’s house and see the family bygones exhibition to fulfill their historical needs. Longleat has heaps to offer families with attractions indoors and outdoors, so no need to worry about the weather! (Adults £28.00, Children £20.35)
Visit Downton Abbey and meet Lady Carnavon herself as she gives talks on life at Highclere Castle. Learn about the discovery of Tukankhamun and admire the Egyptian artifacts that lie amongst the new exhibition. Alongside the history is of course an Easter egg and treasure hunt that will let children roam the grounds themselves. Afterwards stroll down to the petting zoo or take part in the Easter bonnet competition. With stunning views and acres of gardens, this popular castle is filled with educational activities and beautiful views that all ages can enjoy. (Contact Venue for tickets)
Virtually dive underwater and learn about the planet’s coral reefs, or walk along the butterfly trail and watch different species of moths and butterflies flutter around you. With so many things to look at families will never be bored strolling around the many sections. Talk to experts on dinosaur fossils or handle a whale bone, the huge museum has different talks each day over the Easter period. Rain or shine the Natural History Museum is open all week and is free for all ages to enjoy.
Glide down real snow slopes or skydive at this indoor activity centre. Families can go rock climbing and abseiling at this huge multiplex. For those that aren’t thrill seekers, go bowling or watch the latest film at the Cineworld located inside. After, sit down to eat at one of the 16 restaurants dotted around so you won’t go hungry! (Admission fees vary depending on activity)
Sit under the stars and gaze at the constellations in the comfort of The Observatory. With telescope tours and astronomy talks this unique centre will allow children to be fascinated by space. The science shows are on during the whole Easter week and kids can get stuck into the workshops and learn about how the moon was made. (Family ticket is £25.20)
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