Easter activities

No sooner is February half-term out the way than the Easter holidays are looming.

Whether you're seeking fun for all the family or something for the kids to get stuck into by themselves, our Local editors have rounded up the best activities going on in their areas over the school holidays and leading up to the Bank Holiday weekend.

 

South East

 

 

LambsStep Into Spring Havant

If you're looking for something outdoorsy to do during the school holidays, this activity at Staunton Country Park offers the opportunity to meet newborn animals on the farm. There will also be a spring trail and seasonal crafts.

 

Children with the GruffaloMonkey Business Chatham

This Julia Donaldson exhibition will give families the opportunity to share stories, cuddle the Gruffalo, crawl into the Squash and a Squeeze House, climb into Cave Baby's cave, and dress up. You can follow in Toddle Waddle's footsteps, and even sing along to Julia's Jukebox or perform a play.

 

South West

 

 

 

Chocolate egg being decoratedEaster egg decorating workshop Swanage

These hour-long sessions are suitable for kids aged roughly between seven and 12. Each child will get to decorate, assemble and wrap their own egg.

 

North East

 

 

 

Small boy and girlEarly Years Big Family Hop Gateshead

Join specialist musicians to celebrate the arrival of spring, with a big helping of Easter-themed fun, song and dance especially chosen for under-sevens and their families.

 

Rabbit with grass and eggsEaster egg hunt Morpeth

Take part in an Easter egg hunt at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. Can you guess who laid which egg and spot all the eggs hidden around the zoo?

 

North West

 

 

 

WWT logoEaster Crafts at Martin Mere Burscough

Duck-themed crafts at Martin Mere will include painting a rubber duck ready for an Easter Sunday duck race and designing a pond. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a giant duck hunt, build a den, enjoy a boat ride, explore the pond zone and have fun in the adventure play area.
 

Girl with homemade craftParsley Pie Holiday Art Workshop Stockport

This children's art workshop will have the theme of spring and nature. Although there may be some egg painting, this is a secular club so is suitable for all. Children will have the opportunity to try clay modelling, painting and a variety of crafts in a friendly and non-competitive environment.

 

Manchester Duck RaceManchester Duck Race Manchester

The fifth annual Manchester Duck Race will take place on Good Friday. This family event will be fun for all ages, with lots of competitions and games on the day, all in aid of children's charity Brainwave.

 

Yorkshire and the Humber

 

 

 

Yorkshire MuseumEaster at the Yorkshire Museum York

To celebrate Shakespeare's first folio coming to the Yorkshire Museum, this Easter there will be a host of activities inspired by the playwright to take part in. Choose your side in the Wars of the Roses and make your own banner to show your support for York or Lancaster. Explore the real lives of Shakespeare's Kings like Richard II and Henry IV, and even meet the man himself!

 

Midlands

 

 

 

Steam trainEaster Bunny Express Loughborough

For fans of Thomas and friends, this should be a surefire hit. Ride the Easter Bunny Express, meet the furry master of ceremonies himself and take part in seasonal activities.

 

Children dancing in studioEaster dance workshops Nottingham

This Easter join Jay Pollitt for a two-day dance workshop - make friends, have fun and learn about dance techniques in a relaxed environment.

 

East of England

 

 

 

Botanical gardenEaster Treasure Cambridge

Take in the blooming new life at the botanic gardens while collecting clues on an Easter secrets trail, at the end of which, you'll be able to pick up some edible treasure.

 

Houghton MillHoughton Mill Easter cookies Houghton

Bake and decorate your own delicious Easter cookie to take home - if, of course, you can wait that long to eat it! Houghton Mill is a working 18th-century watermill, so there are plenty of learning opportunities too.

 

Easter egg hunt signEggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt Thornham

Drove Orchards' second annual charity Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt will take place in their apple orchards. Find the 10 hidden eggs hung among the trees, fill in the secret words on each egg, and return your hunt sheet for an Easter prize.

 

Tudor womenTudor Eastertide Long Melford

Celebrate Easter Tudor-style with music, games, dancing, hot cross bun-making and more. Attempt the infamous Eggheads Quiz Challenge for a chance to win a giant Kentwell Easter Egg, and enjoy refreshments at the Stableyard Tearooms.

 

St George's Day street festivalSt George's Easter egg hunt Chelmsford

As well as an Easter egg hunt, this city centre event will be offering morris dancing, crafts, free chocolate and prizes.

 

London

 

 

 

Mini Engineers logoMini Engineers LEGO camp Wimbledon

Mini Engineers will be running a variety of LEGO-building activities at their iLab, revolving around the theme of Transportation. Children will have the opportunity to build individually and in teams of two and four, with planned activities including a race car competition and robot model-building.

 

Calling all Heroes posterCalling all Heroes Greenwich

Get your camouflage face paint on for Calling all Heroes, which will give children the opportunity to learn about the Royal Artillery. There will be soldiers on hand for a military drilling, and a craft table where you can make medals.

 

LogoEaster Sports and Activities Camp Dagenham

Children aged between five and 12 can get involved in a range of sports and activities at this camp, including football, dodgeball, netball, basketball, tag rugby, table tennis, benchball, street dance, arts and crafts, graffiti designing, cake decorating and inflatables.

 

EOS dance school logoCharity Easter egg hunt East Dulwich

EOS Dance School is hosting this event in aid of Evalina London Children's Hospital at Guy's and St Thomas'. There will also be dance performances, arts and crafts, music, stalls, glitter tattoos, football and refreshments.

 

Children decorating eggs outsideEgg decorating and rolling Highgate

How far can you roll an egg? Find out at this event, where you'll also be able to try a spot of egg decorating and take part in an Easter treasure hunt. There will be prizes for the best decorated and furthest rolled egg.

 

PuppetPuppet making Islington

Are you a young budding puppet maker or puppeteer? Have you ever thought of making your own puppets? Well why not give it a go… This Easter, Little Angel Theatre is giving you a unique opportunity to be transported all around the world of puppetry.

 

The Passion of JesusThe Passion of Jesus reenactment Trafalgar Square

This open-air performance will take place on Good Friday, with a cast of 78 actors, horses and a donkey. The disciples of Jesus, the High Priest and all other characters will be in authentic costume, making for an atmospheric experience.

 

GardenCadbury Easter egg trail Hampstead

Hop along to Fenton House over Easter weekend for an Easter trail taking in the rose garden and orchard. On Easter Monday you can challenge your friends and family to an egg and spoon race - bring your own spoons!

 

Rabbit with grass and eggsEaster egg hunt Battersea

How many lucky zoo animals have got Easter eggs this year? Join in the Easter egg hunt fun - pick up a quiz sheet on entry and use the clues to help you find them.

 

 

Scotland

 

 

Animated dogsEaster Animation Workshop Edinburgh

At this introduction to 3D animation you will be able to make their own plasticine cartoon characters and bring them to life in your own film. Team up with other creatures to see what funny stories come up, and watch your creations online.

 

 

Wales

 

 

Families doing craftsFamily Fun at Pontypool Museum Pontypool

Enjoy family fun with arts and craft activities at the Pontypool Museum. Refreshments will be available at the tea room.

 

 

 

Last updated: 14-Mar-2014 at 4:44 PM