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Inspiration to keep your children entertained this Easter – read our pick of the best family events around the country

Cheshire

Search for the lost words of childhood at Lyme Park in Cheshire, the National Trust site famous for being the place where the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice adaptation was filmed.

The Lost Words trail offers families the chance to help reclaim words like bramble and conker which have disappeared from the dictionary in favour of chatroom and broadband. Words are hidden all around the expansive gardens. You can collect your Lost Words booklet from the ticket office for £2.50.

London

Probably the highest Easter egg hunt in the country will be at The View from The Shard in London.

From April 6 to 22, visitors will be able to search for six giant Easter eggs placed in key parts of the capital’s skyline. The children’s task is to mark their findings on a worksheet with facts and stats on some of these historical London sites.

There are also family friendly games, Easter-themed entertainment and regular visits from the Easter Bunny.

Family tickets are available from £50 for two adults and two children.

Cornwall

Cornwall’s popular Eden Project has an Easter of farming-themed activities.

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Down at the Farm will run from April 6 to 25 highlighting the importance of soil, crops and agriculture.

There are two trails for visitors to follow as well as The Great Eden Egg Hunt which sees dozens of patterned eggs hidden throughout the site.

Plus there will be wellie wanging and Eden storytellers.

Children will be given a card when they arrive to collect stamps during their day, which can be exchanged for a treat.

Yorkshire

There is a pirate-themed treasure trail egg hunt around Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire over the Easter weekend, April 19 to 22.

A pirate prepares for the egg hunts at Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire

Pirate egg hunts at Lightwater Valley

Children can follow clues on a treasure map to find letters around the park in order to spell out a word and collect a chocolate prize.

There will be pirate-themed face painting and an Outer Space-themed puppet show, with two shows a day throughout the holidays from Saturday, April 6 to Sunday, April 28.

Riggmoor Farm will be at the park throughout the school holidays giving visitors the chance to meet lambs, calves, donkeys, an alpaca, rabbits, chicks and chickens and pygmy goats.

Windsor

There are two new rides opening this Easter at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. From April 13, Lord Vampyre’s Haunted House takes visitors to a banquet table which comes to life and turns the room upside down.

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There is also the new LEGO MOVIE 2 Experience to see. Visitors can explore a movie set similar to the one used in the film and see Emmet, Wyldstyle and friends in their hometown of Apocalypseburg.

Kent

Chiddingstone Castle in Kent has a Funny Bunny Easter Hunt. Pick up a clue sheet to help find all the Easter bunnies which have been hidden around the castle grounds (April 14 to 17 and April 21 to 24). The clue sheets will be available from the front desk for £2.

Portsmouth

If you fancy a spectacular view this Easter you can head up the Emirates Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth waterfront city throughout the school holidays. Bing and Flop from CBeebies will be making an appearance on April 13 and 20. There are meet and greet sessions at hourly intervals through the day, which are included in the standard admission prices.

Surrey

One of the biggest RHS Gardens at Wisley has a busy Easter programme including face painters, storytellers, a puppet show and a spring trail to discover the garden’s hidden displays. The garden is open from 10am (9am at weekends) to 6pm and the events are included in normal garden admission (April 5 to 22, 10.30am to 4.30pm).

Bristol

There are plenty of events around the Bristol area.

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You can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian metalworking at SS Great Britain’s Kingdom for its Forge Easter event from April 12 to 22.

At Berkeley Castle, there’s a traditional Easter bunny and egg trail, as well as a Dragon extravaganza over the Bank Holiday weekend.

You can decorate Easter baskets and hanging decorations at Somerset Rural Life Museum’s Family Fun Day on April 18.

Cheddar Gorge & Caves is hosting an Easter trail underground where children can hunt for glow in the dark eggs, from April 6 to 22.

Glow in the dark eggs at Cheddar Gorge

Glow in the dark eggs at Cheddar Gorge

 

And free chocolate is on offer for every child who visits Avon Valley Railway this Easter, to mark the return of the old Fry’s chocolate factory steam locomotive between April 19 and 22.

National Trust sites across the country

The National Trust is hosting their annual Cadbury Easter Egg hunts at over 260 sites around the country. These popular trails for children end with a chocolate treat. The trails cost between £2 and £4.50 per child on top of National Trust entry. For more information, see our full story Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts 2019.

Which events do you recommend this Easter? Let us know in the comments below!

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