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Easter 2020 ideas for children around the South East of England – our top picks

Easter 2020 ideas for children around the South East of England – our top picks

The best Easter 2020 entertainment from egg hunt to lambing activities, walks and spring festivals

Spring is a great time for family fun and adventures and getting outside with your children.

Here are our pick of the best Easter activities planned around the South East of England.

Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor is having a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt from April 4 to 13.

Discover fun facts about nature and new parts of the gardens while taking part in an egg hunt around the grounds. Children £3, grounds admission applies.

Children can also enjoy an Easter petting farm at the manor which runs from April 15 to 19.

Get up close and personal with new furry, hairy or feathered friends this Easter, as animals return to Waddesdon’s stable yard. Free with grounds admission.

Dorset

Farmer Palmer’s, just outside Poole, is planning family-friendly Easter-themed activities.

The Easter fun includes hands-on experiences with the animals that populate the farm and an Eggstravaganza featuring hundreds of chocolate eggs over the weekend (April 10 to 13).

Entry from £12.50, children aged two are £5.50 and children under two are free.  For more information go to the website.

East Sussex

The annual Marbles Match and Easter Bonnet Parade takes place in the imposing shadow of Battle Abbey, site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The marbles match at Battle Abbey

The marbles match

Visitors will be able to watch local teams lose their marbles in a traditional competition dating back to 1945. It starts at 10am on Good Friday, April 10.

Spectators of all ages will also be able to give marbles a try or take part in the Easter Bonnet competition. For more information go to the website.

Hampshire

Visit Gambledown Farm where in Spring, lambs are bottle fed, bluebells and daffodils are out and children can see baby chicks.

If you are looking for a family Easter break, the farm offers barn stays and glamping set in 270 acres of Hampshire countryside, go to the website for more information.

Chicks at Gambledown Farm

Chicks at Gambledown Farm

Gilbert White’s House Garden Bird Easter Egg Hunt runs from April 4 to 19. Children can hunt for painted eggs in the gardens and meadow, which are all based on the eggs of the birds which nest in the grounds. Find them all and claim a chocolate egg.

The cost is £3 in addition to the general admission price, adult £12, child under 16 £5, for more information go to the website.

Easter at Gilbert White's House

Gilbert White’s House

There will be an Easter Sunday Cruise and Egg Hunt on the John Pinkerton II canal boat on the Basingstoke Canal through beautiful Hampshire countryside on April 12.

Take a leisurely afternoon cruise to King John’s Castle where children can search out their Easter eggs. All trips are crewed by trained volunteer members of the Basingstoke Canal Society, a charity dedicated to safeguarding the canal. All proceeds are used to maintain the canal for the future. It is a two-and-a-half hour return trip.

The price is adults £12, children £6. Book online here.

The John Pinkerton II canal boat on the Basingstoke Canal

The John Pinkerton II canal boat

Jane Austen’s House Museum is arranging some family-friendly activities. There will be an Easter egg trail, family walks and a Young People’s Writing Workshop.  Booking is required for the workshop (April 4 to 19) and walks (April 8 and 15), go to the website.

Meet Bobtail Bunny and forest friends Betty Bunny, Hennie the Hedgehog and Red the Deer at Paultons Park from April 4 to 19, go to the website.

Easter at Paultons Park

Easter at Paultons Park

Butser Ancient Farm will be celebrating the ancient festival of Eostre and the goddess of Spring. Visitors will be able to meet the Saxons from Herigead Hundas with demonstrations, traditional crafts, cooking and DIY archaeology experiments. There will also be mini-mosaic making, wattling and more.

And Butser’s Roman IX Legion will be in residence in the Roman village with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts and more.

It runs from April 10 to 13, prices are from £9 for adults and children aged three to 16 are £5. Go to the website for more information.

Kent

There will be Easter fun at Hever Castle from April 2 to 19 April.

Children can hunt for colourful carrots and bunnies in a free Easter trail in the castle or take part in two free Easter egg hunts in the grounds at 11am and 3pm.

They can also create an egg-shaped decoration to hang on the Easter tree in a free craft activity.

Admission prices, castle and gardens: adults £18.80, children aged five to 15 £10.70 and under-5s free. See the website  for more information.

Easter at Hever Castle

Easter at Hever Castle

Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells is having Easter activities from April 10 to 13 April.

Spot all the Easter bunnies alongside the railway between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge. A chocolate egg will be available (whilst stocks last) for all children taking part.

Resident steam engine ‘Ugly’ will be in action each day and standard fares apply.

Adult tickers are £10, children aged two to 15 are £5 and a family ticket for unlimited travel on the day is £28.00 when booked online in advance here.

West Sussex

Easter sees the return of the Worthing Observation Wheel. Standing at a height of 46 metres, the WOW is the tallest wheel on the south coast offering views of up to 10 miles across the South Downs and along the coast. See here for information.

Whatever you do, have a fantastic time!

Our top Easter 2019 events and activities for children and families around the country

Our top Easter 2019 events and activities for children and families around the country

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.

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.

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.

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!