Top Ten Easter Activities

Trying to entertain your little terrors this Easter? Sophie Hutchings finds some egg-sellent activities for you to try...


1. Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

With an Easter treasure trail on the Friday and Saturday, to hidden corridors, a secret garden and underground tunnels, explore the baroque mansion of Calke Abbey.
Admission: Family ticket £20 – 01332 863822 -


2. Borde Hill Garden, Sussex

Parents can enjoy the extensive rhododendrons and the cookery of the Café Elvira, and leave their children to search for the hidden Easter bunnies – for the reward of a delicious chocolate egg – and spend the rest of the day in the Pirates Adventure Playground with a Wild West Fort, Tree Top Walkway and Obstacle Course! Hidden Bunnies trail lasts until 13 April.
Admission: £6.50 per adult, £3.50 per child – 01444 450326 -


3. Leeds Castle, Kent

Among the huge adventure playground, the search for Dragon eggs at Leeds Castle commences, whilst children unleash their creativity at the workshops making knights’ helmets, maidens’ headdresses and dragon masks!
Admission: £14 per adult, £8.50 per child – 01622 765400 -


4. Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre, Devon

Easter egg rolling, giant trampolines, ferret racing and puppet shows – who could ask for more?
Admission: £9.50 per adult, £6.90 per child – 01364 642023 -


5. Thirlestane Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland

Thirlestane Castle

After the arrival of the Easter Bunny (by horse and carriage) the courtyards festivities consist of egg painting, face painting and sweets galore with pinatas!
Admission: £3 per adult, £1.50 per child – 01578 722430 -


6. Easter Eggstravaganza, Groombridge, Kent

Home to a zeedonk (cross breed of zebra & donkey), an enchanted forest, swings, a huge chessboard and much more; Groombridge provides a quest for the Mad March Hare with an interactive outdoor mini pantomime and circus workshops – and of course, many free mini Easter eggs! 2-5 April
Admission: free - 01892


7. Red House, Bexleyheath, London

Egg and spoon racing, Easter egg hunting, bonnet making and outdoor trailing. Sponsored by Cadbury, there’s bound to be some sweet treats along the way. 2-5 April.
Admission: £6.90 for non-members, £2 entry fee for the activities – 0208 303 6359 -


tatton 8. Tatton Park, Cheshire

A chocoholics dream for Easter Weekend, this working farm provides chocolate eggs galore, tractor rides, chocolate tasting sessions, cookery lessons and a cocoa bean trail to win chocolate treats.
Admission: £4 for car park – 01625 534435 -


9. Roald Dahl Museum Easter quiz, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Easter quiz following a trail of clues inspired by the much loved author Roald Dahl, with Easter egg decorating, puppet and plant painting; Easter shall be far from dull. 2-5 April.
Admission: family £19, adults £6, children £4 – 01494


10. Easter Extravanganza, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton

A trail with animal themed riddles and animals in abundance, and Easter eggs ready to eat!
April 2-8
Admission: £13 per adult, £8 per child – 0117 974

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