10 fun things to do this Easter!
It's almost the holidays! Again! So, we thought that seeing as Easter is almost upon us, it might be fun to look at what's happening around the country during the Easter break.
In no particular order, these are our top 10 fun things we'd like to do if we could time travel and visit them all in 2 weeks.
1. Cass Sculpture Foundation, Sussex
This is an awesome place to visit any time of year, but in the spring it really is just lovely. My children love running around the woods and discovering all the hidden sculptures. It's like the best game of hide and seek ever. And this Easter, there are new dinosaur sculptures by the Chapman brothers - and these are actually child friendly. So, it's a win win!
2. Cadbury Easter Egg hunts in over 250 National Trust Properties
Yes, that's right: over 250 Easter Egg hunts across the UK. Which means there's bound to one happening at a National Trust location near you! Just think of all those yummy chocolate eggs to find. It's a brilliant way to get the kids out into some fresh air, climbing some trees and - if you're lucky - they might even teach you what all the different trees are!
3. The Tall Ships Regatta
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, there will be over 30 tall ships sailing from Greenwich to Canada. During their time in London, there will many festivities along the Thames, including cruises on boats, from Greenwich to Tower Bridge and back. There will also be a chance to go on board some of the ships and have a look around, and the festivities will be rounded off by some lovely big fireworks. From April 12-16. What's not to love?
And this weekend, ahead of the Tall Ships Regatta, there is a pop-up book making workshop aboard the Cutty Sark, which is run by Royal Museums Greenwich. Workshops are on April 1st and 2nd at 11.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. This one is not to be missed if you're in London!
4. Become a nature detective at Beaulieu Gardens in Dorset
This sounds like a pretty brilliant way to spend a day. Not only can you get your face painted for FREE, but you can hunt for Mr Nature Detective, as he rides around Beaulieu in his jeep; and go on a nature detective trail, collecting wildlife treasure as you go round. And if you're really lucky, you might even get to spot some flower fairies. Enough said. Shall we go?
5. Egg Rolling
The tradition of Easter Egg rolling is alive and well. Each year the good people of Preston head to the grassy slopes of Avenham Park on Easter Monday at 11am. The tradition continues around the country too, with young visitors to Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury getting in on the action on Tuesday, 4 April from 2-4pm. And eggs will also be rolled in Padstow in aid of the RNLI, outside Cross House at the top of Duke Street, April 16 between 12-1.15pm
And of course if you happen to be near to The White House...
6. The Flying Scotsman
The iconic Flying Scotsman is paying a flying visit to the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex from April 13-19. This is a chance to ride on one of the most well known and well loved steam locomotives in Britain. I absolutely love steam train journeys, and the Bluebell Railway runs through some pretty stunning scenery.
And it's not just Sussex where you can experience the joys of steam travel. The beautiful steam trains at the Midland Railway-Butterly are perfect for an exciting day out over the holidays. And as a special Easter treat, they are planning an Easter egg treasure hunt too!
7. A Visit to Tate Liverpool
Over the Easter holidays, Tate Liverpool are running some amazing sounding workshops for children from April 11-13 and April 17-18.
Imaginative Worlds are fun, hands-on workshops, where you can create your own props, puppets and masks, and enter into an imaginative world. It sounds really brilliant - and was apparently inspired by O.K The Musical "exploring and restaging the entire history and folklore of Kinderhook, New York State."
8. Find the Moomins at Kew Gardens
Apparently the Moomins aren't just at the Southbank Centre this year, they are also visiting the beautiful Kew Gardens too. There will be a Moomin Easter Trail, Moomin adventures craft workshops, and a Moomin puppet show no less. And if that wasn't enough there's an interactive trail culminating at the magical Moomin Festival Camp in the wild woodland of the Natural Area!
We can't WAIT to go.
9. York's Easter family Festival
A trip to York is always a treat, but this Easter it sounds as though it will be even more so. There will be farm animals at a petting zoo the centre of town, courtesy of Ripon Farm Services, a little Vikings activity tent will also be in town, with storytelling, craft, face painting and lots more besides. There will also be an influx of pedal powered attractions, including pedal powered Scalextric! And if that wasn't enough, there will also be an Easter Egg trail throughout the city. Simply buy a map, and follow the clues and complete the puzzles along the way. Each participant will get a chocolatey treat from York Cocoa House.
And finally number 10: Robin Hoodie and Maid Marian at Leeds Castle
If dressing up is your thing - and quite frankly, even if it isn't - this looks like loads of fun. Leeds Castle have created an outdoor theatre performance, which you can join in with. During the day you can make your very own Robin Hoodie or Maid Marian headdress and join in the promenade performances through the woods.
Join Robin Hoodie, Maid Marian and their band of Merry Men in a performance they have called a 'Walking Theatre'. Be sure to visit the Pavilion Lawn for shows at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm for one hour promenade style theatre shows that will take visitors on a journey through the woodland walk. From the April 14-17.
Whatever you get up to - we hope you have a great time doing it. Let us know which ones you tried!
The STORY team