The Easter holidays are a wonderful time for families to come together and celebrate the season of renewal and rebirth. With warmer weather and longer days, it's the perfect chance to get outside and enjoy some Easter activities with your loved ones. From Easter egg hunts to arts and crafts, there are endless ways to have fun and make lasting memories.
Read on for 10 Easter activities that are sure to delight kids and grown-ups alike.
1. Visit an English Heritage Easter Escapade
What better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than playing Easter games and searching for irresistible chocolate treats at the UK’s top historical sites?
English Heritage is organising some fantastic events over the Easter holidays — including an adventure quest at 26 sites across the UK. From Kenilworth Castle to Stonehenge, the quests are taking place throughout the school holidays, providing the perfect opportunity to get out and about and learn about history. Take part in challenges and search for hidden Easter chocolate.
Plus, you can earn some delicious rewards! Successful adventurers will receive a certificate and a chocolate treat courtesy of Love Cocoa.
Find an Easter adventure quest near you.
2. Check out the Fairfield Animal Centre
If you’re looking for some local Wiltshire Easter activities, why not head over to Fairfield Animal Centre in Trowbridge?
All the family will adore exploring the Centre’s animal park. Say hello to the donkeys, goats, wallabies, pigs, and more furry friends. And don’t forget the rabbits. Children of all ages can help Fairfield’s very own Easter Bunny find six eggs hidden around the animal park. Unscramble the letters on the eggs to reveal a secret word and enjoy a tasty treat.
Tickets are limited, so it’s best to book early.
3. Egg decorating in York
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained in York this Easter? York's Chocolate Story is hosting an Egg Decorating Masterclass. This two-hour workshop is perfect for the whole family. Not only can you put your chocolatier skills to the test, but you can also sample some delectable hot chocolate, too.
Learn the art of chocolate piping, and get creative decorating your own Easter egg and chocolate truffles to take home. The workshops will be running twice a day from the 9th to the 13th of April, so book your tickets today.
4. Search for the giant eggs in Manchester
For more creative activities, hop over to RHS Bridgewater in Manchester. The whole family can try out some arts and crafts before exploring the site’s impressive grounds to search for giant Easter eggs. These supersized eggs have been decorated by local artists — find them all and receive a yummy Easter chocolate treat.
RHS Bridgewater’s Easter activities will be running from the 1st to the 16th of April.
5. Visit a chocolate festival
There’s no denying that chocolate is a central part of Easter celebrations for most of us. So why not embrace all things cocoa at the York Chocolate Festival? Running from the 5th to the 9th of April, this feast for the senses will showcase the work of talented chocolate makers and bakers. Embark on taste trails and learn more about your favourite Easter treat.
6. Meet the lambs at a Cotswold Farm Park
See the magic of spring — Cotswold Farm Park invites you to meet newborn sheep at their live lambing event. It’s a great chance for children to learn about birth and meet some cute animals.
There are also plenty of other Easter activities for the kids (and adults) to enjoy. From face painting and following an Easter trail to taking part in an Easter quiz and earning some chocolate treats, it’ll be a fun-packed day. If you’re feeling arty, why not try decoupaging an egg or block-printing your very own tote bag?
Book your Cotswold Farm Park tickets to get involved.
7. Follow an Easter trail in Cheltenham
From the 31st of March to the 16th of April, Primrose Vale in Cheltenham will be running an action-packed Easter Trail.
Children of all ages can give the Easter Challenge a go — there are 10 challenges around the park, and you can choose the most appropriate for your group. There’s also a Pre-school Trail for the little ones. After the trail, why not relax with a bite to eat? Enjoy hot drinks and light refreshments in the Primrose Vale marquee.
Don’t forget to bring sturdy footwear for the trail, particularly if the weather is wet!
8. Egg hunt and crafts in Wiltshire
Bowood’s Big Spring Adventure is certain to bring joy and wonder to your Easter holidays. Get ready for chocolate with the Big Egg Hunt — find the Easter eggs hidden around Bowood’s spectacular grounds, unscramble the letters, and guess the word to win a prize.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the Big Spring Adventure also features a ‘paint your own Mad Hatter’s teacup’ activity. Plus, you can really embrace the spirit with some Wonderland-themed face painting.
If you have a Bowood season ticket, you can take part in the Big Egg Hunt for free. Otherwise, purchase a day ticket to join in.
9. Head over to London Zoo
If your children love animals of all shapes and sizes, London Zoo’s Zoonormous Egg Hunt is the ultimate Easter activity. Explore the animal park and see how many colourful eggs you can find. There are also clues leading to a secret golden egg — can your family crack the code?
Those who prefer a relaxing art activity can give London Zoo’s Easter crafts a go, too. The Easter trail is included with zoo entry tickets and runs from the 1st to the 16th of April.
10. Visit Hampton Court Palace
The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court is back and better than ever this year. Roam the palace’s vast grounds in search of Lindt Gold Bunny statues and learn facts about Hampton Court’s history as you go. Both fun and educational, this Easter activity is perfect for children and grown-ups.
At the end of the trail, you can enjoy your very own mini Lindt chocolate bunny. Members can take part for free, or you can buy an admission ticket to Hampton Court.
Celebrate spring with Easter activities near you
Coming up with new and varied things to do over the Easter holidays can be daunting. But with all these fantastic Easter activities taking place around the UK, you’re sure to find the ideal day out near you. Gather your family, friends, and loved ones, and have a very happy Easter. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some delicious Easter chocolate, too!