Posted 24th Mar 2016
We've rounded up some of the best places to take the children over Easter that will keep adults entertained too. Tuck into some tasty treats at a food festival, visit a farm to see the new spring arrivals, or embark on a traditional Easter egg hunt
Dover Castle, Children's Festival, 25th to 28th March, 10am - 5pm
Enjoy an action-packed day out at the iconic English fortress, Dover Castle. Over the Easter weekend, guests will be invited to travel back to a time where Roman gladiators, medieval knights and princesses roam the grounds. Children will get the opportunity to meet the Victorian toymakers and can even make a toy of their own to take home. Tickets include entry to the event and the site and are priced at £18 per adult and £11.80 per child, while English Heritage members will receive a discounted rate of £1 per child. For more information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Easter Adventure Quest, 25th to 28th March, 11am - 5pm
Take part in the quest at Belsay Hall this Easter weekend. Children are invited to meet characters from the past and crack clues as they embark on a historical hunt around the magical gardens, hall and castle. An additional £1 will be charged on top of standard admission for every child taking part in the event. Admission to Belsay Hall is priced at £8.30 per adult and £5 per child aged between five and 15, while English Heritage members go free. For more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Great Missenden, Great Missenden Food Festival, 25th to 28th March, 10am - 5pm
Treat your taste buds this Easter weekend and attend the annual Great Missenden Food Festival. The four-day event will will be packed with exciting events, including a wild food foraging walk, pizza making, vegetable planting and pottery workshops. There will also be up to 150 exhibitors selling some of the best local and regional artisan produce, including cheeses, sweet treats and street food. Ticket prices on the day will cost £4.50 per adult and £1 per child, while advance tickets can be purchased from www.greatmissendenfoodfestival.co.uk at a discounted rate.
Blenheim Palace, Easter Eggstravaganza, 25th to 28th March, 10am - 5.30pm
Join Blenheim Palace in a four-day celebration over the Easter weekend. The pleasure gardens will be hosting a traditional Victorian fairground which will include a lighthouse helter skelter, vintage car rides, swinging chairs and a variety of games stalls. For younger guests, there will be an Easter trail running across the weekend and the Easter bunny himself will be making an appearance. Entry to the event is included with normal park and gardens admission, priced at £14.90 per adult and £6.90 per child. For further information, visit www.blenheimpalace.com.
RSPB Mersehead, Gardening for Wildlife Course – Bees and Butterflies, 26th March, 11am - 2pm
Visit RSPB Mersehead this Easter weekend and soak up some gardening knowledge. April is nearly here and soon it will be the best time to get out in the garden and start digging and planting. With this in mind, the team at RSPB Mersehead will be holding a fun and interactive demonstration, which will teach visitors how to take cuttings from plants and how to sow seeds. A fun day out for adults and children, guests will also learn how to create the perfect garden for wildlife, including what flowers are best to plant for bees and butterflies and the homes that you can create for them. Attending the course costs £5 per adult and £2 per child, while members will get a discounted rate of £3 per adult and £1.50 per child. Booking is essential and car parking charges will apply for non-members. To book, call 01387 780 579.
Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate, Easter Fun Day, 27th March, 11am - 3pm
This Sunday, Drumlanrig Castle will be hosting their annual Easter Fun Day for the whole family to enjoy. Featuring a host of activities, including an egg hunt in the castle gardens and an Easter crafts station, there will be plenty of entertainment to keep little ones occupied. Guided tours will also be on offer throughout the Easter weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the castle, gardens and surrounding parklands. Entry to the Easter Fun Day costs £6 per adult and £3.50 per child aged between five and 16. For further information visit www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk.
Palacerigg Country Park, Spring Fling, 27th to 28th March, 12pm - 4pm
Take the children to meet the friendly farm animals at Palacerigg Country Park this Easter. Visitors will be able to see the new farm arrivals, including calves and piglets and will get the chance to hold the chicks, ducklings and goslings. Pony rides and farm tours will also be on offer, where guests will have the opportunity to learn lots of interesting facts about the animals. Entry to the event is free, however there will be a £3 per child charge for pony rides. For more information, go to www.visitlanarkshire.com.
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens, Medieval Falconry, 28th March, 10am - 4pm
Keep the little ones entertained this Easter Monday, by taking them on a family day out to The Bishop's Palace & Gardens in Wells. The palace will be hosting a medieval falconry day, where visitors can admire a wide range of different birds of prey. Watch the owls, hawks and falcons in flying displays and learn from the experts about how the birds would have been used by people in medieval times. Between the displays, the birds will be available to view and even to hold for guests who are feeling brave. The event is included with normal admission charges at £7.20 per adult and £3 per child aged between five and 18. For more information, visit www.bishopspalace.org.uk.
Dartington Hall, Easter at Dartington, 28th March, 11am – 3pm
Spend Easter Sunday at Dartington Hall and enjoy a variety of family friendly events on offer. The estate will be bursting with spring daffodils and crocuses, creating the perfect setting for an Easter celebration. Activities will include a goat petting pen, face painting and farm tours and a delicious three-course lunch in the medieval courtyard will also be available, priced at £29 per adult and £14.50 per child. Entry to the event is free, however car parking charges will apply. For further information visit www.dartington.org, or to book Easter Sunday lunch call 01803 847150.