Easter weekend celebrations: Days out to enjoy over the bank holiday break

Have an egg-cellent weekend with these top trips that will have you hopping with delight

The long Easter weekend is just around the corner. Make it one to remember with these top trips and days out around the country over the bank holiday…

Get away and stay with the National Trust

When: Across the Easter weekend

Where: Most National Trust properties

With four days to fill, why not use the bank holiday weekend as the perfect excuse for a break away? The National Trust offers a range of accommodation across the country. From camping in a wooden pod in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire to nestling down in a cottage at Killerton, Devon, there are loads of options for all budges and family sizes.

Tour the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

When: Satuday 26th March – Monday 2nd May

Where: The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace opens its doors just a handful of days annually, but this year we are in luck as you could embark on a two-hour private tour of the State Rooms with a complimentary glass of champagne over the Easter weekend. An expert will show you many masterpieces from the Royal Collection and you can walk the hallways of many royals, diplomats and politicians.

Hunt for Cadbury Easter eggs

at National Trust properties

When: Over the Easter weekend

Where: Across 300 National Trust properties

Cadbury and the National Trust are teaming up this Easter weekend to deliver a delicious round of Easter Egg Hunts at over 300 properties across the country. Upon admission you will be prompted to follow the clues left by the Easter Bunny himself and gather little chocolate gems wrapped in purple foil along the way. Afterwards, enjoy a day exploring the property whilst kids gobble their hunt finds.

Sit on the Thames’ banks and watch the Boat Race 2016

When: Sunday 27th March

Where: Putney Bridge to Mortlake, London

From goats to boats – rowing along the Thames has been a British custom for almost 200 years and this year’s annual Boat Race takes place on Sunday 27th March from Putney Bridge. Almost 250,00 spectators are expected to watch the prestigious race as the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge battle it out for first place. Get in early and find yourself a good spot on the banks.

Visit your local county fair

When: Across the Easter weekend

Where: Your local village fair or rare breed centre

With the promise of sunshine (yeah, right!), the weekend is the perfect time to enjoy a quintessentially British county fair. From goat races in London to lamb feeding at your local rare breed centres and aeroplane acrobatics, the kids will enjoy being out in the sun whilst the adults sit back with a picnic.

Visit Kew’s gardens and chocolate fuelled bonanza

When: Saturday 19th March – Sunday 10th April

Where: Kew Gardens

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a colourful dosing of freshly sprung flowers. Tickets to Kew’s Easter Festival include a chocolate story tour about the growth of the cocoa bean, a Lindt chocolate treat and entrance to the gardens. Witness the first signs of spring as the Cherry Walk blooms, magnolias burst open and bluebells form a purple carpet across the woodland floor.

Easter dining at Fortnum & Mason

When: Thursday 24th March – Monday 28th March

Where: Fortnum & Mason store, Piccadilly

Children and adults are invited to join the Build Your Own Sundae classes and one lucky winner will uncover a golden egg in The Great Golden Egg Hunt that allows them to trial and taste ice creams before they hit the shop floor. Beyond that, the restaurants are all serving up an egg-cellent display of Easter-inspired treats, including personalised chocolate eggs and Champagne.

See the newest members of the Zoo

When: Open 10am – 5.30 pm over the Easter weekend

Where: Chester Zoo

Easter is all about the hatching of new life so head to your local zoo to see the latest arrivals. Chester Zoo is set in 125 acres of land and holds over 20,000 animals, a few of which include the world’s smallest monkey who was born just a month ago, a baby rhino and a group of 10 Humboldt penguin chicks who have just hatched. Cute overload!

Join the Eden Project’s Eggstravaganza

When: Friday 25th March – Sunday 10th April

Where: The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project will see the return of the ‘Eggstravaganza’
this year. The traditional chocolate Easter egg hunt gets given a twist with a few obstacle courses and egg-themed games in order to get to the edible prize!
Games include Hook a Duck, Splat an Egg and the EGGs-change whilst little ones can participate in the Over-easy Egg Hunt and Storytelling corner.

Make an Easter Basket

in a Cornish class

When: Friday 25th March at 2pm

Where: St. Ives, Cornwall

If you don’t have an Easter basket how are you going to carry those chocolate eggs? St. Ives, Cornwall has got you covered with the Easter Basket Weaving class. The whimsical pieces will be decorated in tissue paper and ribbons galore and then filled with chocolate delights by the Easter bunny.

Have a taste of the Orient at Windsor Park

When: Friday 25th March – Monday 11th April

Where: Windsor Great Park

The Savill Garden Easter Trail in Windsor Great Park offers kids something a little different. Dragons and eggs are combined with the garden’s special focus on Far East Asian plants in order to provide an extremely unique hunt on the edge of London. Kids can then taste flavours from the Far East inside the café after their tiresome afternoon fighting off dragons.

Taste your way along Bristol’s Taste Chocolate Festival

When: Saturday 26th March and Sunday 27th March

Where: Harbourside, Bristol

Bristol is going cocoa crazy following the Taste Chocolate Festival phenomenon last year. An epic Easter Egg Hunt will hide chocolate bites in shops and restaurants along the high street and clues will be shared across social media from 11th March – 25th March. After that, over 40 exhibitors will join the festivities and showcase indulgent, beautifully crafted treats along the streets of Bristol over the weekend.

Adults, hop to the sky at the Sky Garden

When: Across the Easter weekend

Where: Sky Gardens, London

Something for the adults – after days spent hunting for eggs and having your faces painted, enjoy some alone time in the city. With live bands kicking off the bank holiday, you can indulge in a four-day affair, over the four areas, sipping cocktails and dining from the special Easter menu.

Try tree jumping with Go Ape

When: Over the Easter weekend

Where: Go Ape parks across the country

Go Ape has long been a favourite with families – there’s nothing quite like hauling yourself from tree to tree saved only by a thin piece of wire and a clip – so we are told. From Tree Top Junior courses to Zip Trekking and now even Segway-ing, there is something for everyone at Go Ape this bank holiday.

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