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What to do with the kids this Easter weekend

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You’ve finally got a long weekend after what seems like an endless stretch of work since Christmas. But you’ve also got a brood of kids to entertain and keep happy at the same time. Where to go? What to do?

Keep reading for some fantastic ideas on places to go this Easter weekend which will keep the kids happy, and give Mum and Dad a bit for a break while not breaking the bank. If that sounds good, keep reading…

Easter egg hunting

What’s Easter without an Easter egg hunt? The National Trust has organised Easter egg hunts at over 240 stately homes and National Trust venues all over the country, so you can combine a hunt for chocolate treasure with a visit to some of Britain’s best landscaped gardens and most impressive residences.

After the kids have exhausted themselves rummaging around looking for Easter eggs, taking part in a traditional egg and spoon race or getting their faces painted, you can take afternoon tea, explore one of the finest Victorian gardens at Waddesdon Manor or take in the Anna Karenina exhibition in London.

If you can never seem to get the kids into art galleries, try the Alternative Ester Egg Hunt at the Design Museum in London. You’ll be led through a tour of the exhibits by a series of clues and will be rewarded with a luxury Rococo chocolate at the end, so everyone will be happy.

Make your own Easter eggs

If charging through acres of gardens and museum space sounds like too much hard work to you, simply book the family in for a fun-filled chocolate masterclass, where you’ll get stuck into chocolate making and come away with your own Easter egg creation. If you’ve bravely given up the choc for lent, you’ll have earned this treat!

Pile everyone into a train carriage heading to York, Britain’s’ chocolate capital. It’s where some of Britain’s first chocolatiers came up with the concoctions and products we still love today.

You can learn about York’s connection with chocolate, make some scrummy chocolate lollipops and check out some larger than life Easter eggs at the York Chocolate Story before making your own Easter eggs at the York Cocoa House.

Party with the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will be throwing open the doors to their Highgrove Gardens property and playing host in the name of charity. This special garden located in the picture-perfect Cotswolds in rural England will be in full spring bloom over the Easter weekend. After working up an appetite on your guided tour, you can pick up champagne truffle Easter eggs from the shop which are truly fit for a (future) king.

Hop on a train…with Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is universally adored by children. Your kids will thank you forever if you take them to meet Peppa herself on the Water cress Line at the Alresford station in Hampshire before having a fun ride on one of the steam engines. This is one train ride you can enjoy without hearing any ‘are we there yet?’ enquiries because they’ll be enjoying themselves so much.

We do like to be beside the seaside

To burn off all those Easter eggs, get everyone on a train to Brighton for a run along the Promenade. The little ones can take part in the Mini Mile races while you can tackle the full marathon if you’re a keen runner.

Traditionally the go-to place for the Victorians when they had any holiday time, modern Brighton has lots to offer post-race too. There’s the Brighton beach for sun bathing and people watching and a stroll along iconic Pier, the impressive Royal Pavilion and the great views from the Brighton wheel to take in. And for the kids, you just need to utter the words ‘fish and chips’ or ‘ice cream’ to get them on-side.

Rural getaway

To escape city life for the weekend, head to Combe House in Devon where the kids can roam around acres of rolling English countryside and play with farm animals and ponies.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy the fresh produce sourced from the sizeable back garden and enjoy the Spring fair (the music is almost as good as the cider). It doesn’t get more idyllic than this.

Or why not experience a farmstay at Cwmcrwth Farm in rural Wales? Once the wellies and waterproofs are on, you can all help muck in with the farm work, feeding the animals (which include Welsh ponies and highland cattle) and collecting eggs for your breakfast.

What are you planning to do for Easter this year?

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