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A guide to the best Easter holiday activities in the UK

Section: Days out

Make the most of the Easter holidays with a fun day out for the kids. There are duck races, duck trails and duck eggs to find, the Easter Bunny to meet and lots of chocolate Easter egg hunts, going on all around the country. So get out there now and make the most of it.

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1) Giant Easter Duck Trail, London Wetland Centre

Where: London Wetland Centre
When: 6th-22nd April
Price: Trail £1 plus normal admission (adults £13.00; child over 4 £7.90)

Among the reeds and trees of the London Wetland Centre you'll find some giant, yellow rubber ducks hanging out with their real-life cousins this Easter. Use the specially created activity cards to find their location (and learn about the wetlands at the same time) and at the end you'll win a prize. 

Pic Credit: ©WWT website
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2) Cadbury's Egg Hunt, Waddesdon Manor

Where: Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
When: 19th-22nd April
Price: £3 per child plus normal admission (adults £11; child £5)

This is an egg hunt with a difference. Instead of chickens' eggs, you'll be searching for 'dinosaur' eggs as you hunt around the grouns and discover more about the creatures that used to live at Waddesdon and the habitats they lived in. A must for dinosaur enthusiasts or those that like chocolate - once you've completed the trial, there's a Cadburys egg waiting for you. 

Pic Credit: Peter Greenway ©National Trust, Waddesdon Manor
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3) The Manchester Duck Race

Where: River Irwell, Manchester
When: 19th April
Price: £1 per duck

Cheer on your rubber duck from the banks of the River Irwell at the 10th annual Manchester Duck Race in aid of children's charity, Brainwave. The first three ducks that float over the finish line will in a prize, but even if your duck is waddling way behind, there's plenty going on with celebrity guests (including Count Duckula), stilt-walkers, music, fairground rides, food stalls and much more.

Pic Credit: ©Smooth Radio
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4) Easter Street Theatre, The Causeway Coast

Where: The Causeway Coast
When: 20th-22nd April
Price: Free event

The Causeway Coast is hosting a weekend of kids' street theatre over Easter with performances in Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Limavady, Portrush and Portstewart. As well as slapstick Punch & Judy shows, expect some impressive circus skills with fire jugging, stilt-walking, giant unicycles and fire-breathing on the schedule. 

Pic Credit: ©Discover Northern Ireland Website
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5) Easter Lindt Bunny Hunt, Kensington Palace

Where: Kensington Palace
When: 6th-22nd April
Price: Free with normal entrance fee

Follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria as you scour her gardens at Kensington Palace in search of golden bunnies. With the help of a map and some historical clues, you'll learn about the famous kings and queens who lived at the palace and be pointed in the direction of a delicious Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate reward at the end. 

Pic Credit: ©Historical Royal Palace Website
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6) Meet the Easter Bunny, The Tanfield Railway, Durham

Where: The Tainfield Railway, Durham
When: 7th and 14th April
Price: Free with Tanfield Railway tickets (adult £10.50; child £6.50)

The Easter Bunny will be catching a ride on a traditional Victorian steam train along the world's oldest railway - and he's not coming empty handed. He'll ve handing out eggs to the kids, hosting an Easter egg hunt and orgnaising arts and crafts so, as well as chocolatey faces, you can go home with your own Easter creation.

Pic Credit: ©Tanfield Railway
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7) Easter Fun, Tredegar House 

Where: Tredegar House, Swindon
When: 18th-22nd April
Price: Easter egg hunts £2.50 plus normal admission (adult £10.10; child £5.05)

Tredegar House is getting into the Easter spirit this spring with an egg and spoon race, bunny hop race, whisker painting, rabbit-themed arts and crafts and, of course, an Easter egg hunt. The latter involves a bit of hard work; you need to hunt through Tredegar's gardens and identify which creature the weird and wonderful eggs belong to, before claiming your chocolate egg prize.

Pic Credit: ©National Trust Images/John Millar
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8) Easter Farmer Experience, Cwmcrwth Farm

Where: Camarthenshire, West Wales
When: Easter Holidays
Price: Varies

What better way to spend Easter than feeding lambs and cuddling piglets? Join in the fun during the Easter Holidays and book a stay where children can follow in the footsteps of a farmer with the Junior Farmer experience. There's also an Easter egg hunt and lots of fun activities to join in with! 

Pic Credit: ©Cmwmcrth Farm
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9) Spring Has Sprung Treasure Hunt, Loch Lomond

Where: Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire
When: 1st-13th April
Price: £2 per child

Explore the meadows and woodland around this beautiful RSPB-run loch for the first signs of spring. Whether it's the buds on the trees, the birds singing or petals starting to appear on flowers, this treasure hunt will have you alert to the sights, sounds and smells of the new season.

Pic Credit: ©Whats On Glasgow
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10) The Big Museum Easter Trial, St Fagans

Where: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
When: 19th-22nd April
Price: £3.50

This popular heritage attraction gives an insight into how the people of Wales used to live and work and what better way to learn about the history of Wales than with an Easter trail that ends with an egg-citing prize. Can you follow the trial and solve the clues?

Pic Credit: ©St Fagans National History Website
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11) Easter Adventure Quest, Birdowald Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

Where: Birdowald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall
When: 6th-28th April
Price: Easter quest £1 plus normal admission (adult £8.60; child over 5 £5.20)

This is not an Easter egg hunt, it is a quest. Intrepid adventures are needed at Birdowald Roman Fort to search for... dragon eggs. To help in this task, you'll be given a map of the Roman ruins and some clues to crack. And there's a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat for those brave knights who come home triumphant.

Pic Credit: ©English Heritage
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12) Down On The Farm, The Eden Project

Where: Eden Project, Cornwall
When: 6th-25th April
Price: Free with normal entrance free (adult £27.50; child over 5 £15)

The Eden Project is celebrating Easter with a farm-themed event. As well as The Great Eden Easter Egg Hunt, where you search for eggs hidden around the plants, there's a welly-wanging, The Wiggly Worm Trial, storytelling, crop-picking and an amazing giant windmill.

Pic Credit: ©The Eden Project
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13) Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Where: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol
When: 6th-27th April
Price: Adults £18; children over two £13.50

With over 50 eggs hidden around this family-owned zoo, will you be able to find them? Follow the trail searching for them and the three golden bonus eggs! While you're hunting, there's over 100 species of animals to be looking at, including African elephants, lions and bears. 

Pic Credit: ​©Noah's Ark Farm Facebook
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14) BeWilderwood’s Eggspedition, Norfolk

Where: BeWilderwood, Norfolk
When: 5th-22nd April
Price: Free with normal admission fee (£14.95 - £16.95)

Meet Cedric The Easter Bunny in his home, which just happens to be packed full of sweets and chocolate. Then go out into the BeWilderwood and find the Easter eggs he's hidden among the tree houses and the Tricky Tunnels. And when you're done,  there's Bunny Ear crafts, bunny face-painting and the tale of The Pesky Bunnies being performed on the Storytelling Stage.

Pic Credit: ©BeWILDerwood
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15) Lend a hand with the lambs, Brecon Beacons

Where: Brecon Beacon National Park, Wales
When: 17th, 22nd, 24th April
Price: adult £90; children under 16 £45

Enjoy feeding the lambs in the heart of this breathtaking National Park. This experience will be loved by the whole family this Easter by helping the farmers on the organic farm, collecting eggs and enjoying the vegetarian homemade lunch that's completely organic! 

Visit gooddayout.co.uk to book your fun-filled day feeding the lambs! 

Pic Credit: ©Brecon Beacons Org
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16) Meet Ffion the Dragon, Zip World

Where: Zip World, Wales
When: 6th-28th April
Price: Varies depending on experience

Forget the Easter Bunny, there's a new Easter mascot... Meet Ffion the Dragon who will be introduced for the first time this Easter! There's lots of Easter-themed fun, with Tree Top Quest puzzles to solve and fly the the trees to spot hidden treasure. 

Don't forget to join the Easter egg hunt between the 19th-22nd April! 

Pic Credit: ©Zip World
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17) The Big Easter Bunny Hunt, Waterperry Gardens

Where: Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
When: 1st-24th April
Price: £2.50 per child plus normal admission for adults (adults £8.50)

There are some mischievous Easter bunnies on the loose around the ornamental gardens at aWaterperry and it's your job to track them all down. Look out for the pretty spring blooms as you go around and claim an Easter prize at the end.

Pic Credit: ​©Waterperry
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18)​ Easter Extravaganza, Camel Creek

Where: Camel Creek Adventure Park, Cornwall
When: 6th-22nd April
Price: £14.95 if above 92cm; £12.95 on 8th-9th & 15th-16th April

Launching with new rides and attractions £3million refresh, join in the Easter fun at Camel Creek with an egg-citing golden egg hunt and loads more fun Easter activities! There are lots of prizes to be won, including a membership to Camel Creek! 

Pic Credit: ​©Camel Creek

 

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Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

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