The Easter holidays are upon us so here are some ideas to keep the family entertained and occupied over the break:
Taste Chocolate Festival in Bristol
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate so why not take the family to the Taste Chocolate Festival in Bristol on 15th and 16th April. This two-day extravaganza showcases some of the most talented chocolatiers, local chefs and producers of chocolate in the South West.
Cadbury World in Birmingham
Join in the fun over the Easter holidays with family entertainment every day including magicians, ventriloquists and more. There will be an Easter bonnet competition every day over the Easter weekend and an Easter egg hunt all round Cadbury World. See the website for more information and prices.
Make an Easter fridge cake
An easy activity for the family if the weather is bad is to make your own chocolate goodies! Here is a simple recipe for a no-cook cake:
1 dessert spoon of brown sugar
2 dessert spoons of cocoa
Melt these together in a bowl over a steaming pan of water.
Add 200g of crushed plain biscuits and 50g of glace cherries or raisins. Mix thoroughly.
Press into a greased baking tray. Add 150g of melted chocolate over the top and decorate with small chocolate eggs.
Refrigerate and watch an Easter movie while it sets!
Easter egg hunt – country wide
The National Trust has teamed up with Cadburys to host over 250 Easter Egg hunts across the country. There are about 300 sites to choose from over the Easter weekend. Children who take part will receive a Trail Journey with clues and challenges and a Cadbury treat at the end. The trails range from £2 to £4 and you also pay the normal entrance fee to get into the National Trust site. Have a look at the website for more details.
Or host your own at home!
If the sun is shining, why not host your own Easter egg hunt. Even if it’s not, you can move the hunt indoors. Small children can be overwhelmed by older ones so it might be better to pair them up in teams. For a bigger group of children, colour code eggs for different levels of difficulty.
Feed the lambs – the Big Sheep
At this time of year, there are many places where you can bottle feed lambs. At the Big Sheep in North Devon, the children can see and feed a range of baby farm animals but also take part in many other sheep-related activities including sheep dog trials, sheep shearing and the Big Sheep Grand National!
Head to a museum – Ashmolean in Oxford
For something more cerebral, visit the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. There are several free family events taking place over the Easter holidays including special Art Week workshops to create a patterned tile and a Japanese blossom picture. Admission and these workshops are free and the museum is also open on Easter Monday.
Easter Adventure Quest – Old Sarum (Salisbury)
Explore the Old Sarum Iron Age Hillfort this Easter and be a challenge champion! You’ll be greeted by a king, a butler or perhaps a Roman centurion who’ll help you crack the clues. This part treasure hunt/part history lesson takes place over the Easter weekend. See the English Heritage website for more information.
Nature Detective – Woodland Trust
Get outside this Easter and try one of the many activities devised by the Woodland Trust. You can become a member from just £18 per year and receive activity packs in the post all designed to get families discovering more about woods, trees and the wildlife that depend on them.