UK Family holiday ideas for Easter

The Easter holidays are usually the first promise of the summer to come with golden daffodils lining the roads, lambs frolicking in the fields and great family activities on offer across the country.  With the children off school for a couple of weeks, it’s a great time to book an Easter break in the UK and enjoy some quality time together.  Here are some traditional Easter activities for the whole family to enjoy this Easter. 

Join an Easter Egg Hunt

When it comes to Easter activities, there’s no better way to get the whole family out in the great outdoors than with an egg hunt.  Attractions up and down the country organise egg hunts throughout the Easter holidays often with extras such as face painting and outdoor games so you can really make a day of it.  The World of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District is running The Great Peter Rabbit Hunt this year where 50 special eggs will be hidden around the Lake District.  Participants have the chance to win a number of great prizes as well as raising money for the attraction’s nominated charity, WaterAid.  For a more grown up egg hunt, try the Maya Chocolate Adventure at Kew Gardens where you can learn about the history of chocolate before making something to take home.

To find an egg hunt near you visit the Easter Egg Trail website.

Watch The Passion

With the mountains of chocolate and cute bunny rabbits filling the shops, it’s easy to forget that Easter is a religious festival.  Promising to be just as moving to non-believers as for believers, a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is being performed across the Easter weekend in Trafalgar Square in London and Brighton.  The open-air show has been performed to great acclaim in previous years and looks set to be just as successful in 2013 and is free to the public.

For more information and performance times visit the Brighton Visitor website or here for details of the London performance.

Visit the home of chocolate

Where better to indulge a sweet tooth at Easter than at the home of chocolate in York.  Most Northern cities built their wealth on steel and cotton but York has been producing delicious chocolate ever since the 17th century.  Learn how chocolate is made and follow the Chocolate Tour through York to learn the how the city’s history is interwoven with its most famous product; don’t forget to sample as you go!  For a family weekend away you couldn’t choose a better destination than York with numerous child-friendly attractions catering to little ones of all ages.  The Jorvik Viking Centre and the Railway Museum are both good places to start when you have the little ones in tow and climbing the steps of York Minster guarantees great views of the city.

The Visit York website is a good place to start planning your break.

Go Egg Rolling

Another traditional Easter game is egg rolling, particularly popular in the north of England and the USA where participants repeatedly roll a hardboiled egg down a hill until it smashes.  Today the eggs are often painted and the roll raises money for charity with prizes for the best decorated egg and fastest egg up for grabs.  The Avenham Park event in Preston has been attracting families for generations and the egg roll in Swalcliffe, North Oxfordshire attracts rollers from around the globe.  Whether you compete or just watch the festivities, it’s a great way to spend Easter Monday as a family.

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