Easter fun for everyone – ideas to get out and about
For all the family
Wey & Arun Canal
Easter Bunny Special Cruises on the Wey & Arun Canal will feature many favourite Easter characters to entertain. From The Wharf behind the Onslow Arms public house High Street, Loxwood, West Sussex (30 March, 1 and 2 April). Time: 40 minute trips at 11.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm. One price: £10. weyarun.org.uk/special-cruises
Easter Trails, Egg Dancing, Easter Bonnet Parade and Baby Chicks
Easter weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town
Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire as they celebrate the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April) in traditional Victorian style with Egg Dancing, plus an Easter bunny trail, chocolate egg making demonstration, Easter Bonnet Parade and a chance to see baby chicks hatching.
A highlight will be the unusual pastime of Egg Dancing held opposite the Town’s Print Shop. Once blindfolded, the townsfolk will dance across the street trying to avoid stepping on eggs that are carefully placed along their route. Have-a-go yourself after the demonstration and win a yummy chocolate reward for completing the course without stepping on an egg!
Remember to come wearing your best Easter Bonnet so you can join in the traditional Easter Weekend Parade when the town’s milliner will be judging the finest creations.
One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Blists Hill Victorian Town is open from 10 am until 4.30pm; entrance is £19.75 adults, £14.00 60 plus, and £12.00 children 5-16, under 5s free.
Pirates in Newquay
From 24 March – 15 April, Join the live pirate crew on the Quest for the Golden Egg!
Embark on the special mission set by Captain Blackbeard, as you travel back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy.
Begin your adventure on board a Pirate Hunter’s Ship, the Royal Anne. The vessel left England in 1721 with the intention of sailing to the Caribbean but wrecked off the South Coast of Cornwall.
A real LIVE pirate from the infamous Republic of Pirates will rescue you from the sinking Royal Anne, escorting you through a secret passageway, and then acting as a guide through several detailed sets and scenes. Discover mystical caves and brave the murky streets of eighteenth-century Cornwall as you look out for clues that might lead to the discovery of some chocolate gold!
Eventually, you’ll arrive at the Captain’s Ship, ready to successfully return to the Caribbean with your Easter booty.
Tours run regularly throughout the day. Advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Visitors can book online at piratesquest.co.uk
Cheddar Gorge & Caves, in Somerset
will be adding some extra sparkle to Easter, with a very special Easter Egg Hunt between March 24 and April 8.
The only trail of its kind in the UK, it will feature several clusters of large, glow-in-the-dark eggs that have been carefully placed (and partially concealed) in various nooks and crannies throughout the chambers of Gough’s Cave.
Spotting all of the bright and shiny eggs, and taking note of all the different colours, will prove to be a “hard-boiled” challenge for even the most observant of visitors – but kids and families who manage to “crack” the mystery code and hand-in a completed trail sheet will be rewarded at the end of the trail with a suitably chocolatey treat.
Participants will also be urged to keep their eyes peeled for Richard Gough’s magical Golden Egg during the Hunt. Rumour has it that this one has been hidden in the caves since Gough excavated it in Victorian times.
The glowing eggs and other illuminations for the Easter period will help to add to the magical atmosphere of the caves, which have been welcoming visitors underground for decades.
The Explorer Ticket – which includes Gough’s Cave, Dreamhunters, The Museum of Prehistory, Cliff-top Gorge Walk and the new Beyond-the-View experience is priced at Adults £19.95 (online £16.95); Children (5-15) £14.95 (online £12.70); Under 5s Free.
For further information, visit http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/events.
Plenty to eggs-plore at Legoland Windsor
From 30 March to 2 April 2018 guests at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort can enjoy a fun-filled day of Easter activities, including Easter-themed LEGO mosaic builds and, new for 2018, a miniature LEGO egg hunt around the world-famous Miniland, with brand new additions from the USA, China, India, Russia, and Australia.
Little ones can transform into Easter bunnies with their own free LEGOLAND Easter bunny ears on arrival, before venturing into Miniland for our unique egg hunt. Search high and low for LEGO Easter eggs hidden among models of iconic world-famous landmarks, made entirely of LEGO bricks, and look out for those hiding alongside exciting new additions from across the world, including the Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, and the Sydney Opera House.
Join your favourite LEGOLAND friend, Ollie the Dragon, for his special Easter Welcome Show, before heading over to the Miniland lawn where he’ll be on hand to meet and greet guests. Junior builders can show off their building skills and construct their very own LEGO Easter themed mosaic to put on display for all to see, or get creative with Ollie’s Easter colouring, before heading out into the resort to take part in a Scavenger Hunt.
Park ticket prices/opening:
· Easter activities run 30 March – 2 April 2018 (all activities included in the entry price)
· Park open from 9 March until 1 November 2018 (closed on selected midweek days in March, April, May, September, October)
· Tickets from £47 when booked online at least 7 days in advance for selected dates in the Easter holidays.
· Book here: www.legoland.co.uk/tickets or call 0845 373 2640.
Bertie the Bunny in London
Upon check-in, No. Ten Manchester Street‘s concierge will give families a map of the local Marylebone area with its abundance of places to explore already plotted out, along with the hotel’s Easter mascot, Bertie the Bunny. Families will then be challenged to tick off as many sights as possible, taking a family selfie as they go with Bertie the Bunny to the penguins at London Zoo, in front of one of the old masters at The Wallace Collection, with the statue of Sherlock Holmes and so on, the possibilities are endless!
At the end of the day, the children can show the photos to the concierge on their phone or by uploading the shots to Instagram, tagging the hotel and using the hashtag #BertieTheBunny. At turndown, the Easter bunny will leave a handwritten note with hot chocolate and cookies, and a basket of Easter eggs to take home, rewarding the kids for their hard day’s work. Not forgetting the parents, a complimentary bottle of Prosecco and special Easter cupcakes from Bea’s of Bloomsbury will be awaiting their arrival, to be enjoyed in peace and quiet while the children are occupied!.
The Easter package at No. Ten Manchester Street starts at £465 per night based on a family of four (includes 50% discount off second room), available for stays from 30 March to 15 April for a minimum two-night stay. The offer includes accommodation in an interconnecting Family Room, breakfast for four, Easter egg basket, hot chocolate and cookies for the children and a bottle of Prosecco and Bea’s of Bloomsbury cupcakes for the adults. To book, call +44 (0) 20 7317 5900. For more information, visit www.tenmanchesterstreethotel.com.
Something for couples
Irish Grand National Break in Dublin
To celebrate one of the most anticipated dates on the Irish Racing calendar – The Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse Race Course, The Merrion is inviting guests to extend their visit with the ‘Off to the Races’ experience.
Guests will check in to one of the hotel’s contemporary Garden Wing rooms, overlooking the beautifully landscaped gardens. The rest of the afternoon can be spent unwinding in Tethra Spa or discovering the hotel’s impressive art collection – before heading out to explore the delights of Georgian Dublin and the various museums and galleries, on The Merrion’s doorstep. In the evening, guests can choose to sit down to a delicious locally-sourced supper in The Garden Room restaurant or relax in the sophisticated atmosphere of Bar No. 23.
The following morning, fuelled by a full Irish breakfast, guests will be ready for the main event! Tickets include a race card and three-course lunch, with access to a private bar and tote facilities
Off to the Races at The Merrion stays start from €605 per room per night based on two sharing with a full Irish breakfast. Valid on 1 or 2 April 2018, subject to availability.
To book: 00 353 1 603 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Gin Hunt at Barnsley House
Join The Big Gin Hunt this Easter Sunday at Barnsley House in a quest to find the special ingredients in the Barnsley House Gin and Tonic. The Barnsley bunny will be hiding all the gin essentials around the stunning Barnsley House gardens for an egg-citing way for adults to celebrate Easter. All successful gin hunters will be entered into a prize draw to win a one-night stay for two at Barnsley House.
This al fresco escapade will guide visitors through the knot garden, lime walk, and heavenly Kitchen garden, in hunt of lemon verbena, Woodruff, grapefruit and a bottle of Fever Tree tonic water. These garden ingredients are the key elements in Barnsley House’s own ‘Garden Gin’, created specially by Cheltenham based Gin distillers Brennan & Brown, using botanicals from the Barnsley House gardens.
Guests can complete the hunt by locating the perfect garnish for a Barnsley House Gin and Tonic, as pink grapefruit, which adds the fresh zing to the drink, will be hidden in the grounds. For those staying at Barnsley House or living locally, The Potager restaurant will be serving a delicious roast lunch on Easter Sunday, the perfect end to any gin hunt.
‘The Big Gin Hunt’ will take place on Sunday 1st April (Easter Day) and is open to Barnsley House guests and day visitors. A three-course lunch at The Potager is from approx. £40. Stay at Barnsley House from £369 based on two sharing in a Superior King Bed Room. To book visit barnsleyhouse.com or call 01285 740000. Subject to availability.
Take on the egg-citing Thames Rush
A high-speed ride sure to impress even the most daring of adrenaline junkies, the Thames Rush is an unforgettable experience on the river. Passengers must hold on tight to the powerful RIB jet as it soars along the water, reaching impressive speeds of 40 knots and performing an impressive series of twists, turns, and tricks. Only those brave enough should take on the Thames Rush this Easter!
Priced from £39.00 per adult (17+) and £29.00 per child (16 – under).
For more information and to book visit www.citycruises.com/thamesjet
Scottish Castle Break
Glenapp Castle is a 17-bedroom luxurious castle hotel tucked away on the breath-taking Ayrshire coast, Scotland. The castle is hidden away in 36 acres of stunning gardens and woodland. During Easter, woodlands in Ayrshire are so vastly populated with bluebells that the ground looks as if it is covered with a floral carpet.
The castle is suited to everyone – groups of friends will enjoy an exciting day out exploring the West Coast of Scotland and the magical island of Ailsa Craig with a freshly prepared picnic on the brand new Glenapp Castle RIB boat.
Easter Offer – kids go free and enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3!
From the 30th of March, for three nights, Glenapp is offering an array of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can enjoy a stay at Glenapp, indulging in delicious three-course dinners, exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside and watching an amazing Falconry display. If 3 nights isn’t enough, you can book a fourth night for free! Families with adventurous children can also book tank driving, stargazing, clay pigeon shooting and archery at an extra cost.
*To make a booking, please contact Glenapp Castle via email or telephone quoting ‘EASTER2018’
Website for Glenapp Castle
Whatever you are up to this holiday weekend – have a great one!