Easter will soon be here, and if you want to make the most of the long weekend that isn’t just gorging on as many Easter eggs as possible, there are plenty of Easter things to do, that are fun for the whole family. So, whether you want to travel near or far, here are some of the top things to do on Easter weekend 2019 in the UK.
Easter Things To Do With The Kids
English Heritage Easter Adventure Quest
Taking place at a range of English Heritage sites across the UK, kids can enjoy a fascinating Easter Adventure Quest. Places taking part include Framlingham Castle, Carisbrooke Castle, Dover Castle, Whitby Abbey and many more, you can find your nearest English Heritage here.
During the quest, families will be given clues and a trail to follow so budding adventurers can crack the Easter code. The cost of the Quest is £1 per child (although you’ll need to purchase entrance fees where necessary too). Each child will receive a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat at the end of their adventure.
London Zoo (ZSL) – Become A Zookeeper!
London Zoo is offering children a chance to try their hand at being a zookeeper. During the Easter half-term, London Zoo will be offering their Mini Keepers event which is an excellent activity if you’re wondering what to do during Easter. Kids will be kitted out in a uniform and receive a daily checklist to complete. Kids will even have a chance to go behind the scenes and learn what the animal team and London Zoo actually do.
Cheddar Gorge – Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt
Another of the great things to do with the kids during the Easter holidays is a trip to Cheddar Gorge and Caves. During Easter, kids have the chance to go below the ground and seek out the glowing eggs in the darkness of the caves. With 50 eggs to find, kids then have to unscramble an enigma code to receive a tasty reward.
Top tip: Save 15% on your tickets by booking online. The Egg Hunt is included in the ticket price.
Easter Baking Classes
During the Easter holidays, locations all across the country are holding Easter baking and cookery classes for kids. For example, Cooking It! in Bristol are holding regular baking classes as part of their half term things to do. Kids receive 2.5 hours of baking classes where they can perfect cakes, biscuits, doughnuts and bread.
Search the web to see where your nearest Easter baking classes are.
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt
Up and down the country, National Trust and National Trust for Scotland sites will be joining forces with Cadbury for amazing eggciting egg hunts. Ideal for all the family and the perfect thing to do with the kids on Easter Sunday is to get hunting for delicious chocolatey treats. Find out where your nearest hunt is here.
Bing and Flop at Spinnaker Tower
Ideal for the little ones this Easter, Bing and Flop from the CBeebies show Bing will be making a very special guest appearance at Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. As well as offering amazing views, a breathtaking 100m drop as you look down through the glass floor, there is also the Sky Garden at the top.
This is definitely a great activity that will interest kids and grown-ups alike. What’s more, Bing and Flop will be there to delight the kids too.
British Motor Museum – Mini-themed Egg Hunt
In the Midlands, the British Motor Museum is not only celebrating Easter but the fact that the Mini turns 60 too! The British Motor Museum has something for all ages. While the grown-ups marvel at cars, kids can collect eggs on the egg hunt around the museum. Other activities during the Easter holidays include costumed characters and a chance to design your own Mini.
Free or cheap Easter holiday activities
If you’re looking for fun things to do with the kids this Easter holidays that are free and keeps you closer to home, then how about trying some of these ideas?
Egg decorating and rolling
Firstly, hard-boil the eggs and get everyone to decorate their own eggs with a unique design. Perhaps an adjudicator can offer a prize for the best-decorated egg if you are playing with a competitive bunch. Then, take your eggs to a nearby park with a big hill.
The game is then to roll your egg down the hill, the egg that travels the farthest wins although you can have prizes for the least amount of damage to the egg too.
There are plenty of fun-filled Easter-themed games to play in your garden or home. Think about bunny hop races, egg and spoon races; you can even create a mini ten-pin bowling arena using a hard-boiled egg as the bowling ball – much harder than it sounds! If you have lots of craft material at home, then you could spend the morning making Easter bonnets and spend the afternoon conducting your own Easter Parade.
Easter activities for grown-ups
Whether you’re holding a party or just don’t think the kids should have all the fun this Easter weekend, then here are some Easter things to do for grown-ups.
Scratch card egg hunt
Ask all of your guests to bring a scratch card with them, pop them into little plastic eggs and hide them around your venue. While a chocolate egg hunt may not inspire the grown-ups, the possibility of winning big will definitely get everyone involved. Who knows? Maybe someone will hit the jackpot and share their winnings?
This game can work for kids too but needs to be done safely, as kids can get hurt if the game is too boisterous. However, for adults, it can be a fun and competitive game to get your Easter party in full swing. Each participant is given a hard-boiled egg, and the aim of the game is to use your egg to crack another person’s egg without damaging your own. The winner is the one who has the last uncracked egg.
What’s Up Doc? While Bugs Bunny isn’t quite the Easter bunny, this is a fantastically refreshing cocktail to perk up your guests, courtesy of David Burke Tavern in New York. Mix 50ml of vodka, 25ml of carrot juice, a squeeze of lime and a dash of sugar syrup. Shake the ingredients together and pour over ice, top up with ginger beer. Make it pretty with a carrot peel and mint leaf garnish.
Baileys Egg Shots – Gather together small hollow chocolate eggs and carefully cut the top of the egg, fill with Baileys, or your preferred liqueur and delight your guests.
Crème Egg Cocktail – Don’t think you can stomach another Crème Egg? Then this liquid alternative may change your mind. In a cocktail shaker with ice, mix 25ml of each of the following: vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, milk, cream and vanilla syrup. Add the filling from a Crème Egg and shake hard. Then pour the contents over 25ml of Advocaat in a Martini glass. Garnish with the Crème Eggshell that is left over.