Easter Days Out

Shutterstock © Family fun on an Easter day out

Easter is a great time for families to get together outdoors, so why not create some special memories with your kids or grandkids on an egg hunt or picnic over the Easter weekend?

We’ve picked out a selection of special events and locations to help you have the best ever Easter!

Easter Days Out: Egg Hunts & Trails

Pensthorpe, Norfolk, March 28-April 14, 2024

WildRootz outdoor adventure playground at Pensthorpe

WildRootz outdoor adventure playground at Pensthorpe

Pensthorpe nature reserve in Fakenham, Norfolk, is planning a Giant Egg Hunt this Eastertime. Enormous 3D eggs, measuring over a metre tall, will be part of a new fully-immersive and multi-sensory trail around the reserve. Giant egg will be decorated to represent a different bird’s egg, each featuring some fascinating facts. Learn more about wildlife and the natural world while enjoying a brilliant family day out.

Also making a return this Easter will be the popular Pensthorpe Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle taking guests on a 40-minute off-road tour around the parts of the 700-acre reserve that the public don’t usually see.

Tickets for the event, running March 28-April 14, also include access to a wide range of Easter crafts, pond dipping, flamingo talks and nature table activities, as well as to the indoor play area, Hootz House, and the WildRootz outdoor adventure playground. There’s also plenty of opportunities for den building and, in time-honoured tradition, dozens of adorable chicks and goslings to meet.

Tumblestone Hollow, Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, March 29-April 14, 2024

Easter Trail at Tumblestone Hollow, Stonor Park

Easter Trail at Tumblestone Hollow, Stonor Park

This popular Easter Trail returns to the magical woodland play area at Stonor Park this Easter, alongside a brand new nature walk.

Full of Easter riddles to protect The Dark Stone from The Moon Witch, the trail starts at Tumblestone Hollow adventure play area and weaves through Stonor’s formal gardens and woodland. There’s an Easter treat for the kids at the end if they can crack the password!

Young explorers can also check out the mystical circle of standing stones, play on the tall treehouses, look-out decks and bridges, and take part in a range of activities including Easter crowns and garland craft sessions. Storytelling sessions with characters from Stonor’s well-known children’s books will also take place.

Book tickets in advance.

The Auckland Project Easter Egg Hunt, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, March 29-April 14, 2024

Easter Egg Hunt around Auckland Castle

Easter Egg Hunt around Auckland Castle

The Auckland Project will host a new Easter Egg Hunt trail around Auckland Castle and historic gardens with ample opportunities to search for colourful eggs cleverly hidden in creative nests.

Starting the adventure at Auckland Tower in Market Place, little explorers must find the clues hidden in the outdoor nests, receiving a chocolate prize of their choice once completed.

Additionally, over the Easter weekend (March 29-April 1), extra entertainment has been lined up for families including animals to pet, performers, a real-life Easter bunny, craft sessions and more!

Tickets available here.

The National Trust Easter Egg Hunts, various locations and dates

The Easter trail at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

The Easter trail at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

For just £3 each, the family can join in an Easter trail at one of the many National Trust estates and gardens. Visitors will receive a trail sheet to guide them on an adventure and a set of Easter bunny ears to wear along the way, with a chocolate treat for the children who complete the trail.

Explore all the locations taking part here.

National Trust For Scotland Easter Egg Trails, various locations throughout Scotland, March 29-April 1, 2024

Children at Greenbank Garden in East Renfrewshire * The Trust will be hosting Easter egg trails at 35 of the special places in its care.

Children at Greenbank Garden in East Renfrewshire. The Trust will be hosting Easter egg trails at 35 of the special places in its care.

Make this an Easter to remember with your loved ones. Enjoy a spring walk through beautiful surroundings while flexing your puzzle-solving skills to earn a delicious Easter treat!

Each trail sheet costs £4, and you can discover the 35 locations taking part here.

Easter Days Out: Glorious Picnic Spots

Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire Pic: Istockphoto

Easter and picnics go hand in hand, so why not roll your egg at one of these picturesque locations? Who could resist Roseberry Topping in Yorkshire, with its colourful vista? And if you need any inspiration for food, the recipes below will have the whole family coming back to the picnic hamper for more!

Turn a Day Out into a Free Treasure Hunt!

Home or away, add an extra dimension to your family stroll by incorporating a Treasure Hunt. Take a look online for free treasure hunts in your location, or why not download this free and simple version from Holiday Cottages for the little ones in the family to follow? Watch the excitement grow as the children find everything on the list – you can even provide small prizes for all those taking part!

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Allison Hay

I joined the "My Weekly" team thirteen years ago and, more recently, "The People's Friend". I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazines. I manage the digital content for the brands, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters.