The Easter holidays are fast approaching. If you’re looking for Things to Do for families over Easter, Your Holiday Planner shares some suggestions.
Easter Egg Hunts
Which child does not love an Easter Egg Hunt? Over 200 National Trust properties will be running Easter trails and egg hunts (supported by Cadbury), including at these properties close to London:
Ightham Mote, Kent; 10 April; 11am to 4pm; Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey; 10 &11 April, 10am to 4pm; Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire; 13 April, 11am to 4pm
Kew Gardens is celebrating 250 years in 2009. Visit the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop walkway that takes you under the ground and then 18 metres (59ft) up in the air.
Wallace & Gromit Present: A World of Cracking Ideas is a new family-oriented exhibition from the Science Museum, presenting the stories behind essential inventions from the printing press to the telephone. Encounter the devices as you explore Wallace and Gromit’s house. On from 28 Mar to 1 Nov.
A bit further afield, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire has some fantastic activities over the two weeks. Children can make their own whizpopping rockets on Tues, 7 April during George’s Marvellous Experiments, or grab the chance to ask Val Rutt, author of The Mystery of the Darkstone, anything they ever wanted to know about being a writer (Thurs 16 April), plus the usual Easter trail and egg decorating during the Easter weekend.
Theatre doesn’t have to be all West End. Try some local theatre this Easter. The family favourite, The Jolly Postman, is on at The Polka Theatre, Wimbledon until 9 May (suitable for 4-7 year olds). The Richmond Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz from Mon, 13 April to Sat, 18 April and Annie is on at the Secombe Theatre in Sutton until 4 April.
Short Breaks and Holidays
In the current climate, staying in the UK will be a popular option for families. Haven Holidays seem to have plenty of availability during Easter, prices from £109* for 3 nights. Helpful Holidays, who specialise in cottages in the West Country, also have availability and special offers during Easter, including 20% of a 2 bedroom cottage (sleeps 4) in Olchard, near Torbay, South Devon (property ref: B8). Available 11 April for a week, original price £391, now £292.
Despite the weak pound against the euro, Europe during Easter may be feasible if the holiday price is reasonable. Canvas Holidays are offering 7 nights in a mobile home in Brittanny for £199*, departing 4 April, including the ferry crossing.
Please note that all prices and availability shown are correct at the time of posting (31 March 2009).