Easter events for kids

Easter is just around the corner and if you're already wondering what to do with the kids, don't worry - there are plenty of events around the country to keep them entertained.

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From egg hunts to Easter parades - and a few more offbeat ideas - there's plenty to keep your little ones occupied during the break.

Kew Gardens in London will be hosting an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday, and has a range of regular attractions to keep kids entertained too - plus they (and you) might just learn something at the same time.

The London Harness Horse Parade, which used to take place in Battersea Park, will be happening at the South of England Centre in Ardingly, West Sussex, on Easter Monday this year.

Chocolate firm Cadbury is sponsoring Easter egg hunts at more than 250 National Trust locations across the UK - which will add up to a lorra lorra chocolate.

The Big Egg Hunt is a charity event taking place in London, with families encouraged to seek out 200 ceramic Easter eggs located on plinths around the capital. The eggs have been decorated by arty types including Polly Morgan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Bruce Oldfield, Nicky Haslam and Mat Collishaw.

For those north of the border, Traquair House at Innerleithen in the delightful Tweed Valley is hosting its annual Eastereggstravaganza - with thousands of eggs to be found and stacks of prizes for young visitors.

Colchester Zoo in Essex will be running an Easter Wonderland event from March 31 to April 15, giving kids a chance to boogie with the Easter bunny, meet the chicks and enjoy an Easter themed live animal show.

Tatton Park in Cheshire is running an Alice in Wonderland Easter festival from April 7 to 9, with performances and entertainment themed around the children's classic.

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is offering "A Day Out With Thomas", giving passengers a ride on coaches pulled by the ever-popular Thomas the Tank Engine. This is happening between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

With the changeable weather we have had lately there could be some early displays of bluebells by Easter time, so you could either get out in the woods and explore or check out the Forestry Commission website for some pointers.

Your local borough, city, district or county council will no doubt have information about more events local to you... so get Googling.

What will you be doing at Easter? Comment below...