Easter is almost upon us once again, and with the kids off school it's a chance to enjoy some family time out and about. So why not lure them away from the chocolate with one of these seasonal family events?
Kew Gardens - 5th to 21st April
Kew Gardens will once again be putting on fun events for Easter. This year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the book, the inspiration will be Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If that isn't enough in itself to tempt the little ones, there will be face painting, the 'Whipple-scrumptious Plant Hunt', drawing, colouring, hands-on sessions, Revolting Rhymes, the chance to create your very own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar, and of course, the Easter egg hunt on 20th April. Kids under 16 get in free and an adult price is £12.50, with most activities included in the price. Plus you get to enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens into the bargain.
The stunning Wookey Hole caves will be playing host to Alice and the Mad Hatter this Easter, as you and your little ones explore the Easter Wonderland. As well as a free Easter egg for every child (and a Tetley Tea pack for the grown-ups), there are some 20 attractions included in the entrance fee, including the Dinosaurs of the Valley, the Fairytale Circus Show and, of course, the famous Witch of Wookey Hole. Ticket prices are £12 for kids and £18 for adults, and discounts are available if you book online.
Easter Adventure Quest, South Yorkshire - 18th to 21st April
Visit the beautiful Victorian country house Brodsworth Hall this Easter and the whole family can get involved in the Easter Adventure Quest. Characters from the past, each with their own story to tell of times gone by, need your help, and their clues will have you exploring every nook and cranny of this historic home. Complete the quest and there's a chocolate-based reward on offer. Entry to this English Heritage property costs £9.70 for adults and £5.80 for under-16s, and the quest itself costs an extra £1 for each family member.
Lambing, Carreg Cennen Castle, Wales - until 30th April
If your kids are likely to overdose on chocolate this Easter, why not skip the egg hunt and instead experience one of the joys of the season? At Carreg Cennen Castle and farm, visitors can help bottle feed the adorable new lambs, keep a watchful eye on ewes still to give birth, and see the impressive Longhorn cattle that live on the farm. Entry to the castle costs just £4 for adults and £3.50 for kids, and entry to the farm is included.
Easter Story Time, Tatton Park, Cheshire - 19th to 21st April
Story time is brought to life at the National Trust property Tatton Park this Easter, with readings from Kim Lewis's tales from the farm, Poz the Magician's Story Time Magic, and Mr Bimbamboozle's Punch and Judy Story Book. Inside the mansion, the story of Cinderella will be brought to life, complete with Prince Charming's ball and the ugly sisters, while in the gardens, the whole family can head off 'Around the World in 80 days', and complete tasks and games before finding the Lindt Gold Bunny for a chocolatey surprise. Tickets cost £11 for adults and £5.50 for under-16s, and there is a car park charge of £5.
Other National Trust properties will be running similar Easter-themed events, so it's always worth checking on your local attraction.
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