Easter family fun days out

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Easter is just around the corner, and no doubt families up and down the country will soon be putting pressure on their waistbands with the traditional feast of chocolate. Why not give your belly a break and take the family out for the day?

Lambing time
Distract your little ones (at least temporarily) from the choccies with a trip to a local farm. Up and down the country, there are farms that welcome visitors during lambing time, and it's a great way to get the kids out into the fresh air to enjoy frolicking lambs and other animals. A simple online search in your local area should point you in the right direction, and many of the farms that have open lambing events also have plenty more on offer, from animal handling sessions including Easter chicks and bunnies, to tractor rides and egg hunts.

Find Shaun
To coincide with the release of the highly-anticipated Shaun The Sheep movie, fans of the famous character can take the London Shaun The Sheep Trail this Easter. More than 100 models of the woolly chap have been created by artists and celebrities and placed around key locations in the capital, so take a tour and see how many you can spot. At the end of the event, each Shaun will be auctioned off for charity.

Story Time
At Tatton Park in Cheshire, children can enjoy a fun-filled day of story telling, magic shows, puppet theatre and trails throughout the mansion, gardens, stable yard and farm, so there is plenty to explore and do, and a stunning setting for mum and dad to enjoy. And if the kids need any further incentive, each youngster will be rewarded with a Lindt chocolate surprise. The event runs from 3 April to 6 April, and normal charges apply at this National Trust property.

Easter fairs
The extended Bank Holiday means Easter is the perfect opportunity for weekend-long events, so keep your eyes open for fairs and festivals in your local area. For example, On 5 and 6 April this year at the River Lee Country Park in Broxbourne, you can take in everything from motorcycle stunts to birds of prey displays, bottle feed lambs or marvel at fighting knights. For foodie families, why not try CamperFest? Set on the beautiful Chester Racecourse, this camping weekend is designed to coincide with the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival which runs from 4th to 6th April. And if you need a break from the eating and drinking, historic Chester is filled with plenty to do, including the Blue Planet Aquarium, Chester Zoo, and the Crocky Trail.

For those in the south, the Broadstairs Food Festival, running from 4th to 6th April, is free to enter and offers some mouthwatering treats for mum and dad, and an Easter bonnet competition for the little ones.

Easter Egg hunts
Okay, so there is still a chocolatey theme, but Easter egg hunts are a great way to enjoy a seasonal family day out. The National Trust are well known for their eggscellent Easter events, and this year is no exception. At properties across the country, there will be Easter egg trails in stunning surroundings, and there will be plenty to see along the way. Visit the National Trust website to find an Easter egg trail near you, and take a look at the many other spring events on offer around the UK.

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