Fun for all the family this Easter

Caroline Cassidy

With the Easter holiday just around the corner there are plenty of fun-filled family activities and events happening all around the country. So if you're stuck for ideas, here are few tips for family-friendly days out.

Easter days out
Easter days out

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The Hop Farm, Kent

From 9th April right through to the 25th, The Hop Farm in Kent plays host to the Hopper's Easter Eggstravaganza. Perfect for little ones under the age of 11, this popular family attraction gives youngsters an introduction to spring lambs, fluffy new chicks and real bunnies while daily Easter egg hunts will keep their sweet tooth at bay and there is plenty more besides, not least the new Pirate Cove adventure area.

Nickelodeon Land, Blackpool
This new attraction is due to open on April 16 and is ideal for young children as all their favourite Nickelodeon characters (including SpongeBob Squarepants, the Rugrats and Dora the Explorer) will be there to meet and greet the little ones. Spread over six acres at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, it is set to feature 12 rides, including the interactive SpongeBob's Splash Bash.

The Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt, Lake District
Set amidst the glorious countryside that was home to Peter Rabbit creator, this year marks the 20th anniversary of The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. More than 100 handcrafted ceramic eggs will be hidden in various locations all over Cumbria and there are fantastic prizes for the top hunters, while everyone who discovers an elusive egg will receive the 100th anniversary edition of The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes. It's free to join and a great way for all the family to explore this beautiful area - the hunt begins on 21 April.

Easter Egg Trails, National Trust
Aimed at bringing families together, the National Trust run Easter Egg Trails at over 200 properties across the UK. Every child who takes part wins a Cadbury Egghead and there will be a few magical surprises along the way. Traditional fun and games for all the family in the beautiful surroundings. Runs throughout the Easter weekend.

Kew Gardens, London
To celebrate Easter this year, London's Kew Gardens is opening Treehouse Towers. Wobbly rope bridges, zip wires and ladder climbing will keep the brave ones occupied and there are gentler activities such as face painting and arts and crafts, not to mention the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 24 April.