Posted by Sarah
I can’t believe that it’s nearly Easter – it feels like I was writing about Christmas just a few weeks ago. I’ve got some really exciting plans over the long weekend though: I’ll finally be making that long-planned trip to Berlin! I managed to get a really good, affordable deal – but I know some people that just won’t be able to afford to go anywhere. However, if you’re one of those people, there’s no need to resign yourself to a long weekend spent watching repeats of Friends on TV – there’s sure to be plenty of fun Easter attractions in your local area.
For starters, if you live in or near London, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to family events. You’ll find Easter Egg hunts galore in a range of exciting locations that your children will love – including the Imperial War Museum, St Paul’s Cathedral and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, to name just a few. Or, if your kids think they’re too old for such larks, the London Bridge Experience’s gory twist on a conventional egg hunt is sure to appeal: strictly for children aged over 11, participants are supposed to search for missing severed heads!
If you’re not keen to negotiate your way through the hustle and bustle of London town but you do live in the south, the Blenheim Palace Easter Challenge might be more to your taste. Situated in the picturesque grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, there’s plenty to occupy young Easter revellers – including face painting, Easter pottery and the palace’s sixth annual Easter Egg Challenge.
Further north, you’ll find the wonderfully titled Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt in Cumbria – which sounds fantastic if you’re an avid Beatrix Potter fan like me. Run by the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere, the search involves looking for 100 pottery eggs in parks and public sites, with ten prizes – and one extra special offering – up for grabs.
Over in the Scottish Borders, you’ll find 5000 eggs hidden in Traquair House in Peeblesshire, the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland. In Wales, you’ll find more Easter Egg hunts in picturesque locations, like the Newport Wetlands and Cwmcarn Forest. And if you’re in Northern Ireland, head out to Ballymoney for a traditional Easter Egg Hunt in a rural farm – an event that’s sure to be a hit, provided the weather is good.
Of course, if any of this is out of reach, you could always hold your own Easter Egg Hunt in your garden – indeed, this might be the best option for adults unwilling to show their childish streak in public!