01 April 2015

Things to do this Easter

This year's Easter Bank Holiday weekend is in sight (starting Friday 3rd April) so what’s the best way to make the most of your Bank Holiday weekend? From craft activities to gallery trips, here are some ideas for things to do around the UK this Easter, many of them free of charge.

North of England and Scotland

Manchester Museum Nature Discovery event kicks off on Easter Monday 6 April and runs for 2 weeks, covering the Easter holidays. There are daily drop-in sessions with sock-puppet making and a gallery for children to explore all for free.

There's a national series of over 300 Easter egg events held at National Trust and National Trust of Scotland locations this Easter weekend. The times and costs vary, so find your nearest trail by checking the event website.

Kids can roam around the gardens of an Elizabethan stately home at Burghley House, near Peterborough. Their annual Easter egg hunt is on Sunday 5 April. There's no extra charge for the hunt, but you'll need to buy admission tickets to the garden. Adults £8, children £5.30 and family tickets £26.

Stockeld Park in York is holding a Giant Egg Hunt over the Easter period, with prizes for finding the hand-painted eggs and bunnies. There's also an egg-and-spoon race and a live chick-hatching event with real baby chicks. Prices vary on different days, so check the website for the latest information.

South of England

Another outdoor egg-finding extravaganza is the 2015 Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Maurwood Animal Park in Dorset, held from 3 April-6 April. Admission to the park costs £6.50 per adult, £4.50 per child with an extra £1 per child taking part in the hunt. 10am-4pm.

The Natural History Museum's site at Tring, Hertfordshire has an egg hunt event between Friday 3 and Monday 6 April. Admission's free and activity sheets are £1 each.

At Hove Museum, there's a free event for kids under 8. They can follow a trail through the exhibits looking for springs, spirals, coils and curves from 28 March till 12 April (excluding 1 and 8 April). While you're there, check out the Wizard's Attic, an exhibit full of historic toys.

...and don't forget the adults

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year event takes place at the Natural History Museum's Tring site this year. Admission is free and the exhibition is on now, running until 19th April.

The 'Walkie Talkie' building at 20 Fenchurch Street is home to The Sky Garden, a 3-storey landscaped public green space high above London's financial district. It's open 10am-6pm on weekdays and 11am-9pm on weekends. Tickets are free but you need to book in advance.

The V&A Museum's late events are held on the last Friday of every month from 6pm till 10pm, so you can round off a Good Friday trip to London with a visit to this free museum of art and design. You can drop in without a ticket, but the events are first come, first served.

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