The best Easter holiday destinations for families


Posted by Clare Willcocks on 20th January 2021

Leeds Castle: Image credit Instagram @leedscastleuk

Easter comes at a wonderful time of year. When spring is at its peak and new life is all around us, the whole of Britain is in bloom and there’s nowhere better to be.

Up and down the country, Easter eggs sit nestled in their hiding places, waiting for eager young hands to hunt them down to take home for a tasty Easter feast. Churches are adorned with colourful Easter displays and stately homes fling open their doors to welcome families for Easter holiday activities. 

With the chill of winter behind us, there is an excitement in the air at the prospect of heading out and enjoying Easter outdoor activities in the spring sunshine.

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The UK has so much to offer on this favourite family holiday, the only trouble you’ll have is deciding where best to spend your time. We’ve scoured the country for things to do in the Easter holidays and come up with a list of our best Easter holiday destinations to help you plan your perfect family break.

So, if you’re looking for Easter holiday ideas, read on…

Traquair: Image credit Instagram Big Don Photography @bigdonphotos

Easter Egg Hunt at Traquair

You’ll find organised Easter Egg Hunts at almost every stately home across the country, but there’s arguably nowhere as exciting as Traquair in Peeblesshire, in the Borders of Scotland to hunt for your chocolate fix. Their annual Easter Extravaganza is so exclusive that it takes place on one day only, with a whopping 6,000 mini eggs hidden throughout the largest hedge maze in Scotland.

There’s a series of hunts throughout the day to ensure that no child leaves empty handed. Youngsters under 5 are treated to their very own Easter Egg Scramble in the walled garden and once they are armed with their chocolate loot, there are plenty of Easter activities for kids to while away a few more hours in this magnificent location.

Children can decorate their own eggs and contribute to the design of a huge 6ft egg, as well as taking part in the Spot the Egg in the House competition, Easter bonnet making, musical instrument making, storytelling and face painting.

The event details have yet to be released for this year's Easter Extravaganza so keep checking the Tranquair events calendar for 2021 information.

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Meet Peter Rabbit at The World of Beatrix Potter

What could be more apt at Easter time than a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter, at Bowness-in-Windermere, home of Peter Rabbit and all his friends? Besides enjoying the self-guided tour of the exhibition and garden, there’s always a lovely selection of Easter activities for families taking place throughout the week.

In previous years, the children’s admission price has included a mini treasure hunt around the garden, with a chocolate and sticker for everyone who takes part!

If you’re looking to truly spoil the children at Easter, you might be able to book in as a guest at one of Peter Rabbit’s Tea Parties which are usually put on at various times during the week. Guests are served up a delicious tea of home-baked goodies, and young imaginations will be set alight by an actor reading the famous Tale of Peter Rabbit. Of course, there are usually photo opportunities aplenty and Peter Rabbit himself hops around for a cuddle and a selfie! It's the ultimate Easter experience for fans of this tenacious bunny!

Details for 2021 have yet to be released. Check their website and ensure you book online to avoid disappointment. 

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A chocolatey experience in Yorkshire

A chocolatey experience in Yorkshire

Nestled within the picturesque streets of Yorkshire’s historic capital, York’s Chocolate Story is a delight for families with a sweet tooth. Their Easter Bunny Hunt takes place during the Easter holidays, with games and colourful costumed characters helping children to track down the pesky critter out in the fresh air by the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall.

If this all sounds too much like child’s play, take some adult time out and book yourself onto York Chocolate Story’s Easter Masterclass. Under the expert tutelage of a master chocolatier, whip yourself up some exquisite confections during a decadent evening which includes samples, of course.

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Leeds Castle: Image credit Instagram @leedscastleuk

Leeds Castle 

Spring sees the UK looking blooming marvellous, and a trip to Kent, the Garden of England, is a must for any green-fingered family during the Easter break.

We recommend paying a visit to the majestic Leeds Castle. Rising like a leviathan from the still waters of its moat, it is an exceptional backdrop for the cheerful daffodils and other spring flowers which flourish in its colourful gardens.

The Princess Alexandra Gardens are awash with vibrant blooms, including daffodils, narcissi and anemones. Enjoy a flavour of the exotic in the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces and treat your senses with a wander through the Culpeper Garden, packed with pretty English flowers and manicured hedgerows.

There’s lots of outdoor space so you can take in the springtime landscape blooming into life! Why not make a day of your visit? The Knight’s Stronghold Playground and Squire’s Court Playground will burn off some energy for the children before they have to hop back in the car, the maze will challenge their minds (and sense of direction!) and there’s even an adventure golf course!

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Holkham Hall: Image credit Instagram Stuart Hill @s.a.hillphotography

Easter activities at Holkham Hall

If you want to completely immerse yourself in the Easter spirit, head to Holkham Hall in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Every year, they pull together an abundance of Easter-themed activities, making this one of the top Easter holiday destinations on our list.

In the past, they have run performances of the classic children’s tale, The Velveteen Rabbit, as well as storytelling in the walled garden and a petting corner where children can cuddle little animals of all shapes and sizes. There's usually a wonderful Easter trail and the opportunity to have fun making a crafty souvenir to take home. 

Now, that’s the children sorted, what about the adults? Holkham Hall also runs an annual Easter Food Fair which sees artisan producers flocking from all corners of the county to showcase their delicious wares. Besides tasty savoury treats, there are plenty of sweet Easter delicacies including hot cross buns, chocolate and cakes. Beers, ciders and spirits are also available to buy - the perfect nightcap to enjoy back at your holiday cottage after a fun Easter day out!

Holkham Hall runs activities and events throughout the year, although details of their Easter events have yet to be released. Keep an eye on their 'What's on?' page for more details. 

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Bounce around at River Dart Country Park

River Dart Country Park in Devon is a beautiful, natural location for a range of Easter outdoor activities. Set on the edge of rugged Dartmoor, the park is chock-full of adventure for all the family. There are adventure playgrounds, daredevil activities, a bike park, an assault course, a fort, climbing frames, canoeing and so much more. 

Take part in the wide range of activities on-site, or simply step out and ramble the scenic countryside that makes up this country park. Hire bikes and take in the beautiful spring landscape on two wheels or test yourself on the Commando Assualt course. Let children discover the Secret Valley as you explore, hop aboard the Pirate's Ship, or see what birds they can spot from the Observation Tower. 

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Eden Project: Image credit Instagram @edenprojectcornwall

Easter at the Eden Project

The iconic biomes which sit within an abandoned quarry close to St Austell in Cornwall host all manner of events all through the year, so you can be sure of a terrific range of Easter holiday activities.

You’ll need a day at the Eden Project because there’s so much to see, from the two biomes with their rainforest and Mediterranean environments, to the fascinating ‘Invisible Worlds’ exhibition in the core building. At Easter, the already abundant activities for children are supplemented with a springtime trail with chocolate treats, as well as other fun egg-related games.

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National Botanic Garden of Wales

Easter Activities at The Royal Botanic Garden of Wales

Head for the National Botanic Garden of Wales this Easter for beautiful spring flowers and easter fun. Over the years, they have run Easter activities where you can meet exotic animals, join in craft workshops like fairy wand making and unicorn cupcake decorating, and there are usually mini Easter eggs for everyone! Choirs, bands and sheepdog shows add to the long list of fun entertainment they often line up. 

As if that wasn't enough, the gardens themselves are bursting into life with a variety of vibrant, scented, springtime flowers to admire and their usual wonderfully cultivated collection of flora. Visit the Apothecary's Garden and Hall, the Aqualab, and explore the Arboretum to get to know the natural world during an Easter day out.

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Easter beach cleans

Beach cleans

Springtime is all about doing away with dirt and clutter and starting afresh and the same should go for our beautiful country too. Why not get outdoors and teach your children about how detrimental the rubbish in our oceans can be? Club together with thousands of others across the country to do your bit for our beaches and aquatic environments. Take a look at Surfers Against Sewage to find a beach clean near you or your holiday destination.

From the palm-tree laden shores of Cornwall to the ethereal white-sand of Scotland's Highland coast, beach cleans take place all around the UK. No matter which coastline you're heading to, you'll soon find a beach clean to join in, or you can simply start your own! You don't need to join a big group, get the family down to the beach for an Easter walk and spend 5 minutes cleaning up the shores while you're there. 

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More great ideas for Easter

Take a look through our other Easter-inspired blogs and begin planning things to do during your Easter holiday escape. 

Searching for the perfect Easter break?

We have a fabulous selection of family-friendly holiday cottages all across the UK. If you’ve spotted an event you’re interested in, browse our collection of cottages for Easter and find the perfect spot to spend the holidays with your family.

There are plenty of cottages with big gardens, perfect for hiding chocolate eggs, and retreats with contemporary kitchens so you can cook up an Easter feast! You'll soon find a wonderful place to spend your Easter within our collection. 

Cottages for Easter

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.