It’s that time of year for indulging in chocolate, fresh air and family fun. Take inspiration from our collection of delicious days out and tasty activities to be enjoyed with the kids this Easter.
1. GET CRAFTY AND ICE EASTER BISCUITS
Biscuiteers Icing Café, 194 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ES
Drop in to one of the Biscuiteers’ boutique icing cafés in either London’s Notting Hill or Battersea and learn how to ice biscuits. Children will love decorating the cute Easter designs including chicks, bunnies and eggs. If you can’t visit London, order one of their Easter biscuit tins or buy an Icing Café Gift Certificate to give to a budding biscuiteer.
2. DECORATE A CHOCOLATE MASTERPIECE
Hotel Chocolat stores in London, Leeds and Cambridge.
Hotel Chocolat teaches little ones about cocoa and chocolate in their 1-hour children’s chocolate workshops. Your kids will find out about the history of chocolate and how chocolate is made before decorating their own chocolate masterpiece.
3. CYCLE THE MONSAL TRAIL & EAT BAKEWELL PUDDING IN BAKEWELL
Monsal Trail, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, SK17 9TE
Follow the former railway line along the Monsal Trail, an easy 9-mile family cycling route in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Cycle through disused railway tunnels and marvel at the Monsal viaduct and surrounding scenery. The trail will lead you to the town of Bakewell where you can visit The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop.
4. FEED THE LAMBS AT ADAM HENSON’S FARM IN THE COTSWOLDS
Cotswold Farm Park, Bemborough Farm, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG
It’s that special time of year at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. The nation’s favourite farmer and his team invite you to ‘settle in on the bales in the Demo Barn and keep a watchful eye for new arrivals’. Delight in hearing the bleats of the lambs and watch them take their first tentative steps.
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5. GO ON A CHOCOLATE DISCOVERY TOUR IN YORK
York Chocolate Story, 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD
Located bang in the centre of York, York Chocolate Story is a family attraction dedicated to York’s chocolate history. It will take your children on a journey of discovery from South America to York’s famous chocolate factories.
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6. HUNT FOR THE LINDT CHOCOLATE BUNNY AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, KT8 9AU
See if you can spot the Lindt chocolate bunnies hidden all around Hampton Court Palace and its grounds. Stay on the foodie trail by visiting the Georgian chocolate kitchens, the Tudor kitchens, the Great Hall and the 240-year-old grape vine. Don’t forget to allow enough time to get lost in Hampton Court’s famous maze.
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7. WALK THE ASPARAGUS TRAIL AND EXPLORE THE SAND DUNES IN FORMBY
National Trust Formby, Victoria Road, Freshfield, Formby, Liverpool L37 1LJ
The National Trust has looked after the Formby coastline with its miles of beaches, sand dunes and pine woods for over 50 years. In 2014, it opened the Formby asparagus trail to connect walkers to the area’s rich asparagus growing history. Spend the day by the sea and come home with asparagus spears to dip in to your boiled eggs at breakfast.
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8. SPOT BLUEBELLS ALONG THE BLUEBELL LINE IN SUSSEX
Bluebell Railway, Station Approach, Uckfield TN22 3Q
Pack a picnic and hop aboard the Bluebell line in Sussex for a family day out on a steam train. Alight for a wander around the gardens at Wakehurst Place. From 30th March – 2nd April, they will be hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Kingscote Station.
9. GO WALKING IN THE NEW FOREST AND STOP FOR TEA AT SPOT IN THE WOODS
Spot in the Woods, New Forest National Park, 174 Woodlands Rd, Netley Marsh, New Forest, Southampton SO40 7GL
Go walking and pony spotting in the ancient woodland of the New Forest. Stop midway for toasted teacakes and tea or maybe a knickerbocker glory at the newly transformed Spot in the Woods. Formerly the Hotel TerraVina, Spot in the Woods has recently been opened by the same team behind the hotel. It’s now a New Forest Kitchen Café & Boutique B&B. It has a lovely outdoor deck overlooking the garden.
10. SIT DOWN TO A FARM FEAST WITH ALL THE FAMILY
The Riverford Field Kitchen, Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0JU
With its long communal tables, The Field Kitchen, Riverford Farm’s Restaurant near Totnes, is ideal for large family gatherings. The vegetables come straight from the surrounding fields and the food tastes amazing. Follow lunch with a family walk around the farm.