Take a peek at our pick of what’s on at Easter in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and the Isle of Wight...
What better time than Easter to enjoy a good ol’ bit of fresh air and quality time together - whether you’re on a romantic break or family holiday - get out and about in the spring sunshine, your four-legged friend in-tow, and enjoy our pick of super-fun activities and events in the West Country, from rockpool exploring and foraging to Easter egg hunts and murder mystery nights, there’s something for everyone.
You can’t get further west than the charming county of Cornwall, an ever-popular holiday destination with beautiful beaches, rugged moorland, idyllic towns, picturesque villages and an endearing slower pace of life. Try your hand at surfing or stand-up paddle boarding, treat yourself to a famous Cornish cream tea (don’t forget, jam first, cream last!) and pasty or take a bracing walk on the cliff path. If these places and activities themselves aren’t enough, here are a few up-and-coming events that may be of interest:
Easter at the Eden Project – 6th to 25th April
Venture to Eden for a fun-packed farm-themed day, with a lots of games and activities (both indoors and outdoors) for the whole family, including an Easter Egg hunt with a difference and giant scrabble.
Rockpool explorer at Marazion beach – 7th, 9th, 18th and 21st April
The classic beach activity! With the added bonus of some know-it-all-experts to teach you all about the weird and wonderful creatures you find.
Cadbury Easter egg hunts at numerous National Trust venues – various dates in April
Come on, who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate, especially at Easter! Who can find the most eggs?
Over the border from Cornwall and therefore a little further south, delightful Devon also has a lot to offer. It too has a wealth of wonderful sandy beaches, as well as rock formations and fossil-rich cliffs on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast (so you may come across some fascinating fossils!), medieval and harbour towns (on the stunning English Riviera) and the moorland National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Of course, you can give surfing, amongst many other activities, a go here too, take a moorland walk or cycle and sample a famous Devonshire cream team (cream first, jam last!). Here are some places you might want to visit, with special events on over Easter:
Easter at Pennywell Farm – 19th to 22nd April
Any animal-mad kid (and parent!) will love it here. From Easter egg hunts to meeting spring baby animals, there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones occupied.
Dartmoor spring foraging courses – 12th and 13th April
Forage for wild, tasty food in one of the most beautiful places in the UK – how idyllic! All guided by an expert with lunch and refreshments included.
Evening paddle by canoe on the River Dart – various dates in April
If the title doesn’t draw you in, we don’t know what will! Doesn’t this just sound like pure bliss?
Taking the historic Jurassic Coast over from Devon and carrying it on south, Dorset is most famous for its two prominent natural landmarks – the ancient stone arch of Durdle Door and the layered cliffs at Lulworth Cove. It has its fair share of beaches, unspoilt countryside and pretty towns too, with the added bonus of being that bit closer to the home counties, so therefore more accessible for those that live in those areas. Here’s our pick of a few events on at Easter time, perfect for enjoying whilst on your holiday:
Stargazing at Durlston Country Park – various dates in April
Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and a chance to use telescopes to view the night’s sky, you may see the moon, mars, star clusters, galaxies, Orion Nebula and winter constellations – how exciting!
Two hour foraging walk at Swanage – 16th April
Ideal for beginners and families and led by experts in their field (literally!), this course is a great way to learn how to identify not just edible plants but medicinal and poisonous specimens too, so you can forage safely with piece of mind.
Easter at Lulworth Castle – 19th to 22nd April
The perfect family fun day, all with a magical Alice in Wonderland theme with lots to do, from meeting the Mad Hatter to themed trails, crafts and Easter hunts.
Bordering with both Devon and Dorset, as well as Gloucestershire, Bristol and Wiltshire, stunning Somerset has a lot to give – from gorgeous open countryside to brilliant beaches, from its very own Cathedral City of Bath to the National Park of Exmoor and from historic towns to Weston-Super-Mare. Not to mention the utterly scrumptious Cheddar cheese, cider and strawberries, as well as the famous music festivals and carnivals! Here are some activities that you may enjoy over Easter in this wonderful county:
Whittling in the woods, Quantock Hills – 13th April
Take a step back in time and learn basic carving techniques using hand tools to create your very own unique handcrafted spatula, as well as how to select the correct wood and more.
Easter egg hunt at Hestercombe Gardens – 6th to 22nd April
Help Dotty Ducking find all of the hidden eggs on her way back to Pear Pond in time for tea.
Isle of Wight
What could feel more like getting away from it all than staying on an island? Just 2 hours from London, including the ferry journey, the Isle of Wight is most known for its beaches, seafront towns, dinosaur remains/fossil finds and ‘The Needles’ – 3 huge white chalk rocks, guarded by a 19th Century lighthouse. But that’s not where it ends, there is so much to see and do, here’s our pick of a few events and activities on over Easter:
Looking for signs of spring at Bembridge Windmill – 6th to 22nd April
Follow a trail in the great outdoors and learn more about the flowers, insects and animals that you find.
Guided walk: tree stories at Newton Nature Reserve – 11th and 18th April
Ever wondered what trees would say if they could talk? Well here’s your chance to learn about the life of a tree, how they provide life to so many other things and so much more!
Farm Fest at Robin Hill Country Park – 6th to 27th April
Great for children of all ages, this fun-filled event includes tractor rides, the chance to meet various farmyard animals, games, Shaun the Sheep and more!
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