Easter Holiday Survival Guide

. We have done a bit of research for you all to help keep you and your family busy over the Easter holidays. We know that inspiration can run dry easily and so we have put together a kind of checklist for you to use for just one of those days. Do send us pictures of where those Catapult tees end up, tag us on facebook or instagram or just email us:

  • Local Easter Egg Hunts (see National Trust and English Heritage). In Hampshire, at Gilbert White’s House, we found a brilliant Easter Egg Hunt for the older children using orienteering skills. Both websites are also full of other Easter events at your nearest castle/national trust property.
  • Go and see Peter Rabbit at the Cinema . If you go on a Monday, we have found this £ saving deal for you here.
  • Download a Treasure Trail of your local area and set off on a hiking adventure. You can choose to find a route ‘with your dog’, one that’s city based, more family friendly and even the theme. Slightly more fool-proof than geocaching we found. They also make a very original birthday present.
  • Londoners or Day-Trippers-  the National History Museum has a brilliant Easter line up and on 29th March opens its Tropical House for its sensational butterfly exhibition. The Science Museum has a history of gaming exhibition on currently showcasing all the best computer consoles from the past 40 years, as well as the Wonderlab and an immersive experience with Tim Peake. The V&A has its Winnie the Pooh exhibition still running until 8th The Tower of London is coming to life this Easter with a medieval re-enactment, can you help their guards defend the tower? Kew Gardens is having a Peter Rabbit themed Easter and organising trails and activities based around this much loved classic to coincide with the new film’s release.
  • For slightly more off the wall things to do and discover in London, have a look at our blog from last summer and find out about the liquid nitrogen ice cream bar and London’s underground caves. We also love the idea of chartering your own Go Boat and exploring the London Canals.
  • Worth a day trip in itself, travel back 64 million years and head to the Dinosaurs in the Wild experience on the Greenwich peninsula.
  • Find your local climbing centre and book in for some bouldering fun. We have found this Indoor Climbing Centre Finder to help you find the nearest centre to you. ClipnClimb have become one of the UK’s largest providers, have a look here to find your nearest venue.
  • Get inspired by the water, and as the weather brightens look out for some kayaking/canoeing or paddleboard fun. In the New Forest, there is even an Easter egg hunt only accessible by canoe! Join the thousands across the UK and get involved in a 2 minute beach clean. Have a look at your local Zoo’s Events Page, there are always Easter activities organised. Land of the Lions opens at London Zoo. At Chester Zoo, they have scheduled fancy dress days,  animal film screenings and extra wildlife adventure talks. At Bewdley, they have a special ICE AGE experience.
  • Horrible Histories is coming to Warwick Castle this Easter and children can stay for free in one of their amazing castle bedrooms. A sleepover to remember!
  • If the weather warms up, camping is a good budget option and a brilliant adventure. Take a peek (it will have you glued for hours) at Cool Camping’s website, THE guide to the UK’s best campsites with its honest opinion and mine of information on each individual site. Check out our family camping guide here.
  • On the RSPB’s website, they have shortlisted their top family friendly wetlands centres perfect for walking, biking and interacting more closely with wildlife. There are plenty of activities you can download as well as events organised by location.
  • One for the slightly older children, have a look at this Exit Room Finder a site you can use to find your nearest ‘Escape Room’ venue. This is growing in popularity both for adults and teenagers. Solve the clues to get yourself out of the room before your time lapses and locks you in. Escape rooms targeted at the younger children and families all over the UK are reviewed
  • A more alternative Easter mini break, try your luck at Llama Trekking in Northants. This brilliant farm has an old gypsy caravan or shepherds hut so you can stay the night after you’ve been llama trekking. Treks can be an hour or half a day. Horse-riding lessons could be the more straight-forward option.
  • If you aren’t in the know about your local sports camps, the Freddie Flintoff Academy runs camps all over the country across multiple sport disciplines (cricket, hockey, netball, lacrosse, tennis & multi sport).
  • For a big day out, think Alton Towers, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessington, Cadbury’s World maybe now’s the time to buy a Merlin Pass and get into all of them for free for 12 months.
  • Spring means lambs and other young wildlife- all the local farms are buzzing with activities such as lamb feeding, pet handling and often have other activities such as soft play areas, trampolines, zip wires etc to keep you entertained for longer.
  • Steam Railways. These usually spring into action at this time of year, organizing easter trails and scavenger hunts. If you’re a Londoner, maybe now is the time to go up in the London Eye or try London’s Emirates Cable Car (could be handy for Excel or the O2 Arena).
  • Bushcraft Courses are aplenty at this time of year.
  • Having a spring clean may be a cliché but why not take it all to your nearest Car Boot Sale and flog it, then enjoy the rewards! Car Boot Junction is a Car Boot Sale Finder if you are not familiar with your local one.
  • Theatre- be it local or up in the West End. The Lyric & the Polka have a good Easter line up and many local theatre groups kick into action at this time of year.
  • We often go swimming in the holidays and have discovered that many of the small leisure centres are now offering slots with inflatables. Have a look at Aquasplash to find a centre near you. RYA courses usually start up at this time of year. Use this to find your nearest sailing course.
  • If you are holidaying in Devon or Cornwall, look at our extensive blogs from last summer covering all the award-winning places to eat, best beaches, historic sites to visit, top wild swimming spots as well.
  • Let’s not forget that this is Point to Point season either. A truly memorable day out (provided the weather stays balmy!) We have found a Point to Point Directory here. Put 14th April in your diary at the very least and get a family sweepstake going on The Grand National.
  • Going for a walk or bike ride is one of the few things you can do for free in the holidays but don’t forget all those amazing local museums and art galleries, and your local library which are nearly always FREE.