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Cracking Easter Holiday Activities

We've cracked some eggs and hunted down over 26 awesome Easter activities around Hants and the Island to see you through the break.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, The Vyne and Mottisfont, Basingstoke, Thurs 4-22 Apr

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National Trust Easter Egg Hunt. Photo: Chris Lacey

Would it be Easter without chocolate? I think not. Marrying up some of the most beautiful buildings in Hampshire and one of the best-known chocolate brands in the world, you and the kids can hunt around searching for the elusive Easter eggs in the grounds of places such as The Vyne and Mottisfont.

Hoppy Easter, Paultons Park, Fri 5 – Tue 23 Apr

Seal FallsHome of Peppa Pig and lots of exhilarating rides, it’s Hoppy Easter over at Paultons Park. The little ones get the chance to meet Bobtail Bunny and his friends Betty Bunny, Hennie the Hedgehog and Red the Deer, as well as the cheeky Fenton Fox. The older ones can spend the day scaring themselves silly on all the rollercoasters and other rides.

Marwell Brickosaurs, Fri 5 Apr – Sun 1 Sep

RAWR! So they may have been made extinct aeons ago, but the dinos are back and roaring at Marwell this Easter. Built brick-by-brick in Lego, you can see these life-size sculptures in all their glory while also seeing more modern beasts as well.

Science of Sweets, Winchester Science Centre, Fri 5 – Tue 23 Apr

winchester science centre sweets easterWhat could be sweeter than a spot of STEAM learning with added sugar? Winchester Science Centre is packed this week with interactive learning, live science experiments (the best kind, with explosions) and helping kids to create their very own Wonka-esque sweet machines. While they may need to brush their teeth until May half-term they’ll be buzzing from more than just a sugar rush.

Hoppy Easter, Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth, Fri 5 – Mon 22 Apr

Tapnell Farm Park - Easter - LambsWith lambing season in full swing and the glorious backdrop of Tapnell Farm, this is one for the animal-loving kids. Kids can help the keepers feed the new baby lambs, do Easter crafts, enjoy the brand new Bugs & Beasties Show plus a whole range of other activities put on especially for the season. They’ve also got lots of new things to check out as well including farm-themed crazy golf and a Farm Park Footie Shoot Out.

Bonnets Galore, Beaulieu, Fri 5 – Tue 23 Apr

Some retro fun for us now, and the home of classic cars is trotting out a typically British tradition for Easter – Bonnets Galore. And it’s not just making the hat-type but also a chance to peer under the bonnet of some of their exhibits. If cars aren’t your thing there’s still plenty to check out with the Victorian kitchen in Lord Montagu’s house, crafting and dressing up.

Meet the Easter Bunny, Rosebourne Garden Centre, Weyhill, Sat 6th – Mon 22 Apr

Delight the kids with a chance to meet the Easter Bunny as they appear at Rosebourne this Easter Holiday. The Bunny will be dropping in on a number of dates (6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 22) and all Easter long you can take the kids on an in-store bunny hunt with a prize if you find all of them.

Chocofrolica, Blackgang Chine, Sat 6 – Sat 27 Apr

Blackgang is inducting the younguns into the role of chocolatier this Easter. During the holiday there is a giant Chocolate Bubble Bath to dive in and the chance to meet Cedric the dragon. During the Easter weekend itself it’s all go with a 5-tier chocolate fountain and special performances from Coco the Bubble Wizard.

Easter Bunny Trail, Gilbert White’s House, Sat 6 – Mon 22 Apr

basket-colourful-decoration-356330Get out and explore the home of famous naturalist and Hampshire resident, Gilbert White, by following the clues to track down the Easter bunnies on his estate. As well as the rabbit-related fun you can also discover the beautiful gardens of this Hampshire heritage site.

Easter Fun, Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, Sat 6 – Sun 21 Apr

The Spinnaker is putting on a great show this Easter with their jigsaw trail up this iconic building. As well as finding all the pieces the really small ones can gasp in awe as they meet their favourite CBeebies bunny, Bing, and his long-suffering guardian, Flop.

Horrible Histories: Pirates, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 6 Apr – Tue 31 Dec

Terrible torture, gruesome gourmet and a whole lotta plundering and varmints – you know the kids are going to love it. Heading to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this Easter is the fantastic Pirates exhibition from the team behind Horrible Histories. They can learn all about what it was like to be a pirate, and how gross it was as well. Entrance starts at £31 for adults (with other attractions included) and £18.50 for kids aged between 5-15.

Easter at ‘Eggs-bury’ Gardens, Southampton, Sat 6 – Mon 22 Apr

easter bunny Hop over to Exbury Gardens for its fantastic Easter activities this year. As well as the mini-steam train and beautiful woodland gardens there’s also an epic Easter egg hunt and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

Farm Fest, Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, Sat 6 – Sat 27 Apr

Shaun the Sheep is visiting the Island this Easter, as well as a whole host of farm-related fun. With tractor rides, egg and spoon championships plus lots of super cute animals to pet, Robin Hill always delivers some good outside fun at this time of year.

Intergr8 Sports Holiday camps, Winchester

If you’re on the hunt for a holiday camp during the Easter break then Intergr8 Sports are hosting a wide range of theme days during the holidays. Ticking the box for whatever the kids are into there’s Survival School (Mon 8 & Wed 17), Superheroes & Villains ( Tue 9 – Mon 15), Pirates & Princesses (Wed 10 – Tue 16), Fortnite (Thurs 11 – Fri 12) and Unicorns and Dinosaurs (Mon 15-  Thurs 18), they’ll play outdoor games and activities with experienced coaches to make the most of their holiday experiences.

Ben & Holly Live, Princes Hall, Aldershot, Tue 9 – Wed 10 Apr

To the theatre now and everybody’s favourite elves and fairies are swinging into Aldershot this Easter break. This live stage show brings Princess Holly and Ben Elf into real life, complete with the cringe-worthy mistakes of Nanny Plum and the ever-present threat of a jelly flood. Adult tickets start at £15 and children’s start at £13.

Easter Bunny Workshop, Furlock Holmes Animal Care, Whitchurch, Tue 9, Sat 13, Wed 17, Fri 19 Apr

bunny-cute-detail-53966If Easter-time always brings out the demand for their own furry bunny friend, then how about signing the kids up for a workshop on what it takes to look after a rabbit. At the wonderfully named Furlock Holmes Animal Care, there are workshops for kids aged between 4-12 to care for animals and learn about the great work they do at the cenre. Each place is £10 and must be pre-booked.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Wed 10 – Fri 19 Apr

bushcraftPacking as much fun into those two weeks off Harold Hillier Gardens have a huge amount of activities this Easter. With everything from Easter cake decoration (Wed 10), Bushcraft (Fri 12), tree climbing (Fri 12 & Fri 19), and a bit of Saxon archaeology (Wed 16), you can pick and choose what’ll keep the little blighters happy. If you need a hand with some childcare there’s also their popular Outdoor Activity Club running (Wed 10 – Thurs 11 & Wed 17 & Thurs 18) for a some Forest School fun.

Seashore Safari, Lepe Country Park, Thurs 11 Apr

seashore safariWe’re super lucky to have miles of coastline in both Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, so this Seashore Safari at the pretty surroundings at Lepe Country Park maximises on one of our best areas. The kids can run wild collecting shells, throwing seaweed at each other (Ok, maybe not that) and hunt for crabs on this gorgeous stretch of coastline. Cost is £5 per child and pre-booking is required.

New Forest Activities, Thurs 11 – Mon 22

The year-round pioneers of experiences, New Forest Activities will get the kids outside come rain or shine with Easter events. With a family Easter egg hunt in canoes (Sat 13 – Sun 14 & Sat 20 – Mon 22) or dropping the kids for one of the Adventure Days  (Thurs 11 & Thurs 18 Apr), they can try their hand at archery, bushcraft and all sorts of outdoorsy pursuits.

In The Night Garden Live, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, Sat 13 –  Sun 14 Apr

Jumping off the small screen and onto the stage, the Night Garden Live is visiting the Kings Theatre this Easter. While you probably won’t have a clue what is going on with Iggle Piggle and co. the toddlers in your brood will be entranced (and hopefully tired enough to go straight to bed afterwards).

Easter Farm Fun, Longdown Activity Farm, Southampton, Sat 13 – Mon 22 Apr

Southampton’s favourite farmyard is going to be cracking this Easter holidays with performances from Crazy M and Dumpling the Rabbit, flower pot painting as well as the animals and wildlife for the kids to play with.

Day out with Thomas, Watercress Line, Sat 13 – Mon 22 Apr

Watercress LineAll aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine has popped over from the Island of Sodor to visit all the kids in Hampshire this Easter. With Thomas trains running up and down the super pretty Watercress Line and fun such as Rusty and Dusty the magicians and vintage fairground rides, it’s a great day out for any Thomas fans in the family. Adult tickets are £20 and kids aged 2-14 are £14.

Easter Art Camp, Log Cabin Winchester, Mon 15 – Tue 16 Apr

crafting easterGet the kids creating during the holidays with the Mimosa Montessori Art Camp in Winchester. With activities including embroidery, paper wreath making, origami and more, kids get the chance to get messy and bring home some Easter crafts for £45 for 4 hours. Andy, if you fancy getting in on the crafty action, there are some family art days too (Wed 10, Mon 15, Tue 16) for £20 for two people.

Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio, Theatre Royal Winchester, Tue 16 Apr

A classic tale comes to life on the stage at the Theatre Royal Winchester as Pinocchio comes to tell tall tales and have his nose grow to epic proportions. Also on is David Baddiel’s ANiMALCOLM (Thurs 11 – Fri 12), Braniac! Live (Sat 13) and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant (Thurs 18 – Sat 20).

The Jungle Book, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Wed 17 – Thurs 18 Apr

The Jungle BookRudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, is the Easter production at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal (fun fact, Rudyard Kipling lived in Portsmouth for a while). With comedy, songs and amazing costumes, you and the kids can transport to the jungle for this family-fave tale.

Cracking Easter, Monkey Haven, Newport, Fri 19 – Mon 22 Apr

Monkey Haven is always a great place to go if you’re on the Island, and this Easter the primates are getting in on the action too. With an Easter egg hunt around the grounds, Creme Egg milkshakes and Hot Cross Buns in the Tea Room, as well as crafts and watching the monkeys get their own Easter eggs, it’s a great day out for all ages.

Fold Our Town, The Spring, Havant, Sat 20 Apr

Fold our town

Photo: Jon Oliver

How about a bit of city-planning? At The Spring’s Easter event, Fold Our Town, kids (and the grown ups too), can recreate Havant – complete with buildings, trees and boats – out of paper! You can even add a few additional flourishes you’d like to see in the town and really let your imagination run wild at this free event.

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