If you are struggling with ideas to fill the long Easter break, look no further!
Here are some ideas for those with bundles of energy or a thirst for learning!
These theme parks have got something for everybody. They have a combination of nail-biting roller coasters and gentler rides for the younger party members/roller coaster haters.
1) Paulton’s Park – Paultons Family Theme Park Home to Peppa Pig World, has over 60 wonderful rides and attractions included in the price. Paultons has been voted as the number 1 UK theme park for families by readers of Netmums, Which?, Mumsnet and by reviewers on Trip Advisor. The Park is set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland on the edge of the New Forest National Park.
2) Alton Towers – Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number 1 short break destination and Britain’s Greatest Escape!
Experience the world’s first ever CBeebies Land, home to a range of themed rides, attractions and live entertainment, and a completely immersive experience for children and families.
The Resort offers a world leading Theme Park with ground breaking rollercoasters and endless family fun, two fantastical hotels, a wacky Waterpark, a luxurious Spa and zany Extraordinary Golf.
3) M&D’s Theme Park – Are you a thrill seeker or looking for the perfect family day out? Look no further than M&D’s, with 5 terrifying white-knuckle roller coasters, over 20 kids’ rides and attractions – you’ll be amazed at what they have to offer.
Not only do they offer fantastic theme park thrills, M&D’s indoors is open all year round. With a ‘glow in the dark’ indoor bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic soft play area, bars and restaurants and lots of seasonal events.
You can also discover AMAZONIA, Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies!
4) Thorpe Park – Located in Chertsey, Surrey it is convenient to get to from all over the South of England. There are 27 rides in Park and it even has a number of artificial beaches for those hot spring days we might have (hopefully!)
5) LEGOLAND Windsor – Come and play your part at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort – the ideal destination for families with children aged 2-12. With over 55 interactive rides, live shows and attractions including the famous Miniland plus building workshops, driving schools, plus sleepover at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel, splash and play in DUPLO® Valley and NEW for 2014, set sail on a swashbuckling adventure to Pirate Shores – there’s a whole LEGO world of playful fun and learning to discover.
1) Harry Potter Studio Tour – The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films – just in case they were ever needed later on in the series.
Once filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn’t have been saved on a typical production.
The team behind Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming, and on 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors.
Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.
Family tickets and tours are still available the week commencing April 12th (at the time this was published).
2) National Space Centre – The National Space Centre is the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space exploration and space science. As such we have an amazing building filled with rockets, satellites, Martian surfaces and other amazing artefacts. The building also houses experts and a full Space Communications team.
3) Natural History Museum – The Museum – with its vast collections and pioneering research programme – is powerfully placed to engage audiences with the science they need to know and the decisions we need to make about our future.
The Museum’s purpose is to challenge the way people think about the natural world – its past, present and future. They aim to stimulate public debate about humanity’s future and equip our audiences at every level with an understanding of science.
Entrance is free however it does accept donations at the entrance that go towards the upkeep of the museum.
4) Deep Sea World Fife – Why not spend a day at the bottom of the sea? Dive into the deep at Deep Sea World with huge sharks, Stella our stingray, tropical fish and much much more! See the wonders of the deep with fascinating Sand Tiger sharks, conger eels and a myriad of marine life as you walk underwater through the UK’s longest underwater tunnel.
5) Techniquest – Techniquest’s mission is to engage people with science and to motivate them to learn more.
Techniquest has a world-wide reputation for creating programmes and exhibits, and their staff includes leading experts in science communication. They develop and sell programmes and exhibits to science centres all over the world.
Techniquest offers interactive experiences that are accessible to all, and that have been enjoyed in its centre by over 4 million people since its inception in Cardiff in 1986.
1) Go Ape! – With locations around the UK you are sure to find one that suits you! Sessions last around 2-3 hours and include zip-lining through stunning scenery. They also offer Segway experiences for you to explore from the ground.
Prices vary depending on what activity you are taking part in.
2) Fell Walking in the Lake District – There are hundreds of walks around the Lake District for both experience walkers, and those who want a more gentle stroll. One of the best walks with stunning views for those who want more of a gentle hike is Cat Bells. Once you reach the top there are amazing views of Derwent Water, Keswick and the surrounding areas.
Visit www.wainwright.org.uk/ for inspiration.
3) Surf School in Cornwall – If you fancy doing something different this Easter, how about enrolling on a surfing camp in Cornwall. There are many different schools to choose from, and the choppy waves in Cornwall make for a great surfing experience.
Take a look at http://www.cornwallsurfacademy.com/ to see their different prices.
4) Kayaking in the Highlands – Take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish Highlands from a Kayak. There are a number of different excursions that you can take part in ranging from half a day to a 3 day unforgettable camping experience.
Visit http://www.rockhopperscotland.co.uk/trips/ to see their trip availability.
5) Spend a day horse riding on a beach in Pembrokeshire – There are many riding schools on the Welsh Coast that off a combination of country and beach hacks. You can choose a day hack or a half day hack.
Visit http://noltonstables.com/ to start planning today.
There are hundreds of heritage sites around the UK with something for adults and children alike. Many heritage sites have their own adventure playgrounds to keep children entertained between the historical workshops that so many offer.
This Easter many are holding events including treasure hunts and re-enactments, so check out what’s on near you!
Here are a few to get you started:
1) Alnwick Castle – Offering impressive gardens to spend hours walking around, and the stately home itself, Alnwick Castle has been famously used in the early Harry Potter films. The gardens feature one of the worlds largest tree house complete with a restaurant at the top. There are also beautiful ornamental gardens for all to enjoy. Inside that castle, you can take a tour to see what it would have been like to live in it over the past few centuries. They also have regularly changing exhibitions that might take your fancy.
This Eastern learn how to fly a broomstick!
Visit http://www.alnwickcastle.com/ to see what’s on and when.
2) Corfe Castle – Enjoy one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians.
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.
Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.
Spot the ‘murder holes’ and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.
This Easter events include a Cadbury Easter Egg Trail and archery demonstrations that you can get involved in.
Visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle to plan your visit.
3) Knebworth House – One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton. This beautiful gothic mansion is situated
Knebworth Park offers a great day out for all the family, with fun activities for children, and lots to do for all ages, including Adventure Playground, Dinosaur Trail, a walk through history in Knebworth House and Gardens and special events throughout the summer. Their licensed self-service restaurant offers a delicious selection of home-made and locally sourced lunch and teatime treats.
This Easter there are many events to keep both adults and children entertained. These include an Easter trail in the Gardens & Park, a jousting demonstration and for grown-ups the East of England Food Festival.
See http://www.knebworthhouse.com/ to see when the events are on.
4) Wollaton Hall and Deer Park – Wollaton Hall is was designed by Robert Smythson and built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588 for his family. Now a prominent Grade One listed building, the stunning Hall houses the city’s Natural History Museum along with reconstructed room settings.
Standing on a natural hill three miles west of Nottingham City Centre, Wollaton Hall is set in five hundred acres of spectacular gardens and parkland. The hall was used as the setting for Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman film, Dark Knight Rises.
Take a tour of the museum and see an impressive display of specimens that equate to almost three quarters of a million.
As well as the zoology, geology and botany displays, you can also take a tour of period rooms and see what life was like in the past.
If touring the hall does not tire you out take a stroll around the grounds, which is home to hundreds of deer, or visit the Formal Gardens.
This Easter visit the Easter Craft Fair or take part part in an Easter Bunny Trail.
Visit http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/22178/Wollaton-Hall-and-Deer-Park for more information.
5) Caldicot Castle – Caldicot Castle’s impressive structure is surrounded by an idyllic 55 acre country park.
You will be able to travel through time and discover the home of Welsh castle life, from medieval times to the twentieth century. The castle was developed in Royal hands in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home.
The River Nedern winds its way through the park and the wildlife pond is home to a variety of wildfowl. Explore the medieval towers and take in break-taking views of the parkland’s and surrounding area from the battlements. You can see the 12 pounder muzzle-loading HMS Foundroyant’s Canon in the courtyard. Come and unravel the mysteries of the dark chilling castle dungeon. Caldicot Castle is reputed to be haunted by a number of ghosts. Who will you see before you leave?
This Easter come and experience what life would have been like in the 14th Century and be entertained by a gruesome battle re-enactment.
To learn more visit http://www.caldicotcastle.co.uk/
Let us know what you’re up to this Easter, and if you need a place to rest your head between all of your busy days let us know if we can help you find a hotel.