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Britain’s best Easter Events

Fancy breaking out of the usual holiday habits? Hatch a plan to take in the best of Britain’s egg-cellent Easter events this spring and make sure this holiday is all it’s cracked up to be.

Go underground

Is the idea of sitting the kids down to spend hours quietly decorating eggs a lovely, but laughable notion? Is there only so much mileage you can get out of hunting for a few measly bits of chocolate or an elusive bunny rabbit? Sounds like you need an Easter activity that will really tire out the tribe. Try your hand at an award-winning experience with a difference at Honister Slate Mine.

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Image by Jim Leach, NoDerivs License


Located in the centre of the beautiful Lake District, ‘Subterranean Climb the Mine’ allows adults and kids to explore the cracks and crevices of England’s last working slate mine, in a memorable adventure over 450 million years in the making.


Opening for the season on Saturday 12th April, hire a car from Newcastle Upon Tyne and reach this subterranean world in just a couple of hours.

Become a chocolate-making magician

From the 5th to the 21st of April, get yourself down to Charlie’s Chocolate Adventure at Kew Gardens in London.

Image courtesy of the Roald Dahl Museum
Image courtesy of the Roald Dahl Museum


Held in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, visitors can channel their inner Willy Wonkas and create their own sweet treats in this 50th anniversary celebration of the much loved children’s story. There might even be some Oompa-Loompas standing by to partake in a Revolting Rhyme or two…

Image by Helen Maybanks courtesy of RBG Kew
Image by Helen Maybanks courtesy of RBG Kew

Have a blast in Belfast

If you like your traditional Easter activities but want to shake things up a bit this year, try your hand at Egg-streme Egg Rolling at Belfast’s award-winning science and discovery centre, W5. From the 12th – 27th April, enjoy a day jam-packed with exciting interactive exhibitions and displays, before taking home your own bonkers bouncing egg as a souvenir.

Whilst you’re in town, make sure you take advantage of Ireland’s great outdoors ‒ hire a car in Belfast and escape to the nearby Strangford Lough for an Easter Sea Safari Sightseeing Boat Trip. Take in the natural scenery of the largest inlet in the British Isles and look out for surface whirlpools, seals, pods of porpoises and even basking sharks.

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Image by rosario fiore, NoDerivs License

Go eggsploring

From 18-21 April, sweet-toothed chocolate seekers all over the country will find themselves in their element on the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail.

Held in conjunction with the National Trust at over 300 locations across the UK, this is a great way to combine a great Easter activity with a day amongst some of the country’s most beautiful scenery.

Feast like kings aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

Take a break from the egg rolling and chocolate hunting with a special Easter Weekend trip to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. Between Friday 18th and Monday 21st of April, your mini monarchs can discover the five decks of the ship with special kid-friendly audio tours, before relaxing like royalty with cake and chocolate milkshakes galore. Once you’ve filled up on goodies, head across the road to enjoy the rides and games of the Easter funfair.

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Image by Craig Chew-Moulding, ShareAlike License


For more Easter cheer north of the border, grab yourself a hire car in Edinburgh and shoot up to the beautiful Scone Palace in Perthshire. A packed schedule of events will be taking place throughout the Easter weekend, including a maze-based egg hunt, pottery painting and fancy dress parades. And with a hog roast and BBQ on the go as well, there’s something to keep every age group entertained.

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Image by Craig Chew-Moulding, ShareAlike License

Get serious about chocolate

Are those bog-standard supermarket Easter eggs not quite cutting it with your inner chocoholic this year? Get serious about your spring sugar intake and make your own Easter egg when you head to York for a celebration of the city’s chocolate-making heritage.


During the four-day York Chocolate Festival, you can enjoy chocolate workshops, talks and plenty of tastings with the artisan chocolatiers, as well as mouthwatering sweet-making sessions.

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