Are you planning an egg-citing adventure in a Lake District holiday cottage this Easter? If you're looking for ideas for things to do, here's our selection of family activities taking place during the school holidays. We hope you have a cracking time!
Choose from lots of treasure trails and egg hunts!
If you’re looking to join in a fun Easter egg hunt, there are plenty to choose from! The National Trust is hosting Cadbury Easter egg hunts on numerous sites across the Lake District during Easter weekend. Among the locations are Allan Bank, Beatrix Potter Gallery, Buttermere, Ennerdale, Derwentwater, Wordsworth House and Garden, Townend, Tarn Hows, Coniston Water, Hill Top, Fell Foot and the Whitehaven coast. See the National Trust’s website for full details of individual events.
Sally’s Cottages is supporting this year’s Where is Peter Rabbit? Treasure Trail (also known as the Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt), run by the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere. The competition uses a live Google map, with participants choosing their starting point on the day, and there are 100 eggs hidden in various locations around the Lake District, many with top prizes! Organisers say the key to being successful is keeping your eyes open and solving the cryptic clues! The competition takes place on Wednesday 4 April and anyone wishing to take part must register in advance for details of the secret link. Sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!
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Indoor excitement at Kong Adventure in Keswick
Throughout the Easter holiday, Kong Adventure in Keswick is running an Easter Treasure Hunt, beginning on 31 March. Entry is £9 and includes admission to the Hard Play Area. Each child gets a map to help them track down clues from the play area, helping them to discover the password and win treasure. It’s an ideal wet weather event as well as being the perfect option for parents who want to rest their legs in the cafe while the children blow off some steam in the play area!
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Seasonal fun and cuddles at Lake District Wildlife Park
Every day through to 14 April, the award-winning Lake District Wildlife Park at Bassenthwaite is hosting Easter Fun and Cuddles for the family. Meet the new goats and alpacas, enjoy bunny and guinea pig cuddles, take part in an egg hunt around the park and have fun in the soft play area. In addition, there will be the regular talks and displays that take place at the park, which is located just a short distance from beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake.
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Dragons galore at Lowther Castle and Gardens
Lowther Castle and Gardens, Penrith, is hosting dragon-themed activities for all the family to celebrate Easter. Dragons may have been extinct for some time but they’ve definitely been laying eggs at Lowther! Join in the popular egg hunt for the chance to win a chocolate treat or two! A variety of family activities are on offer at the Rheged Centre, near Penrith, including the chance to meet a group of resident chicks courtesy of The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, with a viewing incubator and eggs hatching every day, and a Peter Rabbit Arty Party Picnic.
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Get crafty at Wordsworth House and Museum
Activities on offer at Wordsworth House and Museum in Cockermouth, the birthplace and childhood home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, include the chance to go wild like the famous romantic poet and his sister. Borrow an explorer bag, hunt for amazing animals in the house, search for bugs in the garden and get tips on how to turn your own home into a haven for nature. The event, which is suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult, begins on 31 March and runs on various dates through Easter, spring and early summer.
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Head to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
There’s plenty to do if you’re visiting Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, during the school Easter holidays, including taking part in shadow puppet making or joining in with songs and stories for tiny tots. Another holiday activity is Outdoor Explorer Thursdays, when you can enjoy an hour playing games and being creative in the garden and woodland around Dove Cottage, followed by hot drinks, snacks and playtime in the Family Room. It is suitable for children aged three-plus with their parents and carers, and in the event of very wet weather there will be alternative indoor activities.
Meanwhile, at Allan Bank in Grasmere you could enjoy a range of Easter crafts at events running through to 14 April. Why not try your hand by making Easter cards to send to friends and family plus seasonal pompoms to hang at home? There’s also Billie Buzzard’s Wild Garden Trail to enjoy. The wild creatures who call Allan Bank home are watched by Billie as she soars overhead – see if you can find them all.
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Teddy comes too at these family attractions!
The popular Teddy Bears Go Free event returns to Ullswater Steamers and the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway this Easter. As part of #teddyfest, children with teddies can travel free when accompanied by a full fare-paying adult – see online for full details. Ullswater Steamers’ successful Teddy Trail is also back – so why not see if you can find all of the bears?
Muncaster Castle is also hosting lots of teddy-based fun for all the family over Easter weekend, including trails and displays in the castle. In addition, every child with a teddy bear can get free entry with a full entry-paying customer between 30 March and 2 April. And don’t miss the giant Easter egg hunt at 12.30pm on Easter Sunday and Monday, which is always popular so make sure you get there in plenty of time to register to take part!
Enjoy your own taste of sweet success
The Cocoabean in Hawkshead is offering an interactive chocolate-making experience for youngsters at its brand new workshop. Parents get to relax while the children work on producing yummy chocolate creations – and everything they make us theirs to take home. They even get to keep their apron and hair net! And after all that fun you can browse around even more sweet treats in the factory shop! Chocolate-making workshops run seven days a week, from 10am to 4pm at weekends, school holidays and bank holidays or 11am-3pm during term time. Workshops prove popular so advance booking online is highly recommended. Afterwards, explore historic Hawkshead where there are lots more refreshments to be found!
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Feast your eyes on Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale
Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale food festival returns to the historic market town on 14-15 April to celebrate some of the best food and drink in the North West. Following last year’s successful launch of the Kirkby Lonsdale event, it will once again bring together top chefs and food producers from the county in a special programme of events. Attractions include chef demonstrations, masterclasses, a beer festival, gin garden, pop-up restaurant and market featuring more than 40 food and drink stalls. Live music, street theatre and children’s activities will also be on offer.
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Lots to do around the South Lakes
The 2018 season is under way at Holker Hall & Gardens, near Grange-over-Sands, and a variety of craft and outdoor activities for all the family will take place on 5-6 April and 12-13 April. The hall, which is located a short distance from the expanse of Morecambe Bay, is set in stunning grounds with gardens that merge into parkland, framed by Lakeland hills. If you’re visiting the Ulverston area, head to Ford Park on Monday 2 April for a day of crafting, bonnet making and parading, and prizes on offer. With games, competitions and plant sales also on offer there should something to please everyone in the family! In addition, Furness Morris Dancers will perform their Pasche Egg Play at 2.15pm.
The Lakeland Maze Farm Park, near Kendal, offers acres of activities for all the family during Easter, from an egg hunt to having fun in the indoor and outdoor play areas. There’s also a Pets Corner and lots of farm animals to see up close. Easter fun is on offer through to 15 April. See online for full details.
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These are just some of the many events scheduled for Easter in the Lakes. We hope our list has inspired you to head out and explore the beautiful area.
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