Easter events 2018: best egg hunts, family activities and live entertainment

From traditional egg hunts and historic houses, to live performances and fun family activities, here is our pick of the best Easter events for 2018 to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend.

Cute little kids and their moms during Easter egg hunt

Easter weekend at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – 30 March until 2 April

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Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire/Credit: Getty

Explore ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland and Pleasure Gardens at the spectacular Blenheim Palace while hunting for 8ft giant decorated eggs. Children will love seeking out the special ‘Blenheim Egg’. A traditional vintage fairground and puppet show are also on offer. blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/easter-weekend.html 

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Slay dragons  and hunt for chocolate, Cumbria – 24 March until 15 April

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 Lowther castle is a 19th century country house in Cumbria, Getty

Search for dragon eggs in the gardens of Cumbria’s Lowther Castle – those with an eye for chocolate and the patience to match will be rewarded with treasure. lowthercastle.org 

National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, countrywide – 30 March until 2 April

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A little girl sits in a field of daffodils on an egg hunt/ Credit: Imogen Tinkler

This weekend, the National Trust has more than 250 Easter egg hunts taking place across the country that children of all ages will love. After your egg hunt, why not explore the National Trust’s gardens, woodlands, mystical lakes, and sandy beaches.

Click here to find your nearest egg-hunt.

Easter at the Old Royal Naval College, London – 28 March until 12 April

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Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, in the spring/ Credit: Getty 

From Easter food and craft markets, to spectacular choral music, street performers and entertainers – there is something for everyone at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over the Easter weekend. Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning neo-classical chapel will be holding a full programme of Easter services and concerts, including performances from the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir. ornc.org

Countrytastic, Worcestershire  – 5 April

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Join Countryfile’s Adam Henson at Countrytastic this Easter

Head to Malvern and meet farmyard animals, build a bird’s nest, learn how cheese is made and ask Countryfile’s Adam Henson your questions about farming. countrytastic.co.uk

Easter Adventure Quest at Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire – 30 March until 2 April

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Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, England founded in the 12th century by the Peverel family now an English Heritage property/ Credit: Getty

For valiant young adventurers and knights, Bolsover Castle is offering an intrepid hunt for dragon eggs this Easter. Perched high on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle offers the perfect place for young imaginations to thrive. english-heritage.org.uk

Easter Sunday Fun Day at Brechin Castle Centre, Angus – 1 April 

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A falcon on a leather glove/ Credit: Getty

Falconry, alpacas and llamas, and the castle’s famous miniature donkey, will all be at Brechin Castle Centre in Angus, Scotland this Easter Sunday. For children, egg hunts and a spring show from Mr Scarecrow and friends will be taking place, while adults can enjoy sampling from visiting stalls, including local breweries, confectioners, and bakers. brechincastlecentre.co.uk

Easter Eggstravaganza Bocketts Farm Park, Surrey – 30 March until 15 April

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A lamb in a field of wild flowers/ Credit: Getty Peter Cade

A full programme of spring farm activities, including animal handling, milking, tractor rides, and pig races is happening at Bocketts Farm Park in Surrey this Easter and spring.With five hundred lambs due in the coming weeks, if you’re lucky you may get the chance to watch some live lambing at Bocketts Farm this Easter weekend. There will be ‘meet the shepherd’ sessions throughout the day, giving you the chance to learn all about being a farmer. Chicks and ducklings will be cheeping in the small animal village, and the tale of ‘The Golden Goose’ can be heard at the storytelling sessions. bockettsfarm.co.uk

Easter Fun at Osborne, lsle of Wight – 30 Mar until 2 April

Osborne House, built between 1845-1851 in Italian Renaissance style as Queen Victoria's summer residence, Cowes, Isle of White, United Kingdom.
Osborne on the Isle of Wight, holiday home of Queen Victoria/ Credit: Getty De Agostini / W. Buss

The beautiful grounds of Osborne in the Isle of Wight, will play host to a Victorian adventure. Take a starring role in interactive mini-dramas and play traditional Victorian garden games. Hunt for eggs amongst the daffodil strewn gardens of Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home.  english-heritage.org.uk

Easter Farm Festival at Whiteley Village, Hersham – 31 March

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A kid goat being bottle-fed/ Credit: Getty Norah Levine

Meet farm animals, ride in a horse and cart, or pootle along in a mini tractor at the Whiteley Village Easter Farm Fair. Local producers and farmers will be selling seasonal produce, with egg-hunting and crafts taking place throughout the day. eventbrite.co.uk

Happy Easter Celebration, Newcastle upon Lyme – 31 March

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Children holding colourful eggs from their hunt/ Credit: Getty Paul Mansfield photography

Celebrate Easter in the town of Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire with fun family activities, including egg hunts and storytelling to craft workshops, and a chance to see young spring animals. visitcastle.co.uk

Egg rolling, Preston – 2 April

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Enjoy the annual egg rolling event in Preston/Credit: Alamy

Egg rolling is very popular in England and the rest of the UK and is an Easter Monday sport. Hard-boiled eggs are rolled down a hill. Customs differ from place to place. The winner’s egg may be the one that rolls the farthest, survives the most rolls, or is rolled between two pegs.

Enjoy live music, workshops and Easter bonnet making, plus don’t forget to bring your own egg to roll down the hill. 

See: visitlancashire.com/whats-on/easter-egg-rolling-2017-p647400 

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