Ten ideas for great Easter holiday days out with your family

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Our pick of family events and days out to enjoy over the holidays

1. Cadbury's Easter Egg hunts 

National Trust properties across the UK

The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury’s (and the Easter Bunny) to create a series of over 300 Easter Egg hunts at their properties across the UK.

So expect a great afternoon out in some beautiful parkland with a great activity for the kids with a chocolate reward at the end. To find the nearest Easter Egg Hunt near you, visit: easter.cadbury.co.uk

2. 42nd Street returns to the West End

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.


The classic feelgood musical-within-a-musical returns to the West End for the first time since 1984, with erstwhile pop star Sheena Easton leading the huge cast.

Although the film on which it is based came out in 1933, the original stage version was only produced on Broadway in 1980 – running for over 3000 performances.

Hit songs include 'We're in the Money', 'Keep Young and Beautiful', 'Lullaby of Broadway', 'I Only Have Eyes For You' and, of course, '42nd Street' itself. The hot ticket in London this spring and summer.


3. Passion plays


There have been more and more community re-enactments of the Easter story in recent years.

After the televised Manchester Passion of 2006 and Michael Sheen leading his hometown community of Port Talbot in a passion play staged round the town in 2011 [pictured], a new movement has grown up. London’s Trafalgar Square will again be hosting a Passion play this Easter – with a cast of 100-plus and crowds of up to 20,000.

But there are dozens of others across the country too, with a full map and guide here: passion-plays.co.uk

4. Harry Potter studio tour and tea

London, every day (subject to availability)

Get the lowdown on the spellbinding secrets behind the most successful film series of all time. See how JK Rowling's novels were brought to life using special effects and animatronics, and find out about the amount of work that went into creating the sets, props and costumes used in the films.

Take a stroll down Diagon Alley, find unseen treasures in Dumbledore’s office, and glimpse the impressive and vast Great Hall. You’ll even see Harry’s broom – the Nimbus 2000 – and Hagrid’s motorcycle. Plus, you'll get to and from the studios on a special Harry Potter double-decker bus.


5. Mr Bloom’s Nursery – Live

Nationwide tour

For six years now, Mr Bloom (played by Ben Faulks) has been edutaining kids on Cbeebies, welcoming them into his world of horticulture and talking/singing puppets.

Now, for the first time he’s taking his show (and his puppets) on the road, calling at venues including Canterbury, Dorking, Manchester, Kings Lynn and Derby throughout the Easter holidays. Full tour dates and tickets: http://mrbloomlive.co.uk/tickets/

6. Search for Peter Rabbit

12 April

A huge and fantastic Easter treasure hunt: 100 handcrafted, limited edition ceramic eggs have been hidden across 2,600 square miles in the Lake District.

The search for them begins at 10am on Wednesday 12 April. In return for a £4 donation to WaterAid, competitors get an email link to an interactive Google map and clues.

As well as the eggs themselves, there are other great prizes to be won. It’s the tenth year the search has been held – usually all the eggs are found by mid-afternoon.  


7. Extreme Robots – Live

If you (or your kids) are a fan of TV’s Robot Wars, then this is for you: a full, live version of the show with (it says) “not only all your favourite robots, old and new, fighting live in the flesh but also… special robot guests.”

The tour starts with shows in Manchester on 22-23 April and goes round the country throughout the rest of the summer, calling at Portsmouth, Guildford and Colchester, among other venues. Not for granny perhaps, but your kids will love it.


8. Tall Ships Regatta

River Thames, Greenwich, London, 13-16 April

A fleet of more than 30 ships takes to the river Thames for four days of festivities over the Easter Weekend, as the crews prepare for a 7,000-nautical mile transatlantic race to Canada.

The vessels will leave London at the end of the weekend, setting sail for Portugal, Bermuda and Boston, before arriving in Quebec on 18 July. 


9. Enter a world of butterflies

Sensational Butterflies, Natural History Museum, From 31 March.

Enjoy a fun family day out among hundreds of live butterflies and moths in the Natural History Museum's tropical butterfly house. Follow the trail through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage.

As butterflies fly overhead, you'll pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations. Kids can discover fascinating butterfly facts and use a magnifier to admire the intricate details and diversity of these beautiful creatures. 


10. Justin’s Party

Nationwide tour

The star of Cbeebies’ Justin’s House, Gigglebiz, Something Special and, indeed, the star of the whole Cbeebies channel, Justin Fletcher, takes his dressing-up box, songs, jokes and bonhomie round the country for an Easter tour that is already sold out in many towns. 

At time of writing, there are still tickets going in Blackpool and Bradford – and you can try for returns at other venues from Aylesbury to Yeovil.







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