The Easter break is ideal for quality time with the kids, and whilst it may be hectic, there’s no other time quite as precious as Easter. Children and adults alike just love the traditions and stories that come with this special holiday. From tales of the Easter Bunny to the prospect of receiving chocolate eggs to devour, there’s just so much magic surrounding this annual family celebration. And with two whole weeks out of school, it’s important to plan a getaway and fill your time with fun memory-making experiences. Things that they will never forget…
If you need inspiration for a fun and luxury break, here are 19 of the best Easter break ideas to impress your little ones with.
1. Sailing in the Lake District
Lake Windermere is a wonderful lake for sailing, and not just in the summer! Whilst April weather doesn’t always promise warm sunshine, sailing can still be a lot of fun for kids. In fact, it’s superb all year round and Windermere is home to a number of boat hire companies. Including Windermere Cruises Day Boat Hire, Bowness Bay Marina Boat Hire, and Low Wood Bay Watersports. Self-drive boats and rowing boats are extremely popular for families with young children – just be sure to bring your waterproofs in case it rains!
(Stay at the beautiful Pudding Cottage in Ambleside, where you will be conveniently located at the north of the lake)
2. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Hare Hill in Cheshire and features a fab self-guided outdoor activity with clues, puzzles and games. There’s a chocolate prize at the end and the 2018 dates will be from 30th March until 15th April, open daily between 10:30am and 4pm. And because it’s located just a short drive from Peak District National Park, you can spend the rest of the week exploring the area’s beautiful nature walks.
(Spend a week relaxing at Critchlow Cottage, situated less than 40 minutes away from Hare Hill House & Garden)
3. Seaside Break in Newquay
Easter and the British seaside just go hand in hand. All kids love the beach and as the weather marks the end of winter and the start of spring, there really is no better time to go to Newquay. But it’s not just beaches that the little ones can enjoy. Other fun attractions include Newquay Zoo, Pirate’s Quest, Flambards Theme Park & Water Park, Holywell Bay Fun Park, Blue Reef Aquarium, and Dairyland Farm World.
(Surprise the family to a ‘glamping’ adventure at The Park Mawgan Porth and stay in luxury yurts)
4. Visit Rabbit Village in Wales
Machinations Visitor Centre in Powys is home to the cute and adorable Rabbit Village, a fantastic place to bring the children this Easter. Get a chance to feed or even hold the fluffy, floppy-eared residents or watch them roam from the café window. There’s also an indoor play centre, plus a mechanical moving model exhibition.
(Book your stay at Ffynnon Townhouse in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, which is less than 40 minutes’ drive away)
5. Day Out at Bournemouth Beach
Bournemouth Pier has so much to offer the whole family, including food and shopping, zip lining, indoor caving adventures, and indoor climbing. And every Easter at RockReef, there’s also a themed Easter Bunny Hunt and challenges to suit all ages. For tiny tots, there’s even a colouring station at the RockReef café.
(Stopover at the nearby Cowshed Barn, renovated into a luxury boutique hotel stay with plenty of child-friendly facilities)
6. Holiday in the South of France
The South of France is absolutely beautiful at this time of year. Daytime temperatures are around 18°C in the resort town of St. Tropez and rarely fall below 9°C in the evenings. So you can enjoy a mild climate, ideal for very young children or babies who don’t cope well in extreme heat. This time of year can get busy along the coast, but it’s such a stunning destination with so many luxury restaurants for foodie parents to enjoy.
(Stay at Villa La Prairie, with a large pool, enclosed gardens, children’s outdoor and indoor toys and a private chef service)
7. Shaun the Sheep Experience in Cornwall
Does your little one love Shaun The Sheep? If there are any Wallace & Gromit fans out there, make sure you plan your family break to Land’s End this Easter. Not only can you take the kids through the fun Shaun The Sheep Experience, but Land’s End also has other attractions to keep the whole family entertained for days. Such as the 4D cinema, Arthur’s Quest Experience and the Greeb Farm petting zoo. Don’t forget to take your picture at the iconic signpost and explore the many coastal walks nearby. There’s so much to do in Cornwall so make sure you stay at least a week.
(Stay at the Polurrian Bay Hotel on the outskirts of Mullion, a great base for exploring Cornwall’s southern coastline)
8. Easter Fun at Paultons Park
Paultons Park is the home of Peppa Pig and is located near Romsey in Hampshire. Peppa Pig fans will love entering into the fully themed Peppa Pig World where kids can enjoy fun rides and take photos with their favourite characters. There’s also a Critter Creek, which will provide so much fun during the Easter break – ride the Cat-o-pillar rollercoaster, board Professor Blast’s Expedition Express Train, and learn about all the colourful animals.
(Stay at the gorgeous and cosy Toms Lane Cottage, just a short drive away from Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World)
9. Boutique Hotel for Families in Mallorca
Mallorca’s weather is lovely and mild at the beginning of April, making it the ideal time to explore the island’s amazing hiking trails. At around 13°C in the daytime, the beach is still a great place to be, but heading inland will provide a totally different island experience. Some of the walks you may be interested in are the Torrent de Pareis Gorge Walk, the Puig de Massanella, the GR221 Dry Stone Route, and the Alaró Castle Walk. Alternatively, you can tour the surrounding archipelago, the Cabrera Islands, where there are a number of walks that are suitable for all ages.
(For luxury and mountain views, check into the Son Siurana located close to the town of Pollenca)
10. Chocolate Tasting at Choccywoccydoodah
Now this is an experience for adults (ideal if you’re travelling with a baby). Anyone who has watched Choccywoccydoodah on T.V will be delighted to know that their Brighton chocolate shop is open for private tasting experiences. Their ‘Decadent Garden Experience’, for instance, offers ‘Tea for Two’, starting from £60 per couple. This will include treats such as strawberry champagne ice cream shakes, hot chocolate, a dipping platter and cake. Under 16s must be with an adult.
(Book your stay at the lovely Guesthouse East, with easy access to a sand and shingle beach nearby)
11. Farm Stay in Devon
Springtime is a wonderful season to teach little ones about animals and wildlife. And as parents ourselves, we know that farmyard creatures always prove to be the most popular! That’s why we feature so many excellent farm stays on our website. One of our favourite places for a farm stay is wonderful Devon, and because there’s so much to do in this beautiful county, we recommend staying here for a week or more.
(Stay at Holly Cottage near Smuggler’s Cove and let your tots make friends with the resident chickens, goats, ducks and guinea pigs!)
12. Cottage Weekend in Norfolk
Norfolk is beautiful at this time of year and is superb for outdoor pursuits. There are so many places to go walking and cycling, plus there’s also a gorgeous stretch of coastline for children and teens who love seafront strolls or beachcombing. Attractions you won’t want to miss are Banham Zoo, the Sea Lift Centre at Great Yarmouth, Bewilderwood in Wroxham, the Dinosaur Adventure Park in Lenwade, Church Farm in Stow Bardolph, Norwich Mystery Treasure Trail, and Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens.
(Spend a few nights in the seriously chic and stylish Cranmer Country Cottages, owned and renovated by former fashion designer Lynne Johnson)
13. Eco Holiday in the Canaries
Treat the whole family and jet off to the warm Canary Islands for two weeks – this will guarantee great weather and clear skies during your time off. Lanzarote is a particular favourite for families, with so much to keep everyone happy, and it’s also a popular destination for eco-conscious travellers. Average temperatures are around 19°C, with highs of 24°C in the month of April.
(Be kind to the environment at Finca de Arrieta Eco Barn, with a solar heated outdoor pool and friendly farm animals such as Molly the Donkey!)
14. Sightseeing in London Easter Trail at Kew Gardens
The capital has so much to offer families with young children during the Easter holidays. Not only will you be spoilt for choice with sights and attractions (such as Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Madam Tussauds, and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!), but the city’s gardens are also beautiful during spring bloom. Kew Gardens is a must-visit and each year, there’s a fab Easter Trail suitable for little legs.
(Check into the exclusive Cheval Three Quays, with child-friendly suites and apartments, and a babysitting service available for pre-booking)
15. Dairy Break in the Highlands
Easter is a time of indulgence for many of us. So anything that involves chocolate or ice cream will impress a sweet-toothed brood. That’s why staying at a dairy farm is such a good idea for the upcoming Easter break. The Highlands is one of the best places in the UK for ice cream because the number of dairy farms, and it’s also a great place to spying on the Loch Ness Monster!
(Stopover at The Dairy at Daviot, stylish cottages in the Scottish Highlands with its own gelato-style ice cream bar and licensed café)
16. Cycling Adventure at Afan Forest Park
Want to take the clan on an exhilarating bike riding adventure? As the spring season rolls in, there will be plenty of chances for outdoor activities and cycling is a fantastic way to keep the family fit. Afan Forest Park in South Wales has mile upon mile of former railway lines that are splendid for riding, and there are routes to suit all ages.
(Stay at Beach Hill Cottage near Langland Bay, which is close to Afan Forest Park and has a number of top beaches within a short drive)
17. Family Retreat on the Greek Islands
There are over 200 island destinations in Greece that are suitable for families and holiday goers. But we particularly love Rhodes at this time of year. Rhodes is ideal for a family holiday, with so many child and baby friendly beaches, restaurants and resorts. The weather is warm, at a lush 20-21°C when it’s sunny, and rarely falling below 13°C in the evenings.
(Book your holiday at Lindian Village, set on its own private beach area and situated close to the picturesque coastal town of Lindos)
18. Easter Walks in Anglesey
The Anglesey coastline is one of the finest in Wales. So if you’re hoping for a beach day, you’re in luck at this neck of the woods. There are a number of Blue Flag beaches; these are Benllech Beach, Church Bay, Llanddwyn Beach, Llanddona Beach, Trearddur Bay and Porth Dafarch. Whether the weather is hot and sunny or cool and drizzly (Welsh weather can be unpredictable after all), your little ones will still have so much fun. They can build sandcastles and enjoy a splash if the sun is shining, or they can wrap up warm in waterproofs and wellies for some beachcombing.
19. Harry Potter Trail in Edinburgh
The Potter Trail is a magical walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and it will appeal to children and grownups alike. The trail lets its visitors discover the history behind the Professor McGonagall’s name, the location of where Lord Voldemort is buried, and which café was the place where the first ever Potter book was written. Best of all, it’s free of charge (but contributions are always welcome at the end of the tour).
If you’d like to discuss your Easter holidays, please do get in touch with us today – we look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan an Easter break your family will love.