Great British days out for Easter 2016

Melanie Whitehouse / 02 March 2016

From Harry Potter with the grandchildren to chocolate egg-making and sunny spring walks - fun days out for all ages.


Sleeping Beauty Quest & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

Stowe, Buckingham; March 25-28, 10am-4.30pm.

What's in it for you? A stroll in 18th-century landscaped gardens. Stowe’s creator, Lord Cobham, planned the gardens to reveal his beliefs about the politics and morality of the day. But which path to follow? Vice, Virtue or Liberty?

What's in it for them? A quest through fairy-tale gardens to awaken Sleeping Beauty from her slumber, and in return claim a delicious chocolate treat.


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From age 5

Dover Castle Children’s Festival

Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent; March 25-28, 10am-5pm.

What's in it for you? No chocolate eggs! A fun-packed day of time travel for kids of all ages, yourself included. Go medieval for the day, be amazed at the fire-eating show and sing along with the merry musicians.

What's in it for them? Roman gladiators, medieval knights and princesses roaming the grounds, Victorian toymakers.


Ages 7 to 12

A new Harry Potter event, ‘Half-giant Hagrid’

Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Herts; March 25-April 17.

What's in it for you? Go behind the scenes to discover where the film-making magic began. See Hagrid’s costumes and props, get the lowdown on the techniques used to make him appear so huge.

What's in it for them? They’ll learn how Harry’s gargantuan guardian was brought to life, then tour the studios. Walk through the Great Hall, stroll down Diagon Alley and visit Platform 9¾.



Easter Tudor-style

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk; March 25-28; 11am-5pm.

What's in it for you? Step back to Tudor times with a large-scale enactment of Easter at a romantic Tudor manor house. Plus, Kentwell’s Impossible Quiz.

What's in it for them? Celebrate Easter Tudor-style with music, dancing, hot-cross-bun-making and more. An ideal opportunity for those studying the period at GCSE to witness the era brought to life. There’s also an Easter Egg Hunt Trail with a code to crack on each egg to win a prize, Easter crafts, and a Heffalump Hunt in the grounds for little ones.

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Grown-up kids

Design and make your own chocolate Easter eggs.

Cocoa Black’s Chocolate & Pastry School, Peebles; March 25, 26, 28.

What's in it for you? UK World Chocolate Master Ruth Hinks and her master chocolatiers will teach you how to create the perfect chocolate Easter eggs – white, milk or dark.

What's in it for them? Create yummy Easter gifts to take away, including choc chicks and rabbits, and half a chocolate egg filled with mini eggs.


With a partner or a friend

A spring flower walk and talk with the Greenway gardeners

Greenway, Greenway Road, near Brixham, Devon; March 16 and 24, 11.30am-1pm.

What's in it for you both? Nearly 35 acres of stunning woodland garden dropping steeply to the River Dart. Agatha Christie’s former holiday home is famed for its spring flowers – camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons, as well as swathes of bluebells, narcissi, cyclamen, snowdrops, fritillaries and rare plants from around the world. Finish with a visit to the fernery or dip your toes in the Dart.


For couples

What's in it for you both? Take a romantic stroll through unspoilt Foots Cray Meadows – a pocket of lawns, woodland, meadowland and a river – which lie deep within the suburban sprawl of southeast London. Visit

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