Birdsong, bluebells, lambs and lighter evenings – the return of spring is always welcome, and there’s so much to enjoy at Easter.
So make the most of the sunshine (and the occasional shower) with our guide to the most relaxing, adventurous and amazing Easter events…
Easter Dog Races, St Agnes, Cornwall
Clinging to the wild north Cornwall coast, the gorgeous St Agnes beach holds one of the UK’s more eccentric events.
The annual Easter Dog Races see a gang of assorted dogs chase a man dressed as a bunny along the sands. Give your own pooch a shot; have a flutter on the winner, or simply enjoy the spectacle. www.stagnessurflifesavingclub.co.uk/events
National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Various Locations: Easter Weekend
Chocolate always tastes better when you’ve earned it, and there are few better – or more enjoyable – ways than the National Trust Egg Hunts!
The magical woodlands and gorgeous grounds of National Trust locations will be hosting egg hunts – with Cadbury chocolate as rewards! Find the nearest one to your Easter escape. www.easter.cadbury.co.uk/#easter-egg-hunt
Chocolate heaven, York
The city of York’s chocolate heritage dates back to the 18th century with the iconic producer Rowntree.
Check out York’s Chocolate Story and their new exhibitions, gaze at the gorgeous, hand-crafted eggs at Bettys tea room or just stock up on treats and return to your holiday home! www.yorkschocolatestory.com
Flowering fruit orchards, Kent and nationwide
Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, is home to our National Fruit Collection and by mid to late April the cherry and apple trees should be at their beautiful best.
Trees bursting into bloom is a heart-lifting sight of spring, and nowhere does it happen more dramatically than in the orchards the ‘Garden of England’, Kent.
There are also plenty of Easter events to enjoy – including egg hunts, face painting, crafts and more! www.brogdalecollections.org
Easter at Eden, Eden Project, Cornwall
The world-famous biosphere with its indoor/outdoor capabilities is the ideal location for an unpredictable English Easter day out.
Eden has gone all out on the egg theme. For three weeks from 24 March, egg-spect (couldn’t resist) an egg hunt, take on a giant inflatable challenge, find your way through the spring maze and more. www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/easter
Wildflowers and seabirds, RSPB South Stack Cliffs, Anglesey
Spring is a wonderful time to visit the stunning South Stack Cliffs, a protected seabird colony just off Holy Island, Anglesey.
Listen out for skylarks, spot seabirds and experience an explosion of floral colour carpeting the heathland cliff tops – perfect Easter fun! www.rspb.org.uk
Spellbinding colour at Inverewe Garden & Estate, Scottish Highlands
Heading to the Highlands doesn’t usually take you towards warmth but the Gulf Stream around the National Trust for Scotland’s gardens at Inverewe offers a perfect micro-climate.
Marvel at mountains while you walk amongst stunning sub-tropical colour, spot Scotland’s ‘big 5’ (red squirrels, red deer, otters, seals and golden eagles), enjoy Easter activities and more! www.nts.org.uk/Property/Inverewe-Garden-and-Estate
Spring lambs, nationwide
Nothing says spring like little lambs! At Tatton Park, Cheshire they’re having a special open Lambing Week from 3-13 April.
You can also feed orphaned lambs on an organic farm in the Brecon Beacons on various Easter dates, and at Doonies Rare Breeds Farm near Aberdeen you can admire a bevy of baby rare breeds. www.events.tattonpark.org.uk & www.dooniesfarm.co.uk.
Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District
A digital Easter Egg hunt organised by The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is perhaps not something Miss Potter could have imagined, but in the year of the Peter Rabbit film we expect this to be one of Easter’s hottest tickets.
The hunt involves searching for ceramic eggs hidden in secret locations in the Lake District to win lovely prizes.
If you fancy something more traditional, the Peter Rabbit garden offers a mini treasure hunt on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday. www.hop-skip-jump.com/events/category/peter-rabbit-egg-hunt
Spectacular sand and sea, Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales
Located in one of the most magnificent areas along the Gower & Swansea Bay Coast Path, the view over Three Cliffs Bay beach, and its trio of striking limestone cliffs, is absolutely stunning.
Walk amongst wildflowers in crystal clear light or simply recline in spring sunshine and take it all in. www.visitswanseabay.com/listings/three-cliffs-bay-beach.
Dyfi Osprey Visitor Centre, mid Wales
A lesser known herald of spring, Ospreys return to our shores in March after wintering in Africa. They were reintroduced to this part of Wales in 2011 for the first time in 400 years, so it’s a rare sight as long as a welcome one.
From the middle of April, our woodlands, glades and gardens are graced with a striking lilac-blue carpet of bluebells.
Of particular note is th National Trust’s Hinton Ampner in Hampshire where you can picnic and recline on ‘sofas’ carved from fallen trees amidst the flowers, and the parkland National Nature Reserve of Dinefwr Park and Castle in Carmarthenshire. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hintonampner & www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr