Easter activities for families

Easter Family Fun in Devon 

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Easter craft

Stores such as The Works, The Range and Hobbycraft have lots of low-cost Easter craft ideas that you can enjoy at home including blank decorations for painting/colouring, bonnet making, garland and card crafting amongst other ideas.

If you are stuck for ideas, or want to utilise materials that you already have at home then take a look at our Easter Pinterest board at www.pinterest.com/primarytimeswriteplacemedia

 

Easter bookshelf

The Easter Story (My First Bible Story Series)

This illustrated retelling of the story of Easter is presented in simple and easy-to-understand language for young children and ideas for participation.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.

Would You Rather? Easter Edition by Lindsey Daly

In this Easter-themed book based on the popular game, readers of all ages can enjoy over 160 ‘Would You Rather’ questions and scenarios  as a way to pass time and open up light-hearted discussions.  Recommended for all ages but particularly age 8 to 12.

Easter Puzzles (Usborne Minis)

In this pocket-sized puzzle book, kids can enjoy spot the difference activities, crosswords, wordsearches, logic puzzles and more.  Recommended for ages 6 to 9.

New for 2024 – Sylvanian Families: Easter Search and Find

Explore the world of Sylvanian Families at Easter time with over 25 scenes to search and 200 things to spot.  For ages 6 to 9.

New for 2024 – Dear Easter Bunny by Maxine Lee-Mackie

In this funny and warm hearted story, we join the Easter Bunny who needs her chick helpers to save the day when her superspectacular Eggatron chocolate making machine goes badly wrong

 

Nature spotting

Check out this quick guide to wildlife that you might be able to find when out and about this season

March/April: Peacock butterfly, brown hare, house martin, early bumblebee, bluebells

May: Badger cubs, fox cubs, rabbit, cuckoos

 

Easter dates

Good Friday – 29th March

Easter Sunday – 31st March

Easter Monday – 1st April

 

Easter Eggs

A chocolate treat can often be the main attraction during celebrations this season and in recent years, manufacturers have become increasingly adaptable to different requirements.  For example, chocolate eggs that cater to food allergies and intolerances as well as vegan options are now more widely available than they ever have been before.  Also, many Easter eggs are now in more environmentally friendly packaging with an increase in recyclable materials and reduction in plastics.

 

Easter at The Beehive, Honiton

Get your Easter entertainment booked at The Beehive Honiton! They are a community & arts centre with family friendly cinema screenings. This Easter they are screening Migration (U) on Friday 5th April, 2pm and The Jungle Bunch World Tour (U) on Thursday 11th April at 2pm with a family discount now on offer! Adults cost £8, U16’s £7 and a family of 4 ticket at just £26 providing  an affordable day out for the whole family. To book, head to their website Beehivehoniton.co.uk or ring their Box Office on 01404 384050 and we’ll be happy to help you over the phone.

 

Big adventures for little people…

Enjoy a fun family adventure at RHS Rosemoor in North Devon this Easter on the Giant Egg Hunt where explorers of all ages can hunt down the huge decorated eggs hidden throughout the garden –find them all and you’ll get a free chocolatey treat!

Little ones can burn off energy in the beautiful gardens and enjoy dedicated play areas during their search. Children can also meet the Easter bunny or some real woolly friends or join a welly walk.

Now is the perfect time to enjoy nature together – come and watch Spring unfurl

Activities take place at selected dates and times, see online at https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor/

 

Take a walk on the wild side at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary
Spring is in full bloom at the Sidmouth sanctuary, with the arrival of Easter. Keep an eye out as you stroll along the gardens and walkways, you might stumble upon a hidden Easter Egg! The perfect excuse to get out with the family to explore the sanctuary and combine exercise and brainpower, just £5 per trail, including a treat on completion. Plus, enjoy the play park, daily talks, scenic walks, engaging exhibits, a bat beacon and friendly donkeys, there’s so much to explore! Open daily from 9am, admission and parking are free. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Find out more at www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/sidmouth

 

Easter at Occombe Farm

This Easter, join the adventure at Occombe Farm! Go on a Golden Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny has hidden a golden egg somewhere on the farm. Find it for a chance to win a cute animal adoption package.

Join the Big Easter Challenge. Exploring Occombe Farm, Cockington Country Park and Berry Head National Nature Reserve, on an egg-citing mission. Scattered across these charming places in Torbay, are 12 oversized eggs, each containing a clue to find a hidden letter. Collect all the letters to make a springtime word.

Look out for epic cuteness. They hope to welcome baby animals to the farm in time for the Easter holidays. Meet all their animals on the paddock trail or get up close in the barn for animal encounters; Guinea pig cuddles, pony grooming and more. There’s a bunch of fun bookable experiences for kids and grown-ups too.

Occombe Farm Shop is crammed with the most unique Easter treats. Check out the creamiest chocolate eggs, crafted in Devon and Cornwall. Something egg-ceptional for your own Easter Egg Hunt.

Indulge in an egg-straspecial Easter Afternoon Tea at Occombe Farm Café. Filled with tempting farm-made treats and bakes to share.

Make a date to visit Occombe Farm this Easter and find out more at www.occombe.co.uk

 

Parents encouraged to check their child’s vaccination history following measles outbreak

There are increasing cases of measles across the country and parents are being asked to check that they and their children have had two doses of the MMR vaccine.

The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella.

It’s important for parents to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children when offered at 1 year of age and as a pre-school booster at three years, four months of age. It’s never too late to get vaccinated.

Check your child’s Red Book to see if they’ve received MMR vaccinations, or check with your GP surgery if you’re unsure.

For more information about the MMR vaccination, visit www.nhs.uk/mmr

 

Explore, play and get active this Easter at Killerton.

Follow the trail route around the garden and chapel grounds and complete each fun-filled activity. Don't forget to collect your chocolate egg at the end! Bringing your four legged friend? Pick up a dog friendly trail sheet from Visitor Reception and follow the egg way markers in Front Park. Easter will run from 23 March to 14 April, 10am - 5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm, so come and explore the beautiful grounds of Killerton.

The price for each trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map and a chocolate egg.

Find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/devon/killerton

 

RSPB Egg-tastic Easter Trail, Darts Farm, Topsham

Fri 29 Mar-Mon 8 Apr, 10am-4pm, mini explorers can enjoy an eggs-citing quest to discover eight eggs hidden along the beautiful trail. Grab your guide from the RSPB gazebo on the farm field, £3.00 for child members and £3.50 non-members. Spot the red letters from each egg fact and solve the mystery nature word. Share your discoveries at the RSPB shop and claim your prize. Only a 30 min walk from Darts enjoy the family Lookout Hide with stunning views across the Estuary, refreshments, and colouring fun for children. Open Thurs-Sun, 10am- 4pm.

 

Find out more at events.rspb.org.uk/bowlinggreenmarsh

 

Shaldon Golf

Challenge your friends and family on our 18 hole golf course which is considered to be one of the best in the South West. With breathtaking views of the sea, Teignmouth, and the River Teign, it offers an 18 hole course with hole distances of 60 – 120 yards (7 holes over 100 yards).

No experience needed, suitable for all ages and abilities. No dress code required, they even provide the equipment for you. They are open 7 days a week with no pre booking required, so just turn up and play!

Find out more at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/shaldongolf

 

The Outdoors Group

Looking to boost your child’s self-confidence, fine and gross motor skills, teamwork and communication? Then The Outdoors Group have got just the thing for you! Attending Forest School sessions offers kids a rare opportunity to embrace freedom, nurtures creativity and resilience, promotes risk taking and lets them learn new skills in a fantastic outdoor environment. With plenty of session options at Exmouth, Escot, Okehampton & Totnes Forest School, choose from their *brand new* Saturday Clubs, Toddler Clubs, Holiday Clubs or Birthday Parties and book your wildlings in to join them in the woods this spring!

 

**The Outdoors Group are offering a 10% discount with the code PRIMARYSPRING10 which applies to Toddler Clubs, Holiday Clubs and Saturday Clubs**

Visit www.outdoorsgroup.co.uk to find out more.

 

Family Fun this Easter

If you’re looking for a family day out over the Easter holidays, then why not go along to the Aztec Bistro, part of the Aztec Leisure complex at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay.

The Dip ‘n’ Dine package offers family fun at its best – activity to wear them out and good food to fill them up! It’s great value at only £15 per adult and £9 per child and includes a swim in the amazing 25 metre Aztec indoor pool and £9 per adult and £6 per child towards a meal afterwards in the Bistro. Plus, FREE soft play for the under 10s in Aztec Games is included in the price. And, there’s no need to book.

Find out more about what Aztec and TLH Leisure Resort offers families at www.tlh.co.uk/aztec-leisure

 

FAMILY FUN ON THE SOUTH DEVON RAILWAY

The South Devon Railway is running steam trains every day between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, taking you on an amazing ride along the fabulous valley of the River Dart. It’s a great place to make memories for all the family!

There’s lots going on too with, this Easter, family fun with an Easter Egg I-Spy, children’s competition and vintage road vehicles too. On April 6th and 7th, meet Alice, The Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and help Alice solve her mysterious riddle and bring herself and everyone else home from Wonderland!

Book online and find out more at www.southdevonrailway.co.uk.

 

Family Fun Day at Exeter Racecourse

Exeter Racecourse is the place to answer all your Easter Holiday needs this April. Join in  on Sunday 7th April for our annual Family Fun Day on Haldon Hill. With quality sport on offer, and free entertainment for the children – you do not need to look any further!

Under 18s can come racing for free and enjoy plenty of activities off the track while being entertained by six races on it. Unleash the adventure with a climbing wall, a sparkling glitter bar to add some glam, and a visit from Curious Creatures to delight and educate. But that's not all! We've got a lineup of family-friendly activities, delicious food, and an atmosphere buzzing with excitement. It's a day out for all the family.

Find out more at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/exeter

 

The Flock That Rock - Tiverton Swan Trail

From Easter 2024, Tiverton invites families, art enthusiasts, and locals alike to embark on a journey through the heart of the charming town with the unveiling of ‘The Flock That Rock – Tiverton Swan Sculpture Trail’.

Tiverton Swan Trail promises to be a wonderful blend of art, nature, and community. Can you find all 12 elegant trail swans, each with a unique design by a local artist, placed at key locations around the town? There’s also a 13th swan who has escaped the flock and your help is needed to find him. Pick up your free trail map at Tiverton Information Centre, the Visitor Centre at the Grand Western Canal Basin, or Library.

Website - https://www.visitmiddevon.co.uk/the-flock-that-rock-tiverton-swan-trail-2024/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheFlockThatRock/

 

Wonderglow

Enchanting paths, exciting adventures, glowing experiences: Alice's light trail at Dartington Hall beckons.

Wonderglow is a visual journey through Lewis Carroll’s whimsical world and popular children’s tale, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Embark on an enchanting journey through the Wonderglow Light Trail, where the ethereal glow of Alice in Wonderland-themed illuminations transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Begin this visual journey through the keyhole at Dartington Hall. Soft swirling lights and floating keys introduce you to this enchanting light trail. As you venture through this unusual world you’ll be met by the peculiar sites of Wonderland. Enter a magical forest of butterflies and mushrooms and hear the caterpillar’s wisdom, pass peculiar bubbling bottles, try to spot the mischievous Cheshire Cat’s glowing grin, and stop by the Mad Hatter’s whimsical tea party.

After you’ve ventured through this peculiar world, why not indulge yourself in some tasty refreshments? But that’s not all, there are many more activities to do for the whole family! Make sure to snap some photos during your enchanting time at our photo booths or stop by the face painters for a whimsical makeover!

Looking or the perfect family activity this easter? Join in this between 8th March - 13th April for this enchanting adventure, from the team behind THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at South Devon Railway.

 Don’t miss out, book your tickets online today at www.dartington.org/event/wonderglow

 

Affinity Devon is hopping with Easter fun!

Join the "Easter Craft Eggstravaganza" on the 2nd & 4th April for Easter-themed crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny with chocolate treats! Then, step into the "Willy Wonka Experience" on the 9th & 11th April to design your own chocolate bar, enjoy Willy Wonka crafts, and get a photo by the iconic Chocolate Factory gates. All events are FREE and family-friendly! Plus, get free face painting and glitter tattoos every Wednesday. Don't miss out on the egg-citement –

Visit affinitydevon.com to find out more

The Bear Trail

With 30 obstacles and unlimited mud! The Bear Trail is a family-friendly muddy obstacle course set on a 10-acre site. The Bear Trail is suitable for all ages and abilities, make sure you wear old clothes and bring a towel! The Bear Trail is open weekends and daily during school holidays until Sunday 3rd November, with two, three-hour sessions a day, choose from 10am or 2pm start.

 Tickets must be booked online, in advance www.thebeartrail.co.uk.

 

 

 

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Sign up today and receive a freebie on Warrens as well as £100+ in savings throughout the year - which could make the school holidays extra sweet for the kids. Enjoy exclusive deals on your favourite baked goods, from promotions on pasties to discounts on doughnuts. Treat your family to delightful moments without breaking the bank.
Find out more at www.warrensbakery.co.uk

 


 

Get ready for excitement and say goodbye to boredom this Easter holiday at Cofton Holidays in Dawlish!

 Dive into a world of fun with their array of activities, including making a splash in the indoor pool, exploring the play parks and adventure play zone, or indulging your taste buds at Amelia's Cafe & Restaurant. Their unbeatable Dip & Dine package offers a hassle-free day full of smiles, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the heated pool followed by a delicious meal at the café & restaurant. It's the ultimate family day out that's sure to leave you wanting more!

Visit www.coftonholidays.co.uk/dayvisitors or call 01626 890111 to find out more

 

 

Jurassic Discovery

Jurassic Discovery Soft Play and Café, a highly anticipated family-friendly venue, is set to open this spring in Seaton.

This unique offer promises an engaging and imaginative experience. The soft play area offers a safe and stimulating environment where kids can enjoy up to two hours of fun. Complementing the play area, the cafe will serve a variety of delicious, hot and cold options for both kids and adults, making it an ideal spot for family outings and social gatherings. With its dinosaur-themed decor and educational elements.

Jurassic Discovery: Soft Play, Café and Animatronic Dinosaur Exhibition arrives in East Devon, in 2024. www.jurassicdiscovery.co.uk

 

Seaton Tramway

Easter at Seaton Tramway is a fun adventure for kids! Hop aboard The Dinosaur Tram adventure as it takes you back in time to encounter mighty dinosaurs, perfect for little palaeontologists big and small. And for the aspiring swashbucklers, the Pirate Tram sets sail on a treasure hunt, and pirate test making sure you are ready to become a pirate yourself. Dates available throughout the year for prehistoric, and swashbuckling fun at Seaton Tramway! Or this easter take part in the Free Gilbert's Easter Egg hunt. fill in the activity sheet and receive a sweat treat!

Find out more at www.tram.co.uk

 

Fun To Be Had at Bear Town

Bear Town is a multi-award winning indoor role play venue for children aged 1-7 years, with a café available for use during your booked session time. Alongside the 12 unique role play areas where young children can try a host of ‘grown up’ jobs, Bear Town is also running a number of exciting upcoming events including Easter, Toddler Time and Children Eat Free sessions, as well as a Free New Parents Meet-Up.

Visit their website for more information at www.beartown.co.uk as well as booking details.

 

Easter at Exeter Phoenix

There is so much to see and do this Easter break at Exeter Phoenix. Theatre fans can take part in Paddleboat’s Theatre Week for young people aged 8 to 12 or watch Kid Carpet and The Noisy Garden Centre in this new show featuring catchy songs, lo-fi puppetry, video magic and audience participation.

They will also be screening Disney/Pixar favourites Luca and Soul on selected dates.

Finally, they have a series of workshops available such as Kid Carpet Rock Star Workshop, a 2 day hands-on Brickfilm: LEGO Animation workshop, Your Face My Face for portrait creation or Sculpt A Selfie, where participants can learn the basics of clay sculpting and modelling.

Find out more and book at www.exeterphoenix.org.uk

 

Paignton Zoo

From tiny dart frogs to giant tortoises, discover some of the most interesting eggs Paignton Zoo’s animal residents lay by completing their fun and free trail for a chance to win a prize!

 

Follow the trail to find the eggs hidden around the zoo and learn more about some of the amazing animals which start their lives in an egg. Collect the clues along the way to discover the most interesting animal egg in the zoo.

 

There will also be Easter themed games and activities throughout the day. All activities are included in zoo entry. Trail is app based only.

Book online for the best price at paigntonzoo.org.uk

 

Message from Kernow Health

“Routine vaccinations are recommended for everyone to help protect against some very serious, preventable illnesses.

In Cornwall and Devon, the Kernow Health School Age Immunisation Team is responsible for delivering some of these vaccinations to school-age children.

Babies and young children are vaccinated at their GP surgery or clinic, and a record is kept in their red book. Once your child starts school, our team is responsible for continuing to offer routine vaccinations on behalf of the NHS.

Different vaccinations are offered to children at different times depending on their age. See the handy guide to which ones are offered to different age groups.

Our website contains information and a consent form which must be completed before we can vaccinate your child. Visit www.kernowhealthcic.org.uk/school-age-immunisation

 

If you have any questions about vaccinations, or you are unsure about which ones your child has had, or needs, contact our team who are happy to help and answer your questions.”

 

Telephone:01392 342678

Email: kernowhealthcic.schoolimmsdevon@nhs.net

 

 

West Buckland School

 

“West Buckland School is hosting a Whole School Open Day on Monday, May 6th, at 9:30 am. It's a normal school day for us, and we're thrilled to welcome you for an insider's look at our vibrant community with a chance to experience our school in action. Come tour our facilities and meet our Head, Prep School Head, teachers and students. Explore our dynamic learning environment and uncover what truly sets our school apart. For those interested in our Prep School, we have an array of exciting activities planned, from art and football to music and beyond. We are looking forward to meeting you.

Sign up here: www.westbuckland.com

 


 

 

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