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Easter days out for the family

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Easter days out for the family

Youngsters who spend more time engaged in various activities than they do sat in front of a television are likelier to be happier than those who spend endless hours consumed by what is on TV.

Want to keep your youngsters suitably entertained over the Easter holidays but have no idea where to start?

Worry not. This guide delivers a comprehensive overview of some of the fantastic things that will make for the perfect family outing.

National Trust Egg Trails

The National Trust has once again teamed up with Cadbury for the seventh edition for its wonderful Egg Trails.

Taking place at over 300 locations that are looked after and managed by the National Trust, the trails have become something of an institution and have been designed to be very engaging.

"At the trail, we will inspire your child’s inner adventurer and transform them into an Eggsplorer," the official blurb from the trust states.

"They’ll receive a make-it-yourself pith helmet, a Trail Journal containing all the clues they need to complete the trail and an Eggsplorer Passport to be stamped along the way."

Chocolate the Willy Wonka way

Anyone who has ever read or seen a cinematic adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has always harboured a desire to make their own sweets (or own their own establishment for those of with an entrepreneurial streak).

Well, this Easter you can get your hands dirty at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which is delivering master classes in how to make Willy Wonka chocolate bars.

"In the Chocolate Room you can get creative with a chef from the Roald Dahl Museum café, and decorate your very own chocolatey creations," the organisers of the event state.

"Taking your inspiration from Roald Dahl, come up with an ingenious name for your chocolate bar and create a wacky label and package."

Have an Easter-inspired Hobbledown adventure

There is nothing quite as distinct as Hobbledown in Epsom, Surrey, which describes itself as a 'place full of wonder, excitement and play'.

An expansive adventure playground – it has a maze, high ropes, an obstacle course, to name but a few of the activities on offer – it is also home to a village and barn, full of charming animals.

Easter specials include the Knight Warrior Training School, amazing falconry shows, fun egg hunts, and a visit from Vikings who will set up camp and teach youngsters about their history.

Explore the wonder of Floors Castle

Located in Kelso in the south-east of Scotland, Floors Castle is a superb historical space that has been part of the scenery since the 17th century.

Although it largely serves as the home of the Duke of Roxburghe, it opens its doors to the public between April and September, allowing visitors to explore the castle and its grounds.

For Easter, there will be a special egg design competition, an egg and spoon race, bunny hop races and a bouncy castle to keep youngsters entertained, while a marvellous barbeque will do its best to keep parents engaged.

Get arty at The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum in Bath was the first ever public art gallery, committed to promoting art and culture because of its power to 'change people's lives'. It is a legacy that still holds true today.

This Easter, the museum is hosting drawing master classes, which will be delivered by experts, allowing youngsters to channel their inner Pablo Picasso or Vincent van Gogh.

Aimed at children aged between 11 and 16, the classes will explore different techniques and materials used in drawing, with a specific emphasis on portraiture.

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