Family activities come rain or shine this Easter

Easter is a time for coming together as a family, enjoying some delicious food, and getting back out in to nature after a dark and miserable old winter, we’re looking at you Beast from the East! We’ve done the hard work for you and pulled together the best of the family activities occurring across the country over the Easter period, so you can find the best options, whatever the weather.

Rainy Days

Family Games Room

Let the kids play to their hearts’ content in the specially created children’s zone at Chilworth Manor Hotel. With games, puzzles and activities galore, the little ones are sure to be entertained for hours on end, even if the heavens open on your break away.

– at Chilworth Manor Hotel


Beaulieu Motor Museum

From the earliest motor carriages to classic family saloons, the world-famous National Motor Museum has one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world. With legendary F1 cars and land speed record breakers for the speed freaks, or incredible examples of pioneering motoring for the history-buffs the whole family will be in awe at these incredible vehicles. If you time it right, you’ll even hear vehicles starting up!

– close to Chilworth Manor Hotel and New Place Hotel


Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

The South of England’s family-friendly hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre – and the largest standalone planetarium cinema in the UK! Events for families and adults. This Easter at Winchester Science Centre, be amazed by the power of audio, marvel at weird and wonderful visualisations of music and learn the secrets of sound! Live science shows, and demonstrations are free with general admission. Enjoy full access to the Science Centre’s exhibition floors and complete your visit with an immersive show in the planetarium

– close to Chilworth Manor Hotel


Lewis Carroll Centre and Daresbury

The beautiful new building celebrates Daresbury’s world-famous villager, the creator of Alice and all her Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It also tells you a bit about his many interests and how his Daresbury childhood influenced the man he became. Join a volunteer guide for a tour of the church where Lewis Carroll’s father was vicar, see things that Lewis Carroll saw as young Charlie Dodgson, admire the stained-glass window erected in his memory, and wander around Daresbury village with its old cottages, former smithy and pub, little changed since Lewis Carroll’s day.

– close to Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa and Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club


Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Explore one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks. From its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves. Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

So, what are you waiting for? Nature, wildlife, history, adventure – experience the wonder of it all on a perfect day out in Somerset.

– close to Best Western Plus Angel Hotel


Ribble Steam Railway Museum

Visit the Ribble Steam Railway for heritage train rides along the line, with a three-mile return trip. The Ribble Steam Railway line includes a crossing on the unique dock swing bridge and travels along the bank of the River Ribble, with captivating views of the City of Preston.

– close to Preston International Hotel


Harris Museum

Today, the Harris is recognised as one of the leading museums and contemporary art venues in Lancashire. It combines working closely with and for the local community with developing a national and international reputation for quality and innovative programmes. The Harris collections are among the finest in the region and include objects of national significance.
The collections include over 70,000 objects. With a dedicated learning team who really understand how to make art and history come alive for kids, the Harris offers a varied programme of ‘hands on’ creative and discovery events at the weekend and in school holidays where kids will learn something new without even realising it!
There’s something for all ages, from toddlers/pre-school children, to events where families with children of all ages can all learn and create together.

– close to Preston International Hotel


Sunny Days

Chester Zoo

There’s so much to see and do – we don’t know where to start! There’s over 21,000 of the world’s most exotic and endangered animals to discover in 125 acres of award-winning gardens. With daily animal talks, visitors can ask the Zoo Rangers questions and find out the little secrets of the animals and hear their wonderful stories. Star of the Channel 4 series ‘The Secret Life of the Zoo’.

– close to Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa


Longleat Safari Park

Enter a land of adventure, where lions roam, tigers stalk and monkeys swing. Travel through time in a grand stately home, lose yourself in one of the magical mazes and hold exotic creatures from the ends of the Earth, at Longleat Safari Park.

– close to Best Western Plus Angel Hotel


Easter Egg Hunt

Looking for something to let active kids run off some steam? An Easter Egg Hunt around the sprawling twelve acres of landscaped grounds should be just the thing! There’s plenty of space to explore and get close to nature around the grounds with scenic areas perfect for a picnic too.

– close to Chilworth Manor Hotel


Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Peppa Pig World is part of Paultons Family Theme Park. On the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, it offers a great family day out with over 70 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things to see and do includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in the beautiful garden setting.

– close to Chilworth Manor Hotel and New Place Hotel


New Forest National Park

William the Conqueror set aside the Forest for hunting more than 900 years ago as his ‘Nova Foresta’ or ‘New Forest’ and centuries of grazing by deer, ponies and cattle have shaped the landscape.

William would probably still recognise much of the Forest as the same place he hunted wild deer and boar. Today it is a wonderful area to visit and explore by walking, cycling and on horseback. This unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free.

– close to Chilworth Manor Hotel and New Place Hotel


Marwell Zoo

Explore Marwell Zoo and get closer to the wonders of the natural world. See 100s of animals – including giraffes, tigers & penguins, explore the 140-acre park, train and 5 adventure playgrounds and get involved with daily talks and animal feeds.

– close to Chilworth Manor Hotel and New Place Hotel



Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

– close to Legacy Rose & Crown