It’s Easter and with the resulting sugar overload your children will probably have even more energy to burn than usual!
Luckily there are many free activities on offer to entertain without taking a toll on your pocket. Take inspiration from these 10 ideas for days out around the UK.
From bug hunts and Easter scavenger hunts to walks and pond dipping, the ninth Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival, which runs 31 March -15 April, offers more than 50 free events many of which are specifically suitable for young families. (01387 260172).
Crafts, competitions and trails for all the family are on offer at Armagh County Museum’s Easter Family Fun Day on the afternoon of 14 April (028 3752 3070).
England: North West
Visit the Extraordinary Easter Farm at the Rheged Centre in Penrith, Cumbria, where your family can see Easter chicks, bunnies, miniature goats and more, courtesy of Greenland’s Farm. Wednesday 11 April, 10am-4pm (01768 868000).
England: North East
Go on the Easter trail in Durham Cathedral, where 5-11 year-olds can seek out everything on their tick list before collecting their mini egg prize. 10-13 April (0191 386 4266).
Cheer on the entrants of the charity duck race at the Coed-y-Dinas Garden Centre at Welshpool on 9 April and listen to Jack the story telling jester, just one of the many events planned over Easter (01938 555545).
Visit the Gloucester Quays Garden Party festival 7-9 April. In addition to browsing over 80 market stalls, see fashion shows and listen to fun talks and demonstrations on subjects such as bee keeping (01452 338 933).
Fly along to the RSPB Lakenheath Fen Nature Reserve at Brandon in Suffolk on 15 April for a range of fun activities inside and out, including pond dipping, face painting and owl pellet dissection, earning a goodie bag in the process. 10-4pm (01842 863400).
Titanic Remembered: Stories from the Sea at the National Maritime Museum 2-13 April remembers the people who travelled on the fateful ship. Contribute to a giant memorial display, read letters from survivors and hear first-hand accounts of the Titanic sinking (suitable for ages 7+), role play life on board or write and draw at a creative workshop (020 8858 4422).
England: South West
Amongst a variety of activities at Somerset’s Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury during the two weeks commencing 3 April, the kids can try Tudor weaving, Victorian knitting, Easter cooking or attend the lamb love-in at the Three Bags Full event (01458 831197).
At Portsmouth’s Port Solent Easter Kidz Club, Wicked Wednesday on 4 April features a magical giant bunny performing tricks. There’s also a mobile farm on 7 April, waterside donkey rides around the marina on 11 April and interactive storytellers on 14 April (023 9221 0606).
Pre-booking is advised for many of these activities so do contact your chosen venue ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.
If you know of any free children’s events in your area, please share! Comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.