Easter Events for all the family across North Devon
Published: Tuesday 26th Mar 2019
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting beautiful North Devon this Easter, you’ll find more than the area’s natural beauty to entertain you. You’ll find lots of extra fun and special events laid on at local attractions at this time of year – from a unique Easter Bunny’s Grotto to special woodland bluebell walks to craft workshops for all the family.
Take a look below, and plan in some special Easter fun for your Devon break.
Unique Easter Grotto & FREE Chocolate Eggs
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Journey down the rabbit hole to The Milky Way Adventure Park’s unique Easter Grotto this April 11-24. Collect your egg direct from the Easter Bunny and take part in the eggciting Easter Treasure Hunt with fantastic prizes up for grabs ... kids will love this memorable and unique Easter experience.
Meet the friendly Eggsperts in the Easter Bunny HQ where they control the production of the entire world’s chocolate eggs. Venture past their crazy control panel, creep down the bunny-themed secret passage and into the Easter Bunny’s front room, where all those aged 1-12 will meet the Bunny and receive a FREE chocolate egg.
Then search the site, find the clues and hand in your completed treasure hunt sheet to be entered into the Golden Egg prize draw, with a family annual pass and other great prizes up for grabs.
Star Wars fans will also be excited to hear that Storm Troopers and other characters from the legendary films are coming to The Milky Way over the Easter holidays. On Saturday 20th April 2019 you'll be able to meet and take pictures with characters from the films as they patrol the park throughout the day.
All the extra fun over the Easter holidays is included in the entrance fee or season ticket to this award-winning attraction, and everyone who visits will also get to enjoy all the family rides, amusements and adventure on offer.
More info> https://www.themilkyway.co.uk/childrens-events-north-devon
Easter Fun Family Workshops
RHS Garden Rosemoor
April 8-18 (Monday to Friday)
Get crafty this Easter at RHS Garden Rosemoor’s creative workshops - children will love getting imaginative and making crafts they can take home to show to their family and friends. There’ll also be a chance for children to become Easter detectives by following the clues along a fun Easter trail.
Activities: Monday 8 April and 15 April Eggy Sheep; Tuesday 9 April and 16 April: Rabbit Headband; Wednesday 10 April and 17 April Foxy Hands; Thursday 11 April and 18 April Mole in a Hole; Friday 12 April Easter Cones.
More info> https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor/viewevent?EFID=1473&ESRC=CMS
Find the Easter Chicks
Enjoy this beautiful, historic village and enjoy some Easter fun at the same time. Children are invited to find the Easter chicks perched up and down the cobbled High Street to the quay with the help of a village map (which you’ll receive on entry to Clovelly). If they spot at least 10 chicks they can return the map to the Visitor Centre reception to win an Easter egg – and if they spot all 15 chicks, they’ll win a bigger prize!
More info> https://www.clovelly.co.uk/events/easter-find-the-easter-chicks/
The legendary Bluebell Days at Hartland Abbey are a great opportunity to visit this fabulous building and gardens when the valley is looking at its most beautiful, and at a reduced entry price. At Easter, bluebells carpet the walks to the sea from the Abbey’s restored Summerhouse - a favourite spot for the family to picnic and for the children to play (if it’s cold there will be a lovely log fire burning). When you reach the sea you’ll see ‘Barton Cottage’ (the home of the Dashwood family in the BBC production of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and the location for BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’), and along the way enjoy bluebells, primroses, violets, wild anemones, wild orchids, foxgloves and much more. The Old Kitchen Tea Rooms will be serving light lunches and cream teas. Children and dogs very welcome.
More info> https://www.hartlandabbey.com/bluebells-days/
Easter at Arlington
There’s lots going on at this beautiful National Trust property this Easter. Throughout the Easter holidays (April 6-18) Arlington is running its own Spring Trail: find out more about the interesting animals that live at Arlington Court in an adventure across the grounds. Can you collect all the stamps and unscramble the word to claim your prize? On April 10 join the garden team and make your very own mini Easter garden to take home and look after, then from April 13-22 say hello to the new spring lambs and enjoy a talk from one of the team that takes care of them. On April 18 there’s an Easter table decorations workshop with Arlington's Head Gardener, then the kids will love the chance to get their hands on even more chocolate whilst discovering the ground’s nature and wildlife amongst beautiful parkland at the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, April 19-22 from 11am-4pm.
More info> https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum
Cadbury Easter Trail
What has Bunny been hiding in the sand dunes at Woolacombe? Enjoy a breath of fresh air this Easter in this adventurous trail at some beautiful Woolacombe locations, find the clues hidden behind the tiny wooden doors by National Trust Rangers - then claim your Cadbury's chocolate prize. Pick up your trail map from the Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre on the Esplanade (£2.50 per child) between 10.30am and 3pm then ensure you get back to the TIC before closing time at 5pm to claim your prize!
This year National Trust is running five Cadbury Egg Hunts around North Devon – you’ll also find them at nearby Baggy Point (April 6-22), Heddon Valley (April 19-22), Watersmeet (April 19-22) and a little further away at Brownsham (April 20-21). You need to book for Brownsham but no other location.
More info> https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/heddon-valley/features/easter-in-north-devon
Easter Sunday Fun Day
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
There’ll be lots of fun things for kids to do at this FREE event at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway this Easter Sunday. Fares will still apply for train rides, but it’s a journey well worth taking … the two mile round trip takes you through some of the loveliest countryside in North Devon. Board the narrow gauge train at Woody Bay Station and you may well spot wildlife such as buzzards and deer as you pass heather-covered hills and wooded valleys – on clear days you can see all the way across to Wales. Trains run to Killington Lane Halt, where you can leave the train and walk to other local destinations including the lovely local village of Parracombe, home to the very good Fox & Goose pub. When you’re ready, walk back to Killington Lane Halt and catch a later train back to Woody Bay.
More info> https://www.lynton-rail.co.uk