Easter holidays will soon be here and that means parents across the country will be wracking their brains for clever ideas to keep their brood entertained over the break.
With a wealth of attractions, museums, beaches and historical landmarks dotted across the UK, there are plenty of options to suit your interests and most importantly your budget.
Below we have compiled a list of fun things to do with your family, ranging from popular countryside walks that don’t cost a thing to value for money family tickets to major theme parks.
We have also got a full round up of the best cheap West End theatre shows, cheap cinema deals and a list of the best beaches in the UK worth visiting too if you need more ideas.
Things to do this Easter
1. Go to Legoland
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Legoland in Windsor boasts over 50 rides and attractions, including the Dragon rollercoaster and Viking River splash, so kids will have plenty to keep them busy during their visit.
Tickets start from £29 when you book in advance online – a saving of up to 38% – and you also get to skip the ticket queue when you get there. You can find more Legoland deals and discount offers year round in our full guide.
Buy now from www.legoland.co.uk
2. Take a Wimbledon Tennis tour
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Visit the home of tennis in Wimbledon where you can explore the Lawn Tennis museum and test your sporting knowledge and take a rest on top of the famous Murray Mound.
The tour is available for families of four and the package gives visitors access to all areas, including the changing rooms that have been graced by tennis greats Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.
Buy now from www.buyagift.co.uk
3. Catch a movie
Most major cinema chains offer cheap morning and daytime tickets for children’s screenings during the school holidays, making a trip to the cinema a bit lighter on the purse strings.
Cineworld run Movies For Juniors where tickets to a choice of lively chicldren’s films will only set you back £2.50. There’s also a premium Movies For Juniors for new films, with prices from £5.50 at many cinemas across the UK.
Buy now from www.cineworld.co.uk
4. Explore the historical Dover Castle site
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Get a dose of history when you visit one of England’s most iconic fortresses, set deep into the White Cliffs of Dover.
While there climb the great tower, explore the medieval interiors and roam the stunning grounds for a truly immersive day out for all ages.
Plan your visit at www.english-heritage.org.uk
5. Take part in Drayton Manor’s egg hunt
Easter-themed fun will be taking place at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire from 13- 28 April, with egg trails, hunts and even the chance to meet the Easter bunny.
The theme park, which is packed with over 100 rides and attractions, is suitable for kids of all ages and parents can currently pick up a £95 family ticket when booking in advance online.
Book now via www.draytonmanor.co.uk
6. Meet the animals at Longleat
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If you’re a family of animal lovers, a trip to Longleat should be on the cards this Easter.
The safari park features plenty to see and do including getting up close and personal with the lemurs, monkeys and lions as you drive around the park. Then there’s still more exploring to be done at the Great Hall in Longleat House, which houses an array of stunning artworks and interesting artifacts.
Right now Picniq is offering 20 per cent off tickets for both adults and children ahead during school break.
Book now via picniq.co.uk
7. Visit Matlock Farm
Continuing the animal theme, a trip to Matlock Farm in Derbyshire is an affordable and fun day out for the entire family. Right now entry for two adults and two children only costs £29 when booked with buyagift.co.uk .
While there kids can learn all about how the pigs, sheep, alpaca, deer and other farm animals are reared and even get the chance to feed some of the animals themselves. But there’s not just animals to keep them occupied, the farm also includes an adventure playground, go kart track and dedicated toddlers area if you have young ones in tow too.
Book now via www.buyagift.co.uk
8. Explore the Eden Project
Get the whole family connected to nature with a visit to Eden Project in Cornwall.
The popular attraction features the largest indoor rainforest in the world, which is home to thousands of varieties of exotic plants spread from floor to ceiling of the Biome dome structure. There’s also a second Biome dome with thousands of plants from the Mediterranean region of the world too.
Book now via lastminute.com
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9. Take the family to ZSL London Zoo
The ZSL London Zoo is home to over 18,000 animals, ranging from fierce lions to exotic insects and spiders.
Amazing spaces to explore while you are there include an new Indian-themed Land of the Lions exhibit for big cat lovers, a walk through spider’s enclosure (the only one in Europe) and a Madagascan shrub forest where kids can meet the cheeky lemurs that will be milling about trying to catch some sun.
Buy a family ticket for four via www.buyagift.co.uk
10. Watch Disney’s The Lion King
Disney’s award-winning musical celebrates it’s 20-year run at the Lyceum Theatre this year, which is a great reason to catch this awe-inspiring show during the holidays.
Old and young will enjoy the re-imagined coming of age story of Simba, with brightly coloured costumes and incredible soundtrack, all set against the stunning backdrop of the African Pridelands setting created on stage.
Book tickets via www.atgtickets.com
11. Take part in a Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt
National Trust and Cadbury’s have teamed up once again to host a series of Easter egg hunts across 260 different sites around the UK throughout April.
Most of the Trust sites will also be hosting a number of other family-friendly activities throughout the Easter break too, with crafts and fun games for the kids to get involved with once they have finished devouring all the chocolate eggs they’ve found.
Find out more by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk