The Easter holidays should be a great chance to spend some quality time with your children and take a breather from working life, but they can also make you panic about how to make sure that everyone actually has a good time. At Oliver’s Travels, we’re lifelong devotees of British mini-breaks – there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit that picking yourself up and packing for a fun-filled weekend away, even if it’s only down the road! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite family trips in the UK, to help make this Easter one to remember.
The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs all around one of Britain’s favourite rabbit warrens, and your children are sure to love joining Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter Rabbit at The World of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District to track them down. There are plenty of large holiday homes in the area, so you could even stay for the whole extended Easter weekend to give the children four days of fun in the fresh country air.
If you think your little ones are more likely to be entertained by real animals than fictional ones, head south west to Huxley’s Birds of Prey Centre and Gardens in Horsham, West Sussex. For something extra-special, book a Raptor Experience Day to let them try owl handling, walking with hawks and helping to fly the birds for the public.
The vast woodlands, hidden waterfalls and impressive lakes of Killarney National Park make it an absolute paradise for adventurous older kids, who’ll happily keep themselves entertained exploring the beautiful surroundings. If you’ve got younger kids with you as well, you can tour the park in a more sedate way with a ride in a pony and trap, or take a boat trip across the clear, still waters.
There’s nothing like a castle in the hills to set a child’s imagination alight, and as one of the oldest continually inhabited homes in Scotland, Traquair House has a truly fascinating history that’s certain to enthral the kids. Add that to the draw of an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ with an incredible 5,500 mini eggs hidden in the Maze, and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for a successful weekend.Beverly on Flickr