101 fantastic activities for the Easter 2019 school holidays

© National Marine Aquarium
It's time to expect the unexpected this holiday, so get ready to sing and dance like a pirate, uncover the mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci's studio and visit Wonderland with Alice with our selection of 101 amazing educational family activities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. By Hetty Walton
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Easter holidays 2019 family activities in England

Dive talkin'
Make a splash this Easter holiday at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium as you jump feet first into the underwater world of Scuba Diving. As well as being able to talk to the divers as they glide around the NMA's tanks, you'll also be able to go on your own journey swimming around the exhibits using virtual reality headsets to see the marine life up close. For those not wanting to go on a virtual journey, there will be a Scuba diving trail around the NMA to learn about how to dive underwater, while piecing together divers' kit and finding out how to breathe under water.
Where: National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF
When: 6-23 April, 10am-4pm
Need to know: Family ticket from £53.50.

Image: © National Marine Aquarium

Serious swashbuckling
Set sail for the V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate the end of the exhibition "A Pirate's Life for Me" with some swashbuckling activities. Make a paper pirate costume, design your own bandana or come face to face with the notorious Captain Putrid! Plus, there's a special half-day camp, where you can learn to sing and dance like a pirate before performing on a pirate ship!
Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
When: Until 22 April, 10am-5.45pm, times vary.
Need to know: Bandana & costume workshops £7 per child, half-day pirate camp £17.50 per child.

Countryside capers
Take a trip to deepest Worcestershire and enjoy some farmyard fun this holiday. At Countrytastic you'll be able to meet a menagerie of farmyard animals, bottle feed lambs and listen to some 'tales from the bales' from BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson. You can hop on board a tractor ride, go wild with bushcraft or try your hand at pottery, cooking and crafting workshops.
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
When: 18 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Tickets £5.50 child, £8.50 adult, under 3s free.

Forever England
Experience a dramatic retelling of the story of England at Wrest Park's giant St George's Day celebration. Gasp as the lances shatter in the medieval joust, chortle at the cheeky jester, marvel at a Roman display of infantry, and take part in Second World War activities. Expect have-a-go circus skills, Victorian games, junior jousting, a First World War obstacle course and interactive music workshops and of course England's most legendary battle - the gallant St George versus his fiery nemesis.
Where: Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
When: 27-28 April, 10am-5.30pm
Need to know: Family ticket costs £48.10.

Take art
Get art and crafty down in Surrey with these make and do sessions at The Lightbox. You can make your own photomontage using found imagery from magazines, inspired by the photo books in the exhibition, Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers, as well as creating a unique tunnel book, secret garden, spring flowers and Easter animals.
Where: The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA
When: 11-13, 16-17 April, 1.30-3pm.
Need to know: Suitable for 5+. Some bookable, others drop in, costs £8.

Brontë brilliant
Lovers of all things Brontë should make for Haworth this spring for a series of family-friendly talks, walks and make and do. You can learn more about the surrounding landscape and the role it played in the Brontës' writing, make some Easter bunny cards and 3D paper Easter eggs.
Where: Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DR
When: 15-26 April, 11am-4pm
Need to know: Activities free with admission. Family ticket £22.

Nature adventure
Drop off your young adventurer for a day with other like-minded explorers at London's Hyde Park. They'll navigate the park after honing their compass skills, then create a map to lead their fellow nature explorers on a treasure hunt. Trekking through the park marking their journey using a journey stick, they'll explore hidden gems like a water meadow and create a giant map of the park with clay, pencils, natural materials or iPads.
Where: Lookout Discovery Centre, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
When: 16 April, 11am-3pm
Need to know: £20 per child. Suitable for 8-11 years. Book online or call 0300 061 2291.

Shifting sand
Make waves for Weymouth and catch this unique exhibition made completely out of sand. This year the theme is TV and film, and some of the best sand artists in the world will be using 2,000 tonnes of local beach sand to create well known characters from Wizard of Oz, Dumbo and even Avatar – and you can have a go a sculpting your own version yourself.
When: 6 April - November, 10.30am-4.30pm
Where: Sandworld, Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7S
Need to know: A family ticket costs £19.

Super sleuthing
Put your detective skills to the test to see if you can crack a puzzling theft at the Thackray Museum. Don a white coat and search the museum for clues, before heading back to the lab to analyse your findings. Using practical experiments and tests you'll discover how fingerprints, hair, DNA and even insects help scientists get to the truth.
What: Thackray Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN
When: 1-26 April, 11am-3pm.
Need to know: Family ticket from £24.50, under 5s free

Hip hopping
Join Peter Rabbit and friends in this new musical take on Beatrix Potter's classic tale at the Theatre Royal Haymarket London. Witness the animals come to life with beautiful handcrafted puppets, an enchanting score and the perfect feel-good story. Look out for the ferocious Mr. McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and of course, fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit.
Where: Theatre Royal Haymarket, Suffolk Street, Haymarket, London SW1
When: 5-28 April, 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Need to know: Tickets from £15.

That'll do, pig
Have a go at pig racing down in Kent. Chosen for their speed and agility, the special pig racers are a cross between Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot, and you could even be picked to run with them! You can also help with the lambing, go on a chocolate hunt and catch an Easter panto.
Where: Rare Breeds Centre, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch Nr Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RJ
When: 19-22 April, 10-30am-5.30pm
Need to know: Activities included in admission. Costs £37.50 per family. Pig races start 3.15pm.

Forage for a fossil
If you want to get your hands on a piece of real prehistory, head to the Isle of Wight for a fossil-finding trip. Run by real life palaeontologists and geologists from the Dinosaur Isle Museum (in a building shaped liked a giant pterodactyl), you could find yourself your very own dinosaur footprint.
Where: Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QA
When: 8-12, 15-18 April, start times vary
Need to know: Suitable for children aged 3+. A family ticket costs £16.50. Booking essential.

Scarecrow story
Get back to nature at Heligan this Easter as you help with the lambing, explore the gardens with a grow your own trail, plant your own runner bean (and see if it will grow high into the clouds!) before having a go on the Highland Cow Horn Hoopla and the Hobby Horse Derby.
Where: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
When: 6-22 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Events free with admission. A family ticket costs £40.

Play away
Make for Newcastle's Baltic this spring and discover an alternative landscape where the structures of urban development become the stuff of play. THE CITY IS WHERE WE'RE GOING NEXT explores artists Simon and Tom Bloor's interest in the urban environment and the potential of cities as spaces for play. You'll be able to explore a maze, build a tower, climb a sculpture and reclaim the city as a space for fun.
Where: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
When: 25 March - 15 April, 11am-4pm
Need to know: Free

Fashion forward
Discover 2019's latest trends and take a fun-filled look at how fashion and science make the perfect designer duo. Step into the Jimmy Choos of latest designers using recycled materials to create fashion masterpieces. Use junk jewellery, scrap socks or trash t-shirts, then walk down the catwalk to show off your latest look, or design a piece of textile art all about what makes Manchester special and watch your design become part of a digital tapestry in the Revolution Manchester gallery.
When: 6-22 April, 10am-5pm
Where: Manchester Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP
Need to know: Admission and exhibition free.

Book bugs
Read with mother at the Reading Museum with a range of crafts and activities celebrating their new exhibition, Ladybird Books: 'How it works'. Make a ladybird hat, pompoms or balloon and decorate the museum with ladybird garlands or follow a fun trail and learn about hibernation and native wildlife and insects, then build a cosy home for your ladybird guests.
Where: Reading Museum & Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
When: 9-10 April, 10am-3.30pm
Need to know: Costs £5/£4 for activities. Drop in. Suitable for 5+.

Totally transparent
Create your own Easter egg, bird, car or house using sand to make a mould at Sunderland's National Glass Centre. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique and watch as your design is transformed by the molten glass before cooling and taking home.
Where: National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL
When: 8, 11, 13, 15, 18 & 20 April, 9.30-10.30am & 10.30-11.30am
Need to know: Costs £16 each. Suitable for 6+. All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Seaside special
Old maps often showed what sailors feared was lurking in the sea, as well as what they found. Be inspired by the maps and objects in London's National Maritime Museum to create your own mysterious map. What secretive objects have you spotted? What strange animals lurk around the corner? Or hunt out a tiny book with a secret in the Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery and create your own to fill with secrets on your journey around the museum.
Where: Royal Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF
When: 11 & 18-19 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm
Need to know: Adult: £10.35, Child: £4.50

Winged workshops
This Easter fly along to these fun crafty workshops at the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent. Wing it and see some beautiful British birds up close and get creative by making a flapping bird puppet, or craft your own fly-through ceramic animal feeder to entice wildlife into your garden.
Where: Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, Kent CT7 0BH
When: 16-19 April, 11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm
Need to know: Costs £4 per child. Family ticket to museum costs £27.50.

Magic and mayhem
Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage at Wilton's Music Hall with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea.
Where: Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB
When: 10-12 April, 12pm
Need to know: Tickets from £4. Suitable for 7-11 years.

Fantastic beasts
Step into a tour through London's history at the Museum of London, narrated by the animals who once lived here. Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in forming the history of the capital. Be guided through time from the Roman era through to Medieval London and discover how animals - from lions and elephants, to horses, rats and pigeons - have shaped the city and its beastly history.
Where: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
When: 5 April - 5 January, 10am-6pm
Need to know: Family ticket from £20. Book online.

Italian invention
Head through the galleries of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and find Leonardo Da Vinci's hidden studio, where his works and inventions will come to life with your help. You'll learn about the artist, the inventions he made and explore his artwork currently on display in the museum in creative and imaginative ways.
Where: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH
When: 18-19 April, 12.30-2.45pm
Need to know: Workshop costs £2 per person. Book online in advance.

Hats the way to do it..!
See the sight, sounds and smells of motoring history come to life as vehicles roar into action, they try on bonnets of a different kind at Beaulieu. Catch the daily vintage vehicle cavalcade, dress up in Easter bonnets and try out traditional Victorian costumes before helping cook roll out Easter biscuits in the Victorian kitchen.
Where: National Motor Museum, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO24 7ZN
When: 6-22 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Activities free with admission. Family ticket from £49.

Grin and bear it
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating some of the best loved characters in children's fiction with their new Bears! exhibition. Meet furry family favourites Paddington and Winnie-the-Pooh, see original manuscripts and illustrations from Michael Rosen, Phillip Pullman and Julia Donaldson, hunt for bears in the bear forest, or snuggle up with a bedtime story in the cosy bear cave. Just watch out for the Bear under the Stairs...
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
When: until 28 Apr, 10am-4pm.
Need to know: A family ticket costs £10.

Egg-stra special
Go on an Easter egg hunt with a real difference down in Cornwall. Spend the afternoon hunting for and identifying shark egg cases, also known as mermaid's purses. Collect as many as possible and then identify which shark species they belong to and help the Shark Teust build their national database.
Where: Swanpool Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall
When: 17 April, 11-1pm
Need to know: Free.

Boating bonanza
Take part in Cheshire's annual Easter boat gathering and sea shanty festival and you'll be able to see narrowboats from all over the UK. Listen to sea shanties from across Europe as well as demonstrations of traditional crafts and locks, boaters games and even a chocolate making work shop!
When: 19-22 April, 10am-4pm
Where: National Waterways Museum, ellesmere South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW
Need to know: Adult, £9.75, child, £6. Under 5s free.

Body matters
Get set for a range of biological-based workshops looking at the human body all held in a unique cell-shaped pod suspended above the laboratories of London's Blizard Institute. You can explore medical gore and more from the First World War, get excited about evolution and giddy about genes and even learn how to make elephants' toothpaste!
Where: Centre of the Cell, Blizard Institute, 4 Newark Street, Whitechapel London E1 2AT
When: 8-18 April, various times
Need to know: Adults £7.50, children (7-14) £5.50. Book online or call 020 7882 2562.

Animal trackers
This Easter take a walk off the beaten track at Sheringham Park in Norfolk to go animal tracking. Discover the signs animals leave behind and match them to the correct wild creature, learn how to make plaster casts of footprints, spot signs of feeding on trees and shrubs, and even look out for animal poo. You can also check the camera trap to see animal activity from the night before.
Where: Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8TL
When: 16 April, 10.30am-12.30pm
Need to know: Admission free. Event costs £5 adult, £3 child.

Tanks for the memories
Make tracks for deepest Dorset and find out how tanks were used in the First World War. You'll also be able to see working tanks in action, have a look inside, try on a tank commander's uniform and take a trip on a tracked vehicle. You'll be able to paint your own tank, learn about the Tank Corps Heroes of 1917 and 1918 or go on a family Easter egg hunt.
Where: The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG
When: 6-22 April, 10-5pm
Need to know: A family ticket costs £36. Vehicle rides cost £4 per person.

Neolithic knowhow
Get hands-on in Wiltshire with Stonehenge's past. You can have a go at pot making, jewellery crafting, flint knapping, bronze casting and prehistoric cookery skills as well as trying to move a four-tonne stone using people power alone.
Where: Stonehenge, near Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE
When: 6-28 April, 10.30am-5.30pm
Need to know: Event included in normal admission price. A family ticket costs from £49.40.

Light and magic
Discover flower power at Kew Gardens this Easter and find out why light is so important for plants to survive and thrive. Decorate ornaments with UV pens and learn all about how light and colour spectrums help plants grow. Add your artwork to their tower of colour display and get your hands dirty and plant your own seeds to take home. You can also explore a giant badger sett!
Where: Kew Gardens, Kew Rd, Richmond TW9 3AB
When: 6-22 April, times vary with event.
Need to know: Family ticket from £40. Some events have charges.

Putting on the tile
Visit the Jackfield Tile Museum in Shropshire and create your own floral-themed designs at these tile decorating workshops. Designs can be as colourful and original as your imagination allows, using the Victorian tube lining technique (which is just like icing a cake!). Once you've piped on the design you can add colourful glazes, leave your tile at the museum where it will be fired in a kiln and posted to your home.
Where: Jackfield Tile Museum, Salthouse Road, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7LJ
When: 12, 15-19 & 22-26 April, 10am-4pm
Need to know: Admission: £9.50 adult, £6.50 child. Tiles £5 per person.

Good goddess
Celebrate the beauty of Japanese spring with delicate cherry-blossom-inspired paper crafts and springtime stories at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum this Easter. You can also check out their Jeff Koons exhibition.
Where: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
When: 10-11 & 17-18 April, 1-4pm
Need to know: Free event. Suggested donation £1. Exhibition free for under 12s, adults £12.25.

Bugs live
Get up close and personal with real creepy crawlies at Northumberland's Woodhorn Museum. Go wild on a bug hunt and discover how to build an insect-friendly butterfly feeder. You can also check out the Coal Forest art trail and exhibition which includes sculpture of some giant bugs which evolved during the time of the ancient carboniferous Coal Forests.
Where: Woodhorn Museum, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF
When: 10-11 & 17-18 April, 10.30am-3.30pm.
Need to know: Adult £7, under 16 free. 

Fashion fit for a king (or queen)
Visit Windsor during the Easter holidays and learn about some of the most fabulous fashions in royal history. Dress up in beautiful replica costumes and learn about 300 years of royal fashion from Henry VIII to George III and have a go at making your own hat or headdress.
Where: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ
When: 6-27 April, 11am-4pm.
Need to know: Events free with admission. A family ticket costs £58.

Scary scars
Ever wondered how they get realistic wounds, cuts and blood in the theatre and on television? Well, here's your chance to find out at this fascinating workshop run by the RSC. You'll learn all the tricks of the trade when it comes to creating cringe-worthy cuts and worrying wounds.
Where: The Other Place, 22 Southern Ln, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6BH
When: 10 & 24 April, 11-12pm
Need to know: Adults £3.50, children £3. Call 0844 800114 to book.

On track
Get set for three weeks of engineering Easter fun at York's National Railway Museum! You can take a steam ride, uncover the latest in rail innovation, craft your own Flying Scotsman model to reveal the inner workings of a steam locomotive, climb aboard the footplate for an unique view of the locomotive from the driving seat and go a treasure hunt too!
Where: National Railway Museum York, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
When: 18 April-2 May, 10.30am-4.30pm
Need to know: Admission and most activities free.

Paper place
This Easter get messy and hands-on and create art inspired by the Tate St Ives new Anna Boghiguian exhibition. Create a crazy creature or paper person and add it to their ever-growing Forest of Figures.
Where: Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG
When: 6-22 April, 11am-3pm
Need to know: Free with admission. Adults £10.50, under 18s free.

Country crafting
Discover the coastal wildlife of Kent's Romney Marsh at this Easter Day out. Search around to discover hidden eggs and find a range of creatures along the way. Then create a traditional woollen sheep and take part in egg painting.
Where: Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, Kent TN28 8AY
When: 20 April, 11am-12.30pm & 1.30-3pm
Need to know: £7 per child.

Battle for the planet
Go green this Easter down at Bristol's We The Curious and investigate the positive actions you can take to tackle the challenges facing the planet. Investigate what's in the air you breathe and check out the data behind the headlines, look at the role of protein in your diet and cook up some interesting alternatives and take a trip around the night sky and get a unique view of human impact on the climate.
Where: We The Curious, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB
When: 6-27 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Free, drop in. Admission adult, £14.50, child £9.50.

Hands-on history
Indulge in a bit of historical make and do with these series of Easter workshops at the Corinium Museum. Make a full set of Roman armour or a Roman mosaic and learn about a Roman garden or create your own decorative brooch, mini warrior or a Medieval Bestiary filled with mythical beasts.
Where: Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester GL7 2BX
When: 9-18 April, 10.30-12pm or 2-3pm
Need to know: Free admission. Workshops from £1-£8 per child. Book in advance.

Crafty creations
Savour some seasonal fare down in south London this springtime at the Horniman Museum Easter Fair. Go on the Easter Trail, create something crafty in the workshops, dare to venture down the rabbit hole and catch a special performance of The Hen That Laid The Golden Egg or learn to lindy hop.
Where: Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
When: 20-21 April, 10.30am-4.30pm
Need to know: Free entry to fair and museum. Performance and crafting costs £5 per child, £2.50 per adult. £1 per trail leaflet.

All about Alice
Looking for something curious this Easter? Birmingham's Aston Hall has had a magical fairy tale takeover and been transformed into a storybook wonderland. You'll meet lots of your favourite Lewis Carroll characters including Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the angry Queen as you explore this spectacular building.
Where: Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Aston, BirminghamB6 6JD
When: 21 April, 11-4pm.
Need to know: Family ticket costs £17.40. Advance online booking recommended.

Cat capers
Learn more about little and big cats at London's Discover Children's Story Centre this Easter with this exhibition celebrating the work of author Judith Kerr. Join the Tiger who came for tea and crawl through a giant cat flap to explore Mog's family house and look for hidden eggs for her breakfast, or meet Katinka with the magical tail and find the Crocodile under the bed!
Where: Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London E15 4QZ
When: Until September 2019, 10am-5pm.
Need to know: Family day ticket costs £22. Exhibition £1.50 per person. Pre booking essential online.

Making movies
Discover the work of Auguste Lumiere at this fun animation workshop at Haslemere Educational Museum. Marking 65 years since his death, you can discover more about his life and work and make your own short animation.
Where: Haslemere Educational Museum, 78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2LA
When: 9 April, 10.30am-12.30pm
Need to know: £7 per child. Booking advisable.

Perfect pots
Head for The Hepworth Wakefield this Easter and create your own ceramic masterpiece inspired by their new exhibition Madalene Odundo: The Journey of Things. You can explore textures, materials and forms to create your own vessel using simple pot building techniques.
Where: The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 5AW
When: 9-11 & 16-18 April, 11am-4pm
Need to know: Free. Suitable for children 2-12.

Creature features
Get back to nature down at Greenwich Ecology Park this Easter and get up close and personal with all creatures great and small. Discover the weird and wonderful animals that live in the parks lakes from dragonfly nymphs to leeches, go bug hunting, listen to tales from a lily pad and make a giant pond picture, mini beast mobile or fluttering fish kite.
Where: Greenwich Ecology Park, Thames Park, John Harrison Way, London SE10 0QZ
When: 10-12 & 17-19 April, 10am-3pm
Need to know: Free.

Fishy tales
Join three be-bearded storytellers for The Boy and the Mermaid as they weave a tale of musical merfolk, menacing monsters and spectacularly bad town planning at Leicester's Attenborough Arts Centre. Expect live music, puppetry and evening a rapping octopus!
Where: Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA.
When: 14 April, 1-1.50pm and 4-4.50pm
Need to know: Family ticket £15. Book online.

Time travelling treats
Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest at Dover Castle this holiday. Crack the clues and follow the trail around the castle - intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate, sticker and a chocolate treat too.
Where: Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU
When: 6 March - 22 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Trail £1. Family admission, £54.30

Farmyard fun
It's spring time at Eden and there are lots of new indoor and outdoor games and activities for the whole family to try out at their farm-themed Easter event. Join the Eden Farmers to help round up their animals, and learn what makes crops grow. Play a-mooo-sing games including welly wanging, pin the tail and crop picking. Collect stamps to fill up your card and eggschange them for cracking prizes!
Where: Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
When: 6-25 April, 9.30am-6pm
Need to know: Free with admission. Family ticket from £64 online. Under 5s free.

Into the woods
Get set for a fairytale Easter at Tatton Park in Cheshire. You can follow the Fairy Godmother's trail in the mansion, enjoy storytelling with Rapunzel or an egg-rolling competition in the gardens, escape from the cunning fox with the gingerbread man, or help Little Red Riding Hood find her Easter eggs... but keep an eye out for the big bad wolf! There are magicians and puppet shows taking place at the Stableyard too.
Where: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
When: 19-22 April, 10am-5pm, 12pm-5pm.
Need to know: Events included with admission. A family ticket for all attractions is from £33.

All aboard!
It's full steam ahead at Chatham Historic Dockyard's annual Festival of Steam and Transport! After seeing vintage steam engines in action and getting behind the wheel of classic cars, you can enjoy all the fun of the fair with traditional rides including a carousel, dodgems and a helter skelter, listen to live music, watch the Giant Balloon Show or even meet some Steampunks.
Where: Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE, England
When: 21-22 April, 10am-6pm
Need to know: Family ticket costs from £49.05 when booked online.

Perfectly punk
Set off on a madcap journey through the amazing world of science and technology with Eureka's Steampunk Scientists. You can experience a cacophony of light and sound with Dr Spark's brand new science show, watch live science demonstrations and build a noise machine, giant marble run or scribble bot in the Imagination Space.
Where: Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE
When: 6-28 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Tickets from £12.95 per person. Events free with admission.

Let's dance
Visit Sadler's Wells this holiday for a jam-packed weekend of magical dance, arts, crafts and activities. The highlight this year is the brand new show Play by the award-winning Spanish troupe Aracaladanza, transporting you into a dreamlike universe filled with puppetry, balloons and fantastical costumes. The building will also be buzzing with an array of free fun, games, crafts and activities, so the whole family can get involved before and after the show. Plus, there's also a chance to attend an after-show workshop based on the music and dance at the heart of Aracaladanza's Play.
When: 19-20 April, 11am & 4pm. Workshop takes place at 1.30pm.
Need to know: Tickets from £12, book online or call 020 7863 8000. Tickets for workshops are £2 per person and are available for Play ticket holders only.

Get ready to do the dinosaur thing this Easter at the Natural History Museum. There's a wide range of interactive workshops, talks and activities to suit everyone: you can get hands-on with real objects from the museum's collection, take part in a Dino Scene Investigation, meet a scientist or even build a giant jigosaurus!
When: 16-18 April, 10am-5.50pm. Times for events and workshops vary.
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Need to know: Events and workshops included with admission.

Born to be wild
Get creative this holiday at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and explore the wilderness through arts and crafts. You can make a roaring rag lion, a sparkling clay fish, a whale sun catcher or an underwater print – the choice is yours!
Where: The Herbert, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP
When: 13, 15-20 & 22-27 April, 10am-3.30pm.
Need to know: £2.50 per child for workshops. Free entry to museum.

Flying high
Discover the hidden stories of IWM Duxford with exclusive behind-the-ropes tours this spring. There's a chance to visit the rarely seen North Camp, discover Duxford's vital role in the Battle of Britain, or even explore the inner workings of a Lancaster bomber. Plus, you can also join in a paper plane making competition, meet eyewitnesses of the Second World War, or help to conserve the museum's unique collection.
Where: IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
When: Until the end of April, 10am-6pm.
Need to know: Family ticket from £45, tours £10 adult and £5 child.

String things
There's a wide range of shows and workshops to enjoy this Easter at Moving Parts: Newcastle's Puppetry Festival. There's a chance to meet a giant giraffe, find out about microbes, visit a Cryptid Petting Zoo or discover Professor Ambrose Merryweather's collection of Fabulous Fossils. Afterwards, why not have a go at making your own unique puppet?
Where: Various locations in and around Newcastle.
When: 6-14 April, times for events and shows vary.
Need to know: Prices vary between shows. Some events are free.

Festival fun
Margate's Dreamland amusement park is joining forces with the UK's favourite family festival in 2019 for the Camp Bestival Easter Party, a day of family friendly DJs, live music and workshops for big and little kids alike. After enjoying tunes from artists including DJ BBQ, The Cuban Brothers, Junior Jungle and Rob da Bank, you can chill out in the pop-up Sleep Retreat, featuring yoga, gong baths and meditation with local relaxation experts. There's also access to the Octopus's Garden play area, roller disco, rides and the World's Biggest Bouncy Castle.
Where: Dreamland, Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ
When: 21 April, 12-6pm.
Need to know: Free entry. Tickets for attractions, rides and bouncy castle extra and can be booked in advance.

Lion around
Go on a magical adventure to discover the Narnia stories at Westminster Abbey, the place where author C S Lewis is remembered. You'll learn about the mythical creatures that exist both in Narnia and the Abbey, and count how many Aslans you can spot as you explore. Then make a shield to fight in Aslan's army and create a keyring to take home with you.
Where: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard London SW1P 3PA
When: 9-11 April, 10am-12pm & 1-3pm
Need to know: Free. Book in advance.

Now that's magic
What can magic and conjuring tell us about the human mind? The Wellcome's new exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception. Explore how biases affect perception and whether senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator. Artefacts on display from the world of magic include the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini's 'Bell Box', Tommy Cooper's fez, and Paul Daniels's sawing-in-half box.
Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
When: 11 April - 15 September, 10am-6pm, closed Mondays.
Need to know: Free.

Totally jawsome
Take a dive into the deep at Sealife Brighton this Easter and become the newest recruits of the Jawsome Rangers. Help the Professor Finn to find the Play-Doh shark teeth hidden around the attraction and discover how sharks are one of the greatest survivors.
Where: SEA LIFE Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1TB
When: 23 March - 5 May, 11.30am-3.30pm
Need to know: Tickets from £10.50 per person online.

Ice, ice baby
Experience Animals of the Ice Age, Canterbury's coolest outdoor exhibition! Venture into a land frozen in time and meet life-size creatures from a forgotten age. Stare at the spectacular sabre-toothed cats, marvel at the mighty mammoth and be amazed by the sheer size of the giant sloth! Plus, you'll be able to spot a new elephant calf, baby gorilla and join the park rangers for a fun, interactive presentation and discussion, where you can discover how small changes you make can help the environment.
Where: Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne Ln, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL
When: 6-22 April, 9.30am-5pm
Need to know: A family ticket online costs £70, events included.

Potter more
Join Peter Rabbit at this unique performance based on Beatrix Potter's loveable characters at The Potteries Museum. A dapper foxy gentleman thinks nothing of helping himself to a brand new 'kerchief from his hedgehog neighbour's washing line. When his stealing gets too much, Miss Potter calls for help from the most famous rabbit of all.
Where: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda St, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW
When: 13 April, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm
Need to know: Free.

The cat came back
Puss in Boots is no ordinary cat. Clever and charming, he takes life in his stride and befriends everyone he meets. The only thing is, he always seems to bring his master, Jack, bad luck. Join Puss and Jack on their ballet adventure on stage in Newcastle as they meet a flurry of lovable characters, and even come face to face with royalty!
Where: Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RH
When: 18 April, 12.30 & 2.30pm
Need to know: Tickets from £9.50

Space rocks
Visit Jodrell Bank during the holidays and celebrate 150 years of the periodic table with a series of special science shows, sessions, tours and activities. Expect to be surprised and excited by the elements you encounter every day in the new live science show, It's Elemental. You can also use the Meet the Expert sessions to ask resident scientists any question you've ever wanted to about space and take a walking tour around the giant Lovell Telescope.
Where: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, The University of Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sk11 9DL
When: 8-22 April, 10:30am-5pm
Need to know: Free with admission. Book in advance. Family ticket from £18.15.

Going underground
Go behind the scenes to discover the secret life of the Underground at this special weekend event at London Transport Museum's Depot in Acton. From their architecture and design, to the stories and communities that surround them, lines inspire passionate loyalty and debate from those who travel on them. With a focus on celebrating the District, Victoria, Jubilee and Overground lines, discover another side to your journey at this colourful Open Weekend. See original transport treasures, catch a talk and join in with creative activities for all the family. What's your favourite line and why?
Where: Acton Depot, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton Town, London W3 9BQ
When: 27-28 April, 11-5pm
Need to know: Adults £12, under 17s go free

Just for laughs
Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day and kids are allowed in, so there's a higher chance than normal of heckles like "why is that your face!?"
Where: The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ
When: 17 April, 2pm
Need to know: Tickets £8 adult, £5 child.

Herons above!
Did you know that Swell Wood in Somerset has the largest heronry in the South West of England? Find out more thanks to their brand new Heronry Hide which will teach you more about the sights and sounds of this amazing nature spectacle as the herons build their nests and feed their young. You can also follow the trail around the woodland to discover more about these long legged birds and visit Crane Watch Point to catch a glimpse of the majestic Somerset cranes.
Where: RSPB Swell Wood, Taunton, Somerset TA3 6QU
When: 13-14 April, 11am-3pm
Need to know: Free. Drop in.

Roman holiday
An exciting new exhibition coming to The Novium Museum this spring will bring Hollywood to Chichester, for an entirely new take on Ancient Rome. Hollywood Rome: Reel Life in the Ancient World features costumes, props and posters from some big name epics such as Gladiator, Centurion, King Arthur and Ben Hur and museum staff will be on hand to showcase artefacts from The Novium Museum's own collection, with a chance to try on a variety of Roman armour.
Where: The Novium, Chichester, Tower St, Chichester PO19 1QH
When: 8-12 April, 11am-12pm
Need to know: Free.

Secrets and spies
Can you keep a secret at the Museum of London Docklands this spring? Learn about the different ways that spies passed on information in the classroom of the Historical Spy School. Hear how Morse code, flag signals, and even carrier pigeons were used to relay messages in a retelling of 'Fly Cher Ami' by Robert Burleigh. Have a go at communicating in Morse code, then spell out your name to make your own Morse code bracelet or explore secret alphabet symbols and create your very own decoder dial to write covert codes.
Where: Museum of London Docklands, No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
When: 10-11 April, 10am-3pm.
Need to know: Free. Drop in.

Nordic knowledge
Come along and get hands on with Wirhalh Skip Felagr (Wirral Vikings) as they demonstrate everyday Viking crafts and show how people in the Liverpool area lived 1000 years ago. Get creative and make a Viking-inspired helmet to take home with you as we remember some settlers who first visited Merseyside shores more than 1000 years ago!
Where: Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DG
When: 12-14 April, 11am-4pm
Need to know: Free, drop in.

Out of this world
Whether you prefer a Mars or a Milky Way, Newcastle's Life Science Centre is a feast for the whole Galaxy this Easter with a range of fun workshops and activities. Enjoy a scrumptious scientific chocolate demonstration that puts your senses to the test, take part in the Big Drop Challenge, follow an Easter trail or create your own sun catcher. You can also check out their Alien Invasion exhibition, which features 39 original and replica props from film and TV shows, while live show Kitchen Science explores some weird and wonderful experiments that you can do at home.
Where: Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
When: 6-24 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Kids go free with adult admission (£11) until 6 May.

Show boating
Raise your spirits this Easter with some free family fun at the Anderton Boat Lift. As well as a free Easter Egg Hunt on the large grassy terraced lawns, you can enjoy craft activities, meet cartoon characters and have a go on their brand new play area. One of the seven wonders of Britain's waterways, the Anderton Boat Lift is an engineering masterpiece - referred to as the 'Cathedral of the Canals'. You can also take a special boat trip through the lift and learn about the unique industrial heritage of Northwich.
Where: Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, Cheshire
When: 19-22 April, 9.30am-3.30pm
Need to know: Lift entry and egg hunt free. Boat lift trips £22 per family (under 5s free). Book in advance.

Animal antics
Malcolm doesn't like animals, which is a problem because his family love them, in fact, they're wild about them. The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… a farm. What follows is a school trip like no other, where Malcolm begins to understand animals more deeply than anyone. A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny musical, ANiMALCOLM combines physical theatre and puppetry to bring David Baddiel's magical comic story to the stage.
Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB
When: 11-12 April, 2.30 & 6pm
Need to know: Tickets from £16.

The play's the thing
Become a playmaker at London's National Theatre for the day and take part in a unique theatrical experience. Inspired by well-loved fairy tales (with a twist) you will create characters, devise a script and write new songs, weaving it all together for a performance at the end of the day.
Where: National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
When: 10 & 17 April, 10am-4pm
Need to know: Suitable for 7-12. Adults £12, child £8.

Master builders
The excitement is building at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo thanks to its new Great Brick Safari. Set off on an exciting journey of discovery, uncovering unbelievable LEGO brick beasts and mammoth LEGO brick mammals including a jumbo elephant that weighs a tonne of bricks and a giant gorilla that's built for life in the jungle. And if that wasn't exciting enough, along the way you'll find some interactive activities for the whole family to get their hands on, all set within the UK's biggest zoo.
Where: Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 2LF
When: 6 April - 2 June, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Family ticket online from £70.50.

Jurassic larks
Be part of the People's Exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum this holiday. Model your own Jurassic fossil, create a label for it and display it in their temporary gallery. You can also set foot into the lost landscape of Jurassic Yorkshire and discover the dinosaur giants which lived there in their virtual exhibition.
Where: Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
When: 13-28 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm
Need to know: Free with admission (adults £8.50, under 16s go free)

Spring fling
This Easter head to London's Southbank Centre for a huge range of special holiday events, activities and performances. Catch a performance of Tabby McTat featuring original songs and based on the book written by Julia Donaldson, or play on the Soundpit, interactive musical instrument from artist Di Mainstone, comprising of giant sandpits which are brought to life with graphics, sounds, and motion sensor technology. You can also catch free music and DJ sets, dance workshops and even catch up with a travelling band of space aliens, Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
When: 6-22 April, times vary
Need to know: Times and prices vary. Many events free.

Amazing Amazon
Journey through the wilds of the Amazonian rainforest with Amazon Adventure, a spectacular IMAX®/Giant Screen film released this spring. An incredible story of scientific discovery, the film traces the journey of naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates who provided "the beautiful proof" to Charles Darwin for his then controversial theory of natural selection. Painstakingly researched for three years, the film enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors to create the most accurate script and cinematic visualisation of 19th century Amazonian exploration ever produced.
Where: BFI IMAX Odeon Cinema, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London SE1 8XR
When: From 1 April
Need to know: A standard adult ticket at the BFI IMAX is £10.75 and a child ticket is £7.

Wheely good
Kickstart the Easter break in exhilarating fashion and learn how to ride a BMX and Mountain bike like a pro! Beat the boredom as you grab their handlebars, burn rubber and experience cycling like never before. Riders will improve their skills, learn new techniques and gain confidence on the BMX track and MTB trails.
When: 9 April, 10.30am-2.30pm
Where: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB
Need to know: Suitable for 7-16 years. Costs £28 per person.

Historical holidays
Everybody loves a festival and the Romans were no exception. Find out more about Roman celebrations at the Arbeia Spring Fayre in South Shields. As well as browsing the Roman market, you can watch gladiators in battle, have a go at archery or get involved in the hands-on craft activities all from historical tents.
Where: Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields NE33 2BB
When: 6 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Free. Donations welcome.

Model behaviour
Get involved in these free, creative workshops at Tate Liverpool which take inspiration from Ugo Rondinone's colourful outdoor sculpture, Liverpool Mountain. Play with different materials to create your own balancing structures.
Where: Clore Learning Centre, Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront Liverpool L3 4BB
When: 10-13, 17-20 April, 1-4pm
Need to know: Free.

Beat boredom
Try an assortment of things you might not have done before at Cheshire's Grosvenor Museum, with activities coming from a 1960s book designed to spark the imagination in an age before computers. You can make a mouse out of a handkerchief, cook peppermint creams, identify butterflies using examples from the museum's collections and get the chance to stroke a giant white snail.
Where: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DD United Kingdom
When: 20 April, 11am-1pm
Need to know: Cost £2 per person.

Puppet panto
Enjoy a performance of Wow! it's Night Time followed by a family workshop at the Norwich Puppet Theatre. You'll learn the art of puppetry and create your own nocturnal critter from owls to foxes, hedgehogs to badgers inspired by the characters in the show.
Where: Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James Whitefriars, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1TN
When: 12-13 April, 11am-3pm
Need to know: Family ticket costs £55, book online or call to book.

Easter holidays 2019 family activities in Scotland

Serious science
This two-week long Edinburgh festival may be smaller than its famous August cousin but it still packs a punch with a huge range of exciting, engaging and educational activities for the whole family. You'll be able to catch workshops and activities including having a go at heart dissection (!), learning how to break the Internet and uncovering the secrets of animal DNA.
Where: Edinburgh Science Festival, locations throughout Edinburgh
When: 6-21 April, times vary.
Need to know: Costs vary, check website for details and to book. Suitable for ages 3+ to adult.

All creatures great and small
Go animal crackers at St Mungo's Museum in Glasgow as its just bursting with creatures, from magnificent elephants to fabulous peacocks. Come along and find them and then make your own animal creations to take home with you.
Where: St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0RH
When: 6-7, 9-10, 12-13 April, 1.30-4pm
Need to know: Free admission.

Survival skills
Calling all intrepid explorers! Leave the adults behind and discover if you have the skills to survive a day in the woods. Build a shelter, make a fire and have a go at water infiltration. Plus have a go at some fun survival themed games.
Where: Culzean Castle & Country Park, Maybole, South Ayrshire KA19 8LE
When: 9 April, 10.30-3.30pm
Need to know: Cost £10.50 per child. Suitable for 7-12.

Reach for the skies
From Concorde to airship R.34 discover the science behind the technological breakthroughs that allow people to travel at the speed of sound at the National Museum of Flight in Scotland. See if you can build a glider that goes further, faster, and higher, discover what it's like to be a light aircraft pilot and find out how chemistry is used to improve everything from lift to pilot performance.
Where: National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, EH39 5LF
When: 15-22 April, 11-4pm. VR flight on 3-4 Apr only.
Need to know: Event free with admission. Family ticket costs from £33.

Adventures in Neverland
Join in the adventure in Alloway and journey to Neverland for the Lost Boy's tea party this Easter. Come and join Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys while they plan their next adventure. Enjoy a magical afternoon playing games with the Neverland crew and have some fairytale face paint. Dressing up is encouraged!
Where: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ
When: 21 April, 12pm & 3pm
Need to know: Adults cost £10, children £8.

Marvellous Matilda
Watch out for the scary Miss Trunchbull as Matilda The Musical, the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, comes to Edinburgh's Playhouse. Inspired by the beloved book by Roald Dahl and with original songs by Tim Minchin, this is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Where: Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
When: 2-27 April, 2.30 & 7.30pm
Need to know: Tickets from £15pp

Easter holidays 2019 family activities in Wales

Garden explorers
Do you have the courage and cunning to become a legendary plant hunter at Dyffryn Gardens? Gather your wits and muddy boots and set off on an adventure through the evolving woodland of the arboretum to complete a special expedition. As you choose your own path through the towering trees and cross perilous terrain, you will discover fascinating facts and might even bump into fellow plant hunters along the way.
Where: Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SU
When: 13-28 April, 10am-4pm
Need to know: Free with admission. Family ticket costs from £27.50.

Eggsellent fun!
Help save Delyth's dragon eggs this Easter at Techniquest! Join famous adventurer Dr Federick Von Rescuberg to locate the dragon eggs, fireball the poachers, recover the dragon eggs and learn about other real endangered species and how you can help and win a chocolate egg reward.
Where: Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW
When: 13, 17, 23 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Costs £5 per person. A family ticket from £28.

Ticket to ride
Take a leisurely Easter trip through the Carmarthenshire countryside with this standard gauge preserved railway. You can follow the bunny trail, check out the small museum, working signal box, and travelling post office and enjoy some face painting and vintage games too.
Where: Gwili Railway, Bronwydd Arm Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT.
When: 19-22 April, 11am-3pm
Need to know: Adult £14, child £8. Tickets valid all day.

Tea for two
Come out of your shell at Margam Park this holiday. Follow the mischievous Easter Bunny and fall down the rabbit hole to enter the topsy turvy world of the Mad Hatter and his eggstra special guests for a fantasy-filled afternoon overflowing with live performances, games, entertainment and a platter of eat me/drink me treats. Come dressed in Easter Fancy dress and you may get an award from the Mad Hatter himself!
Where: Margam Country Park, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ
When: 25 April, 11am & 3pm
Need to know: Costs £16.95, adult & £11.95 child. Book in advance online.

Snap happy
Get set for a picture perfect photographic adventure at the National Waterfront Museum as you learn how to build a basic camera and master the art of photography and darkroom techniques.
Where: National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD
When: 26-27 April, 11.30am & 2pm
Need to know: Suitable for 8+. Cost £3.50. Book online.

Easter holidays 2019 family activities in Northern Ireland

Completely quackers!
Calling all kids! Dusty Duck needs your help to find all the missing giant yellow ducks at WWT Castle Espie. You'll need to use all of your special detective skills to track down these cheeky birds, which are hiding around the stunning reserve. As well as searching for these giant yellow ducks and winning a prize, there are lots of Dusty's ducky cousins to see and feed, stories to listen too and duck-related games to play.
Where: Castle Espie Wetland Centre, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co Down, N Ireland, BT23 6EA
When: 13-28 April, 12 noon to 5pm
Need to know: Free with admission. Family ticket from £22.10.

Go wild!
Are you ready for a walk on the wild side at Castle Ward? Discover the sights and sounds of nature in the castle grounds – join in with stories, songs and maypole dancing, see if you can spot the creature that lives in the giant nests and have a go at the secret shore trail too, perfect for scrambling over fallen trees in the woods, jumping into muddy puddles and seeking out the hidden spots where animals make their homes.
Where: Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 7BA
When: 15-28 April, 11am-4pm
Need to know: Family ticket from £23.80

Super market
Witness the sights, smells and sounds of a market day in late 19th century Ulster. Stallholders, shopkeepers, travelling journeymen and a host of characters will keep you amused as you stroll down Ulster Street and try your hand at traditional crafts, enjoy storytelling sessions, taste seasonal treats, giggle at Punch & Judy, have a go at egg & spoon races and horse and cart rides.
Where: Ulster American Folk Park, 2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, County Tyrone BT78 5QU
When: 21-23 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Tickets £11 adult, £6 child.

Out of this world
Jet off for Amagh Planetarium this Easter and find out everything you needed to know about meteorites. In celebration of the landing of the Bovedy meteorite in 1969, you can find out what meteorites are, where they come from, whether you should be worried about being hit by one and much more!
Where: Armagh Planetarium, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DB
When: 25 April, 11.30am-2.30pm
Need to know: Event £3 per person. Family admission £25.

Bunny brilliant
Bounce on board HMS Caroline and explore with their new Easter Trail inspired by Blucher the Bunny, a naughty rabbit who lived on the ship during the First World War. You can experience the historic spaces and find out more about the men who lived on board as well as testing your skills with the interactive exhibits.
Where: HMS Caroline, Alexandra Dock, Queen's Road, Queen's Island, Belfast, BT3 9DT
When: 19-28 April, 10am-5pm
Need to know: Free with admission. Family ticket costs £23.