As the nights are getting lighter and the weather will soon be warming up, it signals that spring is on the way. While warm weather may not be guaranteed, one thing that spring certainly brings with it is Easter, which in 2023 takes place on Sunday 9 April.
If you have family visiting this Easter, or are looking for a family day out or Easter Egg hunt, read on to discover 10 great events in Bedfordshire that everyone can enjoy.
Fun for every age is being promised by Bedfordshire’s Wrest Park this Easter. Young and old can enjoy hunting for clues located at the country estate’s gardens as you track down Easter Eggs, and if you’re successful, a tasty chocolate treat awaits.
There will also be traditional Easter games such as egg rolling and egg and spoon races. The Adventure Quest takes place between Saturday 1 April and Sunday 16 April between 10am and 5pm. Entry to the quest costs an additional £2 to normal ticket prices, and can be bought on the day.
Youngsters are invited to enjoy a wonderful day of play and exploration as they follow a family-friendly trail inspired by television’s Pip and Posy, during which they can learn about some of the zoo’s animal residents. The Pip and Posy trail is included in the Zoo entry price, although tickets must be booked online in advance.
The Easter fun takes place from Friday 31 March to Tuesday 9 May, and on the weekends of 15 and 29 April, ZSL Gold members, Fellow and Patrons can enjoy special meet and greet sessions with Pip and Posy.
Young animal lovers can have a day of fun at this award-winning private farm in the heart of Bedfordshire. The daylong event, which takes place on Monday 3 April, will welcome exotic animals from Teaching Talons, guaranteed to amaze and fascinate all ages. Families can also feed the animals and hunt for Easter eggs, with pony rides being available to younger members.
The Roving Canal Traders Association will be holding an Easter floating market on the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, close to The Globe Inn towards Leighton Lock in Bedfordshire.
There will be many trading boats showing amazing talent and a range of unique items for you to buy. The floating market takes place between Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April.
If you’re looking for something different to do this Easter, you might want to have a go at a modern twist on the 200-year-old tradition of orange bowling. Families can roll orange bowling balls through colourful Easter Stations that are located along the trail for this fun-packed family event.
Entry to the hunt is £3 a child and includes bunny ears and a chocolate egg at the end. The event takes place from Monday 3 April to Monday 10 April, between 10am and 4pm.
Wannabe detectives of every age are being invited to find the crafty culprits who stole the Easter Bunny’s eggs. Those who do find those responsible during the daylong Easter hunt, and find the eggs, will enjoy a well-deserved prize.
Tickets to the event, which takes place on Monday 10 April at the Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park in Marston Moretaine, cost £3 a child. The hunts take place at 11am and 1pm.
A day of egg-citment is in store for those who take part in the Flitwick Woods Easter trail in Luton. Those who follow the trail and crack the clues to complete the trail, which winds through the ancient semi-natural woodlands, will receive an Easter egg (subject to availability).
The event takes place on Thursday 6 April between 10am and 2pm. Please note, there is no parking available at Flitwick Woods, so please walk if possible. Tickets cost £3.50.
Houghton Hall Park will have an international theme for its Easter trail. Families will have to find postcards hidden around the park by the Easter Bunny, who has gone around the world to find out how other nations celebrate Easter. By finding the postcards and solving the clues, youngsters will be able to collect some tasty treats.
There will also be a selection of craft stalls, which will have plenty more Easter treats and other goodies on offer. Tickets to the event, which takes place between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 2 April and Monday 3 April, cost £4.
The garden’s annual Easter Egg Hunt returns for 2023 on Friday 7 April. This year youngsters will need to find letters hidden around the Secret Garden to discover a word, which will allow them to claim a prize.
After working up an appetite looking for the letters, families can enjoy a burger or hot dog from the barbeque that will be on site for the event. Tickets cost £4.50 for children and access is free to adults.
There will be plenty to see and do at Biggleswade Social Club on Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April, as it holds a craft fair showcasing local businesses. There will also be an Easter quiz for children under the age of 12, a lucky dip for all ages and face painting on the Sunday.
Proceeds from the lucky dip from the fair will go to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire. The fair starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm, and entry is free.
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