Including Easter egg hunts and Easter events
If you are looking for things to do during the Easter holidays that are near you then this is the post for you! We’ve included everything from Easter egg hunts to Easter trails and days out for the whole family.
Use these ideas here to plan your Easter weekend or half term with the family. There’s loads to do in Hampshire over Easter and all of it is fun!
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Easter Egg Hunts
These are fun Easter Egg hunts for kids. Most of these do have an additional charge though so please check there websites before you turn up.
From Saturday 2nd April 2022 to Sunday 24th April 2022, English Heritage are running their Easter Adventure Quests across many of their amazing historical sites.
Go on an egg hunt around some of the most stunning sites and find clues to complete the puzzle. There is a chocolate goodie and certificate at the end of the trail.
You may need to become a member of English Heritage to enter some of the historic locations. We have been members for over 3 years as it is such good value for money! They offer 2 adults and up to 6 children membership for £111 for a whole year including parking.
There are hundreds of places to visit throughout the UK and 15 are in Hampshire alone!
Sat in River Hamble Country Park, Manor Farm is a great place to visit for the whole family. You will find family-friendly farm animals, soft play, and playgrounds that are great for younger kids.
The farm is fully assessable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is a slight hill after you enter through so please watch out for that.
During Easter, Manor Farm are doing some great events which include hand wool crafts, story time and a Easter egg trail for the golden egg. Normal charges apply. This event runs from 9th April 2022 – 24th April 2022.
You can find Manor Farm at Pyland’s Lane, Southampton SO31 1BH.
Itchen Valley Country Park
Itchen Valley Country Park is a great place to visit for the whole family. It has huge playgrounds for all ages, trails, and fields.
Itchen Valley Country Park has loads of play areas and trails that are perfect for the whole family.
Running on the 9th April 2022 to 29th April 2022, Itchen Valley Country Park is running their interactive trail called “Guess The Baby Animal.” The trail is full puzzles and games to keep the little ones amused. It is £3 for a trail guide and is perfect for ages 3 years to 7 years.
You can find Itchen Valley Country Park at Allington Lane, Southampton SO30 3HQ.
Winchester Bunny Hop Easter Trail
Running from Saturday 9th April to Sunday 24th April 2022 from 9am to 5pm, walk around the amazing city of Winchester and search for the nine Easter themed words in the hidden eggs. You can download the trail before you go and enjoy exploring Winchester as a family.
Gilbert White’s House
Gilbert White’s House’s in Alton is a great place to visit and fun for the whole family. During the Easter holidays have a go at their fun Easter Egg Trail. Can you find the ten eggs that are hidden around Gilbert White’s House?
Find them all and claim your chocolate prize. Tickets cost £3 per child plus an entry ticket.
You can find Gilbert White’s House at The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JH.
Birdworld in Farnham is a great place to visit for the whole family. Visit them during the Easter half term and enjoy their The Annual Birdworld Easter Egg Hunt. Hunt down the missing eggs and take part in their themed arts and craft that’s fun for the whole family. Make sure you check out their famous flying displays too. Admission and trail fees apply.
You can find Birdworld at Holt Pound Lane, Farnham GU10 4LD.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is a great place to visit throughout the Easter holidays. This year they are doing an Easter Family Trail that takes you around these beautiful gardens while looking out for clues. Once you’ve finished this fun family trail, go back to the entrance and collect your prize.
What we love the most about Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is that it isn’t just plants and trees. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is all about letting the kids explore nature. Admission charges and fees apply.
You can find Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at Jermyn’s Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, SO51 0QA.
Part of the National Trust, Mottisfont is a great place to go for a family day out. Make sure you take part in their Easter Egg Hunt. Running from Saturday 9th April 2022 to 24th April 2022. The trail costs £3 per child.
Become an explorer and be on the lookout for all the hidden clues throughout Mottisfont. Check out their themed Easter activities and make a seed bomb that you can take home to encourage more wildlife into your garden. Admission and trail fees apply.
The Easter Trail has been and has hidden clues for you to find throughout The Vyne. Running from Saturday 9th April 2022 to 24th April 2022, the Easter Trail takes about 40 minutes and is great for the whole family.
While taking part in the trail, the kids will be learning all the different wildlife that calls The Vyne Gardens their home. Once you’ve finished the trail, make sure you go back and claim your chocolate prize! Admission and trail fees apply.
You can find The Vyne at Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL.
New Forest Activities
This is an Easter activity like no other! Jump into a canoe and paddle along the Beaulieu River and see how many Easter eggs you can spot. The scenery alone will blow you away but this is a great activity for older kids and adults that love the great outdoors. Please book in advance if you like the sound of this fun Easter trail.
You can find New Forest Activities at Hazel Copse Farm, Beaulieu SO42 7WA.
Marwell Zoo, based in Winchester, is a full day out like no other. Visit the cheeky penguins, gaze at the amazing girrafes while walking around this huge zoo that has everything your family could wish for.
This year, Marwell Zoo are hosting their SUPERSIZED! Brick Adventure. This brings to life over 25 brick models that are actual real-life creatures but in brick form.
Walk around this amazing zoo while seeing how many of these brick creatures you can spot. They could be anything from sneaky insects to fearless mammals that are beyond belief. This event is included in your normal ticket price and starts on the 1st April 2022.
You can find Marwell Zoo at Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH.
Easter Holiday Sensory Play Sessions
Arc Winchester are offering a fun Easter Holiday Sensory Play Sessions for under 5s. Create sensory bottles and let the little ones touch and feel their way around nature.
You can find Arc Winchester at Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB.
The home of Peppa Pig World and the newly opened Tornado Springs, Paultons Park is a great day out whatever age your family is. They offer thrill rides for the older kids and Peppa Pig and friends for the smaller one’s that love interactive rides.
From Friday 8th to 26th April 2022, Paultons Park are hosting their very own Hoppy Easter. Meet Bobtail Bunny and his forest friends throughout the park while seeing how many Easter Eggs there is to spot. Watch out for Fenton Fox though as he is always on the look out for sweet treats and snacks. This event is included within your day ticket.
This museum is like no other that you’ve ever been too! You don’t have to love cars to enjoy this walk-through time. The grounds along are amazing plus the interactive museum that is great for the whole family.
During the Easter holidays, make sure you visit Little Beaulieu, which lets your imagination go wild and creativity to take hold. Make sure you check out their Motoring in Miniature exhibition which will whizz you back to childhood and have you exploring your favorite toys all over again.
If you visit over Easter weekend then you’ll in luck as they are also putting on extra Easter fun treats like arts and crafts and a daily parade.
You can find Beaulieu at John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN.
Easter Day’s Out in Hampshire
If you aren’t looking for Easter trails but are looking for something to do over the easter half term then make sure you have a look at our posts below that are full of fun ideas for the whole family:
The Definitive Guide To Days Out in Hampshire – This is our huge guide to what to do in Hampshire for kids. This will give you loads of ideas on things to do around our amazing county.
A Huge Guide to the Best Beaches in Hampshire – As the weather is slowly getting better, visit one of Hampshire’s amazing beaches.
The Best Castles in Hampshire – Hampshire is so full of history! Visit one of Hampshire’s amazing historic locations.
YMCA Fairthorne Manor
From Friday 8th April 2022 at 4pm to Sunday 10th April 2022 at 10am, YMCA Fairthorne Manor offer their Family Adventure Weekend. This is the ultimate vacation weekend which includes staying in their indoor accommodation and making loads of outdoor memories.
The Willis Museum
Open all year round, this is a local working museum with galleries on local archaeology and natural science. Learn more about Basingstoke and the history around you through the ages.
Starting now, this free museum is now home to an amazing LEGO display that features creative work from around the World. If you can find of it then it’s here and made in lego. This is a free event that is running throughout April.
You can find The Willis Museum at Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD.
New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
Join the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth for The Wizard of Oz. This kid friendly show is a fun pantomime that has loads of dancing, jokes and fun. This is running on Thursday 4th April 2022 at 2pm and 6pm.
You can find New Theatre Royal Portsmouth at 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD.
Peppa Pig on at MAST Southampton. Get ready for the best day out with Peppa Pig. Get ready for new songs, new adventures and more laughs.
This is running on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st April 2022 from 10am, 1pm and 4pm.
If you do nothing else this Easter half term then make sure you visit our five top day out activities which are:
Alice Holt Country Park
Alice Holt Country Park is right on the edge of Hampshire. It’s full of fun-packed family trails that can keep the whole family amused for the whole day.
Based near Farnham, Alice Holt forest and country park is about 53 minutes from central Southampton. It’s easy to find and well sign-posted.
They have loads of places you can have a picnic throughout the country park or even enjoy their own cafe which serves a range of hot food and sweet treats.
Porcester Castle is in Church Lane in Portchester. There are two small car parks that do get busy in the summer months so go early if you can.
The castle is surrounded by the sea and it’s a great place to spot incoming boats.
Inside the castle grounds, which are free to enter, are two huge fields. This is a great place to find hidden stones (they have a great Facebook page here) and let your kids run off some steam.
Their cafe is great and they do have public toilets on site.
Royal Victoria Country Park
Royal Victoria Country Park is steeped in local heritage with its old military hospital, open fields, woodland, beach, and an amazing playground.
Royal Victoria Country Park can be found at Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 5GA. Based right on the Southampton water, Royal Victoria Country Park is a great day-out location for the whole family.
One of the best things about Royal Victoria Country Park is that it’s completely flat which makes it great for pushchairs and bikes. The fields are vast which are great for family-filled games like football or rounders. You can follow the woodland trails past the cafe and play area through the forest and really enjoy the local wildlife.
Plenty of parking on either end, this is a shingle beach with a playground on the beach and a tarmac path that is perfect for scooters and bikes.
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Open all year, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5pm, the Curtis Museum houses a collection by Dr William Curtis and his associates in the local Mechanics Institute. The museum covers 100 million years of history and displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643 and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams.
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