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With Easter falling early this year, the race is on to find ways of keeping the children entertained during the holidays. Whether you’re making the most of the holidays and enjoying a few days away somewhere new or simply planning a series of day trips, our guide to great value days out is not to be missed…

Egg rolling in Lancashire

Egg rolling has been taking place on Easter Monday for centuries in the UK with participants racing to be the first to smash their hardboiled egg by rolling it down a hill.  The tradition is said to resemble the stone being rolled away from the tomb of Christ on Easter Sunday which is why the game is popular over the Easter weekend.  Egg rolling is particularly popular in the North West with a free annual event taking place in Preston.  There’s also live music, a bonnet competition and Easter trails around Avenham and Miller parks.  If you’re enjoying a cottage holiday on the south coast, why not head to the egg rolling event in Brighton?  Take a hand decorated egg to the event at Devil’s Dyke and the winner is the person whose egg reaches the furthest down the Dyke.  Of course, this is also a great game if you’re spending Easter at home.  All you’ll need is some hard boiled eggs, paint, a patch of grass and a healthy dose of imagination.  Take inspiration from this cracking guide to egg decorating!
Malowane jajka / Easter Eggs

Chocolate heaven

Easter is these days synonymous with chocolate so why not visit the home of chocolate in the UK, Cadbury World in Birmingham?  As well as discovering how chocolate is made and the origins of Cadbury, there is an Easter Trail and Bonnet Competition over the weekend with prizes up for grabs.  You can also look forward to family entertainment throughout the school holidays meaning you can enjoy a great value day out in chocolate heaven.  You can save 5% by booking your tickets online or take advantage of their ‘Purple Thursdays’ offer which gives you two for one entry on certain Thursdays throughout the year.  It’s also the perfect excuse to stock up on chocolaty treats, it is Easter after all!
Cadbury World

Go on an egg hunt

It wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt and you’ll find plenty of family friendly trails across the country during the Easter holidays.  There are more than 250 hunts at National Trust properties throughout the country with lots of Easter-themed events to keep children of all ages entertained.  My personal choice for an Easter trail would be The Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt at The World of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District.  The hunt, which starts on 4th April, is raising money for WaterAid with a minimum £2 donation required to take part.  There are fantastic prizes to be won from UK holidays to family days out!  To tie in with the watery theme, each of the fifty eggs will be hidden a safe distance from water.  It’s a fantastic way to get the whole family out into the Great British countryside during your holiday in the Lake District and raise money for charity.
Buttermere - Lake District
Whatever you have planned for the Easter holidays, we hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family.  If you’ve been inspired to book a last minute cottage break, why not give our holiday cottage advisors a call today?

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