There’s so much going on this Easter in Devon, so to make sure you don’t miss out on a single thing, here’s some of the activities and events you can expect – make sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
or those of you visiting with little kids, check out the Easter activities at Bear Town. Located in Cullompton, not far from Exeter, Bear Town is an immersive play centre for young children where they can learn through play and is perfect for those rainy days when we can’t avoid the April showers. From 31st March until 19th April, visitors can help the Easter bunny find the eggs that have been hidden around the site and you’ll even get your own Easter egg to take home with you! The sessions are for everyone and a dedicated SEND session will take place on 31st March.
Finding Easter eggs are also on the agenda at Babbacombe Model Village near Torquay. Running from 1st – 16th April, visitors can track down all the eggs that are hidden around the gardens and those that successfully find them all are rewarded!
You can find Easter themed trails where you can find eggs and other prizes all over the county. The National Trust are running several across their Devon sites, including at Arlington Court, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, Greenway, Killerton, Knightshayes and more. You can find a full list of National Trust Easter events here.
In the historic village of Clovelly, it is Easter chicks rather than eggs that need finding. Children will be given a map of the village on entry and together you can see how many of the hiding chicks you can find! If you mark off ten or more, you get a prize when you head back to the Visitor Centre.
At Coldharbour Mill they are hosting Madhatters and March Hares over Easter Bank Holiday Monday. The event includes an Easter egg hunt and children’s storytelling sessions, as well as tours of the factory floor.
For a trail with a difference, head to Kents Cavern for Easter Egglow. Join a guide for a tour of the caves and see how many of the glowing eggs you can spot! That’s on top of the usual fun and games, all of which are included in the cost of entry. Or spend the day at Crealy Theme Park where there is an Eggo-Sauraus Dino Hunt, which takes place daily from 3rd-16th April. Guests will get their own prehistoric map to follow around the park and find all the evidence of dinosaurs! If visiting a theme park is your idea of a good time this Easter, book tickets for the family to visit Milky Way Adventure Park in Bideford. From 1st – 14th April, visit the unique Easter Grotto where the Easter Bunny themselves will hand you a treat. While in the grotto, you can find out more about how they manage to deliver eggs all over the world and help the Eggsperts with their plans! Because it gets busy, make sure to book your visit to the Grotto as soon as you can.
While you’re in North Devon, visit the Big Sheep for a host of fun Easter activities, including the Big Sheep Easter Egg Hunt in association with Bloomsbury Books. If you complete the trail, you can enter a draw to win your height in books! That’s on top of meeting the Easter Bunny, feeding the lambs, being entertained by the live shows and riding some of the biggest rides in North Devon. There is something for all ages this Easter at the Big Sheep.
The active among you should check out the Easter programme at Roadford Lake. Aside from being a beautiful place to visit, Roadford Lake is the home of adventure with everything from sailing courses and have a go sessions to fill your days. Head to their website to see what is on offer and book your visit. Though not necessarily Easter themed, Seaton Tramway have a host of fun rides going on over the school holidays. From 2nd April there is a Dinosaur Tram Adventure, from 5th a Pirate tram and from the 8th a Fairy Tail Tram ride! Later in the month, there are quiet tram sessions and memory tram sessions, which allow those with additional needs and those with dementia to enjoy tram rides without feeling overwhelmed. Alternatively, South Devon Railway are hosting family fun weekends over Easter with steam trains running all day, find out more here.
Many of the region’s hotels are offering special menus and events for Easter too, including the Bedford Hotel who have a traditional three course Easter Sunday Lunch on offer. Make sure to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment! The Langstone Cliff Hotel is also doing Easter menus. On the Saturday, there is a 3 course meal followed by an evening of fun, games and music with an award winning DJ and on Easter Sunday, you can enjoy a 3-course dinner followed by entertainment from Matthew Rock. Find out more on their website.
This is just a small selection of what awaits you in Devon over Easter. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on our events pages here to see all the latest information about what is on over Easter in Devon.