Make it an ‘Egg-cellent’ Easter
You’ve only just finished off the last of the Christmas treats yet the chocolate eggs are already appearing on the shelves at the supermarket – make no question, the Easter holiday is well on its way.
Now, if the thought of keeping your little ones occupied for a whole two weeks is becoming too much to bear, then fear no more. There are dozens of family-friendly activities and events to feast on this Easter. Here is our pick of the best events taking place in and around West Cumbria.
Whitehaven Easter Egg Hunt
What’s more exciting when you’re little than hunting for hidden Easter eggs? On April 15 between 11am and 2:30pm, children can get stuck into a Cadbury egg hunt which begins at Coastguard Station on Whitehaven’s Marina before heading up the hill. The route is mainly over a flat grassy area but there are some steep sections on good paths. Can you see and hear the sea birds? What flowers and insects can you find amongst the grasses as you try each new activity?
Go Gruffalo Hunting
In the first development of its kind, Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures bring The Gruffalo characters to life in the forest through a new augmented reality app. The Gruffalo Spotter has been designed for exclusive use at 26 forests across England including Whinlatter and Grizedale.
The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities along the way. Once families have spotted the characters, they can use the app to bring the 3D character animation to life and take photos alongside them. A Gruffalo Spotters kit will be available to buy on site and includes animal facts, tips for tracking wildlife, an evidence collection bag, a magnifying glass and a pencil to make a note of your forest finds. The trail runs until the end of September and is the perfect Easter activity for all the family.
Teddy Bears Picnic
Join in the Easter fun at Eskdale and Ravenglass Railway as the popular attraction welcomes back its much loved teddy fest.
Between 8 and 23 April, all children travelling with their teddy bear travel free on Ride all Day fares when accompanied by a full fare paying adult. Keep an eye out for our teddy trail clues around the railway too to win great prizes! There is also some colouring activities at Dalegarth station and enjoy the free National Trust Exhibition, open all year.
Explore Derwent Island House
This Easter, the Lake District National Trust is offering families the chance to explore the house on Derwent Island.
Your adventure will begin by canoe under the expert eyes of a qualified canoe instructor and will include a peaceful paddle across the short stretch of Derwent Water to the intriguing little island. On reaching the island enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of Pocklington’s Georgian house where you can discover the reality of life on the island past and present, indoors and out, before exploring the gardens and the rest of the island at your leisure. Booking for the event which takes plce on Thursday April 20 is essential.
Pirate Paul needs your help at the Beacon
This April, join Pirate Paul and his parrot for some Easter fun with a difference at the Beacon Museum.
Between 10th and 14th April, Pirate Paul, captain of the Maria Lowther- a recently acquired pirate ship found in the Beacon Museum will need some help locating all the eggs that Pirate Paul’s parrot has laid. Can you find the chicks hidden around the museum and work out the riddles to reunite this feathered family? The event also includes Pirate Paul’s bandana workshop suitable for ages 3-12. Tickets are available for £4 per person.