Four whole days of work-free fun ... and what to do? Well, there's plenty. From Easter egg hunts and Medieval tournaments to choral concerts and hat making. Here is EssentialTravel.co.uk's top ten suggestions of family-friendly things to do across the country this Easter.
10. Disney LIVE!
Spoil your kids this Easter by joining Mickey and the Disney gang for the Music Show of 2011. Woody, Buzz and the characters from the latest Toy Story movie will be there, plus all your old favourites. www.disney.co.uk
9. Hunt for eggs across London
Somebody has hidden eggs all over the capital. Of course we're not telling where exactly, but you might try the Imperial War Museum, Kenwood House, St Paul's Cathedral, Battersea Park, Clifton Nurseries, the Household Cavalry Museum ... For more information visit www.viewlondon.co.uk
8. Sing it loud
King's College Easter Festival (April 19-30) includes performances of Bach's St John Passion, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Haydn's Te Deum. Some performances will be broadcast live in cinemas across Europe and North America, but if you're in Cambridge you can get tickets to see it live. Visit: www.kings.cam.ac.uk
7. Work up a steam
Steam trains will be running at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway Porthmadog during most of the school holidays. Over the Easter period Rufus the Rabbit will also be coming along for the ride, and there's an Easter hunt round the engine sheds. For details see www.whr.co.uk/
6. The great eggscape
Apparently aliens love Easter. The Great Eggscape - Intergalactegg Invasion (April 4-19) at Belfast's W5's Atrium gives kids the chance to build their own alien egg character, and then take part in the intergalactegg obstacle course - eggciting! www.discovernorthernireland.com
5. Where did you get that hat?
Mad hatters of all ages can take part in the Easter Bonnet Workshop (April 20) at Cardiff Castle, where participants will get the chance to design and create their very own bonnet or crown - and show it off in the parade afterwards. www.cardiffcastle.com
4. All the fun of the fair
Southampton will be home to B. Cole & Sons' travelling fun fair - the biggest on the south coast - from April 9 -19. Go mad on the merry-go-round or make the most of the Bank Holiday Monday market. All rides are half price on Friday April 9. To find out more visit: www.visit-southampton.co.uk
3. Easter Sunday Fun At The Scottish Museum Of Rural Life
Celebrate Easter at the museum's petting zoo. Baby lambs and calves are always a winner with kids. If that doesn't get them excited, the Egg trail that follows certainly will... www.scottishrugby.org
2. Meet the bunny
There's plenty of good, old-fashioned fun at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol, with a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt, and even an egg and spoon race. For details visit: www.visitbristol.co.uk
1. Chocolate Art At Kew Gardens
Please the entire family, from your little ones to the grand parents, by spending Easter Sunday at Kew Gardens. Starting at 9:30 and carrying on till 1 p.m., there will be a chocolate sculpture workshops, tastings, egg hunts and exhibitions. All the activities are free or open to the general public for under a fiver, making it an affordable and delicious excursion. www.kew.org
P.S If you decide you'd rather escape the whole thing, check out our Bargain breaks for Easter holidays blog entry.
Last Updated: April 2011