Scrumptious egg hunts and chocolate prizes for whole family
|This Easter bank holiday there are a range of activities across Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.|
The Easter holidays mean different things to everyone, whether it be a time to eat as much chocolate as possible, a long weekend break from work or an important time in the religious calendar. Fancy getting out of the house? Try these events in the area.
Easter egg hunts are taking place across the country this holiday, and Olney’s Cowper and Newton Museum (01234 711516) is no different with a trail until the 11th, alongside arts and crafts to keep youngsters busy. The clues are dotted around the museum and the centre of Olney, with a prize day for a Paddington Bear toy from Happy Days Top shop.Further down the High Street, The Two Brewers is hosting an Easter fun day on the 3rd, with arts and crafts, a bouncy castle and face painting.
Churches Together in Newport Pagnell are holding a procession and open air Service of Witness through the town on the same day.
Hot cross buns and refreshments will be served in the Methodist Church afterwards. Easter Day Holy Communion will be held on Sunday morning (Newport-pagnell.org.uk).
Children can become spies for the day at Bletchley Park throughout the holidays with a range of craft and Easter-themed activities at the site, including tours, trails, quizzes and collection handling. On the 6th, visitors can hunt for chocolate prizes in the Easter Eggstravaganza.
Family Fun Wednesdays return to the site on the 1st and 8th, with under 12s getting free entry (bletchleypark.org.uk). MK Museum will be holding its own Easter egg hunt too (see our feature for full details).
Lastly, The Park’s Trust egg hunt may be sold out but they are holding free themed fun and games on the 8th from 10am-2pm (theparkstrust.com).
Northampton’s Abington Park Museum have a trail around the site, with treasure hunters winning a chocolate prize, from the 2nd-6th. The drop-in activity is just £1 per person (Northampton.gov.uk). The following day the museum is holding a nature-themed workshop where children can make their own caterpillar.
The West Lodge Rural Centre is putting on its own Easter trail from the 4th-6th, with eggs hidden around the farm (westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk). For those wanting to head outside, Santa Pod is hosting the Festival of Power over the Easter weekend with drag racing, jet cars, stuns and air displays (santapod.co.uk).
There’s the chance for children to sing, dance, recreate famous artworks and make their own Easter crafts at The Higgins in Bedford during the holidays (thehigginsbedford.org.uk) With holiday activities take place at 11am, 12, 2pm and 3pm. The town’s John Bunyan Museum is also offering a free Easter hunt until the 11th (bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum).
Until the 13th, there will be 25 places throughout Bedford with a picture of a bunny. If you find all of them you can win £100 worth of vouchers (lovebedford.co.uk).
Further afield, the Roald Dahl Museum is putting on a range of spring-themed activities for families, including making crackling egg cups and chirpy chicks (roalddahl.com).
Anything we haven’t mentioned? Just get in touch on (01234) 713298.