Hopping Easter activities throughout Hampshire

March 21, 2019

Look out for those big floppy ears and chocolatey treats as Easter activities take place throughout Hampshire. It couldn’t be easier to find things to do this Easter and make those Easter holidays ‘chocco-block’ with fun things to do with the family. Take a look at where you can find the Easter Bunny hiding out in Hampshire… 

Paultons Hoppy Easter
Paultons Hoppy Easter

The Hoppy Easter event is on daily at Paultons from Friday 5th April until Tuesday 23rd April. Guests will be able to meet cute new characters at the main entrance plaza. Come and say hello Bobtail Bunny and his forest friends, Betty Bunny, Hennie the Hedgehog and Red the Deer. Watch out for mischievous Fenton Fox though, as he will surely be eyeing up any tasty Easter treats you may have!

Discover the magic of spring at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Children are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and take part in an Easter trail to win prizes. Families can also ride on Exbury’s miniature steam railway, feed giant koi carp at their ponds and blow off steam in the adventure play area.

The Easter bunny has left a trail of clues around Sir Harold Hillier Gardens from Saturday 30 March – Monday 22 April. Follow the trail and receive a prize. Try your hand at Pond Dipping, see what is living in the ponds or why not try climbing the giant oak tree with ropes and harness. Event charges and Garden admission fees apply. 

At Blackgang Chine find an amazing 5-tier chocolate fountain and performances from the marvellous Coco the Bubble Wizard who’ll be wowing audiences with incredible giant bubbles…anyone with a sweet tooth will be in pure chocolate heaven this Easter at Blackgang Chine!! From the 19th – 22nd April, 10am – 7pm.

Discover Spinnaker Tower with your family this Easter holiday. The glass floor and Sky Garden are always a hit with the kids! A special Easter trail, will encourage youngsters to explore the building in search of egg-shaped puzzle pieces to complete their trail AND Bing and Flop from hit CBeebies show Bing are coming to the Tower!

Easter bonnets at Beaulieu
Easter bonnets at Beaulieu

See the sights, sounds and smells of motoring history come to life as vehicles roar into action in the Beaulieu grounds, then try on bonnets of a different kind in Palace House. Hugely popular with Beaulieu visitors in the 1970s – 90s, they will be reviving the daily cavalcade tradition for the Easter holidays. Visitors can see vehicles spanning motoring history parade across the Events Arena at 3:30pm each afternoon.

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Watercress Line (13th – 22nd April). Ride a real steam engine and shake hands with The Fat Controller. Enjoy Rusty & Dusty’s entertainment show (NEW for 2019) and ride the vintage fairground rides. Visit the Imagination Station with Thomas themed children’s activities.

Winchester Cathedral is a special place to visit this Easter. Watch the traditional Palm Sunday Procession on Sunday 14 April or celebrate with special services on Easter Sunday. You can also explore the Cathedral with a family friendly Easter trail on the 10th April.

Take part in the Easter Weekend Egg Trail at Chawton House from Friday 19 April 2019 to Monday 22 April 2019. Explore the house and gardens and see how many eggs you can find! The Old Kitchen Tearoom will be serving a special seasonal menu throughout the Easter holidays and there will be other children’s activities taking place throughout the house. All weekend, 11:00am-4:30pm. Price: Free, with admission.

There are loads of fun nature-themed activities to get stuck into with a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Mottisfont, plus a delicious chocolate treat for all participants. Roam the National Trust property’s grounds to find out about the bugs, birds, plants and fish that live there. 

This Easter head to The Mary Rose and meet members of Henry VIII’s crew – The surgeon will tell grisly tales of amputations and sickness on board, the carpenter will show how repaired the ship, and discover what the men ate with the ship’s cook.

At Royal Armouries Fort Nelson during the Easter holidays you can have a go at marching drills, traditional games and test your skills on the musket range. Available from Monday 8 – Friday 12 and Monday 15 – Friday 19 April. 

New Forest Wildlife Park
New Forest Wildlife Park

At New Forest Wildlife there’s “so much to do so much to see” – During the school holidays you’ll find an Easter Eggstavaganza Nature Quiz – follow the clues on the quiz sheet to find the eggs. Craft table including badge making from 11.00am to 3.00pm everyday and animal encounters throughout the day.

Join New Forest Activities for some ‘Egg-cellent’ Easter adventures! Paddle along the Beaulieu River and hunt for hidden chocolate eggs along the riverside on their Canoe Easter Egg Hunt. Or drop the kids off for a full day of fun in the forest on a Holiday Adventure Day. Jam-packed with adventurous activities for ‘free-range’ kids including Bushcraft, Archery and High Ropes. See their website for available dates and session times.

All through the Easter holidays, children can enjoy a FREE puzzle trail in the Royal Victoria Chapel, Netley.  Find out who was given a dolls house made by a soldier and win a prize! FREE storytelling activities on 6th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 14th and 17th April at 11.30 and 2pm.

There’ll be dragons and fairies at Royal Victoria Country Park this Easter, with activities and a trail for you to explore. Plus an opportunity to see the Park’s new Fairy garden and sculpture. Please note: children’s activities must be booked in advance.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

Bring your young explorers and budding palaeontologists to discover more about dinosaurs and their links with raptors in the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Dinosaur Activity Trail. All those that give it a go will earn themselves a challenge badge!

Meet the following animals at the Petting Farm at Robin Hill daily between 19th – 22nd April: Miniature Horse, Miniature Donkey, Alpaca, Goats, Sheep, Ducks, Chickens, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Tortoise. Also, Shaun the Sheep’s Championsheeps LIVE will be taking place daily between 8th – 12th & 15th – 19th April. You can take part in a whole host of amazing activities.

Join Butser Ancient Farm over the Easter Weekend a band of merry Saxons will be in residence in the Saxon Hall with demonstrations, crafts and cooking.

The dinosaurs have escaped! Visit Birdworld for the Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt this Easter Holiday, in a quest to track down the dinosaurs who are roaming throughout the park.  Entries at all levels will be placed into a draw for the chance to win some great prizes.