Easter half term activities/days out for all the family to enjoy!

- Wed 27 Mar 2024

As Easter half term is nearly here, we thought we would help you start planning your Easter adventures with a few days out for all the family. With ideas for days across the West Country from animal hunting at Paignton Zoo to National trust easter trials!

National Trust Easter Egg Trails –

Great news from the National Trust as many locations will be offering Easter trails and the chocolate eggs are back!

-           In Devon there’s Killerton House, and Castle Drogo. 

-          There are also events at Knightshayes with most of the big properties in Somerset and Dorset too.  Barrington Court is another popular National Trust site with grand gardens, tucked away in the countryside. Also in Somerset is Fyne Court with stunning country walks and woodland however one of our favourites is Stourhead just off the A303. Or Montecute House is also just off the A303 and if you are feeling fit, head up St Michael’s Hill for great views of the surrounding countryside.

-          If you are closer to Cornwall, you must check out the quintessential country house and estate at Lanhydrock where they are also offering an Easter trail.

You can check which locations have Easter trails in the South West guide by clicking here ...

Wildlife days out –

-          If your children love the outdoors and wildlife, Wildwood Escot is a great place to visit. Where you can take the twisting trail around the maze, with a chocolatey treat waiting at the end for all those who find all the wildlife themed stamps.

-          Next up is Ferne Animal Sanctuary, based just outside of Chard in beautiful countryside on the Devon Somerset border, this animal sanctuary is a lovely place to spend a few hours. There will be Easter activities and crafts on 30th March and also a Spring Fayre on 31st March, there’s fun for all the family with children’s activities.

-          Or if you are looking for something slightly different there’s an Alpaca trekking experience with the wide-reaching views of Bodmin moor in Cornwall. There’s also a Meerkat experiences alongside a petting farm and brand-new venture Paws & Purs Cat Cafe.

Train and Tram rides –

-          A really popular attraction that’s perfect for all ages is the Seaton Tramway and enjoy the gentle tram ride along the Axe Estuary!

-          If you are in Cornwall for the Easter break, be sure to take a look at the St Ives Bay Line with the most fantastic views across the sea. It’s a short but spectacular 10-minute journey! There are two trains an hour, and the service runs 7 days a week.


We hope the above ideas have inspired you to get creative this Easter break, if you do try any of the above activities, please do tag us in your posts on social media – we would love to see what you get up to! If the above activities just aren’t enough to keep everyone entertained, take a look at others we have found below…