Easter fun at Anglesey Abbey
There's lots to see and do at Anglesey Abbey over the Easter school holidays. Here's a few ideas for a great family day this Easter.
Cadbury Egg Hunt
Once again we are running our popular Cadbury Egg Hunt around Hoe Fen. Follow the trail and solve the clues to claim your delicious Cadbury chocolate treat.
The trail runs Good Friday - Bank Holiday Monday, 11 - 3.30pm. The trail costs £2.50 per child (normal admission fees also apply).
The Egg Hunt is extremely popular and this year we have introduced pre-bookable trail times to help improve your overall experience. It's not compulsory to book, but our supply of eggs is limited and we can only guarantee a chocolate prize for visitors who have pre-booked their trail.
Head to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area for a real family adventure in the woods.
Record what you see from the Wildlife Watch Hut and check-out the guests at the Insect Hotel. See the amazing views from the giant Limetree Lookout Treehouse and burn off some energy in the natural play area.
We're also running some fun activities in Hoe Fen for kids during the school holidays:
Design a Flag - Tuesday 4 April. Learn how to design and print your very own flag with local print artist, Susie Turner.
Woodland Crafts - Thursday 6 April. Scavenge for natural materials to create some wild art.
Stick Tower Challenge - Tuesday 11 April. Work in teams to see who can build the tallest stick tower.
Bug Hotels - Thursday 13 April. Build a mini bug hotel to take home for the bugs in your garden.
There are two activity sessions a day at 11 - 12.30 or 1.30 - 3pm. Activities are free (normal admission fees apply). Places can be booked by calling Visitor Reception on 01223 810086.
Fancy living here?
Take a peak at Lord Fairhaven's luxurious house. Lookout for the amazing clocks, including the magnificient Pagoda clock - what happens when it chimes?
It's conservation season in the House, so its the perfect opportunity to learn about how we care for the House and Lord Fairhaven's amazing collection. In the Living Room we have a display of the specialist equipment we use to look after the collection, while you can roll up your sleeves and help us give the Oak Room a thorough deep clean.
Upstairs in the Library there is a display and frequent demonstrations of book cleaning - a major task when you consider that there's over 9000 books in the collection. We also have one of the earliest known portraits of Henry VIII, here you can discover the challenges we are facing to conserve this unqiue painting. In the Gallery there are displays on how we measure and control light and humidity levels and you can come face to face with some of the bugs and pests, such as the powderpost beetle and silverfish, who we have a constant battle with to protect the collection.
Take a tour of historic Lode Mill. Watch as the giant waterwheel turns the millstones to produce lovely wholesome wholemeal flour.
Why not buy a bag of flour fresh from the chute and bake a tasty treat for your family.
50 things to do before you're 11¾ s
You can tick off a number of the 50 things challenges including Climb a tree (no.1), Build a Den (No4), Make a trail with sticks (no.12), Create some wild art (no.18).
If you haven't got a 50 Things scrapbook you can get one from the Inspiration Station in the Visitor Centre, where you will also find lots ideas and equipment for your adventure at Anglesey Abbey.
A two wheel adventure
For a real adventure why not cycle from Wicken Fen along the Lodes Way cycleway to Anglesey Abbey.
It's eight miles each way and the route is virtually flat all the way. Look out for Wicken's herds of konik ponies and highland cattle and marsh harriers floating on the breeze.
Wicken Fen cycle open daily from 10am - 5pm (last hire 3pm).
Our Redwoods restaurant will be serving a tasty range of hot a cold drinks, sandwiches, hot meals and plenty of homemade scones and cake.
In Hoe Fen, our Wild Diner will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, weekends and Bank Holidays from 11am - 3pm throughout the holidays. The Diner will be serving hot & cold drinks, pasties, and light snacks.
Our Snack Van, a converted 1960's horsebox will be parked in the Turning Circle opposite the House, selling a range of hot and cold drinks and light snacks.