Easter family days out in the North East

Explore woods dotted with daffodils and bluebells on spring trails, try your hand at feeding fluffy lambs, get stuck into some outdoor games or simply pack a picnic and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of spring. We’ve got outdoor adventures for the whole family this spring in the North East.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We're starting to open some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland at reduced capacity, through advance bookings every week. Most places up to 8 June have now reached capacity. New tickets are released every Friday and we'll continue to add new places over the coming weeks. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are now open. All houses remain closed for now and all places in Wales remain closed following Welsh Government advice. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.​

Family walking through the grounds at Cragside in spring

Family fun indoors and out at Cragside  

Learn more about the wildlife that calls Cragside home on the spring nature trail around Tumbleton Lake, escape April showers and head to the house where you’ll find plenty of rooms packed with special inventions before following in the footsteps of Lord Armstrong and following the engineering-themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

Children meeting lambs

Meet creatures great and small at Wallington  

Jump on the tractor up to Broom House Farm to meet the lambs and the pregnant ewes. Get stuck in and join the team for an afternoon shift caring for the newborns. Take to two wheels for some fun on the Dragon Cycle Trail and meet incredible insects and learn all about the fascinating world of mysterious mini-beasts on the on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

a girl plays on a swing at gibside

Spot signs of spring at Gibside  

With spring awakening there's lots of wildlife and nature to discover at Gibside. Visit the bird hide and meet some feathery friends or head to the west woods and build your own den. Preside over your very own kingdom at Strawberry Castle play area and have a go at some of your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Children enjoying Easter crafts

Spring has sprung at Ormesby Hall  

Listen to springtime stories, decorate an egg, make pompom animals and meet farmyard friends from Ormesby Hall’s resident farm this Easter. Follow the journey of Dottie the newborn lamb and help farmer Richard finish his daily tasks on the Cadbury Easter Egg trail.

A family in the craft room at Cherryburn

Crafty fun at Cherryburn  

Head to Cherryburn this Easter and try your hand at some arts and crafts activities inspired by Thomas Bewick or chill out on the lawn with a picnic. Returning after their winter break, the alpacas and donkeys are back in the paddock. Pop by and say hello.

A family laughing in the sunshine in front of the red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse

Enjoy an action-packed Easter at Souter Lighthouse  

Learn how to tell your winkles from your whelks on a salty seashore safari, gather the whole family for outdoor games and mini-sports on Foghorn Field, explore on two wheels with free balance bike hire and head to the wildlife garden to spot bees and butterflies.

Little ones enjoying the Cadbury Egg Hunt

Nature Nuttery at Washington Old Hall 

There'll be plenty of ways to tick off your '50 things to do before you're 113/4' tasks in Nature Nuttery at Washington Old Hall this Easter. Head to the school room to make colourful Easter crafts to take home and take part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and look for clues to claim your yummy prize.

Join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt this Easter

Go on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt in the North East  

Unleash your inner explorer and get ready for a long weekend of fun and discovery with the whole family as you sniff out spring flowers, track down farm animals, become an engineering whizz and search every nook and cranny of a castle on a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at special places in the North East.