Easter fun in the North East

Stuck for ideas for what to do these Easter holidays? Then let us help. Here’s a round-up of great days out for all the family in the North East...

Lambs at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

Visit a working farm 

Lambs and Easter often go hand in hand. At Wallington as well as joining the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, you can take a short tractor and trailer ride to Broomhouse Farm to visit the lambing shed. See how the farmer looks after new born lambs and help to bottle feed them. You can also sign up to become a lambing apprentice for the day. With a number of play areas to enjoy and 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities in the west woods, there's loads for families to enjoy at Wallington.

A mother and child walking through the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall

Surprises around every corner 

Explore the gardens and woodland at Seaton Delaval Hall over the Easter weekend, hunting for clues that will lead you to a delicious chocolate surprise. You can discover the deep, dark basement, go wild on the natural playscape and if you come along on a Sunday, there are craft activities for just 50p.

Children doing an Easter egg trail

The biggest garden 

With fun family activities every day of the holidays, there's plenty to keep the kids entertained at Gibside. As well as the Cadbury Egg Hunts over Easter weekend, you can drop your kids off to join the Wild Rangers Club where they'll learn bushcraft skills, how to track wildlife and look after their habitats. While you're there, you can tackle the adventure play area and a low ropes course.

Families meeting Douglas in the woodland at Cragside

An inventors home 

We're experimenting and inventing this Easter at Cragside and we need your help. Can you help us find the best dye for paste eggs? Can you design the best boat? And most importantly, can you find the clues hidden around Tumbleton lake on our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt? With adventure play, a den building area and a labyrinth to explore , as well as a young engineers zone to experiment in, Cragside is the perfect place for a whole day of family fun.

A man holds a little girl up to see the view from Souter's Lantern Room

A beacon of fun 

Explore the Lighthouse, learn about signalling, set sail on the pirate play ship or jump aboard the Marsden Rattler play train. Look out for wildlife all along the coast or explore the sea shore. And not only that, there are Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts and craft events too.

View of Washington Old Hall from the Parterre formal garden in late Spring

Easter at a city haven 

The Garden and Nuttery at Washington Old Hall is bursting with wildlife just waiting to be discovered, and this Easter weekend, there's a little something extra to discover. Follow the trail around the gardens which will lead you to a delicious chocolate reward.

Cherryburn cottage with farm animals in the shot

A hidden gem  

As well as deliciously chocolatey Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts over Easter weekend, Cherryburn is a lovely place for families to explore. You can enjoy wildlife spotting, say hello to the farm animals and have fun on the natural playscape. Indoors discover how art engravings were printed and take a look at the exhibition of Thomas Bewick's wildlife inspired art.

Visitors walking to Low Newton with Dunstanburgh in the distance

A seaside adventure 

A blast of sea air is just the ticket for a refreshing family day out. Head to Low Newton by the Sea for an Easter trail and a free Rockpool Ramble with National Trust rangers on Easter Sunday and Monday. They'll help you explore the coast and discover what types of creatures live in the sea. Don't forget your bucket and spade and your list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.