Family activities to try this Easter

The Easter holidays are a great time to get the whole family outdoors with longer and warmer days sure to put you in the mood for some fresh air fun. You’ll find wild adventures and exhilarating activities to enjoy across the parks, countryside and coast we look after and lots of opportunities to try some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Kayaking near Old Harry at Studland Beach, Dorset

Adventures by the sea 

It might be a bit chilly for a dip in the sea but Easter is still a great time to be on the coast. Discover the creatures found in a rock pool (and maybe even catch a crab) or hunt for fossils on the seashore. You can also see how high you can fly a kite on the beach, create some wild art from shells and driftwood, enjoy the waves from a canoe or delve inside coastal caves.

A sheep and its lamb standing in a grassy field

Exploring nature 

Spring is the time lambs, frogspawn and caterpillars appear and you could also spot bees among spring flowers, hares ‘boxing’ in the fields or bluebells in woodlands. You could even go for a night time nature walk.

Family on a walk in the woods

Fun on two feet 

Sometimes the most fun can be had by simply putting one foot in front of the other and seeing where the trail takes you. There are always adventures to be had along the way, like finding the best blade of grass to make a grass trumpet or a champion twig for playing pooh sticks. Add a map and compass for added adventure or why not try out geocaching.

Family cycle in a woodland

Saddle up

You’ll find miles of cycling paths at places we look after and some places also offer cycle hire. It’s easy to arrive by bike too with over 150 places within a mile of a Sustrans National Cycle Network route. You can enjoy horseback adventures on our network of permitted bridleways or arrange rides at Studland Beach through Studland Stables and riding in the Brecon Beacons through the Cantref Horse Riding Centre.

Young girl climbing a tree

Tree climbing 

See the great outdoors from a height by climbing a huge hill (not forgetting to have a roll down it afterwards of course) or trying out rock climbing and abseiling at some of our places. Youngsters can also take to the branches in some of our best climbing trees or master the ropes of our outdoor play areas.