Easter fun at Lydford Gorge

A wooden bunny face sculpture

The full gorge is now open for the season. Why not combine a short or long walk with one or more of the family activities below?

The 2019 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will be running daily, Saturday 6 to Monday 22 April, 10am-4.30pm. Children can find out how wild animals make their homes and what are they like to live in by following an interactive trail through the orchard. Then carry the fun on into the gorge by looking for clues that Bunny has been visiting his animal friends on a long or short walk. Don’t forget to pick up a chocolate prize at the end.

Saturday 6 April, 11am-2pm, join the brand new ‘family wild kitchen’. Forage for wild garlic then make your own pasta and pesto lunch on the camp fire. £5 per adult, £3 per child, booking essential. This is a chance to learn a little about the wild edibles that grow at this time of year and then have fun cooking and eating them. Foraging is not usually allowed in the gorge due to its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Wild garlic pesto and homemade pasta
A dish of homemade pasta and wild garlic pesto
Wild garlic pesto and homemade pasta

Launch a bottle rocket

On Monday 8 April, 11.30am-1pm and 1.30-3pm, stop off to launch a bottle rocket, using just the power of water, before you go on a walk in the gorge to see how this same power has carved the gorge out of solid rock. 

Bug home making

Pop in to make a home for bugs that you can put up in your own garden to encourage friendly insects to visit. £2 per person, Thursday 11 April, 10.30am-1.30pm.

Bug home making
Young visitor being helped to drill holes in a log
Bug home making

Make a Lydford pixie door

Children can get creative and decorate a miniature door for a Lydford pixie, or any magical creature they like. Saturday 13 April, 12-3pm, £4 per door.

Making woodland bunny faces

Can you make a funny bunny face out of wood? The rangers will be around on Tuesday 16 April to help and provide the tools and materials you need, 11am-1pm & 1.30-3.30pm, £3 per sculpture.

A range of natural materials used to decorate a door for a pixie
Wooden pixie doors decorated with natural materials
A range of natural materials used to decorate a door for a pixie