Enjoy the Easter break at home

National Trust Director-General Hilary McGrady
Published : 09 Apr 2020 Last update : 11 Mar 2022

Easter is normally one of our busiest times, but this year our Director-General is urging you to stay at home to protect yourself and others against the spread of coronavirus.

Instead, we'll bring Easter fun to you, with plenty of activities that can be enjoyed from kitchens, living rooms and back gardens.

The hundreds of historic houses, gardens, woodlands and parklands in our care are normally a magnet over Easter weekend, with thousands of visitors keen to see nature blossom and enjoy seasonal traditions. But our Director-General, Hilary McGrady has urged people to stay at home this Easter as part of the national collective effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  

" Our biggest priority has to be staying at home to help our NHS and keep ourselves and one another safe."
- Hilary McGrady, Director-General

'We know how sad our members and visitors are that they can’t travel to their favourite places to mark Easter and celebrate the arrival of spring this year, but our biggest priority has to be staying at home to help our NHS and keep ourselves and one another safe,' she says. 

'During the closure, we are still looking after the places people love, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming them back when it’s time.' 


Message from Hilary

Watch Hilary's Easter video message encouraging people not to travel but instead to find moments of joy in their own Easter celebrations at home.

Easter at home

We are launching a new rolling programme of online content for members and supporters. Starting from this week, and while social distancing measures continue, our website will feature free-to-access articles, podcasts, videos, tips and activities for all age groups. This will include the Great Easter Scavenger Hunt, which was created with our members and will encourage families and anyone who wants to take part to join in with a virtual challenge. 

Our social media channels will also join in the programme of home-based activities and content, with films, pictures and stories including some special seasonal recipes to try.

Children making Easter bonnets
Children making Easter bonnets
Children making Easter bonnets

Our Head of Experiences & Programming, Jessica Monaghan, said: 'During these extraordinary times, while people can’t visit us, we want to take National Trust experiences to them. We’ll be working hard to share the best of the Trust with everyone, so that people can stay connected to nature and to their favourite places and have fun together.

'We have something for everyone – whether it’s our collections and houses you love and you want to enjoy them at home, or you’re looking for fun ways to connect online with friends and family of all age groups.

'We hope we can help everyone stay close to the nature, beauty and history that the Trust is here to look after. Our new activities are ones that everybody can do – whether that’s in their own front rooms or gardens – while sticking to the government guidelines.'

Blue tits at the feeder

Enjoy Easter at home with us 

There are plenty of adventures to be had at home this Easter. Whether it's making homes for wildlife in your garden, settling down for a podcast, exploring our collections or trying out a new recipe, there are lots of things you can do to stay connected to nature, beauty and history.