Easter events in Hertfordshire: perfect family days out
PUBLISHED: 11:27 16 April 2019
From egg hunts and bottle feeding lambs to jousts and pop-up cinema, you’ll have a cracking Easter with these 15 family days out
• Woolly wonders
From end of March (dependent on lambing), Church Farm, Ardeley; April 6-22, Foxholes Farm, Hertford
Nothing says Easter like a newborn lamb and you can get up close to these beautiful animals as you feed the newborns and the baby goats too whose mums are not able to look after them at Foxholes Farm, Hertford. Feeding sessions are £12.50 per child and entry to the farm park is included.
Church Farm in Ardeley also needs assistance bottle feeding their hand-reared lambs and there's a host of other animals to see on the farm too. Sessions are £9.95 per child. This wonderful experience is suitable for all ages.
• Activity farm
March 30-April 22, London Colney
Willows Activity Farm is choc-o-bloc with fun this Easter at its annual Eggstravaganza. Children can join the egg hunt or get creative with Easter-themed arts and crafts. Little ones will love the new Peter Rabbit and friends shows, while Tristan the Runaway Tractor will be offering rides and there are cute lambs to say hello to.
• Not the Easter bunny
April 2, Hatfield
Enjoy the first days of spring with an outdoor screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This 1988 film, a clever mix of live action and animation, is set in 1940s Hollywood where cartoon characters and people co-exist. It follows the madcap adventures of private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), attempting to clear the name of 'toon' Roger Rabbit. There will be a special guest interview with Barry Wilkinson, BAFTA award-winning props master. Part of the Elstree Originals series at the University of Hertfordshire. Suitable for eights up, 7pm, £5
• Easter in Paradise
April 6, Broxbourne
For an Easter experience with a difference, Paradise Wildlife Park is promising an egg-cellent (sorry!) range of activities. The zoo doesn't have baby lambs but it does have baby dinosaurs! At the new 'dinosaur crèche' in its World of Dinosaurs see life-size animatronic creatures from millions of years ago. There are plenty of real animals to view too, from tigers to meerkats. The park will also offer Easter arts and crafts, an Easter bunny show and a big Easter egg hunt.
From £14.85, pwpark.com
• Easter crafts at Ashridge
April 8-12, Berkhamsted
It's not all about bunnies. The National Trust Ashridge Estate is offering wild craft sessions for the kids – teaching them how to make funky bushcraft bird feeders. All materials are supplied and sessions are on a drop-in basis, so no need to book. All you need is a bit of creativity. And it's a beautiful place for a spring ramble afterwards.
£2 per craft, nationaltrust.org.uk
• Not the chocolate kind
April 9-18, Tring
You can't eat these ones, but you and the family will discover lots about egg-laying animals from dinosaurs to birds at this event at the Natural History Museum at Tring. See dinosaur specimens and create your very own little dino to take home. Suitable for ages five and up.
• Ruby slippers
April 10, Harpenden
Click your heels and Dorothy and Toto will come to Harpenden Public Halls for a one night performance. Journey over the rainbow, follow the yellow brick road and meet familiar faces as they search for the Wizard of Oz. But watch out, the Wicked Witch of the West has other ideas. Starring former Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood as scarecrow and Emmerdale star Sapphire Elia as Dorothy.
• Following Moore
April 10 & 17, Perry Green
Bring your creativity (and the kids) to Henry Moore Studios and Gardens for a mixed media model workshop. Using a variety of materials and methods, create collages, scenes and sculptures to take home. The workshops are suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. When you've finished being a renowned artist there are the beautiful grounds and sculptures to discover. Child entry £6.80
• Abbey fun
April 11, St Albans
Home of the forerunner to the hot cross bun, the Alban bun, St Albans Cathedral is a fabulous place to explore this Easter. The family discovery morning has a fun animal-themed arts and crafts trail with Easter treats to sample on the way round, while April also sees the return of the popular tower tours which offer spectacular views across the city and the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, just sit and take in the beauty of this magnificent place.
• Cadbury egg hunt
April 15-22, Berkhamsted
The Easter trail in the woods at Ashridge is always a favourite. The children get to meet the Easter bunny's feathered friends along the way and answer the questions to claim chocolately prizes. Yum.
£3 per trail, nationaltrust.org.uk
• Hop around the manor
April 19-20, Enfield
For Easter fun at Capel Manor Gardens where do we start? Mini detectives can search for the bunnies hidden around the gardens – there's a treat at the end, dig for buried treasure, or feel like a bunny in the 'hop around area'. Perhaps pot a sunflower or visit the meerkats and then meet the Easter bunny himself. There's 30 acres of gardens including a magical fairy forest and enchanting maze to get lost in.
£5 per child, capelmanorgardens.co.uk
• A roaring good time
April 19-22, Hoddesdon
Rye-assic Adventure Park has been given a makeover for Easter. The dinosaur-themed adventure park in Hoddesdon will be transformed for events including an Easter egg hunt, messy play and costume competition. There's also a raffle and loads of treats and sweets, with both indoor and outdoor play areas. The kids will have a roaring time. £10 per child.
• Charity egg hunt
April 20, Brent Pelham
Head over to the lovely Black Horse pub in Brent Pelham for a children's Easter egg hunt in aid of Grove Cottage Mencap in Bishop's Stortford. There's free tea and cake on arrival for the adults and squash and biscuits for kids. The egg hunt kicks off at 11.30 am.
£5 per child
• Medieval mayhem
April 21-22, Knebworth
Cheer and jeer the Knights of Arkley as they demonstrate the medieval skill of jousting. Knebworth House provides a suitable backdrop for the costumed knights as they gallop their horses at full tilt towards each other in ancient combat. For a small charge the Green Dragon Bowmen will offer visitors the chance to try their hand at archery, or just enjoy the park and gardens. From April 19-20 children can take the Easter trail around the gardens to win a prize. Trail sheets are £1.
Jousting displays are at 12.30pm and 2.30pm each day dependent on weather. From £9. knebworthhouse.com
• Where's dem bunnies?
March 30-April 27, Hertford
Where are all the Easter bunnies? That's for you (well, the kids anyway) to find out. Visit Hertford town centre to find them hiding in shops and businesses around the town. Knitted by the Secret Society of Hertford Crafters there's also a few surprise characters hiding out too. To claim a sweet treat, find a minimum of 12 out of the 18 bunnies and their friends. Head to Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre to pick up a free trail map and get searching.