Devon Plans for an Egg-citing Easter!

Friday 31st March, 2017|Category: News

With the Easter holidays approaching, you are probably starting to think of fun activities to keep your children entertained over the break! If so, you are in luck as we have collated the best activities taking place in and around the city which are sure to have the whole family smiling. If you are local, how wonderful to have so much right on your doorstep! If you are from further afield, why not plan a trip to Plymouth over the Easter break?

Here are some of our favourite events, the following information was provided by the event organisers:

Quiet at the Aquarium

Sunday 2nd April
5.00 pm – 7.00 pm, £5.00 per child, carers free

We open our doors for a special two-hour event that allows families and people with autism to enjoy our exhibits without the noise and distraction of our daily shows. Visitors will be able to explore all of our exhibits without the normal daytime crowds, so the focus is truly on our amazing animals. We are currently studying the therapeutic properties of aquaria and how it relaxes us all and we see this event as a way families can experience that tranquillity on their own terms. The event is tailored for people with autism and other sensory needs.

To view full details, click here.

Egg-Squisite Easter At Royal William Yard

Sunday 2nd April
10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Royal William Yard springs into action on Sunday 2 April for the return of the Good Food Market. Not only will the market showcase some of the best food and drink that the South West has to offer, there’s also fun for the whole family with the Horizons Charity Egg-squisite Easter egg hunt.

Over 60 regular stallholders from across Devon and Cornwall, including The Olive Branch, and award winning Riverford Organic Farmers will flock to Royal William Yard for the bustling Sunday market.

This year the Easter Hunt Eggstravaganza will take place all over Royal William Yard between 10:00 and 15:00. Accompanied by parents, children are invited to join the hunt alongside the Yard’s Alice and Wonderland characters to find Eggs-citing clues which reveal a mystery phrase. This mystery phrase when said aloud to the Horizons Charity volunteers will unlock a chocolatey festive Easter egg.

To book your tickets, please click here.

Museum on Tour: Family Event - Spring Has Sprung

Wednesday 5th April

Two sessions – 10.30 am-12.30 pm and 2.00 pm-4.00 pm, Tickets are £2.50 each

Flowers are budding, birds are hatching and bugs are crawling and creeping! Come and make your own animal, insect or bird characters from paper and other materials as we celebrate the start of spring.

To book tickets, click here.

Wild About Plymouth: Snapping Nature

Tuesday 11th April

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm, free to attend, no need to book

Join us for a nature photography session.

Find out how to capture plants and insects in their natural habitat. Be inspired by nature to take the perfect photograph.
The reservoir is home to all sorts of bugs and greenery so come along and capture something special.

For more information, please click here

Colour Explosion

Wednesday 12th April

£2.50 per child, session 1: 10.30am – 12.30pm session 2: 2pm – 4pm

Use the collage and colourful works in the ‘Thinking Tantra’ exhibition as a starting point to create your own multi-coloured works of art using all sorts of materials. We’ll also have objects from our collection to inspire you.

Please note: Tickets need to be booked for children only. To access the workshop please use the main entrance to the Peninsula Arts Gallery on North Hill

To book your space, please click here.

Robin Hood- Easter Pantomime

Wednesday 12th April

Matinee and evening performances

Join our heroes Robin Hood and Maid Marian in this swashbuckling, arrow-slinging, tights-wearing comedy adventure!
With an all-star cast, including Britain’s Got Talent Winner George Sampson as Robin Hood, children’s TV favourite Dani Harmer from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing as Maid Marian and X-Factor Runner-Up Andy Abraham as the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham.

For more details, click here.

National Marine Aquarium

1st – 16th April

This Easter Holidays we’ll be celebrating our amazing local coasts! We’ll have pop up stands from different local organisations including The Shark Trust, Marine Biological Association and more in the building.

We’ll have rock pool rambles, new shows and talks, a special trail around the building plus, some new animals will be going display.

For full details, please click here.

Easter at Pennywell Farm

15th, 16th and 17th April

We will be running Giant Easter Egg Hunts over the Easter weekend. There will also be Easter activities including egg rolling, egg tossing and guess the weight of the Easter bunny will be added to your favourites and we will of course be bottle feeding the Pennywell lambs and goat kids as well as enjoying the fabulous Pennywell Miniature Pig racing every afternoon at 2.30pm.

There is extra special entertainment every day during Devon school holidays from Elfic the Jester, Matt Pang and Mr Phil. Catch our entertainers in the theatre every day at 1pm and 3pm.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Bodmin Railway

Sunday 16th April

Family fun! Hunt the Easter eggs and enjoy balloon modelling, face painting and brake van rides.

Easter activity sheet with quiz and ‘Egg Hunt’, plus each child that completes the hunt will receive an Easter Egg.

To purchase tickets, please click here.


14th – 17th April

Our biggest Easter egg hunt ever taking place over bank holiday weekend where we will be giving away 10,000 free eggs! Collect a map from guest services, follow the clues and find the stamps and once you’ve found them all you can collect your egg.

You will also have the opportunity to test drive our brand newest attraction- the junior driving school!

Click here for full details.

The Miniature Pony Centre Dartmoor

14th April, 16th April, 17th April

As well as a fabulous Easter Egg hunt, we will be holding our first Easter Fancy Dress Competition! Come dressed up and be in for a chance of winning an fabulous prize!

For more information, click here.

If you are now planning a trip to Plymouth for Easter, why not top complete your visit by staying at The Duke? After a day of activities, return to the hotel for a meal in our stunning AA Rosette Restaurant before heading up to one of our 72 individually styled luxury bedrooms.

However you decide to spend the Easter break, we hope you have wonderful time!

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