Spring means Easter holidays. And Easter holidays means kids off school for approximately three weeks, looking to be entertained. They can only play games, read books or watch TV for so long before they get bored and want to go out on an adventure.
If you can manage to coincide the Easter holidays with getting some time off work it can be a wonderful opportunity to explore, as a family, some of Britain’s best events and attractions. So to help, we’ve rounded up the best Easter holiday family days out 2019.
Eco Camping, Loch Katrine, near Aberfoyle
These mini-lodges opened up in 2017 and they are a fantastic way to experience nature in a comfortable environment.
The lodges have a kitchenette, TV, underfloor heating and shower and toilet facilities nearby. Some are dog-friendly too.
If you prefer a more traditional camping experience there is a space to pitch up a tent and also camper van spaces.
This streetlight-free environment means that on a clear night you’ll be able to do some fantastic stargazing.
In April, the Mad Hatter Easter Extravaganza will take place at the nearby Trossachs Pier, which includes an Easter egg hunt. Staying at the lodges also gets you a 20% discount on sailings on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott and the Lady of the Lake.
Loch-side lodges, £80 per night
Dolphin watching, Moray Firth
An estimated 130 dolphins swim in the waters of the Moray Firth – an inlet of the North Sea in north-east Scotland.
You can pay to go on whale and dolphin-watching boat trips. Just remember with marine mammal spotting there is never any guarantee of sightings.
To make it a free day out, pack a picnic and find a patch of grass at Chanonry Point, Cromarty. Sightings are common here – it’s a well known feeding spot for the resident Bottlenose dolphins. Harbour seals can be spotted on the nearby shores too.
For more info check out moraydolphins.co.uk
A day out in Dundee’s museums
Dundee has such a wealth of world-class museums that one day isn’t enough to see everything properly. The newly-opened stunning V&A Dundee is free entry and showcases the best in British design. Some exhibitions come with a charge.
Next door is Discovery Point, where you can step aboard the RRS Discovery. It’s the ship that took Scott and Shackleton on their first expedition to Antarctica.
Next up you could visit the Verdant Works, Dundee’s Jute museum. You can learn about how Dundee was the jute capital of the British empire and how jute was made and exported. If you are lucky you can hear first hand accounts from part-time volunteers who used to work in the jute mill.
You could also visit the Dundee Science centre, The McManus Art Gallery, Museum of Transport… the list goes on so consider making a trip to Dundee a long weekend.
Verdant Works and Discovery Point joint discount family tickets available, £46
Visit the ‘Highland coos’ in Glasgow
Pollock Country Park is the place to find the iconic ‘Highland coos’. Even better, in April you will see newborn baby ‘coos’.
Enjoy more animal action at the horse stable where Baron, Duke and Spencer live. You can see them up close and sometimes see them performing the Heavy Horse demonstrations.
Pollock Park also has beautiful country walks, immaculate gardens and Pollock House, a grand country manor, which is a ticketed attraction.
Every year in April, Pollock House, managed by the National Trust, runs an Easter egg hunt in association with Cadbury.
Unfortunately, The Burrell Museum which hosts the Burrell Collection is closed for renovation until 2020. However there is more than enough in Pollock Country Park to keep kids and adults occupied.
Pollock Park entry is free, Pollock House family ticket £12.50
Interactive magic in Edinburgh
You could do any number of things in Edinburgh but these two attractions involve awesome action-packed magical illusions.
First up is the incredible Dynamic Earth, which will take you on a journey to witness the story of planet earth. You’ll feel the heat of a bubbling volcano and the chill of the polar ice on your fingertips, before crash landing in the tropical rainforest inhabited by dinosaurs.
Next up try Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. This is five floors full of interactive and hands-on fun as you explore the city through the use of trickery and illusions.
Make your way though the World of Illusions galleries, shrink yourself like Alice in Wonderland, encounter stunning holograms, navigate a bewildering Mirror Maze and much more.