Easter Activities & Events 2017

Children taking part in an Easter hunt

Easter events and days out

Be a challenge champion this Easter weekend! You'll be greeted by a character from the past - perhaps a king, a butler or a Roman centurion - who'll be able to help you crack the clues as you explore historic sites. There's a chocolate reward for successful adventurers, so be sure to join in the fun with our Easter activities in 2017.

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Children's Activities Across the Country This Easter

Thrilling adventure quests are taking place at our sites across the country this Easter. These special family days out are packed with Easter activities and games to keep the kids busy at historic sites over the Easter weekend. Hunt for clues in the dramatic natural landscape of Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, or have a go at archery, crafts and activities at Dover Castle's Medieval Easter Weekend. There's adventure waiting at more than 20 sites across the country this Easter.

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  • Children taking part in an Easter egg hunt

    Audley End House

    Seek adventure this Easter at Audley End House, with clues and a helping hand from costumed characters at this Jacobean mansion.

  • Kenilworth Castle

    Scale the heights of the tower and get involved with quests and activities at Kenilworth Castle, medieval fortress turned Elizabethan palace.

  • Carlisle Castle

    Visit Carlisle Castle this Easter to explore medieval castle rooms and 19th century military buildings, as you seek out your chocolate prize.

  • Old Sarum

    Climb the mighty ramparts of this Iron Age hillfort to embark on an Easter adventure with panoramic views over the Wiltshire plains.

Hands-on Easter Crafts for Kids

Brave adventurers need to make sure their skills are top notch before taking part in one of our Easter Adventure Quests.

Have a go at each of our activities and gain a boost to your attack, defence and wisdom skills. You'll soon be ready to crack the clues and find the treasure!

  • Make a Sword

    No adventure is complete without a trusty sword at your side. Take a look at our instructions for making your own out of cardboard and improve your swordsmanship.

  • A heraldic stag

    Discover the Art of Heraldry

    Show your true colours to a friend by making your own heraldry. Follow our guide to find out all about it, download a heraldic charge animal or beast and craft your very own piece of history.

  • Make a Shield

    Make sure you are prepared for your adventure by making your own shield to boost your defence. Decorate it with your own heraldic design and have the best looking protection around.

Whitby Abbey

Did you know?

Before the 7th century there were two methods for calculating the date for Easter. One originated from Roman missionaries who established what is now Whitby Abbey. The second came from the Irish or Celtic tradition which used the island of Lindisfarne as their chief mission centre. Both used the lunar calendar, but had two different methods of calculation, meaning the Roman and Celtic Easters fell on different dates.

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Holiday in history this Easter

  • Binoculars on a windowsill at an English Heritage holiday cottage

    5 Castle Breaks

    Explore our top picks to help you time travel to some of England's most historic sites in 21st century style and comfort.

  • Peverell's Tower holiday cottage and gateway at Dover Castle

    Feel at home in history

    We have a range of holiday cottages in historic settings across the country, so find your perfect stay this Easter.

  • People walking at Tintagel

    Travel guides

    Plan a weekend away or a short break in England with our regional travel guides.

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