Easter Activities & Events 2018

2018 Easter events and days out

Step into history with an action-packed Easter weekend in 2018. We've got plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained across the country so release your inner adventurer and join us for a fun day out.

Plus, join an Easter Adventure Quest over the Easter weekend for your chance to win a one-off 'Eggsclusive Egg' designed by one of six children's illustrators.

Featured Easter Events

Thrilling adventure quests are taking place at our historic places across the country this Easter. These special family days out are packed with Easter activities and games to keep the kids busy 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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Six Eggsclusive Eggs in a basket

Find and win an 'Eggsclusive Egg'

We've teamed up with six leading children's illustrators to design six 'Eggsclusive Eggs' inspired by our historic places. Join an Easter Adventure Quest over the Easter weekend for your chance to find a special chicken token and win an egg. Eggs will be hidden at six random sites hosting the quest across the country. Good luck!

Illustrators include Fantastic Beasts illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill and Julia Donaldson's collaborator, Lydia Monks. Find out more about the Eggsclusive Eggs.

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Hands-on Easter Crafts and Activities for Kids

  • Decorate some Pace Eggs

    From the 18th century children decorated their own eggs at Easter, or recieved them as presents. These were called ‘pace eggs’, and we've put together a guide so you can make them at home.

  • 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.

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.

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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