Looking for inspiration this Easter?

Join us on a legendary quest as you explore our outdoor trails, crack the clues and search for the dragon eggs on our quest boards. More details on participating sites and how to book coming soon...

You can also take a look at our crafts and activities section below for ideas on how to keep the family occupied. Explore our in-depth historical blogs, step into Mrs Crocombe's kitchen, or catch up with the English Heritage podcast.


Check out our 'how to' videos and activity guides below to help prepare for one of our Easter Adventure Quests.

  • Make your own clay dragon

    If you're feeling creative and would rather create mythical beasts than slay them, follow our tips on how to make your very own dragon out of clay.

  • How to make a shield

    Get prepared for your Easter adventure by making your own shield. Decorate it with your own heraldic design and have the best looking protection around.

  • How to 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.

  • How to Decorate Eggs for Easter

    Looking for fun crafts and activities to enjoy this Easter? Look no further than our guide to decorating Pace Eggs with colourful dyes.

How to Make Saffron Buns

Join Mrs Crocombe, the Victorian cook, as she shows you how to create your own Saffron Buns.

They are a lovely treat, guaranteed to bring a bit of colour to any Easter table.

Watch on YouTube

History In Focus

  • Why do we have Easter Eggs?

    How did the egg come to represent Easter? Discover some of the theories, explore the traditions that have come and gone over the centuries, and find out how to make your own traditional Easter Egg.

  • Saxon Easter customs and where they survived

    Easter gives us an insight into the customs of ordinary Saxons, before the Norman Conquest changed the culture of England. Rowena Willard-Wright, Senior Curator of Collections and Interiors, explains how.

  • Dragons and their Origins

    Where did the dragon myth originate, and why are dragon stories so widespread across at least two continents? Carolyne Larrington, Professor of medieval European literature at the University of Oxford, investigates.

Podcast: The History of the Easter Hunt

Step into England's story with the English Heritage podcast.

Join presenter Charles Rowe and Senior Properties Historian Andrew Hann to discover how the seasonal tradition of the Easter egg hunt started, how the tradition has evolved, and when natural eggs were replaced by the chocolate variety we're more familiar with today.

Listen on soundcloud

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