Easter 2018 in Northumbria – Our Guide to What’s On
It’s an early Easter this year, so the Easter holidays are only just round the corner. This means it’s time to start planning your next family trip away, and with heaps of great events planned in Northumbria this year, it’s the perfect destination for an Easter break. We’ve put together a selection of some of the great Easter events in Northumbria for 2018, to help you break down the seemingly endless possibilities – and if you see anything that really grabs you, take a look at our great selection of holiday cottages in Northumbria and get your planning underway!
Having closed for the winter, Alnwick Castle reopens its doors to the public on Easter Weekend, and has a whole host of wonderful events planned for the Easter season. The bustling marketplace of the Artisans Courtyard will be filled with some of the best artisans in the country giving you the opportunity to get hands-on with their skills. There’ll also be Doctor John Greene, the celebrated medieval alchemist, Peterkin the Jester, medieval falconry, have-a-go archery, and medieval crafts and dressing up.
Having been a filming location for the Harry Potter films, there are also Potter-themed tours and activities, with ‘Potter inspired characters’ and broomstick training for visitors to delve into the world of magic.
The medieval activities continue at Bamburgh Castle as well this Easter, with ‘Rusty Bodkins’ explaining the life, weapons and training of a medieval archer – you can also have a go yourself. There’s also the opportunity to learn about and have a go at traditional woodworking techniques with Jon Purkins’ Small Axe Woodcraft workshops.
Easter Sunday sees some great egg-themed events as well. There’s a ‘create your own Faberge egg’ workshop, where you can create and take home your own beautifully decorated egg — and a ‘Beastly Egg Hunt’, with golden eggs hidden around the Castle by the Bamburgh Beast.
Warkworth Castle and Belsay Hall
There’s more great Easter fun to be found over Easter weekend at Warkworth Castle and Belsay Hall, too. From Good Friday to Easter Monday, they’re both hosting an Easter Adventure Quest, a hunt for legendary dragon eggs (that may well happen to be made of chocolate) hidden around their grounds. Set off with an intrepid character from the past to crack the clues and claim your reward.
Experience Easter traditions through the ages at Beamish living museum. Over the four day Easter weekend, there’s all sorts of fun to be had, from an Easter egg trail and traditional Easter baking across the museum to card making and egg decorating. There’ll also be egg rolling contests on Easter Monday, and the 1940s farm will be making carrot lollies (considered a real treat!) and rabbit finger puppets. See how Easter was celebrated in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
There’s some great events to be found at Wallington Hall over Easter, with a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt over the Easter weekend along their ‘Honeycomb Trail’. Not only can you find some tasty chocolate treats, you’ll also discover some fascinating facts about bees, which are being celebrated for their importance in nature over the Easter holidays. You can get hands on and help the rangers build a new wildlife friendly area, with ‘bug B&B’s’ to provide a great habitat for insects and encourage biodiversity.
You can also get in touch with nature over the Easter holidays with a close-up experience of lambing on a working farm. Broomhouse Farm is just a short scenic tractor trailer ride through the Wallington Estate – you can enjoy a guided tour of the lambing shed, visit the lamb hospital and help to bottle feed lambs, and you might even see a lamb being born!
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
Help the Easter Bunny for a classic Easter Egg Hunt from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. Find the hidden eggs, dotted across the entire Kirkley Hall site among its captivating meerkat troupe, lemur families, monkeys and more. Includes free entry to the zoo.
There are also some great activities at the zoo across the Easter holidays, with Zoo Club offering two weeks of exciting and memorable experiences. Help the zoo keepers care for all the animals, working on a different section each day, or learn the dos and don’ts of responsible pet ownership, going behind the scenes to help feed the animals and clean enclosures. There’s also a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, where you can bring your teddy and a picnic and enjoy some lunchtime games on the lawn.
Head to Northumberlandia on any of the four days over the Easter weekend for a fun Easter Treasure Hunt. This unique piece of public art is set in a 46 acre community park with free public access, with four miles of footpaths to traverse, and lots of clues to find. Collect a trail sheet and explore the woodland, answering questions along the way. There’s a prize to collect at the end, so get searching!
The Northumberland Wildlife Trust is holding an Easter egg hunt with a difference on Easter Saturday. Perfect for youngsters with an interest in the natural world, search the strandline at Cresswell for shark egg cases and other fascinating items. You can learn all about the sharks, rays and skates that call the Northumbrian coastal waters their home.