Our favourite things to do over the Easter Holidays

Spring is on its way (honest) and with it comes that favourite time of Easter holidays when we all emerge from what has been a bit of  a harsh winter!

If you’re coming up to the Lakes, there’s lots of things to choose from – to entertain the kids, get a bit of local culture, or simply indulge in local food and drink.

Easter Egg Hunting 

Kids of all ages love an Egg Hunt and there are plenty to choose from all over the Lakes.

Easter Bunny, chocolate & sunshine!


  1. On Wednesday 4th April 2018, the Lake District will once again host the north of England’s biggest Easter egg search in The Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt. Children and adults can seek 100 limited edition ceramic Easter eggs with great prizes to be won. This event is always hugely popular and all eggs are usually found by 4pm.
  2. The Lakeland Maze Farm Park near Kendal opens on Saturday 24th March until Sunday 15th April 2018 offering loads of fun activities. There’ll be farm animals to see, an Easter egg hunt, indoor and outdoor play areas, pets corner and much, much more!
  3. The National Trust puts on an Easter Egg hunt with Cadbury, at various of its places, with hunts from Good Friday to Easter Monday at Sizergh Castle, Townend, Claife Viewing Station,  Fell Foot, Hill Top,  Wray Castle and even on board  Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water and around Tarn Hows.

    Checking the map at Wray Castle
  4. Heron Corn Mill, Beetham has it’s Easter Egg hunt on Good Friday: 11:00am – 4:00pm as well as fabulous chocolatey prizes up for grabs! There’s alsoplenty of fresh bread and hot cross buns courtesy of our Bread of Heron team, and a variety of Easter themed cakes and mouth-watering home-made pies for sale.
  5. Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere are hosting a Giant Spring Trail and Easter Egg Hunt around the beautiful gardens of Brockhole and you can collect a surprise gift at the end! 24 March- 15 April, £3 just turn up.

Culture over the Easter Holidays:

  1. Claude Monets Haystacks: Snow Effect is on until 28th April at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. Monet, a founder of French impressionist painting, produced over 30 haystacks paintings, at different times of day and season to capture the effect changing light had on their form. The haystacks in this painting stood in a field to the west of Monet’s house in Giverney, France.
  2. Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, Windermere, has a changing exhibition programme and is also the most beautifully elegant house overlooking Lake Windermere.

    Blackwell & views
  3. Slung at Rheged, Penrith.  Think a mix of Dr Seuss, a hint of Haribos and a smidgen of Alice’s Cheshire cat , Michael Shaw’s flamboyant Slung is composed of two large fluorescent pink and orange striped inflatables, suggesting a pair of huge lungs that inflate and deflate as though breathing.
  4. Lakes Ignite 2018 presents six specially commissioned contemporary artworks to celebrate the Lake District’s designation as a World Heritage site right though to July 2018.  Spark your imagination as six artists are bringing their creative vision to the Lakes with a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore, using mixed media and fun whether you’re 8 or 80.
  5. Ordnance PavilionWainwrights Inn, Langdale: Studio MUTT has created a colourful, interactive architectural intervention that celebrates the impact Ordnance Survey mappings have had on our human and cultural interaction with the landscape. Get up close to icons of OS maps as you’ve never seen them before.
  6. Trails of the Unexpected:   Cumbria’s museums and galleries are some of the finest in the country. Trails of the Unexpected is a new way to explore our internationally significant collections, artworks and artefacts – each with a story to tell. There are six walking trails to follow in Cumbria and the Lake District, each one gives you the opportunity to explore a world of cultural treasures in an epic landscape. Find out more about our museums and galleries in the Visit section and use their Visitor Map to plan your trip..


Take a spring walk..

One of the favourite things we love to do is just get out there!  Whether its a high-level walk with views for miles, or a potter around a lakeshore and tea and cake afterward, you can’t beat just being outside and enjoying nature and wildlife.

  1. Check out these favourites from our friends at the National Trust.
  2. Here’s Five Great Walks around Windermere thanks to the Lake District National Park.

Just get out and enjoy the milder weather and longer days.  Breath in that spring air and welcome those spring flowers as nature begins to unfold… And wherever you end up, you’ll be sure of delicious local food and drink to enjoy – If you get fed up of chocolate!