Outdoor things for kids to do this Easter
The heads up on Easter holiday activities in Somerset & Dorset, that you can plan – and book – right now
From Mon 29 March we can all meet up outside with another family or in groups of six – yippee! So here are 10 fun things for kids of all ages to do outside over Easter. Best to book as soon as you can to avoid missing out.
Catch a wave
The surf’s up and always perfect at The Wave in Bristol, a 180m long surfing lake which uses state-of-the-art technology to produce safe and consistent waves for tentative paddlers as well as cool surfer dudes. Beginners’ lessons, coaching and open sessions.
Track down Easter eggs
The National Trust’s annual Easter egg trails take place from the beginning of April. Dates vary for each property (and trails will last until eggs run out) with tickets released every Friday so you won’t be able to book until Fri 26 March for Dunster Castle in Dunster, Kingston Lacy near Wimborne Minster, Montacute House near Yeovil, Barrington Court near Ilminster, Fyne Court near Bridgwater, Corfe Castle and Studland Bay both near Swanage and Lytes Cary Manor near Yeovil.
Take to the slopes
Skiing and snowboarding for beginners and experienced, ski bobs (sit on thingies) and ringoes (sit in thingies) on the dry slopes; trampolines, swings and huge fort in the Alpine Adventure Park. All at the Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre in Christchurch. From Mon 29 March.
Have an adventure
Over 40 activities on offer in Bruton at the Mill on the Brue’s Easter adventure day camps, including a 220m zip wire, bush craft skills, climbing walls, rafting and high ropes. For 8 to 15 years olds. See the programme here. Mon to Friday 9am– 4pm. Activity ticket £55 per child/per day. Sports ticket £35 per child/per day.
Take your little monkey to meet some others at Monkey World, the 65-acre ape rescue centre in Wareham, which provides sanctuary for hundreds of rescued (from labs, circuses, pet shops, etc) and endangered primates from around the world. From Mon 12 April.
Chuck an axe
All sorts of Easter activities at the Mendip Activity Centre, near Winscombe, north Somerset, including axe throwing (mind your head), archery, canoeing and rock climbing to skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing – some involving Cadbury’s Creme Eggs. From Mon 29 March.
Swing from the trees – or Segway through them
You can all Go Ape on the Dorset/Hampshire border at Moors Valley, near Bournemouth. Traverse narrow crossings, suspended walkways and tree-high platforms 11 metres high in the forest canopy; bounce around in netted tunnels with giant balls amongst the trees – or stay on the ground on an all-terrain forest Segway. From Mon 29 March.
Watch live theatre from your car
Two great shows live on stage to watch from the comfort of your motor. Billionaire Boy, David Walliams’ story about Joe Spud, the richest boy in the country, who has everything he wants – except a friend, and the Horrible Histories’ whistlestop tour of Barmy Britain.
Billionaire Boy is on at Canford Park Arena in Poole (Weds 14 April), the Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet (Fri 16 April) and Bristol Airport Airfield (Sat 17 April). Barmy Britain Canford Park Arena in Poole (Weds 14 April), Bath & West Showground (Fri 16 April), Bristol Airport Airfield ( Sun 18 April). From £42 per car.
Go down to the woods
Whittling sticks, woodland crafts, playing games, toasting marshmallows, swinging on ropes in 80 acres of ancient woodland close to Bath and Frome – sorry but it’s only for kids! Hidden Woods‘ award-winning school holiday clubs for 8 years+ are running from Tues 6 – Thurs 8th April (3 day block) and Mon 12–Thurs 15th April (4 day block).
Race super fast single seater dirt buggies around hairpin bends, chicanes, fast straights and corner slides, and quad bikes along 20 miles of extreme track with 45-degree banking chicanes and a 30m ski jump drop (eek) at farm-turned-outdoor-activity-centre Gorcombe Extreme Sport near Blandford Forum. Dirt buggies from 6 years and quad bikes from 12 years. Call 01258 452219 to book.