Stuck for something to do over Easter weekend and want a family day trip that won’t just fill the kids up with sugar but will inspire their imaginations too? Then why not take them on a magical journey with characters from long-loved classic children’s books and go on one of these enchanting Easter book trails we’ve found dotted around the UK.
1. Go on a Moomin Adventure at Kew Gardens
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens have an inspiring, interactive Moomin Adventures Easter trail that will take them on a magical adventure through the beautiful gardens, helping botany-obsessed Hemulen who has woken from hibernation to find his favourite plants that have been stolen by the mischievous Stinky. Pick up a Moomin newspaper at the gates and follow the trail around the Gardens that finishes at the Moomin Festival Camp where kids can report their botanical findings and get their prize, do some craft activities, have a magical tea party, puppet show and a chance to say hello to a real-life Moomin character. Visit on Easter Sunday and they’ll get some eggstra-special Lindt treats too. Running until 17 April, Moomin Adventures can be enjoyed as part of a standard Kew Gardens entry which costs £15 for adults and £3.50 for children.
Visit National Trust property Croft Castle in Herefordshire, climb through the wardrobe, collect a trail sheet, then follow the Narnia themed clues on this magical outdoor Easter trail. Running from 8- 23rd April at Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole, near Leominster, Herefordshire it costs just £2 per trail, including a prize. As a bonus, Croft Castle is also part of the National Trust Egg hunt which the kids will be able to join too.
3. Collect Easter eggs at The World of Beatrix Potter Bowness-on-Windemere
Visit The World of Beatrix Potter this Easter and as well as the normal enchanting attractions like taking a walk through Jemima Puddleduck’s Woodland Glade and visiting Mrs Tiggywinkle’s kitchen, you’ll find lots of fun Easter craft activities – and there’s a mini treasure hunt on Easter Sunday in the Peter Rabbit garden with a chocolate egg and sticker to be won for all children, too.