Your guide to Easter 2015 & Treasure Trail clues
Easter; a religious celebration for many, a holiday from work for most, and a time to go a little bit chocolate-mad for just about everyone. It's a great time of year, one in which we feel the first warm rays of spring and get to hang out with our families for four glorious days of roast dinners, long walks and Easter egg hunts. Plus, the UK comes together to put on some wonderful events for people of all ages. So without further ado, it's time to get planning. Read on for some of our top picks of what's on across the country this Easter. And don't forget, if you want to do your very own Easter egg hunt, you can download our clues to place around your home. Ready, set, go!
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Cadbury Easter Eggsploration
It wouldn't be right if the chocolate giant we all know and love didn't do its own spectacular Easter egg hunt. Much like their chocolate bars, wherever you are in the UK, you won't be far from one of Cadbury's treasure trails come this time of year. Simply go to their website and enter in your postcode to find the one closest to you. With over three hundred locations dotted across the country, you probably won't have to travel far. Upon arrival, your children will be transformed into 'Eggsplorers', with their very own trail journals containing all the clues they'll need to complete the hunt. When they finish they'll be rewarded with a scrummy 'Cadbury Egghead'. Choosing picturesque sites as their locations (namely stately homes with lovely gardens), Cadbury's Easter Eggsploration offers a great day out for both kids and adults alike.
Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival + CamperFest
Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival celebrates the very best of food, art and loads of other good stuff, all the way across Easter Weekend. Attended by world famous chefs, who all bring their own delicious dishes to the table, this is a foodie's heaven. Find the likes of Jean-Christophe Novelli, Mark Walker and Sean Wilson on the many stalls at the festival, cooking up smells that are too good to resist. And for the kids there's plenty of things to do, including cooking workshops held by the Academy of Culinary Arts. If you're wanting to make a full weekend of it and are feeling adventurous, you could jump on board with the festival's 'CamperFest', which offers full camping facilities for the four days of Easter. Alternatively, why not look into hotels in Manchester and spend the weekend exploring what the city has to offer, as well as its surrounding areas?
Lock Tavern Festival
If you're feeling something a little less family oriented and a little more adulterated, Camden's Locke Tavern Festival could be the perfect way to spend your Easter weekend. With new and established music acts playing across a range of cool venues (outdoor and in), alongside fantastic food and drink pop ups, the festival is great for those looking to kick back and chill - and have a boogie too. This year you can expect the likes of The Voyeurs, Flowers, Jagaara, William Arcane and more. Let's just hope the weather turns out for a fabulous few days of fun in the sun.
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Alnwick Castle
Visit the beautiful Alnwick Castle and its stunning gardens to embark on a hunt for the one and only Lindt Gold Bunny. Kids will receive an activity pack, and will be able to explore the impressive grounds in search of chocolatey treats. The Grade I listed Alnwick Castle is one of the North East's greatest heritage sites, dating back to around 1096. It offers fantastic, educational events year round, and houses some of the most impressive state rooms in Britain. So once the Easter egg hunting is done, there's plenty of opportunity to make the most of your trip out there.
Death by Chocolate, London Dungeons
Be gone bunnies and sweeties, bows and butterflies, it's time for the unconventional to shine. If you're visiting the capital over Easter weekend, and fancy seeing the darker side of the holiday, be sure to pay a visit to the London Dungeons. At Death by Chocolate you'll meet the sinister Miss Edmonds, a seemingly charming lady with a poisonous nature and an even more toxic sweet shop. Kids will get the chance to play candy roulette in which they may or may not be blasted with nasty, unexpected flavours… that is if they dare! Afterwards, you'll be able to roam the dingy depths of the dungeons themselves. Hold the phone, is it Easter or Halloween?!
So there you have it, this year's Easter well and truly sorted. Whether you're taking it easy at home and plan to embark on an adventure with our very own treasure trail clues, or are exploring the best of Britain's Easter events, you're in for a fantastic weekend of fun. Now who's for cracking open the first egg?