Easter in Staffordshire
Go mad as a hatter!
Parents looking for amazing adventures for their children this Easter holiday can head to Trentham Monkey Forest near Stoke-on-Trent. Follow the egg-citing Easter trail andgo ‘Mad as a Hatter’ at lively weekend performances from Alice in Wonderland characters. Family activities run from 29th March to 5th April.
Take a walk on the wild side!
Do something different this Easter and go lama trekking around the beautiful National Forest and Peak District. Enjoy a five mile trek on gentle terrain, with a picnic stop half way with a furry friend. Storytelling and creative workshops can also be included during this Easter period. Open every day throughout the Easter holidays, booking is essential to avoid disappointment by calling 01283 711702.
Get naked from the knees down and enjoy a 1km walk through the woodlands and meadows of Trentham Gardens on their barefoot walk. Tantalise your toes with an array of testing textures including mud, bark, babbling streams, logs, hay, grass and pebbles.
Why not test your limits on the Climbing Wall at Trentham Gardens and see if you can make it to the top! Will you take on the challenge for just £2.50 for two climbs! Open from 29th March – 1st April, no booking required.
If you prefer to relax, ride around the parkland in style from 29th March – 14th April in one of Trentham’s traditional carriages or if you would rather to be the one holding the reigns enjoy a pony ride (children only).
Dab-hand in the kitchen?
Why not enter this year’s Easter Bake Off at Emma Bridgewater? Aspiring bakers can join Emma Bridgewater‘s Bake Off and create their finest Easter Cake to enter into their competition. Judging will take place at 3pm on Saturday 30th March and there will be a prize for the winner! Booking in advance is recommended.
Are you and the family up for the Great Egg Challenge? Visit the National Memorial Arboretum this Easter holiday from 23rd March to 14th April and take part in this family activity by following the trail around the Arboretum, completing numerous egg challenges along the way. At the end of the course, return the egg and be entered into the prize draw!
Rest your head
Head to Drayton Manor Theme Park’s hotel a 4-star hotel which is set in a unique location amongst 280 acres of lakes and parkland as well as being next door to the theme park’s top attractions and rides!
DraytonManorTheme Park in Staffordshire has a cracking offer for families looking for an action-packed day out over the Easter holidays. Between Friday 29th March and Sunday 14th April, all pre-booked adult tickets (ages 12+) will cost just £20 and child tickets (ages 4 – 11) will be priced at £13. Ticket prices for 2 – 3 year olds have been halved and will cost £2.50, whilst under 2s go free. Car parking is just £2 instead of £3.
New for the 2013 season is A Fish Story, an underwater musical adventure film, which will be screened in the park’s sensational 4D Cinema.
The park is also home to Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is a must-see attraction for fans of all ages of the little blue engine and his friends.
For the perfect place to stay overnight and make the most of the Easter weekend, Alton Towers Resort is offering egg-citing short breaks, including two tickets for the price of one to enter both the waterpark and theme park! Test your nerves on the terrifying rides, watch Ice Age the 4D Experience at the new 4D cinema, or try out the wonderfully wacky waterpark.
If you’re looking for a day out with a difference visit Churnet Valley Railway. Trains will be running on all three days over the Easter weekend, and on the Easter Sunday they have a number of egg-citing activities for children to enjoy! All three stations (Cheddleton, Consall and Kingsley & Froghall) will be open for families to join in the Easter egg hunt, hunt the rabbit, do egg painting and join in with other Easter activities!
Shriek and save!
Staffordshire’s Thrill Hopper ticket offers a great way to save in Staffordshire this Easter. You can visit four of the county’s major attractions - Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Waterworld and the SnowDome - for just £60.00 per person or £170.00 for a family of four (two adults and two children under 12). The Staffordshire Enjoy Card also offers discounts, deals and exclusive benefits in and around the county.