The Easter holidays are a perfect opportunity to spend time with the family, whilst enjoying the brighter spring days. Whether it’s an Easter egg hunt, colourful crafts or seasonal baking, there are plenty of options for fun activities you to do both at home and in the local area this April.

Looking for some Easter inspiration? We’ve picked some of our favourite family-friendly activities for you to do at home over the school holidays. So… let’s get cracking!

Scavenger Hunt at Home

One of the main parts of Easter is, of course, the scavenger hunt for Easter eggs!

Create a trail out of small chocolate eggs in foil around the home, and either set your little ones a challenge of finding them all in 15-minutes, or simply let them explore the house all morning! If you have older children, cryptic clues that lead them to a pile of chocolatey treasure will get them thinking and keep them entertained for longer. Make sure to get creative with your clues – for example:

You cut me on a table, but I’m never eaten. What am I?

A deck of cards!

Local Easter Walk

Another activity to do with the whole family on Easter Sunday is a wholesome walk around Beaulieu Park. Located just a short drive from The Arbour, Beaulieu Park is a calm and peaceful area of leafy parkland – perfect for walks, runs and even picnics! Also nearby is the beautiful Boleyn Gardens, teeming with wildflower meadows, ponds, and an array of local wildlife. The park is ideal for kids, offering an exciting Yew hedge maze, play equipment and a cycle track.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to get outdoors closer to home, Beaulieu itself has plenty of parks, playgrounds, and green open spaces, as well as an allotment, community gardens and an orchard!

Mini Egg Chocolate Cornflake Nests

Is Easter even Easter without baking? A brilliant recipe for children to try over the Easter holidays is a chocolate Easter nest. We love this recipe from BBC Food – minimal ingredients, super easy to follow, and takes less than 10 minutes!

As long as an adult melts the chocolate, children can get involved with every other stage easily, and it shouldn’t be too messy!

Top tip: Make the recipe even more egg-citing by adding mini-marshmallows. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it!


Barleylands Farm Park

Less than a 30-minute drive from The Arbour, Barleylands Farm Park is perfect for an exciting family day out. Offering a whole programme of dedicated Easter activities, Barleylands is sure to keep you busy during the school holidays. Sign-up to meet some of their springtime baby animals, including piglets, lambs, bunnies, and newly hatched chicks, or get involved in their Easter Trail or Easter themed crafts. If you’re feeling brave, why not catch a birds of prey demonstration, or head to the Nocturnals and Exotics House for a chance to meet bats, lizards, insects and even snakes!

For families seeking new homes this spring, The Arbour is a new community-spirited neighbourhood which benefits from proximity to Beaulieu Park School and Nursery, the thriving city of Chelmsford, as well as a whole host of green spaces – perfect for exploring this Easter.

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