12 outdoor Easter activities
Take the family outside for some fresh air this Easter.
There’s plenty going on, from egg hunts to sponsored walks – or perhaps try a fun run. Whether you choose one of our suggested events or find your own, getting out and about will put the colour in everyone’s cheeks in no time.
Walks across the UK
Book ahead for one of the Easter red squirrel or dormouse spotting walks in the Yorkshire Dales.
Held just after Easter, on 24-28 April, this five-day walking festival in south-east Wales is the perfect way to explore the verdant landscape and spring flora and fauna.
Feeling brave? Why not opt for walking 25 miles or running 25km along the Thames Path and through Windsor Great Park this Easter Saturday? Participants can raise money for charity or enjoy the event as a self-funded challenge.
Visit Glasgow and join the first of the year’s four Kiltwalks across Scotland on 28 April to raise funds for Scottish charities.
The Great British Dog Walk
Held at locations across the UK from March to June, these are sponsored events for owners and their dogs to raise money for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Find your nearest walk here.
You’ll need a wetsuit but adventurous youngsters will love the Easter Surf Camp at Portrush for ages five to 16 or the Kids Surf Camp for ages six to 12 in Limavady this Easter.
On Easter Sunday, Hockwold Hall in Norfolk hosts a 5k race with a difference in aid of Asthma UK. Runners (and walkers) are treated to being covered in powdered paint as they pass through five colour zones in this unique race.
The weekend after Easter, the Cycle Derby Spring Classic Sportive offers serious cyclists three race routes (40km, 80km or 160km) around the Staffordshire and South Derbyshire countryside. New for 2019 is the 19km Five Parks Family Ride around the city of Derby– ideal for families or casual cyclists.
Family fun outdoors
Sea Watch Picnic
Visit Criccieth Castle in north-west Wales on 17 April for a teatime picnic and try to spot dolphins, gannets or seals. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with wildlife identification. If you can’t make it in April then pencil in a visit later in 2019 – it’s a stunning spot to visit all year round.
Sponsored by Cadbury, these events at National Trust properties around the country combine fresh air with chocolate rewards.
Easter Adventure Quests
Search for legendary dragon eggs at English Heritage sites from Hastings to Scarborough this Easter. See the English Heritage website for more.