Easter Activities in Scotland
Spring, may I dare say is finally peeking through the clouds and making its way to us (hooray!). It will hopefully start to get warmer and the days longer, the birds will begin to chirp sweetly in the morning, the trees will be soon be filled with the pretty pink confetti like blossom and of course the bright coloured daffodils will be scattered across the many parks. Easter will soon enough be here, to many the Easter weekend is often a highlight. First and foremost, it is a religious holiday , but it is also the first long weekend of Spring and allows the opportunity for us to escape our normal daily routine, even it’s just for a few a days. With that being said, it also brings the joys of the Easter holidays for many children, students and families so here’s some fun activities you can do!
1. Easter Egg Rolling
Let’s start with tradition and keep it simple, rolling an ordinary boiled egg down a hill. This is an activity I am sure many have fond memories of doing. The impatient waiting for the egg to be finally boiled and cooled down so you could finally decorate it in style or just so you could get out and roll it down a hill. Easter egg rolling is supposed to symbolic of the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ’s Tomb after his resurrection. Despite this being one of the more traditional Easter activities it is still carried out nationwide. No matter where you are, well as long as you have something to boil an egg in you should be able to carry out this activity. For some inspiration on making your eggs look as funky as possible check these out – Easter Egg Ideas
2. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
There’s nothing better than tucking into a well earned treat, well that’s exactly what you can expect participating in the super fun Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the whole family along to one of the many locations across Scotland and become the ultimate nature detectives to follow the bunny’s clues and finish your adventure with a delicious chocolate or two! The locations of the hunts are run by the National Trust for Scotland so you may find yourself exploring the grounds of a grand castle or stately home, for example Pollok House in Glasgow, Kellie Castle in Fife and Branklyn Gardens in Perth and that’s not even it. Just don’t be greedy when it comes to the chocolate otherwise you may have a slightly sore stomach…. (No cheating either).
3. Easter Eggstravaganza
The ever so exciting Easter Eggstravaganza at Traquair House is back again for a superb day of egg hunting/painting and all sorts of other fun activities. There could be no better place for an Easter Egg Hunt as Traquair House as the largest hedge maze in Scotland. The event is now in its 18th year and there will be 6,000 mini eggs to found over the course of the day so no child will be left empty handed, a treat or two will most certainly be found here. This event takes places on the 1st April from 11:00am – 17:00 and admission for adults £6.00, child/concs £5.00 and under 5’s go free.
4. Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Selfie Stick
In Perth this Easter, and are perhaps taking the little one around the shops? Well why not pop into the St John’s Shopping Centre as the Easter bunny is hopping its way here on 31st March between 11am and 3pm with some very special treats indeed! Join in all the fun with not one but two FREE fabbie Easter Fun Events. Spot the Easter Egg stickers hiding in the mall and you’ll be rewarded with a yummy cream egg! Everyone who takes part and finds all six eggs will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Giant Bunny! Also from 11am – 3pm, Hannah and Steffi will be on hand to help you with your Easter Bunny selfie stick!. For more information on this event see here – Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Selfie Stick .
5. Jurassic Kingdom
It’s not strictly Easter related, however this event is sure to bring a smile or two to many faces, particular dinosaur enthusiasts! If you love the Jurassic Park/World series then this is a must for the Easter holidays. Jurassic Kingdom continues its UK & European tour to Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh, opening on the 30th March 2018 and closing on the 15th April 2018. Jurassic Kingdom, is a spectacular outdoor dinosaur experience aimed at family audiences with over 30 impressive installations of animated dinosaurs with electronic moving parts. Animatronics include arms moving up and down, tails swaying side-to-side, heads moving up and down, eyes blinking and jaws opening wide with roaring sound effects. Making it a truly awesome day out! This is the first outdoor dinosaur experience of its kind in the UK. Visitors can explore the gardens and parklands and uncover epic life-sized replica dinosaurs from everybody’s favorite, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops to flying reptiles like pterosaurs. There’s a range of street food and drink vendors on offer, various educational and entertaining branded merchandise available for purchase within the retail marquee too. Be sure to get yout tickets here.
6. Glen Finglas Easter Egg Assault
Do not fear, this event is not as violent as it may sound, no hard boiled eggs will be pelted at you as run through the glen, in fact quite the opposite will happen. The Easter Egg Assault at Glen Finglas promises to be an exciting and fun filled day out for all the family, even your dogs. Simply bring along a hard boiled egg, make sure you're dressed appropriately for the weather (it's Scotland after all) and then collect your self led trail leaflet from the Visitor's Gateway. See if your egg survives the aerial runway, and many of the other surprise obstacles! There might be a chocolately treat at the end, it is Easter after all. To find out more about this fun event check out the website – Glen Finglas Easter Egg Asssault.
7. Easter at Scone Palace
Shiver me timbers! At Scone Palace this Easter Sunday, there's a swashbuclking adventure awaiting to be had by all families. So why not come along and join in the fun, you can even dress up as a pirate (there's a prize to be won for the 'Best Dressed Pirate'). Activities helf throughout the day include the bouncy adventure ship, the ball pool for smaller children, pirate face painting , a treasure hunt, pirate games and a giant deck chair. Will you become a REAL pirate by the end of the day? For more information have a look at the website – Easter Sunday – Pirate Fun Day.
8. Puppet Animation Festival
Now in its 35th year, the Puppet Animation Festival takes place across Scotland every Easter. With 165 puppet performances, workshops and animated film screenings being brought to you in 90 venues, this years festival looks to be a very special one indeed. The Puppet Animation Festival is the UK's largest and oldest annual performing arts event for children. From Stornoway to Dumfries there will certianly be a show for you this Easter holiday. To find your nearest venue have a look at the website – Puppet Animation Festival.
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