Go on a historic hunt
Join an Easter Egg hunt at one of Wales’s spectacular Cadw properties. Sites like Laugharne Castle in Carmarthenshire, Criccieth Castle on the North Wales coast and Conwy’s Plas Mawr will inspire both kids and adults – as well as providing plenty of hiding places for brightly coloured Easter treats. You can also experience a medieval Easter at sprawling Caerphilly Castle, complete with living history displays and sword-clashing weapon demonstrations.
Follow the trail
Our National Museums are fun and fascinating places all year round, but things get even better at Easter. A cracking time awaits at the National Museum Cardiff, Big Pit National Coal Museum. St Fagans National Museum of History, National Waterfront Museum, National Slate Museum or National Roman Legion Museum, where young adventurers can follow special Easter Trails. Solve the clues hidden amid the exhibits to claim an egg-citing (sorry) prize.
How does your garden grow?
With the country springing back into life after a long winter, why not get inspiration for your own green spaces at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff? Taking place in the capital’s Bute Park, this colourful two-day event is packed with stalls selling everything from cacti to chrysanthemums, plus arts and crafts, gardening equipment and a food quarter serving up wood-fired pizzas, hog roasts, handmade ice cream and plenty of other tasty treats. There’s also live music, plus activities and entertainment for green-fingered younger visitors.
It’s not just in gardens where life bursts through in Easter. There’s a newness to everything. As the last traces of snow clear from the mountains, it’s as if winter has scrubbed them clean. The cliffs and beaches of our coastline are fresh from the winter storms, a blank canvas waiting for a picture to be painted.
The trees are at their greenest, bird song is at its noisiest. The daffodils are in full blaze, the hedgerows and woodlands are enjoying a first flush of colour, and May’s wild garlic and bluebells are on their way. Even the cities are looking somehow shinier and more come-and-get-me. In short, it’s the perfect time get outside.
Best foot forward
If you’re looking for inspiration for outdoor adventures, why not take a stroll along a stretch of the Wales Coast Path? Winding its way for 870 miles around our entire shoreline, there are plenty of shorter, manageable sections perfect for little legs, plus numerous opportunities to wander off the main route for some sandcastle building or rockpool dipping.
Little thrill-seekers can join Ffion the Dragon and Zippy the Bunny at Zip World Fforest near Betws y Coed for some pulse-pounding Easter adventures. There are all kinds of attractions, from the UK’s only alpine coaster to the Treetop Quest’s bouncy nets and slides. Keep your eyes peeled as you swing, climb and ride to discover secret treasures and carefully hidden Easter eggs.
With its twisty Crocodile Maze, high-altitude TreeTop Towers, thrilling Green Dragon Coaster and Solar Splash (the UK’s only completely solar powered ride), Snowdonia’s Greenwood Forest Park is an action-packed day out for kids of all ages. There’s also special programme of fun holiday events, including magic shows, face painting and craft workshops.
There’s more holiday action at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Pembrokeshire. As well as meeting amazing animals like Glyndwr, the first endangered black rhino to be born in Wales, young adventurers can enjoy fairground rides, adventure playgrounds, pirate-themed fun days and juggling workshops.