Check out these great days out at Easter in Staffordshire for some fun-filled family time
The Easter break is the first chance most of us will have to relax and unwind since the festivities of Christmas. The long bank holiday weekend provides some well-deserved time off from the daily grind. And the perfect excuse to pack in some exciting days out in Staffordshire. Plus, if you have children, you’ll be well aware of the two-week school holiday that’s looming – and they’ll be needing a trough full of entertainment to keep them from climbing the walls at home.
You might be planning on spending the long weekend (Friday 19th – Monday 22nd April, in case you’re wondering) dozing, eating chocolate and catching up on the latest Netflix binges. And we don’t blame you. But, in case you’re on the lookout for some fabulous family days out we’ve collated our favourites! Here’s our top 5.
1. An Easter bunny canal ride
When: April 19, 12pm & 3pm
Where: Georgie’s Canal Cruising, Parkgate Lock, Teddesley Rd, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5RH
Price: £14.95 per child
If you’ve got little ones to entertain, you can combine a visit from the Easter bunny with a two-hour canal cruise. On board the boat, children can take part in a build the bear activity and complete an egg hunt when the barge stops at Shuthill Lock. There’s unlimited tea and coffee for adults and lunch included for children. georgiescanalcruises.co.uk.
2. Take to the trees
Where: Go Ape Cannock, Birches Valley, Rugeley WS15 2UQ
Price: £33 for Tree Top Adventure (18+)
If you’re looking to take on new heights, head over to the Go Ape facility at Birches Valley in Rugeley. There’s high speed zip wires and high ropes to conquer as part of its Tree Top Adventure. If you prefer to stay ‘grounded’, you could try out its Forest Segway experience (from April onwards). There is also a Tree Top Junior Adventure and a high ropes course for kids. goape.co.uk.
3. Easter on the farm
When: April 13 – April 28
Where: National Forest Adventure Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton on Trent, DE13 9SJ
Price: From £8.99
The National Forest Adventure Farm’s Easter Eggstravaganza has plenty for families to do over the school holidays. Jump on the ‘Easter Eggspress’ and take a tractor ride over to the farm’s 67-acre woodland. Follow the trail to the Easter Bunny armed with 10,000 chocolate treats to give away. You might also catch a glimpse of a live birth as the farm expects 335 new lambs to be born during April, and has set up a Lambing Live Tent. Children can also help to bottle feed the lambs in the animal barn. www.adventurefarm.co.uk.
4. An Easter blessing
When: April 21, service 11am, Peace Woodland 1pm
Where: Lichfield Cathedral & Beacon Park, Lichfield
A new Peace Woodland will be blessed on Easter Sunday. The Peace Woodland – a permanent living artwork created from 1,918 sapling trees in Beacon Park, Lichfield – is the brainchild of the cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Peter Walker. Over 1,300 people have dedicated names of friends, departed loved ones, or living family members to this unique project marking the Centenary of the First World War, which has been planted in Beacon Park. Following the Easter Sunday service on April 21 at the cathedral, the congregation will be invited to walk over to the newly planted woodland for prayers and a blessing.
5. Castle egg hunt
When: April 13 – April 28, 10.30am – 3.00pm
Where: Tamworth Castle, The Holloway, Tamworth, B79 7NA
Price: Adults (16yrs+) £7.50, OAP (65yrs +) £6.50, Child (5-15yrs) £5.00, Child (2-4yrs) £3.00, Under 2 yrs free.
Tamworth Castle is planning a egg hunt for children over the holidays. And if you want a break from following the Easter trail, you can always explore the history of Tamworth Castle. Dating back 900 years you can see how the Saxons, Normans, Tudors and Victorians spent their time in the castle. There is also a tower which gives you a 360° views of Tamworth. www.tamworthcastle.co.uk.