Whether your favourite part of Easter is egg hunting, bonnet making or getting together with family and friends, make sure you get creative and get involved this Easter in Staffordshire - there’s something for everyone! For information about any of these events, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com.
Parents looking for amazing adventures for their children this Easter Holiday can head to the Audley Climbing Centre, Stoke-on-Trent or Tittesworth Water near Leek where Peak Pursuits are offering five activity days for the price of four. Choose from canoeing, scrambling, climbing, kayaking, archery and raft building. Activity days run from 1 April and cost £25 per day. Activities are suitable for children aged between 7 and 14.
For the perfect place to stay overnight and make the most of the Easter weekend, Alton Towers Resort is offering egg-citing short breaks, including two tickets for the price of one to enter both the waterpark and theme park! Test your nerves on the terrifying new ride Nemesis Sub-Terra, watch Ice Age the 4D Experience at the new 4D cinema, or try out the wonderfully wacky waterpark.
Fancy getting back to basics over Easter? Head to Drayton Manor Theme Park’s brand new 90-pitch campsite, and take the chance to explore the surrounding Staffordshire cities, towns and countryside, as well as being next door to the theme park’s top attractions and rides!
Families can go ‘Mad as a Hatter’ at Trentham Monkey Forest near Stoke-on- Trent and enjoy lively weekend performances from Alice in Wonderland, listen to story telling and sing and dance with the Wonderland characters. Family activities run from 31 March to 15 April.
Kids and the young at heart will love the Easter Egg Hunt around Trentham Gardens - follow the clues to find your prize from 6 to 9 April, then take a boat ride, jump on the miniature train or enjoy beautiful scenery on the lakeside walk.
It’s all about the animals at the National Forest Adventure Farm, near Burton Upon Trent this Easter. From 31 March to 15 April children can track down the animals hiding on the Easter trail, feed the lambs, help collect eggs from the newly rescued ex-battery farm chickens and see the famous racing pigs!
There will be daily Easter craft activities and an Easter Egg Challenge throughout the holidays at Conkers, which lies at the heart of the National Forest. Children will also be able to hear the Gruffalo Story read aloud in the atmospheric Story Teller Hut, see an animal road show and have a go at plate spinning, stilt walking and juggling with the Flip and Dippy Clown Show!
Traditional Easter Egg Trails will take place at the National Trust’s Moseley Old Hall near Wolverhampton from 7 to 9 April and the Apedale Valley Light Railway, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, which is holding its first ever Easter Egg Hunt from 7 to the 9 April. If you’re in the Lichfield area then visit the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum where there will be Easter trails and activities from 31 March to 15 April. To meet the Easter bunny, visit the Guildhall Shopping Centre in Stafford and join the free Easter workshops on 7 April.
There’s no better place to celebrate the return of spring and warmer weather than the peaceful RSPB Middleton Lakes nature reserve near Tamworth. Its Easter treasure hunt will take you exploring though a real wildlife haven or you can simply let the children play in their giant wild play meadow. The Easter treasure hunt, along with face painting and craft activities, will be available from 6 to 9 April.
For adult Easter fun-seekers, an Easter Beer and Food Festival will bring delicious treats to the National Brewery Centre from 7 to 9 April. Organised in association with the Society of Independent Brewers, visitors will be able to sample a range of bottled beers, food and chocolate specialities from regional suppliers.
For an Easter weekend bonanza, head to Stafford! On Saturday 7 April families can have fun with traditional Easter activities at the Ancient High House and hunt the Easter chicks at Stafford Castle on Sunday 8 April.
The Claymills Victorian Pumping Station in Burton Upon Trent will be going full steam ahead on 8 and 9 April as two of the huge pumping beam engines work together with the Victorian steam driven workshop and the oldest electrical generator in Britain. Children will be able to start a real steam engine and follow the rat trail.
Staffordshire’s Thrill Hopper ticket offers a great way to save in Staffordshire this Easter. You can visit four of the county’s major attractions - Alton Towers Resort, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Waterworld and the SnowDome for just £47.50 per person or £142.50 for a family of four (two adults and two children under 12). The Staffordshire Enjoy Card also offers discounts, deals and exclusive benefits in and around the county, and for more Easter money saving tips visit the Enjoy Staffordshire blog www.enjoystaffordshire.wordpress.com.