Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after the Spring equinox. This year, the Easter school holidays start on Good Friday, 30th March and continue until Sunday 15th April. There is plenty to keep the children amused near the cottages.
Of course there are many Easter egg hunts taking place across the county at local National Trust properties (Hinton Ampner, Uppark, Winchester City Mill, Mottisfont, The Vyne and Petworth House) and other locations such as Marwell Zoo, Gilbert White’s House and Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight. See information on all of these places on the Local Area pages of our website.
One of our local farms, Hyden Farm, has an open day during the Easter holidays each year where you can see the new lambs, calves and chicks and visit the pigs and cattle. This year it’s on 14th April from 11am to 3pm and will also include tractor rides, activities and home-produced refreshments.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium are holding a childrens’ science-themed Easter holiday club. Activities will include creating and running experiments, physical and mental games and challenges and arts-based activities to help explore and explain the world around us.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Easter fun will be taking place at the Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens, with pond dipping, an Easter trail, woodland music, archaeology and more. While you’re there, enjoy the magnificent Camellia and Magnolia collection on display in Jermyn’s House and visit Magnolia Avenue – a sight not to be missed!
Around 20 miles away from the cottages is Sparsholt College, the famous Hampshire agricultural college. They are holding an Easter Bunny event, where children can search for Peter Rabbit’s carrots on their Easter trail and meet Peter and other Beatrix Potter characters. There will also be lots of craft activities, plants for sale grown by their Horticulture department, refreshments and face painting.
Watercress Line is dog friendly
Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Watercress Linewhere children can experience a ride on a real steam engine, shake hands with The Fat Controller and take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station. At Ropley station children can also ride on a miniature railway.
Easter is also a fantastic time to get out and about to see the bluebells. On the banks of the River Hamble near Southampton is the Manor Farm Country Park, with over 400 acres of woodland and open spaces to explore. Dock Copse has a particularly impressive display. While you’re there, you can meet the animals, visit the milking stalls and the blacksmith’s forge and check for hatching Easter chicks in the hatchery.
With so much going on, why not book a stay with us and enjoy a fun-filled Easter break?