Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Easter 2019 things to do with kids in Northamptonshire

Easter will soon be upon us Easter Sunday is 21st April 2019 and many schools break up early this year on the 5th April and return on the 24th April. 

If you are looking for things to do with kids in Northamptonshire this Easter, I've got lots of Easter events to inspire you.

With spring finally emerging there's loads to do to get outside in the fresh air and hopefully get some much needed sunshine. Below is lots of things to do in Northamptonshire during the Easter half term.  There's a mixture of indoor and outdoor to suit all eventualities. 




Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Delapre Abbey

19th April to 22nd April 11am to 4pm.  Delapre's Chocolate Factory.  Solve the chocolate factory puzzle and earn your golden ticket.  £20 for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Price included full access to the Abbey, sweetie prizes and chocolate making experience.

Plus 21st and 22nd April 11am to 4pm enjoy a book themed trail to earn an Easter prize.

Abington Park Museum, Northampton

Easter Egg Trail  Tuesday 16th to Monday 22nd 1pm to 5pm.  A chocolate egg as a prize for every child. £1.50 per child Drop in – no booking required

Bird Feeder Workshop Wednesday 10th April 1.25 to 2pm, 2.15 to 3pm, 3.15 to 4pm
Make a bird feeder from a recycled plastic bottle.  £2.50 per child.  Book online or ring 01604 838110


Easter Egg Craft Workshop 16th April 1.15 to 2.15pm, 2.30 to 3.30pm
Decorate a ceramic egg basket and fill with chocolate eggs. £3 per child Book online or ring 01604 838110

Easter Animals Craft Workshop 18th April 1.15 to 2.15pm and 2.30 to 3.30pm.  Create Easter eggs, chicks and bunnies out of felt.  £2.50 per child book online or ring 01604 838110.

Booking is essential for these activities.

Quirky Races Easter Run 2019, The Obelisk Centre.

14th April 2019 - Run as many half mile laps as you like in one hour. You will get chocolate at the end of each lap but whether you run one or 20 laps you'll earn a Easter themed medal at the end and everyone will get some bunny ears at the start. You can also take breaks between laps. The Easter bunny will be in attendance, you’ll get free professional photos and there is free parking. Complete entry form to race. This is available on their Facebook page. The Great Easter Dog Walk, Upton Park. Not forgetting our 4 legged friends 20th April 10.30am.  Its free to walk and Raffle tickets can be purchased o the day at £2 per strip.

East Carlton Country Park, Corby, Northamptonshire

Sunday 21st April 11am to 2pm.  Easter Bonnet Parade  judging at 2pm, an Easter Egg Hunt (find the golden egg) and best decorated egg competition. 

Farms are always great with the kids and offer some indoor activities if the weather is a bit dodgy. Here's 3 to choose from.

West Lodge Rural Centre, Desborough, Northamptonshire

West Lodge

19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd April Easter Eggstravaganza!
Easter Quiz, follow clues around the farm which will lead you to the Easter Bunny and receive an Easter egg, paint an egg, take part in the egg and spoon race and egg painting competition.
West Lodge also has lambs, the very popular barrel ride and pig racing plus an indoor play barn.




Mini Meadows Farm, Naseby, Northamptonshire

Mini Meadows

19th to 22nd April Easter Extravaganza! Feed the gorgeous lambs £1 per bottle. Egg and spoon race, make a sock bunny, have your face painted (charge applies) and watch 'Hop' in the special film zone (charge applies adults and under 1's free) Mini Meadows also has a brilliant indoor sand pit and new indoor play barn.  Normal entry charge is £5 per person.




Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, nr Weedon, Northamptonshire

Old Dairy Farm

The lambing sheds will be open Saturdays and Sundays, between the 9th of March and 31st of March between 10.00am & 4.30pm.  £2 charge per person.

Rushmere Country Park, LU7 0EB

Rushmere Country Park

Easter Egg Eye spy trail 2019.  19th April to 22nd April 10am to 3pm.  Bookable event.  £3.50 per child.
Explore the park, answer the questions on sheet and return it to the Herons' Hatch to claim your reward. Expected to be busy so book up now.





Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire, NN13 5SH

Evenley Wood Garden

17th to 22nd April – Easter Eggstravaganza
Follow the Mad March Hare and find the golden egg. Café open 11th April to 13th April and 17th April to Easter Monday. £2 per child and everyone wins a prize.

Evenley Snowdrops in February
National Trust, Multiple locations nationwide

National Trust Easter Egg Hunt Information

The National Trust are teamed up with Cadbury's for Easter Egg hunts.  Our nearest locations are Canons Ashby, Stowe, Lyveden and Waddesdon Manor.  Hunt locations have not all been announced yet.  Check 25th February onwards.

Castle Ashby, Northampton

Castle Ashby

20th and 21st April. Amazing Easter Egg hunt which gets very busy.  To combat this it is now ticket ONLY so make sure you book from 1st March. 10am to 12.30pm.

Castle Ashby now also has a new fairy doors  activity where children can spot the doors hidden in the arboretum.




Easter Egg Hunt & Disco, Roade Football Club

Friday 19th April 2019 - The trail will be open from 2.30pm until approx. 4pm, following this from 4.30pm we have Brite lites Disco. Trail sheets cost £2 and can be purchased on the day. No need to book , just turn up and enjoy.

Easter Egg Hunt 2019, Workbridge, NN4 7AD

6th to 23rd April 2019. Visit Workbridge and find 10 Easter Eggs.  Find all 10 and return your sheet to the coffee shop to receive your Easter treat.  £1.50 per child.

I know these Castles are not in Northamptonshire but they aren't far if you fancy something a bit different.

Rockingham Castle, LE16 8TH

Rockingham Castle

Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019 Easter Egg Hunt.  Find the brightly coloured eggs which have been hidden in the gardens. Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. Once you have found the word you can claim your chocolate egg.  Hunt and Castle Gate Adult £12, Child £8.50, Under 3's free, Family ticket £32.50. The castle is open from 1pm.

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire CV8 1NG

Kenilworth Castle

13th April to 28th April 2019 11am to 5pm.  Easter Adventure Quest.  Search for dragon eggs and crack the clues, meeting characters from the past along the way, then claim your chocolate reward. £1 per child normal admission prices apply.

Warwick Castle, Warwick, CV34 4QU

Warwick Castle

F
rom 6th April 2019 A new Quest! The Falconer's Quest 50 high flying birds of prey in an aerial acrobatics show. Enjoy a fun-packed, full day out at Warwick Castle this Easter with our brand new Knight's School, our Horrible Histories Maze and Eagles.


Lings Forum Cinema, Northampton

Trilogy Cinema

Lots out to entertain the kids.  The Kid Who Would Be King (PG) Captain Marvel (12A) Fighting With My Family (12A) Dumbo (PG)

**Remember VUE in Northampton is currently £5 per person per film any time any date**

Beauty and the Beast Easter Panto 2019, The Deco, Northampton

The Deco

10th and 11th April 3pm, 7pm and 2pm and 6pm.
Starring Atomic Kitten’s KERRY KATONA, Heartbeat’s TRICIA PENROSE, National Treasure BASIL BRUSH X-Factor finalist and CBBC presenter LAUREN PLATT plus Easter Panto Tour favourites comic RYAN GREAVES and dame PHYLIP HARRIES Dinosaur World Live, Royal & Derngate Northampton

19th and 20th April 2019 11.30am and 2pm.  £14 per ticket.  Meet a T-Rex, Triceratops, Segnosauras and more.


*Please check all details before attending to avoid disappointment*

Monday, 11 February 2019

Felixstowe Things to do with kids

Felixstowe is a seaside town in Suffolk and has the largest container port in the UK.  However we discovered Felixstowe is more than just a port and makes a perfect family seaside trip.  Here is my list of things to do with kids in Felixstowe.

Felixstowe Pier

Who doesn't love a seaside pier.  The new Boardwalk restaurant and bar is lovely and sitting on the pier overlooking the sea is just beautiful.  The kids love the arcade which is a great size with a mixture of machines and small bowling alley.  Unfortunately you cannot walk the length of the pier as it's closed due to health & safety but still a lovely place to enjoy some chips, an ice cream and the view.



Leisure Centre
Good size swimming pool with slide, soft play area, café, creche and gym.  Opening times vary but approximately 7am to 10pm.  Fun pool and flumes are open at certain time so check the timetable.  £5.15 per adult and £3.30 per child for a swim session.  Perfect for a rainy day or if you are on a site with no pool.

Adventure Golf
Sea Road, Felixstowe, IP11 2DH
9 hole mini golf course £2 kids and £2.50 adults.  Nice water features and small but entertaining course.


Martello Park
Lovely play area hidden behind the beach huts.  Lots of equipment for all ages.  Ice cream Kiosk and café not far away.



Landguard Fort
Viewpoint Road, IP11 3TW
This was the defence for Harwich Harbour and now an English Heritage building.  £5.50 adult and £2.50 child under 5's free.  Café, Museum, Exhibition and free parking.

Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry
This is a 58 passenger foot & bicycle ferry which goes between Felixstowe and Harwich from 1st April 2019m to 3 November 2019.  Single fare £4.50 adult and £3 child 15 minute crossing.  Return fare if £5.50 adult and £4 child.  A great way to experience a different method of transport and have a little wander around Harwich.  

Watch the boats at the port
My kids loved watching the huge tankers loading and smaller boats coming in and out.  Have a paddle on the shore and you can even try your hand at fishing.  For refreshments you can visit Landguard View Point Café.


The Beach
Finally the beach! Enjoy a paddle, swim, ice cream and fish & chips.  Felixstowe is quintessentially British and unlike it's neighbour Norfolk didn't feel crowded which was just perfect.

Felixstowe has some amazing bars, cafes and restaurants and unusually not many chains which made a welcome change.  We visited Delphine's Diner (Americana on the sea front), Fish Dish Restaurant (Fish & Chips on plates with wine), Ruby's (Traditional Café) The Alex (Café Bar), The Boardwalk Café Bar (Exactly what it says!) There are loads of other fab places to eat and drink so have a wander and see where you end up.




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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Lanzarote things to do with kids

Lanzarote is a beautiful canary island with warm temperatures all year round and 300 days of sunshine!  A 4 hour flight makes this a perfect place to take kids and there is loads to do in Lanzarote.  Prior to travelling to Lanzarote I hadn't known much about it other than it was known as the windy island but we had a brilliant time and I would happily recommend to families.  Here is my top things to do with kids in Lanzarote.

Timanfaya National Park
We took a trip to this National Park as part of an organised coach trip.  We experiences a camel ride and the volcanes.  On top of the Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountain) volcano is a visitor centre and the famous El Diablo restaurant that actually uses the heat from the volcano to cook.  A guide also demonstrates the geothermal heat by poring water down a shallow pit.






Los James del Aqua
We stumbled across this as part of a coach trip and LOVED it.  You enter a dark cave and witness a natural lake full of tiny albino crabs.  It is just beautiful.  Once you emerge into the daylight you'll see a beautiful swimming pool although sadly no swimming is allowed (although a few people dipped their feet).  Another room has information about volcanoes and their is a café.  At night you can have an a la carte meal and experience music and traditional folk dancing.




Museo de la Pirateria
This pirate museum was a big hit with the kids.  Look for a small castle(fortress of Santa Barbara) perched on a large hill overlooking Teguise.  Open daily 10am to 4pm.  3 euro's per person children under 12 are free.
If you visit on a Sunday you'll also experience the markets in Teguise.





Aquapark Costa Teguise
Open 10am to 6pm Closed until 7th April 2019.  22.50 euro per adult and 16 euro per child (4 to 12)
Great waterpark (not massive but we stayed for 3 to 4 hours)  Do check the height restrictions as very strict and young children only allowed in certain areas.





Rancho Texas  
Animal park with bird, dolphin and sea lion shows.  There is a swimming pool to cool off .  A bus service is included in ticket price.  Open 9.30 to 5.30pm 30 euros adult, 22 euro child and under 3's free.  There is also an evening Country and Western show if you fancy something different.

Aqualava Playa Blanca
2nd waterpark on the island.  The pools are heated with geothermal energy and therefore open all year round.  21 euro per adult and 14.50 per child.  Opens 10am daily.

Cueva de Los Verdes
This is a lava tube created by volcanic activity and one of the longest in the world.  Also known as The Green Caves.  Best enjoyed as part of a coach tour.  No café so most visitors only stay an hour or 2.  

Pedalo & Glass bottomed boat on the many beaches



Catmaran trip
This was our favourite outing.  An all inclusive trip aboard a catamaran.  You also had the opportunity to swim and kayak.  Perfect way to see the island.


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Barcelona things to do with kids

Barcelona is a fab city break with kids.  A short flight, easy transfers from the airport and lots to do.  Here is a list of my top things to do with kids in Barcelona.



Cable cars
Transbordador Aeri del Port or Teleferico de Montjuïc
The city is flanked by 2 mountains.  Montjuic takes you to the castle and the other overlooks the sea. Approximately 10 minute journey per cable ride.  16.5 Euro for round trip. Children under 6 travel for free. My kids loved this unusual transport method and if time allowed we would have experienced the other one too.

Transbordador Aeri del Port

Montjuic Castle
This is an old military fortress and offers amazing views over the city and when we visited a cooling breeze and the space was a welcome respite for the kids.  Open 10am to 6pm.  Standard admission 5 euro's.  Free sundays after 3pm and 1st Sunday of each month.

Montjuic Castle

Montjuic Castle

Montjuic Castle

Olympic Stadium (Stadio Plimpico)
After visiting the castle we walked past this impressive stadium and wandered in as it's free entry.  The Olympics were in Barcelona the summer of 1992 and was nice to read a little of the history.  Worth a visit if in the area.

Olympic Stadium (Stadio Plimpico)

Cuitadella Park
Escape the hustle and bustle and visit the park.  City zoo, row boats, fountains, plaza, play areas and life size mammoth to entertain the kids.  The play equipment was on the small side perfect for toddlers/young children but not so great for my 8 and 11 year old.

Cuitadella Park Mammoth

Magic Fountains Montjuic
Located at the base of Montjuic during the summer the show is nightly Wednesday to Sunday 9.30 to 10.30 each show lasts 15 minutes and is amazing! It gets very very busy! You can see from most places but if you want a prime spot arrive early.

Magic Fountains Montjuic

Magic Fountains Montjuic

Barcelona Bus Turistic - Tourist bus
37 stops available and 2 hour approx. route.  A great way to see the city with kids as saves tired legs and was perfect for my son.  We didn't have time to fit in Nou Camp but he was thrilled just seeing it from the bus.  Day ticket 30 euro adult and 16 euro child under 4's free.  Prices do vary and sometimes offers.

Park Guell
7.50 euro adult 5.25 euro children free 0-6 year olds
Designed by Gaudi this park is full of enchanted paths, mushroom houses, mosaic arches and structures.  Lovely view over the city.  We personally found this a lot smaller than we expected and not really worth the time/journey.  If you love architecture it would be a must but a pass for us.






La Rambla Placa Catalunya to the port
Stroll along and look at the stalls, street artists, musicans and mime artists.




City Beaches
Olympic village more family friendly.  Barcelonetta is the old fishermans quarter.

Tibadabo Amusement Park
Enjoy an unforgettable day in the Tibidabo amusement park
and enjoy the best views of Barcelona in the Sky Walk. 28.50 euro per adult 10.30 euro per child located Tibidabo Square, 3-4 08035 Barcelona.

L'Aquarium De Barcelona
Opening times vary depending on season 10am to 9pm (latest) 20 euro per adult, 15 euro child 3 & 4 year olds 7 euro.  Located in Port Vell this Aquarium is one of the largest in Europe.  Visitors usually spend 2 to 3 hours here and a good way to get young children out of the heat.  

A hotel with a pool
Swimming! My kids loved our hotel with it's rooftop pool.  After spending the day sight seeing they LOVED jumping in the pool to cool off and relax and we could enjoy a drink and the rooftop view. 




To see more of Barcelona and what we got up to watch this video.  Our top 3 were the Magic Fountains Montjuic, Cable car and Montjuic Castle.



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