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Easter School Holidays 2018: Check the dates & plan your days out

Jo Dorey

01 February 2018

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Fun in the Easter School Holidays

Christmas may be the most magical time of year but Easter comes packed with chocolate, egg hunts and adorable animals. That all sounds pretty magical to us! Also, it’s when it finally feels like we’ve shaken off those winter chills and can get outdoors again.

It’s also time for some more school holidays so we’ve rounded up the key dates, to help your planning go a little smoother.

When are the Easter school holidays?

The holidays unsurprisingly fall around the Easter weekend. We’ve put the different dates for each country below.


26th March - 23rd April


19th March - 13th April


26th March - 16th April

Northern Ireland

29th March - 6th April

These dates are an outline of the school holidays across the UK so you’ll need to check with your specific school to get the exact days.

Top activities and days out

Throw your wellies on and get out to your local farm park. Seeing furry, fuzzy and indeed feathered friends is always a treat at any point of the year but it’s around this time that loads of newborn babies are taking their first steps. Lambing in particular is always popular and loads of farm parks let families get up close and cuddly.

 Two little girls watching sheep race

According to your mini monsters, what makes a holiday great? Spending time with friends and family is a must, and seeing something new is always a lovely way to spend the day but if you ask any kid, their answer is often going to fall down to one factor: chocolate! All different types and plenty of it.

That’s the brilliant thing about Easter - alongside fluffy newborn creatures, there’s always tonnes of chocolate about. The best way to make the most of it is by finding an Easter egg hunt near you.

Equally, if the weather isn’t playing ball, don’t worry: the Easter school holidays were pretty much made for getting covered in glitter and glue with egg experiments, crafting bonnets and your very own Easter basket. Getting crafty with kids is a fantastic way to fill a day and there are more than a few pottery painting cafes who’d be happy to help with your festive creations.

Top Attractions

We’ve pulled together a few of our favourite days out so take a look and start filling your calendar:

Mead Open Farm Bouncy Castle

Mead Open Farm - Introduce your tribe to some of the cutest creatures out there, including bunnies, chicks, ponies and more. Feed the goats, watch the sheep race and then let loose in the play areas - including a high ropes course for the most adventurous! It's more than just a fabulous farm. 

Charlecote Park - To take part in the national Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt in 2018 you could turn up and pretty much any National Trust site, but we really like Charlecote Park for an afternoon with the kids. It's a treasure of a stately home which has been in the same family for 900 years. Adults can get their dose of culture and beautiful scenery while helping kids unravel egg hunt clues for a chocolatey prize.

Cadbury World One word: chocolate! Go to the source with a few hours of indulgence and enjoy rides, characters and history to boot. Take a peek behind the scenes in the factory to see where your favourites are made - taking advantage of some samples along the way, of course!

Freddo and the Caramel Bunny at Cadbury World

Mella Mella’s Pottery Cafe - Get crafty this season at this place of pottery. Kids can be "experimental" with colour, paint, glitter and clay and you don’t have to clean up. Result. Plus, you'll have a new piece of art for pride of place on the mantelpiece.

Pennywell Farm - ‘Tis the season for meeting cute and cuddly animals, and what could be more adorable than the miniature Pennywell Pigs?! That's not all this day out has to offer though, the action packed scheduled includes multiple shows, family-friendly go kart racing, train riding and ferret encounters - to name just a few things!

Piglets do the steeplechase at Pennywell Farm

We hope that’s helped you cook up some ideas for the school holidays - we’re not sure the Easter Bunny could have done more if we do say so ourselves! If you need any extra help on school holidays, check out our dedicated section on the blog.

Start your next adventure:

To get started on your next family adventure, head over to the home page to search for the best days out nearby using your town or postcode. They’ll make sure you have an egg-cellent Easter break whatever you do.




Jo Dorey

01 February 2018

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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