Easter days out

Published 30 March 2015

It's a four-day weekend – hurrah! Make the most of your time off with our guide to cultural Easter treats.

Easter Extravaganza, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes

50% off entry with National Art Pass

Mystery trails, spy workshops and seasonal crafts make up this Easter event at the former headquarters of the Second World War code crackers. Make your own enigma, handle items in the homefront collection or – for the grown-ups – try and unlock the safe to win a car (6 April, 10am-6pm).

Easter at Chatsworth House, Bakewell

​50% off entry with National Art Pass

As well as egg trails around the house and garden, there will be free face painting, an Easter Eggspress trailer ride and appearances from the infamous bunny. Head to the Oak Barn for spring-themed crafts before cooing at the newly hatched chicks and newborn lambs or taking part in one of the animal handling sessions (28 March-12 April, during regular opening times).

Easter Art in the Garden, Dunham Massey, Altrincham

Free entry with National Art Pass

Taking place in the stunning floral gardens, this crafts workshop is a chance to make your own egg and nest themed artwork. Afterwards explore inside the house, which has been transformed into Stamford Military Hospital for the 2015 season, to mark the anniversary of the First World War (7, 13 and 14 April 12-4pm).

Edwardian Easter Fete and Market, Museums Quarter, Hull

Free to all

Promising egg trails, face painting, fancy dress and a bonnet-making competition – as well as a chance to meet a cast of Edwardian characters – this fete will celebrate the splendour of the era. Browse the stalls, watch the Punch and Judy show or have a go on the helter skelter (4 April, 10am-4pm).

Family Easter Fun, Horniman Museum, London

Free to all

Over the seasonal period the museum is hosting a selection of Easter-themed craft workshops. Either make your own rabbit with a special greeting hidden inside (30, 31 March) or learn how to create a pecking hen from card, tissue paper and feathers (1, 2, 3 April, 11am-2.45pm).

Honey I Shrunk the Museum, The Holburne, Bath

Free to all

Dubbed 'a mini-eggstravaganza', this event celebrates the museum's small side. Explore the Holburne’s extensive collection of miniature portraits, make a tiny-sized artwork or join the mini-egg roll.

Extravagant Easter Eggs, No1 Royal Crescent, Bath

Free with National Art Pass

Celebrate Easter like it's the 18th century with this workshop at the Georgian townhouse, which revives the tradition of giving eggs filled with gifts and hand-written mottos. Decorate your own wooden egg, write a message with a quill and ink and then add chocolate to complete (1 April 11am-1pm).

Chocolate Dining Experience, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Free entry to all, dinner £30

Chocoholics rejoice: the YSP chefs are serving a three-course meal with chocolate featuring in every course. Among the dishes are beef brisket cooked with paprika and dark chocolate and a wild mushroom and spinach pastry with white chocolate and vanilla cream sauce. Just make sure to save room for the chocolate fountain after (5 April, 6pm – booking required).

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