How to Have The Best Easter Family Holidays

28 March 2022

When planning your Easter holidays, you want to know there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, our luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District, Scotland and the Yorkshire Dales are close to several fantastic venues for you to enjoy. We've highlighted our favourite days out and activities to enjoy this Easter in the areas close to our cottages to help you prepare for your best Easter family holidays yet! So whether you're looking to book a holiday for this year or are planning ahead for next year, you'll find plenty for everyone to enjoy.

The wooden rowing boats in Ambleside on Lake Windermere, Cumbria were phtographed in an afternoon

Easter Holiday Activities in the Lake District

The Lake District offers so much for the whole family to enjoy, from fabulous walks like the Cat Bells that can even be tackled by little legs, boating, paddleboarding, and more on the various lakes. What's more, there are fantastic attractions for you to take advantage of during your visit too. Take a look at some of our favourites below, some of which offer additional events throughout the Easter holidays.

The World of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter brings the stories of Peter Rabbit to life in a place that inspired Beatrix Potter to create the characters. You will find all the favourites from the famous stories in the attraction, including Peter himself, Jemima Puddleduck, Mr Todd and more. In addition, there's a family-friendly café and gift shop full of memorabilia featuring the famous rabbit in the blue jacket and his friends.

Golden Bunny Easter Egg Hunt at Brockhole on Windermere

Brockhole on Windermere offers a variety of exciting attractions throughout the year, including lakeside walks, treetop nets, boat hire, karts, a woodland faerie trail, mini-golf, a fantastic playground and beautiful gardens to explore. What's more, there is a café offering meals and cakes. Over the Easter holidays, you can enjoy their Golden Bunny Easter Egg Hunt and various "Go Wild" nature and craft activities. Perfect for kids that love the great outdoors.

Holker Hall

A beautiful estate covering over 17,000 acres on the outskirts of Grange-Over-Sands, Holker Hall & Gardens offers walks, deer spotting, the chance to explore a house that has been lovingly looked after since the sixteenth century. There are many garden walks; you can explore the Holker Labyrinth, view the Holker Great Lime tree with national heritage status, and walk through the National Collection of Styracaceae. Holker Hall & Gardens comes alive over the Easter weekend with various events. For 2022 this includes a children's murder mystery event and theatrical show.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

Things to do in Scotland this Easter Break

Our holiday cottages to rent in Scotland are located close to many attractions that bring Scotland's history to life and offer more chances to see the stunning landscape.

St Andrews Aquarium

While staying in St Andrews, immerse yourself in a magical kingdom under the sea. This family-owned aquarium has more than 120 animals and species on show, including penguins, marmosets, frogs, crocodiles, sharks, fish and seals. There's even an octopus too! You can make your visit even more special by feeding the animals. If staying in one of our large group accommodation properties in the area for a family birthday party, you could celebrate at the attraction.

Easter Egg Trails from National Trust Scotland

Suppose you want to enjoy some dedicated Easter fun or explore the history of St Andrews and the surrounding areas. Follow the clues and solve the puzzles to win a chocolatey reward at Kellie Castle, Falkland Palace and Gardens and the Hall of Tarvit Mansion and Gardens over the Easter weekend.

Jacobite Steam Train

Over near our popular Skye Fall holiday cottage, you can take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train and view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. The trip runs between Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis to the most westerly station of Arisaig. It's an 84-mile round journey that offers outstanding views and is fantastic for kids and adults alike. In addition, you can alight at Glenfinnan railway station to look around the West Highland Railway Museum, and the stopover at the last station in Mallaig is an hour and a half, giving you a chance to see the sights.

Happy child looks out of a tree holding basket full of colourful Easter eggs after egg hunt at spring time.

Yorkshire Adventures During the Easter Holidays

The Yorkshire Dales is a brilliant place to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the sights of the local landscape. You can also visit many brilliant attractions when staying in our luxury holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales, including historical gardens and more.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is a stunning estate offering a brilliant day out for the whole family. Explore the Priory Church and Ruins, cross the river on the famous stepping stones, walk through the Valley of Destruction and see the Strid. During the Easter holidays, there is a bunny trail with giant bunnies to meet and take photos of during your walks. Kids will love the adventure of exploring the estate, and there are plenty of opportunities to stop for food, drink, and snacks.

Hesketh Farm Park

Visit the animals and enjoy a cracking Easter at Hesketh Farm Park! There will be newborns to meet, including fluffy chicks and baby guinea pigs, not to mention the baby lambs you can help feed! Over Easter, the farm offers an annual trail to find hidden eggs and spell out a word to help you win a prize!

The benefits for Self Catering Breaks in School Holidays

Our luxury family cottages are perfect for enjoying the school holidays. Located in fantastic areas, with all the comforts of home, you can relax knowing your little ones are safe. They have their own space, and the whole family won't be crammed into one room. You have the freedom to keep familiar routines without overstimulating entertainment or events, not to mention the convenience of having your little one's favourite foods available – no searching menus in restaurants for meals they will actually eat! With a self catering stay, especially our cottages with hot tubs, you will have more options to relax once the kids are in bed, knowing you can go to them quickly if they need you.

If you're looking for the best Easter family holidays, look no further than Mill House Cottages, we have everything you need to have the most memorable holidays with your family. Contact us to find your ideal location today.


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