Spring has sprung and the Easter holidays are just around the corner. Here is our guide to what is on this Easter and how to keep all the family entertained this April:
Would it be Easter without the chance to run around like an loony looking for chocolate eggs? Thankfully there are several egg hunts taking place across the Isle of Wight over the Easter weekend. The National Trust are working with Cadbury to hide many of their chocolate eggs over the weekend of the 14th-16th April, in some of the Island’s most picturesque locations including Mottistone Manor, Bembridge Windmill and Alum Bay.
At Arreton Barns on Sunday 16th, children under 12 are invited to search for three different coloured counters which they can then exchange for a special chocolatey prize. Join Robin Hill’s mad Easter dash where no-one ever goes home disappointed. Prizes include a range of different size eggs, plus lots of additional Easter activities throughout the holiday. Instead of eggs, hunt tiny Easter chicks at Puckpool Park, as thousands of chicks are hidden around the grounds – collect as many as you can in the allocated time and then see what you have won.
As well as egg hunts, there are a lot of other fun-packed activities taking place. Treat yourself to a relaxing day out at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and enjoy the spectacle of some of the Island’s blossoming Spring-time countryside from the comfort of your seat on one of the steam trains. There is plenty to keep the kids amused with popular Island children’s entertainer, Greg Chapman to occupy with his stories, juggling and other antics, plus there’s colouring, crafts and an Easter Treasure Hunt Looking for the “Golden Duck.” If you don’t find that duck, you are sure to find one at one of the several duck races taking place. On the 15th April, pay a visit to Shide Trees as they release 1000 plastic ducks into the water at 12 noon raising money for the Islands young peoples charity Challenge & Adventure. In Yarmouth, the Carnival Committee will release 1500 ducks into the river by the Yar Bridge, with cash prizes to be won and tea and cakes available at Yarmouth Sailing Club.
For the grown-ups, if you have any energy left, Easter Tap n’ Ale returns to The Cow Co on the evening of the 16th April including music from The Rockafellas, The Sounds of Harlowe and then a silent disco with Galactic DJs. Tickets are available at Tapnell or online. Release your inner wine buff at The George on the 21st April as they present Old World vs New World wines alongside a fabulous 4 course dinner. If ale is more your thing, the 12th annual Real Ale Festival returns to Isle of Wight Steam Railway over the weekend of the 29th April – 1st May featuring beers sourced from brewers all over the country, including beers brewed here on the Isle of Wight. The Garlic Farm are hosting an evening of jazz and tapas on the 29th, the perfect way to top of a fun-filled month.