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10 Fun Easter Activities to do with the Kids in Dorset and Hampshire 2018

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March 20, 2018

It is just over a week until the kids break for the Easter holidays and this year I am busy putting together activities to keep the kids occupied over the two week break.
We plan on staying local this Easter and here are a list of the Top 10 things my kids want to do this Easter in Dorset and Hampshire.

Visit Thomas and Friends at the Watercress Line

Who doesn’t love the cheeky blue engine called Thomas and this Easter, ‘A Day Out With Thomas‘ is back at the Mid-Hants Railway Watercress Line, with new, exciting funfair rides and a unique, tasty food offering.

Thomas and friends will be at the Watercress Line from 30th March – 8th April, offering unlimited trips up and down the railway line behind Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, including Toad the Brake Van and Diesel. Kids will also get the chance to shake hands with the Fat Controller and take part in other free Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Stations.

Watercress Line

Tickets also include free fun-filled experiences at Ropley Station include Horton’s Steam Fair vintage swing boats and chair-o-plane rides, a Thomas-themed entertainer, the miniature railway and a story corner, with Thomas stories read by The Fat Controller and Rusty.

A Day Out with Thomas

To top it all off, a huge variety of local delicacies with a unique twist are planned, including the Cookie Bar Bus; a vintage bus serving hot food, speciality teas, coffee, cookies, cakes and snacks, Broughton Water Buffalo, with its mouthwatering, gluten-free burgers and sausages and Fat Sam’s Ice Cream van will be providing delicious ice creams throughout the day at Alresford Station.

There is ‘Egg-citing’ things going on at Mighty Claws during Easter weekend
Are you brave enough to battle the Jurassic Coast’s most eggstraordinary dinosaur-themed adventure golf course this Easter? Battle your way past the roaring, near life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex, escape the clutches of the shrieking Velociraptors, brave the mighty waterfall and erupting volcano to win yourself a special dinosaur chocolate egg or treat at the Mighty Claws Adventure Golf, Riverside, Bournemouth.
Mighty Claws Adventure Golf
All children under 12, who successfully hunt down the Easter eggs hidden around the 18-hole adventure golf course this Easter weekend (Friday 30th March – 2nd April inclusive), will receive their treat with the compliments of Truly, the endearing hero of the picture-book story behind the dinosaur- themed course, telling the story of a small group of lovable dinosaurs called The Mighty Claws. Truly the Troodon and her plucky band must defeat many larger, more fearsome enemies, to help save their kingdom.
The Highway Rat Trail at Moors Valley
The Forestry Commission have teamed with Magic Light pictures to launch The Highway Rat’ Activity Trails around the country, and we visited the one at Moors Valley Country Park earlier this year.
Highway Rat
Visitors to the trail can explore and enjoy the world of their local woodland wildlife as they follow in the footsteps of a mischievous rodent intent on swiping the sweet treats of every creature he encounters, before heading further into the forest to complete the play trail (with some fab new play equipment, or finding the large play parks and light gauge railway in the other side of the park.
moors valley

The Luxury of Motoring at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

We are big fans of visiting Beaulieu, which has fun parks for the kids race around in, stunning grounds to explore and of course the National Motor Museum with the World of Top Gear and a world famous collection of over 250 cars, motorcycles and motoring related items.

Beaulieu Motor Museum

The new Luxury of Motoring display includes a rare collection of 28 Lalique glass car mascots on show for the first time. There is also a glamorous selection of mainly Rolls-Royces with great back stories, such as the Wraith built for Beatles record producer Sir George Martin which includes a list of his Number One hits in the rear seats.

There will also be the chance to pick up your magnifying glass and put your detective skills to the test! as Beaulieu invites all visitors to explore nature’s wonders on their bird-themed Easter trail.
Join the National Trust for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 2018
Every year we look forward to visiting National Trust properties to complete their Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts.
They offer the ultimate day out and often see you and the kids running through muddy woodlands, around mystical lakes and along nature trails collecting the clues with a final reward of a Cadbury Easter Egg at the end. There are over 250 hunts to choose from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Kingston Lacy
The Octonauts are back at Weymouth Sea Life Centre
Weymouth SEA LIFE are recruiting young ocean explorers to take part in an all-new, deep-sea adventure this Easter; Octonauts: Shark Mission, which runs from Friday, 30th March until Sunday, 15th April.
Weymouth Sealife
Join Captain Barnacles, Peso, Dashi, Shellington, Professor Inkling, Tweak, Kwazii and Tunip in a thrilling quest to uncover the secrets of the ocean’s most jaw-some predators.
Octonauts at Weymouth SEA LIFE
Family Easter Fun at Lulworth Castle
Lulworth Castle is one of my favourite places to visit in Dorset. Not only is it the home of Camp Bestival. but it is also a stones throw from the beautiful Lulworth Cover and iconic Durdle Door.
Lulworth Castle
Last year they staged their ‘Down the Rabbit Hole‘ event, inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland and we loved joining in with all the activities including themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle, soft play for under 4s, crazy golf and, of course, white rabbits and Easter Eggs and it was so popular, its back again this year.
Lulworth Castle
Marwell Zoo Easter Egg Hunt
Marwell invites one and all to their traditional Easter egg hunt. The zoo challenges guests to find the giant golden egg after cracking a puzzle for a chance to win four tickets to their sunset safaris in the summer.
Children can also Meet the Easter Bunny from 30 March to 2 April, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and visit their new Tropical House where you will be free to share the habitat and enjoy uninterrupted, close-up views of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects whilst learning about the flow of energy through life.
Visit Dippy who is visiting Dorset on his tour of the UK
Dippy, the infamous Diplodocus skeleton cast that once held centre stage at the Natural History Museum in London is currently on a natural history adventure across the UK. and can be found in the Victorian Hall at Dorset County Museum until 7th May.
Dippy on Tour
Visit the Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history
With daily tank action displays at 1pm every weekday, starting on Friday 30 March with realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary, you can learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.
Tank Museum
Are you brave enough to experience the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle, or do you fancy taking part in your very own battle recreation inside the museum?
Tank Museum
With indoor and outdoor play areas too, the Tank Museum is a brilliant day out for all the family.
Have you got any plans for the Easter holidays?

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    Fritha Quinn

    March 20, 2018

    some great ideas! I live quite close to Dorset so will have to check these out! x

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    Rebecca | AAUBlog

    March 20, 2018

    We’ve only been down to Poole once with the kids, but I loved it! I like Corfe castle and the beaches. But I think my son would love the tank museum x

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    Sarah Bailey

    March 20, 2018

    How much fun do these ideas sound! I have to say who doesn’t want to go and meet Thomas! Love that he is still around.

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    March 20, 2018

    So many great activities to do over Easter! You can’t beat a good easter egg hunt though! xo

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    Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    March 21, 2018

    I can’t wait for the Easter holidays! I have sent this to my cousin who lives in Poole. Her son absolutely loved the Tank Museum. They have a collection of photos of him every year next to the same tank – lovely to see him growing. I love the sound of the Alice in Wonderland event.

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    Rhian Westbury

    March 21, 2018

    My friends kids would love to do the day with thomas but i just don’t know how they’d cope with the long journey there x

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    AnnMarie John

    March 21, 2018

    I can imagine the kids having so much fun here! I think these activities are perfect for keeping the kids busy and excited for Easter. Definitely a lovely way to spend the day!

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    Codie Wright

    March 21, 2018

    I’m 26 years old without children but I love some of these ideas! The Down the Rabbit Hole sounded fun, and I love the Thomas and Friends’ theming!

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    March 21, 2018

    Wow so many fab things going on my daughter would love anything to do with the Highway Rat and the Octonauts. Obviously a great place to be spending the Easter Holidays!

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    March 21, 2018

    Oo fantastic timing – we’re heading to Dorset around Easter time, thank you 🙂

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    March 21, 2018

    I cannot believe that Easter is so close. I often try to do stuff in the school Easter Holidays, because the weather is usually nice enough to get out. Up here in The North of The North, we still have snow on the ground in places. I need that to go, now! That or travel down to Dorset, and try out some of your adventures. Am loving that Highway Rat is included, such a big fan of Julia Donaldson books.

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    Melanie williams

    March 21, 2018

    What a fab Easter activity round up – visiting thomas the tank is a fab idea for the children…and the adults too 🙂 x

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    Deborah Nicholas

    March 21, 2018

    oh wow so much to do and i keep saying we will visit Thomas so maybe this Easter we will have to try and make it!

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    Cath - BattleMum

    March 21, 2018

    Wow that’s a great Easter activities list. My son would to see the Luxury Motoring and we really enjoyed our day out with Thomas when we went. This year we’re off to Ireland for 10 days to see castles, animals and Vikings!

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    Sonia Cave

    March 21, 2018

    These all look really good fun, but I think at the top of my trios list would be the Mighty claws trip and the Highway Rat at Moors Valley

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    March 21, 2018

    So many great ideas here Kara. I like the sound of the Alice in Wonderland themed activity 🙂

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    Becca Talbot

    March 21, 2018

    I’ve been to Weymouth Sealife Centre, and it’s the perfect place to take kids over Easter! I love your other suggestions too 🙂 I hope you and the family have a great time over the holidays x

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    March 21, 2018

    We always worry about where to go with young kids in tow and heading to Dorsett won;t be a problem at all with so many things to do there. Thanks for sharing the list.

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    March 22, 2018

    I have been thinking of what to do with the kids this Easter. So thanks for sharing these activities.

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    March 22, 2018

    Lots of fun things to do, I hate over crowding in the easter holidays but some thing I will have to cope with once my son starts school

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    Ali - We Made This Life

    March 22, 2018

    Oh my goodness my little boy would love everything on this list! What great ideas, thanks for the inspiration!

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    March 23, 2018

    This is such a great list of things to do! My two would love doing all of these. The dinosaurs and the Thomas Day out looks amazing!

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    Mattie Lacey-Davidson

    March 23, 2018

    I’ll keep these in mind in case I get to steal my nephew x

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    Newcastle Family Life

    March 23, 2018

    There looks like there is lots to do this Easter. We went on the day out with Thomas last summer when it was in Newcastle x

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    Ashleigh Dougherty

    March 23, 2018

    I love that Thomas is still a thing these days! Looks like a great bunch of things to do with the kids in the holidays

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    Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    March 23, 2018

    Kids would totally enjoy all these activities! Easter would be extra fun.

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    Charli Bruce

    March 23, 2018

    What amazing ideas, I wish we actually lived closer so the kids could do some of these x

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    Cassie Mayers

    March 23, 2018

    I have been to the tank museum and its a brilliant day out!!! I haven’t been to Lulworth Castle for years though. Maybe something for me to do when I holiday in dorset in june 🙂

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    Evan Kristine

    March 24, 2018

    Amazing ideas for this coming Easter season! Thanks for sharing! Kids will surely enjoy these places. I realy love all of the pictures of the kids smiling and enjoying their trip, very lovely.

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    March 24, 2018

    My son is desperate to visit that tank museum! Think we’re have to add that to our day out list

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    March 26, 2018

    Some really great places . The golfing looks brilliant – my girls are obsessed with dinosaurs

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    March 30, 2018

    Nice place for the kids to play and have fun. Did they found an easter bunny? Cheers.

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