23rd March 2019

9 things to do during Easter in North Devon

There’s so much to do on an Easter break in beautiful North Devon, especially when visiting or meeting with family or friends who have young children

For holiday inspiration, things to do ideas, and chocolate delights, here are just a few of our favourites...

1. Enjoy Easter workshops & interactive fun at RHS Rosemoor

The Rhyming Rabbit will be hopping round RHS Gardens Rosemoor this Easter with a trail of crafts and activities. 

Rosemoor have teamed up with publisher Macmillan Children’s Books for an exciting programme of family fun, based on The Rhyming Rabbit book. 

The gardens will bring the book to life with The Rhyming Rabbit Hop About, which will take families on a trail around the gardens, meeting the Rhyming Rabbit’s animal friends along the way. This is included in normal garden admission.

The engaging Easter trail around the garden will be running 6th to 21st April, with character events taking place on set weekday dates

Plus - on the 17th, 18th and 19th April the Easter Bunny himself will be at Rosemoor, along with his wonderful sidekick called Sherbert. 

Sherbert is a confectionary extraordinaire, an expert on providing sweet treats for children having photos taken with the Easter Bunny. 

2. Walk or cycle the Tarka Trail

As the days get longer and warmer, discover North Devon on foot or by bike with on the Tarka Trail. Running from Braunton to Mid-Devon, this former railway track is traffic free, flat and family friendly - a must for anyone wanting to explore the area.

The trail takes you through gorgeous coastal and countryside locations, alongside rivers and through popular towns and villages to take in all the area has to offer. 

There are several places to hire bikes locally, including Barnstaple’s Tarka Trail Cycle Hire found not far from our hotel, who can loan bikes for half days and full days. 

The Tarka Trail offers plenty of picnic spots, cafes and pubs to stop off for rest and refreshment for all your needs, it all adds up for a perfect day out.

3. Take in everything Easter at Arlington Court

Arlington Court - a historical National Trust house and gardens surrounded by acres of parkland - is offering a series of events and trails this Easter. 

Each event offers something different and enjoyable for all the family, embracing everything Easter. 

They have a series of spring lamb talks to meet the new baby flock, there is a special Mini Easter Garden workshop, creative craft days, wildlife-filled spring trails, and of course a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt!

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes place on the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd April with many other events taking place over the holiday - visit the Arlington Court events page for all the details. 

4. Go on a Cadbury Egg Hunt

It's not just at Arlington Court that Cadbury Easter Egg hunts are taking place, in fact there are 5 more to enjoy in North Devon countryside this Easter. 

Join the National Trust at some of the regions most beautiful locations for a breath of fresh air and family fun. 

Hunt for clues at these locations;

  • Woolacombe Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April | Pick up a trail map from the Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre on the Esplanade, find the clues hidden behind the tiny wooden doors.
  • Baggy Point Fri 6th – Mon 22nd April | Meet at the car park kiosk, follow the trail around the scenic headland in search of Bunny's hidden clues.
  • Brownsham Sat 20th – Sun 21st April | Head off through the beautiful, enchanted Beckland Woods in search of the hidden eggs. Booking essential due to high demand.
  • Watersmeet Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April | Start at Watersmeet House and follow the woodland trail to find the clues left behind by Bunny to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize.
  • Heddon Valley Fri 19th – Mon 22nd April | Begin in a large garden and explore along the river, through the beautiful woodland and towards the sea looking out for clues and activities along the way.

Whichever locations you explore, embrace nature and the weather and have a wonderful time. 

5. Learn to Surf

How about learning to surf if you fancy something exhilarating and refreshing?

Easter is a great time to learn to surf, and North Devon is the perfect place to do it. With beaches like Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe welcoming surfers all year round, you know you're in safe hands. 

Sea temperatures are beginning to rise, and by taking lessons in spring instead of summer the seas and beaches are also quieter.

We recommend using Walking on Waves who are based at Saunton Sands. They provide group and personal surf lessons, supplying all equipment. 

Imperial Hotel guests get a discount of up to 30% off Walking on Waves lessons as part of our guest benefits programme

6. Hop over to The Big Sheep

At The Big Sheep family attraction, they’re putting on an Eggstravaganza Festival and egg hunt this Easter - with 30,000 chocolate eggs on offer. 

This is alongside all their usual attractions: rides, play areas, shows and lots of fun for all. Plus, their animal barn is bound to be full of cute baby chicks, roosters, pygmy goats, pups, piglets and fluffy bunnies.

It all takes places between the 6th and 22nd April. 

7. Search for Easter chicks in Clovelly Village

Following on from Lentsherd on Shrove Tuesday - which sees children race down the cobbled streets, dragging clattering tin cans to chase away bad spirits and drive the devil into the sea - Easter is a more tranquil affair in historical Clovelly Village.

For Easter, children and their families can search the high street with the aid of a village map to find 15 Easter chicks with prizes up for grabs at reception.

Clovelly is a private village and a cobbled gem, a place stuck in time, with no cars in its streets. Take the opportunity to stroll through the village down to the quay. Enjoy food and drink in the pubs, and learn about the past with little museums, historical houses and friendly residents. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the donkeys too. 

8. Hunt dinosaur eggs at a wildlife park

It’s eggs of the pre-historic variety that need to be found in this Easter hunt with a difference!

Visit Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park between the 6th and 26th of April to take part in their Dinosaur Egg Hunt - find the eggs dotted around the park to collect your prize at the end of the trail.

On your way around, meet animals such as wolves, lions, monkeys, meerkats, wallabies, penguins, sea-lions and much more. Make sure you see the sea-lion show for a humorous and educational display with a chance to be photographed with the beautiful animals.

And don't forget about the electronic dinosaurs lurking in the bushes!

9. Fill any rainy days

Let's be honest, even though it's spring and Easter, it's bound to rain at some point. But don't worry, there are many ways to enjoy a rainy day here in North Devon over Easter. 

Many attractions provide all-weather fun, all day long, for all ages - such as the previously mentioned Big Sheep, and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park with their indoor play areas. 

Other attractions include:

  • The Milky Way Adventure Park | A leading attraction for all weather fun. Indoor and outdoor rides and play areas, sports, crafts, Sci-Fi exhibits and interactive shows add up for a great day out. The Easter Bunny will be in his grotto too, 11th to 24th April. 
  • Quince Honey Farm | Re-opening from the 6th April after relocation, the brand new Quince Honey Farm offers activities for all ages. There's lots to keep everyone 'buzzing; learn about how bees make honey, roll beeswax candles, see honey productions, meet the hive and Queen Bees, even enjoy a Bee Keeper experience and enjoy the soft play centre. 
  • Air Extreme Trampoline Park | A room of wall to wall trampolines offering bouncing sports, tricks and fun for the little ones and adults alike.
  • Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre | You may have their crystal glassware in your home - but visit their visitor centre in Torrington for the full factory experience. See how items are made, shop and dine, and get creative by hand-casting your own glass pieces. 

You could also dodge the raindrops by going shop to shop in locations such as Barnstaple, Bideford and Torrington, or visit Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet for saving on top brands. 

As an added treat, make use of our local attraction discounts - saving you money on entry to the attractions mentioned above, plus more!

And don't forget about the leisure facilities at our nearby sister hotel, The Barnstaple: with an indoor and outdoor pool for all to swim in and fitness suite for quiet relaxation. 

Back at The Imperial, away from the hustle and bustle, it's time to sit back and unwind. Make use of our comfy chairs and to enjoy food and drink, or relax with a good book and our free WiFi. 

Stay at The Imperial Hotel throughout April on a luxurious 3-night break from just £74 per person per night! This includes dinner, bed and breakfast.

Or, stay with us over the Easter weekend itself (19th - 22nd April) from only £83 per person per night. Bed and breakfast, a free Easter egg, a free Devonshire Cream Tea, Friday dinner with musical entertainment, Saturday cocktail reception and 5-course gala dinner, and Sunday entertainment are all included!

Visit our offer pages for all the details...