Here’s the second installment of our top things to do with your children this Easter. Keen to keep them active to burn off all that chocolate? Then look no further than our favourite traditional outdoors activities taking place on the Isle of Wight this April.
Every year duck races take place across the Isle of Wight – our favourite is Yarmouth Easter Duck Race that takes place on Easter Saturday 7th April from 2.30pm. Located on the north coast of the Island the Yarmouth event is run each year by Yarmouth Carnival Committee and sees a thousand yellow ducks dropped from dingies into the middle of the river to then float down under the Yar Bridge. Like a giant yellow version of poo sticks the first duck to cross under the bridge wins. The first four ducks placed win their ticket holders a cash prize from £10 to £50 for 1st place. Afterwards there are refreshments available at the Yarmouth Sailing Club.
Or pop along to the annual duck race in Calbourne at 11.30 on Easter Sunday and watch hundreds of tiny yellow ducks fight for a place in the top 3 as they race down the stream at Winkle Street. It always gets very busy so getting there early is advised!
Top Choice – Egg Hunts
The National Trust hosts some great egg hunts at Easter, supported by Cadbury. Two of the best are held at Mottistone Manor on Easter Sunday April 8th at 11am and at Bembridge Windmill on Monday April 9th at 10.30am.
Both events call upon the children to search the site for hidden clues and solve a puzzle to then claim a chocolate egg. These are great for all the family. Mottistone is one of the most beautiful gardens to wander round on the Island so sure to be a hit with Mums and grandparents alike. Bembridge Windmill has all of its original machinery and there’s a steep climb to the top where you are rewarded with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
Arreton Old Village has an egg hunt from 9.30am till 12.30pm for children up to 12 years old that costs £2 and includes a donation to the Isle of Wight’s Earl Mountbatten Hospice. There will also be egg painting for kids to join in and have a go.
Robin Hill this Easter hosts an Easter Egg Dash that is held at noon on Easter Sunday 9th and Monday 10th. The first part involves finding a hidden token to claim an egg or two and the second hunt will take you throughout the park to find the hidden eggs. Find them all and you enter a prize draw for your chance to win the grand prize. There’s also a chocolate tasting challenge and these activities are included in the entrance fee.
Kids go free at the IW Steam Railway from April 3rd to 12th. Up to two children per full-fare paying adult go free and there is an Easter Treasure Hunt, Easter colouring and crafts and children are asked to come in their Easter bonnets and join in an Easter Bonnet Parade each day at 1.45pm. (Children need to make bonnets in advance).