Guide to Easter Activities

Spring has sprung and Easter is on the way, and there are loads of exciting activities taking place across the Isle of Wight to occupy your little ones over the Easter holidays. We've pulled together a guide to our top picks and also a few relaxing activities for you to indulge in as well.

Duck Races

There are little yellow plastic duck races in rivers across the Island over the Easter weekend as it’s become something of a local tradition. On Easter Saturday (15th) at noon 1000 plastic ducks will be released into the Medina River at Shide to raise money for the Island’s young people’s charity Challenge & Adventure, with a first prize of £50. Ducks are £1 available online.  

Later the same day at Yarmouth are Rowing Races in the Yar River from around 3pm, followed by two duck races that will start at around 4.30pm with tickets available at various local shops and on the day at the Sailing Club – and cream teas!

On Easter Sunday the annual duck race at Calbourne’s pretty Winkle Street begins at 11.30am with the release of 1,000 ducks. Sponsor your duck at the nearby Sun Inn, or at the event, with proceeds going to the local community centre.

Chocolate Hunts

Chocolate eggs are obviously on the menu, and there are loads of egg hunts to choose from over the Easter weekend. Robin Hill has its famous ‘Mad Easter Egg Dash’ on Easter Sunday 16th and Easter Monday 17th at 12 noon – don’t be late! Prizes include a range of different size eggs (entrance prices apply). 

There’s an Easter Egg Hunt around Arreton Barns on Easter Sunday that is free and at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (also free) you search for the donkeys with the special Easter collars and win chocolate eggs, plus there may be new born lambs to see.

The National Trust has Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at Needles Old Battery, Mottistone Gardens and Bembridge Windmill for just £1.50 per child.

Easter Activities

At Tapnell Farm Park family-friendly Easter festivities will be running everyday throughout the school holidays. Get creative with some Easter themed colouring in Tiny Tapnell, or whip up a tasty treat with afternoon biscuit decorating in the Farm Park Café. Don’t forget to meet Tapnell Farm Park’s cute baby lambs who will only be a few weeks old at Easter. You can come and help the animal keepers feed them in the brand-new animal theatre area, with other animal experiences throughout the day such as wallaby feeding and goat brushing.

At Osborne House kids are invited to take on a role in a Victorian mini-drama and have fun with traditional garden games. Plus they can follow the adventure trail amid the daffodils to claim a chocolate prize.

And at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway there are daily Easter Bonnet Parades at 1.15pm with prizes, Island children's entertainer Greg Chapman will amuse the kids with his stories, juggling and other antics and there will be colouring, crafts and an Easter Treasure Hunt to find the 'Golden Duck'. 

Getting Adventurous

Looking for something a little more energetic for you or the kids? Isle of Wight Adventure Activities are running  ‘Young Adventurers’ School Holiday Adventure Days’ over the Easter holidays with a whole exciting day of land and water activities for children between the ages of 8 – 16 for only £32 per child. Based from their Tapnell Farm site, Young Adventurers can try Coasteering, Paddle Boarding, Archery, Kayaking, Team Building , Climbing,  Mountain Boarding, Raft Building, Axe Throwing, Bushcraft Skills, Mega SUP and more. Plus you could have a go at any one of their adult activities –perhaps learn Kayaking or go Coasteering around the Freshwater coastline.

Relax and Restore

Maybe you’d like to lay back and relax without the kids? If so then Liz Earle have partnered with the West Bay Country Club and Spa, refurbishing one of their holiday cottages in their cool and comfortable style. You can stay in the beautiful new House of Liz Earle Beauty for a Two Day Naturally Active Retreat that includes several treatments, or come to the club for a mini or one day spa experience, all using Liz Earle products of course.

Nettlecombe Farm offer yoga sessions on every weekday and still have a few Easter breaks available if you want to stay in one of their cottages at the farm. You can also book yoga classes direct if you want to just tip up for a class – see their website or call for further details - 01983 730793.

Jo Macaulay

13 March 2017

By Jo Macaulay in Articles