8 ideas for Easter fun

It’s that egg-cellent time of year when there’s a little bit of time off work, a bit more time off school and lots to see and do. 
Cyrus Pundole rounds up the top local events for all ages

Egg Hunt at Wimpole Hall

A nature-themed egg hunt at Wimpole Hall features a spot of wildlife learning along the way. Pick up your trail sheet at the start, which is just inside the gardens, and from there you’ll have to follow your instincts and make sure you have the right answers in order to get a chocolate prize. The trail, which runs from 19 to 22 April, is suitable for all ages and this year Wimpole is giving visitors the chance to book their trail in advance, either online, or by calling 03442 491895. There will be limited tickets, which are £2.50, available on the day. Normal admission charges apply, though entry is free for National Trust members.

Audley End Adventure Quest  

It’s a rather unusual creature whose eggs have been hidden by the Easter Bunny at Audley End House and Gardens from 6 to 22 April. A quest to find dragon eggs takes in several clues that need to be solved as families make their way through the gardens. Intrepid adventurers who succeed will be rewarded with a sticker and certificate to prove their egg-finding credentials, plus a chocolate treat!

It costs just £1 per child, 11am to 5pm each day, and there’s no need to book.

Wandlebury Outdoor Cinema

It’s all stars at Wandlebury Country Park on 20 April, when you can watch hit film A Star is Born under the stars, thanks to outdoor cinema creatives, The Star and Mouse Picture Show. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper head the cast in a tale of a musician who helps a young singer find fame, while age and alcoholism send his career downwards fast.

Guests can arrive from 7pm onwards to have a drink and something to eat, before the film starts when it gets dark. Wrap up warm and take a blanket to snuggle under. And, if you have a dog, take them too, as it’s a dog-friendly screening.

Anglesey Abbey Egg Hunt

Explore the signs of spring in a family adventure through the woods at Anglesey Abbey’s Hoe Fen, home to many different animals, from tiny creatures to families of deer. Help Cyril the squirrel, who has lost his way, unlock clues to find his way home. When you reach the end of the hunt, a chocolate treat awaits his helpers. Follow the woodland path to pick up your hunt map and clue sheet. The hunt, which costs £2.50, runs from 19 to 22 April, with half-hour slots available to book from 10am. with a 4pm finish.

Botanical Days

A growing passion for all things in the garden? Feel the joy of spring and take the time to get back out into the garden when Cultivate Gardens’ Botanical Days pop-up comes to Hope Street Yard on 19 and 20 April, 10am till 5pm.

There will be spring bulbs, garden plants, retro pots and planters, plus a chance to chat with the team about garden design for inspiration on your own patch.

While you’re there, if you fancy a brew, Caf-fiend of Cambridge will be serving delicious artisan coffee. Entry is free.

Easter trail at the Botanic Garden

Animals from all over the world are dropping in to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden from 6 to 22 April to help the Easter Bunny. You can find the animals with the help of a free trail pack from the ticket office, leading you on a fun-filled spring adventure.

See amazing plants and collect an Easter prize at the end. It’s a drop-in, self-led trail, and normal admission applies for accompanying adults.

Eggstinct

More eggs, but this time, some of them are ancient, and certainly not for eating! Eggstinct at the Museum of Zoology gives visitors the chance to discover eggs of animals past and present. 

Children from four and up can have a cracking time with egg-themed crafts in the museum. It runs on 11 and 16 April, from 10am to 4.30pm. It’s free and there’s no need to book. If you get peckish, pop up to the Whale Café for a bite to eat. 

Shepreth Egg Hunt

Explorers on Shepreth Wildlife Park’s egg hunt, from 19 to 22 April, need to hunt down hidden animal images to get their eyes on the prize. The four days will be packed with fun games, presentations, entertainers and special guests. While you’re there, don’t forget the park’s regular residents, including tigers, otters, lynx, red panda, Egyptian fruit bats and Indian Eagle owls. Normal admission applies; £8 children and seniors, £10 adults.