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Easter Half Term


We blinked and Easter half term is just around the corner. We're lucky enough to have a huge amount of events on during both weeks, so as always we've pulled together a guide for our top picks and not to be missed events! Remember, EVERYTHING can be found on our what's on guide and this is just a small selection of events. You can view the full events list or a diary format, meaning it's so much easier to see what's on and plan what you're up to. Our what's on guide is being updated daily with the newest events and up to date information.

Our website also has a huge variety of ideas in our 'Things to do' category and there's something for all ages and all weathers! Let's keep everything crossed that we'll get some sun this half term!

If you're needing childcare, or even just some time to yourself, we have tons of Holiday Clubs and Classes including classes and groups for babies and parents that are still running during the holidays. 

Also see: 

Our guide to Crazy Golf in Southend and beyond
Days out and activities for Teens and Tweens
Cafes with play areas and activities

Our top picks 

Easter egg hunt on the pier
29th March - 1st April 2024
Come along to take part in the eggs-cellent Easter Egg Hunt! Collect your activity sheet, priced at £2.50 per child (plus usual pier admission prices) when you arrive at the pier.

Easter Egg making with the Easter bunny 
4th April 2024
The ultimate experience for all those chocolate lovers out there, which takes place at our Chocolate shop in Eastwood. Chocolate Making, with the appearance of Easter Bunny.

Family Easter Disco at Leigh Community Centre
3rd April 2024
Kids party with arts and crafts, chocolate hunt, dancing and singing, face paint and so much more.

Easter Monday party at The Ironworks
1st April 2024
Get ready for an egg-citing adventure at our Easter party. Join us for an Easter Monday filled with crafts, games, an egg hunt, facepaints, dancing, singing and SO MUCH MORE
£5 per child

Easter egg-venture on the farm
23rd March - 14th April 2024 (excluding Easter Sunday)
Explore Easter on our farm. There will be an egg hunt and scavenger hunt, followed by cuddles and snuggles with some of our gorgeous animals, including bunnies, chickens, calves and more. You'll get the chance to feed them too. You'll then have the opportunity to craft, maybe making something to take home and hang on your Easter tree or simply keep as a keepsake.

The big egg hunt at Belchamps
29th March - 12th April 2024
The Big Egg Hunt at Belchamps is an exciting trail around our 26 acre activity centre, you'll cross bridges, navigate woodlands and solve clues to win a Chocolate Egg! This event is open to the general public and just £5.50per child.

Inflatable fun day at Chalkwell Park
4th April 2024
Ellis Leisure will yet again be hosting their Inflatable Fun Days for children of all ages (however aimed at children of ages 4-11 years old) with a dedicated section for toddler (recommend ages of 1-3 years old).

FREE and low cost things to do

For the full article of FREE and low cost things to do, click here.

Children's Sunflower planting at Scott's of Southend

1st, 2nd and 9th April 2024                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Our plant experts will be teaching children how to grow beautiful sunflowers.

Half Term activities at Hadleigh Hub
2nd - 4th April 2024                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Free family activities. More details coming soon!

Spring community day at Eastwood Community Centre
6th April 2024                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FREE spring treasure hunt, over 20 craft stalls, special visit by paw patrol character, performance by LODS, refreshments all day
50p entry - Children free

Big Ticket events

St-Egg-Osaurus Easter at Colchester Zoo
29th - 14th April 2024
This Easter, journey around our BRAND-NEW Dinosaur Realm and discover these reptiles from the past. PLUS, throughout the holidays, we will be celebrating all things Easter with a range of EGG-cellent activities suitable for the whole family.

Easter Trail at Call of the Wild Zoo
29th March - 14th April 2024
Get ready for an egg-citing adventure at our Easter trail. With animal encounters, face painting and activity trail

Easter at Barleylands
29th March - 14th April 2024
Step in to Spring throughout the Easter Holidays at Barleylands Farm Park with baby animals galore! Join us for cute animal cuddles, springtime crafts, lamb bottle feeding, and lots more!

Worth the travel...

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Museum of Power 
3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 12th April 2024
Egg decorating, Peg eggs, Easter Hunt, Pom Pom Chicks, Easter Bunny making and many more....

Woodland Pirate Trail at Cammas Hall Farm
29th March - 14th April 2024
You'll need your sea legs to navigate through our enchanting Cammas Wood, open farmland and our developing fruit fields as you hunt for the booty. There are themed areas for scallywags of all ages enjoy and a few surprises along the way.

Easter Springtime Surprise at Audley End Miniature Railway 
21st February 2024
Drop in children's craft activities this February half term. Children can make and decorate their very own bird headdress, bird wings and bird feeder. Donation towards materials, which is payable on the day.

The Easter Trail at Lathcoats 
23rd March to the 13th April 2024 (Monday to Saturday, 9-5).
The Easter Bunny and his friends are practicing for the Bunny Olympics this summer. They'd love you to have a go too and along the trail you'll find the letters that spell out their favourite sports equipment. There are 10 letters to find. Unscramble them to find the sport that puts a spring in their step.

Easter at Hopefield
30th - 31st March 2024
Have a hoppy Easter with us at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary! With an Easter trail, the Easter bunny, inflatables, live performances, soft play bus and more!

Easter box decorating at Thames Chase
2nd April 2024
Decorate your own box for Easter treats to go in. You can be as creative as you like, with these lovely wooden boxes. Join our education volunteers and let your creative juices flow.

To see the FULL list of events, head to our what's on guide

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