There are plenty of fun things to do in Exeter and the surrounding area this Easter, from Easter Egg Hunts to craft making, cycling to baking...
Crealy, Sidmouth Road Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DR, 0870 116 3333. Crealy has the South West's biggest Easter egg hunt with some great prizes to be won and a give-away of over 10,000 Cadbury's Creme Eggs. It's also a chance for families to meet the new baby Easter bunnies in the animal barn. Buddy and Blossom will also be around to give out even more chocolate to those wearing Easter Bonnets or Easter fancy dress. On Good Friday 6th April Roary the Racing Car will be starring in a LIVE show and on Tuesday 9th April Fifi and Bumble will be performing their show live on stage.
Exeter Undergraound Passages in Paris Street, Exeter are running an Easter egg hunt for children. Normal admission prices apply and there are prizes to be won. Contact 01392 665887 for more information.
Escot Easter Egg Hunt at Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, every day until Monday, April 16. Call 01404 822188.
Easter Egg Trail around the garden at Killerton in Broadclyst, near Exeter, every day until Sunday, April 15, from 11am to 4pm. Cost £2, including a chocolate prize. Normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 881345.
Easter Holiday Hunt at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, every day until Sunday, April, 15. Find the 10 wooden Easter eggs hidden around the sanctuary. Cost £1. Call 01395 573156.
Chocolate Factory Fortnight at Powderham Castle, near Exeter, every day until Friday, April 13. Meet Willy Wonka and his ‘sweet’ assistant, Mrs Fudge, and visit the Imagination Room to find out some of Mr Wonka’s secrets.
Easter fun activities including arts and crafts and a donkey Easter egg hunt will be held at the EST Sidmouth Centre, on Tuesday, April 3, Thursday, April 5, and Tuesday, April 10. Cost £5. Call 01395 573009.
Easter Creation Station arrives at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, from Wednesday, April 4, until Wednesday, April 11, from 11am to 3pm. Have your face painted, make your own mini Easter garden and design an Easter card or Easter bonnet. £3 per activity or £5 for two. Call 01395 573156.
Easter Eggstravaganza fundraiser at Axhayes Adoption Centre, Cats Protection, Little Hill Cottage, Clyst Honiton, on Friday, April 6, from 11am to 3pm. The day includes an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle, face painting, craft activities, colouring competition, cakes and food stalls, behind-the-scenes tours and more. Entry free, Easter egg hunt £1 per child to take part in the Easter Egg Hunt. Call 01395 232377.
Easter Egg Trail at 200-year-old working water-mill Clyston Mill in Broadclyst, near Exeter, on Sunday, April 8, and Monday, April 9. Cost £2 including a chocolate prize. Normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 462425.
Bunny Hunt at Bicton Park, East Budleigh, from Sunday, April 8, to Monday, April 9. Free, normal admission charges apply.
Easter Weekend at Pecorama, Beer, from Friday, April 6, to Monday, April 9. A full weekend of entertainment including shows every day at 2.30pm. Call 01297 21542.
Kinderkino Easter special at Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday, April 10, at 1pm. Monthly film screenings for pre-school children and families. Free with every purchase from the Café Bar.
Theatre and Music
The Chuckle Brothers star in The Return of the Pirates of the River Rother 2 at Exmouth Pavilion on Monday, April 2, at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Tickets £14.50. Call 01395 222477.
Breaking Battles Vol 3 breakdance workshops and competitions at Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday, April 4. Kids battle (under-14s), 6pm to 8pm, adults battle (over-14s), 8pm to 10pm. Tickets £5. Call 01392 667080.
Sock Puppet Theatre returns to the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, on Friday, April 13, at 8pm. Call 01392 270891.
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has a full range of outdoor adventurous activities for young people during Easter including kayaking, sailing, rock-climbing, caving, and archery. Courses, ranging from a day to a week, are available staffed by fully qualified and experienced instructors. Call 01392 434668 or visit www.haven-banks.co.uk
Go Ape! tree top adventure, at Haldon Forest, Exeter. Experience the thrill of travelling through the air on 230-metre zip wires high above the ground, as well as climbing tree-top ladders, crossing wooden bridges, and swinging from tree to tree on Tarzan swings. Suitable for children aged 10 and over. Open daily, cost £30 adults, £20 children. Call 0845 643 92 15 or visit www.goape.co.uk
Become a Donkey Dude by taking part in a one-on-one, 20-minute session learning the basics of donkey care at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, from April 3 to 10, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Not suitable for children under five, booking advised. Cost £10. Call 01395 573156.
Outdoor games hoops, tops and skipping ropes can be enjoyed during an afternoon of organised games with Victorian inspired toys at Killerton in Broadclyst, near Exeter, on Wednesday, April 4, from 2pm to 4pm. Free, normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 881345.
Teignmouth Rabbit Run starting from Teignmouth pier at 11am on Monday, April 5. A fun run of 1.5 miles with rabbit ears and a tail supplied. Entry £6 adults, £4 children, families £12. Visit www.teignmouth-rabbit-run.webs.com
Family friendly wetland stroll with RSPB staff at Darts Farm, Topsham, every Saturday from Saturday, April 7, from 2pm to 3pm. Learn who’s who among farmland birds. Free. Call 01392 879438.
Bickham Gardens open garden for the NGS in Kenn on Sunday, April 8, Tuesday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 11, from 2pm to 5pm. A seven-acre garden with much recent replanting and alpine house with over 100 plants. Adults £4.50, children free. Call 01392 832671.
Silly Mini Sunday at Powderham Castle, on Sunday, April 8. A convoy of minis returns at 2.30pm for another year to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West. Adults £10.50, seniors £9.50, children (4 to 16) £8.50, family £32.
Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens open garden for the NGS in Cullompton on Sunday, April 8, and Monday, April 9, from 2pm to 5.30pm. A 10-acre garden with lawns, lakes, ponds and bog garden, plus novelty crazy golf, Devonshire cream teas and homemade cakes. Adults £3, children free. Call 01884 32347.
Punch & Judy - Watch a traditional Punch and Judy show on the lawn at Killerton in Broadclyst, near Exeter, on Monday, April 9, from 2pm to 4pm. Free, normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 881345.
Peco Pirate Day at Pecorama, Beer, on Sunday, April 15. A fun filled swashbuckling day. Call 01297 21542.
Art, crafts and performing arts
Discovery centre - Enjoy crafts and activities, including Easter chick making, badge making, nature trails and Dragon Quest Play Trail packs at Killerton’s Discovery Centre in Broadclyst, near Exeter, every day until Sunday, April 15, from 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply. Call 01392 881345.
Theatrebugs Easter Workshop from Monday, April 2, to Wednesday, April 4. Enjoy three days of acting, dancing, singing, arts and crafts and dressing up at Lympstone Village Hall, 10am to 1pm. Cost £55. Call 01404 851003.
Make a Bug Box for insects in your garden at Box 16, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, from Thursday, April 5, to Tuesday, April 10, 11am to 3pm. Cost £7. Call 01395 573156.
Bike Shed - The first ever Bike Shed Theatre School, in collaboration with Cygnet Training School, will run from Tuesday, April 10, until Friday, April 13, from 10 am to 4pm, with a final performance on the last day at 5pm. Aimed at 14 to 18-year-olds with a passion for theatre, it is run by theatre professionals teaching voice, text, mask work, combat and much more. Cost £100. Booking essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Biscuit decorating - Children’s biscuit decorating class at Carluccio’s, Princesshay, Exeter, on Wednesday, April 4. Cost £10. Age restrictions apply. Call 01392 410492.
Italian baking - Learn the art of Italian baking while making baci di dama (hazelnut biscuits ‘kissed’ together with chocolate) at Carluccio’s, Princesshay, Exeter, on Wednesday, April 11. Cost £10. Age restrictions apply. Call 01392 410492.
The 2012 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink is back from Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15, at Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, from 10am to 6pm, and 5pm on Sunday. The three-day event is packed with fun, family activities. One day pass £7.50 adults, £1 under 16s, free under 5s, weekend pass £15 adults, £3 children. Visit www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk