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With the Easter long weekend fast approaching, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to manage the easter egg-infused kids you’ll have from Good Friday till Easter Monday. Lucky for you, you’ve come to the perfect place to learn how to expend your kids’ abundant sugar-high energy. 

Easter weekend is a great time to plan some entertaining activities that will help your kids further indulge in the creative and adventurous spirit within them, with egg rolling, decorating, and scavenger hunts. 

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Avenham Park

Nearest Station: Preston Station

Get back to basics in Avenham Park where the first British egg roll took place in 1867. Set in a beautiful park, there’s nowhere better to teach and have fun with your kids over the Easter break. You have the choice between the official egg rolls, where you can join in with the other families there, or you can find a more private spot and enjoy some time with just you and the family.

However, egg rolling isn’t the only thing available at the park; being one of the last examples of Victorian park design. With the River Ribble backing the park, the area is filled with natural beauty including a natural amphitheatre and a sublime Japanese rock garden. You can make a day out of your trip by bringing a picnic blanket for the expansive grass, or stopping by the Pavilion Cafe for a pitstop between activities.

With no bookings for the park, you can also leave travel to the last minute with save-on-the-day tickets from Northern

Avenham Park

St Luke’s Easter Egg Trail

Nearest Station: Liverpool Lime Street

Another perfect family day out is at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church; a renovated church that was destroyed during the blitz. The church offers many family-friendly activities during the Easter Break.

From Good Friday through to Easter Monday the church is offering an Easter activity sheet which includes a scavenger hunt, colouring in, fun facts and a brief history of the church. There’s also been rumours of a special guest appearing throughout the weekend, who’ll be giving out chocolate eggs and the chance to grab a photo with them! (spoilers: it’s the Easter Bunny).

The Church also has craft activities and face painting available, as well as refreshments from the freshly reopened garden bar.

Book an anytime ticket with Northern so that train times don't constrain your good times.

St. Luke's Easter Trail

Life Science Centre

Nearest Station: Newcastle Station

If your kids are slightly older and already disenchanted with the magic that Easter can bring, then the Life Science Centre in Newcastle is a great spot to entertain them while also learning more about how mechanics and the world work.

Offering a range of activities and experiments to get involved in, ranging from full interactive to shows led by a team member. There’s the chance to build your own egg-mobile and trial it on the Easter Egg Hill racing track; get involved with egg rolling experiments; or take a seat for the live science show, explaining how our eyes can perceive colour.

Whichever activity ends up being best for you book in advance with Northern while you make your selection of activities.

Life Science Centre

Quarry Bank (National Trust)

Nearest Station: Styal Station

The National Trust is offering a whole lot of fun and interesting Easter activities for you and your young ones; of the hundred options, our pick is Quarry Bank in Cheshire.

Quarry Bank was a mill in bygone days but has swapped its industrial roots for natural ones. Surrounded by luscious countryside and gardens, the area is perfect for an Easter trail. The trail includes a set of bunny ears with a trail sheet and the chance for a chocolate egg at the end.

The Mill Shop will also be offering more Easter fun along with the restaurant and cafe providing some Easter treats. Take it easy with a Northern off-peak ticket to avoid the rush!

Quarry Bank Easter Trail





Get your Easter plans moving with Northern and book travel for you and the whole family easily with Northern's family tickets. Don't forget that children aged 5 - 15 travel for half-price on the majority of fares across the UK rail network, and under 5s travel for free alongside fare-paying passengers.  Catered to make travelling easier across the Easter period so you can spend the time celebrating not planning. 

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