There’s lots of fun to be had in Britain’s Ocean City during the Easter holidays. Go on an Easter Egg hunt or a bear hunt at the Theatre Royal, get crafty or explore an underwater world! We’ve pulled together eight ways you can keep the whole family entertained over the next few weeks.  


1. Get crafty

Head to the city centre on 9, 12 and 17 April for free Easter Craft Workshops, hosted by Plymouth City Centre Company and The Creation Station! Perfect for children aged 2 to 11, kids can get messy and decorate eggs and Easter masks, make special Easter crowns or get creative with Play-Doh. The workshops are free and there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day between 11am to 3pm.

Buckland Abbey are also running lots of crafty activities for kids during the holidays, including Medieval Egg Decorating and Fused Glass Workshops (additional charges may apply).

You can also visit BoraBeads on Southside Street for VIP Jewellery Making sessions. Kids (and adults) can make rings, bracelets, keyrings, lanyards and necklaces - prices start at £6. 


2. Take a trip to the theatre

There’s a real range of family friendly shows taking to the stage this Easter!

At the Theatre Royal Plymouth, get ready for a big adventure with the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, enjoy magical mayhem at The Worst Witch or learn all about the environment at Woodland Tales with Grandad.  


Stiltskin at Soapbox Children’s Theatre also have a few more showings of The Mermaid’s Magical Purse during the Easter holidays. Featuring mermaids, pirates and unicorns, this magical story is told using inventive sets, puppets and costumes!   


3. Meet Peppa Pig

Peppa fans in your family will be delighted with the chance to meet their favourite pig this April! Peppa Pig is making a visit to Drake Circus on Tuesday 16 April, appearing at intervals between 11am and 3.30pm. Say hello and take a photo together!


4. Hunt for Easter Eggs

Don’t forget to take part in the classic Easter activity of an egg hunt! Head to Plymouth city centre between 8 to 12 April to take part in the Cel-eggrity Easter Egg Hunt. It’s completely free and there are 16 locations to find – each location has a stash of mini chocolate eggs to be enjoyed.

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will also be returning to National Trust properties this Easter with lots of chocolate eggs to find and enjoy! The closest to Plymouth are Saltram, Buckland Abbey, Cotehele and Antony House.


You can also follow the free Barbican Bunny Trail! Collect your free trail sheet from the Tourist Information Centre between 19 to 22 April. Find all eight sets of rabbit paw prints in shop windows around the Barbican and the name of the bunny that left them, then return to the Tourist Information Centre for an Easter treat and to enter the prize draw to win your own Easter Bunny!


5. Dive in at the National Marine Aquarium

Dive into Easter at the UK’s largest public aquarium! From 6 to 23 April, the NMA are jumping in feet first to enjoy the underwater world of scuba diving. In a UK first, you’ll be able to interact with the Dive Team while they’re in the tanks, using their unique Diver Communication system.

You can also get a feel for diving– while staying completely dry – with their new virtual reality headsets! Plus, there’s a Scuba Dive Trail leading you round the building, so you can find out all about the equipment needed to dive in the ocean.


6. Roll up for fun at the circus!

Head to Royal William Yard on 7 April for their Spring Market and enjoy extravagant performances as The Invisible Circus bring the era of The Greatest Showman to the Yard. Expect to see stilt walkers, a cycling pianist and balloon modelling, alongside the monthly Good Food and Craft Market.


7. Go wild at the zoo

Dartmoor Zoological Park is home to over 150 different animals from around the world, with everything from meerkats to marmosets, and tigers to tapirs. It’s the perfect place for a spring day out! The zoo is also hosting its annual Spring Fair on 6 April, with craft stalls, face painting, falconry displays, bouncy castles and more.


8. Have fun on a rainy day

Don’t let any April showers ruin your fun! We’ve got a Rainy Day Itinerary packed full of lots of ideas, so you can keep dry and still enjoy a great family day out.


Don’t forget to share your Easter holiday snaps with us over on Instagram by tagging #VisitPlymouth – we’d love to see and share them!


In partnership with GWR, Destination Plymouth's lead travel partner. 



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