Family Day Trips this Easter

Thursday, 22 March 2018

For those looking to keep the kids entertained this Easter, Greater Anglia is encouraging families to make the most of the break with some great value day trips across East Anglia, ensuring all families have an ‘egg-cellent’ break.

To make it even easier and more convenient for families to have a ‘cracking’ weekend, a Families & Friends Railcard can be used for savings of up to a 1/3 OFF most rail fares. The card covers up to four adults and four children, with savings of up to a third on most adult rail fares and 60% savings on the cost of child fares. Families using the Family & Friends Railcard can also take advantage of Greater Anglia’s offers across some of East Anglia’s top attractions, where customers will receive 2FOR1 admissions or other great savings. With some engineering works planned for the Easter Weekend, it is always advisable to check before travelling to ensure that any bank holidays plans can continue without a hitch.

Heritage horse riding

From hearing inspiring tales of British horse racing history to creating egg cup masterpieces, Palace House’s Heritage Centre has many Easter themed surprises planned. Families can take part in the Easter family trail and quiz around the galleries, head to the craft pod and design their own egg cup, meet real life ex-racehorses, have encounters with miniature donkeys and even put their new found knowledge to the test by visiting the racehorse simulator.

Price: Family day tickets cost £35 for two adults and up to four children

Nearest station: Newmarket

A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine

The East Anglian Railway Museum is offering families the chance to ride with Thomas the Tank Engine this Easter as he pulls in to Chappel railway station. Families will be able to take a train ride behind the iconic blue engine and his friends Daisy, Percy and Toad will also be there, alongside The Fat Controller.

Price: Family tickets cost £44 for two adults and two children

Nearest station: Chappel

Hunt for the Golden Bunny

During the Easter break families can explore the 40 acres of Cambridge University Botanical Gardens to find a hidden golden Lindt Bunny. Uncovering hints and solving clues as part of the treasure hunt, those taking part will receive a special chocolate treat at the end.

Price: Free

Nearest station: Cambridge Railway Station

The Big Egg Hunt at Bond Street

Located in the centre of Chelmsford, families are being encouraged to visit the Bond Street Bowl this Easter to customise and decorate Easter baskets and explore the children’s garden maze to discover clues and hidden eggs. Along Bond Street there will also be top quality face painters and a fun storytelling corner in Foyle’s Bookstore, to ensure that there is enough to keep everyone entertained on a big day out.

Price: Free

Nearest station: Chelmsford

Marsh Farm’s Easter Themed Fun

This Easter, the Essex based family farm is putting on a whole host of special events, from a Giant Easter Egg Hunt with a chocolate treat for every child, a Magic & Puppet show, adorable bunnies and chicks to admire and the indoor play barn in case the weather takes a turn. When booking your tickets online in advance you can save an additional £2.50 per person.

Price: £12.50 when booking online in advance

Nearest station: South Woodham Ferrers

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