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Events and things to do in Dorset this Easter

PUBLISHED: 14:47 24 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:01 25 March 2019

Join the National Trust's Great Easter Egg Hunt © National Trust Images/John Millar

Join the National Trust's Great Easter Egg Hunt © National Trust Images/John Millar

©National Trust Images/John Millar

We pick 12 fun things for families to do in Dorset over Easter

Easter Egg Hunt at Studland Bay

6 – 22 April

Follow the trail from the Discovery Centre around Knoll Beach and hunt for clues. 10.30am – 3.30pm.

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Easter Egg Hunt at Kingston Lacy

6 – 22 April

Keep your eyes and ears open to the sights and sounds of Kingston Lacy woods. 10am – 4pm.

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Easter Egg Hunt at Corfe Castle

6 – 22 April

Complete your egg hunt and discover fun facts about the bats who call the castle ruins and Purbeck their home. 10am – 5pm.

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A Wind in the Willows Easter at Russell-Cotes

6 – 22 April

This art gallery and museum in Bournemouth has a range of activities inspired by the stories of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad. Weather permitting there will be treasure hunts and games in the garden and morning craft activities (9 -12 April & 16- 18 April) making small creature and bird homes for your garden. russellcotes.com

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Count Your Chickens in Dorchester

6 – 22 April

How many chickens can you spot on this Easter trail around Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, then take part in Easter biscuit decorating and Easter craft activities. shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

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Mad Science Easter Holiday Camp

8 – 18 April

Awesome hands-on science inspired camp for 5 – 11 years olds at Trinity First School in Verwood (8 -11 April) and Knighton House, Blandford (15 – 18 April).

Booking essential 01980 611807 wessex.madscience.org

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Easter Chase at Durlston

12 April

Will you catch the Easter Bunny at this fun running event for ages 7-11 at Durlston Country Park? 10am registration, 10.30am chase begins. durlston.co.uk

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A Wonderland Easter at Lulworth Castle

19 -22 April

 ‘Alice’ themed indoor and outdoor activities, including Wonderland trails, egg hunts, crafts, bouncy castle (weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4’s. You may even bump into the Mad Hatter. lulworth.com.

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Once Upon a Time at Forde Abbey

19 – 22 April

Join a cast-list of fairytale characters including Goldilocks and a family of bears, Cinderella, Jack and his magic beans, Three Little Pigs and a naughty wolf, for an enchanting adventure on the Dorset/Somerset border. Hunt for clues and solve the challenges then enjoy some sweet rewards. fordeabbey.co.uk

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Dr Ranj’s Teddy Bear Hospital and Easter egg hunts at Brewery Square

19 – 22 April

The Easter Egg Hunt runs 10am - 4pm. Children (15 and under) can pick up a form from the Concierge Office, opposite the Dorchester South Train Station, then hunt for the eggs hidden around Brewery Square. On 20 April Dr. Ranj brings his Teddy Bear Hospital to Brewery Square with free performances at 11am and 1pm. brewerysquare.com

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Easter Bonnet Parade in Lyme

21 April

Lyme Regis hosts this traditional bonnet parade. 2pm: Judging of Easter Bonnets in Baptist Church. 3pm Parade from Broad Street.

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Easter Monday at Larmer Tree Gardens

22 April

At this Alice in Wonderland Easter Extravaganza on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, seek out the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and Alice in Larmer Tree’s beautiful  gardens. Decorate biscuits with the Queen of Hearts and follow the White Rabbit to the magic show (performances at 12pm, 1pm & 2pm must be booked).

Booking essential 01725 516971or online at larmertree.co.uk

 

 

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