What’s On in Devon this Easter?

Easter Holiday fun near Forest Glade

This article was written on 23 February 2024
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Easter is a wonderful, meaningful time for celebrating with family and friends. From pirate-themed Easter egg hunts to the more traditional Easter bonnet parades, we take a look at what’s on offer near Forest Glade during the upcoming holidays.


Easter Bonnets

Traditionally, some communities in the South West held Easter bonnet parades, where participants would wear elaborately decorated hats or bonnets adorned with flowers, ribbons, and other decorations. These parades often involved a procession through the town or village, with prizes awarded for the most creative or impressive bonnets. This year, the Lyme Regis Easter Bonnet Parade is keeping that tradition alive. You’re invited to take part in the parade or just come along and watch the colourful spectacle of entrants parading their imaginative creations.


Easter Egg Hunts in Devon

Knightshayes House in spring sunshine (M Thorne)

Knightshayes Easter Egg Hunt takes place between 23 March 2024 and 14 April 2024 and gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens of this stately home, near Tiverton. Spring lambs are often to be seen gambolling about in the grounds at the front of the house. Grab your trail pack from the visitor reception at the start of your visit.

“Eggs marks the spot” in Crealy Theme Park’s pirate-themed egg hunt, running between 30th March and 14th April. The park boasts over 60 rides and attractions and has been a family favourite since 1989. There are outdoor rides and attractions and huge indoor play areas, making Crealy an ideal day out in any weather.

Dog-friendly Easter-themed Activities

Seaton Tram

Naturally, you might want to keep your pet away from anything too chocolate-themed! So, why not enjoy an “Easter EggsTramAganza” this year at Seaton Tramway? Help find Gilbert’s Goose and his cheeky chicks, hiding around Seaton Tramway. Children aged 15 and under can pick up a free activity sheet from Seaton or Colyton Stations from 29th March – 1st April 2024. Seaton Tramway welcomes dogs and operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton and Colyton. A fun and stylish way to enjoy the gorgeous Axe Valley.

National Trust Killerton promise “Easter Adventures” this year – a trail with fun-filled activities around the gardens and chapel grounds. Their dog-friendly trails will run from 23 March to 9 April (be aware, there is a chocolate treat at the end, but your pup won’t notice, if you eat it quickly!)


An Animal-themed Easter

poitou donkey at Forest Glade
Poitou donkey at Sidmouth (M Thorne)

Based near Chard, Ferne Animal Sanctuary provides a peaceful shelter for over 300 animals. On Easter Sunday itself, they’re holding their Spring Fayre and they have a programme of talks and craft activities throughout the Easter Holidays. Visit their website for details.

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is one of our favourites. It’s free to enter (donations welcome) and there’s always something interesting going on! In a beautiful countryside setting near Sidmouth, the sanctuary has been rescuing donkeys for 50 years. Their Green Guardians Easter Trail this year focuses on learning about their spring wildlife.

Read more about the Donkey Sanctuary.

A Tiverton Easter

train GWR at Forest Glade
The Tivvy Bumper is the museum’s most famous exhibit (Image: Tiverton Museum)

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is a wonderful family attraction any time of year. They have a wide-ranging, eclectic mix of exhibits and memorabilia drawn from the social and working lives of local people throughout history. From March 29th to April 13th they have all sorts of Easter Fun activities planned, including an egg hunt, dressing up and craft activities.

While you’re at the museum, why not pick up a trail map for the Tiverton Swan Trail, which launches this Easter? A number of elegant swans, also known as “The Flock that Rock”, will display unique designs by a local artist and will be located at various places around the town. The trail website promises “a wonderful blend of art, nature, and community”.

pretty relaxing camping pod surrounded by flowers at Forest Glade

With Easter coinciding with the arrival of spring, it’s a great time to take advantage of the seasonal weather to get outdoors. Go for a walk in the Blackdown Hills, or elsewhere in the area; make up a picnic with produce from one of our local food and drink producers, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at the park.