Easter adventure in Central England
For families, camping in Central England usually means one thing: theme parks! Yet it goes without saying that there's so much more to this action-packed region than thrill rides and rollercoasters. This Easter, treat the kids to something special and open their eyes to new exhilarating experiences that are a little beyond the ordinary.
To help you get there, we've picked out a selection of family-friendly activities taking place across the Easter weekend. From National Trust parkland and watersport adventures, to newly-hatched chicks and steam trains, there are carriage-loads of things to keep all ages occupied this Easter. Plus, all of these experiences are within a short drive of one or more Club Sites, so there's no need to endure squabbling car journeys or calls of "Are we there yet?".
Once you've picked through the itinerary for ideas and inspiration, browse our local Club Sites to choose your base. Whatever takes your fancy, from the gorgeous Clent Hills to the action-packed campsites at Alton the Star and Drayton Manor, there's a cracking family Club Site with your name on it.
Day 1 - Good Friday
Kick off the Easter weekend in swashbuckling style with a day at Tamworth Castle, where younger visitors can take part in the Tamworth Castle Egg Hunt. It's a great way to explore the castle grounds and learn more about its turbulent past. Spanning more than 900 years of history and home to fantastic attractions including armoury, a Saxon Exhibition, costumed characters and more, there's plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
Day 2 - Easter Saturday
Saturday is watersports day, and what a treat we've got for adventure-seeking families! You can easily spend a whole day at Carsington Water, just half an hour's drive from Alton the Star Club Site, and home to a thrilling selection of water-based activities. Browse and book a special Easter session such as Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Fly Casting, or choose your own splashtastic activity and hone your skills with qualified tuition on the water.
For more watery fun, steer a course for Shugborough Estate - a stunning stately home on the edge of Cannock Chase that's within a 45-minute drive of Drayton Manor and Alton the Star Club Sites. On Easter Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm, the National Trust is offering visitors the chance to go canoeing on the river behind the mansion and see the landscapes from a new perspective. Or if you prefer dry land, you can also meet newly-hatched Easter chicks and explore the magnificent estate including its mansion house, model farm and walled garden.
Day 3 - Easter Sunday
Try a traditional treat on Easter Sunday with a classic bus ride from Wythall Transport Museum, just 20 minutes from Clent Hills Club Site. Let younger kids enjoy a ride or two on the miniature steam railway before climbing aboard one of the museum's vintage buses and taking a rumbling ride around the countryside, enjoying the budding signs of spring.
Head to Harvington Hall near Kidderminster, just 20 minutes from Clent Hills and less than an hour from Drayton Manor Club Site, which is throwing open its doors on Easter Sunday for medieval fun and revelry. Enjoy music, dancing, re-enactments, archery demonstrations and traditional cookery, before exploring the rest of the magnificent 14th century moated manor house and its extensive grounds.
Day 4 - Easter Monday
Make your way to Arley Arboretum on Easter Monday for an Easter-themed trail with a prize and free entry for children. In addition, the arboretum offers a superb range of activities for all ages, including Dinosaur and Fairy Trails, a maze, play area, pond-dipping and more. Adults will appreciate the extensive grounds and wide-open spaces, including an Italian garden with a lovely fountain and a relaxing tearoom.
You can also dive into a cracking line-up of Easter shenanigans at the Black Country Living Museum - one of Central England's best-loved attractions. There's a giant Easter egg hunt, craft activities, egg-rolling competitions, traditional street games and of course, delicious hot cross buns fresh from the bakery. Even better, it's just 20 minutes away from Clent Hills Club Site.
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