After everything that has happened in the last year I was a bit nervous about writing a what’s on guide for the Easter holidays 2021 across Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts. Would anywhere actually be doing anything?? Thankfully more and more places are reopening after the third lockdown (you can find out what places are opening and when here) and lots of places are holding events. I’ll also be posting events on my Facebook page so make sure you follow that as well.
Easter School holiday dates in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire & Hertfordshire
The Easter holiday school dates for 2021 vary slightly by LEA this year.
- Buckinghamshire LEA – 2nd April 2021 – 18th April 2021
- Milton Keynes LEA – 27th March 2021 – 11th April 2021
- Hertfordshire LEA – 27th March 2021 – 11th April 2021
- Oxfordshire LEA – 1st April 20221 – 18th April 2021
- Bedfordshire LEA – 27th March 2021 – 12th April 2021
Just as a little aside, the National Trust are no longer doing their Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunts as that deal ended last year. They’re still doing Easter Egg hunts, but it will be a National Trust Easter egg this time
What’s on during the Easter school holidays in Buckinghamshire
Friends of Hughenden Primary School nr High Wycombe will be running an Easter trail during the holidays from the 1st April until the 10th. Maps cost £1.50 from the Hughenden Village Store.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre nr Quainton reopens on the 14th April but there won’t be any special events during the Easter School holidays.
Hughenden Manor nr High Wycombe are running an Easter Egg trail from the 1st to the 18th April. £3 per child (plus admission) includes activity trail, pencil and egg. For more details click here** (** denotes affiliate link)
The details of the Easter Egg hunt at Cliveden haven’t yet been announced but it’s likely to be the same price as the other local National Trust properties. Normally Easter at Cliveden in Bucks is really busy, but limited ticket numbers might make visiting during the school holidays much quieter than normal. Read my full review here.
There’s an online session at Bucks County Museum on the 3rd April with Clive Pig. There will be Easter stories, poems and music. Price by donation. Click here for more details.
Willen Hospice are running a teddy bear hunt at Willen Lake from the 29th March – 11th April. It’s £5 per family which includes one child entry into the competition. If you want to add additional children it’s another £1 each. You can find out more here.
Green Dragon Eco Farm reopens on the 12th April. Tickets go on sale on the 31st March at 10:00
What’s on during the Easter school holidays in Oxfordshire
Creation Station Thame is running four Easter themed craft events on the 29th March and 2nd April. £10 per child. Find out more details here. We took part in their online Christmas session and Harry Potter themed sessions late last year.
Blenheim Palace isn’t running any specific events during the Easter holidays but the gardens and adventure playground have reopened.
For most of the Easter school holidays Cogges Manor Farm nr Witney in Oxfordshire will only be open to season ticket holders. General tickets will be available from the 12th April though.
Stonor Park (review here) reopens on the 2nd April and there’s a brand-new, epic playground opening at the same time. There’s also going to be an Easter trail from the 2nd to the 18th April. £8.50 per adult. £9/£11 per child.
Clip ‘n Clip in Bicester are reopening from the 12th April. Everyone climbing in April will get a free polar krush drink.
Easter school holiday activities in Bedfordshire
Wrest Park in Bedfordshire is running an Easter trail during the school holidays. The trail is on from the 29th March – 18th April and costs £1.50 per child. English Heritage members get FREE admission. Click here for more details (affiliate link).
Whipsnade Zoo already has tickets available for sale on their website (affiliate link) – they’re reopening on the 12th April.
The Shuttleworth collection are running an Easter Bunny fly in and egg hunt on the 4th & 5th April. Included with admission. Adult tickets are £15 per adult, children go free.
Mead Open Farm is reopening on the 12th April, and tickets go on sale on the 1st. The play barn won’t be open but most of the outdoor areas will be.
The National Animal Welfare Trust is running an Easter scavenger hunt around Great Shefford in Bedfordshire from the 1st – 14th April. £4 per child.
What’s on in the Easter holidays in Hertfordshire
Ashridge House in Hertfordshire is running an Easter trail event from the 29th March to the 11th April. Tickets are £5 per child over 5, £2 per child under 5 and £8 per adult.
The Bovingdon Easter egg hunt is running from the 1st to the 4th April. Find one of the eggs hidden around the village and exchange it for a chocolate one at the church.
The Easter Eggstravaganza at Willows Activity Farm near St Albans, Hertfordshire is on from the 27th March until the 11th April 2021. The Easter egg hunt, grotto, biscuit decorating and all of the normal activities and attractions are included with admission. (This is a bit of a weird one. On one part of their website it says this event is going ahead. On another it says they’re not opening for Easter. I’m not entirely sure if this is happening or not!!)
Celtic Harmony in Hertford are running Easter family days from the 12th-18th April. £10 per person. It’s a full day including activities such as a dragon egg hunt, wand making and campfire stories.
The grounds of Knebworth House have been open for a while but the adventure playground reopens on the 29th March. A few of the slides etc will be closed but most of it is open. Pre-booking is essential.
Because of lockdown there are a lot less Easter events and activities than normal across Bucks, Beds, Oxon & Herts. There are still lots of things to do with the kids throughout the school holidays though. Click the links for all my reviews of woodlands, family walks, zoos & open farms and playgrounds. Planning on staying at home? There’s lots of ideas to keep the kids entertained on the website as well.
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