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Easter Days Out in Devon, Dorset and Somerset

Easter Days Out in Devon, Dorset and Somerset

Easter Holidays Days Out and What’s On Events in Devon Dorset and Somerset

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Spring is my favourite time if year. Longer days, warmer weather and plenty of Easter days out in Devon, Dorset and Somerset. With attractions fully open there’s loads of choice, combine it with country walks, an ice cream on the beach or a local play park  and of course Easter Eggs.

Outdoor and Wildlife Events

East Devon Countryside Events

With sites across East Devon, there are a number of fantastic nature reserves in our local area. With great outdoor based activities for children to get stuck into as well as fun nature trails, so there’s sure to be something that suits your family. Better still these events are also very affordable.

Join in the fun Exe Estuary mud walk on Wednesday 10th April in Exmouth. There is a family explorer day on Trinity Hill near Axminster and family crafts at Seaton Wetlands on Wednesday 17th April.  

Follow the link for details of activities and to book events in Seaton, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Cranbrook  – East Devon Countryside Events. You can also download the full Spring/Summer events guide here which has loads to keep you busy all summer.

All ages can take part in the Spring trail which is a lovely way to discover every corner of the nature reserve.  Follow the trail map (£2 each) which is running daily from x -x in April. There’s more details about Seaton Wetlands on my blog post.

Seaton Wetlands boardwalk

National Trust Easter Egg Trails – Blow away the Cobwebs! 

One of our favourites is Stonebarrow Hill, on the Golden Cap estate, on the cliffs above Charmouth. What a fabulous place to be  – we’ve braved rain and wind before but it was still fun to take part in. This self-led, family egg hunt lets you follow the trail around the beautiful countryside enjoying the views at your own pace to collect a Cadbury chocolatey treat at the end.

It’s only held on 2 days – Good Friday and Easter Saturday (19th & 20th April).  Turn up anytime between 11am  – 3pm.  Costs £2.50 (take cash). Free parking for NT members.  Suitable with a sturdy pushchair if you have one.

Another great bracing route is the one at  Burton Bradstock.  This one is up over the hill around the beach but also very enjoyable. Made all the better by giving you an excuse to go and have a snack or a meal at the Hive Beach Cafe.  Open Good Friday through to Easter Monday.

In on the Devon ~ Somerset border you can hunt for clues and enjoy the views from Wellington Monument. It’s only on from 19th – 22nd April between 11am and 1.30pm. £2.50 per child cash only. There are no facilities. TA21 9PB

Other trail options include Max’s Gate, Hardy’s Cottage and Kingston Lacy in Dorset.  In Devon try Killerton for a great day out with lovely grounds.  Trails are also being held at A La Ronde in Exmouth and Knightshayes near Tiverton has an Aesop’s fable themed trail and  activities.

Barrington Court – Another winning place to spend some time this Easter. Den building, decoration painting, a willow workshop and of course an Easter egg trail. Barrington Court is tucked away in the depths of the South Somerset countryside with a beautiful house and gardens to explore.  Also in Somerset try Wellington Monument or Fyne Court (both great for a stomping country walk). One of our favourites is Stourhead just off the A303.

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If you want to avoid the chocolate temptation try Montecute House NT and explore St Michael’s Hill for great views of the surrounding countryside.

As well as paying for the egg trail (£2.50  –  £3 per child), entrance fees will apply at most of the main NT sites. Membership is really worthwhile if you think you might make 3 or 4 visits a year.  Parking only applies at Stonebarrow, Burton Bradstock, Fyne Court and Wellington Monument.

Wildwood at Escot


We’ve enjoyed great days out with the children at  Wildwood Escot, so can recommend it as a good place to visit over Easter. Events to be published so check their website. With wolves, red squirrels, lynx, wild boar, lots of outdoor space for imaginative play and a very confusing beech maze,  this is a fun day outdoors. There is also an indoor toddler play are and a lovely cafe.  Take a look at our day out on this post.

Special event on Sunday 24th March 2019, a visit from Peppa Pig who will be appearing at intervals between 11am and 4pm.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

A favourite with locals for years, this is a lovely attraction with the donkeys at it’s heart. Perfect for all ages and abilities you can explore or walk as far as you feel able to. A short walk around the main centre will bring you up close with some of the donkeys that are being cared for, or stretch your legs out into the fields for a longer walk and enjoy the views.  You can join the South West Coast Path if you walk all the way through the woods and even down to the beach (only try this when it’s dry underfoot!). There is also a fun maze.

Over Easter there is a fun Holiday Hunt trail to follow (£3 charge for this, 11am  – 3pm). Entry to the Sanctuary is by donation only so this is a great value day out.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Based just outside Chard in beautiful countryside, this animal sanctuary is a lovely place to spend a few hours. There is a good path all the way round making it ideal for pushchairs or wheelchairs. You can enjoy watching ducks and wildfowl, see rabbits, cats and some other larger animals. With a small play area and a cafe you can visit here knowing that your money will be put to good use looking after the animals that have been rescued.

More details here – Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Forde Abbey Gardens

Head to the beautiful Forde Abbey in South Somerset and follow the Once Upon a Time trail this Easter. Explore the grounds and search for characters from the pages of Fairy Tale classics for an enchanting weekend in the gardens.

Hunt for clues and solve the challenges along the way, and meet some very friendly faces that are sure to capture your imagination.

On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th, fairy tales will be read throughout the day. On Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd, join professional storyteller Martin Maudsley for a series of magical storytelling sessions at 11.30 and 2pm.  

Normal admission charges apply (£10 adults and £5 children for the gardens).

Yeovil Railway Centre 

Steam train days and Easter Egg hunt on 21st and 22nd April. Entrance includes steam train and unlimited miniature railway rides. At Yeovil Junction Station   – more details here.

Easter Days Out in Devon, Dorset and Somerset Yeovil Steam train

Powderham Castle, Exeter

Woolly Week  – Watch the shearing demonstrations with entertaining commentary followed by a Sheep Hustle from this fantastic sheep show. Also visit the walled garden to see the lambs and participate in the fun themed trail around the gardens. Normal admission charges apply. 8-21 April.

Indoor or Rainy Days Out

Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic is interesting and interactive.  Over Easter you can join in the Egg-citing Easter Dinosaur Egg Hunt. Children can follow the clues, complete the trail and claim a prize! £1 per clue sheet. The egg trail is on daily from 6th to 22nd of April.

ROARSOME Dino Day – 12th April. A full day of dino activities and a chance to see traces of these prehistoric creatures!

Seaton Jurassic

Amazing Animal Encounters with Dartmoor Zoo – 18th April. Get up close and even hold some of Dartmoor Zoo’s fascinating reptiles and invertebrates.

Learn about the lives of these amazing creatures from their early life to their adaptations to survive.
Workshops are £5 per person or £4 per person for groups of 4 or more on both days. Booking required. Call Seaton Jurassic on 01297 300 390 to book.  Drop in face painting sessions on the ROARSOME Dino Day and Amazing Animal Encounters Day between 2pm and 4pm. £2 per child.

Seaton Town

If you are planning a day out in Seaton, children can enjoy the lovely large play park nearby (just by the Seaton Jurassic car park) or try the fun Jurassic themed adventure golf (crazy golf to me!) at Seafield Gardens near the clock tower. Explore the lovely independent shops and the seafront esplanade is perfect for an easy walk. There are more details about Seaton on the my recent guide to the town.


In Dorchester enjoy the Dinosaur Museum,  The Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Teddy Bear Museum and Terracotta Warriors. You can by a special Gold Pass – 5 attractions for the price of 2 which sounds like pretty good value.

Town Mill Lyme Regis

A tour around this historic working watermill makes for a a really interesting visit in Lyme Regis.

Throughout the Easter school holidays, join the Hot Cross Bunny Hunt.  Starting and finishing in The Miller’s Kitchen, follow the clues all around the Town Mill complex and claim a prize. Find out more about the Mill and what else there is in the Town Mill complex on their website. Open  11am to 4pm.

End your Town Mill trip with a visit to the lovely Courtyard Cafe (tucked in the corner of the Mill complex) – this one gets my personal recommendation and caters for all diets!

Town Mill Lyme Regis

House of Marbles

In Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor this is a lovely place to visit, and it’s free.  Full of vintage toys, marbles galore, marble runs and glass blowing this is an interesting place to spend a few hours undercover. There’s a cafe and a small play area.

This year you can enjoy the free Easter Egg Hunt.  Open on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday.  

If the weather is fine then head just out of town to the Parke National Trust site or Haytor for a great walk and a blast of fresh air with a view of Dartmoor and the coast on a clear day. Take a look at my Dartmoor post from here. 

Exeter’s Underground Passages

For a fascinating underground view of the city, Exeter’s Underground Passages  worth a visit. They might not suit anyone who is really claustrophobic  – they are described as narrow, dark, interesting and exciting. The passages will be running special Easter egg hunts every day throughout the Easter school holidays.

Have a great Easter Break

I hope you find something fun and different to do here over Easter whether you are local or visiting the area on holiday. As usual all the major tourist attractions have special events and activities planned. I also will add other local events as I find them to the Events page.

Why not also have a browse through my archives and find a walk or local place that you have not been to before. Thank you for following Flip flops or Wellies,  and don’t forget to tell your friends and family about my blog!


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  1. Nige

    Looks some fab places to visit great list Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  2. Emily

    Some lovely places to visit here. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

  3. Jo - Pickle & Poppet

    Wow look at all those places! A little jealous we don’t live closer! #ThatFridayLinky

  4. Nik

    I thought we had missed Dippy!! We may have to venture into Dorset to see him 🙂

    • mm

      No he’s around for quite a while – there was just a big rush at half term!

  5. rachel

    Some brilliant days out and events listed here – super helpful! I like the sound of the East Devon ones as that’s where I live, although fear I’m a bit too old for the wildlife safari! I keep meaning to visit the Donkey Sanctuary so might have to check this out soon. Hope you have a lovely Easter 🙂

  6. Louise

    Wow, lots to do! Thank you for this list. We have absolutely no excuse not to go out and visit somewhere new now 🙂

  7. Out Of Depth Dad

    Thanks for this Clare! What a great round up! Easter sounds like it’s going to be fun in this part of the world!

  8. natalie williams

    Your blog is the first port of call for me when I’m looking for activities to do with my children around holidays. Easter sounds brilliant in Devon!

  9. Coombe Mill

    There’s some exciting activities on over the Easter Holidays in the South West, great ways to keep the kids entertained during their time off. Dippy on tour sounds like such an exciting opportunity for the kids to be able to see a diplodocus skeleton, I know a few dino fans who’d love to go. I bet all the Easter Egg hunts are going to be amazing fun and plenty of people are going to enjoy hunting for sweet treats all over the South West.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  10. zenbabytravel

    So many great activities! Easter with National Trust properties always the winners for us though !This Easter holidays we are heading for chateaux hotels in France – it will be an interesting experiment for us and our little creche 😉 #countrykids

  11. Kids of the Wild

    Brilliant list for people travelling down south this Spring. A few we’ve done, a few I’ve never heard of. Great research #CountryKids

  12. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    So many ideas for days out over the holidays in Devon, Dorset and Somerset! I do love the National Trust Easter Egg hunts – they’re always a lot of fun 🙂 #countrykids

  13. Kara

    We love stonebarrow hill and burton bradstock. My dad lives in Axminster so hoping to do the seaton tramway over the holidays


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