10 Easter Weekend Family Activities in Northumberland

Easter weekend is the perfect time to get out and about with the family and enjoy some of the best events and activities that Northumberland has to offer. These fun-filled ideas are great for keeping children busy during the school holidays and are all within easy reach of Walwick Hall, where we offer a children’s menu as well as children’s lunch boxes for little ones to enjoy in comfortable surroundings (the perfect excuse to avoid busy on-site cafes and paper cup coffees!)

1. Easter adventure quest at Chesters Roman Fort

This Easter weekend, get the family together and head down to Chesters Roman Fort for a special Easter adventure quest. Children of all ages will love hunting for legendary ‘dragon eggs’ around the historic calvary fort, as they set off with an intrepid character from the past to help them solve the clues. And, of course, there’ll be a chocolate reward waiting for them at the end too; after all, what’s an adventure without some treasure?

Distance from Walwick Hall: 2-minute drive / 12-minute walk

2. Traditional Easter Sunday Lunch at Walwick Hall

After working up an appetite all morning, join us in our Dining Room for a delicious Easter Sunday lunch, complete with a special children’s menu for the little ones to enjoy. We’ll also be offering a special Easter Afternoon Tea over the school holidays, where you and the family can enjoy a selection of mini sandwiches, savouries and sweet treats. Afterwards, why not take the children to our enclosed play area to burn off some steam?

Book a table online or call us on 01434 620 156.

3. Hexham treasure hunt trail (self-guided)

Get your thinking caps on this Easter weekend and embark on a self-guided Treasure Hunt Trail in Hexham. The downloadable guide is filled with tips that’ll lead you all to clues hidden high and low on statues and signposts. At around 2 hours to complete, the route will take you and the family all over Hexham; from the bustling market square up to the peaceful Abbey, there’s plenty to see on your way. Great for walking off lunch – and all those Easter eggs!

Distance from Walwick Hall: 10-minute drive

4. Falconry Days

Take the opportunity to get up close to a range of owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures with an experience day at the Falconry Days activity centre. Children can take part in flying a variety of different birds and learn all about them from their handlers. A great hands-on experience that all the family can enjoy.

Distance from Walwick Hall: 15-minute drive

5. Chocolate lolly decorating at The Sill

Take the family down to The Sill on Easter Sunday and decorate your very own chocolate lollies with the team from North Chocolates. No booking required, just drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm.

Distance from Walwick Hall: 13-minute drive

6. Kielder Water & Forest Park

A day at Kielder Water & Forest Park is perfect for families who love to discover together. Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest forest, Kielder Water & Forest Park’s remoteness and clean air and water offer a fresh outdoor experience, making it a great spot for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts, explorers, horse riders, cyclists and much more.

Distance from Walwick Hall: 19-minute drive

7. Whitehouse Farm Centre

If you’re a family of animal lovers, then an Easter weekend visit to Whitehouse Farm Centre is bound to make for some happy bunnies. A short drive away from Walwick, the farm are hosting an ‘Eggstravaganza’ event over Easter weekend, where you and the family can meet some adorable Easter bunnies, lambs and chicks, as well as more unusual animals such as emus, llamas, alpacas, parma wallabies, miniature donkeys and even marmoset monkeys.

Distance from Walwick Hall: 35-minute drive

8. A family bike ride

If the weather for Easter weekend is looking promising then why not venture into the great outdoors and explore the Northumberland countryside together on a family bike ride? There’s an abundance of cycle routes suitable for all ages in the local area, including Hexham, Corbridge, Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall.

9. Easter treasure hunt at Northumberlandia

The beautiful Northumberlandia is hosting a fun Easter Treasure Hunt for children on each of the four days over Easter weekend. No need to book ahead; just pop into the centre with the children to pick up a trail sheet and explore the woodland together, answering questions along the way, before collecting a special prize at the end.

Distance from Walwick Hall: 30-minute drive

10. A short walk around Hexham 

Explore the historic heart of Hexham on this 1-mile child-friendly walk, perfect for younger ages. This quaint market town is filled with fascinating history and attractions the whole family will love discovering. Walk through Hexham’s Market Place, before heading to Prospect View to enjoy the town’s strategic position overlooking the Tyne. Don’t forget to fit in an educational visit to the Old Gaol Museum, the first purpose-built prison in England.

Distance from Walwick Hall: 10-minute drive