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Easter Fun for the Whole Family: Easter Activities and Events in Chester

Plan a memorable Easter break in charming Chester with our top recommendations.

Easter is a great time to enjoy quality time with your family and create lasting memories. Chester, with its rich history, beautiful surroundings and lots of family friendly fun, is a perfect destination for your Easter break.

In this blog, we'll explore some of the best activities and events that you and your family can enjoy during Easter in Chester, from the best local attractions to visit over the school holidays to the most egg-citing Easter events.

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Explore Chester's Historic Sights

Chester is a city steeped in history, and there are plenty of historic sights to explore with your family. Take a guided tour of the stunning Chester Cathedral, walk along the medieval city walls, or learn about Roman history at the Roman Amphitheatre. These sights are sure to fascinate and educate your family this Easter.

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Walk along the City Walls

Chester's city walls are not only the oldest in Britain (some parts are almost 2000 years old!) but also the longest and the most complete. These are the only ancient defensive walls in Britain where you can still walk the complete circuit, which gives spectacular views of the city and a great insight into Chester's long and interesting history.

The city walls are a fantastic way to see the whole of Chester in one afternoon, and with several entry points, you can easily stop for a lunch break at one of the many local cafes and restaurants.

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Learn about Chester's Roman History

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The Roman Amphitheatre in Chester was the largest and one of the most unique in Britain, highlighting just how important Chester was in the Roman era.

There were actually two different ampitheatres built on this site. Similar to Pompeii's ampitheatre, the first provided access to the upper tiers of seats via stairs on the rear wall, and a shrine by its north entrance. The second included seat access via vaulted stairways.

Located in the city centre with plenty of cafes, shops and Grosvenor park nearby, you can easily visit these incredible Roman ruins on your Easter holiday.

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Visit Beeston Castle

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You don't have to travel into the city centre to see some fantastic history. Sitting on top of an impressive rocky crag high above the Cheshire plain, Beeston Castle is one of the most dramatic medieval castles in the country. From here you can see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains. With a long and rich history and an enchanting 40 acre woodland park, there's something for the whole family to enjoy. You'll even notice that you can see Beeston Castle from your luxury floating pod at Tattenhall Marina!

Why not head to Beeston Castle for a cracking Easter Adventure Quest? Every day of the school holidays, you can explore the castle for clues and challenges and discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling or the egg-and-spoon race. Find all the Easter eggs and you'll be rewarded with an adventurer's certificate and a tasty chocolate treat.

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Explore the City Centre

Chester's unique beauty and vibrant atmosphere make it one of Britain's most popular places for an unforgettable Easter holiday.

The city's ancient history is still prevelant, influencing every inch of Chester, from its impressive city walls to its 1000 year old Cathedral with some of Europe's finest examples of medieval carvings.

You don't have to be a history fanatic to fall in love with Chester's 700 year old Rows Galleries, where you'll find a vibrant cafe culture, as well as countless shops bursting with unique treasures.

Fun Outdoor Easter Activities For Kids and Adults

Spring is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors, and Chester offers plenty of options for outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy over the Easter holidays. Kids will love the nearby Chester Zoo or a day trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium. Adventure seekers can try their hand at kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding on the river, or explore Cheshire's scenic waterways on a narrowboat.

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Take a Narrowboat Trip

Whether you've dreamed of taking to the water or just want to experience something new, taking one of our vessels out for a cruise this Easter is a perfect way relax, unwind and enjoy quality time with your family and friends.

Hiring a narrowboat for the day, you can take a journey down the Shropshire Union Canal, look out for the local wildlife, stop by the Cheshire Cat or The Shady Oak and make memories to last a lifetime.

Our hire boats offer the perfect way to catch up with family and friends whilst experiencing something new, whether you want to take to the helm and learn a new skill or simply sit back and relax and take in the landscape from a different perspective.

Find out about hiring a narrowboat from Tattenhall Marina.

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Chester Zoo

With over 20,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens to explore, Chester Zoo is great fun for the whole family. With egg-citing Easter themed activities on over the school holidays, this is a must-see!

Come along to Chester Zoo this Easter for The Really Wild Egg Trail! Can you find the giant animal eggs, discover the hidden world of seahorse eggs and find out how a butterfly hatches? Collect your map and follow the Really Wild Egg Trail to learn more about all the fantastic animals that start their lives inside an egg.

Or for an even more immersive experience, Come along to the Mini Rangers Easter Camp and learn about the amazing animals, habitats and conservation work taking place all around the world, with lots of fun Easter activities around the zoo!

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Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks is the largest aquarium in the North West. With lots to see and do for the whole family, this is well worth making a day out of this Easter break.

You'll enjoy family favourites like clownfish, stingrays, pufferfish, turtles, seahorses and more, experience sharks swimming over your head in the underwater tunnel, and if you’re feeling brave you can even dive with the sharks – a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget!

Make sure to plan your day to squeeze in some of the daily feeding and talk shows in the Aquatheatre.

The Ice Cream Farm

Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

Just around the corner from Tattenhall Marina, be sure to visit the award winning Cheshire Ice Cream Farm this Easter for an exciting day of fun and local ice cream.

The Ice Cream Farm egg-cited to announce their Easter Egg-sperience brand new for 2023!

Visit the Easter Bunny in his warren for a photo opportunity and a sweet Easter chocolate treat, and then hop over to the craft den for some fun Easter themed arts and crafts. The Easter Egg-sperience at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm starts Monday 27th March until Sunday 9th April.

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Grosvenor Park

The beautiful Grosvenor Park is extremely popular with both locals and visitors in Chester. Situated just outside the city walls and overlooking the River Dee, this green flag award winning park is one of the best examples of Victorian parks in the UK!

The park is a great place to visit with the kids, with plenty of perfect spots for a picnic, an exciting miniature railway and a great fully accessible play area. You'll also find the Lodge Cafe, set in landscaped grounds offering light lunches, refreshments and even afternoon tea.

If you and your children love local wildlife, visit Grosvenor Park this Easter and you'll be sure to spot lots of curious squirrels.


Kayaking and Paddleboarding

If you want to try something new and get really immersed in Chester's nature and wildlife, why not go kayaking or paddleboaring on the River Dee this Easter?

The River Dee is perfect for your very first kayaking and paddleboarding adventures. Why not take a beautiful paddle through the city of Chester and see the historic Roman walls from a whole new perspective? Or you could even go upstream to Llangollen, meander through the Dee Valley and discover the incredible white water rapids.

If you're looking for something truly unique and unforgettable to do this Easter break with your family and friends, this is an absolute must!

Easter Themed Events For Families

Chester offers a variety of Easter themed events for the whole family to enjoy. You can participate in Easter egg hunts, crafts, and activities, enjoy a day out at Tatton Park, enjoy delicious food, drink and live music, and get creative with some egg-tastic Easter crafts.

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Easter at Tatton Park

There's lots to enjoy this Easter at Tatton Park with the whole family!

Pick up a trail pack, put on your tiger mask and explore The Tiger Who Came To Tea Trail in the spring gardens! Join Sophie and the Tiger at the kitchen table and play Easter Garden games together! If you visit between Friday 7th and Monday 10th April you can meet the tiger for a photo in the Stableyard, get a sparkly glitter tattoo, and if you complete the trail you'll even win a chocolate treat!

Dust off your dancing shoes and dress to impress in your favourite Easter outfit for the Easter Family Silent Disco. It's kids pop vs adults guilty pleasures, you choose which channel to listen to! Enjoy dance challenge games, props, bubbles and more.

Head down to the farm to complete the Easter Sheepdog Trail, then meet and learn all about the sheepdogs. If you compleate the trail between Friday 7th and Monday 10th April you'll win a chocolate treat. Don't forget to say hello to all the new spring arrivals at the farm too!

Finally, make sure to stop by the Easter Market for some unique artisan food and gifts, enjoy free Easter craft sessions in the Stableyard, and treat yourself to some delicious Easter goodies at the Stables Restaurant.

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The Pesky Bunnies Easter Eggs-pedition

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The Pesky Bunnies are bouncing around BeWILDerwood this Easter and getting up to mischief! Can you find all the Easter eggs they've hidden around the woods?

Head to the Storytelling Stage to see the eggs-clusive Easter story of The Pesky Bunnies of BeWILDerwood, hop over to the Big Hat and craft your very own Bouncing Bunny Ears!, and visit the Face Painting Pavilion to get your very own bunny nose and whiskers!

And if you're up for the Puzzling Park Trail, Collect your map from the Grubbles Greetings Gates at the start of your adventure! Find the 6 colourful eggs hidden up in the trees and write down the letter by each one to reveal the bunny's favourite time of year.


Easter Pony and Unicorn Trails

Have your kids always wanted to ride a horse, or even meet a unicorn? Don't miss out on all the Easter fun at Cheshire Pony Parties this Easter.

Come along to the Easter Pony or Unicorn Trail! Meet your pony or unicorn, help get them groomed and decorated, then ride around the Easter trail to collect all the goodies along the way! You'll also receive your very own gift bag.

For a more immersive experience into the world of ponies, why not try Pony Camp? In this 2 or more day experience would really make your childrens' dreams come true this Easter. You'll enjoy taking the ponies out to the forest, grooming and decorating them, riding around the obstacle trail to collect all the goodies, learning tricks with the ponies, and even mucking out and feeding! No experience is necessary.

If horse riding isn't your thing, you can enjoy some delicious chocolate making in our marquee. You'll pipe and decorate your own Easter egg or Easter bunny, make an Easter lollipop and chocolates including decorating a marshmallow Easter bunny, and wrap all of your goodies to take home with you.

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Easter Crafts at Grosvenor Museum

Get crafty and creative this Easter at Grosvenor Museum, and make a special Easter craft to take home with you! What better way to remember your Easter holiday by?

Come along for some colourful Easter crafts, including making your own Easter basket and spring-inspired stained glass window. This is a completely free drop in session on Tuesday 4th April from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Which of these Easter activities in Cheshire are your favourites? Let us know in the comments or tag us in your Easter holiday activities on our socials. We can't wait to see what you and your family get up to this Easter!

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