Seven fun family activities to do over the Easter weekend


As well as eating chocolate eggs and enjoying a long weekend off, there’s plenty to do this Easter weekend in Scotland.

And although Scots are not seeing record high temperatures, hot weather is forecast for parts of the country on Saturday.

If you’re stuck for something to do over the weekend, why not take a look at our roundup of some of the Easter events happening across Scotland.

Easter egg race

Being in hospital isn’t fun at any time of year, but a group of bikers are aiming to brighten up Easter for children in care at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Dressed in their finest disguises, the bikers will criss-cross the streets of Glasgow before passing in front of the hospital to brighten up the day for the patients.

The parade will start on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Greendyke Street then on Broomielaw before crossing the Squinty Bridge. The bikers will then head up Govan Road and round the front of the Royal Children’s Hospital, then finish the parade at Braehead Shopping Centre.

If you can’t watch the parade in town, the Braehead Shopping Center will host a fun day out from 11am with live entertainment and a glitter station to keep the kids entertained.

Musselburgh Racecourse

If you fancy a day at the races, Musselburgh Racecourse will open for its first day of racing on Easter Saturday in three years.

Children under 17 will be free and there’s something to keep all ages entertained, from face painting to fairground rides.

National Trust for Scotland

NTS is bringing back its popular Easter egg trails this weekend to more than 20 organization locations across the country.

Children will have to collect clues in an attempt to solve the riddle to unlock a sweet reward.

Each trail is different and allows families to explore properties and learn fascinating stories from the past.

Select properties will also host Easter Fun Days, with Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park offering egg decorating, wacky races, a duck derby and Easter bonnet parade on Sundays from 11am.

The Glencoe Visitor Center will also offer face painting as well as traditional Creel House Craft spring activities.

Peter Rabbit’s Easter Breakfast

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of literature’s most beloved rabbit, Dobbies Garden Centers across the country will be hosting special Peter Rabbit themed Easter Breakfasts.

Children and adults can choose from a set menu of breakfast favorites and the little ones will then receive a Peter Rabbit gift.

Peter Rabbit-themed activities will also be available in-store, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

Family silent disco

Fun for the whole family, the Saturday Silent Disco at Dobbie Hall in Larbert is aimed at kids four and up and will play the best kid-friendly pop and dance songs.

With a candy store and face painting station, the Silent Knights event promises to be loads of fun for all ages.

Hopetoun House

South Queensferry Country House hosts a family fun day on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 12pm to 4pm.

Children can take part in scavenger hunts and competitions, Hopetoun adding that the activities are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Easter Show at Traquair House

If your children fancy a challenge, why not take a trip to Tranquair House, which has the Scottish Borders’ biggest Easter egg hunt, with 5,000 mini eggs to discover in the grounds.

In addition to the egg hunts, which will take place in the hedge maze, there will be an egg race for the youngest and many Easter-themed activities.

Candy the wader will also be in the park to end this fun family day which will take place on Easter Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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