Easter is early this year and the school holidays will be upon us sooner than we know.
Children in Chester will break-up from school at differing times due to Easter Sunday falling outside the borough’s standardised term times.
The majority of schools will take their Easter break from April 1 - April 18 however some have moved their break to March 24 - April 11.
As a result of this, we have created an Easter events guide which spans across this three week period.
Wildlife Connections at Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 1LH
Friday, April 1, Monday, April 4, Tuesday, April 5 and Monday, April 11 at 2.30pm - 3.30pm.
Build a bird home
Join the zoo ranger team and discover more about British bird and get busy, building your very own bird box to take home with you.
Each session lasts around an hour and is suitable for ages seven and above.
£10 per family (two adults and two children who will make one bird box.)
Discover wildlife with a free wildlife spotter kit
Saturday, April 2 - Sunday, April 17
The kit contains everything you will need, from binoculars to magnifying glasses, along with step by step instructions on how and where to use them.
There will also be challenges along the way.
The kits are free to pick up at the guest services at the main entrance.
£10 returnable deposit.
Create a toad abode
Friday, April 1, Monday, April 4, Tuesday, April 5 and Monday, April 11 at 10.30-11.30am
Join the zoo ranger team and get creative by decorating your very own toad abode for your garden in this family workshop.
£5 per family (two adults and two children)
Three week egg-stravaganza on behalf of CH1 Chester BID
From Friday, March 25 - Sunday, April 17, Chester will be ‘eggsperiencing’ dozens of ‘eggciting’ activities to entertain the entire family.
This year’s Easter programme will include a citywide Easter egg trail, Jungle Jim’s Roadshow with bunnies, chicks, snakes and lizards on show for children to see and feel, a mini cinema at The Grosvenor Museum plus many more events.
Marketing manager for the city’s Business Improvement District - CH1ChesterBID Julie Charlton said: “Because of the way the holidays have fallen this year, we’ve taken the decision to put on a three-week calendar of activities to ensure there’s something for everyone. Every day there will be at least one activity taking place on the high street, and when you complement that with the range of retailers, restaurants and other things to see and do in the city centre, it’s the perfect place for families to spend some time this Easter. We can’t wait to get cracking!”
For a full list of events, visit www.ch1chesterbid.co.uk/events
A Jurassic Easter at Blue Planet Aquarium, Longlooms Rd, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port CH65 9LF
Friday, March 25 - Sunday, April 17
You’ll be able to experience fossil demonstrations, animal evolution talks and megalodon (monster prehistoric shark) selfie competitions - plus a daily Golden Egg Hunt featuring reptile eggs.
Easter celebrations at Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB
Every weekend starting Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, April 17, 11am - 4pm.
Make Easter cards, embellish eggs and egg cups, decorate bird houses, makes Easter badges.
Crafts range from £2 - £4. No need to book.
Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 17, 11am - 4pm.
Ice skate for £8 an hour plus £2 skates hire.
Time slots are allocated when you turn up. The slots are one hour from 11am.
Located on the top car park next to the woods.
Friday, March 25 - Sunday, April 17
Fun trail to find the bunch of carrots hidden on site. Collect the letters, work out the anagram, find the golden carrot and discover the name of the fluffy bunny.
Each trail form receives a surprise gift at the end.
£2 per form.
Easter workshops at The Grosvenor Garden Centre, Wrexham Road, Belgrave, Chester, Cheshire CH4 9EB
Tuesday, March 29, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Create a garden for your senses
The children will learn how plants can stimulate all of their senses. Afterwards they will create their own mini sensory garden to take home.
Tuesday, April 7, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Superb strawberry planters
Bring along an old welly and transform it into a superb strawberry planter. The children will also learn how strawberries grow - there may also be some strawberry tasting!
To book, call the garden centre on 01244 625200.
Easter events at Delamere Forest, Frodsham, CW8 2JD
Monday, April 4, 10.00am - 12.00pm and 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Survival in the forest
£8.70 (child ticket, adult free)
Tuesday, April 5, 10.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Easter special teddy bears picnic
£7.70 (child ticket, adult free)
Wednesday, April 6 - Friday, April 8, 9.00am - 4.00pm
Forest holiday club (over seven years)
£25 per day per child
Monday, April 11, 10.00am - 11.30am and 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Den building for younger children
£6.70 (child ticket, adult free)
Tuesday, April 12, 10.00am - 2.00pm
£15.20 (child ticket, children do not need to be accompanied by an adult)
Wednesday, April 13, 10.00am - 3.00pm
Wildlife and bushcraft walk
Adult ticket - £5.20
Child ticket - £12.20
For more information on each event, click here
Half price activities at Chill Factore, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Trafford Way, Manchester M41 7JA
The half price offer is unlimited across taster lessons, lift passes and snow park from March 14 - May 1.
Kids go half price when accompanied by a paying adult.
For full information and available dates, click here
Easter themed activities at Carden Park, Broxton Road, Chester, CH3 9DQ
Carden Park will be putting on a series of Easter themed activities from March 25 - April 10 including a 'chocolate ropes and mega zip' activity that involves swinging through the tress collecting chocolate treats along the way and finishing with a 250 metre zip line to land an egg into the nest.
Children can also head to the 'cheep of faith,' climbing the 'leap of faith' activity to be the first to pinch a chocolate treat from the hidden nest at the top.
There will also be an Easter trail for the whole family to enjoy searching the estate for Easter-themed clues complete with a trail map to discover the tasty prize.
Chocolate ropes and mega zip - £30 per adult, £20 per child
Splat! Zip lining - £20 per person
Easter trail - £5 per person
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet has Easter fun covered
There is plenty of Easter fun to be had at McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks to entertain the imaginations of younger family members.
This includes children's rides, an animal trail, colouring competition, the big vintage carousel and Cheshire Farm's Ice Cream pop-up with mini climbing wall.
All children will receive an animal trail activity book at the centre.
A toy set carousel and pick & mix will be placed near Café Rouge while the Cheshire Farm Ice Cream pop-up will be located near the Nike store.
All activities will be open throughout April's half term.
If you'd like to add your Easter event to our guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can tweet us @ChesterChron or post to our Facebook page.