Categories: things to do

The evenings are getting lighter and the weather is getting brighter and we’ve lots of exciting things for you to experience over Easter.  Hunt some eggs, track down some ducks or try something a bit different with a zipline!  Here are some of our picks. 

Wonderland Wood at Antrim Castle Gardens, 8-24 April

For a fun-filled family day out this Easter, head to Antrim Castle Gardens and join in the adventure on the Wonderland Wood trail.  Answer the clues and follow directions which leads you to lesser known paths, solving clues along the way to help Clara find her special clues to open the magical treasure box.  Book tickets here.

Get crafty at The Burnavon, Cookstown, 9 April

Take your little ones to the Burnavon for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts taster sessions.  With a variety of activities why not try your hand at drawing an Easter bunny, chick or Easter egg?  Free admission but booking essential.  Phone (028) 8676 9949 to secure your timeslot.

Get ready for the new season at Glenarm Castle and Garden, opening 9 April

This Easter visitors to Glenarm Castle and Garden in the picturesque village of Glenarm can explore the historic castle and beautiful gardens before enjoying a cuppa and some treats in the pretty Tea Rooms.  And be sure to check out Ireland’s first Mini Land Rover experience, E-Bike hire, the Pizza Pavilion and The Milk Parlour featuring ice cream using milk from Northern Ireland’s only remaining Shorthorn dairy herd located on the estate.

W5 Belfast Blitz Theatre Experience, 9-23 April

Suitable for ages 8 plus, this brand-new immersive theatre experience from Dan Gordon, is set to be a thrilling show.  Telling the story of the Belfast Blitz, the performance will bring you back to Belfast showing what life in the city was like leading up to the night of the first air raid.  The show will bring the story to life through live performances, archive footage and state of the art 360-degree audio-soundscape technology.  Book your tickets here.

Join the Easter egg hunt at The Argory, 14 April (plus other dates)

Head to The Argory this Easter and pick up your trail map to embark on your world of adventures.  Find nature-inspired activities as you navigate your way around the trail with your map and trusty pencil and enjoy a chocolate egg treat once you make it to the end.

Go on an Easter Duck Trail at WWT Castle Espie, 14 - 24 April

An Easter hunt with a difference is on the cards this year at Castle Espie.  Pick up a trail card and crack the clues as you navigate around the wetlands trying to find the bright yellow cheeky ducks – you may even spot a real duck on your way around if you’re lucky. 

Easter at Springhill, from Good Friday, 15 April - Easter Tuesday, 19 April  11am-5pm

Enjoy Easter self-led games on the front lawns at Springhill this Easter, followed by a quick stop for hot drinks or a light lunch at Bean at Springhill in the Barn Cafe.  While you're there the house will also be open for self-guided tours over the 5 days. 

Easter at Rowallane Garden, 15 - 24 April 

Embark on some Easter adventures at Rowallane Garden with an Easter Egg Hunt around the nature trails as you explore the beautiful gardens and wooodlands as you go.  The little ones will be rewarded with a chocolate egg at the end once they complete the trail and activities.

Easter at Crom and Castle Coole, 15 - 19 April

You will be spoiled for choice this Easter weekend with your choice of Easter Egg Hunt at Crom or Castle Coole . Each trail has different activities, so be sure to check one (or both for extra chocolate!) out. These properties are fully open during the Easter break and includes tea rooms and houses for self-guided tours.

We’re going on an Easter Egg hunt, Florence Court, 15-22 April

Head to Florence Court and explore the beautiful gardens, trails, and parklands on this seasonal Easter hunt.  Arm yourself with a trail map and pencil and make your way along the trail with nature-inspired activities and enjoy a chocolate egg at the end!

Easter at Corick House Hotel and Spa, Clogher, 16 and 17 April

On Saturday 16 April enjoy a delicious and decadent Easter themed Chocolate Afternoon Tea in the beautiful surroundings of Corick House Hotel and Spa. (Booking essential by phoning (028) 8554 8216).  And on Easter Sunday they are having their annual Easter Sunday Lunch where each child will receive a map of the hotel and Easter basket for the traditional Easter Egg hunt. There will also be face painting for kids followed by live music in the conservatory.  Book your desired time here.

Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Jungle NI, 16-19 April

The Jungle NI needs you this Easter for a special quest against time.  Make your way through the enchanted forest armed with clues to solve the puzzles and answer the riddles – all in the hopes of finding the missing eggs at the end of the trail!  While you’re there, pay a visit to the cuddly animals in the Woodland Petting Farm.  Book your spot here

Easter at Ardress, Easter Sunday, 17 April and Easter Monday, 18 April 11am-5pm 

Ardress House will be open for self-guided house tours on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday so come along and hear more about this 17th century home nestled in the Armagh countryside.  While you're there you might meet some of the resident chickens!

Join an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference, Ballyholme beach, 17 April

The team at SUPhub NI are inviting you to an Easter Egg hunt on water!  Suitable for 6 years plus, and fancy dress encouraged, try and find the easter eggs hidden in the water across the bay – you may even be lucky and find one of the prizes inside!

Easter Fun at the Ulster Folk Museum, 17, 18 and 19 April

With exciting activities such as egg rolling, traditional games and craft demonstrations as well as having the opportunity to head back to the classroom to hear more about 1900s Easter traditions, this promises to be a fun day out.  Book your tickets here.

Or join in the fun in County Tyrone on Easter Monday and Tuesday (18 and 19 April) at the Ulster American Folk Park

Visit the Old World and learn more about Easter traditions of the Forge and Smith, join in an Easter trail or enjoy craft demonstrations, street characters and storytelling.  Book your tickets here.

Join in the fun at the Spring Wild Rumpus, An Creagán, 18 April

Come along to An Creagán, at the foothills of the beautiful Sperrin Mountains between 11am and 3pm on Easter Monday for a fun-filled day out.  With arts and crafts, wild woods play, a troll trail, clay sculpture, entertainment in the courtyard and toasting marshmallows by the campfire this promises to be a fabulous day out for all the family.  Book your tickets here.

Easter Monday Picnic in the Park, Forthill, Enniskillen, 18 April

Head to Enniskillen on Easter Monday for the return of the Picnic in the Park.  With activities including an easter egg trail, music from the bandstand, traditional games, hula hooping and baby chicks on site to cluck over, this promises to be an enjoyable family day out.

Try out the new River Rapid, Ireland’s longest zipline at Colin Glen, from 15 April

Opening in April (pre-booking available now) this is one not to miss.  Are you brave enough to try out the River Rapid, Ireland’s longest zipline, high over the Belfast Hills at Colin Glen?  A 700-metre-long ride, with a launch height of 100 metres – give it a go and experience the adrenaline as you travel at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Also at Colin Glen, join in the Gruffalo Walk and Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday, 16 April.  Search for famous characters in the woods (plus maybe some chocolate treats) and enjoy the famous Gruffalo story, told with an Easter twist.  Book here.

Or if golf is your thing, enjoy free Family Golf Club Hire throughout April at the TrackMan Driving Range and Indoor Suite.  Heated outdoor bays or the indoor TrackMan suite make this a perfect all-weather family activity.  Book here.

Delve into Westeros with a Game of Thrones® studio tour

Explore how one of the world's greatest ever TV series was created by taking a trip to Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, County Down, for the world's first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour.  Walk through iconic sets from the show and see the costumes, props and weapons that brought Game of Thrones® to life on screen.

Be a Derry Girl for the day

As the popular TV series returns to our screens for its third and final season, become a Derry Girl yourself with a trip to the Walled City.  Find yourself a cream horn on Pump Street or declare yourself a Derry Girl at the Guildhall – find out more here.

Bounce around at Airtastic

Inflatables, trampolines, ninja courses, bowling and much more fun to be had at one Airtastic’s three locations at Bangor, Craigavon and Newtownabbey.  Test your nerve with Beat the Wall, Freefall, Wipe Out and Drop Slides.

Fun on the water at The Lake, Kilrea

Re-opening in mid-April, are you ready to take on The Beast, the world’s tallest floating slide, at The Lake, Kilrea.  With hundreds of obstacles to navigate on the lake, including giant icebergs and mega slides to wipeout balls and swirly bridges, feel the rush as you make your way around them all.

Check out our What's On section to see what else is happening throughout the rest of the year.

Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House
Garden
Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House

Antrim Castle Gardens is an absolute historical gem. You will find nothing like these 400 year old gardens anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre
Visitor Centres & Museums
Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre

The only theatre venue of its kind in Mid Ulster, the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre offers a wide range of entertainment throughout the year including concerts, comedy, children’s performances, dance, drama and community and visual arts.

Glenarm Castle
Garden
Glenarm Castle

With its own special place in local history, Glenarm Castle is a true national treasure. One of Ireland's oldest estates, and home to the Earls of Antrim, Glenarm Castle is a 'must see' destination and one of N.Ireland's top tourist attractions.

W5
Science Centre
W5

W5 is an award-winning science and discovery centre, located in the Odyssey complex at the gateway to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

The Argory
Nature and Wildlife
The Argory

The Argory was built in the 1820s and its hilltop location offers wonderful views over the gardens and 320 acre wooded riverside estate.

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Photo of little boy in blue top and brown trousers jumping off wooden steps onto autumn leaves

Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

Springhill
The National Trust
Springhill

Step back to 1912 as you experience the Lenox-Conyngham home on the morning they left to board Titanic. See the exhibition, featuring pieces from the Titanic era, including 11-year-old Eileen Lenox-Conyngham’s letter, written on Titanic headed paper.

Rowallane Garden
Garden
Rowallane Garden

This unique garden has grown from the 19th-century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore, their vision created a place where you can leave the world behind and immerse yourself in nature's beauty.

Crom Estate
Visitor Centres & Museums
Crom Estate

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

Castle Coole
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Castle Coole

Castle Coole one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Discover the story of the people who lived and worked below stairs as you explore the servants quarters.

Florence Court
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Florence Court

Florence Court is a truly welcoming home. The house, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains.

Corick House Hotel & Spa
Hotel
Corick House Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the heart of the Clogher Valley where style and elegance meets country hospitality, this idyllic 4* 17th Century House offers a haven of tranquillity. A warm welcome awaits you in this family owned and managed charming William and Mary.

The Jungle NI
Activity Centre
The Jungle NI

Nestled in an enchanting woodland in the very heart of Northern Ireland, just 45 minutes from Belfast, The Jungle is the perfect location to engage with life, and put to test your sense of daring and adventure.

Ardress House
Visitor Centres & Museums
Ardress House

Ardress is nestled in the apple orchards of County Armagh and offers afternoons of fun and relaxation for everyone. Built in the 17th century as a farmhouse, Ardress was remodelled in Georgian times.

Ulster Folk Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Photo of a lady and gent dressed in clothing from early 1900's outside of one of the cottages. The lady is standing holding a chicken and the gent is

Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Ulster Folk Museum.

Ulster American Folk Park
Visitor Centres & Museums
Ulster American Folk Park

Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier.

An Creagán
Visitor Centres & Museums
An Creagán

Situated at the foothills of the Sperrins, An Creagán is distinctively designed to mirror the archaeological sites of the area and give you the opportunity to step back in time. It also offers a range of archaeological and environmental information.

Colin Glen
Forest Parks
Black Bull Run, Ireland's First Alpine Coaster. Colin Glen, Mountain Entrance.

Colin Glen is Ireland’s leading adventure park - a land of storytelling and a state of the art sports park with world class attractions. From Alpine coasteering to laser tag, golfing to the Gruffalo Trail, Colin Glen has adventure for everyone.

Airtastic Entertainment Centre Bangor
Indoor Play Area
Boy Bouncing in the Airtastic Inflata Park

Bounce down to Airtastic Bangor for some inflata and ninja fun or if you’re still little come and play in the new Airtastic Soft Play centre with over 300 sq.m. of engaging exploring playtime.

Airtastic Entertainment Centre Craigavon
Indoor Play Area
Airtastic Entertainment Centre Craigavon

Bounce down to Airtastic Craigavon for some fantastic fun! Check out our Trampoline & Ninja Park, Bowling Alley, Mini Golf Course, Soft Play Centre and Amusement Arcade! Feeling Hungry? We also have delicious food at our American Style NY Kitchen.

Airtastic Entertainment Centre Newtownabbey
Indoor Play Area
Airtastic Entertainment Centre Newtownabbey

Bounce down to Airtastic Newtownabbey for some fantastic fun! Check out our Inflata Park, Bowling Alley, Mini Golf Course, Soft Play Centre and Amusement Arcade! Feeling Hungry? We also have delicious food at our American Style NY Kitchen!

The Lake Kilrea
Water Sports
The Lake Kilrea

The Lake Kilrea is an Outdoor Adventure & Water Park, offering a wide range of family friendly activities.