With tentative talk of a mini-heatwave thanks to a plume of tropical air sweeping up our shores, our first restriction-free Easter since the pandemic began is looking very promising.
hen we gather with family and friends to celebrate the longer, brighter holiday, many exciting events take place across the country.
From chocolate workshops to Easter parades, cooking classes to cycling our green trails, here are some ideas to get you started:
The Irish National Stud and Gardens in Co Kildare the Mad Hatter has been leading an egg hunt, with celebrations from 12pm to 4pm on 15th to 18th April and a welcome opportunity to meet some of the newborn foals.
Dublin Zoo hosts his Easter Extravanga Zoo Events on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with games, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Visitors can discover new things Habitat of the Himalayan hillst for snow leopard and red panda.
Egg hunts also take place Blackwater Open Farm, County Wexford, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. At the Brigit’s Garden in Rosscahill, GalwayYounger children will enjoy a mini hunt, while older siblings can take part in the mighty hunt, where each child will receive a chocolate nest filled with tiny eggs as a prize.
At the Malahide Castle in Co Dublin, Easterella the Easter Fairy will guide you through the path to find and combine puzzle pieces, with a draw for a giant egg.
Birr Castle in Co Offaly has a special Easter trail on Easter Sunday and Monday when children can meet the Easter Bunny and his friends Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter and tour the tree house.
Johnstown Castle Estate in Co. Wexford has an outdoor Easter Path Each ticket holder will receive an Easter egg after completing the trail from April 11th to 17th.
Belvedere House, Gardens and Park, Co Westmeath is hosting an Easter Treasure Trail April 15-17 with characters and goodies to collect along the way.
Airfield Estate in Dublin operates a Junior Nature Treasures Trail with a felting workshop and guided hikes on the topics of birds, nesting and chicks as well as an activity table to join in.
Bunratty People’s Park in Co Clare Each day at 12:30pm and 4pm hosts a variety of colorful characters including the Easter Bunny, the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and a gang of superheroes.
The annual event takes place on Easter Sunday Easter hat competition In the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse Races in Co Meath, Give kids the opportunity to show their creative side by making the most colorful and exciting hats. It’s also a fun day out for all the family at the Fairyhouse, with top-class jumping races, a Grade 1 Gold Cup, children’s theater shows and interactive pantomime puppets, as well as a magical ventriloquist show and an Easter Bunny grand finale.
The National Gallery in Merrion Square, Dublin will be offering afternoon workshops for children aged eight and over from April 12th to 14th Richmond Barracks in Inchicore has a special event on April 14th at 11am where house historian Dervilla Roche invites 9-12 year olds to learn more about Easter traditions.
Ballyroan Library in Rathfarmham, Dublin holds a drop in Easter craft workshop for kids from the age of six from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Art meets nature in one Easter Art Club at the Glucksman Gallery in Cork for children aged six to ten who take part in a range of creative projects whilst discovering the wildlife, nature and biodiversity of University College Cork.
Why not try doing something different this Easter than devouring all those chocolate eggs? Wexford Education Support Centre runs for free Cooking workshop for Easter novelties via webinar on Friday at 10 a.m. Older kids can learn to make edible Easter bunnies, while younger ones can make little chicks.
Cookery Cottage in Cork offers courses for children during the Easter holidays Ballinakill Cookery School in Laois is hosting a two-day camp for teens on April 21-22 from 10am-1pm to help aspiring chefs gain confidence in the kitchen.
Let’s face it – all the chocolate has to be run away at some point. The Easter weekend falls with pilgrimage weekwith a variety of organized walks on pilgrimage trails across the country, including an ascent of Pilgrimage mountain Cnoc na dTobar in Co Kerry and along St. Kevin’s Way at the Glendalough.
Easter weekend Full moon hikes in the Cooley Mountains with spectacular views of Dundalk Bay departing from Glenmore, Co. Louth at 8pm are scheduled for April 16th and 17th.
During a two-week vacation, the children cry out for an adventure. Tayto Park presented a brand new ride just in time for Easter. dinosaur dash is described as a “smooth but exhilarating” ride for aspiring dinosaur enthusiasts, taking them back in time in a safari jeep carriage and soaring into the sky, reaching a height of 11.7 meters before falling under the dash through the tail and head of an Apatosaurus dinosaur.
The soothing sound of the steam engine is finally back. The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland runs the easter egg press from Belfast to Whitehead on April 16th and 17th, during the Easter eggsstravangaza runs from Dublin to Dundalk.
wildernessthe exciting forest adventure center in Co Galway, offers zip lining, climbing walls, archery, paddle boarding and kayaking as well as Easter Saturday and Sunday Easter egg hunts for younger visitors.
Warmer weather and longer days mean that cycling is coming into its own again, and there’s no better time to explore the many new green trails across the country. The Waterford Greenway follows a route along a former railway line for 46 km, so for the more adventurous it is doable in a day.
Historical Craggaunowen in Co Clare organizes an afternoon of fantastic activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday.
And finally, with the potentially good weather along the way, it’s time to think about the first dive of the year. Met Éireann still says “wait and see” but the long-term forecast shows signs of warmer-than-average weather for the time of year – although the experts also warn of possible “above-average rainfall” especially in the west and south.
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