Easter is an exciting time in Bournemouth. Whether you’re keen to get exploring the beautiful springtime scenery after a stuffy (snowy!) winter or you’re looking for a dedicated event to celebrate the spring festival, the town has always got lots of great days out ideas up its sleeve.
With any luck, Easter should signal the start of some great beach weather but whether you’re inspired to camp out on the sand or explore a new cuisine now the New Year diet’s definitely gone out the window, you’re bound to find something to make the festival fun and memorable for the whole family.
Here are our top ten ideas for things to do at Easter time in Bournemouth
Search for golden bunnies
Take part in the #LoveBournemouthBunnies hunt (15 March to 9 April). Keep your eyes peeled for over two hundred golden and augmented reality ‘virtual’ bunnies, hidden in a total of 100 different businesses around the local coastal areas. Simply add the Go Bournemouth Coast app to your smartphone to unlock 11 exclusively virtual bunnies as well as the golden ones hiding around the town for all to see. Take photos with your bunny discoveries to be entered in a prize draw to win shopping vouchers of up to £1000 in value. Make sure you also catch the Easter Weekend events in Boscombe on Saturday 31 March 2018 and Southbourne on Monday 2 April.
Coo over some spring animals
This is a great time of year to visit one of the local farm centres to see the beautiful baby animals. Pop down to Honeybrook Farm, Farmer Palmer’s, the Abbotsbury Swannery for guaranteed cuteness or head to your local duck pond in the hope of spying some sweet ducklings. Poole Park and Littledown Parkland are usually great places for this too!
Appreciate Bournemouth gardens in their entirety
Bournemouth’s tropical Victorian gardens cover a total 2,000 acres of land stretching from Coy Pond at the start of the Upper Gardens, past the tennis centre and cenotaph in the Central Gardens to the bandstand, mini golf and beautiful cascading rockery of the Lower Gardens at the mouth of the beach Promenade.
Skip through the flowers
Spring is such a beautiful time of year just to stroll around and enjoy the colours of nature. Bournemouth, Christchurch, Wimborne, Poole and beyond each make a proud effort every year to fill their public spaces with beautiful blooms. But for guaranteed glory check out the spring colours at Compton Acres, take stroll around Upton Country Park’s walled garden and marvel at the carpets of bluebells at Kingston Lacy.
Take part in an Easter Egg hunt
Plant your own chocolate treats around your garden or local park or join in one of the many organised hunts around the town. You’ll find formal Easter Egg hunts taking place at Kingston Lacy, Studland Beach, Corfe Castle, Moors Valley Country Park and Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre. If you also want to exercise your brain over the school holidays, you can answer questions while following the Easter trails at various venues around the Bournemouth area including Hengistbury Head and Highcliffe Castle.
Go rock hunting
Much more egg-citing than you can ever imagine and completely free, rock hunting has become quite the craze in Bournemouth and indeed around the world. Keep your eyes peeled for hand-painted rocks hidden all around by members of the public, when you find one check if it’s part of a Facebook group (such as BH Rocks, Bournemouth Rocks, Dorset Rocks and Poole Rocks), take a photo, post it online and then rehide or keep it. You can even paint your own and see how far it travels to keep the game going!
Take a boat trip
You’re spoilt for choice for boat trips whether you want to make a quick hop from Mudeford over to Hengistbury Head, spend a day on beautiful Brownsea Island or take a leisurely tour of our beautiful Jurassic Coast. Why not hire a rowing boat for a few hours from Christchurch Quay, Poole Park or the Tuckton Tea Rooms or sit back and let someone else do the work on an organised tour while you save your attention for the picnic?!
Enjoy the final off-season days on the beach with your dog
April is the last month that dogs are permitted on all stretches of the beach so let Fido take advantage of this freedom while he’s still got the run of the place. Of course, there are certain beaches that stay dog-friendly all year ‘round at Alum Chine, Fisherman’s Walk and Hengistbury Head, but if you have a favourite patch you want to share with the WHOLE family, make sure you plan that day before Rover has to make other plans.
Explore the beachfront on the land train
The popular land train travels every weekend of the year, ferrying happy passengers along the seafront. But from April to November it runs every day of the week. The Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier service stops at the East Cliff Lift, Toft Steps, Boscombe Precinct (hourly service), Boscombe Gardens, Boscombe Pier, the East Overcliff and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. The Bournemouth Pier to Alum Chine train stops at Bournemouth Pier West, West Cliff Lift, Durley Chine and Alum Chine letting you check out other beautiful beaches you might not otherwise get the chance to visit.
Spring clean the garden
If all the beautiful colours in town have inspired you to sort out your own patch of land, why not pop to a local garden centre and get some seeds or plants and start creating your own peaceful outdoors retreat? Many garden centres get in on the Easter fun too, so you might be able to pick up some seasonal gifts and treats at the same time!
Not forgetting… kick-start your fitness regime (once the chocolate eggs are gone!) This is a great time to revive that New Year’s resolution to get as fit and healthy as possible before the summer kicks in. With the coast, the water, the forest and parkland all on your doorstep, you’re spoilt for choice – so what are you waiting for?