Free Easter Family Fun

15:39 Pippa Ainsworth 0 Comments

I've posted a few ideas in my What's On Guide for April but, since publishing that one I've heard about a few more fun ways to spend time together as a family this Easter.


To celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring,  Ashton Park Garden Centre in Ashton-under-Lyne will be holding free Easter egg hunts from Saturday 12th April to Monday 21st April between 11am and 4pm for all the local children to come exploring and get out and about this half term.

There will be six posters of the Easter Bunny located around the store and the children will need to find the posters, make a note of the location and return their form to a member of staff at the store in order to receive a delicious Easter treat!

Stephen Broadbent, centre manager at Ashton Park Garden Centre said: “Easter is a really fun time for us here at Notcutts, as it welcomes in spring and the time when we get active in the garden again after the long winter months! The Easter egg hunts are an exciting way to encourage the local children to come down to their local centre with their parents, giving them a fun activity to do during half term and giving parents the chance to explore all the incredible new products the centre has to offer.”


Old Granada Studios, Manchester’s new arts and cultural neighbourhood, has announced its series of weekly markets starting in April. A brand new offering for the region, every Saturday and Sunday Old Granada Studios will come alive with street vendors, exclusive operators, community events and live performances.

From 11am – 5pm, Old Granada Studios markets will host a hugely dynamic and varying offering from art and design, craft, gourmet and street food through to fashion and vintage.The iconic destination will welcome the themed markets - some for the first time to Manchester, providing a truly unique atmosphere for visitors to sample the most exciting stalls and boutiques in the country, right in the heart of city centre.

19th April sees the Urban Market BITE - Manchester’s first weekend gourmet and street food market. Coinciding with the launch of the Coronation Street Tour, Old Granada Studios is set to become the must-visit destination for families, tourists and city dwellers alike. Hosted within an exceptional, quintessentially Mancunian setting, Old Granada Studios has inherited its culture and has embraced its world-renowned attributes and with the recent inclusion of the urban markets, this hugely iconic destination is set to be kept on the map for years to come.

Forthcoming Markets:
19th April – BITE, Urban Markets
26th April – Love Fashion markets
27th  April – Vintage Village Market


Bolton Town Centre has a fun Easter Egg-stravaganza planned for Easter Saturday, 19th April, with visits from Shaun the Sheep, the opportunity to meet Dr Zoolittle's animals and much more. You can take part in an Easter Egg Hunt from Bolton Market to Bolton Market Place,with the chance to win a 15KG Slattery's Easter Egg. The Market Place has 'Bunny Transformation' workshops on and Victoria Square will see the Easter 'Eggspress' with the chance to meet both the Easter Bunny and Eggwina the Chick. 

The fun takes place in Bolton Town Centre, Saturday 19th April, 10am-4pm. 


One for older children here If you are 12 to 14 years of age, enter the Football for Friendship competition and you could be in with the chance to become an internationally-known junior sports journalist!
The winner will fly to Lisbon to represent the UK against finalists from 15 other European countries in the quest to be crowned Europe's Best Young Sports Journalist.

To enter just click on the link below and follow the on-screen instructions:

Football for Friendship Reporter Competition


And finally, Wyke Farms have a fab Facebook competition to win a very alternative Easter Egg.  It is two feet tall and made with 85 x 300g blocks of Wyke Farms' award-winning  ‘Just Delicious’ Extra Mature cheddar.  

Wyke Farms Cheaster Egg

Cheese-lovers can get their hands on it by entering the Wyke Farms ‘Cheaster Egg’ giveaway – on Twitter using #cheasteregg @wykefarms or liking the Cheaster Egg posts on to enter! The Cheaster Egg competition has been run since 2008 but this is the first year it will also feature on Twitter. There are two prize eggs worth over £200 each! The competition ends on Tuesday 15th April at midday. 

What will you be getting up to this Easter?