With the children hyped up on their chocolate fix over Easter, it can be hard to balance entertaining the bigger ones and the baby ones, however these Easter picks guarantee baby friendly activities that can also entertain your other little tykes.
Places to picnic in Dorset
Here in the South West, we are literally spoilt for choice regarding a good picnic spot, combined with stunning views. Get the kids out of the house and into the fresh spring air, complete with the rest of the family and equipped with a full picnic hamper. Any of the South West National Trust places, such as Kingston Lacy and Stourhead Gardens have numerous places to sit and picnic, though if you want somewhere which is slightly easier on the purse strings, then Maiden Castle near Dorchester, Bradbury Rings near Kingston Lacy, or Hambledon Hill are just a few examples of places to eat your sandwiches in wonderful peace. The bigger kids can run around until they’re exhausted and you can watch the world go by whilst entertaining the baby.
Baby friendly walks in Dorset
A good coastal walk is something else that the South West has in abundance and so if you’re happy to strap the baby onto your front and get hiking, then there are many destinations on offer for your baby friendly Easter weekend. Starting with Lulworth Cove, you can walk from the cove to Durdle Door and back, which is a trek not for the faint hearted, though complete with wonderful views across to Portland and Weymouth on a clear day. A slightly gentler coastal walk can be found at Swanage, where you can walk from the hills above the town to the country park of Durlston. The Jurassic Coast is extensive and will also allow you to walk as far as you possibly can from Kimmeridge Bay onwards. Be sure to stop somewhere for an ice cream, because you’re certainly going to need it!
Easter egg hunts in Dorset
Following the tradition of Easter, of course the one thing all the kids love is a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt, and English Heritage site Old Sarum in Wiltshire has the perfect solution with their Easter Adventure Quest. The quest will run from Friday 25th to Monday 28th March from 11am to 4pm, providing the children with a welcome distraction whilst you can enjoy a pleasant walk around the historical site with your baby. Unfortunately the site is not very accessible for wheelchairs, though a baby carrier strapped to you will work perfectly.
Easter activities in Dorset
For something a little more engaging for the whole family, Finkley Down Farm in Hampshire offers a wonderful opportunity to see all of the spring baby animals born over the Easter period. From Lambs and chicks to calves and baby rabbits, bring your little babies along for a hands-on afternoon with some furry little creatures. As part of the farm’s Easter Extravaganza, be sure to look out for the Mad Hatter and the Easter Bunny who will be appearing each day between Friday 25th March and Sunday 10th April.