The weather might not know what it’s doing, but spring is here and with it comes the Easter break. So, how do you keep your kids entertained for two weeks when they’re off school and hyperactive from all the chocolate eggs they’ve eaten? Visit Sutton Harbour of course.
No matter the weather there’s something fun and exciting to keep your kids entertained this Easter. Get some exercise and learn all about Plymouth’s maritime history with the Harbour Heritage trail or get up close and personal with over 400 underwater animals at the National Marine Aquarium. If that isn’t enough to keep your little ones busy there are boat trips, academies, workshops and more for you and your kids explore in Sutton Harbour this Easter.
If the kids haven’t already eaten too much chocolate then maybe a trip to Elwell Chocolates should be on the cards. The homemade chocolate shop is run by Plymouth’s own Willy Wonka, Rebecca Elwell, and can be found in The House That Jack Built and offers a variety of delicious treats – including artisan Easter eggs. With locally sourced ingredients and a massive range to tempt the taste buds, Elwell Chocolates is a must visit for any chocolate loving family this Easter.
After gorging on Easter eggs, this one-mile circular route is the best way to burn off some calories and explore Sutton Harbour. Follow the Harbour Heritage trail to learn about Plymouth’s maritime past and enjoy outstanding views across the waterfront with plenty of shops and cafes to stop off in on the way around.
The Harbour Heritage trail is a great day out for all the family with interactive brass rubbing plates situated around the trail to keep your kids interested from start to finish. The route is also suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, but please note the footbridge is currently out of use.
For more information and a description of the route click here.
If the Harbour Heritage trail sparked your kid’s interest then take them to the Mayflower Museum this Easter break and find out even more about Plymouth’s maritime heritage with an interactive workshop.
A team from the National Marine Aquarium will be at the museum offering a morning of activities looking at our oceans and their history. The Marvellous Maritime event starts on April 4 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Tickets must be booked on the website and are priced at £5 per child with free entry for accompanying adults.
For more interactive entertainment come down to the National Marine Aquarium this Easter to find out who will win the Easter Games, a friendly competition between the closely related sharks and rays. Get involved with fun and games around the aquarium and explore the different underwater zones as you meet over 400 different underwater creatures.
The National Marine Aquarium’s Easter entertainment doesn’t stop at its doors. Get outdoors and help the environment by taking part in one of The National Marine Aquarium’s twenty South West beach cleans. The events are suitable for all the family with gloves and bags provided. Join their host team on March 31st at Mount Batten from 10am for the first clean. Information about other beach cleans happening in the Easter break can be found here.
If you and your kids want to find out more about the ocean on your doorstep then join the expert Marina Biologists and Ocean Conservationists from the National Marine Aquarium on a family friendly boat trip to learn more about the nature and history of Plymouth Sound. The first boat trip sails on April 7th and tickets can be purchased online.
Or treat the kids to something different this Easter with a Summer Sundowner Cruise with Plymouth Boat Trips. Enjoy a trip around Plymouth’s stunning coastline where you can take in the sights and sounds on a fully equipped luxury vessel – and you’ll be able to treat yourself with a complimentary glass of prosecco or bottled beer.
The voyage lasts one and a half hours and leaves the Barbican Landing Stage at 5pm on April 1st. Tickets can be purchased online and start at £5.50 for a child, £9.50 for adults and £25.00 for a family of two adults and up to three children.