Here at Dorset Tea we love Easter. No, not just for copious amounts of chocolate (although that bit is rather good), but because for most of, us we enjoy a little extra time off work and we usually head out and about in the local area. It’s a great time of year, and although we don’t mind admitting that we love the tranquility of the county ‘out of season’, there is something lovely about seeing the hustle- bustle of holiday makers enjoying their easter break and falling in love with Dorset.
Whether you’re local or visiting, we have put together a round-up of some of our favourite places to visit this Easter – many of which have the added excitement of a little visit from the easter bunny who will have left a trail of eggs!
For some traditional British seaside fun, Swanage is the place to go. With its lovely sandy beach, amusement arcades, fish and chip shops and pier it will keep the whole family entertained. If you pop along to the Pier Gatehouse between the 1st - 16th April, you can collect an activity sheet and enjoy an Easter themed activity along the pier. It's just £1 per entry and you'll receive a sweet treat and be entered into a draw to win an Easter hamper!
Durlston Country Park
Located just a mile from Swanage, Durlston Country Park boasts 320 acres of coastal countryside paradise! With gorgeous sea views, walking trails, the Great Globe and the castle it makes a fantastic day out for all ages. For mini explorers, there is a 'Bonkers Bunny' bunny trail happening until 19th April. And with an extensive events calendar you can choose from exhibitions, arts and crafts and workshops.
You can also enjoy some refreshments at Seventh Wave café located within the castle – a great selection of breakfasts and lunches and a nice cup of Dorset Tea!
If you’re looking for somewhere to take little ones, Hamworthy Park is a fantastic option – they will enjoy exploring the large, green open space and children’s play area while you can soak up the gorgeous views of Brownsea Island and the Purbecks. Visit on the 9th April and you can be part of the big annual Easter egg hunt which starts at 10.30am!
If you’ve promised the kiddies a theme park this easter break, then hey presto… Bournemouth’s Adventure Wonderland will deliver! With park rides, soft play, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a theatre and more, make sure you schedule in a few tea stops (don’t panic, Dorset Tea is stocked in their café)! Visit over easter weekend and you’ll be able to join Mr Rabbit for an egg hunt plus egg and spoon racing!
For a fantastic day out, head to Moors Valley, Ringwood. The vast country park offers a fantastic play trail, steam railway, lake and adventure playgrounds. You could opt for bike hire to explore the woodland trails, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, the Go Ape high ropes course! Visit before the end of the school holidays and you can join Rosie Rabbit’s Easter hunt. You’ll need to use clues to find the eggs and work out the secret phrase for your chance to win a prize! If all that fresh air and adventure leaves you feeling peckish then head to the café for a bike to eat – you’ll be pleased to know they stock our refreshing range of Dorset Tea!
Although a little more on the pricier side, a real treat for little ones is a trip to Wareham’s Farmer Palmers. With hands-on animal experiences, tractor rides, a water zone, go-karts and play areas there is absolutely loads to do. Visit over Easter weekend and you can join the Eggstravaganza with hundreds of choccie eggs being hidden in the fields! Just look out for Bandit-bunnies to make sure you get to them first! For thirsty adults you can grab a lovely cuppa in the café (Dorset Tea of course) and grab something to keep the little ones going all day.
Studland Easter Trail
If you’re after a low-key day and prefer being out in nature, then head to Studland. The beautiful beach is bound to keep little ones entertained, but for some Easter themed fun, join the nature trail (1-16th April) through the dunes, woodland and beach to earn an egg! The National Trust has a lovely café at Knoll Beach, or, walk along to the more rustic Middle Beach café. You’re in for a treat - they stock our full range of black, fruit and herbal teas! What could be nicer than looking out across to Old Harry Rocks while sipping a delicious cup of sunshine!
We don’t blame you if you’re not a fan of organised activities and simply want to get out and enjoy the beauty of Dorset this Easter. Choose from our multitude of award-winning beaches. We love Sandbanks for, yep, its golden sand. And Kimmeridge Bay for rock pooling. Or how about taking on a stretch of the South West Coast Path, the UK’s longest national trail at 630 miles! Head over to the South West Coast Path association for loads of great advice about circular day trips and places to sleep, eat and drink!
And if you’re looking for an alternative Easter gift, why not try our Sandbanks Blend Loose leaf tea for a touch of luxury!