Activities to do during the Easter holidays in and around Aberdeen:
We are lucky enough to have a wide selection of events and activities in and around Aberdeen during the Easter holidays. To help you get outside and active, we have provided some information about some of the things that parents and pupils can experience in and around the city.
Railways and transport
Have a go on the Caledonian Railway’s ‘Easter Eggspress’ and journey between Brechin and Bridge of Dun. You can also join the Keith and Dufftown Railway at Dufftown for a real treat. The Grampian Transport Museum is located in Alford, just 25 miles from Aberdeen, and boasts an impressive range of transport exhibits, from travelling chariots of the 1800’s, to some of the fastest cars ever made.
Visits outside of Aberdeen
Braemar Castle is open for visitors again now that Spring is here. You can bow before ‘Queen Victoria’, discuss ‘Long John Silver’ with the author of Treasure Island, rub shoulders with a redcoat and win an Easter egg! As the community of Braemar celebrate 10 years of operating the Castle as a visitor attraction, on Easter Sunday, you are invited to meet the people who have created its story. “Shake Hands with the Past” and meet the characters associated with the Castle’s long and colourful history.
You could also visit the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and learn about life through the generations in the Broch.
Farms and wildlife
The VSA’s Café, Farm Shop and Garden Centre at Easter Anguston, Peterculter is now open to the public. There are nature trails and woodland walks, animals to see, a garden centre, an extended children’s play area, a café and a farm shop. You can also pick your own fruit!
Take a trip to Doonies Rare Breeds Farm and meet the animals! The farm covers 134 acres on the southern side of Aberdeen from Nigg Bay to Cove. The farm aims to provide people of all ages with a fun and informative visit to help preserve rare and endangered native farm animals.
You and the family can also learn more about farming at the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum and Hareshowe Farm in Aden Country Park, or at the Pitmedden Gardens Museum of Farming Life.
Dolphinwatch Aberdeen returns to the Torry Battery. Staff should be on site to welcome you and provide information from Thursday to Sunday, 11 am-6 pm (weather permitting). Staff will meet you in the Torry Battery car park with telescopes and binoculars to help visitors spot the dolphins.
Outdoor play and activities
Codona’s brand-new Smugglers Tree Huts Outdoor Adventure Play is an interactive outdoor play area including a 2-foot snake slide, a 14-foot scoop slide and a 7-foot tube slide – all interconnected with ladders and rope bridges. There is also a new, fully enclosed ‘Tiny Tots’ areas for younger members of the family.
Hoodles Playbarn & coffee shop, Oldmeldrum is a great day out for the family. The playbarn offers a unique fun experience for children and a relaxing atmosphere for parents and carers.
Deeside Activity Centre hosts a range of activities to suit all tastes and occasions. From motor sports through target sports to water sports; you can choose to do some quiet fishing or some loud shooting! You can book a package or just one activity, but either way you'll have some fun.
Easter themed events
April 7th: Easter Craft session at Aboyne Library for ages 5-10 years old.
April 14 – 17th: National Trust Cadbury Egg Hunt at Fyvie Castle, Castle Fraser, Leith Hall, Haddo House, House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Pitmedden Garden, Craigievar Castle, Brodie Castle and Mar Lodge.
April 15th: David Lloyd Easter Egg Hunt.
The Arts Centre and Theatre (ACT) are hosting their Spring Festival (10th – 14th April) which includes a series of fun-filled workshops for young people. Get creative this holiday!
Does your child enjoy being outside? Then maybe Gardening4Kids is for them. Gardening4Kids encourages children’s interest in nature and enthusiasm for being outside. Find out more www.gardening4kids.org.uk
In Aberdeen Science Centre over April and May, visitors will be able to explore how important lasers are in our everyday lives and how they came to be developed in the last century. With a special exhibition from the Science and Technology Facilities Council to explore, shows and hands-on activities, the Science Centre will demystify lasers for all ages.
St Margaret’s Holiday Club
Of course, in the summer holiday there will be a fun-packed Holiday Club at St Margaret’s as well as a Theatre Summer School. The Holiday Club will operate in School from 17th July – 11th August 2017. The Holiday Club will be available for St Margaret’s School children and their siblings who are aged between 3 and 12 years. The daily charge for the club is £40 and it will run from 8.00am until 5.30pm.
Do book your places now!