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Family fun at Easter; Some ideas for school holiday outings:.

Byline: Karen McLauchlan

THE Easter school break is upon us so put a spring in your step and enjoy great days out with all the family.

CADBURY, the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland have teamed up to add a magical twist to the traditional family Easter egg hunt as Enchanting Easter Egg Trails are taking place at more than 270 National Trust places nationwide during the Easter weekend.

These include Middlesbrough's ORMESBY HALL and you can join in the fun on Easter weekend (April 22-25) with the trail starting at 1.30pm. Details from Ormesby Hall on 01642 324188.

THE Friends of ROPNER PARK are holding an Easter Fair on Sunday, April 17. The event at the Stockton park will include stalls, rides, go-karting, children's games and much more.

The event runs from 2-4pm, details on 01642 648914.

AN Easter Explorers Family Event is being held in the house and gardens at KIPLIN HALL, near Scorton from Friday, April 22, to Monday, April 25. Details on 01748 818178 or www.kiplinhall.co.uk ENGLISH Heritage has lots of spring events and fun filled activities across the North-east and highlights include an Easter Family Fun Trail from Friday, April 22, to Monday, April 25, at BELSAY HALL, CASTLE AND GARDENS, Northumberland, 10am-6pm. Crack the clues to complete this Easter trail and collect a prize. Adults pounds 7.50, conc pounds 6.80, child pounds 4.50 and family ticket pounds 19.50.

A similar event is at WARKWORTH CASTLE from April 22-25 from 10am-5pm. Adults pounds 4.80, conc pounds 4.30, children pounds 2.90 and family ticket pounds 12.80. Details at www.english-heritage.org.uk THE BOWES MUSEUM at Barnard Castle is going royal wedding crazy for Easter, alongside the traditional bunnies and chicks.

Activities begin with a Family Fun Day on Tuesday, April 19, with drop-in sessions including storytelling with popular weaver of tales Adam Bushnell and the creation of Easter bunnies and chicks, plus Easter cards with a difference.

Textile artist Lone Helliwell is running a knitting workshop for children and adults on Wednesday, April 20, from 1-3pm, pounds 3 per knitter, with booking required on 01833 690606.

On Saturday, April 23, from 10am-4pm there will be a series of drop-in activities focusing on the forthcoming marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Come along and create a royal crown, a mini prince and princess or a Union flag. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.

On the actual wedding day, Friday, April 29, the museum is having a day of Royal Family Fun from 11am-4pm. More details from www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM will be joined by the East Yorkshire Regiment Living History Group for its special World War II Weekend from April 23-24 with re-enactments, living history displays and authentic cooking.

There will be lots of Easter activities with egg painting, egg rolling and special Easter trails and Easter themed activities and trails will be happening throughout the holidays.

Details at www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk THE ALNWICK GARDEN and ALNWICK CASTLE in Alnwick, Northumberland, is holding a Mad Hatter Week from April 18-25.

Events feature cupcake, bug box and hat making workshops. There is a special tea party and children can do traditional egg-rolling down the hill.

Over the Easter weekend, Alnwick Castle celebrates St George's Day with medieval crafts, a dragon egg workshop and a George and the dragon puppet show.

On Easter Monday there's a dragon walkabout with an animatronic dragon, a goblin queen and musical entourage.

Details from www.alnwickcastle.com or www.alnwickgarden.com

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Date:Apr 8, 2011
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