We were recently told about Bolton Abbey and it’s Easter trail, so we decided to head there this half term. We’ve never been there before so I was looking forward to a new day out full of new adventures.
We parked in the Riverside car park, parking is £10 all day and you have access to all three car parks depending on where you fancy walking. I hadn’t realised the size of the estate until we got there! You could easily spend the whole day there, we only literally saw a tiny part of the estate and it was stunning!
We were given three Easter trail sheets on arrival for the children, the trail is a free activity running until the 15th April, it’s pram and wheelchair friendly also. The path was great for little legs, not too long, although mine walked about half of it mainly as they walk very slowly and it was getting late.
We headed straight to the Cavendish Pavilion Cafe when we first arrived due to the heavy rain. The cafe was fab, nice and clean with lots of room. There was also plenty of highchairs and a large choice of reasonably priced food and toilets and changing facilities there too.
Luckily, by the time we’d eaten, the rain had stopped and the sun even made an appearance! We found the start of the Easter trail with three very excited children. The start of the trail is close to the Riverside car park, so that’s where to park if your heading to do the Easter trail.
The trail is along the river and is surrounded by woodland, it’s a great place for a lovely walk.
The kids absolutely loved the Easter trail, there were eggs of all sizes hidden in the trees, colourful bunnies, even music playing in the forest! It was great, it really kept them interested.
We found Peter Rabbit….
… A ‘unicorn bunny’ ….
…. ‘Spiderbunny’ …..
… And even Harry Potter Bunny!
I think my son’s favourite bunny had to be the disco bunny! His favourite song ‘Can’t stop the feeling’ was playing in the forest which he thought was amazing! Disco balls even hung from the trees.
My eldest son loved reading the questions and working out the answers. All three children were excited to keep searching for another bunny, we had no moaning about tires legs at all! The younger two were even happy to go in the pram when we needed to head back to the car as there was so much for them to look at!
At the end of the trail, we used our answers to decode the bunnies message so we could earn our ears!
We did it!
There is also a cute little tuck shop at the end of the trail selling treats and hot drinks, just remember it’s cash only as your in the middle of a forest.
It was such a lovely family day out with so much to see, too much to see in one afternoon! We will definitely be back!
I can’t wait to visit in the summer as there is a beach to play on and places to paddle.
If you have time this half term to get to Bolton Abbey before the Easter trail ends, I definitely recommend it!