10 Cost-Saving Activities and Events for Family Fun in Nailsea This Easter
Easter doesn’t have to be an eggstravagant occasion to make it memorable. There are loads of ways to celebrate Easter in and around Nailsea without breaking the bank. So, if you like the sound of easy decorating tips, free local events and other great budget-friendly ideas then this article is for you!
Starting the day off with a crafts table is a wonderful way to get things cracking. You can get some amazing craft items from Nailsea’s Poundland, such as paper, paint, glitter and glue for the shop’s trademark £1! We have comprised a list of festive crafts that will keep your little ones occupied, providing hours of fun. These include:
Placemats for Easter Lunch – Lay down some plastic or paper to protect your table. Start with a plain piece of A4 paper, and let loose with the colouring pens, paints and all the trimmings. A great tip to add an extra element to your placemat is to print off Easter-themed things such as bunnies, eggs and chocolate.
Egg Painting – Keep the art supplies out for this one! Boil your eggs until they’re hard and wait a few minutes until they have cooled down enough. Even if you can’t get to the shops to buy a traditional egg-dyeing kit, kids will have a blast with food colouring (which makes a great dye substitute when combined with vinegar and hot water), wax crayons, stickers, paint, and markers. Make sure you keep hold of them as they can be used for a good old-fashioned egg and spoon race or Easter egg hunt after lunch!
Make Chocolate Nests – These are a great way to use up some of the chocolate the kids have been given. Melt 250g of chocolate, 50g of butter and 2 tbsp of golden syrup into a bowl, then add 75g of broken up shredded wheat (or even cornflakes or rice crispys – most cereals would work!) and stir. Pop into cupcake cases and press a spoon into the middle to create the nest shape. Put your chocolate nests in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set. Fill with mini eggs and enjoy your tasty Easter-themed treat!
Easter egg hunts can be fun for every generation and can be made into a game that lasts for hours. Setting up a hunt in the garden is great, but if the weather isn’t the best, you can always bring it inside and hide the eggs in cupboards, under beds or behind books on the shelf. If you want to make it even more exciting you can make it into a scavenger hunt complete with clues, websites like Mas & Pas have clues designed for different age groups.
To avoid a chocolate overload and crazy kids, you can use the eggs you’ve decorated earlier. Make sure you write the names of the contenders on the back of them and hide the Easter eggs throughout your home or garden and then let your kids run around with baskets and collect them. If they find another child’s name, they have to keep quiet and leave it where it is.
It is a great way to keep the children busy, and doesn’t cost you a fortune with one box of 6 eggs coming to around £2 from Nailsea Tesco.
National Trust Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt
Of course, there are Easter Egg hunts organised by and held at National Trust properties across the country which could offer the grandchildren an exciting hunt across beautiful grounds while you take in the sights. The closest location to Nailsea is Tyntesfield. It is an incredible location that provides visitors with the opportunity to make their way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family, with a Victorian twist. The trail takes place between the 1st – 16th April, so if you have a membership, why not come along and explore all that Tyntesfield has to offer.
The price of the trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.
You don’t need to book your Easter trails, but you will need to book your Easter visit. To manage visitor numbers so that social distancing can be ensured for the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors, the pre-booking system still applies. Booking will provide access to the property, not the Easter adventures in nature trail, which can be purchased on the day.
Watch the Latest Movies for Less
With Sonic 2, Morbius and other blockbuster films hitting the silver screen over Easter, a trip to the movies is likely to be a popular suggestion.
Some cinema chains offer cut-price screenings for family films at certain times, usually in the morning.
Odeon: ‘Odeon Kids‘ screenings take place every day during the holidays and adults pay kids’ prices.
Picturehouse: ‘Kids Club‘ tickets are £3 each for adults and children.
Vue: ‘Mini Mornings‘ screenings cost £2.49 or £2.99 if you buy online (£3.49/£3.99 if you buy at the venue) for adults and children and take place daily from 10am during school holidays.
Dates to Remember
1st-16th April – Tyntesfield Easter Egg Hunt
Wednesday 5th April – 11am-1pm – The Great Eggscape – Golden Valley Primary School organised by Trendlewood Church
To sum it up, try to focus your Easter celebrations on fun and memories rather than too much chocolate and unnecessary spending. So, get out there and go for a long walk after lunch, take the family to an Easter trail or activity, or have a fun-filled day at home to help keep costs to a minimum. Enjoy the blossoming of spring and quality time with friends and family.