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EASTER 2020: FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Looking for inspiration this Easter holiday?

Take a look at our crafts and activities section below for ideas on how to keep the kids occupied. You can also explore our in-depth historical blogs, step into Mrs Crocombe's kitchen, or catch up with the English Heritage podcast.

EASTER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Check out our 'how to' videos and activity guides below to help prepare for one of our Easter Adventure Quests.

  • Fantastic beasts: Discover the art of heraldry

    Show your true colours by making your own heraldry. Follow our guide to learn more about its background, download a heraldic charge animal or beast, and craft your very own piece of history. 

  • How to make a shield

    Get prepared for your Easter adventure by making your own shield. Decorate it with your own heraldic design and have the best looking protection around.

  • How to make a sword

    No adventure is complete without a trusty sword at your side. Take a look at our instructions for making your own out of cardboard and improve your swordsmanship.

  • How to Decorate Eggs for Easter

    Looking for fun crafts and activities to enjoy this Easter? Look no further than our guide to decorating Pace Eggs with colourful dyes.

Hotel Chocolat talks history, heritage and happy Easters

From ancient currency to a quintessential Easter treat, the cocoa bean has a rich history. To celebrate our new partnership with Hotel Chocolat, we caught up with their Head of Cocoa Innovation to discuss the history - and future - of chocolate.

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History In Focus

  • Why do we have Easter Eggs?

    How did the egg come to represent Easter? Discover some of the theories, explore the traditions that have come and gone over the centuries, and find out how to make your own traditional Easter Egg.

  • Saxon Easter customs and where they survived

    Easter gives us an insight into the customs of ordinary Saxons, before the Norman Conquest changed the culture of England. Rowena Willard-Wright, Senior Curator of Collections and Interiors, explains how.

  • Dragons and their Origins

    Where did the dragon myth originate, and why are dragon stories so widespread across at least two continents? Carolyne Larrington, Professor of medieval European literature at the University of Oxford, investigates.

How to Make your own Marbled Eggs

Join Mrs Crocombe, the Victorian cook, as she shows you how to create your own Marbled Eggs. These sweet treats would traditionally have been served as ‘entremets’ (small dishes served before dessert).

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Podcast: Easter and the Synod of Whitby

Step into England's story with the English Heritage podcast.

Join presenter Charles Rowe and discover Whitby Abbey's role in setting the date for Easter celebrations, why it was selected to host the Synod, and the wider significance of that decision.

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More to explore

  • Travel Guides

    Plan a weekend away or a short break in England with our regional travel guides.

  • Visit our online shop

    Looking for an interesting gift, or a way to keep the little ones busy this Easter? Check out our online shop for a range of ideas.

  • Become a Member

    Start a year of adventure. An English Heritage membership offers an unlimited annual pass to over 400 historic sites across the country.

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