Whether you’re scoffing chocolate, treating yourself to a well deserved break or simply taking stock in all the ups and downs of the year so far, Easter is a time to spend with family and friends.
It’s a time when the flowers bloom and brilliant dashes of colour pave your daily route. So this Easter, gather the troops and take part in Easter egg hunts and chocolate workshops before indulging in a bounty of seasonal produce. Here’s our pick of some seriously tempting activities to do over Easter.
Is there any better way to spend Easter than getting the ultimate chocolate tour with Ireland’s very own chocolatiers? We didn’t think so. Located just 6km from Dublin city centre in Clonshaugh Business Park, you really have no excuse.
While they run these experiences year round, from April 13th-April 27th, visitors will also get to meet the Easter Bunny – perfect for the little chocoholic in your family. And big kids can just enjoy the delicious chocolate. Anyone want to come with me?
More Information: butlerschocolates.com
Are you a gin lover? How about a whiskey lover? Hold onto your glass because this Easter, over 25 Irish gin and whiskey brands are heading to Cork city. From April 18th until April 21st, Spirit of the City will stir up your world.
The folks behind the event are just as pumped as us, saying: “We believe we have created a concept that is truly unique, combining cocktails, culture, craic and a strong sense of Irishness by celebrating both local produce and talent’. Ideal for a party, gathering or just a memorable night out, this event is strictly over 23s.
More Information: spiritofthecityfestival.ie
Not in the mood to cook this Easter? Why not dine in style at the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge? This year, lunch guests to the Intercontinental on Sunday, April 21st, can indulge in a scrumptious 3-course lunch with all the trimmings.
If that’s not tempting you, the hotel is also offering a delicious Spring-inspired Champagne Afternoon Tea. And of course, you can always prolong your stay overnight. If you’ve little ones with you, make sure to look for eggs in the private courtyard garden. You might spot the Easter Bunny!
More Information: intercontinentaldublin.ie
Heading up north this Easter? Discover Northern Ireland have teamed up with Cadbury Chocolates for a weekend of chocolatey goodness. From spring woodlands and rugged coastline to enchanting gardens and historic houses, there are so many locations to choose from.
So grab the little ones and pick your favourite spot to go on an adventure. All children will receive a Cadbury chocolate treat and the hunts will be supporting the beauty of Northern Ireland’s landscape.
More Information: nationaltrust.org.uk
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland is hosting a number of chocolate workshops this Easter. Sure to sell out, you’ll need to book your spot at the Carlow venue before the chocolate melts. Whether you want to bring the kids with you or simply go and indulge yourself, a day at the Chocolate Garden is a day well spent.
They’re running 5 workshops from April 14th to April 20th and during the workshop, you will learn all about chocolate making and even have a go at making and decorating your own chocolate. There’ll be tasting involved too of course!
More Information: chocolategarden.ie
This Easter, The Johnstown Estate in Co. Meath is going all out with an Afternoon Tea experience that you will never forget. Think chocolate and raspberry pavlova, marshmallow and chocolate top hats and delicious cake pops with cute little faces.
So don a bow and enjoy this Afternoon Tea that is almost too pretty to eat. The kids will adore it and you can roll home happy. As a bonus, all the little diners donning a bonnet will get a complimentary drink and cake pop. Sounds like a sweet deal if you ask me. This limited edition Afternoon Tea is available from April 15th-28th.
More Information: thejohnstownestate.com
You need to move really quickly on this event. Cadbury’s and Barnardos have teamed up once again to bring you a fantastic Easter Egg Hunt. Selling out in record time last year, you need to snap up these tickets like lightning.
A fabulous and fun day for the whole family, while also donating to and raising awareness of all the great work done by the charity, this is one Easter activity that will really warm your heart and fill your belly!
More Information: barnardos.ie
On April 20th and 22nd, you can board the Easter Eggspress Steam Train in Belfast for a fun-filled adventure to Whitehead Railway Museum.
The tickets are priced at just £15 and children on board will be presented with a delicious Easter egg from the Easter bunny himself! Plus guests young and old will get to experience the sheer joy of riding on a steam train.
More Information: steamtrainsireland.com
If you want a break from all the chocolate but still want to get out, celebrate and have some fun, why not head over to Saba? Easter just so happens to be falling during the Thai New Year celebrations this year and Chef Tao and team have cooked up quite a storm.
Much like Easter, the Thai New Year is a time to spend with family and friends. From Thursday April 11th to Sunday, April 21st, a special Thai New Year Menu will be in effect at Saba restaurants. Personally, I’m dreaming about the Yaam Makua Yao and the Wicklow Lamb Massaman!
More Information: sabadublin.com
For the perfect family staycation this Easter, look no further than the Ferrycarrig Hotel. Located on the banks of the River Slaney, this 4-star venue has a fantastic family break offer at the moment.
From €270, you and your family can experience a 2 or 3-night stay between April 12th and 27th, which includes breakfast each morning, full use of the health and fitness suite and pool, outdoor playground and the supervised kids club ‘Crazy Clubbers’.
More Information: ferrycarrighotel.ie
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