Friday 24 October 2014

Your essential guide to Easter

From egg hunts and dance classes, to plays and storytelling, there's something for everyone in our essential guide

Tir na nOg Children's Festival takes place in Tralee

Whether you're looking for family fun, yummy Easter edibles, exercises to work off the chocolate guilt or a cultural feast – here's EGGSactly what you need to know about the great events around the country this Easter.

Fitness fans

Ditch the chocolate guilt by working up a sweat at one of these energising events:

• Get the blood pumping and raise money for heart and stroke charity, Croí, at the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival running from March 22 to 24 with a host of hard hikes, gentle looping trails and guided ambles lined up, priced from €15. See croaghpatrick heritagetrail.com for details.

• Ramble through the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne Forest, and along the sculpture trail as part of the Holey Soles 19th hillwalking festival on March 30 and 31 in North Leitrim Glens. Walk registration starts at €10 and includes refreshments.

• Pull on your boots for the Kilkenny Walking Festival (kilkennywalkingfestival.ie), which kicks off a programme of events including bluebell rambles and canal strolls from March 30.

• Be the Lord of the Dance at the Easter Céilí at Áras an Mhuilinn (arasanmhuilinn.ie), Mullingar, on March 31, 9.30pm, €10 entry including refreshments.

Families

Keep the kids happy at one of these Eggcellent days out:

• Hop along to Dublin's Chocolate Warehouse (chocolatewarehouse.ie), where the Easter bunny is hiding at the end of the chocolate factory tour ready to hand out personalised eggs until March 30. Children €9.50, price includes egg.

• It's Jurasegg Park at Belfast's W5 from March 23 to April 7 where kids can collect a bouncing egg character and race it through volcanoes and dino-traps to make it to the finish line. Event runs 2pm to 4pm; adults, €9.63; children, €7.50; family tickets available. W5 takes euro. See w5online.co.uk for details.

• From spooky tales to creepy curses, learn all about the pharaohs at the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street, Dublin, on March 24 from 3pm to 4pm, suitable for ages six to 12.

• Over-sevens can learn interesting Easter traditions and decorate their own egg at a free workshop at the National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park, Co Mayo, on March 24, 2.30pm.

• Justcooking.ie in Co Kerry is hosting two Easter cookery camps for two age groups on March 25 to 28. Kids can whip up delicious cupcakes, eggs and healthy treats for €35, booking necessary.

• There's an egg-stravanza of family fun at Timbertrove in the Dublin Mountains with treasure hunts, face painting, colouring competitions, bunnies and eggs on March 29 and 30. Kids cost €5 and adults go free, prebooking essential. See familyfun.ie for details.

• Sit back and enjoy storytelling every hour from 11am to 4pm or decorate your own Easter egg, take in a puppet show and check out a fab treasure hunt at Wells House, Co Wexford (wellshouse.ie), March 29-30, children €5, adults free.

• Belvedere House in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, has not one but three egg hunts suitable for all ages and the Easter bunny on hand to give out prizes (see discoverireland.ie for details) on March 31 and April 1.

Irish Independent

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