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Easter in Preston 2023: Things to do

23 March 2023

Easter chicken sculpture at Avenham and Miller Parks

With the Easter fast approaching, there are plenty of seasonal themed activities and events taking place across the city to keep the whole family entertained this holiday. From the egg-cellent Egg Rolling event - Preston's popular annual tradition, going back over 150 years - and a range of fantastic Easter egg hunts to a colourful mix of Easter themed arts and craft sessions, you're sure to find plenty of things to do this break.

Outdoor fun

Picnic at the park

People at Winckley Square Gardens

If the Easter weekend brings the sun with it, then why not enjoy an Easter themed picnic at one Preston's fabulous green open spaces. With an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens to while away the hours, from the beautiful Victorian grade II listed Avenham and Miller Parks to Moor Park - the city's oldest and largest park - and a number of scenic nature reserves, the city has plenty of options for getting outdoors and closer to nature. Whilst you're there, why not continue the seasonal theme with a bunch of traditional Easter games that the whole family can enjoy.

Easter themed nature scavenger hunt

Girl on an Easter hunt

Spice up your local walk with an Easter themed nature scavenger hunt. Alongside the usual checklist items, add in some seasonal inspired animals and objects, such as daffodils, rabbits and lambs. Or, if you'd prefer an organised activity, then take a visit to Brockholes and let the kids take part in spring into Easter, their egg hunt with a twist, or join the The Big Easter Hunt at Ribby Hall. Or, if it's raining, Preston Markets has it covered (literally!) with their free Easter egg hunt and face painting.

Family Easter walk

Child running at Beacon Fell

If it's dry outside, why not grab your boots and head out for a Spring walk in the scenic Lancashire countryside. With a host of fabulous walks nearby, such as Beacon Fell, located in one of the oldest country parks in England, Nicky Nook, starting form the picturesque village of Scorton, and Parlick Hill, a short but steep challenge with stunning views form the top, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go.

Indoor activities 

Get crafty 

Easter bunny with eggs and paint brushes

Brighten up those rainy days and make your own sunshine with a bunch of colourful creative sessions to get stuck into. At Barton Grange, you'll find an array of fun Easter themed arts and craft activities, such as make your own Easter bonnet, paint your own ceramic Easter bunny and decorate your own Easter suncatcher. For details visit Barton Grange - events.

Brockholes are also running an Easter wreath making session using natural materials to decorate your home for Easter.
For more creative sessions over the holiday period, such as creative writing and poetry, visit The Harris - Easter Half Term 2023.

Local library visit

Close up of infant hands and book

The local library makes a great place to visit with the kids over the school holidays - free, fun and educational. Make your trip Easter themed, by getting the kids to choose their own Easter related books to read. 

Or, if you're looking to make a day of it, Friends of Ingol Library are holding their annual Easter Fair with Easter bonnet competition, quiz, raffle, chicken hat making for kids and refreshments.

Eat out

Easter Bunny Breakfast - Dobbies Garden Centre

Easter bunny and eggs

Start your day as you mean to go on this Easter Weekend with a brilliant breakfast at Dobbies. Afterwards, kids can enjoy some fun and games with the Easter Bunny, including a hunt around the store and the chance to plant their very own miniature carrots to take home and grow in the garden.

For details visit Dobbies Garden Centre - Easter Bunny Breakfast.

Easter Sunday Dining - Ribby Hall

Basket of Easter eggs

Bring the family together for an egg-cellent Easter Sunday celebration at Ribby Hall. Tuck into a delicious Easter Sunday breakfast in their beautiful Garden Room or enjoy a a lavish three course lunch in the Rowan. A fabulous Easter Sunday treat! For details visit Ribby Hall - Easter Sunday Dining.

Or, make a day of it and combine a meal with their Big Easter Egg Hunt featuring Dizzy the Duck and, of course, the Easter Bunny!


Egg Rolling - Avenham and Miller Parks

Children rolling eggs at Avenham and Miller Parks

Preston's annual Egg Rolling event is back for 2023 this Easter Monday, complete with entertainment for all ages.

There will be market stalls to browse, Henna artists, performances, and workshops - not to mention the annual Easter Bonnet Competition, and, of course, the egg rolling itself will take place with Plucky the chicken walking around ready to wish everyone a Happy Easter.

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Map address for Easter activities and events

Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT
Moor Park, Preston, PR1 6AS
Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2PR
Preston Markets, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA
Beacon Fell Country Park, Carwags Lane, Preston, PR3 2ES
Barton Grange Garden Centre, Garstang Road, Brock, Preston, PR3 0BT
Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP
Ingol Library, Ventnor Pl, Ingol, Preston, PR2 3YX