Here is a round-up of some of the Easter egg hunts, lambing activities, spring festivals and more taking place in the region.
Waddesdon Manor Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Take part in a fun-filled egg hunt around the grounds. Discover fun facts about nature and new parts of the Waddesdon gardens. (4 to 13 April) Child £3, grounds admission applies. Easter petting farm (15 to 19 April). Get up close and personal with lots of new furry, hairy or feathered friends this Easter, as animals return to Waddesdon's stableyard. FREE with grounds admission. www.waddesdon.org.uk
Farmer Palmer's, located just outside Poole, is offering an array of family friendly Easter themed activities. A jam-packed timetable features hands-on experiences with the animals that populate the farm and an Eggstravaganza featuring hundreds of chocolate eggs over the weekend (10 to 13 April). Prices from adult £12.50 and child over three, £5.50 child (two years), child (under two) FREE. www.farmerpalmers.co.uk
Annual Marbles Match and Easter Bonnet Parade in the imposing shadow of Battle Abbey, site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Visitors will be able to witness local teams lose their marbles in a traditional competition dating back to 1945. Around 20 teams from local hostelries and businesses compete to win both the marbles and the fancy dress competition. 'Flick-off' will be at 10am on Good Friday, 10 April. There will be an All-comers Board for spectators of all ages to give marbles a try and a free children's marble scramble. Take part in the Easter Bonnet Competition or watch the judging. All children taking part will receive an Easter egg. www.visit1066country.com
At Gambledown Farm in spring the lambs are bottle fed, the bluebells and daffodils are out and guests will be able to see baby chicks. The farm offers luxury barn stays and glamping set in 270 acres of Hampshire countryside, perfect for a family Easter break. www.gambledownfarm.co.uk.
Gilbert White's House Garden Bird Easter Egg Hunt (4 to 19 April). Visitors will be able to hunt for the hidden painted eggs in the gardens and meadow which are all based on the eggs of the birds which nest in the grounds. Learn about where different species of birds nest and spot the odd one out among the species featured. Find them all and claim a chocolate egg. £3 in addition to the general admission price, adult £12, child (under 16) £5. www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk
Easter Sunday Cruise and Egg Hunt on the John Pinkerton II canal boat on the Basingstoke Canal through beautiful Hampshire countryside. Take a leisurely afternoon cruise to King John's Castle, and watch the children search out their Easter eggs. Licensed bar, hot and cold drinks, and snacks available. All trips are crewed by trained volunteer members of the Basingstoke Canal Society, a charity dedicated to safeguarding the canal. All proceeds are used to maintain the canal for the future. Approximately 2½ hour return trip (12 April). Price, adults £12, child £6. Book online https://basingstoke-canal.org/jp
Jane Austen's House Museum enjoy some family friendly activities with an Easter egg trail, family walks and a Young People's Writing Workshop (4-19 April, family walks (8 and 15 April). Booking required for workshop and walks. www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk
Meet Bobtail Bunny and forest friends Betty Bunny, Hennie the Hedgehog and Red the Deer at Paultons Park. Visitors will be able to meet cute characters at the main entrance plaza. Watch out for mischievous Fenton Fox though, as he will surely be eyeing up any tasty Easter treats (4 to 19 April). www.paultonspark.co.uk
Butser Ancient Farm will be celebrating the ancient festival of Eostre, and the goddess of spring. Visitors will be able to meet the Saxons from Herigead Hundas with demonstrations, traditional crafts, cooking and DIY archaeology experiments, from mini-mosaic making to wattling and more. Butser's Roman IX Legion will be in residence in the Roman village with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts and more. (10 to 13 April). Prices from adult £9, child (3 – 16) £5. www.butserancientfarm.oco.uk
Easter fun at Hever Castle (2 to19 April). Hunt for the colourful carrots and bunnies in a fun FREE Easter trail or take part in two free Easter egg hunt in the grounds (11am and 3pm). Follow an Easter themed trail in the Castle or create an egg shaped decoration to hang on the Easter tree in a free craft activity. Explore the dazzling display in the grounds of spring blooms from daffodils to hyacinths, camellias and early tulips in the garden. Admission prices, Castle & Gardens: Adult £18.80; child (5-15) £10.70 (under 5s FREE). www.hevercastle.co.uk
Easter fun at Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells (10 to 13 April). Spot all the Easter bunnies alongside the railway between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge. A chocolate egg will be available (whilst stocks last) for all children taking part. Resident steam engine 'Ugly' will be in action each day and standard fares apply. Tickets child (2-15) £5, adult £10. A family ticket for unlimited travel on the day of visit is £28.00 when booked online in advance. Each day there will be a chance to win a family ticket to meet Santa on board the Santa Specials at Christmas. www.spavalleyrailway.com
Easter sees the return of the Worthing Observation Wheel. Standing at a height of 46 metres, the WOW is the tallest wheel on the south coast offering views of up to 10 miles across the South Downs and along the coast. http://thewow.uk