Spring around Linmere is blossoming, with plenty of ways to enjoy the Easter holidays and get to know new places. From Easter egg hunts and safari trips to the flying rabbits and orange bowling; all the things that make the Easter holidays a fun and unique. Enjoy!
Easter Egg Hunts
A good Easter egg hunt needs 3 things. A picturesque setting. A challenging trail. And some decent chocolate as a reward! We’ve picked out 2 hunts, both close to Linmere, well worth taking the family.
01 Woburn Abbey Easter Egg Trail
Set in the grounds of the spectacular Woburn Abbey and Safari Park, this ‘wild egg chase’ takes you around a ‘foot safari’ to crack the clues and find a chocolate Easter bunny at the end of the trail. As a bonus, participants can solve the riddles to find the mystery word, with all players entered into the draw for a free family day out at the safari!
Woburn Abbey is open daily from 10am–5pm, with tickets available online or on the day. The Easter Egg Trail runs up to Sunday 16th April. The Easter Egg Trail sheets are £2 each, available from the Junglies Gift Shop. For more details, use the link here.
Woburn Safari Park, Crawley Rd, Woburn, Ridgmont, Bedford MK43 0TU
12 miles / 15 minutes’ drive from the Farmstead.
02 Rushmere Country Park
The Easter ‘I Spy’ trail has arrived at the beautiful Rushmere County Park. Beginning the trail from the Ark Glade at the far side of the meadow, the trail sheet will guide you around the trail, asking you to look for signs of Spring blossoming around. Once you complete the trail, answer all the questions, return your sheets to the visitor centre for your Easter reward!
The trail sheets are available for just £4 from the visitor centre, with all proceeds going towards the running of the country park. Runs up to Sunday 16th April.
Rushmere Country Park is in Heath and Reach, close to the A5, not far from Leighton Buzzard. 10.5 miles / 19 minutes’ drive from the Farmstead.
03 Shuttleworth Collection – Easter Bunny Fly-in
The Shuttleworth Collection is a world-famous museum and gardens, celebrating aircraft and vehicles from yesteryear. There’ll be several events we’ll share over the summer, Easter weekend being the opening of their outdoor season.
There’s a touch of Santa Claus arriving on his sleigh, as the crowds welcome in the Easter Bunny, flying aboard a vintage biplane. On arrival, the Easter Bunny is joined by the Easter Bunny helpers, who then leave an Easter egg trail through the Shuttleworth gardens. Children are invited to collect 3 eggs and exchange them at the Discovery centre. You can then spend the afternoon enjoying the collection and gardens. This really is a highly recommended Easter weekend treat.
The Easter Bunny will be flying in on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April – at 11am sharp, so get there earlier – gates open at 10am. Admission charges apply, for more details, use the link here.
Shuttleworth collection, Alder Drive, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EA
17 miles / 27 minutes’ drive from the Farmstead
04 Easter Wonderland at Mead Open Farm
If you’re looking something a little different, then a trip to Mead Open Farm to experience the magic of Alice in Wonderland is great Easter option. Take an enchanted journey through Wonderland with Alice, to join friends including the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Don’t be late for the White Rabbit and his interactive show ‘Stop the Clock!’
Runs to 14th April. Admission fees apply, with 20% to be saved by booking tickets online here.
Mead Open Farm, Billington, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9JH
7 miles / 10 minutes’ drive from the Farmstead
05 Orange Bowling at Dunstable Downs
Yes, orange bowling! It’s a 200-year-old tradition celebrated every Easter at Dunstable Downs. Join the Easter trail and see if you can roll the orange balls through the holes of the colourful Easter stations, you’ll be the Easter champion. Complete the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg.
Running up to April 10th, with trail sheets and orange balls available from the visitor centre. For more information, use the link here.
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY
4.5 miles / 11 minutes’ drive from the Farmstead
Linmere is designed to be a place for communities that embraces the natural environment, and where all generations can enjoy a great quality of life. This exciting new collection of leafy and walkable neighbourhoods, situated north of Houghton Regis Bedfordshire, located close to M1 Junction 11a. Nestled into verdant surroundings, its first homes completed and inhabited in 2021. The Land Trust will maintain and preserve these spaces on behalf of Houghton Regis Management Company.