30th March, 2023

10 great Easter holiday activities by train

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Hop on the train this Easter, with kids travelling half price (5-15yrs old) and under 5s free! With so much happening across Devon and Cornwall, here are 10 of our top picks:

Looe Pirate Trail

Starting on Monday (3rd April), pick up your FREE trail booklet at Plymouth or Liskeard station, then take the scenic trip to Looe for a swashbuckling treasure hunt. Find the crew of adorable pirate characters scattered around the town and harbour, then collect some tasty treasure as your reward.

RAMM – Creative Drop-in Sessions

A stone’s throw from Exeter Central station, head to RAMM for one of their great drop-in sessions! From making your own Indonesian shadow puppet (Wed 12 April), to creating your very own Roman-inspired oil lamp (Thu 6 April), it’s £3.50 per child with free admission to the museum.

Cotehele – Easter Egg Hunt

Cotehele National Trust in spring

Take the scenic train from Plymouth to Calstock in the Tamar Valley, then walk to Cotehele National Trust to explore their spring gardens and join in with their Easter trail from Sat 1st to Sun 16th April.

National Maritime Museum – Pirate Academy

More pirate frolics! Become a budding buccaneer with Rattlebox Theatre (Monday to Friday in both weeks of the holidays), create pirate accessories in Make & Take and join the Museum trail (both daily from Sat 1st to Sun 16th April). The Pirate Academy is free as part of the Museum’s annual admission fee.

Totnes Spring Festival

Visit Totnes on Thursday 13th April for springtime craft activities, a free treasure hunt and facepainting, live music, free bouncy castle, street food stalls and more.

Pendennis Castle – Easter Adventure Quest

Explore the grounds to hunt for clues and challenges and discover traditional Easter games! The quest costs just £2, which you can pay when you arrive at the site. This is in addition to the normal ticket price. Running every day of the school holidays.

The Box – Family Fun: Bee Positive

Head to The Box in Plymouth (pictured at the top of this blog post) and learn all about the remarkable Six-Banded Nomad Bee – Britain’s rarest bee that lives in South Devon. Admission and activities are free and will be on the 1st, 2nd, 4th-6th, 11th-15th and 22nd April.

Newquay Aquarium – Totally Turtle Easter Holidays

This Easter the turtles are taking over! Put your turtle knowledge to the test at Newquay Aquarium’s Totally Turtle Trail and Quiz, helping to find all the hidden turtles around the aquarium (1st April – 16th April). The event is free after admission fees.

Tate St Ives – Creative Workshops

Get those creative juices flowing this Easter at one of these family workshops. Create crazy creatures and transform the studio into a wild art garden (3rd – 14th April) or explore, play and create with clay (1st April – 16th April and every weekend from 23rd April to 21st May). Both events are free after gallery admission fees (under 18’s go free – £10.50 for adults).

Truro Cathedral – Easter Trail

Hop on the train to Truro and pay a visit to their Easter Trail. Search for colourful Easter Eggs leading to 7 stations with things to read, look at or do.

And lots more…

There are even more great events happening across Devon & Cornwall this Easter from the Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway’s Easter Eggspress (4th – 16th April) to The Curious Easter Hunt at St Michael’s Mount (7th – 22nd April).

Or if you fancy something different, why not hire bikes at Barnstaple station with Tarka Bikes and explore the Tarka Trail, or take a walk on Dartmoor from Okehampton station?

Train times and tickets

Look up train times and buy rail tickets on the GWR website or app.

Save a third off the above adult fares for you and a friend (with kids travelling for just £1) with a Devon & Cornwall Railcard – just £12 a year for local residents.

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