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Family-friendly Easter breaks

Want to escape to the South West with the kids this spring?
Playing in the sea at Polurrian on the Lizard, family-friendly Easter breaks

Want to escape to the South West with the family this spring? Check out our favourite family-friendly Easter breaks for food lovers

Polurrian on the Lizard, Cornwall

Escape to the coast this Easter with a thee-night break at this family-friendly bolthole on Cornwall’s stunning Lizard Peninsula.

Kids of all ages will be spoilt for choice of things to do in the great outdoors: from surf lessons and tennis matches to Easter egg hunts and sandcastle-building competitions, there’s something to keep everyone happy. An indoor pool and a games room ensure there are activities for all the family to get stuck into, whatever the weather, while 12-acres of garden provides plenty of space for youngsters to let loose.

Polurrian on the Lizard’s three-night Easter break starts from £612 and includes breakfast for everyone and a £27.50 dinner allowance per evening for each adult. The hotel is dog friendly too, which saves the hassle of finding them kennel space when you go away.

The Eastbury Hotel & Spa, Dorset

Combine the space and freedom of a self-catered stay with the ease and amenities of a boutique hotel break by booking The Eastbury Hotel & Spa‘s charming garden cottage this Easter. The 17th-century building was restored in 2020 and is a beautifully cosy home-from-home where you can spend time with family and friends – but with all the facilities of the hotel just a stone’s throw away.

The main hotel building also accommodates children and during this Easter break there’s lots to keep them entertained, including lawn games, activities in the Morning Room and an Easter surprise in the guest rooms. Adults are treated to a welcome bottle of wine and the whole family will receive tickets to Sherborne Castle.

The Eastbury’s two-night family staycation starts at £325 per night and includes breakfast in the lovely Seasons restaurant.

Saunton Sands Hotel, Devon

The gorgeous Art Deco hotel overlooking Saunton Sands Beach on the north Devon cost is so geared up for hosting families that there’s a daily programme of entertainments for kids during the school holidays that includes the likes of children’s entertainers and free surf lessons. And that’s in addition to the indoor playroom, outdoor play area and fun family quizzes. And the best bit? All of the activities are included in the price of your stay.

For each night of their family-friendly Easter break, guests receive one session of free childcare per child (up to 11 years old), giving grown-ups the chance to stretch their legs along Saunton’s four-mile beach, unwind in the state-of-the-art spa, swim in the indoor and outdoor pools, hit the gym or join a yoga class.

Saunton Sands Hotel’s Easter holidays are available from April 1-16. Room and breakfast deals start from £145 per person, and the tariff for children between ages 3 and 12 is half price (when staying in a room with their parents).

Bovey Castle, Devon

Children staying at Bovey Castle this spring will be thrilled by falconry displays, the chance meet and play with ferrets and chickens, and outside games such as croquet and tennis, while grown-ups will be delighted by the fact they’ll only be paying for the adults. Families booking the three-night Easter Hotel Break will enjoy breakfast each morning and a three-course meal on one evening as well as everything the hotel has to offer. Meanwhile, those wanting to stay for a longer (or shorter) stay can take advantage of the Kids Go Free offer, which entitles one child to stay for free (on a room-only basis) per paying adult.

There’ll be lots going on at the estate on Dartmoor throughout the month, including an Easter-themed trail with a treat from the Easter Bunny during the Easter weekend. Additional activities such as archery, goat feeding, and bush-craft classes can also be booked for a fee. Parents looking to relax will enjoy the Elan Spa, the heated indoor pool, steam room and sauna.

Bovey Castle’s Easter Hotel Break starts from £336 per room, per night.

Woolley Grange, near Bath

This family-focused hotel near Bath will be pulling out all the stops this Easter. On Sunday April 9 there’ll be a huge Easter egg hunt through the grounds of the hotel, while over the holiday period there’ll be Easter-themed activities hosted in the Four Bears Den, which offers 90-minutes complimentary childcare per child per night.

There’s a special children’s dinner sitting at 5pm, which enables parents to get kids fed, watered and in bed before they themselves get to indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner. And there’s no need to worry about the kids as Woolley Grange offers both video monitoring and babysitting services.

During the Easter break, bed and breakfast rates start at £145 per night.

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