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Easter at Drake Circus Easter at Drake Circus

Brilliant things to do and discover this Easter

Plan Easter egg hunts, see movies, kids’ special menus and more

It’s Easter Sunday on 31 March so start planning your Easter celebrations, lunches, at-home egg hunts and things to do with the kids over the school holidays using our bumper Easter guide at Plymouth’s Drake Circus and The Barcode.

1. Find delicious and original eggs at Hotel Chocolat and Marks & Spencer

Hotel Chocolat Easter

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With 30 brand new products (including Extra Thick Eggs and the ever-handy Easter Egg Hunt) plus Tiddly Pots for little ones, luxury chocolate quail eggs and gorgeous hampers to share, head to Hotel Chocolat for all of your Easter goodies. Sign up to their VIP.Me for discounts and special offers in-store too.

Marks & Spencer’s Easter selection is even bigger and better this year with Colin the Caterpillar and Percy Pig bum bags, grown-up Eggspresso Martini eggs and cute puppy and kitten-shaped delights.

2. Kid-friendly places to eat for Easter

Yo Sushi Easter

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YO! has the best kids’ menu for £7.50 (main, side and drink and £1.50 desserts) with puzzles and activities to do while you eat. They also host kids-eat-free menus during the holidays while you can tuck into delicious sushi, teriyaki and katsu curry.

Kaspa’s Desserts is a great treat over Easter with limited edition ice-cream, waffles, cakes and sundaes. There are also brilliant kids’ menus at Brewdog (£5 for burgers, DIY pizzas and cheese toasties and kids eat free during the holidays), Nando’s (£5.95) and Cosy Club (mains including all-day breakfasts, mac cheese and pancakes for around £5). Plus, Franco Manca is coming soon.

Keep up to date on our latest offers here.

3. Vegan, nut-free and other Easter food ideas

Need some chocolate alternatives for dairy- or nut-free and vegans and Fairtrade ideas? Marks & Spencer, Next and Holland & Barrett have inspired choices featuring eggs from Plant Kitchen and Nomo alongside gummies and pick’n’mix packets.

4. Create your very own at-home Easter egg hunt

Easter Flying Tiger

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From ready-made Easter egg hunt signs and clues to DIY trails (make one with some colourful marker pens, cards, stickers and ribbons), Drake Circus and The Barcode has you covered. Pop into Flying Tiger for lovely ideas.

5. Easter cooking and baking

Want to make Easter cakes and biscuits together? Marks & Spencer have plenty of ingredients and baking sets.

6. See a family movie together

Plan a big-screen afternoon out together at Cineworld with Easter holidays films for all ages including Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire and Kung Fu Panda 4 out in time for the school holidays. Just add popcorn and pick’n’mix.

7. Alternative Easter treats and toys

Easter Flying Tiger

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From make-your-own games to huggable soft bunnies, give them a gift that’ll last long past Easter Sunday.

For kids, Lego 3D rabbits and flowers are perfect presents to keep them entertained and The Entertainer is filled with Hot Wheels, Barbie and Paw Patrol toys. Waterstones is great for Jellycat bunnies and teddies alongside Lush for teens.

8. Spring fashion and beauty for Easter

Mango spring fashion essentials

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Mango’s brand new store is filled with this spring’s denim, sporty knits and men’s ribbed knit polos or discover new-season releases at Primark, Levi’s and New Look. Daisies are a huge trend right now with pink pendants and earrings at Pandora and Marc Jacobs’ Daisy perfume at Boots.

For kidswear including bunny-embroidered dresses and cardigans, animal-shaped slippers and cute T-shirts: find everything you need for spring dressing at Next, Marks & Spencer, H&M and Primark.

9. Ways to keep them entertained in the Easter holidays

Boom Battle Bar at Easter

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For great ideas for Easter holiday fun, head to Boom Battle Bar during the day for VR axe throwing, shuffleboard and karaoke with street food including chicken wings, fries and burgers; take on a mini golf adventure through jungles and swamps at Paradise Island Adventure Golf and play, drink and eat at Spinners where under 18s are welcome to play Duckpin Bowling until 6pm.

10. Easter hampers, flowers and gifts

Gorgeous spring blooms; luxe cocktails, mocktail and prosecco; afternoon tea hampers; hot cross buns, doughnuts and Simnel cakes? Give a gorgeous gift to someone this Easter with ideas from Marks & Spencer and Krispy Kreme.

11. Easter crafting and decorating ideas

Easter At Next

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Happy Easter balloons, pastel-coloured egg and flower wreaths, egg-shaped paper baubles, tablescaping ideas including coloured glasses and flower-shaped plates plus seasonal cushions, welcome mats and faux flower decorations. Embrace the excitement of the new season with pretty decor from Oliver Bonas, Next and Flying Tiger.

12. Plan Easter Sunday lunches and celebrations

For a sitdown lunch for the whole family – whether you’re making a traditional Sunday roast or planning a fun barbecue (weather depending) or buffet full of finger foods – head to Marks & Spencer for lots of brilliant ideas…

From picking up Easter eggs via Click & Collect to family days out together, plan your trip to Drake Circus and The Barcode here.