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Family-friendly Easter holiday guide

Posted on: 28 Mar 2023

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Alex Ryley
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As the Easter school holidays beckon, look no further for boredom-busting inspiration, with plenty to discover and do at Royal William Yard.


Head to the Good Food & Craft market at Royal William Yard on Sunday 2nd April, from 10am-3pm, for over 70 family-friendly stalls offering everything from brownies and bath bombs, to fudge and falafel wraps. On the green in the open air for the first time this year, the ever-popular market is a great place to peruse a wide range of stalls, while relaxing for a nibble and a natter.

Kids will especially love Soapbox Science Plymouth, taking place on the green at the market. Scientists from a variety of disciplines – from crabs and plants, to psychology and engineering – will deliver talks in a fun and accessible way, with interactive presentations, props, and questions welcomed. Soapbox Science is a novel public outreach platform for promoting women and non-binary scientists, giving families the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with, and be inspired by brilliant scientists who love doing what they do!

Make the most of free crafting sessions, with one running at Hub Box on Saturday 8th April, 10am-1pm. There will be an array of Easter themed craft materials to choose from and help is on hand from Craft Assistants. You don't need to pay to get involved in these drop-in sessions, but you need to register your interest here to ensure there’s enough craft materials for all.

Eat and drink:

Over the Easter holidays, kids eat for free at Hub Box. Available from Tuesday 4th - Thursday 6th and again from Monday 10th - Thursday 13th April, the offer applies to any child that visits with an adult that is dining. The Club House is laying on family-friendly entertainment on Friday 7th April from 3-5pm, with Billy Wiz performing table magic and balloon modelling.

Wildwood has an Easter activity pack to keep little ones ‘hoppy’ this half term – and it’s available until 16th April. The children’s Easter menu offers two courses and a drink for just £7.25, and there’s a chocolatey surprise at the end of each meal! Also launching over the Easter break is Wildwood’s new Spring menu, full of sensational seasonal dishes.

Bistrot Pierre is offering two courses from its children’s menu with unlimited refills of Robinsons squash for just £1 when an adult main meal is purchased. It’s available until 14th April, Monday-Friday, from 12pm until close.

There’s never a shortage of places to eat, drink and chill out at Royal William Yard, which makes it a safe bet to visit as a family. Whether your kids fancy pasta, pizza, shakes or bakes, there’s plenty of choice and children’s menus available everywhere. Well timed for the Easter hols, The Shack café - nestled right next to Firestone Arch - reopens from 1st April with locally sourced cakes and ice-creams.

Given it's Easter, if you need a chocolate egg, independent chocolatier Domea Favour has you covered - it also has plenty of pocket-money friendly treats like chocolate dipped marshmallows and handmade honeycomb.

Out and about:

For a fantastic free activity in the fresh air, get involved in our Geo Trail. It’s an immersive and interactive walking trail around Royal William Yard, created for families and developed with the University of Plymouth, it transports you back 380 million years into Plymouth’s past. Find and feel fossils of ancient sea creatures, in a big adventure for small people! Pick up a trail guide from the Welcome Suite, just on the left as you enter Royal William Yard, and find out more here.

Get out and about in the Spring sunshine. Stroll along the South West Coast Path, or if you’re brave enough, take a paddle in our tidal pool! Daily Plymouth Boat Trips ferry service resumes from Saturday 1st April, which means you can go exploring from our marina. The ferry service lets you hop on and off, so enjoy the experiences and events at Royal William Yard, head to the bustling Barbican over the water in Plymouth, and take a trip to the historic house and acres of stunning Country Park at Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.