Easter is a great time to sneak away for a relaxed break in Devon. The weather is mild, the beaches are quiet and the attractions are newly opened, welcoming guests for another summer season. Families can enjoy Easter egg hunts, feeding baby lambs and long walks spotting nesting birds and early wild flowers.
Spring Flowers in Devon
Garden lovers will find that gardens and wild flowers in Devon are generally a good month ahead of northern counties when it comes to early flowering blooms. The high hedgerows lining country lanes come to life with wild snowdrops, daffodils and pale yellow primroses, Devon's county flower. Set on a bed of fresh green leaves, primroses seem to appear from nowhere and bloom prolifically on their short stems.
A great place to find a much wider array of spring colour is at RHS Rosemoor. This extensive 65-acre estate in Great Torrington has well established azaleas, camellias and native wild flowers beside the stream and lake. At Easter, Rosemoor organizes a garden trail through the daffodils. Follow the clues as you explore the gorgeous gardens and claim your prize.
Join a Devon Easter Egg Hunt!
Most families enjoy an Easter egg hunt with the added incentive of chocolate prizes! Award-winning Pennywell Farm lays out a mega Easter egg hunt for visitors to seek out. It is also a great time to see baby lambs, calves, cuddly rabbits and other new additions to the farm family.
Easter egg trails also take place at various National Trust properties including A la Ronde, Arlington Court, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, Lydford Gorge, Overbeck's near Salcombe, Watersmeet and Saltram. It is a great way to enjoy a good walk in the fresh air! Cockington Country Park also hosts its annual Save the Children Easter Treasure Hunt which starts at the Drum Inn and is in aid of a very worthy cause.
Babbacombe Model Village hosts a Kid's Dinosaur Egg Trail and younger visitors finding all the clues get a chocolate prize. Children visiting Living Coasts can join in their Golden Egg Hunt. The prize for tracking down the elusive golden egg is the chance to help the keepers feed the animals.
Dawlish Carnival Committee hosts an Easter Bonnet competition with a parade at 1pm on Easter Sunday. You would be surprised what finds its way onto flamboyant hats besides ribbons, flowers and fluffy chicks! There's a painted egg competition on the Lawn and Easter eggs for the winners. You will certainly feel underdressed without a hat that day!
With so many things to see and do, and not just at Easter, a holiday in Devon's glorious countryside is a great way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather.