County Durham’s youngsters can look forward to a range of fun activities over Easter in the county’s parks.

At Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, kids can follow a Cin-egg-matic Superstars Trail, an activity that will take place daily until Sunday 28th April.

Youngsters have to “identify all the famous egg faces hiding in the park” and trail sheets, priced at £1, can be purchased from Hardwick Park’s giftshop.

On Wednesday 17th April, between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm, Hardwick Park will be hosting an Easter Woodland Crafts session. Kids will have the chance to make a hessian flag, weave an Easter egg from natural materials and take part in spring planting activities.

The crafts session costs £3 per child.

On Saturday 20th April, a family fun day will take place at Hardwick Park. This day will feature an egg hunt, Easter crafts, entertainment in Hardwick’s very own yurt and even the chance to receive a chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny himself.

Various time slots are available for these activities, but booking is essential. Admission costs £8.50 per child and places can be reserved by telephoning 03000 262 899.

In Durham City’s Wharton Park, a ‘Bounding Bunnies’ Easter Trail will take place daily until Sunday 28th April. With the Easter Bunny’s friends lost in the park, children will be invited to help find them. All those who finish the trail will receive a sticker.

Trail sheets are priced at £1 and can be purchased from the park’s café.

On Thursday 18th April, between 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm, there will be a free Easter trail in Blackhill and Consett Park. Kids can follow the trail and collect clues – which should hopefully direct them to an Easter surprise.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and the meeting point is the park’s lodge. Booking is essential and places can be reserved by phoning Lynne Miller at Groundwork NE and Cumbria on 01207 524 821 or emailing [email protected].

Jimmy Bennett, Durham County Council’s clean and green manager, said, “Our parks really do make great outdoor playgrounds for children.”

“With two weeks off school and the weather showing signs of improving, these events are the perfect opportunity for youngsters to get outside and enjoy themselves.”

To learn more about County Durham Easter events, please go to

(The featured image shows Durham City’s Wharton Park.)

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