Top Things to Do on Holiday With a Dog this Easter

Dog sitting on a table with Easter eggs

Spring is in the air, the Easter holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to take a break with our four-legged friends. As the days get longer, and little more clement, it’s the perfect time of year to make the most of the UK’s dog-friendly attractions and beaches before the summer hoards descend. So why not take a staycation in a different part of the country, without the need for a dog sitter or the hassle and expense of overseas travel? If you’re wondering where to go, here are ten egg-citing activities to do on an Easter break with your dog. 

1. Easter Adventure Quest at Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Enjoy a cracking, dog-friendly adventure around Whitby Abbey grounds, hunting for clues, undertaking challenges and discovering traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race. The Easter Adventure Quest takes place every day of the school holidays, and successful adventurers will, of course, be rewarded with a tasty chocolate treat – for humans only. With so many stunning walkies wending from the coast to the countryside and plenty of pooch-friendly eateries to boot, it’s a wonderful time to visit Whitby and stay in one of our Yorkshire cottages.

2. National Trust Easter Egg Trail at Stourhead, Wiltshire

National Trust properties nationwide roll out egg hunts and fun family activities with a seasonal twist for the Easter holidays – many of which welcome Fido and his friends. Pop on your bunny ears at Stourhead and hop between nature-inspired Easter activities, on a mission to win a chocolate egg. Fido will love sniffing around the gardens on your egg-citing mission, and there are four longer dog-friendly walks to enjoy on the wider estate before you finish for the day to relax in one of our cosy cottages in Wiltshire.

3. All About Dogs Show, Newbury, Berkshire 

Photo courtesy of All About Dogs Show.

Whether you want to take part with your dog or spectate, attending a dog show is a fantastic day out for the whole family and your four-legged friend. Take a dog-friendly Easter break in Berkshire, and head to the All About Dogs Show at Newbury Showground on 13-14 April, for a weekend packed with arena displays, expert advice and have-a-go activities. This is just one of the annual series of All About Dogs Shows, and if you can’t make this one, there are plenty of other dog-friendly events throughout the year, too. 

4. Bure Valley Railway Easter Eggspress, Norfolk

Bure Valley Railway Norfolk

Dogs are always welcome on the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway that crosses the Norfolk Broads, with lots of stops for picturesque walkies along the way. And if you hop aboard during the Easter holidays, the whole family is in for a treat. As well as the stunning scenery, there’s a free Easter egg for every child who completes the Easter Stamp Trail, Easter-themed lunch boxes, and afternoon teas at the dog-friendly Whistlestop Café. So why not take an Easter holiday at one of our Norfolk holiday cottages?  

5. Scale Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon), North Wales

If you’ve got an energetic hound and fancy a challenge, why not embrace the adventure of climbing a mountain? Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, reaching Wales’ highest peak is an awesome achievement that deserves the reward of an Easter egg for you and a dog treat for your four-legged friend! Covering 827 square miles of North WalesEryri (Snowdonia) National Park offers plenty of hikes suitable for families and dogs, whether you want to bag a mountain or find an easier route. Places to stay nearby include dog-friendly Llanberris and canine-welcoming Beddgelert.

6. Birdland Park and Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds

Experience real eggs being laid this Easter, with a trip to Birdland Park and Gardens, where Spring marks the season when many birds begin courtship and dozens of eggs are laid across the nine acres of woodland and gardens. While your dog may not be able to differentiate between a hornbill and a penguin, they are welcome to join you as you take part in egg-themed talks, answer fun ornithological questions on an Easter quiz trail, and strike out on walkies through the miles of Cotswolds woodland terrain. 

7. Wild Walk and Dip, Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

Stackpole with dog
Bosherton Lake at Stackpole. Photo courtesy of National Trust Images/Mark Saunders

While many of the UK’s top coastal attractions are heaving over the Easter holidays, why not take the family and dog to find a little peace and quiet in Pembrokeshire? Ramble through the Stackpole Estate to the golden shores of Barafundle Bay and Broad Haven, where water-loving dogs can play fetch in the water. And while it’s a chilly 9-10C in spring, a quick splash will leave you invigorated. Then you can warm up with a hot soup in the National Trust café at Stackpole Quay, before returning to the comfort of your dog-friendly holiday home in Pembrokeshire

8. River Exe Cruise, Devon

If you and your dog are not ready for a bracing dip in the water at Easter, why not hit the water on a boat cruise instead? Devon’s beautiful Exe Estuary is sheltered and calm in most weather, making it the perfect spot for you and your canine companion to find your sea legs and soak up the sights of Exmouth’s coastline and Powderham Castle, from a heated boat deck. Stuart Line Cruises is a pet-friendly attraction with no additional charge for your dog on this scenic circular trip. 

9. Walkies on the South West Coast Path, Cornwall

Daymer Bay in Cornwall

In Cornwall, there are hundreds of miles of coast path to enjoy waggy-tailed Easter yomps with your hound. One of our favourite family days out is to hop on the dog-friendly Black Tor ferry from Padstow to Rock, for an easy and scenic stroll to Polzeath. At low tide you can walk along the beach from Rock to Daymer Bay, but it’s worth scaling the grassy knoll of Brea Hill and detouring to the wonky-steepled St Enodoc Church where John Betjeman is buried. Let the dog run wild on the golden sands of Daymer, before rejoining the well-kept path the rest of the way to Polzeath, paw-sing at Greenaway Beach for a spot of rock pooling en route. By the time you return to Rock, you can enjoy a well-earned locally-brewed pint and a helping of posh pub grub overlooking the estuary at The Mariners

10: Helmsley Walled Garden, North York Moors

Celebrate the onset of Spring at Helmsley’s stunning walled garden, where you can see the colours of the season breaking ground and bask in the therapeutic benefits of a day out in nature. Dogs are welcome everywhere from the gardens to the café, and plenty of water bowls are dotted around to quench their thirst. Book a Helmsley cottage or place to stay in nearby Pickering. And when you want to break free for a longer walk, you’re on the doorstep of the North York Moors and the Cleveland Way National Trail. 

Hop Into Easter On A Holiday With Your Dog

Feeling inspired to try some egg-citing with your dog this Easter? Check out our collection of paw-friendly cottages across the UK, or see what’s still available for the Easter holidays.

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