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Egg-citing holiday adventures this Easter


28 March 2023

Visit Winchester district this Easter holiday for some hopping good fun for all the family.

Easter egg hunts & trails

Of course, Easter holidays would not be complete without an Easter Egg hunt and there are so many different kinds of eggs to be found this spring. Have you considered it’s not just chicks that hatch from eggs? If you want to know more, head down to the Winchester Science Centre and find out if there are some creepy crawlies involved!  Or see if you can identify the odd egg out to get a chocolate egg at Gilbert White’s House.

Falcons hatch too and you can see them in action at Fort Nelson. There are free flying displays on the first and third weekends in April. There is also an Easter Bunny Hunt trail throughout the holidays which is free with admission.

Winchester Business Improvement District’s (BID) popular Bunny Hop Easter Trail returns from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 16 April. Hop around the beautiful historic streets of Winchester in search of nine Easter-themed words to earn a sweet treat and enter a prize draw.

Find more great days out at attractions across the Winchester district.

Make the pennies go a little further this Easter thanks to the return of Marwell’s free return visit incentive

Marwell Zoo’s seven day return tickets are back! Every ticket bought in advance for 1 to 16 April will entitle guests to a free return visit within seven days, giving you twice as many reasons to visit the zoo!

This fantastic offer means that if the spring weather doesn’t quite live up to expectations or your little people can’t quite make it around the whole 140 acre site in one day, you can take your time, come back another day and do all of the bits you missed the first time.

Whether you’re planning a week of fab days out from your home or ‘staycationing’ in the area, we’re sure you’ll have a great time meeting the beautiful animals and exploring the stunning surroundings. If you’re lucky you might spot some of our new arrivals. Our baby saki monkey, is now enjoying climbing all over his parents and our Critically Endangered addax and bongo calves are gaining in confidence.

Free return visits double your chances of seeing some of our more elusive animals, visiting all five adventure playgrounds and, of course making the most of Marwell Zoo’s stunning picnic spots and food outlets.

This offer is only available to guests booking day tickets in advance via the website at and is valid for one return visit within the seven day period.

Visitors can enjoy an ‘eggs-tra’ special treat by following the ‘Appy Egg Trail over the Easter break giving guests the chance to win annual membership for themselves and their family – only on the free Marwell Zoo App! Don’t forget to download the App before you visit for an interactive park map, animal feed times, offers, competitions and lots of extra animal facts.

Children in playgroundWelcome spring 

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than getting those walking boots on and spending some time enjoying the abundant greenery and walks in the Winchester district. Travellers who’ve walked the Spanish or French leg of the Camino de Santiago will be pleased to know they can venture onto the St James Way, the English part of the famous pilgrimage network. The district is also on the edge of the glorious South Downs National Park which offers routes to walk and cycle. If you’re a visitor, and need a set of wheels while you’re here, look to Bespoke Biking or you will find electronic bikes for hire from The Cycle Company at Shawford Station.

Rural Winchester has so much beautiful countryside to explore, so don’t forget our market towns.

Ask around as many publicans and places to stay will have their own recommendations as to routes they love or places they like to picnic.

Chick and egg.

For a full list of Easter events during the school holidays take a look at our What’s on pages.