THE Easter holidays are fast approaching.

This time next weekend it will be Easter and there are a whole of events planned across Warrington to keep families entertained.

Activities for children of all ages will be taking place at Sankey Valley Park, Bents Garden Centre, Lymm and Time Square as well as little further afield in Cheshire.

Willy Wonka at Bents

Willy Wonka at Bents

BENTS Garden Centre, Glazebury

The family-run business will be kicking off the Easter fun on Good Friday, March 30 with the return of Bents Mini Petting Farm, which will be free for animal lovers of all ages.

On Monday, April 1 the Easter Paws and Posers event will see pets take centre stage with a themed photoshoot for dogs.

Little ones can unleash their creativity at Bents’ Be My Bear - a half-an-hour session where children can stuff their own teddy bears and bring them to life.

These sessions are set to take place on Tuesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 4 – as well as the second week of the Easter holidays.

A Willy Wonka themed parade is planned for Friday, April 5 with plenty of Oompa Loompas and sweet treats.

In addition to all the Easter themed activities, Bents’ Covered Beach and Outdoor Play Area are both open through the holidays and free for children to enjoy.

Click here for full details of all the events and how to get tickets.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, Time Square, Warrington

It is nearly time for Time Square to be transformed into an enchanting wonderland again.

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland will be coming to life on Easter Weekend.

On March 30, Time Square will become a wonderland of whimsy and adventure, promising an unforgettable experience for families and friends.

The highlight of the event will be an enchanting egg hunt led by Alice and her friends.

You will be able to join them as you search for chocolate eggs around the town centre and hunt for the grand prize hidden within a special golden egg.

But the excitement doesn't end with the egg hunts.

Attendees will be able to dive deeper into Wonderland with the Mad Hatter, where tales of adventure will come to life in the Mad Hatter's Story Time.

Families can also put their skills to the test with games of giant chess and flamingo croquet.

And don't forget to explore the Easter market, offering an array of plants, baked goods, homeware, and, of course, plenty of chocolate delights.

The event details are as follows:

Egg hunt: 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Mad Hatter’s story time: 12pm, 1.30pm

Easter market hours: 11am – 5pm

Mad Hatter’s story time, giant chess, flamingo croquet: Free drop in activity

Easter egg hunts: £4 per ticket – must be pre-booked

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Sankey Valley Park

Sankey Valley Park

Easter egg hunt, Sankey Valley Park

An Easter egg hunt will be held in Sankey Valley Park on Easter Sunday.

The 10th Warrington Scout Group will be hosting the all-day long event with the egg hunt taking place between 10am and 3pm, starting from the bandstand.

The scout group is hosting the event to fundraise for its trip to Norway in 2025.

Tickets are priced at £4 per child, with a prize included.

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Lymm Duck Race

Lymm Duck Race

Lymm Duck Race

Lymm Duck Race returns on Easter Monday, April 1.

At 12.30pm, 1,000 yellow ducks are thrown into the lower dam with prizes for the winning ones.

A variety of stalls, food stalls and rides will be open from 10.30am in Lymm village centre. There will be fairground rides, plus a range of charities and community groups will be there too.

The Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm, Newton Lane, Cheshire

The Easter Grotto and Craft Den – which includes meeting the Easter Bunny – is open every weekend until Easter Sunday, March 31.

Younger children can time with the Easter Bunny throughout a morning of fun, food and photos on Good Friday, March 29.

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Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Explosions, experiments and excitement are ahead at Jodrell Bank during the Easter holidays.

Curious Kids: The Explosive Science Show will feature mind-blowing live experiments, tricky trivia and promises to answer your big questions.

There are also free springtime workshops throughout the holidays where visitors can get crafty outdoors making windmills and seed bombs.

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Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Families can enjoy a Bunny Tail Trail at Royal Albert Dock during the Easter holidays.

Starting this Friday, March 29 and running until Sunday, April 14, the free Easter trail will see ten brightly coloured bunny vinyls hidden around the dock, each one containing clues as to where the next bunny will be with the Easter bunny hiding in his burrow at the end of the trail.

The adventure begins on the inner quay at The Nest where children can pick up a free pair of rabbit ears and a sticker and start the search.

Once all ten bunnies have been found, treasure hunters can enter a competition to win a family-friendly weekend on the dock complete with an overnight stay as well as food and drink and a goodie bag filled with treats.

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