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Brilliant things to do at Drake Circus this Easter

Easter Sunday arrives on 9th April this year so discover a host of Easter ideas at Drake Circus and The Barcode.

With day outs, activities and special offers for the kids during the holidays, bright and beautiful Easter homewares including wreaths and bunting, fun crafting and gifting ideas plus fresh new spring fashion and beauty, be inspired at Drake Circus and The Barcode.

1. Days and nights out over Easter

A close up of a shuffleboard with people in the background
Image provided by Boom Battle Bar

Embrace the new season with fun days out at Drake Circus and The Barcode.

See an Easter family movie (The Super Mario Bros. Movie is out 7th April) at Cineworld, go head to head at Boom Battle Bar (before 6pm) with karaoke and shuffleboard or have a fun time out at Paradise Island Adventure Golf (eat and play with a meal and round of golf for £11 for kids). Or head to the Today at Apple sessions which gives you hands-on skills learning classes and workshops for children and adults.

2. Where to eat with special offers

A large strawberry milkshake with cream and sweets and straw in the jar glass.
Amazing milkshakes on offer at Kaspa’s Desserts

There are so many incredible places to eat at The Barcode with the kids from Marks & Spencer and Las Iguanas to Nando’s and Zizzi. There are kids-eat-free lunch offers on throughout the school holidays plus student, Blue Light card and special seasonal discounts for breakfast, brunch and dinner across The Barcode – make sure you visit our offers page for the latest deals and menu ideas.

It’s also the place to find special menus, cocktails and dining spots for evenings out with friends too at The Cosy Club, Slim Chickens, Brewdog and Yo!. And for a real Easter treat, try the chocolate egg-inspired desserts at Kaspa’s

3. The best Easter eggs and gifts for 2023

A variety of chocolate treats
Image provided by Hotel Chocolat

Whether you’re searching for Harry Potter, Marvel superheroes or Paw Patrol eggs or need dairy-free, vegan, diabetic-friendly or luxury creations, Drake Circus’ stores have you covered.

Marks & Spencer has a fun chocolate range for every budget including new designs such as Curly the Puppy, Chocosaurus Rex and Colin The Caterpillar egg hunt buckets plus bottles of Prosecco, Easter hampers and flower bouquets for grown-ups.

Hotel Chocolat’s new range includes cute chocolate Pen Pals and bunnies, filled eggs and the Velvetiser hot chocolate gift while Holland & Barrett is the place to find alternative eggs and boxes (see their vegan egg round up here).

Krispy Kreme will be serving up original ideas for Easter and for sugar-free alternative gifting, find teddies, dolls and building delights at The Entertainer, Tiger and Claire’s (perfect for bunny ears).

4. Easter crafting and egg hunts

Two M&S colouful easter egg hunt buckets; one is colin the caterpillar and the other is percy pig. There are other sweets and eggs scattered around them,
Image provided by M&S

Make your own at-home egg hunts, create Easter bonnets and baskets, paint your own eggs, design cards with the kids and generally be inspired by craft ideas from  Tiger and Waterstones (which has lots of creative books for every age).

5. Easter decorating

A table set with colourful easter decorations like a candle and a bunny ornament and a beautfully yellow and floral decorated cake.
Image provided by Next

Bring spring to your home with Easter wreaths for your front door, uplifting bunting, beautiful tablescaping, flowers and decorations (get inspired with #easterdecor on Instagram). Head to Marks & Spencer, Next and Tiger for fresh new takes on interior trends.

6. Spring wardrobes and beauty refreshes for Easter

A model wears a green pastel suit with a silver handbag
Image provided by H&M

Give your spring wardrobe a 2023 refresh – unexpected metallics, zingy pastels (think limes and lilacs), low-rise jeans, oversize bucket bags and ballet-inspired shoe designs are going to be huge this year so lead the looks with Tommy Hilfiger, H&M, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Next, Primark and River Island; shoes at New Look, Next, schuh and Shoeaholics and accessories from Accessorize, Monsoon, New Look, Lovisa, Ernest Jones, Pandora, Warren James and Fraser Hart.

There are also really cute kids’ creations (who can resist a bunny-eared cardigan for babies) at Marks & Spencer, Next and Primark

Upgrade your beauty bag in this season’s colour-popping bright lip and nail shades or invest in 2023’s multitasking skin at Superdrug, Lush and Boots.

If you’re planning an Easter visit to Drake Circus and The Barcode, you can find the full list of our shops, leisure and restaurants on our Eat, Drink, Shop page.

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