Places to go this Easter holiday
Just as we thought we’d gotten over eating all that chocolate at Christmas, it’s time to start tucking into the Easter eggs again. If you’ve had your fill of chocolate already, we’ve put together a list of activities to get you and your family out and about this Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Cowbog Farm, located not far from Morebattle, is home to the Wilson family and their herd of Romany Hereford cows. Should you wish to try your hand at pig agility, sheep herding, or even live out your dream of being a cowboy lassoing cattle, this is the place for you! Fluffy Moos welcomes individuals and groups whether you’re looking for a family day out, hen & stag party or staff outing. Once you’ve hung up your cowboy hat you can enjoy a delicious lunch made with homegrown local produce in a converted 1900’s stable.
Situated in the Cheviot Hills is Beirhope farm, offering a unique experience trekking with their herd of alpacas. Take in the scenery that the Scottish Borders has to offer while making a new furry friend. This Easter weekend, Beirhope farm are holding an Alpaca Trek and Egg Hunt. Not only will you meet and feed the alpacas, they also offer a wet felting workshop using the alpaca fleece to create your own picture. Hot chocolate and alpaca cookies are also a must!
Founded in 2003 is the Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary, a registered charity which aims to re-home donkeys and mules in need of some TLC. The 80 acre estate is also home to ponies, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, and a mule called Muffin! If you fancy meeting the residents during your Easter weekend, pop over for a visit between 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Don’t forget to grab a map and some animal feed!
There is a lot on offer at Harestanes whether its a woodland walk, grabbing a bite to eat at the cafe, or a spot of shopping! Although the playground is currently under construction, proposed to be the largest of its kind in the Borders, its a great place to visit. This Easter weekend, Harestanes are having an Easter Egg Trail! Grab a map from the Visitor Centre, follow the path to find the clues and in order to claim your prize. Dogs are now also welcome in the cafe.
Set in the banks of the River Teviot, near Jedburgh, is Born in the Borders visitor centre. With a cafe offering treats made from local ingredients, a microbrewery and gin distillery, there is something to please everyone. There is even an opportunity to do some grass sledding, fishing, or home brewing course if you fancy it!
The home of Walter Scott, Abbotsford House are hosting an Easter Egg Trail in the surrounding woodlands. Afterwards stop off at the Ochiltree’s cafe, and treat yourself to some Easter goodies. While visiting, make sure to explore the impressive house and gardens too! There’s also a wooden fortress fit with mini suspension bridge and seven-metre high tower for the kids to storm!
Last but by no means least is Jedburgh’s Spring Market. After a successful Christmas market in December 2018, Jedburgh will now host a quarterly seasonal market. Here you will find us selling our knitted accessories from 10:00am-2:00pm alongside 32 others with local produce and craft items. The towns shopkeepers have also created an Easter basket filled with goodies for the raffle. The winner will be announced at 2pm, so make sure you have bought your ticket!