10 things to do in the Falkirk area this Easter

 

Easter holidays are around the corner, although travel may still be restricted this is a great opportunity to explore and discover hidden gems in your local area. You can also enjoy the great food in the area including sweet treats you will find from our local producers and the fantastic restaurants and cafés offering a hatch, takeaway and delivery service. 

 

From 2 April you can travel within your local authority area for a non-essential purpose, and small groups of up to 4 adults from 2 households is allowed. Be mindful of social distancing, support businesses on your doorstep and enjoy the stunning outdoor areas in Falkirk responsibly, respecting and protecting the environment.

 

These are a few ideas of things to see and do around the Falkirk area over the Easter break with the family. Share your special moments on social media using the hashtag #Visitfalkirk – enjoy!

 

 

1. Fun-filled Easter trails

 

Discover 3 free Easter self-led trails located in stunning locations around the Falkirk area. A fun activity to keep your children entertained this Easter and enjoy your local parks.

 

  • Callendar Park (from 2 to 5 April) -  Easter themed trail involving a 30-45 min walk around the park, which is looking glorious this spring.

 

  • Kinneil Estate Orchard (from 2 to 12 April) - Easter Egg Fact Hunt which can be enjoyed, along with a visit to the play area or a stroll around the stunning historic site.

 

  • Muiravonside Country Park (from 2 April) -  Nature Fans and those who like a little more adventure can take on the Wild About Wildlife Trail. This trail starts in the car park where you will be able to see the new “Wild about Wildlife” sculpture.

 

  • Before you begin, download the guides for each Easter activity to your mobile device and grab a piece of paper and a notepad for your answers, or print it out if you want a paper copy to fill in together. Discover more here

 Kinneil Easter 2021

Kinneil Estate Easter Trail

 

2. Welly Walk at the Helix

 

Head outside on the less well known wildlife walks around The Helix Park and walk along this family friendly 1.5km trail. This walk is a wet and muddy path so watch your step, it is kept natural so we don’t disturb the natural environment for all the animals and birds. You’ll be getting right in there amongst the homes of all our feathered and furry friends. Wellies optional but highly recommended. 

 

After your walk, enjoy a hot or cold drink, an ice-cream or snacks at the Helix's Plaza Café, which is open from the 1st April, takeaway only.

 

Find out more and download trail map here

 

Welly walk at the helix

 Welly walk at the Helix

 

3. Get on an e-bike

 

A great way to discover the area is on e-bikes! With the addition of new e-bike stations around the Falkirk area, exploring what’s on your doorstep on e-bike has never been easier. You will find e-bike stations at the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies, Callendar House and Falkirk town centre as well as Bo’ness, Grangemouth, and Denny town centre; plus there are sites at Forth Valley Royal and Falkirk Community hospitals.

 

Ebike at Falkirk Wheel

E-bike station at The Falkirk Wheel

 

4. Explore Callendar Estates

 

Learn about the fascinating history of the Estate while you walk or cycle along its great heritage trails. Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry, Greenrig Cycles on the Estate provide quality mountain bikes for hire.

 

Cycle Trails Callendar Estate, Falkirk 2012

Callendar Estate cycling trail

  

5. Follow a history and heritage trail

 

There are a number of trails you can explore around the Falkirk area:

Follow the Falkirk Town Heritage Trail and discover around 25 historic sites around Falkirk town centre. Have a short stroll from the Kelpies to Grangemouth and discover the history of Charlotte Dundas and her creator William Symington through The Charlotte Dundas Heritage Trail. Or walk along the Foundry Fortunes Heritage Trail, a 5-mile circular trail made up of a series of six large coin monuments that celebrates heritage in Larbert and Stenhousemuir.

 

 

6. Travel back to Roman times

 

Explore the remains of the Antonine Wall, a World Heritage UNESCO site.  Substantial lengths of this remarkable monument can still be seen at various sites across the Falkirk area.

 

Visit Rough Castle, one of the best preserved Roman Forts, wander around Kinneil Estate, which includes a roman fortlet. Discover the section in Callendar Park, which also has an amazing Roman Fort themed play area and some Food and Drink kiosks to let you grab a hot drink while the kids have fun in the park.

 

Other sections of the Antonine Wall are Tamfourhill camp and the replica of the Bridgeness Slab in Bo’ness.

 

Roughcastle

Rough Castle, Antonine Wall

 

7. Have an ice-cream

 

With the warmer Spring days coming up, spoil your kids with a delicious homemade ice-cream from any of the many award-winning ice-cream producers and parlours which you will find around the Falkirk area. Visit their websites to check takeaway and delivery options.

Some of Falkirk area’s ice cream parlours include Candied Icecream, Ice Falkirk, Igloo Icecream, Mcmoo’s Icecream parlourThe MilkBarn Icecream parlour and Mannerstons Cafe and Farm shop

 

 

9. Shop local online

 

If you are looking for an extra special gift to make someone smile this Easter, treating yourself or your family with a traditional chocolate Easter egg, or perhaps some Easter decorations or crafts to keep your children entertained, check the following shopping guides for ideas.

 

  • Our shop local guide – includes listings about a wide range of independent gift shops, fashion retailers, food and drink producers and more that you will find throughout the Falkirk area

 

 

 

 

10. Enjoy virtual activities

 

Make the most of you Easter break at home and keep yourself and family entertained with our list of virtual activities. Perfect for something to do on those occasional Scottish dreich days that we are blessed with :) . Learn about the Falkirk area’s rich history and heritage, entertain your kids with fun, interactive games and family workouts, and discover things to see and do around the Falkirk area.

 

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The Dunmore Pineapple, Airth

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