Weekend of fun for all the family

Youngster on Blackpool beach celebrates Easter with her furry friend.
Youngster on Blackpool beach celebrates Easter with her furry friend.
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THERE will be fun for all the family across the Fylde coast thanks to a bank holiday weekend bursting with exciting events.

An Easter extravaganza will feature across the weekend as farms, parks and attractions offer a taste of Spring for all the family.

Blackpool's hire a bike scheme

Blackpool's hire a bike scheme

Penny Farm, on Preston New Road, Marton, is giving youngsters the chance to meet horses and ponies.

There’s also an Easter egg hunt, badge making and a colouring competition and organisers are encouraging families to turn up whatever the weather as events can be moved inside.

Two new foals were recently born at the farm and children will be able to take part in a competition to name them during the bank holiday activities.

Zoe Clifford, visitor officer for Penny Farm, said: “We are open from Good Friday to Easter Monday so people can meet horses and ponies and have an Easter egg hunt.

Bradley and Bella Beaver get ready for Easter at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Bradley and Bella Beaver get ready for Easter at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

“If the weather is poor people can still come along and do everything indoors.”

Thrillseekers will get an extra treat at Blackpool Pleasure Beach thanks to some new visitors who have made an appearance underneath the Infusion ride.

Attraction bosses have revealed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo – will be available to meet and greet visitors in Nickelodeon Land from Easter.

The Pleasure Beach will be open until 8pm every night over the Easter weekend, and with even more time for thrillseekers to enjoy the rides, full park wristbands are £20 on Good Friday when booked online in advance.

The Easter holidays will take on a nature theme across Wyre as the council’s rangers and various parks organise activities for families to experience wildlife.

Easter Monday, April 1, begins with an afternoon of egg hunting and a nature quiz at Hawthorne Park, Thornton, from 2pm to 3pm.

Youngsters can decorate a pot with signs of spring on Wednesday April 3 at Memorial Park, Fleetwood, and then choose a colourful flower to go inside to celebrate Easter.

Wyre Council’s Countryside Rangers will be available from 2pm to 3pm and families should meet at the War Memorial.

For those who like to keep fit, Blackpool’s under-threat Hire-a-Bike scheme is returning for Easter.

The whole scheme remains under review, with Blackpool Council still looking for a new operator for the bikes.

But this week, until April 3, people will be able to borrow bikes, including some children’s cycles, from a manned hub at South Pier daily between 10am and 4pm

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for street and transport, said: “This is a great opportunity for both local people and visitors to enjoy all that Blackpool has to offer.

“As well as being a great way to keep fit, cycling is a fantastic way to get around Blackpool, particularly because of the work we have done in the past to create cycle lanes.”

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