Join us for three days of springtime surprises this Easter at National Museum of Rural Life.


Drop in every day to take part in our Easter Trail and visit THE HIVE at the Land Gallery window where you can dress up as a bee or a beekeeper in our selfie zone, check out some of the equipment beekeepers use and read up on bee facts in our story corner.

Meet our new spring arrivals at the farm and enjoy different themed activities over the weekend. See below for more information about what is on offer each day, all included in museum admission.

Spring Tales Sat 31 March

Traditional tales and storytelling, from a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the museum to animal-inspired tales in the kitchen garden. Be sure to bring along your own special story time partner to join in the fun.

Mad Hatters Tea Party
11:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:00 (drop in)
Make your own hat fit for a King or Queen of hearts and come and meet the Mad Hatter! Join our tea party to hear tall tales and tricky riddles.

Farm Garden Tales
10:30 - 12:30 & 14:00 – 16:00 (drop in, in the farm garden)
Visit our storyteller to hear all about the adventures of some of our most beloved garden animals. Learn all about what the animals might be up to in our kitchen garden when Mr McGregor isn’t looking.

Wild Planet Explorers – Theatre
11:30, 12:30, 14:30 & 15:30 (sign in – 40 minutes)
Join Wild Planet Explorers to learn more about Bumble the Bumblebee, Walleena the Wasp & Hum the Honeybee. Designed with ages 3-8 in mind.

Easter Sunday Fun Day Sun 1 April

Meet the Easter Bunny, see real rabbits, go on an Easter trail, become a bee brigadier and take part in Easter crafts.

Fairly Beloved Rabbit Care
10:00 – 16:00 (drop in)
Come and meet some of the rabbits FBRC look after and find out more about these lovely animals from the experts.

Easter Crafts
12:00 – 16:00 (drop in)
Get creative in our craft room and make your very own Easter bunny or teacup card.

Traditional Tunes for Tiny People
11:30, 13:30, 14:45 & 15:45 (30 mins sign up)
Join Live Music Now Scotland musicians for a tuneful activity for ages 0-5. Limited spaces, sign up on the day.

The Big Boombastic Bee Bombing Brigadiers
10:30, 11:45. 13:30 & 14:45 (45 mins sign up)
Do you have what it takes to join the BBBB Brigadiers? Using interactive stories, seed bombs and silliness, join Dan Story Man who will train your family to be the best Bee Brigadiers the world has ever seen! From Bee-52 flight training to activating Plan Bee, children and their families will have a fun, energy driven barrel of laughs whilst doing it for queen and country.

Beeswax candles
12:00-16:00 (drop in, Tools Gallery)
Roll up and decorate your very own beeswax candle to take home.

Wash Day
10:30 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 (drop in, at the farm)
Come and meet our washerwoman Sadie. Help her spring clean the farmhouse and learn how to wash your clothes 1950s style.

Spring Critters Mon 2 April

Meet lambs, calves, chicks and some unusual spring animals, from skunks to hedgehogs.

Craigievern Poultry
10:30 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:30 (drop in)
Drop in to our Poultry Party and see a variety of breeds on show in the museum. Can you guess which egg belongs to which chicken?

Cool Creatures
10:30 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:30 (drop in)
Come and meet some more unusual spring animals and find out what they get up to at this time of year. From meerkats to armadillos and hedgehogs to bugs!

Plan Bee
12:00 – 16:00
Meet Plan B to learn more about our hive and it's honey bees!

Westyett Alpacas
11:00 – 16:00
Meet the team from Westyett along with three of their herd in the courtyard.

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Header image: Spring arrivals at National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride © Ruth Armstrong Photography

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Event information


31 Mar - 2 Apr 2018


National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

How much

Free with museum admission

Adult: £7 
Concessions: £6 
Child: £4 (under 5 free) 
Family £19 (2 adults and 2 children) 
National Museums Scotland Members: Free 
National Trust Scotland Members and National Art Pass holders: Free 

Discounts are available for those travelling by bicycle and groups

Booking information

Our child friendly activities are designed with families in mind. You are welcome to see which is the most suitable for your little ones though younger visitors will need assistance from parents or carers to complete some tasks. Chidren must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Find out how to get to Spring into Easter here.

National Museum of Rural Life
Wester Kittochside
Philipshill Road,
East Kilbride,
G76 9HR

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