Put a spring in your step in West Lothian and uncover the beauty of central Scotlandâ€™s playground. With Easter activities, cookery lessons a host of new baby animals to meet there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
For the lovers of the outdoorsâ€¦
Linlithgow Canal Centre offers plenty of family friendly outdoor activities, spanning from leisurely cruises to Scotlandâ€™s biggest aqueduct, the magnificent Avon Aqueduct, to town boat trips on board Victoria. For more information on dates and times visit www.lucs.org.uk
For the animal loversâ€¦
Plan a family visit to Five Sisters ZooÂ to see over 100 different species of animals, birds and reptiles. Get up close to lemurs, lynx, meerkats and monkeys and embrace your fears by handling snakes, bearded dragons, tortoises and giant African land snails. An experience for the whole family.Â www.fivesisterszoo.co.uk
For the fashion consciousâ€¦
Shake off the winter blues and indulge in a colourful spring shopping spree at The Centre, Livingston. Explore the latest catwalk trends at high street stores including Topshop, Debenhams and H&M, and with Nandos, Wagamamaâ€™s and Chiquitos all open late every evening you can enjoy a bite to eat after a bit of retail therapy. www.thecentrelivingston.co.uk
If youâ€™re looking for great offers on designer brands, make sure you visit Livingston Designer Outlet, toÂ shop over 70 stores offering savings of up to 60% on premium and designer brands, including Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger and Ted Baker. ThenÂ why not take a break and visit the fabulous food quarter, or enjoy a round of mini golf at the Paradise Island Adventure Golf.Â www.livingston-designer-outlet.co.uk
Escape to West Lothianâ€¦
Treat yourself to a romantic getaway at the Mercure Livingston Hotel with their Love Spring offer. Enjoy a two night stay with a delicious three course dinner. For more information and to book visit www.mercurelivingston.co.uk/love-spring
For an idyllic peaceful retreat there isÂ the perfect escape at Hilly Cow Wigwams. You can take in the fabulous views of the Forth Valley and the Pentland Hills while relaxing around the campfire before retreating to the comfort of a heated wigwam. With a play park, games room and a variety of walks and cycle routes surrounding the area, thereâ€™s fun for the whole family. To book please visit www.hillycowwigwams.co.uk.
Dates for your diaryâ€¦
CPS Activities is hosting a family treasure hunt on Sunday 5 April at Beecraigs Country Park. Navigate your way through a mix of paths, bridleways and roads and test your sense of adventure. www.cpsactivities.com
Get your kids ready and excited for some egg filled activities to keep the holidays rolling. Hopetounâ€™s exclusive Great Eggspectations event is taking place on Monday 6 April and will feature egg decorating activities, competitions and trails for adults and children. Book your place at www.hopetoun.co.uk.
Easter is shaping up nicely with lots of â€˜eggcitingâ€™ activities taking place across West Lothian. The Larder Cook School is offering all kinds of culinary experiences for little ones during the school holidays. From April 7 to 17, the school is hosting their Kids in the Kitchen Easter Programme, giving children the opportunity to make impressive dishes from scratch, keep track of their recipes and receive their commemorative certificate.Â www.thelardercookschool.org.uk
Put on your best fancy dress outfit and join in the fun at the Mad Hatterâ€™s Easter Tea Party at Howden Park Centre on Sunday 12 April. The Easter themed event will give children the opportunity to show off their best dance moves before enjoying a tasty lunch featuring delicious Easter treats. www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk
Head to Linlithgow for a taste of the Outlander, with a three course dinner inspired by the Outlander Kitchen followed by traditional Scottish music and entertainment. Taking place at the Star and Garter Hotel on Thursday nights from 7 May, in partnership with Maryâ€™s Meanders, enjoy an evening experiencing the true culture of Scotland.Â Maryâ€™s Meanders will also be offering Outlander Tours every Thursday between March and September 2015. To book please visit www.marysmeanders.co.uk.
Take part in Almond Valleyâ€™s first ever Dancing in the Street ceilidh event, taking place on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May. Adults and their little ones will be able to show off their Scottish dancing skills and practice their singing skills with the amazing Mac-A-Story who will be showcasing their songs on both nights. www.almondvalley.co.uk
Bathgate 2015 will take place this year on Saturday 30 May at Balbardie Park of Peace and Bathgate Sports Centre. Enjoy a great family day out at the West Lothian Highland Games before listening to the sounds of Scotland as 150 bands compete in this yearâ€™s British Pipe Band Championships. www.bathgate2015.co.uk