TRUCKS, egg hunts, live music and pirates will make sure this Easter weekend is packed with something for all the family to enjoy.

Going across the weekend there will be an Easter egg hunt every day at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

Eli Echo, the Dorset Echo’s mascot, donated 8,000 yummy chocolate eggs which are being given to youngsters as part of the giant trail.

John Houston, general manager at Abbotsbury Tourism, said it had already been very well attended with more than 2,000 people visiting the gardens yesterday. He said: “Everyone’s been having a great time.”

TV character Fireman Sam will be making an appearance today at Abbotsbury Children’s Farm.

Also today, between 1.30pm and 7pm at Westfield Arts College, AIR 107.2 FM will be hosting an Easter Bunny Ball.

The live music event, called ‘KenyAIR’, will raise money for the Baragu Health Centre Chagoria in Kenya and the community radio station.

There will be free barbecue food, a bouncy castle and Easter-themed games, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand as the guest of honour.

Breakfast show host Carl Greenham, of Air 107.2, said: “We have the cream of Weymouth’s music scene coming to the event.

“It’s going to be great fun.”

Today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm, there will be an Easter egg trail at Fancy’s Farm.

Youngsters will be able to hunt for chocolate eggs, meet the animals and experience the views across the Isle of Portland.

Su Illsley said: “It will be a brilliant weekend.”

Tomorrow the Methodist Church on Portland is inviting the community to celebrate Easter together on Easter Sunday with a community picnic.

The picnic will take place in Easton Gardens from 12pm to 3pm.

There will be an Easter treasure hunt for children and adults, as well as a bouncy castle.

Starting at 10am tomorrow there will be one of the largest collections of radio controlled off-road trucks at Bowleaze Cove.

Pirates will take over Nothe Fort from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

On the Esplanade from 3pm tomorrow, there will be live music as Hippy Fest is back at the Lazy Lizard. The line-up includes: Leggomen, Stereioronics, Mad Hatters and Electric Bucket.

Supervisor Sharon Day said: “It’s an amazing day. Everyone will have lots of fun and there’s going to be loads of great bands.”

On the harbourside, Rendezvous will be holding Tea on the Quay, with live music from noon including: Dave P, Victorian Barbers and Speedway Snails.

PENGUINS, otters and seals all received an early Easter treat in the shape of their own Easter eggs.

Staff at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park created special frozen eggs for the animals to enjoy yesterday. The frozen eggs were full of sprat fish.

Resident Humboldt penguin Cedar was very excited to receive his gift and entertained the crowds as he tried to figure out what they were.

Trainee aquarist Farrah Minchin made the eggs using fish, water and egg moulds.

Sprats are one of the penguins, otters and seals’ favourite fish and Miss Minchin said it provided extra activity for the animals