The Easter holidays are upon us. That means you need to be organised and start arranging play dates with friends, booking events and finding places to go! Look no further than this Easter edit for my top ten tips for places to go, see and experience.
1. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at National Trust
First up, you cannot go wrong with a visit to the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at local National Trust properties. We suggest going to Scotney Castle, Chartwell, Bodiam Castle, Batemans, Ightham Mote, Red House or Knole. We’ll be going to Knole in Sevenoaks as we still haven’t been for a day trip. There’s also a review of Bodiam Castle – it is a beautiful place to visit.
2. Get to the coast!
Check out this Rockpool Exploration Event at Reculver Beach near Herne Bay. Search for eggs and collect clues to discover the name of an eggstraordinary rockpool resident. Looks like a charming event and the kids will be knackered after all that fresh air!
3. Try one of the local English Heritage sites
4. Fun for free at Ruxley Garden Trail!
Find the ten Easter bunny pictures hidden around the store and receive a free Easter cupcake in the Mulberry Tree Restaurant (subject to a £5 spend in the restaurant).
5. Some circus fun!
6. Meet CBeebie’s Ben & Ryan
Ben and Ryan will be at the launch of the new playground at Leeds Castle on 13th April. The brand new Knights’ Stronghold Playground is a thrilling new adventure playground designed for full on fun.
7. Big fans of the Horniman at In Our Backyard.
The Horniman is hosting an Easter Fair on 20th and 21st April. Go on their Easter trail, create something crafty in their workshops, sit down for some storytelling, have your face painted and join in family activities across the Gardens. And it is free entry too.
8. Go undercover at the theatre…
Let’s hope it doesn’t rain but if it does, a theatre trip is a great way to keep the kids entertained. We like the look of The Jungle Book which is showing over the Easter break at both the Woodville in Gravesend but also the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. We’ve noted it is cheaper to see it in Gravesend!
9. Love the Greatest Showman??
Do you sing a million dreams at the top of your voice in the car? Sing your heart out at this Sing-a-long Greatest Showman screening on 16th April at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.
10. Enjoy the best of the Underbelly Festival
Throughout Easter, the Underbelly Festival is happening at the Southbank. It is packed to the rafters with comedy shows, theatrical performances and more. Check out the what’s on section for more details. My particular highlights are the Showstoppers Kids Show and Monstersaurus
If after all this you need a stiff gin and tonic – why not book a babysitter and get yourself over to the Gin to my Tonic festival on 5 and 6 April. In my view, this is ill-timed! Should be at the end of the holidays when alcohol may be required!
There are over one hundred events on the website – visit the what’s on section for even more ideas.
And Good Luck!!