Looking for fun family days out & Easter events in Kent & East Sussex, 2021?
With the lockdown rules beginning to ease, Easter events in Kent and East Sussex are beginning to shape up nicely, and there are some ‘eggciting’ ideas for days out coming up.
This blog post outlines the Easter Events in Kent and East Sussex not far from Tunbridge Wells as well as some ‘eggcellent’ Easter Egg trails!
Easter Events in Kent & East Sussex…
♥ Embark on an Easter adventure at Bateman’s, the family home of Rudyard Kipling. Follow the trail for a delicious reward. Don’t miss the crocheted Easter wreath on the door of Bateman’s house on the quarterdeck. Trail runs 2 to 18 April, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). £3 per trail.
♥ Lend nature’s smallest helpers a hand this Easter at Bodiam Castle. Gather pine cones, leaves, canes and sticks as you follow the trail to a most unusual home hidden in the woods. Once you’ve finished your mission, claim a chocolatey reward. Trail runs 2 to 18 April, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). £3 per trail.
♥ Choose from some of the wonderful workshops at Bore Place during the Easter holidays including ‘Den Building and Campfire Fun’ as well as ‘Wildlife Warriors’.
♥ A visit the beach? I love taking a trip to the beach as it feels like a bit of escapism without having to go far away. Here are our favourite beaches in Kent and East Sussex.
♥ Join Creatables on Thursday 15th April for one of their much anticipated ‘Enchanted Library Workshops’. There are three different sessions to choose from in Tunbridge Wells and Hildenborough. Perfect for helping children to release their imaginations and enjoy creative games, role-play, crafts and more!
♥ Ultimate Activity Camps provide outstanding Ofsted-registered (& Covid-Safe!) activity day camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays. Children will enjoy a fantastic range of sports, games and art activities every week led by engaging staff at at Rose Hill School in Tunbridge Wells and The New Beacon School in Sevenoaks.
♥ Emerge from winter hibernation to follow the activity trail through spring flowers bursting into colour at Chartwell. Get to know some of Chartwell’s animals and wildlife, and find ideas on how you can help nature back at home. Runs 29 March 2021 to 18 April 2021 (whilst stocks last); 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). £3 per trail.
♥ Looking for ideas on how to keep the children entertained at home this Easter? Lucy McKenzie Photography has published a blog post with some wonderful crafting, baking and painting projects which I’m planning to try at home too. Check it out!
More Easter egg trails and days out to enjoy over the holidays…
♥ Join in the Easter Adventure Quest at Dover Castle from 29th March to 18th April 2021. Crack the clues and search for the dragon eggs on your quest boards as you explore our outdoor trail through the castle grounds. Intrepid explorers who track down the hatched dragon will be rewarded with a chocolate treat and a certificate.
♥ The Dunorlan Park Boats are back for another season from 2nd April. Hire a boat and enjoy some time out on this lovely lake. We had so much fun when we did this a few years ago. Finish up with an ice cream from the cafe and several laps of the park!
♥ From spotting egg-shaped objects to taking in the sights and sounds blossoming all around you, Emmetts Garden has an Easter treat in store for all the family. Record your adventure along the way and grab a chocolatey reward at the end. Runs 29 March 2021 to 18 April 2021 (whilst stocks last); 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm).
♥ Enjoy a family Easter Trail exploring the Easter Story at Grosvenor & Hilbert Park in Tunbridge Wells on Monday 5th April between 11am and 3pm.
♥ Enjoy the gorgeous grounds of Groombridge Place which reopens on 29th March. Punch and Judy performances will entertain visitors on selected dates during the Easter holidays and will take place on the outdoor stage area in the adventure forest. The Birds of Prey Displays are back from 12th April. Head further into the forest and discover the amazing giant tree and nest swings which are just as popular with adults as children. Plus more!
♥ The Grove Easter Challenge is taking from 28th March in Grove Park, Tunbridge Wells (TN1 1SE). Apparently maps can be collected from the park. I don’t know any more about it at the moment, but will update this post when I find out more.
♥ Make some special family memories this Easter with a garden Easter trail around Hever Castle & Gardens. Follow clues to find a variety of ‘things that hatch’ as you walk through the Hever Castle grounds. Plus so much more!
♥ Marvel at the ‘Bluebell Spectacular’ between 10th April and 9th May 2021 at Hole Park Gardens. Visitors can admire one of nature’s most impressive shows. Check out The Hole Park website for their bluebell barometer with updates on when the bluebells are at their peak.
♥ The Inside in Calverley Adventure Grounds, Tunbridge Wells is planning an epic egg-stravaganze! It is free, fun and fab-u-lous Easter Entertainment for the whole of the school holidays. Bringing you the smiles, laughter, joy and outdoor freedom!
♥ Embark on a nature adventure this Easter at Ightham Mote. Keep your eyes open to spot spring emerging across the grounds, from pond life to footprints and wild animal homes. Follow your activity sheet to claim a yummy reward at the end.
♥ Enjoy everything that Kent Life Heritage Farm Park has to offer when it opens from 12th April. A great opportunity to step back in time around the vintage village at Kent Life, as well as seeing some fantastic farmyard animals, enjoying the playground and having lots of fun.
♥ Dandara are hosting an Easter egg trail at Knight’s Park during on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th April. Find all 10 eggs designed by Nell Price from Arty Farty Retreat to win a Temper Temper chocolate egg prize. Taking place from 10am to 5pm, start at the Knight’s Park Marketing Suite, where you can pick up your trail sheet.
♥ Lambing at Four Winds Farm sadly won’t be able to take place this year. However, they will have live cameras streaming from the lambing shed on the 10th April which we can watch via the Facebook page HERE – showing all the action!
♥ The lovely Langton Pavilion Cafe are hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Scavenger Hunt from Tuesday to Friday during the Easter Holidays, 10am to 4pm.
♥ This Easter children of all ages can take part in the Leeds Castle Easter Trail. Follow a trail across the estate looking out for colourful Easter boards and use the clues to solve the mystery puzzle!
♥ Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden kicks off its 2021 season of family fun with their Easter Trail & Quiz from 3rd to 5th April, 11am to 5pm. Aspiring plant hunters will be able to scour the beautiful landscaped grounds and The World Garden for Easter clues and then report on their discoveries to claim an eggtastic surprise, plus the chance to meet some Easter characters!
♥ Join in a self led trail at Lullingstone Country Park throughout the Easter Hols, available to buy (or collect if prepaid) from the Visitor Centre reception. Collect a clipboard, pencil and trail to follow a given route around the park. Give yourself up to an hour to enjoy the walk. Prize for each completed sheet to be collected from the visitor centre.
Some of the best Easter Events in Kent & East Sussex…
♥ Muddy Gingers will be hosting an online event exploring the Roald Dahl classic, George’s Marvellous Medicine on 6th and 7th April. These wonderful workshops aim to immerse children in the world of a story, and inspire them to explore the said book with a parent, or independently, after the event.
♥ Get down with the dinosaurs at Mr Mulligan’s Dino Golf in Tonbridge which is opening from 29th March. Yay!
Visit your favourite park or playground! Ok so it’s not exactly Easter related but it is one of the things we will most likely be doing a lot of over the Easter holidays. Here are our favourite playgrounds in Tunbridge Wells.
♥ The Gardens at Penshurst Place will be open for pre-booked visits from 27th March. Visitors are asked to come and crack the code to discover the Easter Rabbit’s friends’ favourite chocolate flavour! Hunt through the grounds to find the eggs for each friend on Easter Rabbit’s list and use their codebreaker alphabet to crack the hidden flavour of each egg. We love the adventure playground at Penshurst Place too and wandering around the gorgeous gardens.
♥ Join in the popular ‘Bunny Hunt’ at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens from 31st March through to 5th April. Then there’s Easter Holidays Fun from 7th April to the 18th April (with the exceptions of Mondays and Tuesdays when Riverhill is closed). We can’t wait to visit again!
♥ From emerging blooms to leaping lambs and a sense of spring in the air, nature has it all this Easter at Scotney Castle. Join the egg trail to discover seasonal flowers and new features on the estate. It’s a feast for all the sense with sounds to listen for and – maybe the best bit – a delicious chocolate reward at the end.
Some super trails to follow!
♥ This year’s egg trail will encourage little eyes to look far and wide across Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Make friends with nature’s crawliest critters and create a new home for them. There’s also a chance to listen out for the sounds and songs of springtime. Runs 29 March to 12 April (whilst stocks last). See booking pages for times. £3 per trail.
♥ The Southborough Common Easter Trail is back again this year! Big shout out to Emma Lawson for organising yet another fantastic trail on Southborough Common (next to St Peter’s Church). We are ‘eggcited’ to do this one! See above flyer for more details…
♥ Join in the St James School Easter trail and spot the Easter eggs dotted in the windows around the local area. It costs £3 for a map from the PTA which will be available soon.
♥ The Tunbridge Wells District Children’s Centres are hosting a Spring Scanvenger Hunt at several locations between 6th and 14th May including Hargate Forest, Hawkurst, Knight’s Park and Paddock Wood. More details above. Pre-booking required.
♥ Join Beano for fun this Easter holiday at Wakehurst with a festival of jokes, plants and pranks from 31st March to 18th April 2021. They’ll be celebrating Dennis’ birthday with Dennis, Gnasher and all their Beanotown friends with a brand new specially made comic strip and an interactive story trail around the gardens.
♥ There won’t be an official Easter Trail at Wilderness Wood this year but families are welcome to come for a spring-time walk and spot the wooden bunnies – and some other surprises – hidden in the wood. Refreshments aren’t being served but you are welcome to bring your own picnics.
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