Easter trails and egg hunts
We're bouncing into the Easter holidays this week and we have to say, nothing says Easter like a visit to see the Easter bunny! Whether your little ones love an egg hunt or fancy taking on one of the many trails going on across the county, our friends from Kent Attractions have rounded up a handy list to keep the whole family busy.
With so many activities taking place over the Easter holidays here’s a useful round-up of some of the best places to see the Easter bunny in Kent, where to do your traditional egg hunt and some alternative Easter holiday fun.
From traditional Easter egg hunts to more unusual colourful carrot trails, there’s something for everyone in Kent this Easter.
Find out which bunnies are competing in the egg-olympics at Hall Place & Gardens and discover what the funny bunny has been up to on the Easter hunt at Chiddingstone Castle. Great Comp Garden has an Easter bunny hunt and at Hever Castle & Gardens family fun includes a castle bunny hunt, colourful carrot trail and Easter bonnet making. In Rochester at the Guildhall you can take part in an Easter egg trail around the museum’s collections or make a mosaic egg. Upnor Castle and Rochester Castle have Easter heritage trails and family craft activity and at Eastgate House you can find the hidden white rabbits.
Follow the Easter egg trail at Mount Ephraim Gardens or the Easter themed trail at Belmont House & Gardens. At Brogdale Collections Faversham miniature railway will be running train rides all Easter weekend and the tractor trailer will take the children up into the orchards for an egg hunt trailing through the blossoming trees. Bandit the naughty bunny has been hiding eggs at Betteshanger Park, and there’s an Easter themed family day at Dover Museum.
Alternative Easter family fun
If cute bunnies and chocolate eggs aren’t your thing then there are plenty of other options to explore in the Kent this school holiday. Dreamland in Margate is hosting Camp Bestival this Easter with a cool family festival vibe with live music, rides and entertainment for all the family including the world’s biggest bouncy castle! The takeover will culminate in a Camp Bestival Easter Party on Sunday 21st April, which is a day of family friendly DJs, live music and workshops for big and little kids.
At Kent and East Sussex Railway see 40 stunning LEGO models including life-size human figures from a range of civilisations throughout history at the Lego Brick Civilisations Show. Featuring models created by Bright Bricks (as featured in Channel 4’s Inside Lego at Christmas) and using hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks, Civilisations opens on April 6th at Tenterden Town Station.
Brick by brick
Celebrate Easter and the baby boom that comes with spring down on the farm at Kent Life. As well as the chance to meet lambs, goat kids and piglets and even have a go at feeding them, there’s loads going on at The Big Top with Easter shows daily including BubbleJo Bubble Show, Punch & Judy and Mr Moos at the Circus. You can also hop on a fun farm ride, or get creative in the Paint-a-Pot studio, creating the perfect Easter gift. Enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, bouncy castle, donkey rides, cuddle corner and much more.
Down on the farm
Penshurt Place and Gardens has a pirates and sea creature theme where you can learn about Captain Blackbeard’s close encounter with creatures of the deep, discover what lurks beneath the inky sea and take part in sea monster spotting! As well as a unique medieval Baron’s Hall, staterooms and walled Tudor gardens displaying colour and variety throughout the season you’ll discover a large wooden adventure playground, toy museum and woodland trail.
A pirate's life for me
From the 19th to 22nd April join the Junk Orchestra at Leeds Castle for daily musical ‘jamming sessions’. Create and play with instruments that have been cleverly constructed using bits of old rubbish. Oh and don’t forget to try out their brand new Knights’ Stronghold Playground and Adventure Golf. Opening 13th April Children’s TV presenter Ben Cajee from CBeebies will open these two fantastic new family attractions at Leeds Castle, as part of the 900th anniversary celebrations.
Music to our ears
Enjoy the Festival of Steam at the Historic Dockyard Chatham with everything from steam trains, a free funfair, and food stalls to steam punks and live music in partnership with BBC Radio Kent. Don’t miss Doc.Yard’s Secret Lab and a giant rope egg hunt too. And of course the whole site is open to explore… from guided tours, to ringing the bell on HMS Cavalier to burning off those Easter chocolates at the play areas.
Easter fun at the Dockyard