Sevenoaks has a lot to offer over the Easter Holidays
Here are a few ideas to keep families entertained, as always some are free and others will cost a few pounds.
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Be aware that there are road works planned at the top of the town 12th to 19th April so plan ahead and leave plenty of time for your journey if heading that way…
First up, Sevenoaks Town Partnership
is putting on an Easter Egg Hunt on the Vine Gardens on Saturday 20th April. See the flyer for details:
Sevenoaks Leisure Centre
There will be £10 family swimming 8th to 12th April and you can pay an extra £1.20 each to stay for the inflatables. I might go myself – just to warn you (I am NOT an inflatable!).
They are also putting on Children’s Easter activities – toddler cycling classes, roller disco, go karting and so on. Check out the website for more details here
Found on the way to Hildenborough / A21 Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is a real gem. There are two events here over the Easter Holidays
Get creative with Stick Mania 3rd to 14 April (excluding 8th & 9th April) where you can make what you like out of sticks
Look for the hidden bunnies among the rhododendrons at the Bunny Hunt Wednesday 17th to Monday 22nd for a chocolate treat. Usual entrance fee applies.
Reuthe’s Nursery is free to enter (Going cheep..geddit?)
Reuthe’s Nursery is next to the Crown Point on the way to Borough Green. There is a fab cafe as well as a little play area for the kids to let off steam.
I got loads of great feedback about Reuthe’s from readers after my February things to do post. They loved the alpaca trails (I must book myself on that)! As well as the Alpaca Trails and Forest School running for the Easter break Reuthe’s have an Easter trail hunt priced at £3 per child which is suitable for threes and above – find out more and book here
Lullingstone Country Park, Shoreham nr Sevenoaks
Has two events over the Easter holidays:
A Spring Activity Trail from 6th to 22nd April 10am to 3pm which you can book online or just turn up.
And an Easter Bunny Hunt on Sunday 21st April 11am to 3pm £6 which must be booked online apparently (a bit strict but they’re the boss) BOOK HERE (shouty caps)
Rosa at Kids Lingo is having a Sesión de Pascua (that’s spanish in case you didn’t know)
Join Rosa Friday 12th at 10am for Easter themed songs, games, arts and crafts, snacks, pompas – bubbles, parachute! Click here for more information and to book
National Trust Knole is hosting the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt
It can be free if you just walk into the grounds. or are National Trust members. We went for a lovely walk there last week – the car park looks nearly finished. *cough* SAVE THE SEVENOAKS VINTAGE BUS *cough*
For Easter the National Trust have teamed up with Cadbury’s once again and are offering an Easter Trail between 6th and 22nd April. At £3 per child (no need to book) this is usually good fun and keeps them kids entertained for an hour or so.
Other National Trust properties that have events over the Easter break are:
Emmetts is also hosting the Cadbury’s Easter Egg trail at £3 per child and no booking is required.
Emmetts is beautiful at this time of year – well worth it for the spring flowers alone!
We love Emmetts as it has a lovely natural play area with tents, dressing up clothes – not to mention the tea rooms.
We visited Ightham Mote for the first time recently (you can read my review of Ightham Mote here) – we were blown away with how lovely the grounds and staff were.
Ightham Mote is also running the Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt, £3 per child, no need to book.
There is a fabulous play area here – make sure you take wellies and a change of clothes for the kids as they are sure to want to “paddle” in the stream…
Yes, you’ve guessed it Chartwell is also having a Cadbury’s Easter Trail – no prizes for guessing it’s £3 and there’s no need to book!
There are also plenty of play areas at Chartwell, swings, seesaws, a lovely caravan with dressing up bits and pieces.
Kent Wildlife Trust
Is running several payable activities across their sites in and around Sevenoaks see here for a full list. There is also a Spring Festival on Friday, 12th April, and if it’s anything like the Festival of Wildlife we attended a few years ago it will be great fun. You can book activities for the day here
Is you don’t fancy signing up to an activity then just put your wellies on and go for a walk there. Entrance is free and it’s a lovely day out.
The nature trail is always a winner with the various animals and this Easter they are also offering Junior Falconry and after hours Evening Event around the Nature trail. See the flyer for information and call to book.
Hop over to Chiddingstone Castle (I know, I know, my talents are wasted)
For their Funny Bunny Easter hunt. Collect a cue sheet from the front for £2 and search for the hidden bunnies in the grounds. Usual entrance fees apply
Go mad as a hatter at Groombridge Place
Where there will be twice daily performances of Alice in Wonderland by a West End cast in the new Outdoor Forest Theatre. This looks fabulous! There is also an arts and crafts area as well as Crusoe’s World with new rope bridges and walkways and a fabulous new wooden ship. You’ll find me on one of the giant tree swings! A family ticket is £49.50, for more information or to book check out the website here
Entry is £4 per car and then you pay as little or as much as you wish. We usually make the most of the free playgrounds.
For Easter they are having an Easter Eggsplorer (what’s not to love, right?). Pay £4 at the cafe and grab a map to uncover the clues. Once finished take it back to claim your Easter surprise (I bet it’s chocolate…). In May their much anticipated water park is opening – watch this space!
Spa Valley Railway
Visit the Spa Valley Railway this Easter between 19 and 22 April 2019 to find the eggs around the line! After spotting all the eggs, children can ask for a yummy chocolate reward to enjoy on the way home (like it will last that long!) Check out the website for full details here
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
Along with the usual Easter shenanigans, an Easter Trail which costs £1, I have it on good authority that there is a new (and pretty awesome) play area being opened by Cbeebies own Ben Cajee on 13th April. There is also The Junkyard Orchestra who are making and playing instruments made from rubbish. You can even take your own along! Check out the website for full information here – usual entrance fees apply
A bit further out but worth the drive for the animals. At this time of year you might be lucky and see lambs, chicks and other baby animals. We were invited to review which you can read here
For Easter join in the fun with Wiglet’s Easter Eggstravaganza check out their website for details here
For a quick and free way to let off some steam there are plenty of free playgrounds in Sevenoaks, including Pontoise Close which had a refurb in January.
There is also the Environmental Park behind the leisure centre, Otford, Hollybush and a little one on the Vine next to the lovely cafe.
For a free wander there is always Bradbourne Lakes, opposite the Wildlife Reserve on Bradbourne Vale Road. Take some porridge to feed the ducks – there might be some ducklings too
For things to do when you don’t fancy braving the elements:
The Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells
I love the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in Tunbridge Wells, they always put on something worthwhile in the holidays. For the Easter holidays Dino Live will be at the centre – nothing says Easter quite like dinosaurs… Seriously though these are fab. A couple of years ago I had my hair stroked by Chewbacca there *sigh*
The Assembly Hall Tunbridge Wells
There are two family shows on at The Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells. Brainiac, Thursday 11th April, which is sure to entertain your science mad kids and The Jungle Book for the whole family Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April. Click here for full details and to book
**WIN**I have a family ticket for Brainiac to give away! Click here to enter via my Facebook page. Closes Monday 8th April
If the weather is awful then Bluewater offers plenty to keep the kids occupied undercover. From 28th March to 22nd April Bluewater’s Egg-cellent Adventure invites little ones to explore the mall and look for items that have been transformed into eggs by the dastardly Professor Oeuf! Collect a trail map from any concierge desk around the mall.
The Churchill Theatre Bromley
The Churchill Theatre in Bromley are hosting Bing Live on 13th & 14th April. Say what you like about Bing! (the little rabbit is not my favourite character) but the kids love it. For a more classic tale pop to The Adventures of Bo Peep from 9th to 18th April. For show times and to book click here
If you have any events that you would like me to add to this or include in future round ups please email me firstname.lastname@example.org