Find something to keep your little ones (and the slightly larger ones) busy in and around Chislehurst on every day of the Easter holidays! I have tried to give a little bit of variety too – it’s not all chocolate eggs and bunnies here (though it mostly is)…
Tuesday 11th April, Chislehurst Library, A Little Bird Told Me – Listen to fun stories and make your own bird craft. For children aged 4-7 years. (2.30pm to 3.15pm; free, though places must be booked in advance).
Thursday 13th April, Chislehurst High Street, Oriel Easter Egg Hunt – Dress up and don your Easter bonnet (if you wish), and follow the trail along the main High Street, picking up treats and completing Easter-themed activities on the way. (£3.50 per child; sessions at 1.30pm and 2.00pm, though tickets must be purchased in advance).
Saturday 1st April to Monday 17th April, Chislehurst, Chislehurst Caves – The caves and café will be open on each day of the school holidays (entry to caves by guided tour only: tours leave every hour on the hour between 10.00am and 4.00pm. See website for usual admission charges).
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th, and Monday 10th to Friday 14th April, Ruxley Rascals at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Daisy the Bunny – Create a soft bunny teddy (£8.99 per child, must be booked in advance, sessions running every hour on the hour between 10.00am and 3.00pm).
Wednesdays 5th and 12th, and Friday 7th April, Crofton Roman Villa, Growing up as a Roman Child – Find out what it was like to be a Roman child, make a lucky charm, and complete a quiz to win your Roman citizen certificate (£4 per child, sessions at 10.30am and 2.00pm).
Various dates between Saturday 1st and Monday 17th April, BEECHE (High Elms Country Park), Easter trail – A self-led Easter trail (with prize) will be available throughout the holidays, during the visitor centre opening hours (11.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday, and 1.30pm to 4.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
There will also be a variety of other events taking place at BEECHE on various dates throughout the holidays (too many to list here individually), including an egg rolling competition, a family Easter egg hunt, a nature walk, and an Easter story session. All of these must be booked in advance. Do check out further details of all of these events HERE.
Friday 14th April, Bromley Parish Church, Good Friday Family Breakfast Club – Enjoy hot cross buns, a variety of Easter crafts and a short time of informal, family-friendly worship (9.30am to 11.00am). Suitable for all ages.
Saturday 15th to Monday 17th April, Lullingstone Castle, Easter Egg Quiz – Scour the garden for clues, and report your discoveries to win an Easter surprise (11.00am to 5.00pm).
Slightly further afield:
Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Leeds Castle – Easter Quest – Find the clues hidden around the grounds and answer all of the questions to receive a chocolate reward (£1 per trail card).
Friday 14th to Monday 17th April, Leeds Castle – Easter Adventures with Robin Hoodie and Maid Marion – Enjoy a fun-filled “Walking Theatre” adventure through the woodland walk. These promenade-style theatre shows will be taking place at various times throughout the day and each will last an hour. Throughout the day children will also be able to make their own Robin Hoodie or Princess hats to wear on their adventure.
Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Hever Castle – Easter Family Fun – Enjoy family entertainment throughout the holidays! Children can: take part in a Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, make and decorate an Easter bonnet (£1 per child) and then parade their creations in front of the castle, follow an Easter quiz in the castle, and enjoy face painting (£4 per child).
National Trust properties (Easter Egg Hunts):
Take part in the Cadbury Egg Hunt at over 250 National Trust properties again this Easter! Below I have listed some of our family favourites as well as some of those closest to Chislehurst, but obviously there are many more!
Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Bodiam Castle, Easter Holiday Fun – Hunt the dragons hidden in the castle and grounds and save the castle from a fiery siege to earn a chocolatey prize (£3 per hunter, 11.00am to 4.00pm daily).
Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Chartwell, Rabbit, friends and relations – Help Bunny find the missing members of the Churchill family and discover their nicknames to earn a chocolatey prize (£2 per trail, 11.00am to 4.00pm daily).
Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Emmetts Garden, Egg Hunt – Follow the clues to bring Lubbock Lamb home safely and earn a chocolatey prize (£2 per trail, 11.00am to 4.00pm daily).
Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Knole, Egg Hunt – Follow the bunny’s trail through the grounds and solve the clues to claim your chocolatey reward. There are separate trails available for 3-5 year olds and 7-12 year olds, so I do apologise to all of the 6 year olds out there, but it seems you can’t take part (£3 per trail, 10.00am to 5.00pm daily).
Friday 14th to Monday 17th April, Ightham Mote, Egg Hunt – Complete the bunny trail and earn a chocolatey prize (£2.50 per trail, 10.00am to 4.30pm daily).
Friday 14th to Monday 17th April, Quebec House, Egg Hunt – Search the house and garden for eggs, solve puzzles, and earn a chocolatey reward (£2 per trail, 11.00am to 4.00pm daily; though be aware of the restricted opening times of the house itself).
National Trust (non-chocolate-related activities):
Saturday 1st to Thursday 13th April, Ightham Mote, Easter Holiday Family Fun – Purchase a Spring Activity Pack and trail from reception to keep the children entertained throughout your visit. (£2.00 per pack, 50p per trail; alternatively, the trail can be downloaded from the website before your visit, 10.00am to 4.30pm).
Monday 3rd April, Knole, Family Monday – Springtime – Create some wild art and learn how to make a home for a wild animal. Most suitable for ages 5-12 (11.00am to 3.00pm; free, though a donation of £2 is suggested).
Monday 10th April, Knole, Family Monday – Park Explorer – Craft a pair of binoculars and make a crown. Most suitable for ages 5-12 (11.00am to 3.00pm; free, though a donation of £2 is suggested).
Whilst all of these details are correct at the time of writing I suggest that you check the respective websites in advance to ensure that they are up-to-date before planning your visit.