Eggciting things to do this Easter Holiday!

    

The Easter Holidays are in full swing and there are loads of eggciting things to do across the Forest!

Sussex Country Gardener has a lovely programme of Easter events for the kids. This includes fun activities such as making Slime Easter Eggs on 16th and 17th April, Easter Cup Cake decorating on 20th and 21st April and making Easter Bunny canvases on 18th and 19th April. Why not celebrate Easter with a Grand Afternoon Tea wih Easter Bunny over the Easter weekend! There are also Easter Egg hunts, colouring competitions and loads more fun. www.sussexcountrygardener.co.uk

The NationalTrust sites at Sheffield Park and Standen have their annual Easter Egg hunts. Follow the trails through the sites to win a Cadburys Easter Egg. The Tulip Festival at Standen officially begins on 15th April however many of the tulips are already in flower due to the warm weather.. Thousands of bulbs have been planted and therefore the flowers are going to look fantastic! www.nationaltrust.org.uk

This is a lovely time of year to enjoy the countryside on a steam train! Spa Valley Railway are once again offering Kids for a quid train rides today, Thursday and next week 16th – 18th April. They are also running Easter Specials over the Easter weekend. www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

The Llama Park has just launched a Spring Time Trail through the site. Why not visit the site and meet the animals and then take a llama for a walk! There is also a lovely children’s play area, cafe and loads of interesting things to buy in the shop. www.llamapark.co.uk

Have you found the play area at Tablehurst Farm in Forest Row? Visit the farm shop to buy a picnic or have lunch in the cafe and then lets the kid let of steam in the play area. Don’t forget to try counting the doves in the enormous Dovecot while you are there. Freshly made pizzas are available on Friday lunchtimes and there is a BBQ on Saturday lunchtimes. www.tablehurst.farm.

The Cats at National Cat Centre are always pleased to have visitors. Drop in and visit the cats, meet the donkeys and in this lovely weather get outside to explore the Nature Reserve. the cafe is now open again therefore drop in and enjoy Cat Cookies – please note no cats are hurt in the making of these cookies! www.cats.org.uk

Blackland Farm is a great place to visit during the school holidays. Book activities in advance and have a go at the crate challenge, archery, indoor climbing wall and so much more. There are qualified instructors to help you with each activity. www.blacklandfarm.org.uk

When you visit AFTA sites don’t forget to grab an AFTA map and collect 3 stamps on the front cover. Then take a photo and email it to me for a chance to win in our monthly prize draw! For full details : www.ashdownforest.com/competition/

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