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27th March 2019 Zoe Smith

Fun for all the family across the UK this Easter half-term

Eggstreme Easter & Easter Bunny’s Grotto

Twinlakes Family Theme Park, Melton Mowbray
April 6-23

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Kids will love a trip to Twinlakes!

Ever wondered where the Easter Bunny’s magic is made? You’re invited to Easter Bunny HQ this Easter to meet the friendly Eggsperts who control the production of the entire world’s chocolate eggs.

Travel through a land of chocolate heaven, take in the stunning views, smells and see the magic of the world of Easter, then meet the Easter Bunny himself and collect your special gift – choose from a large TY Plush or large Twinlakes branded Thornton’s Egg.

Twinlakes’ Easter Bunny’s Grotto is the first of its kind in the Midlands where children will experience an eggstra special eggcounter with the one and only Easter Bunny… the fun-loving Chairman of Chocolate.

The grotto costs £6 per child and adults can accompany free of charge. All children receive a gift from the Easter Bunny. Professional photography service available at charge. Please note: filming, photography and mobile phones are not allowed inside the Easter Bunny’s Grotto. The Easter Bunny’s Grotto contains flashing/strobing lights and may not be suitable for all users, the grotto is vast and spreads across 2 floors with stairs, tight squeezes, low ceilings and haze effects.

So join in the egg-celent fun, it’s the biggest Easter Event in The Midlands! Do not miss the new and now even bigger Easter Egg Hunt. A very happy bunny has been very busy hiding 10 giant hunt boards around Twinlakes. Take part in the Easter Hunt and find all 10 around the park, complete your paperwork (available as you enter the park), hand in to the gift shop and all children receive a chocolately goodie! (pPlease note Easter Hunt is for children only, one chocolatey goodie per day per child)

Visit twinlakespark.co.uk for more information.


The Greatest Circus

Twinlakes Family Theme Park, Melton Mowbray
April 13-23

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Come and watch the circus, free with an all day ticket and annual pass!

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you have been waiting for… be prepared to be dazzled and delighted during the The Greatest Circus show during Eggstreme Easter.

The circus is FREE to all day ticket and annual pass holders. No pre-booking required. Seats to the circus are on a first come first served queue basis. Performances on the picnic lawns inside the big top at 12 noon, 2.oopm and 4.00pm. Don’t miss out – 2019 will be egg-celent!

Visit twinlakespark.co.uk for more information.


The word has Easter cracked!

The Word, South Shields
April 8-19

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The Word, South Shields

Families can have a cracking time this Easter – with two weeks of holiday fun at one of the North East’s most popular visitor centres.

The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields, is running a packed programme of activities from arts and crafts, to games and stories. And visitors can also try their hands at code breaking at The Word’s latest free exhibition, Cracked! Secret Codes and Communication.

Cracked! gives a fascinating glimpse into the world of covert communications, with the chance to crack a secret code using a Caesar Wheel, communicate with friends using Flag Semaphore and take part in a code-themed trail around the building.

A trail of a different sort will take place on Wednesday April 17 when The Word will be going on a bear hunt, with two Bears in the Woods sessions, from 10.30am to 12 noon and from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

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Kids will love story time at The Word!

Under sevens and their families will help the bear rangers to tackle obstacles as they follow the tale of popular children’s story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen. There will be dancing, bear-themed songs to sing along to, fun party games and crafts with tickets priced at £4 per child.

On Monday April 8 and 15 and Thursday 11 and 18, craft sessions will take place twice daily where children can enjoy making a range of jungle and Easter-themed crafts at just £1 per child.

Visitors of all ages can get creative with free Lego drop-in sessions on Wednesday April 10 and 17, between 10.00am and 12 noon and, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, they can learn how to play chess or get expert tips to improve their game.

At a special, hands-on Animal Stories workshop on Wednesday April 10, from 11.00am to 12 noon and 1.00pm to 2.00pm, children can get close to some cute and curious creatures, such as tortoises, lizards and giant bugs.

Then, on Friday April 12  at 10.30am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm, youngsters can hear about animals from around the world at Tales from the Jungle. These storytelling sessions will be held in The Word’s immersive StoryWorld and will also feature animal-themed songs, crafts and games.

Tickets for Animal Stories and Tales from the Jungle cost £3.50 per child, £2.50 per adult, £10.50 family of four, £1 children under one.

For a full list of events and to book tickets for those with an entrance fee, visit theworduk.org.


Easter Adventure Quest

Over 20 sites around the country, including Audley End House and Gardens, Essex; Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire; Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent; and Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

April 6-22 (dates vary by property)

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Search the grounds of these historic venues and find the delicious chocolate eggs!

Embark on a family egg hunt with a difference this Easter. Step into the surrounds of a stunning historic site as you search high and low for hidden dragon eggs. Crack the clues as you make your way along the trails, with a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat in store for victorious questers. There are more than 20 English Heritage sites across the country to choose from; families can hunt through the ruins of Birdoswald Roman Fort, the spring gardens of Audley End House, the grounds of Queen Victoria’s treasured holiday home Osborne, and many more.

£1 per child – (in addition to standard admission prices).


St George’s Festival

Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
April 27-28

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Celebrate St. George’s Day with the family!

Experience an energetic retelling of the story of England at the country’s biggest St George’s Day celebration. Bring all the family to stunning Wrest Park for a weekend of shows, battle re-enactments, games and performances. Gasp as the lances shatter in the medieval joust, chortle at the cheeky jester, marvel at a Roman display of infantry featuring two cavalry riders, and take part in the new for 2019 Second World War activities.

Watch as medieval fighters wow with their fearsome demonstrations of strength and agility, and don’t forget our special events for the kids – there will be plenty to keep them entertained including have-a-go circus skills, Victorian games, junior jousting, a First World War obstacle course and interactive music workshops.

The undeniable highlight of the weekend is of course England’s most legendary battle – watch as the gallant St George takes on his fiery nemesis in the ultimate showdown. Wander Elizabethan and English Civil War encampments to see, smell and hear what life was like for people hundreds of years ago as Wrest Park celebrates England’s patron saint in one glorious weekend.

£18.50 for adults, £16.70 for concession, £11.10 for children and £48.10 for families


Get hands on with Body World’s Junior Doctor Programme

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Kids keen on all things medical will love Body World’s Junior Doctor programme!

Body Worlds, London
10.00am and 12.30pm every Sunday and every day in the Easter holidays April 6-22 at 10.00am

Calling all Operation Ouch fans! Those children keen on all things medical will love Body Worlds, London’s new “hands on” anatomy workshop. It offers them the chance to see real bodies and body parts up close. Preserved using Dr Gunther Von Hagens’ ‘plastination’ technique the bodies and are part of a permanent exhibition.

The Junior Doctor Programme runs throughout the Easter holidays and is designed to educate and inspire children aged 8-12 on a fun, interactive and educational guided tour with a trained medic.

Dressed in white lab coats and armed with a stethoscope and clipboard, youngsters can learn brain busting facts on everything from measuring blood pressure to performing CPR and the importance of mental wellbeing on their overall health. Tickets are £25. Visit bodyworlds.co.uk for more information.


Turn trash to treasure in a free workshop at the RA

The Royal Academy of Arts, London
April 21

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Turn trash into treasure at the Royal Academy of Arts

Families can turn trash into treasure in a free workshop inspired by the impressive sculptures created by Phyllida Barlow RA in her exhibition cul-de-sac. Challenging the idea that art has to be made of rare materials, families will create their very own collaborative sculptures from everyday materials.

Family Studio: trash to treasure takes place on Sunday April 21 between 11.00am and 3.00pm in the Clore Learning Centre, no booking is required. Visit royalacademy.org.uk for more information.


Free activities at the National Portrait Gallery 

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Visit the Family Activity Base, open throughout the Easter holidays at the National Portrait Gallery

FAB, The National Portrait Gallery, London
Every day during Easter Holidays

Every day of the Easter holidays between 11.00am and 4.00pm at the National Portrait Gallery, youngsters can visit the FAB (Family Activity Base) cart for free activities including the Pop-Up Gallery which allows kids to create an art gallery and decorate it with their own portrait and Talking Heads which includes materials for kid’s to make their own 3D portrait.

Also, on April 8 and 9 between 11.00am and 4.00pm families can strike a pose in a free family photoshoot inspired by photographer Martin Parr’s distinctive self-portraits and can take their free portrait home with them. Also, on April 12 between 11.00am and 4.00pm, families inspired by the jewellery on display in Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver can create their own dazzling charm to wear home.


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Image credits: John Isgar/Twinlakes

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