Bumper Easter Guide
Release the kids… you're about to nail the Easter break like a parenting ninja with 40 cool things to do with your mini mes in Berks and beyond.
School’s out for Easter and we’re hitting this three-week chocolate fest head on. No need to adopt the brace position, simply pack the fridge with wine and gin, here’s 40 things to do with the kids covering everything from courses, culture, chocolate and cool days out . Yeah I know, Muddy amazeballs!
1/ EASTER EGG HUNTS
Every venue across Berkshire is going chocolate crazy but my top tips include The Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Basildon Park (Sat 6 – Tue 23 Apr), and Cliveden (Sat 6 – Mon 22 Apr) and Pinkney’s Green (Sat 20 Apr, 11am-2.30pm) – skip through the Spring flowers, solve the clues and, ta-da, chocolate reward (£3 per egg); Highclere Castle‘s Easter Egg trail (Sun 21 April), through ‘Downton’s’ exquisite Capability Brown gardens and woodland in aid of The Murray Parish Trust; Bucklebury Farm Park‘s Great Easter Egg Hunt throughout the park, with giant decorated eggs to find (not sure of the catch, it sounds well easy!) with lamb feeding and Wellington Country Park‘s Mega Easter Egg Hunt (Sun 21 Apr)– just a great excuse to enjoy the grounds.
Wanna meet the Easter Bunny? Hop to it. He’s rampaging all over Berks. Rosebourne in Aldermaston‘s (Sat 6 – Mon 22 Apr) running an Easter Bunny hunt (don’t panic, it’s not as sinister as it sounds), find the hidden rabbits, collect letters, unravel the word and win a prize. The big bunny will also be in da house on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm.
Bunny’s eggscellent adventures continue at the Douai Pavillion in Woolhampton on Good Friday (Fri 19 Apr). Doors open at 2pm, there’s an egg hunt, egg and spoon race, Peter Rabbit the Movie on the big screen, competitions, crafts, food and a bar. Did I mention the bar? Make mine a double G&T and keep ’em coming.
Want to get in on the action? Windsor Racecourse is hosting its first ever Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday (Mon 15 Apr). Fun, fizz and a flutter for the grown ups and an egg hunt, bouncy castles (Phew! Should burn off the sugar high) and mini farm for the kids – entry for under 18s is FREE, as is all the entertainment.
Give It A Go! Chocolate Lollypop Making for Kids, Norden Farm, Maidenhead, Fri 19 Apr Mould, decorate and package your very own chocolate lollipop to take home! Book in advance on 01628 788997. Sessions for ages 8-10 and 11 +, £4. There’s also chocolate egg decorating if you want go for double choc shock. norden.farm
Mini Chefs, The Jelly Lounge Windsor. Possibly the coolest kids play centre ever, book your littlies in for a cook off in the mini kitchen. Lots of dates throughout the Easter hols, with sausage rolls, macarons, brownies and mac and cheese bites on the menu. Suitable for 2+ years, £15. If cookery’s not your kids’ bag, there’s Slime Club and Arts and Crafts too. thejellylounge.co.uk
Kitchen Capers, Wokingham and Maidenhead. A 2-hour workshop in which the kids will cook three Easter dishes, decorate their own aprons and get a swag bag of goodies to take home too. Suitable for 5-12 year olds. kitchencapers.co.uk
Pasta and Pizza Course for Kids, Delights of Italy, Earley (various dates). Grab an hour to yourself, and get your kids to make their own lunch/tea. Winner winner. Suitable for ages 5+, there’s a pizza pro course, or Become a pasta master. That’s the kids’ tea sorted. delightsofitaly.co.uk
Morgan & West: More Magic For Kids!, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sun 7 Apr. Mutton chops, waistcoats and a cabin set the scene for Morgan & West’s More Magic for Kids (Bigger, bolder, and more brilliant than before!). With lots of Victorian style comic banter, the time-travelling duo perform a boxful of bafflement and impossibility. The magic is mysterious with brain-bursting illusions with a helping of tom-foolery. A heavy dose of silly sounds good to me. southhillpark.org.uk
Room on the Broom, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 9 – Wed 10 Apr. Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom! It’s time to book tickets for Room on the Broom. (What can I say, I’m a poet). This classic picture book by the legendary Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a HUGE fave with my boys and now we get to see it brought to life in this Olivier-nominated show. Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation follows the witch and her cat – and a whole host of hitchhikers – on a mission to defeat the dragon. A lorra lorra great songs, belly laughs and scary fun. cornexchangenew.com
In The Night Garden, Hexagon Reading, Wed 10 – Thu 11 Apr. Not gonna lie, you’ll need to self-medicate to get through this one, but dinky dot, little kids will go nuts for Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka (who totally looks like a boob BTW, check it out) and the rest of the In The Night Garden crew. A brand new show will be on at The Hexagon at very child friendly times. Book up, have a snooze, polish your halo. readingarts.com
Brainiac Live!, Theatre Royal Windsor, Tue 16 Apr. BOOOOOOOM! Strap on your safety goggles because this show goes way beyond Mentos and Coca Cola. Based on the orginial TV show and celebrating 1o years on tour, Brainiac Live! is science with the coolest stunts. Expect an explosive trip to the theatre and *cough* a new enthusiasm for science homework. theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Circus Wellingtonia, Wellington Country Park Reading, Fri 19 – Mon 22 5 Apr Roll up… roll up… the circus is back at Wellington and on the 16 and 17 Apr you can have some fun and learn new circus skills. Try juggling, plate spinning, hula-hooping, diablo, floor-based acrobatics and tight rope-walking. Suitable for 5+ years with an adult, 3pm. wellington-country-park.co.uk
Nick Sharatt’s Right Royal Draw-A-Long, Corn Exchange Newbury Thu 11 Apr and Norden Farm Maidenhead, Mon 15 Apr. Nick Sharratt has illustrated close to 260 books. They range from board books for babies to novels for teens. He’s worked with top authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, and Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Up your doodle game, and join Nick for a fun draw-along, as he reveals the secrets to drawing Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. cornexchangenew.com and norden.farm.
Super Quest Camp, The Little Gym Windsor, Mon 8 – Fri 12 Apr. Where do kids get the energy, sometimes it feel like I’m raising a Duracell bunny. The Little Gym to the rescue. The brilliant team will take your 3-8 year olds off your hands, send them on exciting missions around the gym – running, rolling, swinging. Think Lara Croft or Indiana Jones without the jeopardy and with more story time, crafting and snacks. Plus when you book 3 camps, you get 1 FREE!
Kids’ Yoga, Swan at Streatley, 16 and 23 Apr Release the tension! And what better place to send them than kids yoga at Swan at Streatley. Two creative yoga workshops for different age groups (4-7 yr olds at 1.15pm and 8-13 yr olds at 2.15pm), where they’ll get to release energy and hit the reset button. You can work on your own tension in the cafe/bar – coffee? wine? Choose your poison and relax.
Intro To Climbing, Reading Climbing Centre. Reach for the sky and learn the basic skills involved in indoor roped climbing. Suitable for ages 7-17, the 3-day course starts each day at 10am-12noon, £80. readingclimbingcentre.com
Ski and snowboard camps, Bracknell Ski Centre, Mon 8 – Thu 18 Apr. If you’re not heading off the Alps *sniff*, pack your kids off to the dry slope in Bracknell for ski or snowboarding camps. All the cool kids are doing it, with our current top tricksters having honed their skills on the white carpet. JNL Sports in Bracknell is running camps over Easter for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Lessons begin at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm but if you need to work, you can drop the kids off early and pick them up as late as 6pm. How good is that! jnlbracknell.co.uk
Reading FC Soccer School, various locations, Mon 8 – Thu 18 Apr. Can you kick it? Yes you can. Once again Reading FC is running its ridiculous popular soccer schools. All age groups are catered for plus girls only sessions, goalie and technical skills training. Courses at Madjeski Stadium Dome book up really quickly. From £6 a session -£65 for the week. community.readingfc.co.uk
Tennis Camp, Windsor Tennis Club, Mon 1 – Thu 18 April. Game set and match, learn a new sport or improve your technique and co-ordination, but more importantly have lots of FUN!! Windsor Tennis Club offer half day sessions from 9am – 12pm, £22; or full day sessions from 9am – 3pm, £35. active-tennis.co.uk Camps are also running at Bradfield Tennis Centre, Wokingham Tennis Club and Crowthorne Tennis Club.
5/ FUN STUFF
The Chocolate Wonderland, The Lexicon Bracknell, Fri 12 – Sat 20 Apr There’s a chance to shop and keep the ankle biters happy. The Lexicon’s having a Willy Wonka moment creating their own chocolate craft workshop – no need to spary tan your kids first. Simply book a slot, decorate an Easter egg box with a delicious chocolate egg inside, then face the Golden Ticket hunt. Suitable for children aged 3-12 years. thelexiconbracknell.com
Family Silent Disco, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sun 14 Apr. If you hate your kids taste in music, and they’t not feeling yours, the silent disco is your Saturday night saviour. OK, so it’s Sunday and the party starts at 2pm, but I reckon we could pull an all nighter and show the kids how it’s really done. norden.farm
Inside The Royal Wardrobe, Windsor Castle, 4 – 13 Apr It’s almost a year since Harry and Meghan’s I dos, but that doesn’t stop you, I mean the kids, channelling their inner prince and princess and play Royal dress up at the castle. There’s an Easter activity trail and an art workshop inspired by royal fashion throughout history. For more information, click here.
Music Production Course, Berkshire Maestros, Kennet School Thatcham, Mon 8 – Wed 10 Apr. If you have a passion for music and want to learn about music tech or recording, then you’ll love this. From recording live instruments to mixing this could be the first step to becoming the next Mark Ronson or Jay Z. Suitable for teens, £95. berkshiremaestros.org.uk
Stop Motion Movie Madness, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 19 Apr. So you wanna be in the movies? Here’s your chance. Budding directors can create your very own LEGO movie. You will get loads of tips and tricks to make the best LEGO stop motion movie using iPad minis. Grab the popcorn, watch your creation at the end. Suitable for ages 7+, £18. norden.farm
Explore Robots and Drawbots, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 19 Apr. What’s better than making a robot? Making a robot that can draw. To be fair, if they could make a robot that would tidy up after my kids and do the ironing, I’d like that more. but this is start. Design and build a robot using Microbit, motors, wheels and scrap materials. You can then help it to draw you a picture. You can take away the picture and what you build except the electronics and motors. norden.farm
Tree Climbing, National Trust Cliveden Taplow, Tue 17, Wed 18, Thu 19 Apr. The Big Tree Climbing Company will help kids scale the Cliveden canopies over Easter – an hour activity for 6+, bookable here and promising gorgeous views with a zip line back down to the bottom. Wheeee!
Easter Sunday joust, Sudeley Castle, 1 April The Cavalry of Heroes return to Sudeley Castle along with King Henry VIII and the ladies of his court for this annual event. Expect falconry flight displays (11am, 2pm) along with the jousting (11.30am, 2.30pm) and some serious chain-mailage. Alternatively head up to Warwick Castle as they celebrate the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s motte and bailey castle on the site with the usual fun silliness of the The Mighty Trebuchet, Flight of the Eagles and The Bowman Show and the Horrible History Maze.
Chihuly Trail, Kew Gardens, from Sat 13 Apr. Run free my pretties but watch out for the delicate glass sculptures. Iconic artist Dale Chihuly’s stunning pieces are on display at Kew Gardens from Easter weekend, but I fear it’s an accident waiting to happen. Kids smashing the place up, children skewered on a giant flower. A true test of your parenting skills. kew.org
Underbelly Festival, Southbank London. Underbelly Festival is back! If you’ve never been, then make a beeline for Southbank this Easter. Brilliant for littlies, teens and grown ups, the line up is a superb mix of top comedy, cabaret, kids theatre and eye popping circus acts. There’s a real festival atmosphere with street food and crafty drinks. It’s an absolute must visit. underbellyfestival.com
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