What’s On for the Sussex Easter Holidays
25+ things to see and do with kids this Easter from egg hunts to sports cars, crafts to shows
A Hopping Easter Adventure, Fishers Farm Park, Sat 6 April – Sun 21 April
Meet the Easter bunny and Blossom the Spring Queen at Fishers and (on Easter Weekend) follow the egg hunt clues to win a tasty prize. Hop over to see cute newborn lambs in the Animal Encounters Barn and meet other fluffy friends, including chicks, baby goats and bunnies in the daily Animal Handling Sessions and Farm Show. Daily magic shows and tractor rides add to the fun.
KIDS GO HALF PRICE and Easter Egg Hunt, Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures, Brighton, 6 – 22 April
Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures sees children and adults help the explorer make his way around the world in 80 days – with a few trials and tribulations along the way. For Easter there’s an international egg hunt thrown in and, best of all, children go half price. It’s an indoor immersive experience with sets brought to life by the design team behind Star Wars, Episode VII, Skyfall and The Miniaturist. Suitable for ages 7+.
KIDS GO FREE Easter Eggstravaganza, Fontwell Park Racecourse, Fri 12 April
Come down to Fontwell Park Racecourse for an Easter day full of fun. Kids get in free and will be spoilt for choice with a selection of free entertainment and activities, including an Easter Egg Hunt. You can watch seven eggselent races up close and the viewing point in the middle of the track will be open with a funfair, a petting zoo with rabbits, chicks and more plus face painting throughout the day.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, various National Trust properties, various dates between 6 – 22 April
Experience nature bursting into life and follow clues to earn yourself a chocolatey treat at
over 10 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts at National Trust properties across Sussex. Search for exotic plants at Sheffield Park; hunt for golden letters at Nymans; use a map and compass at Petworth; search for bunnies at Alfriston Clergy House; follow clues at Birling Gap; take a nature trail at Standen; track down woodland animals at Uppark; complete challanges at Devil’s Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm and join an egg and spoon race at Woolbeding Countryside. Crafts and other activities are also available at some properties. Find your nearest egg hunt and check dates on the link.
Alice In Wonderland, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 19 April
Follow a different kind of Easter bunny as you join Alice down the rabbit hole in an adventure through Wonderland at The capitol, Horsham. This brand-new staging of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite is a playful take on the classic tale with an energetic professional cast, catchy new songs and lots of laughs. There’s a 2pm and a 6pm show. Tickets are £16. Fancy trying to win some? We’ve a family ticket for two adults and two children to give away in our comp. See our Facebook page.
Giant Easter Duck Trail, WWT Arundel, Sat 6 April – Mon 22 April
Go quackers hunting for 16 giant yellow ducks hiding all over the wetlands while visiting their real-life cousins. There are more ducky family activities including a Poology workshop daily noon till 1pm looking at what birds digest. Pond dipping, cracking crafts and the boat safari are also part of the fun.
Mad Hatter Race Day, Brighton Racecourse, Sat 20 April
Brighton racecourse opens its season with a brand new Mad Hatter Raceday on Saturday 20th April. Enjoy live entertainment, Easter treats, music and a secret pop-up bar serving exclusive cocktails. There will be prizes of up to £300 for the best hat on the day and hopefully the sun will have his on too. Book ahead to save £5 on the gate price – from £18 (£16 groups of 10+). There will be free shuttle buses from Brighton Station.
Bertram’s Easter Bunny Adventure, Borde Hill gardens, nr Haywards Heath, Sat 6 – 22 April
Borde Hill gardens has just reopened for Spring and is straight into the family fun. Betram’s Easter Bunny Adventure starts on 6 April and runs till April 22 with a golden egg trail and puzzles to solve (£2 in addition to entry, including a chocolate prize) plus family challenges like an egg and spoon race and and crazy golf. The adventure playground is open and there are daily Easter-themed crafts for children (£1).
Easter bunny hunt, Herstmonceux Castle, Mon 22 April
On Easter Monday join the Easter bunny on a bunny hunt at the wonderful setting of Herstmonceux Castle. Children can also decorate an egg to add to the wishing tree, compete in a colouring competition, have their faces painted, have a go at archery and watch a falcon display. Normal grounds charges apply – £6 adults, £4 for children 4-17 and under fours go free.
Easter Bake and traditional activities, Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, nr Chichester, Fri 19 – Mon 22 April and earlier dates
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend experience traditional Easter preparations and celebrations, including the Good Friday bake in Winkhurst Tudor kitchen. Activities include egg painting, bonnet making and an Easter bonnet parade in the Market Square on Easter Monday.Throughout the holidays step back in time, try crafts and play traditional games, take a wagon ride, see the horses, lambs and oxen.
Easter holiday activities, Amberley Museum, Amberley, near Arundel, 10 – 14 & 17 – 22 April
Always good for an educational step back in time, Amberley Museum has extra events for the school holidays with trails around the museum for children to follow to earn a chocolate surprise. As usual you can also get your fill of vintage trains, buses and demonstrations of the crafts of yesterday.
Light Painting Workshop/Screen printing workshop, Jerwood, Hastings, Sat 6 April/Tues 16 April
In a workshop on Sat 6 led by Press Play Films children 7+ will learn how to create their own light drawings and paintings using long camera exposures and lights. On 16 April ages 5+ have a chance to screen print their own wall art with graphic design wizards Little Mashers. Tickets for each workshop are £15 and likely to sell out in advance.
AniMalcolm, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 4 & Fri 5 April
The award-winning Story Pocket Theatre brings David Baddiel’s bestselling book AniMalcolm to life in a new musical comedy combining physical performances, music, puppetry and a script full of laughs. It’s at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 4 and Fri 5 April (from £14.15). Full dates here.
All-Weather Championship Finals Day, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey, Fri 19 April
A great day out for the whole family on Good Friday. As well as the racing there’s plenty of entertainment including live music an Easter egg hunt, face painting, inflatable derby hoppers, chocolate giveaways and a giant inflatable assault course.
Piazza Italia, Horsham, Fri 19 and Mon 22 April
Super sports cars are set to invade the streets of Horsham once more for the 13th free Easter Italian Festival. On Good Friday check out classic and sporting Italian cars, Italian Job-style Minis, bikes and scooters. Then on Easter Monday it’s the turn of Italian and international supercars. There will also be an Italian market, themed entertainments and kids’ activities.
DROP OFF RPO Resound Easter Composition, The Hawth, Crawley, Wed 17 & Thurs 18 April
Here’s a chance for musical youngsters to play with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra! RPO Resound invites students of all ages and musical abilities with their own instruments to come along to The Hawth for their Composition Workshops. Over two days participants will learn how to compose for an orchestra and work together on an original piece for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Workshops take place Wed 17 and Thurs 18 April, 10.00 – 17.00.
DROP OFF Children’s Filmmaking course, Depot, Lewes, Mon 15 & Tues 16 April
This two day course guides 8-14 year olds through the filmmaking process. They’ll spend one day planning and filming and a second day editing in Depot’s Edit Suite. Both days, April 15 and 16, run from 10:00 to 15:00 and the total cost is £90. All participants must bring a smart phone, tablet or video camera.
Elmer the Elephant, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Fri 12 and Sat 13 April
One for the wee ones and nothing to do with bunnies. Elmer the elephant, from the famous book by David McKee stomps into Worthing full of cheeky humour and a message that it’s fine to be different. There’s one show on the Fri and two on Saturday. Tickets from £13.50, families of four £46.
Safari Scavenger hunt, Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens, Sun 21 April
Head down to the newly reopened Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens for a Safari Scavenger hunt on easter Sunday. Children can discover illustrated animals among the plants and return to the front desk for a special Easter treat (£2 on top of admission). The garden also has real life wallabies, including albinos, to visit.
Easter Egg rolling competition, Devil’s Dyke, Mon 22 Apr
Bring your own hand decorated hard boiled egg along on Easter Monday and between 10:45 and 12:00 try your luck at this Easter custom. The egg that gets furthest down the valley wins. There will also be a prize for Best Decorated Egg. £1 each, no booking required.
PART FREE Best bluebell walks in Sussex, early April – end May
Bluebells are usually brightening our days from early April to the end of May. Here are some of the best bluebell walks in Sussex along with our ideas for places to eat, drink and make merry nearby.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Tues 16 April – Sat 20 April
Jaw-achingly silly and suitable for over 10s if you don’t mind a bit of (clothed) bedroom romping and mild bad language. Bag yourself some diamond entertainment as the hit West End heist farce The Comedy About a Bank Robbery comes back to Sussex. Tickets are from £20. Read what Muddy and an 11-year-old thought in our review.
Pixar in Concert, Brighton Dome, East Sussex, Sun 14 April
Enjoy music from Toy Story, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Monster Inc, Cars played by a full orchestra when Pixar In Concert comes to Brighton Dome. Featuring award-winning music from the likes of by Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Thomas Newman. Tickets from £32.
DROP OFF Film and Theatre Workshops, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 30 March – Thurs 18 April
There are all-singing, all-dancing, jam-packed days at the Trinity Theatre this Easter. For 7-13 year olds there’s a workshop with songs and dances from West End hit Mamma Mia. During Movie in a Week, 13-19-year-olds shoot and act in their own movie, while a Stage Combat Workshop sees a professionally qualified expert teach kids how to punch, kick and throw to create the illusion of an action-packed fight sequence.
Family-friendly cottages for Easter and beyond
Easter’s approaching and we have just the thing to help – 30 gorgeous self-catering cottages across Sussex and the other Muddy counties! See the Muddy feature on the link below.
Horrible Histories: Pirates, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire, Sat 6 Apr – Tue 31 Dec
Terrible torture, gruesome gourmet and a whole lotta plundering and varmints – you know the kids are going to love it. Heading to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this Easter is the fantastic Pirates exhibition from the team behind Horrible Histories. Children can learn all about what it was like to be a pirate, and how gross it was as well. Entrance starts at £31 for adults (with other attractions included) and £18.50 for kids aged between 5-15.
Tabby McTat / Soundpit, SouthBank Centre, London 6-13 April/6-22 April
for kids in London this Easter – at the SouthBank Centre, Julia Donaldson’s brilliant Tabby McTat is brought to the stage for the first time (6-13 April) and there’s also a fun new sensory exhibition Soundpit by artist Di Mainstone (6-22 April) where you can create music with your fingers or your feet by playing in giant illuminated sandpits (bucket and spade not necessary!)
DROP OFF Lewes Railwayland Holidays Clubs, May half term and Summer hols
Book now for this popular holiday club running again from May half term, where children can rise to the fire lighting challenge, build dens, discover pond life, listen to stories and join in games, crafts and campfire cooking. Older children signed up for the full four days will also have the opportunity to achieve the John Muir Award. 2019 clubs run 28 May – 31 May, 29 July – 1 August, 5 August – 8 August and 28 Oct – 29 Oct. Book for two-day or four-day sessions.
Elderflower Fields family festival, Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, 24-27 May
This independent festival, designed with children in mind, attracts a manageable 5,000 visitors and is now in its seventh year. Think music, sports, nature and the arts in a stunning location. There’s camping, kayaking, circus skills, a woodland spa and even nannies on hand for when the little darlings get too much. Adults: £165, children £79, under 3s £7
Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Tues 30 April – Sat 4 May
When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B, Baker Street to request help to unravel the mystery of her missing father, Holmes and Watson enter a murky world of murder, corruption and stolen jewels. There’s even a bit of romance. It’s suitable for ages 11+ it’s a GCSE set text too this year, so handy for teens.
One of my fave days of last summer was spent with a hat and a picnic watching the Globe at BOAT. They’re back again with the same format whereby audience cheers decide which play gets performed on the day with a choice of The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night this year. Tickets have just been released. Book now for 10 – 13 July. £17.50, or £45 for a family ticket.