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What's on this Easter? Egg hunts and more in south east London and north Kent
CADBURY has teamed up with the National Trust to create tasty Easter egg hunts at around 300 of its properties.
The trails encourage kids to become eggsplorers and get to grips with the great outdoors.
Each hunt begins at base camp where the little sleuths will receive their kit, which includes a make-it-yourself hat, a trail journal with maps and clues, and a trail passport for collecting stamps.
At the end, successful detective work will lead to a delicious Cadbury Egghead.
This year, there is also a competition to design your own Egghead with chance of being made into a real Egghead next year.
Normal entry fees apply.
National Trust and Cadbury Easter Egg hunts near you:
Red House, Bexleyheath
April 18 to 21, 11.30am to 4.15pm.
Designer of Red House and arts and craft movement pioneer, William Morris, probably would not have approved of Easter eggs in his house, so find them quick.
Quebec House, Westerham
April 19 to 21, 11.15am to 4.45pm.
Find the eggs to earn your soldier’s certificate at General Wolfe’s old house.
Knole House, Sevenoaks
April 19, noon to 4pm.
Search high and low among ancient trees and magical courtyards at this 600-year-old house and medieval parkland. Try to get to the eggs before the deer.
April 18 to 21, 11am to 4pm
Hunt for victory at Winston Churchill’s former home.
Emmett’s Garden, Ide Hill
April 18 to 21, 10am to 4.15pm
Find the clues among the exotic plants at the Edwardian family garden.
MORE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNTS
ENCHANTING puppetry and magical songs await at The Albany Theatre’s Easter show.
Shoe Baby is at the Deptford theatre until Sunday (April 13) with performances at 11am and 2pm.
The sing along play won the Best Children’s Show award at Brighton Festival in 2006 and is adapted from well-known author Joyce Dunbar’s book about a baby who takes to the sea, air and zoo in a shoe.
Described by the Guardian as ‘absolutely fantastic’, Shoe Baby is suitable for ages two and up and features music written by talented musician Tom Gray of award-winning Indie band Gomez.
There is even a chance to meet the puppets after the show.
Tickets cost £7, with family ticket promotions available. Go to thealbany.org.uk or call 020 86924446.
CUTTY Sark’s chickens have been laying their eggs in some odd places aboard the old ship in Greenwich. See how many you can spot aboard the ship and have the chance of winning a prize at the Easter egg hunt from 10am to 5pm between April 18 and 21. The activity is free with the normal entry fee.
AT the former home of Charles Darwin, Down House in Downe, there is the chance to win a chocolate treat in the Easter Quest. From 10am to 5pm from April 18 to 21, there is the chance to meet intriguing characters from days gone by and hear their stories. They need your help, so crack the clues and win the prize. Normal entry fees apply. Go to English-heritage.org.uk
WIN a small prize when you complete the fun trail through Hall Place Gardens in Bexley. It’s open from 10am to 4.30pm from Saturday (April 5) until April 20. Trail sheets cost £2 from the visitor centre.
DISCOVER animals and monsters hiding in the paintings, objects and buildings at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as part of its Easter trail full of games, spotting and activities. Pick up the trail between 10am and 5pm from Saturday (April 5) to April 21 at the Discover Greenwich welcome desk. It costs £2 per trail, including a map and a prize.
JOIN the egg hunt at Bickley Manor Hotel Grounds from 10am to 2pm on Easter Sunday (April 20). Follow the clues to answer the puzzle and collect your prize. It costs £3 per child, while there will also be face painting, kids’ rides and side stalls. The hotel is open for lunch including the garden bar and patio.
FOLLOW the trail and find all the eggs hidden around the farm at The Woodlands Farm Trust in Shooters Hill between 10am and 2pm on Friday, April 11. It costs £1 and booking is essential. Call 020 8319 8900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
GO on an Easter egg hunt or find goodies at the arts and craft market at the Horniman Museum’s Easter Fair from 10.30am to 4.30pm on April 19 and 20. Free entry. Go to horniman.ac.uk
OTHER GREAT EVENTS THIS EASTER
HARRIS Academy in Beckenham’s arts and craft fair in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice is on Saturday (April 5) from 10am. It will have more than 30 stalls with arts, craft, food and entertainment. Entry costs £1 for adults.
ENJOY free entry to the Gingham Goose spring and Easter craft market from 10.30am to 5pm at Hayes Village Hall on April 12. Entry is free until 4pm and, as well as crafts items, there is a cracking tea room and children’s make and take activities.
AN EASTER table top sale at Darrick Wood Community Centre from 2pm to 4pm on April 11 is free to buyers and just £5 for sellers. Tables must be booked and paid for in advance. E-mail email@example.com or call 01689 859519.
LAUGH it up at Air and Breathe’s Easter Thursday Dapper Laughs. The Dartford nightclub opens early at 9pm, with free entre before 9.30pm. Selected drinks £2.50 all night. Admission before 11pm costs £6, £8 after, or £5 online. Go to airandbreathe.com
DECORATE your own Easter egg with inspiration from the Roman Easter Eggs on display in the visitor centre at Hall Place and Gardens in Bexley. The adult craft session tomorrow (April 3) runs from 11am to 12.30pm and costs £5 per person. Call 01322 621238.
MAKE a flower bomb explode or make a colourful flower or butterfly for the Bromley Museum’s wall garden at its Guerilla Gardening event from Saturday, April 8, to Monday, April 10. The drop-in sessions for kids aged four and up accompanied by their parents, run from 2pm to 4pm and cost £1 per child. Call 01689 873826 or e-mail Bromley.firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATE your own Orpington Chicken mask and follow the trail to win an egg at Bromley Museum from April 15 to 17. The drop-in sessions from 2pm to 4pm cost £1 per child and are designed for little ones aged four and up and accompanied by an adult. Go to 01689 873826 or e-mail Bromley.email@example.com
WALK around Jubilee Country Park in Petts Wood on Good Friday. A two mile walk, from 2pm, is organised by the Friends of Jubilee Country Park and led by Neil Cook. Meet at Tent Peg Lane car park, off Petts Wood Road. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome and it is free (donations welcome). Call Neil Cook 078377732359.
EVERY weekday from Monday (April 7) until Good Friday (April 18), the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is holding free Easter family art fun from 11am to 2.45pm. Go to horniman.ac.uk
FIND out about the different rabbits that live in the Horniman Museum’s animal walk from 11am to 4pm on Wednesdays, April 9 and April 16. It’s free. Go to horniman.ac.uk
THE Easter Bunny will make an appearance and traders will give mini eggs to anyone in a bonnet at the Sydenham Easter Bonnet Parade in from 2pm to 4pm in the High Street on Saturday, April 19.
GET creative and make your own Easter bonnet at Here for Good in Sydenham Road, from noon to 2pm on April 12. The free session will allow you to create a bonnet to wear at Sydenham’s Easter parade in the High Street on April 19.
PREPARE for Easter weekend at Erith Riverside Shopping Centre’s Gift Fair on Saturday (April 12). From 11am to 4pm, shoppers can browse stalls selling everything from chocolates and sweets to handmade gifts and cards. A petting zoo with bunnies and chicks will let little ‘uns get hands on from 11am to 3pm too.
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