Easter is a great time of year to take education out of the classroom into the real world and to give children a break from school.
Even half a day away from revision for those studying for GCSEs refreshes the vigour – and there’s subliminal learning to be absorbed at the same time.
How about a trip to the English Heritage Walmer Castle in Deal for an Easter Adventure Quest? Adventurers during the Easter weekend (14th-17th April) will meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by – a great opportunity to get hands-on with history.
• There’s a Walk on the Wild Side event at the Kenward Trust in Yalding on Monday 17th April between 10am-3.30pm. This free event includes a farmers’ market, craft stalls, countryside attractions, woodland walks and coffee in the café. Visit www.kenwardtrust.org.uk
• Other events include an Easter Quest at Leeds Castle and at Battle Abbey, Battle; a Bunny Hunt at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks; and a Children’s Easter Trail at the British Wildlife Centre, near Lingfield, Surrey.
Steam railways make a great trip out for all the family too and many of our local pleasure railways have special events lined up.
• Pop along to the Spa Valley Railway (www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk) to find the eggs around the track, along with other events including steam and heritage diesel trains in action, and a ‘spot the Easter bunny competition’ with a chance to win a family ticket to a Day Out With Thomas.
• Meanwhile, the charming Bluebell Railway (www.bluebell-railway.co.uk), which runs from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead through East and West Sussex, also has events including a visit by the Flying Scotsman between 13th-19th April.
• The Rother Valley Railway, which is currently reconstructing the Kent & East Sussex Railway section from Robertsbridge to Bodiam, has a special Lego event during Easter too. This light railway, running between Tenterden and Bodiam, gives a great opportunity for a ride down memory lane.
Visit www.kesr.org.uk for more information.