Easter events and activities to ensure a cracking time for all the family

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Monday 21st March 2016 4:32 pm
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YOU CAN’T beat a bit of traditional family fun at Easter and the National Trust has come up trumps.

Head to Uppark, at South Harting, for Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts from March 25 to 28, 11am to 4pm.

Set on top of the South Downs, with amazing views and space for the youngsters to run around in, in the spring sunshine, Uppark is the perfect place for an Easter egg hunt.

Track down the clues around the garden as you follow the Easter egg route, and you’ll receive a Cadbury chocolate gift.

The fun continues too, with Uppark’s spring trail, running until April 10. The Uppark hares have hidden eggs around the garden and outbuildings. Find them and claim a prize. Normal admission charges apply, with £3 per hunt for trails.

The Easter bunny has dropped VIP eggs around the house and grounds at Petworth. There is a hunt with riddles at the National?Trust property, with chocolate prizes, from March 25 to April 3, 1030am to 4pm. Normal charges apply with £3 for hunt. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Over at Gilbert White’s House and Garden at Selborne, it is compasses at the ready for an orienteering challenge and Easter Bunny Hunt combined.

The challenge is to navigate your way round a new orienteering course in the grounds, finding all the Easter bunnies, with a small prize given on completion.

This runs from Saturday, March 26, to Sunday, April 10. It is a free drop-in event, with all ages welcome. Take or own compass or borrow one for a refundable deposit. Visit www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk for more information

Further afield, there is Easter holiday fun at the Farnham Maltings. The Maltings Marvellous Easter School, with a range of artistic and creative activities, runs from March 29 to April 1. Visit www.farnhammaltings.com for more.

Egg painting and Easter cooking are on offer at the Weald and Downland open air museum near Chichester, with a traditional bonnet parade on Easter Monday. Visit www.wealddown.co.uk. Good Bake Friday will start the celebrations on Friday.

As well as the Easter services at Winchester Cathedral, there are fun family events there too.

Drop-in biscuit decorating is being held in the cathedral refectory over the two weekends of the school holidays, March 26-28 and April 2 and 3. Just turn up and join in. Cost is £1 per biscuit. From Easter Monday to Sunday, April 10, there will be an Easter Egg Trail encouraging children to explore the cathedral in search of ten decorated eggs, with a small gift for all completed trails.

On April 5 and 7, children’s Easter holiday activities run at the cathedral from 10am to noon, offering creative workshops inspired by the building. These are suitable for children aged 7-11. The cost is £2 per child, parents welcome. Booking for these is essential, on 01962 857274.

At The Spring in Havant, performances of puppet show Flyaway Katie, by Long Nosed Puppets, is sure to go down well with families over Easter. There are two shows on Saturday, March 26 – 11.30am and 2.30pm. This is suitable for children aged 2 to 7. Tickets are £8 or £28 for a family of four.

And while the younger children are at the shows, children aged 8 and over are invited to a puppet workshop where making and performing with puppets is explored. These are at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets £8.

For more visit www.thespring.co.uk

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