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Easter in Tunbridge Wells feeding the ducks in the park

Easter in Tunbridge Wells feeding the ducks in the park

David Hodgkinson

Easter Holidays

Easter is just around the corner!

Keep your whole family entertained over the Easter holidays in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area. 

After the long winter months the attractions are ready to throw open their doors to welcome visitors from near and far.

Look out for special Easter fun family events and activities at the many attractions that are on our doorstep and close to Tunbridge Wells.

Spring, with its pink and cream blossom bursting out and covering the trees in colour, the promise of sunshine and longer days to come, is an excellent time to get outside with the kids.

There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy this Easter from Easter Egg Trails to beautiful gardens full of spring flowers.

So go explore the town, Royal Tunbridge Wells and further afield this Easter.

In search of chocolate

Youngsters can join in the serious business of looking for chocolate on one of the many Easter Egg Trails at various venues in the area this weekend.

All aboard the Spa Valley Railway, for a trip through the beautiful Wealden countryside. Spot the Easter Bunny along the line and there are chocolate egg prizes for everyone! Don’t miss the train, the Easter Specials run from 14th to 17th April.

At Penshurst Place and Gardens from 1st to 16th April there are trails to follow for the active and crafts to occupy the creative and artistic.

For smaller visitors, storytellers from Aardvark Productions will be sharing a very silly tale about the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Scotney Castle will keep you and the kids occupied as you search all the nooks and crannies of the castle and gardens. The clues are hidden somewhere amongst the ruins and foliage. Find them all and collect a chocolate bunny at the end.

Hop along to Hever Castle to join in the Lindt Easter Bunny hunt, which will take place in the award-winning gardens from 1st – 17th April. The clues will be hidden along the Gold Bunny trail. Other activities include bonnet making.

Kids just want to have fun

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Experience nature and get all the great benefits that go with playing in the open air at Bedgebury Forest. Enjoy a day of wild adventure and let the kids run loose.

Groombridge Place has numerous attractions which will keep the children entertained over the Easter holiday and promises fun for all the family under the guise of Alice's Circus Adventures! 

It also has award-winning gardens alive with colour and interest all year round.

Glorious Gardens

Easter is not just about the children, this is the time of year when the gardens are waking up to their public.

Spring is when many of the gardens in the Tunbridge Wells area begin to look their best. We have them all: small and quirky or grand and imposing.

Shake off the winter blues and lift your spirits in a garden fresh with blossom and emerging spring flowers.

The gardens at Penshurst Place, Pashley Manor, Groombridge Place, Hole Park, Scotney Castle, Chiddingstone Castle and Gardens, Burrswood in Groombridge will surprise and delight.

Wander around the peaceful gardens at Pashley Manor, with its historic walled gardens, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas. The early spring flowers are followed by bluebells, tulips and roses.

Visitors to Penshurst Place can enjoy 11 acres of walled and hedged garden rooms that provides a variety of blooms and colour throughout the year.  In contrast to the formal gardens is the orchard with its spring flowers.

The tranquil gardens at Hole Park tucked away in the Weald of Kent, near the pretty historic market town of Cranbrook, provide a stunning display of daffodils in the early spring along with the camellias and magnolia, the bluebells and wisteria of late spring are closely followed by the more vibrant colours of the herbaceous borders in the summer.

The gardens at Chiddingstone Castle are delightful all year round. Wander the woodland walks and don’t miss the daffodil spectacular and the display of cherry blossom in the Japanese Earthquake Memorial Orchard.

Burrswood Gardens in Groombridge with secluded viewpoints, paths, and wonderful views is the place to get away from it all.  Woodland flanks the formal garden areas and makes up a substantial part of the 120-acre estate, with extensive woodland flora such as wood anemones, primroses, bluebells and snowdrops.

From many of the gardens it is just a small step into the surrounding countryside.

Explore on foot - rural Kent at its finest

Whether you are an ambler, a rambler, a stroller or a hiker the countryside is the place to escape to and recharge the batteries.

Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, this breath-taking landscape with its patchwork of small fields, historic hedgerows, ancient woodlands, traditional orchards, downland villages and country lanes are all waiting to be to explored.

The Kent High Weald website has suggestions of a number of walks of all lengths in the area. Get lost and discover some amazing wildlife, history and heritage along the way.

For the culture vultures

There is a vibrant cultural scene in Royal Tunbridge Wells with art, theatre, dance, opera, music and comedy to suit young and old.

Until 5 June this year, a Spring Exhibition of local artists’ works is being held at Woods Restaurant in the Pantiles.

For more galleries in the local area, pay a visit to our Galleries page.

Theatre lovers, take your pick at the Assembly Hall Theatre or the Trinity Theatre which have a varied programme of events during the Easter break.

What's on highlights

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and the Little Mermaid Family Pantomime by Wicked Productions. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to music, comedy and theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

If soul is your choice, At Last - The Etta James Story at the Assembly Hall Theatre is a heady tale of a turbulent life. 

For something a little lighter Omid Djalili and Lee Nelson will be here to brighten your evenings.

At Trinity Theatre teenagers can experience a Physical Theatre Workshop and a Costume Design Masterclass.

For 2-7 years, a new stage show for the Easter holiday, Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure!

The hilarious costume comedy theatre company, Pantaloon Productions, also present their own take on Pride & Prejudice.

For arty crafty bods, the Friday Fun sessions at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery are a monthly FREE drop-in craft session for 2-5 year olds and accompanying carers. The theme on 7 April is A Bug’s Life.

Don’t forget the Holiday Happenings free arts and crafts for all the family too on 11- 13 April celebrating A Very Victorian Easter.

Cookery School

Get the family into Rosemary Shrager’s kitchen. Take the kids along to her Family & Friends Day course or her Junior Gourmet Day Course (8-12 Years), it’s a fun and informative way to learn to cook some delicious treats.

Discover the history and heritage around every corner

Come and join the first Guided Walking Tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells for 2017 this Easter weekend (Saturday 1 April) and find out how Tunbridge Wells became the playground for Royalty and the truth behind the Scandals at the Spa!

For full details of all events check our What’s On Page.

Why not extend your stay during the Easter holiday? Be our guest and check out our accommodation pages.

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