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, take advantage of the long weekend break with not one but two bank holidays either side of it!

You can easily keep your whole family entertained over the Easter school holidays in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area too. 

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 in the region.

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.

There’s plenty for the family, friends and couples to enjoy this Easter from Easter Egg Trails to beautiful gardens full of colourful spring flowers.

Take some time to escape the everyday and explore the stunning town of Royal Tunbridge Wells and further afield this Easter.

Easter Trails in Tunbridge Wells

Youngsters can join in the serious business of looking for chocolate on one of the many Easter Egg Trails at various venues in the region during the Easter 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, Easter Specials are running during the long Easter weekend.

At Penshurst Place and Gardens from 30th March to 15th April there is an exciting trail 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 which this year is also April Fool’s Day!

Celebrate 10 years of being open to the public at Scotney Castle with The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. This will keep you all occupied as you search 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 30th March – 15th April. The clues will be hidden along the Gold Bunny trail. Other activities include bonnet making, a parade and a quiz.

The most glorious gardens in the South East of England

With the green shoots coming to the fore, the first flowers peeking out and a splash of sunshine as the countryside warms up, you can immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

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 but all are truly glorious.

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 ancient walled gardens, hidden woodland paths and mesmerising views. 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.

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.

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.

Experience nature and get all the great benefits that go with playing in the open air at Bedgebury National Pinetum & 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 with Alice’s Circus Adventures and for the brave, the UK’s highest and longest tree top rope walk! 

Enjoy the award-winning gardens alive with colour and interest as well as the ancient forest.

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 explored.

We have suggestions for a number of walks of all lengths. 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.

See some wonderful art and photography exhibitions in the galleries of Tunbridge Wells.  The Trinity Theatre has just the ticket to feed the mind with 2 exhibitions over Easter providing a different perspective on nature and the built environment.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society will be having their annual Spring Exhibition too. Pay a visit to our Galleries page to find out about all the galleries nearby.

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.

See also our engaging Museums for more on the history of the borough.

What's on highlights

Of Mice and Men, Rhythm of the Night, The RTW Symphony Orchestra, Pop Divas Live!, Walk Right Back (The Everly Brothers’ Story) and Alice in Wonderland Family Pantomime by Wicked Productions. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce the younger ones to music, comedy and theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

If you like Fleetwood Mac, tribute artists Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at the Assembly Hall Theatre are a must. 

For something a little lighter Jason Manford will be here to give you the giggles.

Fancy a Good Friday dinner out? What about with some live music accompaniment? The Mercure Hotel at Pembury is putting on a show with an Adele tribute artist.

At Trinity Theatre teenagers can experience a Musical Theatre Workshop and a Stop Motion Animation session.

For the little ones, two new stage shows are on for the Easter holiday. The Snow Maiden and Friends is on 1st April and, described as “Vividly engaging” by The Stage, is Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass. Book quickly before they sell out completely.

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.

Don’t forget the Holiday Happenings, free arts and crafts for all the family too on 3 – 5 April celebrating Easter. These are free as well with no need to book. Furthermore, for free entry, Cranbrook Museum throws open its ancient doors on 1st April.

Cookery Schools

Get the family into Rosemary Shrager’s kitchen. Take the kids along to the Cooking with your Family Day course (8-16 years), it’s a fun and informative way to learn to cook some delicious treats.

Cookies’ Kitchen has an Easter workshop for 5-10 year olds, based in Frant which is a small village outside Royal Tunbridge Wells.  Parents can take a walk in the local countryside, go curling and have a lunch in the quaint country pubs nearby.

Bake and Crafthouse in Cranbrook caters for children, adults and families to spend a fun time together learning to cook dinners, cakes, afternoon tea and much more.

See our Cookery School page for more delectable ideas.

Discover the history and heritage around every corner

Come and join the first Guided Walking Tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells this Easter Saturday 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 full of fabulously friendly options.  Whether you are treating yourselves or keeping guests entertained, we’re sure the best mini-break options are right here in the Tunbridge Wells.

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