All Saints Church

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Easter Holidays

Easter is just around the corner, take advantage of the extra 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 Eggs along the line and then there are chocolate prizes for everyone! Don’t miss the train, Easter Specials are running during the long Easter weekend.

Get excited for Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April because none other than the PJ Masks will be appearing to their fans at Groombridge Station. Purchase your ticket in advance to ensure a seat on one of the heritage trains which you can then use all day for unlimited travel! Gekko and Catboy will be waiting!

At Penshurst Place and Gardens an exciting day event kicks off the Easter holidays on 6th April called 'Cannon Fire & Sea Monster Spotting'. Join the 'Hands on History' interactive performance group who will be firing a real life cannon as well as helping you see off those sea monsters!

Throughout the holiday period, 6th – 22nd April, there is an exciting trail to follow for the active and crafts to occupy the creative and artistic. The theme is mythical sea creatures, find ‘What lurks beneath the inky sea?

For smaller visitors, professional storytellers will be sharing the adventurous tales about Captain Blackbeard on Easter Sunday!

Scotney Castle will be holding the annual 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 prize at the end.

Hop along to Hever Castle to join in the Easter trails and activities complete with chocolate rewards, which will take place in the award-winning gardens from 6th to 22nd April. Other activities include bonnet workshops and face painting for all the family. Find the hidden bunnies in the house and have fun in the maze and kids' playgrounds. 

The most glorious gardens in the South East of England

With the flowers in full bloom scenting the air 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 unusual 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. Luckily this year as Easter is so late, the Tulip Festival starts during the Easter Holiday period, one of our highly recommended events of the year. 

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 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. For the brave try 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. Fairfax Gallery with 2 floors of contemporary art in The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells, has a special exhibition event entitled 'The Colour of Spring' until the end of April.

Trinity Theatre & Arts Centre has just the ticket to feed the mind with 2 exhibitions over Easter providing different perspectives on landscapes and seascapes with ‘Woven’ and people with ‘Figures’.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society will be having their annual Spring Exhibition too from 13 – 28th April. 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 Cranbrook Museum for more on the history of the area. Free to enter and free to park nearby.  Only a 40 minute drive from Tunbridge Wells although a bus journey is more relaxing and you can better admire the beauty of the rolling hills and beautiful English countryside.

What's on highlights

Brainiac Live, The RTW Symphony Orchestra, Michael (tribute to Michael Jackson), Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, The Jungle Book Family Pantomime by Wicked Productions, The Little Red Hen and Lazy John Gets a Job, Twirlywoos Live and Pongo’s Party offer plenty of opportunities to introduce the younger ones to music, comedy and theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

If you like The Drifters they are appearing at the Assembly Hall Theatre. For something a little lighter Paul Merton, Rhod Gilbert, Gary Delaney, Seann Walsh, Comedy Café, Lucy Porter will be here to give you the giggles.

Fancy a Good Friday dinner out? What about with some live music? The Mercure Hotel at Pembury is putting on The Greatest of Shows Tribute!

At Trinity Theatre young people can experience a performance related workshop such as ‘Movie in a Week’, Stage Combat or Musical Day.

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. Leave the parents behind and let the 13-17 year olds do the cooking in the Mexican Street Food Course.

See our Cookery School page for more delectable ideas.

Fishing

The Fish Farm in Hawkhurst has several ponds for day fishing and is also home to Slap N Dash where you can paint your own crockery and ceramics. Tuck in to some delicious food at the Waterside café. This is a place where the whole family can happily amuse themselves.

Discover the history and heritage around every corner

Book a group Guided Walking Tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells this Easter and find out how Tunbridge Wells became the playground for Royalty and the truth behind the Scandals at the Spa! Contact the Tourist Information Centre.

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

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 Tunbridge Wells.

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