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Family Easter Holidays

Easter is just around the corner so take advantage of the extra long weekend with not one but two bank holidays either side of it!

Effortlessly keep your whole family entertained over the Easter holidays in Royal Tunbridge Wells, and the surrounding area in Kent.

Things To Do In Kent at Easter

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 family events and activities at the many attractions that are on in the region including things to do on Easter Sunday.

Spring in England, 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 egg-cellent time to get outside!

There’s plenty for the family 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.

The Top Easter Trails in Tunbridge Wells

Youngsters can join in the serious business of looking for chocolate on one of the many Easter Egg Trails in the region over the Easter holiday.

1. All aboard the Spa Valley Railway for a trip through the beautiful Garden of England countryside. Spot the Easter Bunnies along the line, chocolate prizes for everyone and a chance to win a ticket for the Santa Special in 2020! Don’t miss the train, Easter Specials are running during the whole of the long Easter weekend.

Later on in the month of April, meet Peter RabbitTM, arguably one of the best loved and cutest traditional characters to come and cuddle!

2. At Penshurst Place and Gardens an interactive event celebrates Easter Sunday on 12th April. Join Aadvark Productions performance group who will be telling stories about the Easter Bunny suitable for kids and adults alike!

Throughout the holiday period in April, there is an exciting trail to follow for the active and crafts to occupy the creative and artistic.

3. Scotney Castle (National Trust) 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 Cadbury chocolate prize at the end.

4. Hop along to Hever Castle to join in the annual Easter trails and activities complete with chocolate rewards, which will take place in the award-winning gardens from 2nd to 19th April. Other activities include Easter Tree decoration workshops and an indoor Castle trail. Find the hidden items in the house and have fun in the maze and kids' playgrounds. 

Top outdoor things to do for kids in Kent

1. Bewl Water is a haven of water based activities. There’s the huge floating Aqua Park – essentially an inflatable obstacle course -  sailing, kayaking, as well as the option to go cycling round the lake with your own bike or hire a bike.

2. 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 either in the forest or in one of the various natural play parks. Enjoyable at any time of the year.

3. 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-hearted, try the UK’s highest and longest tree top rope walk! 

Enjoy the award-winning Enchanted Gardens that will be alive with colour and interest as well as the ancient forest where you’ll find Crusoe’s adventure playground.

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

5. Bowles Outdoor Activity Centre offers a variety of sporty things to do such as dry slope skiing, ‘snow’boarding, kayaking, canoeing and climbing.

6. Family friendly walks are available on the Commons of Tunbridge Wells, Dunorlan Park, Broadwater Warren RSPB Nature Reserve and Hargate Forest. Also find a few short toddler walks on the Explore Kent website.

Walking the Tunbridge Wells Common[pdf] and Rusthall Common[pdf] trails are the perfect way to discover the amazing wildlife and plants that live on the doorstep of a town.

7. 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  or enjoy other craft activities. Tuck in to some delicious food at the Waterside café. This is a place where the whole family can happily amuse themselves.

Rainy Day Easter Activities

Spend the morning ten pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Knights Park, North Farm then after a spot of lunch there, relax at the Odeon Cinema next door watching a family film.

In the countryside, visit our engaging Cranbrook Museum for more on the history of the area with interactive artefacts for the kids.

Free to enter and free to park nearby, Cranbrook is a pretty little town adorned with friendly, cosy cafés. 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 for Easter – the best of the rest

The town’s theatres offer plenty of opportunities to introduce the younger ones to music, comedy and theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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

Learn from professionals in the field, no children will be harmed in the making of these sessions!

For the littlies, an appropriately high energy theatrical adventure will be arriving as Twirlywoos Live comes to Tunbridge Wells. Laugh your bellies off at the mischief and multitude of surprises as delightful discovery through inventive puppetry and music is showcased by all your favourite characters from the hit CBeebies programme.

Another hit children’s TV show, Milkshake Live! is appearing at the Assembly Hall Theatre. A favourite from Channel 5, including appearances from Noddy, Digby Dragon and Fireman Sam.

Cookery Schools near Tunbridge Wells

Get the family into cooking and baking, a fun way to hang out together. Book a 2 hour workshop for 4 years old and over at Temper Temper Chocolate Experience. A serendipitous experience for Easter!!

At Ashdown Manna Cookery school 14 year olds and older can attend a half day course for Easter Baking, Thai Street Food, Patisserie or Tapas around the Easter weekend.

See our Cookery School page for more delectable ideas.

Discover the history and heritage around every corner

Book a group Guided Walking Tour of Royal Tunbridge Wells this Easter with our family friendly Blue Badge Guides and find out how Tunbridge Wells became the playground for Royalty! Contact the Tourist Information Centre.

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

Be our guest and extend your Easter holiday! 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.

External links

Kent High Weald Walks

High Weald Nature Reserves

Explore Kent

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