Not got anything planned for the Easter Holidays? We’ve done the legwork.

22nd March

If you are looking for ideas for what to do over the Easter Holidays, look no further. We have done the legwork, and hunted out some bargains and a range of ideas from heading to the slopes or hunting for chocolate bunnies nearer to home.

Head for the slopes, hills or the beach.

Alpine Elements are offering last minute bargains for the Easter Week, return flights from Gatwick with 7 nights half board in the Chalet Nathalie in Meribel. Snow has been plentiful in the French Alps, so if you didn’t get enough of the white stuff in the UK, then you can enjoy a sporty, alpine break from around £450 per person. Or if you want to take the car to get away, don’t forget that Wanted on Voyage in Heathfield hire out roof top boxes as well as stocking the Thule range of boxes and bike carriers for your trip; we spotted that Eurotunnel are doing 5 day returns to France for £79 each way. If it’s the sun you are after then EasyJet have tickets to Lanzarote from £350 if you are in search of warmer days.

Lambing

Several farms offer this so we have listed a selection with links, it is advisable to wear wellies, wash hands afterwards and pregnant women should not visit the lambing barn:

Tottingworth Farm, Heathfield from March 22 – 24 10 – 14.00 – come and see the lambs at this farm near Heathfield, there is an excellent cafe and shop if you want to make more of your trip lambing poster

Tablehurst Biodynamic Farm in Forest Row Saturday 24 and Saturday 31 – superb biodynamic farm in Forest Row, a beautiful setting with a lively lambing barn, you are free to see the other animals on site and there is a well stocked shop, cafe serving delicious food and a play area. Last time we visited the play tunnels were a bit muddy so wellies and very scruffy outdoor clothing recommended.

Middle Farm, West Firle 24  March to April 15

Lamb bottle feeding at 11.30 and 15.30 This open farm charges admission, but they have an all day schedule of animal experiences to enjoy, so it is more of a day out. The farm shop is amazing and the cider shop is a must for any enthusiasts as it stocks one of the best selections of cider in the area. The cafe also serves a selection of hot meals and tea and cakes.

Egg hunts

There are lots of these going on. We have picked our favourites

Wilderness Wood – Friday 30 March – all day

Spring celebrations at the woods with Lucy’s Little Forest School’s take on the traditional Easter Bunny Hunt, with a hand-crafted chocolate treat provided by local artisan chocolate makers; Rowdy and Fancy’s.  There will also be arts and crafts  around the Meeting House building near the cafe.   Wilderness Cafe will be serving its famous family BBQ out of the new Cook House. £10 per family

Battle Abbey 1066, Easter Adventure Quest  – 30 March

– 2 April  10 til 17.00

Calling all valiant adventurers this Easter weekend! Join the hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off with an intrepid character from the past to crack the clues and claim your chocolate reward. There is a £1 charge on top of normal admission.

Bateman’s, Burwash – Easter Egg Hunt

30 March – 15 April  11 -16.00

Throughout the Easter school holidays families can join in the fun of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Inspired by the nature around the garden and estate, the ‘Birds and Bees’ hunt will have the children looking around the garden to find bird, bee and spring flower clues to complete their hunt £3.00 per trail

Herstmonceux Castle – Easter Bunny Hunt -Sunday April 1st 10 – 16.00 Enjoy the grounds of this stunning castle. Admission charges apply.

Easter Events – with an Alice in Wonderland Theme

Alice’s Circus Adventure, Groombridge Place March 30 – April 15

Alice returns to Groombridge Place this Easter with an event even bigger and greater than ever before! Everyone can meet the Mad Hatter, Alice, The Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and of course the forgetful White Rabbit! See the characters thrill audiences with their circus tricks high up on the Aerial Hoop and Aerial Trapeze in the forest and join the Mad Hatter for fun filled craft activities!

Mad Hatters’s Tea Party at The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park March 30 – April 2

Catch the train to Kingscote Station where awaiting your arrival will be a world of madness! There will be a Mad Hatter’s tea party, children’s adventure hunt, giant games, small animal farm (don’t forget to look out for an Easter bunny!) and entertainment for everyone. If your kids love steam trains then this is for them.

There is so much on in Sussex you will be spoilt for choice.