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Easter survival guide

Muddy will not be defeated by children or boredom (or, um, both) and so here, for your delectation, is the totally indispensable Muddy Guide to the Easter holidays.

Dreading the ‘what are we doing today question these Easter holidays? We’ve got you covered: here’s how to avoid the Easter panic and enjoy the company of your egg-fuelled bundles of energy… or at least endure it until they go back to school again.



Wild Easter Camp
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ April 3-5 and April 10-12

These all-dayers gets them off the X-box and into the outdoors. It’s most suited to kids aged 8-13. They’ll build dens, light fires, play games and build giant sandcastles. It’s on Tuesday to Thursday for each of the two weeks (April 3-5 and April 10-12), starting at 9am and finishing at 4.30pm each day. Cost is £40 per child per day a day. Advanced booking is a must.

Bunny Hop 5km and 10km Fun Run
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sun 25 Mar

Chocolate, wine and beautiful scenery – this is one for all the family. Run (or hop or walk) up and down the slopes and through the grape vines at Denbies, picking up the Easter egg treats along the way. It’s one lap for the 5km course, and two for the 10km. Whichever you choose, there are more eggs at the end to reward you for your efforts.

Easter Workshops 
■ CYC:D Studio, Haslemere ■ various dates

CYC:D Studio is running a series of workshops for kids during the Easter holidays – so this is a chance for them to use up some of that chocolate induced energy. On Tues 3 April, trainer Lisa Connell will teach your little ones combat moves like the ones they’ve seen in the movies in the one-hour Stage Combat Workshop. It’s suitable for kids aged 7-12, and is on from 1-2pm. Cost is £15. The Greatest Showman Workshop is on Fri 6 April. This on is 90 minutes and kids will choreograph a dance to one of the hits from Hugh Jackman’s hut film The Greatest Showman. Cost is £18. On Wed 11 April, there’s a kids yoga workshop, from 1.30-2.30pm (£15), and on Thurs 12 April, there will be a one-hour masterclass in Jedi fighting. cyc:d

Easter fun at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm ■ until Sun 15 Apr

Godstone farm is oozing with Easter fun! There’s lots going on, including arts and crafts, Storytime and a quiz and nature trail. With lots of chicks, ducklings and baby goats, Godstone farm is the perfect place to get into the Easter spirit.

Easter Open Day
■ Albury Vineyard, Albury  ■ Sat 31 March

It’s the perfect mix – fun for the kids and wine for the grown ups. Visit the vineyard on Sat 31 March between 11am and 4pm for a family-friendly open day with tastings of the estate’s award-winning sparkling wines. The little ones will be kept happy with a vineyard bunny run, as well as colouring and stickers, and chocolate of course. Plus Bubble & Twist will be on hand to spice things up with their delicious cocktail syrups!

Easter Family Fun
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ 24 March until 15 April

As always, there’s plenty going on at for the whole family at RHS Wisley – from arts and craft sessions to music and storytelling and outdoor activities including sow-and-grow gardening. There are different events every day from Sat 24 March until Sun 15 April, both in the morning and afternoon. Click here for the full list and times.

Easter Holiday Family Fun
■ Brooklands Museum ■ Fri 30 March – Sun 15 Apr

There’s plenty going on at Brooklands Museum this Easter. The Easter Egg Trail is every day, and free with museum admission. No need to book. The car rides will be operating every weekday from 3-13 April, and the London Bus Museum will be operating bus rides around the local area. There are also kids’ tours on the Concorde at set times throughout the day. And Bertie the Brooklands Bear will make guest appearances. There are also a series of workshops for kids, including a kids’ photography course, and craft workshops.

Wild Learning Holiday Club
■ Reigate, Esher, Guidford, Godalming and Farnham ■ Mon 2 – Fri 6 Apr

Drop them off for the day to have bucketloads of fun in the woods, building dens, making campfires, tracking and stalking climbing trees and stream dipping. It’s good old-fashioned outdoor fun for 5-12 year olds. Drop-off and pick up times vary slightly between sites but is usually around 10am to 4pm. It’s £38-£45 for the day and booking is essential. Places do get booked up quickly – so you’ll need to be quick for this. You’ll find the camps at the following venues. Click on the link for dates and availability. Alice Holt Forest, Farnham;  Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher; The Chantries, Guildford; Winkworth Arboretum, Dorking; Earlswood Common, Reigate; and Priory Park, Reigate.

Elephantastic Easter Activities
■ The Living Planet Centre, Woking ■ Tue 3 April & Thurs 5 Apr & Tue 10 Apr & Thurs 12 Apr

The Living Planet Centre has plenty of exciting activities to keep the little ones busy and have the opportunity to stand out from the herd. Sessions running will include: Storytelling with Cindylou (Tue 3 April), creating elephant masks (Thurs 5th April), making clay elephants (Tue 10th April) and Colourful painting (Thurs 12th April). Get involved in their Easter Easter egg hunt and crack the puzzles to claim your chocolate egg!


Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
■ RHS Wisley, Woking ■ 24 March until 15 April

Wisley RHS Gardens  has teamed up with master chocolate-makers Lindt for their Easter egg hunts… so you can hop through these gorgeous gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny with these clue-based trails. As you explore, don’t miss the bumper display of daffodils. They’re stunning.

Cadbury National Trust Easter Egg Hunt
■ Swan Barn Farm, Haslemere ■ Sat 31 March

Led by National Trust rangers, the trail begins and Swan barn Farm and shuffles through the woods with a series of tricky nature clues to exercise the brains as well as the legs. The adventure ends with a Cadbury chocolate egg reward (guaranteed ear-to-ear grins!). This one is pocket-friendly too because it’s just £3 per trail sheet.

The Cadbury hunts are held across the county so to find your closest, head to

Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt
■ White Lion Walk shopping centre, Guildford ■ Sat 31 March

Peter Rabbit fan? Guildford is where you need to go! Not only is there a special egg hunt being held around the White Lion Walk shopping centre in the heart of Guildford, but Peter Rabbit himself will also be visiting to meet little shoppers throughout the day. Children will have the chance to meet the mischievous rabbit every hour from 11m-3pm. The hunt will comprise of a number of clues in the shop windows in a quest for a delicious end reward. There will also be face painting.

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Mon 26 Mar – Sun 25 Apr

Take the family back in time and join the first ever Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII. Once you’ve found all the gold bunny figures you can pick up your Lindt chocolate treat. But the chocolatey fun doesn’t stop there. There’s chocolate tasting in the Base Court Lunchroom, and Decorate your own Chocolate Cup in the Palace Classroom from 11am-4pm.

Easter Eggstravaganza
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Fri 30 – Sat 31 Mar

Explore the 158-acre landscape garden in the hunt for hints and clues to help find the egg, and be rewarded with chocolatey treats. It’s on from 10am-4pm. The cost is included in the normal admission price.

Watts Gallery Easter Trail
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 Apr

Search for fruits and flowers around the Artists’ Village then return with your completed trail and catch it in for some chocolatey treats. The trail is from 11am-5pm each day and is included in the admission price.


Easter Holidays at the Lightbox
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Wed 4 – Fri 13 April

As always, there is plenty going on at The Lightbox in Woking with a range of drop-in and book ahead events. The free drop-in workshops include: Paper Tulip making on Wed 4 Apr, make-your-own Bottle Cap Frogs on Fri 6 Apr, Origami Triangle Box making on Wed 11 Apr, and Cupcake Case Toadstool creation on Thurs 13 April. All workshops are free to drop in anytime for kids aged 4+ between 1.30-4pm.

For those who like to plan ahead, there are bookable workshops for 4-8 years including Rolling Prints (Tues 3 Apr); Cardboard Sculptures (Thurs 5 Apr); Learnt to Print on Paper workshop (Tues 10 Apr) and Paper Sculpture Bugs (Thurs 12 Apr). All workshops are £8 and include all materials.

Watts Gallery Easter Activities
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Fri 30 Mar – Sun 8 Apr

Lots to keep the family busy at Watts Gallery over the Easter holidays, including the Spring Prints and Bunny Bookmarks workshop where kids will use the printing presses to create flowers and fruit prints, and make bookmarks (from 10am-4pm, free with admission). Or there are two-hour Clay Chicks and Rabbits workshop (Tues 3 – Sun 8 Apr) in the Foyle Pottery Studio. It’s for kids aged 8-12 and booking is required. Cost is £9.50 per child, workshops at 10.30am and 2pm.

Beauty and the Beast – Easter holiday workshop
■ Leatherhead Theatre ■ Mon 9 to Fri 13 April

Children will learn song and dance routines, costume design and lighting and sound, before putting on a the show Beauty and the Beast for family and friends at the end. The five-day workshop is for 7-11 years, and on Thurs 12 and Fri 13 it’s open to 4-7 year olds. Cost is £160 for the five days, or £65 for the two.

Easter at the Maltings
■ Farnham Maltings ■ various dates

There are always lots of workshops and events at Farnham Maltings, and this Easter there’s plenty to keep the kids busy. On Wed 4 and Thurs 5 April, there’s Easter! A Twist in the Tail drop-in craft sessions inspired by popular children’s story books, and Biscuit Decorating for Children, also on Wed 4 April. Easter Chicks and Hares, a pottery workshops, is on Sat 7 April.


George’s Marvellous Medicine is at the Rose Theatre Kingston from Wed 28 Mar – Sat 7 Apr

George’s Marvellous Medicine
■ Rose theatre, Kingston ■ Wed 28 Mar – Sat 7 Apr

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is brought to phizz-whizzing life at the Rose. George’s Grandmother isn’t like most, his likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do. One day, George sets about creating a brand-new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure. Tickets from £15.

Guess How Much I Love You
■ Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking ■ Tues 3 – Sat 7 April

Join Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they leap off the page and onto the stage in a brand-new live stage adaptation of the much-loved classic children’s book, Guess How Much I Love You. Expect puppets, live music and interactive play for children 3 years and up.

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs
■ Camberley Theatre, Camberley ■ Thurs 12 April

Ready to go pre-history and roam with the beasts of the past? Get your best scales on for an exhilarating adventure with Dr Ben in his hit stage show where you’ll find out all about the deadliest dinos on the planet. All your favourites will be there from the Tyrannosaurus-rex to the Spinosaurus and the Triceratops. There’ll be a battle of the brains between the parents and their little terrors during this innovative, interactive and educational show. Think you know your Pterodactyl from your Allosaurus?

The Amazing Bubbleman
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Thurs 12 April

But have you seen bubbles do THIS? Louis Pearl, bubble performance expert of 30 years can do the unimaginable with you’re favourite, floating friends. He can take giant bubbles, mini bubbles, odd-shaped bubbles and volcanoes of bubbles and turn them into a thrilling show you never thought possible! Get your tickets now and prepare to be amazed in this magical performance.

The Little Mix Experience
■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Tues 3 April

If you’re a fan of the X Factor’s greatest export you’ll love this tribute act. Four talented girls pay sing and dance their way through Little Mix’s catalogue of songs including Wings, Black Magic and Love Me Like You Do.


Easter giveaways
■ Little Street, Frimley & West Byfleet ■ Easter period

Kids can who turn up in Easter headwear will get a chocolate egg when they visit Little Street. This imaginative indoor play centre – a grown ups world in miniature for little people – is a brilliant option for cooler or wet days with the littlies. If you haven’t been yet, it’s well worth a visit.


GCSE Revision Workshops
■ Learn Grow Create, Dorking ■ Tues 3, Wed 4 & Thurs 5 April

No teenager will thank me for including these workshops in a things to do guide, but these three-hour revision workshops in maths, English and science will no doubt be of benefit when they come to sit their GCSE exams. There’s limited space on the workshops. Cost is from £45.

Thorpe Park
■ Chertsey ■ ongoing

You may not think it’s the best fun park resort in the UK, but your teens will tell you it’s most certainly is. There’s a new scary ride The Walking Dead (er, nice!) that’s only for 13+, and last year’s hit, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. There’s also a new resort hotel, shaped nattily like a shark, where you can stay over (adults, your stay is free, teens – bring your wallet).

Ready Player One
■ Everyman Cinemas, Esher, Reigate & Oxted and mainstream cinemas ■ from Wed 28 Mar

The hugely anticipated Ready Player One by Steven Spielberg has finally landed and we’ve heard it’s amazeballs. Your techy teens will love the premise – when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to locate an Easter Egg that will give the finder his fortune. Relax into a seat at the Everyman Cinema in Esher, Reigate or Oxted, or check it out at the mainstream cinemas  – it’s on general release from Weds 28 Mar.

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