Easter in Kent
With spring flowers in full bloom, lambs leaping and the cheer of the long Easter weekend promising happy times spent with loved-ones, spend your Easter in Kent to make it truly special.
With blue skies and fresh sunny days rolling before us, the Easter break gives us the opportunity to fill this time with hours spent taking part in exciting activities and making new memories with our family and friends. Whether we are embracing the outdoors and marvelling at new spring flowers or celebrating Easter with chocolate egg hunts and scrumptious special menus, whatever our Easter celebrations consist of, there are plenty of opportunities, events and things to do in Kent to make it a holiday to remember.
Families and children can stroll through the beautiful grounds of the historic and beautiful Hever Castle following a trail of colourful carrots. Make sure you look out for the special ‘Golden Carrot’ and celebrate spring by taking part in Hever’s free Easter egg hunt. Once you find the Easter eggs, write down all the answers hidden around the eggs and you’ll receive a chocolate treat from the information centre. With a spring in your step, head to the Think Tank where little ones can get creative in a free craft workshop. Inside the castle you can listen to an interactive audio guide which is now included in the castle and gardens admission price. Wander from room to room and learn about a variety of animals that hatch from eggs.
As well as the Easter-themed activities, a visit to Hever Castle in spring offers a great chance to explore the stunning gardens. Enjoy a dazzling display of spring blooms from late-flowering daffodils to hyacinths, camellias and tulips. The Woodland Walk will also be open so that an additional 25 acres of outside space is available to you. Challenge yourself in the famous Yew Maze and see how long it takes you to find the way out. Round off the day with seasonal home-cooked food and cakes in the cafés and visit the Hever Shop which is stocked with Easter goodies.
Doddington Place Gardens Charity Easter Egg Hunt, Sittingbourne
Doddington Place Gardens in Sittingbourne have teamed up with children’s charity Demelza House. On Friday 15th April from 10am until 3pm, children will be able to take part in an Easter egg hunt around the beautiful gardens and grounds to help Cottontail bunny find his friends! Tickets for children cost just £5 with a prize included. Accompanying adults can enjoy the lovely landscaped gardens, recognised as being of historical importance by English Heritage and set in the grounds of an imposing Victorian mansion covering 10 acres.
Easter at Brogdale, Faversham
Brogdale Collections have opened their beautiful orchards to families over the Easter weekend where they can explore wondrous surroundings and hunt down Easter eggs hidden among the blossoming fruit trees. Follow the trail map to find all the easter Eggs and solve the hidden word quiz. Look out for the Easter Bunny, who will be hopping around the orchards waiting to say hello. April is a stunning time of year in Brogdale’s orchards when thousands of fruit trees will be bursting with blossom and the farm and wildlife garden will be full of birds, insects and nature. The Easter egg trail will take place from 15th to 17th April and arrival times and tickets must be booked in advance. Before you leave, enjoy the Brogdale Farm gift shop and fruit nursery as well as scrumptious cakes and hot food in the café.
Enjoy a day of Easter fun, magic and discovery as you spot the first signs of spring and experience nature at the enchanting Smallhythe Place. The carpet of daffodils and bluebells surrounding Smallhythe Place will provide a stunning colourful backdrop to their Family Easter Egg Trail taking place across the Easter weekend. On your quest around the garden discover spring bulbs surfacing by the ponds and the pale pink and white apple blossom sprinkling the orchard floors. Pick up your adventure pack and discover the scents of spring, leap like a lamb and feel the textures of nature along with many more exciting activities. Once the trail is complete you will be rewarded with a delicious chocolate treat from the start point. Running from 2nd April to 18th April, from 10am to 4.15pm, the trail costs £3 per person plus normal admission. You do not need to book.
Join English Heritage for a cracking adventure quest at Dover Castle this Easter holiday. Explore the site to hunt for clues and challenges, and discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg-and-spoon race. Track down the Easter eggs and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat and an adventurer’s certificate. All this from the ancient grounds of the magnificent Dover Castle, from which you can learn all about it’s exciting medieval history and more. The quest costs just £1.50, which you can pay when you arrive in addition to the normal ticket price. You can take on the quest every day of the school holidays. With eggs, chocolate and old-fashioned fun, it’s the perfect way to get out and about in history this Easter.
Reuthe’s Easter Bunny Grotto, Sevenoaks
Brand new for 2022, meet the Easter Bunny at Reuthe’s Sevenoaks from 15th to 18th April, 10am to 3pm. Also known as The Lost Garden of Sevenoaks, Reuthe’s, is a magical 11-acre rare species woodland that hosts one of the country’s best selection of specialist rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and conifers. This Easter, Reuthe’s welcomes families and children to come and chat, bounce and play with Betsy Bunny in her special grotto. When you are ready to leave her burrow, she has a chocolate egg to give you so you can keep your energy up for exploring around the gardens. Betsy has been making friends with all of the bunnies in Reuthe’s gardens, leaving lots of eggs all over the place for children to find.
Take part in the Easter Trail; if you find all 10 Easter eggs and follow their directions you will end up creating your very own origami butterfly. Show that beautiful butterfly to the café staff to admire, and as a prize for completing the trail you will receive an Easter painting gift set.
The café is open with hot and cold food and drinks, the perfect place to relax and feed your appetite after exploring. General admission ticket is for one person to visit the grotto.
Bring the family to enjoy a special three-course à la carte lunch with coffee at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge’s delightful Refectory Restaurant. Enjoy their scrumptious, varied menu consisting of delicious starters such as chive and spring onion potato cake with poached egg and hollandaise. Indulge in a gorgeous main dish such as traditional roast leg of lamb served with a mint jus, roast potatoes, glazed carrots and purple sprouting broccoli. Finish with one of their scrumptious desserts such as rhubarb panna cotta with almond cake. After lunch, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for children in the beautiful Campanile garden, around which a lovely stroll can be taken. Admire the magnificent architecture of the ancient cathedral or simply delight in the beauty of the picturesque garden while inhaling the floral springtime scents of its plants and flowers.
The award-winning Indian Essence restaurant in Petts Wood run by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar has crafted a delectable Easter menu for diners to enjoy during the month of April. Indulge in some of Atul’s most sensational, flavoursome new dishes, especially put together for this menu. Appetisers include dishes such as crispy soft shell crab with puffed rice salad and crispy fried squid with chillies and lime. Move onto a main dish such as pan-seared sea bass with spiced vermicelli and coconut moillie, or tandoori chicken tikka in a creamed tomato and fenugreek sauce. All main courses are served with mushroom chettinad, rye wale aloo, pulihari rice and assorted Indian breads. Finish with a divine dessert platter, full of tempting treats chosen by the chef. Indian Essence’s special menu is a unique and memorable way to celebrate the joy of Easter through food and marvellous dining.
On Sunday 5th April you can celebrate Easter in traditional style with a family lunch of three courses plus filter coffee for just £13.95, with children at half price and each redeiving their own chocolate bunny. The Barn is a pub full of charm and character, which includes a delightful award-winning courtyard garden perfect for enjoying the spring sunshine. With an extensive menu, you are sure to enjoy a home-cooked, hearty meal at The Barn. Start with a dish such as The Barn Pâté, a home-made smooth pâté served with a tomato and red onion chutney and Melba toast. Dig into a wholesome main, such as a glorious Easter roast with all the trimmings or a veggie speciality such as roasted butternut squash with a wild mushroom stroganoff. Finish with a traditional English dessert like tempting toffee, apple and pecan crumble pie served with fresh cream or ice-cream. A family meal to remember.
Join The Chequers in Deal and learn how to make hot cross buns this Good Friday for what has become a Chequers’ Kitchen tradition. This is a workshop ideal for family, friends and individuals to work together and each booking is for two people. You will leave with plenty of hot cross buns and a skill for life, having great fun in the process. Please arrive by 1.50pm on Friday 15th April and bring a bag to take home plenty of hot cross buns. One ticket costs £50 for two people (adult + child or two children or two adults) to bake together. A lovely Easter baking tradition to be enjoyed by everyone.
Peter Rabbit Easter Breakfast, Dobbie’s, Ashford
As Peter Rabbit celebrates his 120th birthday in 2022, join Dobbie’s Garden Centre to enjoy their Peter Rabbit Easter Breakfast. Hop along for a tasty breakfast before the little ones have fun participating in Peter Rabbit themed activities. Every child will receive a Peter Rabbit gift to take home and enjoy. This event is suited to families with children aged between one and 10 years old. Enjoy this from Thursday 14th April until Monday 18th April with tickets costing just £9.99 per child and adult prices start from £6.99. Indulge in a hearty traditional English breakfast with sausage, bacon, black pudding, egg, hash brown or potato scone, baked beans and grilled tomato, served with toast and pot of tea or regular coffee. Other options include vegetarian breakfasts and creamy scrambled free range eggs served on rosemary sourdough spianata.
Cliftonville Dog Show and Easter Bonnet Competition
Cliftonville community are celebrating Easter with their popular Easter bonnet competition on the 17th April 2022 for children aged between three and eight years on Easter Sunday. Design your own Easter bonnet at home, a custom-made headpiece worthy of winning the competition that will be held at The Oval Bandstand and Lawns in Cliftonville. Winners will be announced with a fantastic Easter surprise for the best bonnet. Adults can also get in on the act and the best adult bonnet will also get a prize. Judges will award prizes for the most creative bonnets in various age categories. This also includes a fun dog show with categories ranging from the waggiest tail to the most appealing eyes, every dog is welcome – big, small, pedigree, mutt, young and old.