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photo credit AnimalMan®

photo credit AnimalMan®

Acclaimed children’s entertainer and presenter ‘AnimalMan – Nick Spellman’ kicks off a packed three weeks of family fun at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza.

Nick will be wowing audiences of all ages with his unique presentations, blending live animal displays with natural history lectures that combine facts and information with humour and amusing stories.

Nick, who gained widespread acclaim writing and performing 40 episodes for the Playhouse Disney channel, has been performing for Hamleys toy store in London for almost a decade and regularly appears at the City’s National Geographic Store and Natural History Museum.

He has been a guest on Friday Night Sky One’s Pet Nation and also presented for Zeitgeist Europe, Google’s conference on Brazilian rainforest depletion.

Nick says: “AnimalMan is a professional presentation which tunes in to all ages and all backgrounds and is geared to make you laugh and appreciate our natural world. I take great pride in creating a specific show based on careful observation of my audience, so each occasion is an individually tailored experience.”

Dan Gooch, General Manager at the award-winning Maidstone attraction, says: “Nick has rubbed shoulders with captains of industry, royalty and UK dignitaries, and has earned acclaim far and wide for his exceptional performances.

“He works with an amazing menagerie of animals, including owls, spiders, snakes, giant snails, tortoises, bugs and creepy crawlies, lizards, chinchilla, hedgehogs, skunks, meerkats and armadillos, so visitors can expect an unforgettable experience.”

‘AnimalMan – Nick Spellman’ will be performing in Brundle’s Big Top at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday (March 25 and 28).

Kent Life’s Easter Eggstravaganza runs from March 25 to April 17, with plenty of entertainment and activities, including a great line-up of acts and shows in the all-weather Brundle’s Big Top:

  • Sublime Science – with fizzing potions, bubbles, whacky noise and air experiments, gooey slime-making and tornado races (shows on March 29 and 31, and April 5, 7 and 12, at 12pm and 2pm)
  • Kinetic Circus Workshops with Paul Incredible – have a go at juggling, hooping, diablo, plate spinning and much more (shows twice a day plus drop-in sessions, March 30, April 1, 6, 8 and 14. Show displays at 11am and 2pm; hands-on workshops at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.45pm).
  • Imperial Birds of Prey – dates and times to be confirmed

Visitors can also help the farmer bottle feed the new lambs and goat kids and join in the daily animal feeding sessions; design your own ceramic Easter egg in the Paint-a-Pot studio; meet rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks in Cuddle Corner; and have a go at water zorbing.

There will be games and races on the green, tractor tours and the chance to win a prize on the Wooden Rabbit Trail. And if the kids have any energy left, they can burn it off in Kent Life’s outdoor and indoor play areas.

During Easter weekend (March 25-28), there will also be an Easter Egg Trail with the opportunity to win a special treat, plus the chance to watch the hops being strung and look out for the Easter bunny.

Kent Life, set in 28 acres of glorious countryside, is also a real working farm, so there are plenty of animals to see including pigs, sheep, ducks, goats and alpacas. Wander through period dressed historic buildings in the charming Vintage Village; explore the gardens and orchard; and see the last remaining coal-fired oast house in Britain.

Kent Life is just off junction 6 of the M20 or only an hour by train from London. For further information visit or call 01622 763936.

Standard peak admission prices for 2016 (valid March 25 to October 31): adults £9.50, children (three to 15 years) £7.50, concessions £8.50, NEW Family Ticket (two adults and two children, or one adult and three children) £29.95. Under-threes and members FREE. Annual membership passes are also available. Different prices apply to some special events. All shows in Brundle’s Big Top are included in the Kent Life admission price. Opening times vary – please check website for details.

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