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Our guide to some egg-cellent Easter entertainment
10:50am Thursday 5th April 2012 in County
AT Oaker Wood Leisure, children from seven upwards can enjoy the range of activities on offer.
New for Easter are days especially for children aged 12-plus, the second of which is on April 13, offering the chance to try paintballing and quad bike trekking in a safe but exciting environment.
Meanwhile younger siblings can enjoy rafting, climbing, target shooting, high rope challenges and much more.
“We launched our holiday club last summer and were delighted with the response with over 50 children attending most days throughout the summer holidays” said David Davies, owner of Oaker Wood Leisure. “This new initiative for teenagers is in response to requests from parents with older children.”
Bookings are now being taken for the Easter holidays with many days selling out fast – booking forms available at oakerwoodleisure.
THERE’S an Easter treat at The Courtyard in the shape of Bob the Builder tomorrow (Good Friday).
Fixham Theatre has been closed for s i x months and Bob and Wendy have been called in to fix it up ready for the grand opening by the world famous director Dickie Oliver.
Spud, Scoop, Lofty and Scrambler will also be on hand to help Bob out in a show full of fun, songs and plenty of fixing.
Bob the Builder is at 1pm and 3pm. To book, call the box office on 01432 340555
AN egg-citing fortnight is underway at Cadbury World until April 15 packed with family-friendly themed activities.
Jugglers, ventriloquists, magicians and puppeteers will be on hand on selected dates to keep families entertained and exclusive handmade chocolate Easter eggs will be available to buy in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop.
An eggstra-special programme will also run from tomorrow (Good Friday) to Monday, during which children will be able to take part in a special Easter egg hunt and enter a creative Easter bonnet competition.
WILDPLAY is having a day to celebrate outdoor play in Leominster, an event that marks the start of a new community WildPlay project.
As it’s a special project, there are lots of special things going on – make giant flowers with The Green-Eyed Monster Company, join in with the usual WildPlay mucky fun and learn how to be an amateur naturalist.
Join the fun with WildPlay at The Grange on Friday, April 13, from 11am to 3pm.
For children aged three to 13 (under-fives must be accompanied by an adult).
EASTNOR Castle’s muchloved family treasure hunt takes place every day from tomorrow (Good Friday) until Monday, between 11am and 4.30pm.
This year the event will have an Olympic theme and families can take part in a clue trail around the castle and grounds, where they will have to hunt the Eastnor chickens and bunnies taking part in various Olympic sports. You may even see a chicken playing table tennis or a bunny sailing in the beautiful castle grounds.
David Littlewood, the castle’s general manager, says: “This is our favourite weekend of the year where local families come to Eastnor Castle to enjoy the treasure hunt and this year we are celebrating our 200th anniversary. This season we also have an exciting new addition to our adventure playground: a Burma bridge tree top walkway and turret slide.”
Every child taking part in the Olymp-egg Easter Treasure Hunt will win a chocolate treat and there will be a draw at the end of each day when one lucky family will win a giant chocolate egg in a basket.
For discounted tickets and further information, go to eastnorcastle.com
Treats on the trail
THE Cadbury Easter Trails return to Herefordshire’s National Trust properties over the Easter weekend at Croft Castle, Berrington Hall, Brockhampton Estate and the Weir Garden.
At Brockhampton and Berrington there will also be a face painter on hand to transform young egg hunters. Every entrant completing one of the trails will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury Egghead.
Join the jamboree
HEAD for the Children’s Annual Easter Jamboree at Hampton Court Castle, which runs every day, 10.30am to 5pm, from tomorrow (Good Friday) until April 15.
Fiery Jack will be on hand (on stilts, in fact) to meet and greet from 10.30am every morning and visitors can attend Fiery Jack’s circus workshop, where they get the chance to try their own skills (and spills).
Every day, there’ll also be two ferret racing sessions and Sharon’s Eggomania hunt and trail, as well as some creepy crawlies to discover in The Loggery.
All this and craft making, painting, the 1,000-yew tree maze, the waterfall in the sunken garden, a maypole to dance around and a medieval castle filled with knights in armour.
For more details, call 01568 797676 or visit hampton court.org.uk.