The clocks have gone forward, the sun is beginning to make an appearance and our favourite bunny is gearing up for his favourite time of the year which can only mean one thing… Easter is just around the corner!
At Newark and Sherwood we want you to make the most of your time off – if that includes the full two week holiday or just Easter weekend! We’ve got something for everyone, families who need a bit of a game plan, tired teachers who need a break, teenagers who are looking for their next adrenaline fix and just regular Joe Bloggs like me who are just excited to have a couple of days to myself!
The RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre have an exciting Easter trail running from the 6th to the 28th April – follow the trail and embark upon an Easter hunt around the woodland in search of clues, learning about spring wildlife as you go. If you suss out all of the answers then a tasty reward is promised at the end!
If the trail isn’t your sort of thing, then why not just enjoy a springtime stroll around the forest? There is such beauty in Sherwood, including the awe-inspiring Ancient Oaks with such astounding wildlife. Bring your furry friend along as well, Sherwood Forest is the perfect place for you and your dog to enjoy – you can even take them into the visitor centre! Have a look at the RSPB’s website for more information on what you could discover in the UK’s favourite forest.
Rufford Abbey are hosting their fabulous Magical Spring Trail from the 30th March to the 28th April. Follow the map through their formal gardens to seek out their fun seven scenes of spring. Easter bunnies, spring flowers in bloom, chicks, spring lambs and lots of colour are promised! There is also a chocolate treat at the end!
There is so much to see and do at Rufford Abbey, including gorgeous greenery with 150 acres of tranquil woodland, meadow and gardens to explore. Discover the romantic ruins of the 12th century abbey which once held an order of Cistercian monks and enjoy the lake which boasts graceful swans, cheeky ducks and leafy waterside walks. There is also an abundance of wonderful wildlife, from grebes and goldfinches to acrobatic squirrels. For those with energetic kids there is also an adventure play area including a castle, tunnels and a double zip wire! – oh to be a kid again!
Thorsby Park need your help this Easter with their Woodland Bird Egg trail which runs from the 6th to the 22nd April! Help Thoresbunny find out which eggs are laid by which of his feathered woodland friends…and keep an eye out for the naughty emu that has taken up residence in the veteran woodland!
On the 6th April Thorsby Park are also hosting a Rusticus Family Walk! Join Rabbit and Badger from the Woodland Creatures Theatre as they create another performance from their trunk of epic adventure stories! Sing songs with the outlaws and take part in the Sheriff’s woodland tournament, as you discover the greatest legend of our time – Robin Hood! And remember – no story is too big to tell – if you have enough imagination! Enjoy an energetic walk with silly activities for family groups of all ages! It’ll last approximately 45 minutes and remember to come dressed for the weather in comfortable footwear! This event is free, however booking is essential as places are limited – please contact the visitor centre on 01623 822009 to book your places.
Alternatively, explore Thoresby Park on your own steam, there is so much to discover including beautiful unique shops and artist workshops in the courtyard. There is also a chance to explore more the estate on a walk or hire a bike to ride around the scenic park – the 2.5km circular path is accessible to all and is signposted and takes in the sights and sounds of the estate including the lovely River Meden and St John’s Church in Perlethorpe.
The National Civil War Centre are running such a fantastic activity this Easter – Potted Potions and Marvellous Medicines – which runs from the 6th to the 22nd of April. Discover the exciting elixirs of the 17th century and meet one of the healer who concocted them, Nicholas Culpeper. Follow in his footsteps and pot up some power for yourself using herbs from the National Civil War Centre’s garden. There will also be performances every day from the one and only Nicholas Culpeper: The Original College Dropout. These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always incredibly good fun! Nicholas Culpeper dreamed of being a doctor but his father wasn’t having any of it and forced him to study theology instead! However, after a close encounter with a lightning bolt, Nicholas abandoned the church for life as a professional herbalist. Join him as he shares stories from his pioneering work in herbal medicine, his clashes with the medical establishment and how anybody who disagreed with him was an idiot!
There is also a Quiet Hours session being run on Sunday 14th April from 10-11am. These sessions are designed specifically for families and individuals on the autism spectrum, those with learning difficulties of a sensory communication syndrome. Visitors will be welcome to explore the museum freely, with no loud sound effects and there’ll be no one telling you off for making noise! You can get hands on with some of our objects with a special touch and feel table in the Tudor Hall and volunteers will be on hand; they won’t pester you but will be happy to answer any questions you might have and can give you extra information about the museum’s objects and exhibitions if you ask.
The Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre and Café lies in the beautifully converted coach house and stables of the former Edwinstowe Hall. It’s just the perfect hop away from the RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre. The atrium and courtyard house a variety of artists and craftspeople. Visitors can buy original and unique gifts directly from the craftspeople. On the 10th & 17th April there will be kid’s crafts events in the atrium for your little explorer’s to get creative (and messy) and explore the world of arts and crafts. Crafts include sewing, bath bomb making, plaster model painting, watercolour painitng and papercraft! It’s the perfect end to a day in Sherwood Forest! Children must be accompanied by an adult and there is a small charge for each activity.
LetsXcape is the perfect place for those of you who love solving puzzles, enjoy working in a team and want to get the adrenaline flowing. LetsXcape are immersive escape room experiences within the fantastic stately home of Kelham Hall. Experiences are designed for between 2 and 5 players at a time and last up to 60 minutes. On the 6th April LetsXcape are opening their newest room – Sacred!
“Secrets lie hidden within the dark depths and recesses of Kelham’s great monastic halls; whisperings between resident monks of dark deeds and strange noises cut short by an Abbot’s glare. Something has certainly gone terribly wrong at Kelham Hall but for now you must put your fears to one side and answer Father Frederick’s call for help as one of his own has vanished! Unseen for days young Novice Tobius is missing and the worst is feared. Father Frederick has asked you to search areas of the great monastery for clues to his whereabouts and bring back the truth.
He claims this is now your Sacred mission. As you enter this ancient and holy site you can feel the darkness and dread that permeates the very air your breath. The brotherhood await your findings…hoping you will return…”
For those with younger children or who prefer a tamer experience then why not pop along to LetsXcape Together’s board game and event café in the Buttermarket in Newark – you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a slice of cake whilst playing your favourite board game, or discovering a new one from their vast variety of exciting and entertaining board games! It’s an absolutely perfect experience and such an enjoyable wat to spend time with family and friends – a perfect place to while a day away!
If history is your thing then Newark Castle is the perfect place to enjoy a spring day, you can either enjoy the gardens and grounds, with the beautiful views of the River Trent from the castle windows, or if you want to immerse yourself in the past join one of the castle tours. There are two tours and they run Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays subject to guide availability. If you want to discover the dark past of Newark Castle why not take the dungeon tour and explore the bottle dungeon, the barrel vault and the debtor’s dungeon. This tour is only for those over 8 years of age and does involve climbing ladders and enclosed spaces. If you’re looking for a more general history of the castle then join in on the tower and undercroft tour; see where King John spent his last night and see spectacular views of Newark with a visit to King John’s Gatehouse, Gatehouse viewing platform, Southwest Tower and undercroft. If either of these tours take your fancy then book on to one from the Palace Theatre website.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things you can get up to this Easter holiday, explore our website for more things to do!
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