BUMPER EASTER BLOG -OUR TOP TIPS
It’s been a long winter and even if the weather is still a little nippy, we’re determined have some fun in our district this Easter break.
We’ve compiled some top picks for you to enjoy. Egg hunts,races and a taste of Spring; Stay Lewes this Easter, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Middle Farm in Firle will be welcoming Pam and Terry Wigmore and their flock for the birth of around 100 woolly, white lambs across the month. At this special April event, you can witness them being born, and even try your hand at bottle feeding one. The farm will also be running daily events such as pony grooming, small animal handling and chicken egg collecting
Middle farm is a great day out for visitors of all ages with an open farm, local ciders and ales,fresh produce and a tea room.
WHEN : March 24 until April 22 including the Easter Holidays,
COST: £6 per person and under 3s free.
Middle Farm South Downs National Park, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LJ, 01323 811411, VISIT
Visit the farm and meet Baa-bara, the silly and fabulous shepherdess. She’ll be with her farmyard friends performing her fun, interactive shows throughout the day.
You’ll also be able to meet small animals, learn all about lambing time on the farm and watch the lambs being bottle fed. What could be more seasonal than meeting some real fluffy Easter chicks? As an additional Easter treat, there will also be Elly Welly’s Rhyme Time Easter egg trail where you can visit the old woman in the shoe to collect a special gift.
WHEN: 30 March – 15 April
COST: Included in the cost of entry £8.50
Spring Barn Farm, Kingston Road, Lewes BN7 3ND, 01273 488 450 For Further Information VISIT
Ditchling Museum of Arts & Crafts is an impressive rural museum, perfect if you are heading out into the countryside this Easter break. Alongside their regular displays which celebrate the print and craft traditions of the village, they also hold workshops and new exhibitions. They are currently showing a celebration of the 100 Penguin Essentials series with an additional selection from the publisher’s archives. This is a collection of diverse book designs that stand as great examples of imagery and typography.
WHEN: Runs until 29 April
COST: £6.50 children FREE
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP. 01273 844744 VISIT
Follow a nature themed hunt at the stunning garden at Monk’s House in Rodmell. Held at the former home of Virgina & Leonard Woolf, this is a beautiful location for a day out and hunting for chocolate eggs will make it even sweeter.Once the hunt is complete you are invited to relax with a picnic on the lawn and a game of bowls.You will need to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
WHEN: 30 March – 2 April
COST: £1.50 + the cost of admission £6 adults, £3 children
Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HF, 01273474760 , VISIT
Pop along to the Depot for some fun on Good Friday – where you can hand paint eggs in pretty colours! An Easter egg painting workshop will be led by Ant Gates. Paint and real eggs (already blown out) will be supplied – all you need is your imagination. Bring an apron or old T-shirt.
WHEN: Good Friday 30 March 11am
Depot Cinema, Pinwell Lane, BN7 2JS, 01273 525354, VISIT
A LITTLE SHOPPING
If you’re cooking your own lunch this Easter break, why not visit a farm shop for some fresh, local ingredients?
Dymocks are a family run fun farm shop that have been growing produce for over 30 years. They produce cereals, fruit, flowers, vegetables, potatoes and have 500 Lohmann Brown hens which lay fresh Free-Range Eggs for you to buy.They also sell a wide range of potato varieties to go with your Easter roast.
Dymock Farm Shop, Chyngton Lane North, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AA, 01323 8900 for directions VISIT
With over 100 years of baking experience under one roof, Burt’s Bakery in Seaford are sure to make the best Hot Cross Buns. This traditional English bakery sell bread, cakes and scones and often have a queue around the block.
They’re situated just five minutes from Seaford beach so you can work the buns off with a brisk seafront walk. Easter doesn’t start until you’ve had a Hot Cross Bun.
6 Sutton Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1 RX, 01323 894318 VISIT
Painted bright pink and hidden down a twitten in Lewes town, you will find the sweetest chocolate shop you’ve ever seen. Filled with truffles, fudge and chocolate figures, visiting Bonne Bouche is a must this Easter season.
If you’ve never been to the races, Plumpton Racecourse is a great place to start. Over the Easter weekend they will be holding race events for all ages and much more. The Totepool Easter Sunday Family Raceday with live Music, face painting, a traditional Funfair and an Easter egg give away.
WHEN: 1 & 2 April (gates open at midday)
COST: Prices start from £10
Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton,East Sussex, BN7 3ALT, 01273 890383, VISIT
There’s nothing better than a pub lunch after a country walk, especially over the bank holiday weekend. Just 8km (5 Miles) from Lewes town you will find the Juggs in Kingston, the perfect place to finish an afternoon walk. This journey takes just over an hour for the average walker and passes by the historical sites of Lewes Priory and Anne of Cleves House before heading up into some beautiful open downland. When you arrive you will find a traditional, English, country pub serving classic pub fayre and a selection of chef’s specials.
For a detailed guide of the route VISIT
The Street, Kingston,Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3NT 01273 472 523 VISIT
For some great British eccentricity this Easter, visit the Lewes Arms in Lewes Town for their annual pantomime animal race. The pub has a long history of unique games such as dwyle flunking and pea throwing as well as serving real ales and great food.
People of all ages are invited to dress up in animal costumes and compete; no level of fitness is required whatsoever. This promises to be great fun for participants and spectators alike. Prizes will be awarded too.
WHEN: April 1
Newhaven Fort is inviting visitors to become Easter Eggs-plorers during the school holidays.
Over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend there will be an Easter quiz trail around the Fort with a sweet treat as a prize at the end.
There will also be a new family-themed Explorers’ Trail taking place throughout the holidays which will take visitors on a fun tour of discovery around the Fort to discover its hidden nooks and crannies.
WHEN: Egg Hunt 30 Mar–2 April. Explorers Trail:30 Mar-15 April
COST: £7.95 Adult, Child £5.25
Newhaven Fort, Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9DS, 01273 517622, VISIT Road Newhaven, BN9 9DSort Road Newhaven, BN9 9DS