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Easter weekend fun!

PUBLISHED: 17:42 14 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:42 14 April 2014

The county has loads of fun family activities this Easter weekend

The county has loads of fun family activities this Easter weekend

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GOOD FRIDAY.

Ashridge Easter trailAshridge Easter trail

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Easter Trail.

Children can follow the trail around Knebworth Park and Gardens to find a special treat. Trail quiz sheets available from the estate gift shop when you arrive. £1 per child (plus usual admission charges).

Also takes place on Saturday.

Stroke the rabbits at Paradise Wildlife ParkStroke the rabbits at Paradise Wildlife Park

knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661

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Meet Easter Bunny.
Starting on Good Friday and running through until Easter Monday, Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey has plenty on offer in this special event. Look out for the farmyard’s new arrivals – and the Easter Bunny, too – on an Easter egg hunt. Indoor and outdoor play areas, plus tractor and trailer rides. 10am-5pm each day.

visitleevalley.org.uk/go/farms 01992 892781

The cast of James and the Giant PeachThe cast of James and the Giant Peach

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Cadbury Egg Trail.
The Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted hosts its annual Easter event from Good Friday until Easter Monday. Discover all about the woodland and learn about the wildlife that lives on the National Trust-owned estate. Answer questions along the trail and children can win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead.

Cost £2.50 per child.

nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate 01442 851227

See the drama of jousting at KnebworthSee the drama of jousting at Knebworth

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Aboard Noah’s Ark.
On Friday and Saturday the Noah’s Ark children’s hospice is hosting its annual Easter events at Capel Manor Lodge, Enfield. These include performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ on the Friday and a comic book workshop with teenage art sensation Zoom Rockman on the Saturday.

noahsarkhospice.org.uk

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East Herts Easter cycle, with pro Alex DowsettEast Herts Easter cycle, with pro Alex Dowsett

SATURDAY.

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Arty musuem.
Easter Activities including art, craft and fun for all the family at Stevenage Museum. Sessions are free – just drop in between 11am and midday, or 2.30 to 3.30pm.

stevenage.gov.uk/about-stevenage/museum 01438 218881
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Peppa Pig at Willows FarmPeppa Pig at Willows Farm

Easter theatre.
This year’s Easter musical production at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage is James and the Giant Peach. Performances run from Wednesday, April 16 through to Easter Sunday – but on the Saturday go along dressed as your favourite Roald Dahl character. The best dressed will win a family ticket to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

Various show times. See website for details.

gordon-craig.co.uk 01438 363200

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Mad science holiday camps take place accross the countyMad science holiday camps take place accross the county

Easter in Paradise.
Head to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne for a whole host of Easter activities, all included in the usual admission price. Meet the Easter Bunny at a special stage show, follow clues around the zoo on the Easter trail and stroke a rabbit at the Burrows of Broxbourne.

The events run from April 5-21.

pwpark.com 01992 470490

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Meet the feathered Harry Potter actors at Warner BrosMeet the feathered Harry Potter actors at Warner Bros

EASTER SUNDAY.

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Jousting knights. 
The Knights of Arkley will be jousting in front of Knebworth House on Easter Sunday and again on Easter Monday, in an event that has become one of the stately home’s most popular over the past few years. Costumed knights will demonstrate their hand-to-hand combat skills as majestic warhorses gallop across the arena.

Displays at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on both days (weather permitting). Event included in usual admission charges.

knebworthhouse.com 01438 812661

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Herts Easter Hunt.
Enjoy an Easter-themed cycle ride around some of the picturesque corners of the county. From its base at Chancellor’s School in Brookmans Park, sign up for one of three routes – 33, 65 or (or if you’re feeling really fit) 98 miles.

Whichever you choose, be assured the calories burned will give you a great excuse to dig into an extra Easter egg or two. You may even bump into British pro cyclist Alex Dowsett, who was at the last event. Numbers are limited, so cyclists are advised to register online in advance.

sportiveuk.co.uk/hertfordshire-easter-hunt

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Easter Sunday Lunch.
Enjoy a special three course carvery-style lunch at the Manor of Groves Hotel, Golf and Country Club in High Wych, near Sawbridgeworth. After you have dined, children can explore the venue’s grounds as they hunt for Easter eggs hidden around the gardens. Cost of lunch is £19.95 for adults, £9.95 for children under 12.

manorofgroves.com 01279 600777

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EASTER MONDAY.
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Tudor walk.
‘There’s more to the Tudors than Henry VIII’ is the name of this guided walk in St Albans. Participants will discover the impact on the city of unprecedented social, religious and political changes through the Tudor era, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I.

Starts from outside the Old Town Hall in Market Place at 2.30pm. Tickets £4 adults, £2 children, available in advance online or at the Tourist Information Centre, or on the day from the guide.

stalbanstourguides.co.uk 01727 864511

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National Trust Easter trail.
Catch the last of Wimpole Hall’s garden egg-sploration events (April 5 to 21, 10.30am to 5pm). Solve the clues and win a chocolate treat for each trail completed around the stunning National Trust site in Wimpole, near Royston. Normal garden admission applies plus £2 for trail booklet.

nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

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Easter Eggstravaganza.
Willows Farm Village in London Colney hosts a ‘choc-o-bloc’ programme of family fun throughout the holiday period. Attractions include Bunny Hop with the Easter Bunny, hidden chocolate egg hunt, and Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge.

Event runs from April 5-21.

willowsfarmvillage.com 0870 1299718

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ALSO THIS MONTH.

Mad Science Holiday Camps<bold> Science will burst into life before youngsters’ very eyes in these fun Easter holiday camps, aimed at four to 11 year olds. The hands-on sessions run at a number of schools across the county – in Aldenham, Berkhamsted, Bushey Heath, Chorleywood, Harpenden, Hitchin, St Albans, Tring and Welwyn.

Camps run from April 7-11 or 14-17, depending on venue – check website for full details and booking information.

east.madscience.org/holidaycamps.aspx 01727 824700

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Venomous Vipers and Egg-citing Echidnas.
The Natural History Museum Tring is hosting 30 minute workshops on snakes and echidnas for children of all ages. Snake sessions take place on April 8 and 10 and echidna events on April 14 and 16. Tickets cost £1.50. On April 5 the museum egg curator (yes, there is such a thing), will crack open an enourmouus ostrich egg to explore its remarkable life-preserving qualities. Tickets are £4.50, booking necessary. There is also a den building event at Ashridge estate on April 9, booking required.

nhm.ac.uk/tring 020 79426171

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Warner Bros Studio Tour.
The studio tour plays host to the feathery actors that played Hedwig, Pidwidgeon and Errol in the Harry Potter film series, as well as ravens and crows, which will demonstrate their flying skills in the backlot. The secrets of animatronics and special effects used in the film will also be revealed. Feathers and Flight takes place from April 4–27. Visitors can pose for photos.

wbstudiotour.co.uk/en/tour/whats-on

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End of term Easter party. 
Hitchin music venue Club 85 hosts a party night for students of all ages. Featuring local indie rock band White Fly and others to be confirmed.

The gig is on April 17 from 6.45pm until 11pm. Tickets are £5.

club-85.co.uk 01462 434801

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Feathers and Flight April 4–27.

Studio tour plays host to the feathery actors that played Hedwig, Pidwidgeon and Errol, as well as ravens and crows who will demonstrate their flying skills in the backlot. Visitors can pose for photos.

http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/en/tour/whats-on

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Visit Lee Valley Park Farms at Easter and see all the new arrivals – with piglets, ducklings and chicks all expected to join the existing animals.

Lee Valley Park Farms offers a great day out for all the family throughout the year with lots of fun activities for all ages to enjoy and a calendar of exciting events.

There are hundreds of animals to meet, feed, handle and make friends with including sheep, husky dogs, reindeer, pygmy goats, giant rabbits, rare breed pigs, long-necked llamas and a loveable meerkat family.

There’s also a toboggan run, indoor and outdoor play areas as well as the Orchard Café serving freshly prepared food.

Visitors can also take advantage of a special offer and enjoy off-peak prices up to 4 April.

For more information on events at Lee Valley Park Farms go to visitleevalley.org.uk or call 01992 892 781.

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