The daffodils are blooming, the days are getting longer and the Easter bunny has been spotted bouncing through the woods. Spring truly starts to take hold at Betteshanger Park, near Deal, during April and there is a packed programme of family-friendly Easter holiday activities to celebrate the new season.
‘Spring on the Park’ is a new edition to the Betteshanger calendar for 2018. Taking place on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th, the free to enter event will be packed with family friendly displays, interactive performances and activities.
The Essex Dog Display team, Britain’s premier dog display team, will be making their first visit to the Park. The talented dogs scale ramps, negotiate obstacles, face hoops of fire and apprehend ‘criminals’ in an action-packed display which is guaranteed to leave visitors spellbound.
The popular Sky Birds of Prey team and their magnificent birds return to Betteshanger for 2018. Visitors will have the chance to get up close, learn about the behaviour of a number of Birds of Prey and witness fantastic displays during flight. The award-winning Mike’s Donkeys also make a much-anticipated return. Bella, Charlie, Danny and Dermot, the loveable donkeys, will be making a trip to the coast and stopping at Betteshanger between 10am and 4pm each day.
In addition to the animal displays there will be fun stalls, crafts and local food and drink for visitors enjoy.
Keith Lee, Head of Programme, Betteshanger Park said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming back the popular Sky Birds of Prey display team and Mike’s Donkeys plus we’re excited to showcase the enormously skilled Essex Dog Display team for the first time. We hope ‘Spring on the Park’ will become an annual fixture on the Betteshanger event calendar.”
Other events taking place during the Easter holiday are:
Easter Egg Hunt (Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April)
Betteshanger’s popular Easter Egg Hunt is back for 2018. Visitors to the Park will need to help the Easter bunnies Bertie, Benny and Bella find their lost eggs. Follow a fun trail around the Park, collect the magic gems from each bunny and claim a chocolate reward.
£4 per egg hunter. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-booking advised.
Spring Trail (Saturday 30th March – Sunday 15th April)
Spring has sprung at Betteshanger, visitors can enjoy exploring the Park with a new seasonal trail. Follow the route and spot the hidden objects whilst also keeping an eye out for spring plants, bugs and flowers. Fun in all weathers and a great way to explore the outdoors. Welly boots advisable!
£2 per trail pack. Booking not required. Collect a trail pack from Cycle Hire.
Wear ’em out Wednesday (adventure session) (Wednesday 4th April)
Entertaining the kids can be hard work, especially when they’re packed full of sugar after Easter. Let them burn off some excess energy and book them into Betteshanger’s school holiday club. ‘Adventure’ is the name of the game for the first session. Led by qualified instructors children will enjoy a full day of activities in the Park including geocaching, den and shelter building, archery and a led-nature walk. The day promises to be full of excitement and exploration.
£30 per person. Price includes all equipment, unlimited squash and water. Suitable for ages 8 – 14 years.
Bird of Prey Experience (Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th April)
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a falconer? Get an insight into the beautiful world of falconry with a special hands-on workshop facilitated by the experienced Sky Bird of Prey display team. Enjoy spending time and flying different birds of prey in the beautiful countryside around Betteshanger.
£40 per person. Participants must be aged 8 or over. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Wear ’em out Wednesday (action session) (Wednesday 11th April)
The intensity is stepped up for the second week of Betteshanger’s school holiday club and ‘Action’ is the theme. Led by qualified instructors children will enjoy a full day of activities in the Park including cycling, MY/PT military-style obstacle course, NERF Tag and orienteering. The day will be action-packed, adrenaline-pumping and most likely pretty muddy!
£30 per person. Price includes all equipment plus unlimited squash and water. Suitable for ages 8 – 14 years.
Visit www.betteshanger-park.co.uk/easter for more information about Easter and school holiday activities and to book.