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Eastbourne Unveils Eggceptional Easter Events

Eastbourne is getting into the Easter spirit with dozens of activities for families to enjoy, from traditional egg hunts around enchanting castles and gardens to free concerts and outdoor experiences across the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond.

After re-opening its doors on 19 March, an Easter bunny is running loose around the Redoubt Fortress. By following the clues around the casemates, Heritage Eastbourne are after help to find the bunny hidden around the fortress and are getting into the Easter spirit with free craft making on 31 March-15 April. There’s even more reason to get down to the Redoubt Fortress following the recent launch of their new virtual trail which has visitors completing games and puzzles, taking selfies and seeing objects. What’s more, children go free across 2018.

There are dozens more Easter hunts for kids to get stuck into this year as children can explore the magical Herstmonceux Castle and Gardens on 1 April or wander the beautiful gardens of Bateman’s for their chocolate egg hunt on 30 March-15 April. Families are encouraged to get out and about on a hunt for ten bunnies which are hidden in shop windows around Little Chelsea on 29 March - 2 April for the Little Chelsea Easter Bunny Hunt.

For those after an egg hunt with a twist, the Miniature Steam Railway will be hosting their Easter Eggspress event on 1 April where families can journey around the country park on a miniature locomotive on the look-out for eggs!
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “There’s so much taking place across the Easter weekend and it’s a really great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the start of spring. The seafront is always busy at this time of year and a walk along the prom to visit the market and watch the Bandstand concert is a brilliant way to enjoy free fun on the Bank Holiday weekend.”
There are plenty of bunnies hopping on stage at The Royal Hippodrome across the holidays for some feel-good family fun. Making an appearance at the Hippodrome’s Easter pantomime is one very special white rabbit as Alice in Wonderland takes to the stage on 2-3 April. Little and Big Nutbrown Hare will be leaping on stage as the play adaptation of ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ appears on 12 April. Plus the popular ‘Brainiac Live’ returns to the Hippodrome with even more explosive experiments on 15 April.

Children can gear up to meet their TV heroes as plenty of popular characters will be appearing at Drusillas Park over the holidays. In between saving the day, superheroes Owlette and Catboy from PJ Masks will be saying hello to youngsters on 4 April, followed by Hello Kitty who will be visiting her beautiful house for meet and greets on 5 and 12 April. Heading to Drusillas for a family day out is siblings, George and Peppa Pig, on 10 April.

In time for the arrival of spring, the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm trail opens on 7 April where the little ones can let off some steam with a walk in between the jam-packed activities. With the stunning South Downs National Park on Eastbourne’s doorstep, children can learn all about the countryside at Wild Woodies Spring Holiday Club at the Seven Sisters Visitor Club. The outdoor activity will teach 6-11 year olds about animals living in the forest, how to use natural materials to build their very own den, light a fire and make their own hot drink.
Across the Bank Holiday weekend, visitors will be spoiled for choice with things to do, see and taste on Eastbourne Seafront. The popular Seafront Market returns from 30 March – 2 April with a number of delicious eateries, handmade gifts and crafts inspired by countries around the globe.
The market runs from the promenade by the Pier all the way to Eastbourne’s iconic 1930’s Bandstand where the annual free Traditional Easter Concert is back on 1 April, featuring music by the Eastbourne Silver Band who are kicking off the concert season.

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