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Easter Activities

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Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Monday, April 17, 2017

Be part of the energy at Betteshanger this Easter!!

Hop down with your little bunnies to Betteshanger Park, near Deal, for an energy-fuelled Easter holiday. 

Donkey Day kicks off the holiday activities. Back by popular demand, the award-winning Mike’s Donkeys return to the Park on Sunday, April 2nd. Bella, Charlie, Danny and Dermot, the loveable donkeys, will be making a special Easter visit to Betteshanger between 11am and 3pm. Chin rubs, back scratches, cuddles and carrots are the order of the day. Families are also invited to take part in the Little Donkey Quest and spot how many donkeys can be found around the Visitor Centre and Play area. Free event.
 
Savage Skills, the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team, visit Betteshanger for the first time on Sunday, April 9th. With a jaw-dropping show, the stunt riders will showcase spectacular stunts including awesome balancing skills, twists and turns and death-defying back flips. Prepare to be amazed during this high adrenaline, action-packed event.  Performances take place at 12pm; 1pm; 2pm and 3pm. Free event.
 
Not content with sitting back and watching the show? Those with a penchant for mountain bike skills or anyone who simply likes to show off can learn to bounce a bike like a pro in Betteshanger’s Bunny Hop Masterclass. Running on Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th, the mountain bike skills masterclass will teach the correct technique and body position to enable riders to jump both wheels off the ground at the same time in a smooth and controlled hop. The masterclass is £12.50 per rider or £20 for two (includes bike hire). Pre-booking recommended. The workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and is suitable for ages 10 years and over. 
 
Betteshanger’s annual Easter Egg Hunt returns for 2017 with more opportunities than ever for getting involved. This year the Egg Hunt will run from Good Friday, April 14th, through to Easter Sunday, April 16th. Coloured gems will be scattered throughout the 250-acre Park and families are invited to hunt for the treasures. On return of their riches to the Visitor Centre, the intrepid hunters will claim a chocolate egg. £4.00 per egg hunter. Pre-booking recommended.
 
Tracy Brunt, Betteshanger Park’s Event Manager, said: “Our Easter Egg Hunt has become a highlight in the calendar and we are really pleased to extend the event over Easter Weekend, allowing more families to be involved. We are excited to welcome back Mike’s Donkeys and thrilled to be hosting Savage Skills at the Park for the first time. As with all things at Betteshanger, there are plenty of opportunities for taking part and our Bunny Hop Masterclass is no exception. It’s not just for the kids though, we know there are many grown-ups out there who have long wanted to perfect this skill! We recommend pre-booking for the workshop to avoid disappointment.”
 
Other events taking place through the Easter school holiday include:
 
Easter trail 
9.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday 1st – Monday 17th April
Follow the spring chick on a fun trail as it explores Betteshanger. Fun in all weathers and a great way to explore the outdoors. Welly boots advisable! £1.50 per trail sheet.
 
Betteshanger Basecamp 
10am – 4pm, weekdays, Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April & Monday 10th - Thursday 13th April
Betteshanger’s popular school holiday club, Betteshanger Basecamp, returns for the Easter holidays. Children are guaranteed an exhilarating, fun-filled day exploring the Park. With at least two activities programmed per day, they could be kicking up dirt on the mountain bike trails, taking aim on the archery range, digging for fossils in the coal spoil, racing through the military-style obstacle course or building dens in the woods. They'll probably come home a bit muddy but they'll get loads of fresh air and have heaps of fun in the great outdoors. Suitable for ages 8–14. Sessions cost £25 per day and all equipment is included. Breakfast and lunch bolt-ons are available. Sessions happen whatever the weather, so participants should dress appropriately. Early booking advised for this popular club.
 
Really Wild Wooders Forest School holiday club 
9am – 3pm, Monday 3rd – Thursday 6th April & Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April
Really Wild Wooders holiday club is jam-packed with fun and adventure. Days will be full to the brim with learning how to use a whole range of different tools, light fires, campfire cooking, creating woodland crafts, building dens, making friends, climbing trees and exploring the amazing forest school site at Betteshanger. Kids will come home buzzing with excitement, with hundreds of stories to tell, plus lots of skills they will be able to share. Suitable for ages 8 and over. £25 per day which includes all activities, equipment, snacks and hot drinks. Pre-booking essential. 
 
Really Wild Wooders Forest School family days 
10am - 2pm, Friday 7th and Friday 14th April
A wonderful day spent enjoying quality family time in a beautiful natural environment, learning new skills, building dens, making woodland crafts, swinging on the rope swing or relaxing in the hammock, plus campfire snacks and plenty of hot drinks. £15 per adult, £10 first child, £8 additional children, under-1s free of charge. Maximum 3 children per adult. Pre-booking essential.
 
Easter craft activities
(11am-3pm, 14th – 16th April)
Get creative in the Visitor Centre throughout the Easter weekend (14th – 16th April). Let imaginations bounce loose with making and decorating Top Hats or Easter Bonnets. £4 per crafter.