Some most egg-zellent adventures to be had over Easter in East Sussex

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There are simply some egg-zellent activities on offer around Lewes and Wealden Districts this Easter.

So the Sussex Express have picked out just few of the highlights for you in this egg-citing story, but of course you can find out more about what is on our website and in the paper.

In LEWES, the Lewes Athletic Club’s Easter Fun Runs will take place on the all-weather track at the Leisure Centre in Mountfield Road on Easter Monday, April 1, starting at 10.30am with the Toddlers’ Trot.

This will be followed at 10.40am with a one-mile run, at 10.50am with a two-mile run and at 11.15am with a 10k challenge for runners aged 15 and over.

Plumpton Racecourse is anticipating its biggest attendance of the year with the popular two-day totepool Easter Family Festival on Easter Sunday (March 31) and Bank Holiday Monday.

Accompanied children under 18 can get in free - and with the family theme in mind, there is an opportunity to see Peppa Pig at regular intervals on Easter Sunday along with a children’s Easter Bonnet competition with prizes.

Rastamouse will be joining in the fun at intervals on Easter Monday and on both days a traditional funfair will be based in the centre of the course along with music, face painting and an Easter egg giveaway.

Spring Barn Farm, near Lewes, is hosting Easter egg hunts from Good Friday (March 29) through to Easter Monday.

There is no need to book as they will be running all day.

In the SEAHAVEN area there are some treats in store this Easter holiday too.

There is free entry to Newhaven Museum at Paradise Park on Easter. Full information on the museum is here -

Residents looking to some enjoyment during Easter need look no further as Newhaven Fort has bags of activities on offer.

From Saturday March 30 to Monday April 1, local historical events company Hands on History, will be helping visitors fire paintballs from replica World War II guns and make their own gas masks and leather dog tags.

If its animals you’re after then visit on Monday April 1, when Jaws ‘n’ Claws returns at 1.30pm and 2.45pm with a selection of creatures to cuddle.

Or get creative on Thursday 4 April in the children’s Easter craft workshops, taking place at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm.

Places on all of these workshops must be booked in advance.

From April 6 to April 14 the Fort will host the ‘Stitch for Victory’ touring exhibition from Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress and there will be knitting workshops to compliment the display on April 6 and 7.

All this and the family quiz trail, which will be running daily throughout the school holidays. All of the Fort’s fascinating displays,

Searchlight Café and Guard Room gift shop will also be open as usual.

And once the holidays are over on Sunday April 21 the Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club will host its annual fundraising rally.

There will be a spectacular collection of classic motorbikes, music and entertainment throughout the day.

Lead councillor for tourism at Lewes District Council Rob Blackman said: “Newhaven Fort has once again put together a great programme of events for Easter and beyond and it is a fantastic attraction for children and adults alike.”

For further information on these activities, or to book for the workshops please contact Newhaven Fort direct on 01273 517622 or visit

Sussex Wildlife Trust is running Easter Holiday Clubs with outdoor activities for children at various locations across Sussex between 3 to the 11 of April. Parents can drop their children off for a supervised session to enjoy a range of exciting games and activities including bug hunting, fire lighting, woodland survival skills, scavenger hunt, camouflage and building a giant artwork.

Clubs run from 10:30 – 14:30 at Stanmer Park in Brighton, Seven Sisters Country Park near Seaford or Woods Mill near Henfield.

Full details of activities, locations, suitable ages and prices are available at or ring 01273 497561. Booking is essential.

In Peacehaven there is a fund raising event for the Music Festival on Easter Saturday in the Town Council’s Community Hall between 2 – 5pm .

This event is being organised by the CATS club and will be afternoon of arts and crafts for children and it will include a disco, easter egg hunt and other fun activities.

For more information pop into the Town Council Offices and pick up a leaflet. The cost for an afternoon of fun for your children will be £4.

Over in HAILSHAM it’s time to dig out baskets and start hunting for eggs as Easter celebrations take place all over Hailsham next weekend.

Egg hunts will be happening throughout the area - Knockhatch in Hailsham will be holding an Eggstravaganza with attractions and events taking place from Good Friday to Easter Monday from 10am to 5.30pm.

For an Easter celebration with a more scientific spin, the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux will be taking part in the festivities with a science trail among the domes and telescopes of the observatory.

In a fun twist from normal tradition, instead of just sniffing out the chocolate eggs, there will be a sheet of science questions that trace a path through the centre, and only if the answers are correct will the chocolate prize be claimed.

This will be taking place throughout the whole weekend, with no extra charge for the trail.

Drusillas Park will be revealing a new member of their group as Tibao the red panda will be available for the public to see from Good Friday onwards.

There will also be entertainment shows from the Fat Controller and Mike the Knight, causing a commotion around the park.

In NORTH WEALDEN Bateman’s in Burwash (former home of Rudyard Kipling) will feature lots of Easter events, Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt for children, face painting, egg and spoon races - all staged between March 28-April 14. Visit:

Bentley Country Park, formerly known as Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, opens this week as a country park.

There will be lots on offer over Easter including garden tours, chances to see the wild fowl and the museum.

There’s a smart campsite too, a new kitchen and cafe and in the summer there’ll be a Woodfair as well as outdoor events throughout the year.

Harlands School, Uckfield has a school Easter Fair on March 23 between 2-4pm.

Scats country store, Heathfield between March 29-30 has a special Easter event with advice for gardeners, demos, lots of things to celebrate early morning dog walks, digging over the veg garden and collecting eggs.