Easter adventure in South East England
Sandy beaches, seaside promenades and fish n' chips. This heavenly combination might be the calling card of England's South East, but there's much more to this captivating corner of the country than meets the eye. Ever explored the spectacular natural landscapes of Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters? Welcomed newly hatched chicks into the world? Or followed a 'walking theatre' into ancient woodlands? No? Then step this way...
This April, whisk the family away for an Easter camping break in the glorious South East. Thanks to the long weekend, you've got four fabulous days in which to pack in as many local attractions as possible. We've given you a head start by rounding up a number of must-do activities over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Even better, they're all within easy reach of one or more Club Sites, which means less time travelling and more quality time with the family.
As for where to pitch up, you've privy to a superb selection of well-equipped campsites dotted around the South East. Pitch up by the beach at gorgeous Normans Bay, snuggle down in Crowborough for big days out in the High Weald, or take your pick from over 100 other Club Sites dotted across the region and further afield. Whether you fancy coast or countryside, castles or cathedrals, it's all here - and plenty more besides.
Day 1 - Good Friday
Get your Easter break off to a winning start with an Easter Egg Hunt at Alfriston Clergy House, a 25-minute drive from Normans Bay Club Site. Youngsters can search for hidden bunnies throughout the delightful cottage garden and claim a tasty chocolate prize at the end. Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy the picturesque gardens of the 14th-century thatched Wealden hall-house, and explore its Medieval timber structure with views across the River Cuckmere.
Day 2 - Easter Saturday
A landmark that needs little introduction, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters near Eastbourne is already awash with reasons to visit. Here's another one: it has its own Cadbury Easter hunt over the Easter Weekend, a great way to lure younger family members into the great outdoors. Just half an hour's drive from Normans Bay, follow hidden clues on Belle Tout and Lookout Hill before heading back to the visitor centre - savouring spectacular coastal views and points of interest along the way.
On Saturday, Spring into the Easter spirit with a cracking afternoon at Kent Life Heritage Centre, around 45 minutes from Crowborough Club Site. There are all sorts of family activities over the Easter Weekend, including the chance to meet Spring lambs and chicks, take tractor rides, get stuck into Easter crafts, and more.
Day 3 - Easter Sunday
Head north to Aylesford and sample the goods at the town's lively Farmers Market, which takes place on Easter Sunday from 9:30am - 1:30pm. Browse the endless stalls, ranging from fish and fresh meat to honey and delicious fruit, where you can stock up on tasty local produce for the evening's barbecue.
Take a memorable tour of the South East on a steam train, courtesy of the Kent & Sussex Railway. On Easter Sunday, depart Tenterton Station - around 45-50 minutes by car from Crowborough Club Site - and glide through marvellous countryside on a heritage steam-hauled service. Timetabled stops include Northiam and Bodiam with catering available on specific routes.
Day 4 - Easter Monday
When it comes to fabulous family days out, few places can beat Leeds Castle in Kent. Less than an hour's drive from Crowborough Club Site, experience a jolly 'Walking Theatre' performance featuring Robin Hood, Maid Marion and the Evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Follow the cast into the woods for much merriment, before heading off to explore the spectacular castle and extensive grounds, complete with its mindboggling maze.
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