Kids and Families

1st April Easter Egg Hunt at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Search around the Museum for clues to solve our seasonal puzzle. Everyone who gets the right answer will win an Easter chocolate treat. Entry forms available from Museum Reception. Please note that this is an unsupervised activity and all children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Free of charge. More information.

1st April Drusillas Park Ben and Holly are doing a meet and greet at various intervals throughout the day. More information .

1st April and 2nd April ESSPA presents Sleeping Beauty at the De La Warr Pavilion. Featuring a large, talented young cast. More information and ticket prices.

1st April ‘The Mysterious Moon’ Twilight Special workshop at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.  Why is the moon so important to us? How was it made? Learn all about our satellite including its many features. Make fantastic craters and have a look through the giant telescopes (weather permitting) at the Moon itself. 2pm – 8pm, Appropriate for ages 10 – 13 years £21.75 per child, booking essential. More information.

2nd April Alice in Wonderland comes to Groombridge Place at Easter A magical event bringing to life the characters from the famous novel by Lewis Carroll. The fairytale about what happens to Alice when she falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world will be recreated with families following the map to find Alice, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, The Cheshire Cat, The White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. More information and ticket prices.

2nd April The Great Eggcase Hunt at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Take part in an Easter egg hunt with a difference – you will be looking for ‘mermaid’s purses’ (the egg cases of sharks, skates and rays, as well as looking out for other treasures washed up on the beach. Approx. 1.5 mile walk. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 13.30 – 15.00, booking is essential, £3 per child. More information.

3rd April Drusillas Park The Fat Controller from the Thomas the Tank Engine stories will be causing a locomotion when takes control of the efficient running of the railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Halt and grab a photo opportunity with the legendary  Sir Topham Hatt.  More information.

3rd  – 6th April Easter Adventure Quest at Battle Abbey. Children will meet one of the Abbey monks who needs their help. Can they rise to the challenge on a clue-cracking quest exploring the hidden corners of Battle Abbey? Succeed in the quest and win a chocolate reward. More information.

3rd April Cadbury’s Eggsplorers Trail at Bodiam Castle. Explore the picturesque Medieval castle and grounds whilst completing the Cadbury’s Eggsplorer Trail. Claim your prize of a Cadbury’s chocolate Egghead. £2.50 per trail. More information.

3rd April – 6th April Bertie Beavers Eggcellent Easter Fun at Bewl Water. Join Bertie the Beaver and Friends in his Easter Adventure. Free puppet show for kids – meet Ringo and his friends. Easter Scavenger Hunt, Kids Playgrounds, Meet the baby chickens and ducks, Make and Take. More information.

3rd April Battle Marbles Match on Battle Abbey Green. Local teams compete in this traditional annual competition, dating back to 1945. Local pubs and clubs enter teams of 5 players and compete in the marbles and fancy dress competition. Approx. 20 teams are expected to take part with “flick off” at 10am. Kids can take part in an Easter bonnet parade and get an Easter egg. There’s also the mayhem of the Marbles Scramble to look forward to! New this year is a Marbles Trail from April 3rd to the 10th. Follow the clues to find marbles around town, get a mini chocolate egg for each marble you find. Pick up a leaflet from around the town.  More information.

5th April Bexhill 100 Easter Bonnet Parade at Bexhill Seafront. A parade of classic cars, with a few imaginative and colourful additions to the norm! For more information.

5th April Easter Sunday Lunch at Blackstock (used to be Farm!) Get the family together for a lovely 3 course lunch in the rustic barn. The grounds are open from 10am to 4pm for you to enjoy walks amongst lakes, woodland, wildlife and other animals. The children’s indoor play area will also be open.  More information of menu, timings and prices.

6th April Picture Book Workshop at the De La Warr, Bexhill. Explore how Ladybird books are made and produce your own simple picture book supported by Gallery staff. Free, spaces are limited, booking essential. Suitable for ages 8 – 12 years, 10.15 – 12.15 & 2 – 4.00. More information.

6th April Easter Extravaganza at Knockhatch Adventure Park. Easter Egg hunts and Fun over the Easter weekend. For more information.

6th April Hello Kitty Meet and Greet at Drusillas. Hello Kitty will be returning to her Hello Kitty house at Drusillas, and will be available for souvenir photos. There will be several meet and greet chances throughout the day. More information.

7th  – 10th April Outlaw Academy at Bodiam Castle. Heathcliff Heroics will be on-hand to teach budding outlaws all they need to know about surviving on the run and living off the land. You can also sharpen your archery skills too. There are several academies through the day, places can be booked on 01580 831324. For more information.

7th – 10th April Spring Trail at Bedgebury Pinetum. Families can follow a self-guiding Spring trail, finding mystery boxes along the way. Find stickers and stampers in the activity boxes to fill a card, and return to the classroom, where children can make their own Superworm and Easter chick, collect their own small Easter basket and get a chocolate egg to take home. More information.

8th April Minibeasts at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Find out about the weird and wonderful world of the minibeasts. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Rye Harbour car park.  14.30 – 16.00, booking is essential, £3 per child. More information.

8th April ‘Rocketry’ half day workshops at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux. Learn all about the mighty rockets that launch robot explorers into space. Make and launch your own balloon and water-powered rockets. 10.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 4.30pm. £10.75 per child Age 6 – 9 years, booking is essential. More information.

8th April Drusillas Park Join the lovable  Peppa Pig and her brother George who are making regular appearances through the day. More information.

9th April Telling Stories with Pictures: Illustration Workshop Develop fantastic new images for familiar stories. Led by illustrator, educator and curator of Ladybird by Design, Lawrence Zeegen. 10.15 – 12.15 & 2.00 – 4.00 Suitable for ages 6 – 12 years old, booking essential as space is limited. Free. More information.

9th April “Who Dunnit?” half-day workshops at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.  Test your investigative skills using forces and technology to help follow the clues and solve the mystery of “Who Dunnit”! 10.30am – 1pm or 2pm – 4.30pm, £10.75 per child, booking is essential. More information.

9th April Rockpool Ramble at Pett Level Beach. Learn more about the wonderful marine life, with an exploration of the rockpools. Please wear wellies or shoes suitable for paddling. Suitable for ages 4 – 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet by the Smuggler Inn on Pett Level Road, TN35 4EH 14.30 – 16.00, booking is essential, £3 per child. More information.

11th April Local Geology and Fossils – Part 1 Geologist Ken Brooks gives an introductory talk about geological interest in the area – from submerged 7, 000 year old forests at Pett Level, to dinosaur footprints at Fairlight. This is followed by a walk on the 18th April. Meet at Winchelsea Beach Community Hall at 2.30pm, Donations appreciated. More information.

12th April Beginners Birdwatching Find out how to spot terns and gulls, wildfowl and waders, and how to spot the difference between these and the rarer birds of prey. Binoculars can be borrowed on the day. Meet at Rye Harbour car park. 10.00 – 13.00 Donations appreciated. More information.

12th April Cat in the Hat at the De La Warr Pavilion. Based on the much-loved boo by Dr.Seuss, this is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children aged 3+. The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat with the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas. 14.00 and 16.00. More information and ticket details.

13th April Ladybird Live – A Tale for Toddlers Special Enjoy this special event which will include storytelling, colouring and craft activities, plus the chance to win some fantastic prizes from Ladybird books. With storyteller James McLaren. At 10.15am and 11.15 am. Suitable for ages 2 – 5 years and parents/carers. Free, limited spaces. More information.

18th April Local Geology and Fossils Attendees at the talk on 11th April are invited to accompany geologist Ken Brooks on a fossil walk to Fairlight. Tickets only, which will be issued at the talk on 11th April. Donations appreciated. More information.

18th/19th April The Pirates of Treasure Island at The White Rock Theatre. Edele Lynch (B*Witched and Celebrity Big Brother) and Sid Sloane (CBeebies) will star in the UK tour of the fantastic family panto. This new stage version of the classic children’s book blends the best of storytelling, pantomime and musical theatre, to create a spectacular adventure for the whole family, with a full supporting cast and a five piece band. More information, times and ticket prices.

25th April Wild Woodland Weekend Club Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6 – 11; parents not allowed! Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn some woodcrafts and play games. Each month is a little different and a lot of fun! Held in a private woodland in Beckley, just outside of Rye. Meet at Swallowtail Hill Farm 10.00 – 13.00, Booking essential, £10 per child. More information.

25th April Castle Water Wildlife Walk A 2.5 mile circular walk looking at wildlife in the fields and ditches around Camber Castle and visiting the bird hide at Castle water. Meet at Brede Lock. 13.00 – 16.00 No booking necessary, Donations appreciated. More information.

Stargazing

7th April Night time Star Gazing at Battle Abbey. Discover the wonders of the night sky from this historic and atmospheric site. Learn about the planets and their moons in an expert-led presentation by the Wealden Astronomical Society, and then view them for yourself through the experts’ telescopes. Light refreshments will be served upon arrival. For English Heritage Members (adults) £25. More information.

Ghost Walk

3rd April Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk Join tour organiser and local writer Tina Brown and her talented Haunted Experiences team as they bring to life the history and haunting of the Old Town. 19.15  – 20.30 Meet at the Chessboard, George Street. More information.

Craft Fairs

4th April Battle Easter Fair at the Memorial Hall, Battle. An Easter themed event, bringing together an array of handmade and unusual items along with a delicious choice of foods. Free for visitors. 10.00am – 3pm More information.

12th April Spring Craft Fayre at Blackstock. Come and support local craft makers and stallholders at our indoor spring craft fayre. They will be selling traditional and modern crafts, jams, toys, cakes, sweets and more. Free entry and parking. You can also visit the grounds from £4 per person. 10am -3.30pm More information.

History

4th/5th/9th April Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour in the historic town of Winchelsea. It boasts more than 50 medieval cellars, many of which are vaulted and built around 1290 – 1300, at the same time as the town. The tours are conducted by WAS (Winchelsea Archaeological Society) and cover why and how they were built, and some of the history of the Ancient town and Cinque Port. The tour runs from 11.00 and is £5 per person. All proceeds to WAS to pay for new archaeology. More information.

19th April Amsterdam Shipwreck Tours on Bulverhythe Beach, Experienced guides from the Shipwreck Museum will lead visitors on a guided tour of the wreck of the Dutch merchant ship Amsterdam (1749), the coastline, the 4000 year old prehistoric forest and the cretaceous rocks from the age of the dinosaurs. Meet at Bulverhythe viewing platform at 18.30. Child ticket £2.00 each and Adult ticket £6.00 per ticket. More information.

26th April Medieval Ports, Ships and Sailors at the New Hall, Winchelsea, a one-day conference in the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Winchelsea. Bringing together experts in medieval archaeology and maritime archaeologists. 10.00 – 15.45  More information and a timetable for the day.

Art

23rd April to 6th September  Guardians of the Areng Valley Photography Exhibition This outdoor exhibition is the world premiere of new work by artist Luke Duggleby. The photos in the exhibition depict Duggleby’s journey into the Cardamom Forest in Southwest Cambodia. They focus attention on a group of Buddhist monks pioneering an environmental movement aimed at reversing deforestation. Free entry to exhibition. More information.

Music

10th April Courtney Pine in Concert at St.Mary in The Castle, Hastings. A concert by the exciting and celebrated jazz pianist Courtney Pine. He was won mnay awards and is a professor of music at Westminster University. He will also be accompanied by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO award winning pianist Zoe Rahman. 7.30pm  For more information, and ticket details.

12th April Beatles Day at the White Rock Theatre. Midday till 10.30pm Live music on 3 stages, with an obviously Beatles vibe! More information.

25th April The Fall at St.Mary in The Castle, Hastings. A concert by the seminal ‘70’s post-punk band, led by the inimitable Mark E.Smith. They have maintained their cult status over the decades with an ever-evolving sound. 7.30 pm For more information and ticket details.

25th April ‘Spring Swing’ at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux. Join the Surgeons of Swing for an evening of live music and dancing. There will be Prosecco and canapés, the band will play, and there will be space for dancing. Supper will be served in the music interval. There will also be a chance to look through the historic telescopes. Bar open during the evening. 7pm – 11.30pm, £40, booking essential. More information.

 

Comedy

18th April Live Comedy Night at Blackstock. A night of rib-cracking live comedy by some of the best up and coming stand-up talent. A line-up of Janice Phayre, Mark Felgate, Demitris Deech, Jamie Gosneuy, Jo Public and David Tsonos. Bar and gourmet burger menu from 6pm and comedy from 8pm. For prices and a booking link.

Sports

26th April Castle ‘On Yer Bike’ Challenge There are two routes for this cycle challenge. The shorter 25 mile route is from Hastings, Pevensey Castle, Hastings and the longer route of 40 miles is Hastings, Pevensey Castle, Herstmonceux Castle, Magham Down, Hastings  Organised by the Rotary Club in aid of St.Michael’s Hospice, the Hastings Lifeboat and other Rotary charities.  Registration from 8am to 10am. Donation and entry details.

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