Easter fun for all the family across Bromsgrove and South Birmingham

Thursday 28 March 2013 Updated: 28/03 14:58

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THERE are plenty of egg-citing activities taking place across Bromsgrove district and south Birmingham over the Easter break.

► HISTORY lovers will be in their element when Avoncroft Museum will be invaded by Vikings and also play host to Tudors and Victorians.

On Sunday (March 31) and bank holiday Monday (April 1) re-enactors will be showcasing their combat skills and giving a host of other demonstrations to show what life used to be like in the different eras.

There will be a variety of activities for youngsters, including archery, pony rides, swing boats, miniature train rides and a Wild Goose Trail.

There will be an Easter service, an egg and spoon race and themed crafts in the Mission Church.

And there are plenty of chocolate prizes up for grabs fore those proving their worth at the striker hammer and the coconut shy.

Then, the fun continues from Tuesday to Thursday (April 2 to 4), when children will be challenged to illustrate their survival skills.

A Forest School leader will be on hand to teach essential bushcraft skills, as well as organising minibeast hunts and cooking sessions on an open fire in the wild.

In the second week of the school holidays (from April 9 to 11), youngsters can get creative with nature, making tree sprites and woodland jewellery.

Learning and events officer Tracey Ayre said the seasonal activities were a great alternative to the usual Easter offerings.

"Kids love Forest School, it’s great for them to get out into the fresh air, embrace the natural environment and at the same time have loads of fun.

"Both boys and girls will really enjoy being Bear Grylls for the day.”

The hour-long Forest School sessions, being run by The World Outside, last 45 minutes and will run on the hour from 11am until 5pm.

Those wanting to take part should pre-book by calling 01527 831363.

The museum is open from 10.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, throughout April.

Admission is £7.70 for adults, £6.60 for senior citizens, £4 for children and £19.80 for a family ticket (two adults and three children).

Members go free.

► TWO WEEKS of fun activities have been organised for young people of all ages by Bromsgrove District Council.

The Easter Fundayz sessions, suitable for those aged between five and nine, are aimed at helping children improve their fundamental skills.

The ones for ten to 14-year-olds offer a range of sports and team activities, as well as daily swims for those who are eight and over.

The sessions at the Dolphin Centre run between 9am and 3.15pm from Tuesday to Friday (April 2 to 5) and from next Tuesday to a week on Friday (April 8 to 12).

There are also gymnastics classes for those aged between five and 15. They teach participants various disciplines, including vault, floor, rhythmic and bench work.

The two identical courses, which are supported by Bromsgrove Gymnastics Club, run for three days each.

The first is between 10am and 3pm from Tuesday to Thursday (April 2 to 5), at Meadows / Parkside School.

And the second, from April 9 to 11, is being held at Crown Meadow / Alvechurch School.

Bromsgrove District Council's head of leisure and cultural services, John Godwin, said: “Easter Fundayz’ and ‘Gymnastics’ are a great way for kids to get active, keep busy and have fun, as well as allowing their parents time to relax.”

The ‘Fundayz’ sessions cost £15-a-day and the ‘Gymnastics’ classes are £38-a-week.

For more, or to guarantee a place, at either ‘Fundayz’ or ‘Gymnastics’ call 01527 881234 or e-mail sd@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

► YOUNGSTERS can show off their creative talents at Bromsgrove's Artrix over the Easter holidays.

The Dynamic Day workshop from 9am to 5pm on April 9, with its 'Rumble in the Jungle' theme, gives those aged between six and 13 the chance to act, dance and sing.

It is being run by the art centre's in-house director Mel Dykes and culminates in a jungle-themed show for parents at the end of the day.

Tickets for the day are £35. The show will be at 6pm.

There is also the Race into Space Club Creative Activity Day, between 10am and 4pm on April 11. That is a taster day for Artrix's brand new holiday club which will launch for a full week in the May half-term.

Places for that are £30 and participants should take a packed lunch and a drink and wear comfortable clothing that they can get messy in.

It will be a day of space-themed craft, movement, drama and singing.

For more, or to book places, call 01527 577330 or visit www.artrix.co.uk.

► PROBLEM solving, sailing and climbing will be among the challenges facing visitors to the Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre this Easter.

The activities, for those aged between eight and 15, run from April 8 to 12, with the sessions taking place between 9.30am to 4pm and costing £25 per day.

Booking is essential as places are limited.

To book, download a form from www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/outdoor-education-centres/upton-warren-oec.aspx, call 01527 861426 or e-mail uwoecbookings@worcestershire.gov.uk.

► CLASSIC bus rides through ornate Midlands' villages, including Henley-in-Arden, Earlswood, Beoley and Alvechurch, will be on offer this weekend.

Passengers will be able to enjoy the beautiful countryside by boarding the vintage vehicles at Wythall Transport Museum.

As well as the bus rides, the museum's exhibition hall, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, takes visitors back through the decades.

It boasts around 100 classic buses, coaches, milk floats and bread vans, including a 1949 Wolverhampton trolleybus which is powered by electricity through overhead wires.

It also plays host to games, a film and other interactive exhibits, including the bus cab that makes all the right noises when you press the start button.

And there is a miniature steam railway for visitors to ride.

The Transport Museum is open from 11am to 4.30pm today (Good Friday) and Easter Sunday (March 31) and it is open all-day on bank holiday Monday (April 1).

For more, visit www.wythall.org.uk

► THE HOP Pole Inn, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, will play host to an Easter Cider and Music Festival from 2pm this Sunday (March 31).

Among the live bands taking to the stage will be Rubery's Tommy Gun, who will be playing punk in the spirit of the 70s and another band from the village The Memory Tones. They will be starting their set at around 5pm.

Then, at 9pm, Worcester's The Delray Rockets, dubbed the 'bad boys of Rockability', will be performing.

As well as the music, there will be a pig roast from 4pm and ten real ciders from the cider bar.

Three Hop Pole regulars will also be revealing the theme for their £250 banger car that they will be driving from Bromsgrove to Barcelona on May 23 to raise funds for the Primrose Hospice.

Andy Swann, Daz Russell and Marc Healey have so far kept their idea secretive, but will be revealing all the Hop Pole on Sunday.

For more on the trio's progress, visit www.facebook/barcelonabangersprimrosehospice

► YOUNGSTERS wanting to get creative in the kitchen over the Easter break can go to Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold to do some cupcake decorating.

Participants will be able to decorate two cakes - one to eat and one to take home - at the sessions which run between 2pm and 5pm, from Tuesday to Thursday (April 2 to 4).

Tickets, available from the restaurant on the day, are £3.50.

► CHILDREN aged between three and eight can learn to be green and have fun while doing so by taking part in a host of environmentally friendly activities at Northfield Ecocentre.

Ecokids takes place every school holiday and this Easter, there will be eco crafts, games, quizzes and nature trails on offer.

Participants will also be able to meet new friends at the sessions, which run from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) or on Tuesday (April 2). Activities include making Easter chicks and an Easter egg hunt.

Then on April 10 or 12, also between 2pm and 4pm, there will be a scent trail in the Ecocentre garden, the chance to create containers to grow seeds in and plant label making.

Places are £1 for each session and adults need to accompany their children. To book, or for more, call Anne at the Ecocentre on 0121 448 0119 or email admin@northfieldecocentre.org.

For more, visit www.northfieldecocentre.org/activities/ecokids

► AT HANBURY Hall this bank holiday weekend, there will be the annual Cadbury Easter trail around the garden with a chocolate Egghead prize for those successfully completing it.

There will also be a host of themed make and take craft activities, a soft play area, free face painting and Usbourne books for sale.

And on bank holiday Monday (April 1), visitors are urged to take along a spoon so they can line up in the egg and spoon race.

The venue is open from 11am to 4pm over the weekend and today (Good Friday), children can, weather permitting, have a go at planting potatoes between 12midday and 1pm.

Family Activities Days will run between 11am and 4.30pm on Thursday (April 4), a week on Tuesday (April 9) and the Thursday after (April 11).

Each week there will be a different theme for the trail around the gardens and the make and take activities.

Hanbury's visitor services manager Alice Madden said there was so much to see and do for everyone at Hanbury Hall.

"Whether you are interested in discovering the fascinating stories of the family who used to live here, just want a stroll around our beautiful grounds or want to take part in the family activities, make sure you come and visit us over the Easter holidays."

A watercolours exhibition by Worcestershire artist David Birtwhistle is also available to view in Hanbury's Long Gallery.

His paintings are inspired by a range of venues - both local and further afield - and there are originals, prints and cards available to buy.

Hanbury Hall and gardens is open six days a week, Saturday to Thursday, from 11am and 5pm (plus Good Friday).

Access to the house, through taster tours only, is from 11am to 1pm, with places allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

For more, call 01527 821214 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

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