Seasonal ideas for a cracking Easter

hand painted easter eggs
hand painted easter eggs

SITTING indoors watching re-runs of The Sound of Music and Born Free while nibbling (or gorging) on chocolate eggs is fine, but those of you lucky enough to have four days off this Easter weekend won’t want to spend all your time slouching around.

Here are some ideas to get you out and about in the new city...

WOBURN ABBEY: You can meet those in charge of the Abbey gardens for some seasonal advice on Saturday and Sunday, at the Come and Grow with Woburn days.

You’ll go home armed with tips and tricks of the trade that will help you make the most of your green spaces...and what these great gardeners don’t know about sensational sweet peas and fit-for-a-royal roses isn’t be worth knowing!

Admission is included in the standard entry fee.

Join in 10.30am-12.30pm or 2-4pm.

A guided tour will lead you around at 1pm.

Woburn will also host its popular Easter egg Trail, from Friday to Monday, 10am to 5pm daily.

If you want to go on the hunt, make a donation upon arrival.

BLETCHLEY PARK: The codebreaking centre will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Monday, with a craft workshop and hunt the chicks, and egg trail.

The chicks will be hidden among a wide range of 1940s and 50s toys and household items – the kids will love the hunt and the family will love recalling the memories of days gone by.

Open 9.30am-5pm.www.bletchleypark.org.uk

FROSTS: A reminder following last week’s announcement in GO! about the events happening at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands this Easter.

Daily through to April 13, kiddies can decorate their own bonnets and colour in 3D giant cardboard eggs.

Pop by between 10am and 4pm, and while on site you must pop to see the cute-as-cute-can-be micro pigs and baby chicks. Perfectly seasonal.

For details on the activities, visit www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk or call MK 583511.

CHURCH OF CHRIST THE CORNERSTONE: Join the choir and instrumentalists of the City Church in Music For Good Friday.

“Stabat Mater, the beautiful devotional poem about Mary’s vigil by Christ’s Cross, has been set many times to music, but never more sensitively or touchingly than in the setting by the late seventeenth century Venetian composer Antonio Caldara,” says Adrian Boynton.

Arrive for 7.30pm and also hear Lamentations by White and The Sacrifice by Tucapsky.

NEWPORT PAGNELL FC: THE Havoc MCC are hosting their sixth annual Easter egg run and Charity Custom Show and event on Saturday, which will raise funds for Zebra House.

The run will meet at The Red Lion in Bletchley at 10am and is due to arrive at Newport Pagnell FC at midday, where a custom show, raffle, stalls and an auction will take attentions. Food will be served and a kiddies craft area will be set up.

If you are planning on popping along, please take an Easter egg – Havoc MCC will donate them to disabled children in the area.

The NPFC event will run through to 6pm.

THEATRE DISTRICT: Fun fair rides are set up in the area for the duration of Easter (until April 13) and when you eat at any venue on site, you will be able to take advantage of two offers – perhaps a free ride, or buy one get one free opportunity, making eating in the area an even tastier proposition over the coming days.

THE FOX & HOUNDS: A new comedy night is launching at the Fox & Hounds in Stony Stratford this Saturday night.

The Foxes Hysterical Comedy Night, as it will be known, will offer a feast of funnies, with eight comedians doing the gags at the cute venue.

Oli Bettesworth, a stalwart on the scene with more than 250 gigs under his belt, will headline.

Support will come from Joe Seville, who is also event compere, Obonjo Comedian, Sahar Miradi, Jeff Sewell, Chris Ashton and Jon Murfin.

Entry is free and things get funny from 8.30pm.

> Live music reigns at the venue this evening with The Hounds bringing blues and jazz to the fore