Coping with the long Easter Holidays

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With the Easter School holidays upon us – here are a few reminders of local places of interest where you can keep the children occupied!

Remember that in addition to these highlighted, our website has a much longer list of suggested day trips from Marlow.

(c) National TrustCliveden

This nearby National Trust Property has much to occupy adult visitors, but they also make special effort to cater for younger visitors too.

The newest addition is the Cliveden Maze, which opened in the last week. It has taken two years to create, and uses  1,100 12-year-old yew trees! It is same size as the world-famous Hampton Court maze, and is based on and located in the same place as the original version built for Lord Astor in 1894 but which ceased to be maintained since the mid-1900s.

Nearby is the Sculpture Playground – a new, imaginative and fun area for younger children, as well as the wider grounds being a fun place to run around.

Cliveden’s also runs riverboat cruises run on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the spring and summer.

Odds Farm

Spring has arrived at Odds Farm Park with the recent arrival of a Jersey calf and a Highland calf, a litter of piglets, Pygmy goat kids and lots of playful lambs!Odds Farm

You can help out bottle feeding of the lambs twice a day as part of the daily Animal Activities Programme.

From 9 until 25 April, follow the fun Easter Bunny Trail around the farm and win an Easter Egg Treat.

Easter Egg Hunts!

Both  Cliveden and Odds Farm are offering Easter Egg Hunts, and in addition Crowne Plaza Marlow are offering a free Egg Hunt on at from 11am on Easter
Sunday.  Anyone accompanying a child to the hunt will receive a 25% discount card for all food and drink in agua bar, and there is a bouncy castle.

Activities at Longridge

Longridge has Activity Days running every week day of the holidays, and TWO family days coming up, the one below on 29th April and another on 2nd May – both of which folk are very welcome to turn up for on the day.

The Activity Days from 9.15am until 5.30pm daily giving young people the chance to make new friends and learn new skills in a challenging and safe environment. During the summer months the activities are mainly water based – rowing, kayaking etc.

On Family Days, there are pre-bookable activity taster sessions making full use off all the facilities Longridge has on offer. Much more info is on their website, or on 01628 483252

Steve Backshall
Steve Backshall will be at Longridge on 29th April

Wildlife & WeddingsFriday 29th April (day of the Royal Wedding)

Meet Steve Backshall and his entourage of wildlife and celebrate the Royal Wedding with the Longridge Street Party.

A lunch-time  celebration of the Royal Wedding will take place from 12.30 to 13.30 on 29th April, with a range of food and refreshments, suitable for all ages.
Alongside the Street Party, a range of activities (climbing, kayaking, rowing etc) will be running all day from 9.45am to 6.30pm.

In an exciting addition to the lineup – Steve Backshall (best known for presenting the BBC children’s series ‘Deadly 60’) will be presenting his Wild Roadshow

Sounds like a great day out!

Family Open Day –  Monday 2nd May (Bank Holiday Monday)

A family festival, offering opportunities to try out all our activities, enjoy a range of side stalls, music and of course a sumptuous range of refreshments from the newly refurbished Ridge Cafe.

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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