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NEWS RELEASE No: 145525 APRIL 2011

Easter eggstravaganza in the forest

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Easter Eggstravaganza egg and spoon race at Alice Holt Forest

The Forestry Commission welcomes families to join in with the Easter fun at Alice Holt Forest during the school holidays.  From egg and spoon races to pond dipping and den building to bushcraft adventures, there’s plenty to do for families with children of all ages.

The Easter Eggstravaganza on Thursday, 21 April, is for children from three years old and over and costs £4 per child. It offers a range of Easter crafts including egg decorating, as well as, rabbit races, egg and spoon races and roly poly eggs.

Pond dipping costs £1 per child of six years and over and is available at the pond by the café on Wednesday 13 April from 1pm.  Take a dip into the underwater world of Alice Holt Forest pond and you might find a diving beetle or dragonfly nymph or even a fish or two.

Eight year olds and over can come and join our den building team on Tuesday afternoons, on 12 and 19 April, between 1pm and 3pm.  A two hour session, costing £7 per child, teaches children how to work together to make a weatherproof hideout out in the forest, using natural materials from the forest floor.

The exciting bushcraft adventure is available to families on Wednesday, 20 April, between 10am and 4pm.  Spend a day learning the secrets of the forest from fire lighting, shelter building and open fire cooking. For £25 for adults and £15 for children under 16 it will give families an unforgettable experience in the forest.

The Easter clue trail, available from Saturday, 9 April, costs just £2 to enter and is suitable for families with small children and pushchairs and is accessible for wheelchair users.  Collect the Easter clue trail sheet from Café on the Green, solve the questions and you could win a Discovery Pass, entitling you to 12 months free parking at Alice Holt Forest, or a voucher to use in the cafe.

Booking is essential for den building, bushcraft and the Easter Extravaganza, parking charges apply, please call 01420 23666 or visit For bushcraft bookings please call 07979 321369, email or visit

Notes to Editors

  1. The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England. Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country. For further information visit

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

Jo Spouncer, Press Officer, Forestry Commission South East
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