It’s a swashbuckling Easter holiday

PUBLISHED: 16:05 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

LazyTown Live
Production & PR Shots
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
30th January 2009

© Pete Jones

LazyTown Live Production & PR Shots Royal & Derngate, Northampton 30th January 2009 © Pete Jones

The Easter holidays are upon us and there s a host of events going on across the borough, from traditional egg hunts to pirate adventures.

The Easter holidays are upon us and there's a host of events going on across the borough, from traditional egg hunts to pirate adventures.

The first hunt takes place from now until this Saturday at The Walnuts shopping centre, in Markets Place, Orpington, and Orpington town centre. Each coloured egg will contain a letter that spells out an Easter-themed word.

When all the eggs are found, entrants can post the answer on a completed form at a competition box in the Walnuts for a chance to win a prize.

Entry forms can be collected from leaflet holders inside the Walnuts. The winner will receive their prize next Thursday.

To celebrate The Pirate Adventure at The Churchill theatre, in Bromley, the Glades shopping centre is hosting fun swashbuckling events until April 17.

Competitions and activities will take place on weekdays linked to the stage show that features characters from the popular TV show LazyTown.

Children will have the chance to meet LazyTown's superhero, Sportacus - as played by Julian Essex-Spurrier at The Churchill - as well as to take part in workshops where they can learn how to talk and act like fearless pirates.

There will also be storytelling sessions and a mini-Olympics assault course.

Competitions will include a family challenge to build an airship - the best of which will be displayed in the foyer of the theatre - a contest to design a healthy smoothie, a colouring competition and a spectacular fancy dress parade.

Kids can also sing and dance to their favourite LazyTown songs at a karaoke session. Other events include pirate playtime, a bounce-around and a treasure hunt, with a prize of a special edition Steiff Pirate Bear.

For more information, go to the Glades' website at

Meanwhile at BEECHE, in High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Farnborough, more egg hunts will be happening from tomorrow until Monday. The environmental education centre will be open from 11am to 3pm and there is a £2 charge.

For more information, contact Bromley Countryside and Parks Service on 01689 862815.

The story of Good Friday will be told to shoppers tomorrow by the Churches of Orpington in the Walnuts shopping centre from 11.45am.

If your children fancy being creative, they can take advantage of free drop-in art sessions running from next Tuesday until Thursday.

Easter basket-making will take place at Bromley Museum, in Church Hill, Orpington, each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the holidays from 2pm to 4pm. There is no need to book and sessions are suitable for children aged four to 11.

For more information, call 01689 873826 or email bromley.

If it is some Easter headwear you're after, you can make your own at BEECHE this Saturday. The session costs £4.20 per child and should be booked in advance. It starts at 10am and finishes at noon.

For more information, contact Bromley Countryside and Parks Service on 01689 862815.

Or take a trip down memory lane to the hazy days of your childhood by visiting a new exhibition of toys. The new Childhood Chums display at Bromley Museum features toys and games from throughout the 20th century.

Collections assistant Christine Alford said: "Most people will be able to come in and see at least something they recognise and remember playing with. We have Javanese shadow puppets, Care Bears, banana stem dolls from Uganda and Spirographs."

The exhibition lasts until June 5. For more information call the museum on 01689 873826.

Youngsters can try their hand at musical theatre at Kelsey Park Sports College, in Manor Way, Beckenham. Musical Mayhem workshops start next Tuesday and run until next Friday. Classes last from 9am to 3pm and are suitable for children aged seven to 10 and 11 to 15. Children will study the best musicals in the West End with two qualified instructors. At the end of the four days they will stage a performance, watched by parents.

There is limited availability and fees apply. For more information, contact Holly Smedley on 079449884377 or Leanne Coverley on 07825588518.

For something more active, day camps for youngsters aged five to 11 are taking place at three leisure centres. Participating centres are the Darrick Wood Pool, in Orpington, the Pavilion Leisure Centre, in Bromley, and the Spa, at Beckenham.

Activities include swimming, trampolining and other sports. Each day costs £23 for members and £24 for non-members and lasts from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Half days can also be booked.

For more information and for details of other Easter holiday activities, contact individual centres or download Buzz magazine on

More Easter events can be found on Bromley council's website

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