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Easter fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills


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Easter fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills

‘Spring into Easter’ school holiday / bank holiday event

1 – 17 April daily: 10am – 5pm (last entry 3pm)

The Royal Gunpowder Mills is set to Spring Into Easter where Professor Nitrate and his assistants will be stirring up creative fun for all the family.  Children can get hands-on with a wide range of activities which will get them thinking and learning and having fun throughout.

Home to Professor Nitrate and his assistants, The Mad Lab delivers science shows with a mad professor, while his assistant’s help children make “Gooey Eggs” to take home, look at the science of “Bouncy Eggs” and the amazing theories of “Non Newtonian Fluid”

This Easter children can explore their creative side by designing their very own Chalkboard Egg, making Bunny Ears for hopping around our heritage site, fashioning Easter Cards to send to friends and family, making puppets and even having a go at writing a puppet show. Children can also design a small t shirt to take home with them.

Children and adults alike can try their hand at making and launching rockets, testing their skill to hit targets and top the leader board. This Easter we are also bringing out our Tennis Ball Cannon which can fire projectiles across our Mead which explores and tests how pressures and forces work.

There are also ample opportunities for children and families to enjoy the 170 acres of heritage with ample play space including a playground and crazy cart arena.

EASTER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND (14th – 17th) Join Professor Nitrate daily at 1.40pm as he moves outside to launch his Easter Science Show. Join the Professor and his assistant as they attempt to make things go bang on a bigger scale, pops, bangs and fizzes to be expected. As a special treat for all the family we have special visitors at our indoor Petting Zone with Pygmy Goats & Ducklings. Children get hands on with some of the cutest animals in town. Look out for the Easter Bunny on who is set to help with the Easter Egg Hunt.

Events & Marketing Coordinator Luke Dunne commented, “Easter is a wonderful time for children of all ages, and the event is a way for children and the family to explore science and stimulate creativity surrounded by the new spring colours and wildlife which can be enjoyed on our popular guided landtrain tour.”  The site is wheelchair and buggy friendly and has lots of free parking.

Visit our website to find out what else there is to discover on this beautiful 170 acre site of science and heritage. Already acknowledged for being “family friendly” by the Telegraph and a participant in the Children’s University initiative, the Royal Gunpowder Mills was awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016.

The event commences on Saturday 1st April and runs each day through Monday 17th April from 10am – 5pm (last ticket 3pm).  Children should be accompanied by a paying adult and there is a range of great value family ticket deals.  Children under 3 are free and there is a child-friendly play park and ample Indoor as well as outdoor activity space, indoor picnic space and a lovely indoor café. 

The team at the Royal Gunpowder Mills are active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@gunpowdermills on all platforms).  More information can be found at www.royalgunpowdermills.com.   Bookings can be made via the website at https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/whats-and-events/easter-holidays/  

History: The Royal Gunpowder Mills is an important heritage site, which was in operation for 300+ years.  From the mid-1850s onwards the site was involved in developing new nitro-based explosives and propellants. The site grew in size but gunpowder became less important. Shortly after World War II it became a Defence Research Establishment.   Visitors can learn more about its history on site at the many exhibits.  A must is a guided landtrain tour through 170 acres of parkland and woodland, streams and dry canals.  The site has over 20 listed buildings and mysterious structures of the historic explosives factory peeping through the beautiful alder woodland originally planted for charcoal production, and which is currently undergoing restoration.



Contact: Luke Dunne or Stella Morris at Royal Gunpowder Mills

(t) 01992 707 375 – Luke Dunne

(t) 01992 707 360 – Stella Morris

(e) luke.dunne@royalgunpowdermills.com

(w) www.royalgunpowdermills.com 

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