dartford easter guide

Top Things to do This Easter 2021

Well… we don’t know about you, but here at Visit Dartford we are bored of lockdown, and we
are really quite Egg-cited to see the light at the end of the tunnel “Fingers Crossed” with most
outdoor attractions set to re-open from 12th April.

For many of us, home schooling is now a thing of the past, and it’s nearly Easter half term… (Haven’t they not been at home enough over the last 12 months! We are all thinking it, I just said it.) The fact that it’s chocolate season… I mean Easter, Just makes the next 2 weeks, that much more bearable. However, If you, like me, have found yourself googling “Things to do during Easter in 2021” I have saved you the trouble, and done the legwork for you.

1. Eltham Palace and Gardens

If Covid- 19 has taught us anything, it’s making the most of our natural and beautiful surroundings that we have, Eltham Palace and Gardens offers this, and much more. It’s a hidden gem, that’s basically on our doorstep, approx half an hour drive from Dartford. From the 29th of March the 19-acre Gardens are set to reopen, for an amazing Easter adventure quest. In true historic style, your explorers will have to crack the clues and search for the dragons eggs on the quest boards. This outdoor quest will see your explorers be rewarded with a chocolate treat, yummy! And a certificate when they have tracked down the hatched dragon! All Indoors areas will remain closed in line with government guidance, however a take away service is being provided for light refreshments. Booking must be made in advance to allow social distancing and keeping all visitors and staff safe.

Mon 29 Mar – Sun 18 Apr 2021 10am – 5pm. Sat 17 April 10am – 3pm

2. National Trust Easter Egg Hunt at Emmetts Garden

Another nature fun filled activity to enjoy with the whole family, The national trust will open Emmetts Gardens (and others), for an Egg-cellent easter Egg hunt. Get involved in the various easter activities around the gardens all while taking in the breathing taking scenery and sounds of spring. At the end of the trail you will receive a chocolate egg or allergen free treat. On arrival you will collect you trail pack from the visitor centre. You don’t need to book your Easter trails, but you will need to book your Easter visit.Tickets are released every friday. Face coverings are required inside the building unless you are exempt, and the cafe is open for takeaway service only.

Monday 29 March 2021 – Sunday 18 April 2021 (whilst stocks last); 9am-5.30pm (last entry at 5pm)

3. PantoLive!

Sadly the annual easter panto can’t happen this year in person, however Panto live have created the first of it’s kind! Online, Live, and Interactive. You can watch at the comfort of your own home, AND anyone can watch it. You don’t have to live in Dartford. My family and I watched the Christmas version of Panto live, and we all found it extremely funny, with some familiar faces. Buy one ticket, and have unlimited access to every live show and on demand. Panto live say this is the same as the Christmas production, just re-mastered and much more interactive and fun! I cannot wait.

Live shows 26th March-4th April, On demand from the 5th April.

4. The Luna Drive in Cinema.

If you are missing cinema Entertainment like us, then the Luna Drive in cinema at Bluewater will be a great evening out, perfect for date nights, birthdays, or just your movie fix! With a variety of different, popular movies there will be something for everyone. And in a real Retro Fashion, you will be able to feast on snacks from “The tin canteen” A family-run retro-style Airstream trailer! After a successful 2020, it reopens on the 12th April.

5. MegaCamps!

If you are really not ready for the children to be home again (we don’t blame you, honest!) then why not have some time out and send them on their way to Megacamps! An OFSTED registered activity day camp! You can book the whole week, or single days! The itinerary Includes, arts and crafts, sports such as Football, Dodgeball, Rounders, Kwik Cricket, Basketball, and team games, and each day a special, “mega activity” Archery, Magic workshop, animal workshop, Olympics, Nerf wars, inflatable fun, bubble football, and a talent show! This is just touching the surface of a really exciting week for your children aged 4-14! In these uncertain times, this megacamp based at the Leigh Academy is guaranteed to make amazing memories for your children. Megacamps are following all government guidance in order to keep everyone safe, and staff have received extra training on hygiene and managing the current covid situation.

6. Virtual Easter Hunt Immersive Game & Sing Along with Special Guests

A family fun, online Easter egg hunt aimed for families with children aged 3- 10. In the 60 minute experience you will find yourself singing, Dancing, and playing festive games, all from the safety of your own home. The Easter Bunny will be placed inside a virtual cartoon house and direct families through an immersive, 2-way, interactive experience using zoom. Please note you will need 2 devices to take part in this exciting, virtual Easter egg hunt. Be ready for 10am on the 3rd of April and buy your tickets here.

7. Kew Gardens Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza!

So this may not be Dartford, or very close to it, but it is worth the hour+ drive (If we are allowed, since there is some debate on how far we can travel) In this 326 acres you will find the most spectacular gardens just waiting to be explored. The world’s largest botanical paradise will leave you amazed, rainforests, lakes and lilly ponds is just a fraction of the spectacular at Kew Gardens. Imagine walking through the beautiful outdoors during the springtime. Whilst you are there you can also enjoy Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza! An exciting event by Beano to celebrate Dennis’ birthday. Especially made for Kew, there is a brand new comic strip to enjoy, along with lots of jokes, and lots of learning about plants. Kids and big kids will be able to meet their favourite characters from the TV series and even join the ‘banana bunch’ on a mission to protect bananas from evil Dr Gloom, and much more! Please note that there will be no cash payment at this current time, and Kew are running timed entry slots, and all indoor buildings and structures will be closed.

8. Old Mcdonald’s Farm and Fun Park (And the late Easter festival)

Easter is not quite the same without a farm visit, so I really did have to find this one for you. Although there will still be some restrictions, and not all attractions will be open, Old Mcdonalds farm is due to reopen on 12th April, and not just that, They will still be celebrating easter- just a little bit late. There will be an Easter egg hunt (as expected), a magic show, baby animal encounters, circus workshops and puppet shows! There are even some exciting things happening after half term during the weekend that you won’t want to miss out on like meet and greets!

9. Brooklands Lakes

Great news for the avid angler, from the 29th March fishing, will be legally allowed again, and there is no place like Dartford’s Brooklands lake, especially if you are not a member of the DDAPS, it’s the only lake that non-members are allowed to use. We hope that the weather will be dry and warm ready for a day of fishing and soaking up sunshine by the lake. Remember, as well as the fee to use the lake (you will find prices here) You will also need an appropriate rod license.

Just show up and pay on the day..

Prices: A one night ticket £21 (24hrs) – For Two Nights £35 (48hrs) – Children under 15 £3 per rod

10. Hangloose

This one’s for all the daredevil, thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies out there…Prepare yourself for the UK’s Fastest and Longest Zip Line due to open this May bank holiday at Bluewater Shopping and Leisure Complex in Dartford. Speed down the 725 metre long zipline flying through over 50 acres of delightful parkland, Tickets on sale now. Save 10% and get your early bird tickets to avoid disappointment.

We understand that there isn’t as much as usual this year for Easter, however we believe that we can make the best memories with very little effort. We hope that you enjoy your Easter Eggs Hunts, Picnics, Spring walks and Garden BBQ’s! And most importantly indulging on those chocolate eggs! Stay Safe, and have a cracking Easter.

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