By Evie Kennedy | Monday, 23 January 2023
Picture this. The children are about to break up from school, the warmer weather is creeping in, the evenings are lasting a little longer and there’s a staycation on the horizon. Let us help with the last bit. Whether you’re looking to escape to the countryside for some peace and quiet or wanting to explore the English coastlines, there’s a Quince for everyone.
Easter holidays can be overwhelming and full of sweet treats and surprises, if you’re looking for a little step back into grounding the family, surrounded by rolling hills and fresh air, a Quince trip is just what the doctor ordered. Just a short drive from our Chimney Farm Barns is Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace. The palace takes you to a forgotten era and has grounds for you and the family to explore and learn. Over the Easter holidays, Blenheim Palace has their annual Easter Eggstravaganza where families can exhaust themselves in the fun fair with circus skills, street entertainers and of course, an appearance from the special guest, the Easter bunny.
Magic and mystery. The Cotswolds have always been a place of magic. J. R. R Tolkien himself used the surroundings for inspiration of locations for The Lord of the Rings series. Let your little one feel like a giant in the Grade II listed model village in Bourton-on-the-Water. Walk through the village and see the iconic Cotswold stone, banks, shops and of course the small bridge over the stream that runs through.
Scattered throughout the Betteshanger Park, located just over 10 minutes from The Boatman’s Reading Rooms, is the annual Easter Egg hunt. Spend Good Friday morning exploring the 250 acres of the historic park where families are invited to search for gems and claim their chocolate egg at the end. Feeling fancy? Fancy dress is, of course, encouraged with the winner of best dressed receiving a super-sized egg! No booking required, hop up and hunt!
What’s your first sign of spring? Is it daffodils popping up? The lighter evenings? For us, it’s the baa of new born lambs. Surrounded by farms, flora and fauna, Kent is the perfect place to experience the first signs of Spring. Broadlees Farm, Dover, gives you and your little cubs the opportunity to revel in the fluffy new arrivals of their lambing farm each day until Good Friday. If your children are as inquisitive as we think they’ll be, the farmer and staff are on call to answer any questions, however uncomfortable they may be…like where do lambs come from?
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. When we think of a seaside staycation, we think of crunching on shells and shingle, local strawberries and cream, and of course, fish and chips. Aldeburgh is the setting of our latest seaside addition at Quince, Penty on the Hoo. It’s the Suffolk home of culture, wildlife, history and art and also home to one of the best places for the traditional delicacy. Aldeburgh Fish and Chips is a company that started from a single shop and now has three locations across the town. Famous throughout locals, the fish and chip recipe has not changed for over five decades. Fish supper? It would be rude not to!
Fun factory. Whether it’s steam-engined vehicles, trolleybuses, or the deepest water tower in Suffolk, The Long Shop Museum has something for every child. Steeped in the tingling attractions of the Industrial Revolution, the museum allows children to step back in time and explore times gone by. Children can dress up like Victorian workers and make moulds similar to those that have come before. Children can also follow the Explorer’s Passport museum trails and earn prizes along the way. All aboard!