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Local family fun and Easter activities

As well as all the onsite Easter activities, all LifeCare Residences communities have plenty of family fun to enjoy right on the doorstep. At Grove Place in Hampshire, grandparents can let their grandchildren explore not only the 27 acres of spectacular grounds and woodland, but also the nearby New Forest, inhabited by gorgeous native ponies which always provide great entertainment to observe. The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is a popular family destination and is only a short drive away from Grove Place. Many Easter activities have been laid on with motoring parades of historic vehicles taking place every day throughout the Easter holidays. Also in Beaulieu, visitors can try on Easter bonnets at Palace House and get to meet and interreact with costumed guides and learn about life in the 19th century. Less than six miles away from Grove Place, the eternally popular Peppa Pig has a dedicated theme park as part of Paulton’s Family Theme Park with nine fun rides to enjoy as well as a cast of characters making seasonal appearances. Marwell Zoo is another popular destination for many residents and their families with hundreds of animals to view, a 140-acre park and five adventure playgrounds. Their most recent exhibition, ‘Brickosaurus’ is a world-first collection of 55 prehistoric creatures made using more than 2 million toy bricks has taken over the zoo and is bound to be a hit with old and young alike. And literally on the doorstep of Grove Place are the Sir Harold TIllier Gardens in Romsey where the Easter bunny will be leaving a quizzical trail around the gardens during one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit. There are many other activity centres on the doorstep, including New Forest Waterpark and Go Ape Moors Valley. There are the Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway to enjoy as well as many other animal parks and sanctuaries to visit such as Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary and New Forest Wildlife Park. Families are spoilt for choice this Easter! There is nothing youngsters enjoy more than simply running about outside in the fresh air, followed by a picnic perhaps. At Battersea Place, residents can take their grandchildren by the hand and simply step over the road to explore the 200 acres of wide-open space at Battersea Park. With plentiful free museums and family-friendly restaurants, there are lots of things to do in London with children. Residents at Battersea Place are fortunate to have everything that London has to offer, right on their doorstep with a diverse mix of history and culture to treat the grandchildren to. There are museums and galleries a plenty such as the Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as the London Eye and world-famous aquarium to visit to name but a few. Grandparents keen to treat their little visitors are spoilt for choice as London is the shopping capital of the world with its famous shopping destinations such as Bond Street and Oxford Street, as well as the two Westfield Shopping Centres. Many of London’s Royal Palaces, museums and iconic landmarks put on special Easter activities for children at this time. Quite literally on the doorstep of Battersea Place is the family-run Battersea Children’s Zoo who will be running Easter Egg hunts over the Easter weekend and younger visitors will be able to help the keepers to prepare egg-shaped feeds for the animals. Battersea Power Station also has an exciting line up of free, family-friendly activities with an Easter Bunny Egg Hunt, a petting zoo and maze, outdoor games, pop-up food and drink huts. At Somerleigh Court in Dorchester, Dorset, residents are right on the doorstep of Borough Gardens, a beautiful 19th century park that also has tennis courts which are open all year round and has the bonus of being situated in Dorset with its stunning beaches and gets more sun than most places with approximately 364 more hours than the national average. Spring is a wonderful time of year in Dorchester for those with visiting family and grandchildren. During the Easter holidays the Keep Military Museum is hosting an Art-efact trail as well as running a fun workshop to create your own replica WW1 chocolate tin. The 4-day annual Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt will run from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Brewery Square will also play host to themed storytelling, performances, and garden games. Additionally, visiting families are spoilt for choice with the many historical sites to visit, some of which date back to pre-Roman Britain, as well as the nearby Maumbury Rings monument which is regularly used for open-air concerts, festivals, and historical re-enactments. Children will love being taken to the Teddy Bear Museum, the Dorset Country Museum or even the Dinosaur Museum. Dorchester and Dorset have a fascinating Jurassic past that really does appeal to all generations.

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