Easter events going on around Chichester

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FAMILIES are being kept entertained with a series of activities and events, through this Easter break.

West Dean Gardens will host egg trails around the gardens throughout the day from yesterday (April 1) to Monday (April 6), from 10.30am-5pm.

It will cost £1 per child to take part and this will also pay for a small, handmade chocolate Easter bunny.

From April 6-10 there will be a five-day riding camp where children will be able to take part in games, riding and hands-on pony handling.

The activities will take place from 10am-4pm and there will be chances to win rosettes.

On April 13, there will be a ‘pony owning day’ where children can pick their favourite pony for the day and enjoy two riding sessions, grooming and learning about how to care for and look 
after a pony.

Novium Museum will run some Easter activities with a twist as they will encourage children to learn about Kathakali, an ancient form of dance and drama from southern India.

Children will be able to explore the colour and culture of Kerala – where Kathakali originates – decorate a giant elephant and make a Kathakali-style puppet.

The museum will be running a colourful canvas bags workshop next Wednesday (April 8) and Friday (April 10) which will also be Kathakali-themed.

Youngsters, aged between seven and ten, will be able to paint fabric and print a canvas bag using bright colours and Kathakali-inspired patterns.

The workshop will run from 10am-midday. Booking 
is essential.

The museum will also host an Easter egg hunt throughout the break. To find out more, call 01243 775888.

Youngsters wanting to focus on sports skills can also take part in Sport in the Community sessions organised by the Chichester District Council’s sports development team.

Run in partnership with the University of Chichester. the sessions will cover a range of different sports including netball, basketball and football.

All coaches will be fully qualified and checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for child safety.

The venue for all the camps will be the University of Chichester. For more details, call 01243 534857.

At Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester, there will be two snorkelling sessions, one for beginners and one for intermediate.

There will also be fun swimming sessions for eight to 13-year-olds, intensive swimming lessons and Tiny Tots play sessions.

For more information, call 01243 785651.

At Westgate Leisure Bourne, in Southbourne, youngsters will be able to take advantage of £1 racquet sports and Tiny Tots play sessions. For details, call 01243 376101.

Westgate Leisure Centre will run activities until Friday, April 10 – excluding Good Friday and bank holiday Monday.

Activities will include arts and crafts, badminton, bouncy castle, dance, inflatable swim, soft play, table tennis, trampolining, team sports and more. For more details, call 01243 785651.

Fishbourne Roman Palace has been hosting a series 
of Roman-themed Easter events this week including Roman sundial, braid and mosaic-making.

On each day, there has 
also been an opportunity to meet and talk to different costumed characters around the Palace, including Roman soldiers, Roman ladies and Roman cooks.