Top Ten Places in Hampshire this Easter!

Easter in Hampshire

Top Ten Places in Hampshire this Easter!

Dear mummy, here’s a little list I compiled of places to go and things to do in Hampshire this Easter! Easter is a lovely time in this neck of the woods and we love visiting gardens and farms in Spring. Here’s our top ten attractions.

  • Exbury Gardens, Southampton – Explore the Rhododendrons and jump on the steam train to see the Easter Bunny. We visited last year and had a great time!
  • Visit Marwell Wildlife, Southampton – To join in with the Easter Park Trail in the Zoo!
  • Build Lego at Bricks in Motion at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke – Watch the master builders create stunning displays out of Lego. We went last year to Lego Lost World and had a fab time.
  • See the spring lambs at Manydown Farm, Basingstoke – It’s lambing season along with Easter crafts and activities. We went last year and I made an Easter Egg card for my mummy!
  • Visit The National Trust at Mottisfont, Romsey and go to the Easter Bunny Ball and join in with the Easter Egg hunt.
  • Visit Wellington Country Park, on the Hampshire border of Basingstoke/Reading and join in with one if their themed days over the Easter break! We’re looking forward to visiting the Circus!
  • Visit The Vyne and join in with their Cadbury Easter Egg trail.
  • Finkley Down Farm, Andover – Pop down to the farm come rain or shine and see the little chicks and lambs!
  • Pop into Basingstoke Town and enjoy the events Festival Place have put on – Eat Street will be bringing live cooking demonstrations, entertainment and prizes. Also at the Top of Town in Basingstoke there will be Easter activities and entertainment too!

We hope you like our little list on activities over the Easter Break in Hampshire. Hopefully you can join in the fun! Let us know where you visit if you are local 🙂

Love Bella x

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A quick Easter craft from TIGER!

A quick Easter craft from TIGER!

Dear mummy, on a recent trip into town you stumbled upon a shop called TIGER. It’s like a smaller version of IKEA and has quirky items that you would expect from a Denmark brand. It’s been open since 2005 and the first store opened in the UK in our town, Basingstoke. We feel very privileged mummy! 😉

They have a constantly changing seasonable stock. Which is great for picking up Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter and Halloween inspired gifts. It’s very cheap too. Last year we picked up a teepee tent for £10! They have a great range of outdoor toys and activities on offer at the moment. Everything is priced in whole pounds which makes it easier to shop with a toddler without having to wait for loads of loose change at the tills. TIGER have really pulled their socks up and are stocking their shelves with some really great stuff. My mummy could buy the whole store!

Here’s our top picks from TIGER this Easter.

TIGER-gifts

Today my mummy has been drawn in by the Easter inspired gifts and home-wear. She loves all the spring pastel colours, chicks and rabbits. As she enters the store, she picks up a basket and already is cooing over strange and usual items. Do you really need that brown bunny rabbit mummy?!?

My mummy picked up a cute cheap activity for us to do together as a family.

TIGER shop Easter crafts

It’s a mini Easter Egg DIY decorating kit. They are hard polystyrene eggs with a smooth egg-shell type finish. They do look and feel like real eggs! Eggmazing!

You bought a pack of 4 for £2 and they come with 4 different coloured felt tips and some little ribbon to hang them with.

Easter Crafts at TIGERWe spend a good 30 minutes quietly sitting and decoration these little eggs.

We colour in the pre-printed designs of little birds and plants. A nice clean craft, however I did manage to get pen all over my hands and tried to eat them, so adult supervision at all times is a necessity.

Easter Egg Crafts at TIGERTAH DAH! We hope you like our decorated Easter Eggs! A cool alternative to chocolate eggs this Easter 🙂

Love Bella x

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My First Easter Egg

My First Easter Egg!

Dear mummy, at last a crafty challenge I can get involved with! You are making paper mâché Easter Eggs today to decorate the house. We already have a lot of the materials in the house. We have some pink balloons leftover from my first birthday bash, coloured tissue paper from present unwrapping, PVA glue (what mummy wouldn’t have this stocked up?) glitter and paint.

Easter balloon 1

We start off with a blown-up pink balloon and sit it in daddy’s coffee mug so it doesn’t roll off the table. Mummy prepares the mâché mix by watering down PVA glue, making it into a thin paste. She also uses a paper plate to contain the mixture so she can dispose of it afterwards. I’m not involved with making it at this stage as mummy doesn’t really fancy peeling PVA glue off my little fingers. So I sit patiently on the sidelines sucking my thumb. She dips the pre-cut strips of multicoloured tissue paper into the mâché mixture and sticks it on the balloon. Mummy covers it completely using several layers of tissue paper to make the egg shell.

Easter Balloon 2She leaves it to dry overnight until it is hard and we go outside and play. The following day the PVA glue has dried to a shiny finish. Mummy gets daddy to pop the balloon inside the tissue paper shell so all that is left remaining is the light (and fragile) undecorated egg shell.

Easter Balloon 3Now for the fun part, and here’s where I can now get involved 🙂 we decorate the paper eggs with paint and glitter! And make them look super pretty! It’s very messy but great fun, glitter is everywhere up my nose and in my hair. Mummy thinks it looks pretty however it doesn’t taste very nice. We hang them around the front room and they sparkle!

 

Next year, if I’m lucky, I will get to eat a chocolate one.

Love Bella x

 

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