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More egg-citing activities announced for Newbury this Easter

Easter Egg Hunt

We’ve joined forces with local charity Swings & Smiles to ensure the Easter Bunny hops its way into Newbury this Easter.  

The partnership will deliver Easter Craft Workshops and a cracking two-week Easter Egg Hunt, with festivities taking place from Saturday 9th April to Sunday 24th April.  

Eight eggs, beautifully decorated and kindly donated by local pottery painting coffee house, The Ugly Duckling, will be hidden in the windows of eight independently owned businesses on Newbury’s quirky Bartholomew Street. Participants must find the eggs and complete a trail sheet as they go, colouring in eggs on the sheet to match those displayed in the windows.  

Trail sheets are available to download online for a £2 donation and all proceeds go to the co-organisers of the event, Thatcham-based charity Swings & Smiles. You can purchase your trail sheet and find out more information about the event and the charity here.

Participants must return their completed trail sheets to Swings & Smiles or The Ugly Duckling by 27th April to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, as below: 

£50 The Entertainer voucher and £50 Hotel Chocolat voucher, courtesy of Parkway Shopping 

Nando’s Family Meal for 4 voucher and VUE Family Cinema Tickets for 4, courtesy of Kennet Centre Shopping 

Family of 4 voucher at High Score Arcades 

Lego Minecraft Set, courtesy of Camp Hopson 

Family Meal for 4 at McDonald’s 

Pair of IZIPIZU kid’s sunglasses from Valarie Jerome Optometrists 

Drinks voucher for the Cow & Cask Micropub 

PLUS, a hamper and lots more! 

Additionally, on 11th – 13th April, local families and children are invited to get creative at one of three Easter Egg Craft Workshops hosted by Swings & Smiles in the Mint Velvet unit at Parkway Shopping. Tickets are £5 per family and costs include all arts and crafts to make and take home. There is no need to book; just turn up between the opening hours of 10am and 2pm to secure your spot. 

Alison Drummond, our Operations Manager, states: 

Swings & Smiles is a fabulous charity whose core aim is to help improve the lives of local families who need that extra support. We’re delighted to be collaborating with them to put on yet more exciting activities for Newbury town centre, while only asking for a small donation from participants to help go towards an extremely worthwhile local cause.

Jo, Fundraising and Volunteer Co-Ordinator at Swings & Smiles, said:  

We’re really pleased to be working with Newbury BID to deliver these community-focused town centre festivities. We hope this is just the start of many partnership workshops and collaborative events we can deliver to raise awareness of Swings & Smiles while helping to contribute towards a full programme of activities for local residents and families to do in the area.

Both the Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Craft Workshops aim to enhance Newbury’s Easter package for the town alongside its recently announced three-day EasterFest. We’re delivering EasterFest in partnership with LSD Promotions on 15th – 17th April. More information about EasterFest can be found here.

If you’re a trader and would like to apply for a space at EasterFest, please click here.

For a list of all events taking place in Newbury town centre and beyond, please click here

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