Explosive Easter (29 March - 14 April)
Getting ready for the Easter Holidays 2013
Expect an exciting array of Easter fun at The Royal Gunpowder Mills which is open daily during the Easter school holidays, including the Easter Weekend.
Explosive Easter (29 March – 14 April) will see Professor Nitrate up to his usual crazy antics in the MadLab as he promises all manner of explosions! The Professor is always on the look-out for willing volunteers to test his latest theories so visitors will need to be prepared for fun-filled and, occasionally, smoke-filled adventures!
Over Easter Bank Holiday weekend there is a bevy of children’s activities and amazing explosive arena events. Good Friday and Saturday will provide special Easter activities designed for younger children.
On Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday – get set for an exciting pyrotechics show as Professor Nitrate sets up in the outdoor arena to test out gunpowder and blowing things up with even louder explosions!
The Test Range opens again for the Easter Holidays, participate in some fantastic fun and games and try your hand at launching, catapulting, shooting and firing a variety of air and water rockets, rail rockets, cannons, and air soft rifles. Explore how this technology works through a series of your own test range trails.
As well as rocket making and firing workshops, don't miss the Rocket Vault where you can see some of the rockets worked on when Royal Gunpowder Mills was a top secret government research facility.
Set in 170 acres of natural parkland, the Royal Gunpowder Mills mixes fascinating secret history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a different day out for all the family. Take a trip in the Land Train or Military Truck to discover more about this secret island.
Another exciting way to learn more about this historically important site is to take our QR Code Audio Tour of the 23 points of interest around the site. Learn more here...
Visitors can trace the history of explosives in a stunning audio-visual show, uncover the truth behind the infamous Gunpowder Plot, come face to face with some real space rockets and get to grips with more than 200 firearms ranging ranging from matchlocks to machine guns in the fascinating Armoury.
activity Timetable for Explosive Easter Holidays
Fun Science Show - Mad Lab
11.40 - The Space Race
1.40 - Kaboom!
3.40 - The Space Race
Archery - Test Range
Rocket Workshops - Saltpetre House & Events Ground
10.00-11.15 - Rocket making
11.15-12.00 - Rocket launching
12.00-1.15 - Rocket making
1.15-2.00 - Rocket launching
2.00-3.15 - Rocket making
3.15-4.00 - Rocket launching
4.00-4.30 - Rocket making
4.30-5.00 - Rocket launching
Nerf Gun Firing Range - Mad Lab
Open throughout the day other than during the science shows.
T-shirt Printing - Saltpetre House
10.30 - 4.30 (please note t-shirt printing may close at intervals through the day to allow other activities the ability to cope in busy periods).
Note: Times and events are subject to change and weather conditions.