Eggsplosive Easter: 28 March - 12 April


Expect an exciting array of Eggsplosive Easter fun at The Royal Gunpowder Mills which is open daily during the school holidays from Saturday 28 March – Sunday 12 April, including the Easter weekend.

Professor Nitrate is back in his MadLab this Easter and is set to unveil even more ‘secret science’ experiments, he’s 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.

Standard Science Show times in the Mad Lab are at 11.40am, 1.40pm and 3.40pm

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, with a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, crafts and face-painting as well as the chance to meet the Easter bunny and a fantastic new puppet show by Stickyback Theatre all ensuring a delightful day out.

Science Shows in the Mad Lab 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm
Puppet Shows in the Theatre 12noon, 2.00pm & 4.00pm

On Easter Sunday and Monday get set for a spectacular arena event featuring live gunpowder and other pyrotechnic explosives in twice daily shows. In the MadLab Professor Nitrate has his own big bang theories and with the lab Rats on hand to help launch cannons and put science into action this promises to be a very eggciting day out.

Science Shows in the Mad Lab 11.40am and 2.40pm
Pyro Explosive Shows outside 12.40pm and 3.40pm

Head down on to the Test Range and participate in some fantastic fun and games, try your hand at launching rockets and firing air soft rifles. Ride on bikes, trikes and carts and try our new ‘Mega Marble Run’.

As well as rocket making and launching 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.

Other Activities

If you are interested in the history of gunpowder and explosives don’t forget to visit our museum and film or take a trip in the land-train or military truck to discover more about this secret island.

Get to grips with more than 200 firearms ranging from muskets to machine guns in the fascinating Armoury.

Note: Due to track laying the mini railway is unfortunately unavailable for visitor rides at the moment. News as to when it will re-open will be posted as soon as works are complete.

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