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A Very Victorian Easter - Open Daily March 30 - April 15 

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Due to current conditions on site our Games Area and Rail Rockets are subject to change - If this area is closed during your visit , another activity will replace it.

Join us for our A Very Victorian Easter event, open DAILY in the school holidays between March 30 & April 15.

Enjoy Easter Friday and Saturday (March 30 and March 31) in the company of very cute and cuddly Pygmy Goats and Ducklings.  As well as experiencing these lovely creatures you’ll be able to learn about how these precious animals were looked after in Victorian times.

On Easter Sunday & Monday (April 1 and April 2) “The Van Buren Show” rolls in to create a magic “Victorian Theatre of Wonders” show for all the family. 

Every day of this School Holiday event, the Victorian Mad Professor Nitrate gives brilliant interactive science shows and in the Mad Lab children can get messy with our hands on experiments and activities. Learn about the science behind Bouncy Egg and make a Gooey Fried Egg and much more.

Get creative with Victorian Themed Crafts such as making a top hat and fashioning Victorian style Easter decorations. 

Play in the Victorian Games Area* at Hoopla, Quoits and a Coconut Shy, and there are also Crazy Carts* and Rail Rockets*.  And dress up Victorian style and take selfies!

All these fantastic activities are included in your entry ticket.  You can explore our award winning exhibition, theatre and armoury too and opt for a 40 minute guided land train tour to view 300 year of hidden heritage and watch for nature.

The Royal Gunpowder Mills opens its doors DAILY between March 30 and April 15 for A VERY VICTORIAN EASTER- Gates open 10am , Last Entry 3pm – Pre-book your tickets through our Eventbrite page or buy tickets on the day subject to availability

Full listing or timings for shows and activities will be listed soon on our website. 


* Currently subject to weather conditions - should an advertised activity not run this shall be replaced with another on the day. 



Activity / Show



Professor Nitrate’s Science Shows

All Days excluding 01/04 + 02/04

11.40 – A Very Victorian Science Show

1.40 – The Space Race

3.40 – A Very Victorian Science Show

Professor Nitrate’s Science Shows

01/04 + 02/04

11.30 – A Very Victorian Science Show

1.30 – – A Very Victorian Science Show

2.30 - – A Very Victorian Science Show

The Van Buren Show

01/04 + 02/04

12.30 – The Van Buren Show

2.00 – Circus Workshop

3.30 – The Van Buren Show

The Hands On Zone

All Days

All times excluding science show times until 4.45pm

Activity Base 1 (Top Hats + Victorian Crafts)

All Days

All day until 4.45pm – will close for 30 minute lunch break (scheduled on map)

Activity Base 2 (T Shirt Printing)

£1.50 per T Shirt or Two for £2.50




Victorian Teacher  

March 30 – April 6





April 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 8 , 9 

All day until 4.45pm  - will close for 30 minute lunch break (scheduled on map)

March 31 - All day until 3pm - Will close for 30 minute lunch break (scheduled on map)



10.30 , 11.30 , 12.30 , 2.30 , 3.30 



Victorian Games Area

PLEASE NOTE - This area has become quite muddy due to current weather conditions - Suitable footwear should be worn

All Days

10.00am – 11.25am

1.00pm – 2.55pm

4.00pm – 4.45pm

Rail Rockets

PLEASE NOTE - Due to current weather conditions the running of this activity is subject to change 

All Days

12.00pm – 12.55pm  

3.00pm – 3.55pm