First of all, right in the heart of East London and totally FREE, the newly refurbished play area for children in Victoria Park! I took Florence there on one of our amazingly hot days in March and we had an absolute blast! It’s the perfect place to take the children this Easter holiday as it’s easy to get to, brilliant fun and if it’s hot there’s a water play area which rivals the Princess Diana Playground in town! We enjoyed splashing down the mini streams, building dams and dancing in and out of the fountain taps! There’s also a HUGE sandpit so don’t forget to take your bucket and spade! Florence calls it the beach in the park and that’s exactly what it is! Victoria Park has much to offer any age but this new park is so superb I doubt you’ll be able to drag yourselves away and visit any of its other great features! As well as the sand and water play there’s a plethora of wonderful play equipment including houses on stilts, bridges, tunnels and the obligatory swings of course!
The best tube stop for the park is Mile End which is a ten minute walk away.
If you fancy a short ride out of town why don’t you make like us one day this Easter and visit ‘Willows Farm Village’ in St Albans for a special treat! Not only will you get to visit the farm, always a favourite activity for us, but you’ll be able to enjoy the activities they have on offer as part of their Easter Eggstravaganza which is running from 31st March – 15th April. Farmers Anna and Andrew have been in touch with their friend the Easter Bunny who will be visiting the farm and inviting children to join in with things such as the Bunny Hop and the Easter Egg Hunt they are holding in their special Easter Garden. There’ll be a Bunny Hunt, chocolate treats and plenty of real bunnies to spot as well; that’s not forgetting the indoor and out door play areas, puppet shows and story times which are also available for children to enjoy on their visit! Sounds brilliant and we can’t wait! Take a look at their latest news below too, how exciting!
New arrivals ruffle feathers at Willows Farm Village
A batch of rare ‘april stultus’ chickens has been ruffling feathers in St Albans by coming home to roost at Willows Farm Village.
Four hens and one cockerel have joined Willows to celebrate the start of its Easter Eggstravaganza event which takes place between the 31st March – 15th April.
A first for the Farm Village, the eggs of april stultus chickens are famed for their strong, chocolatey flavour and rich, glossy brown shells, which make them easily distinguishable from the eggs of regular farmyard hens, despite the birds looking very similar in appearance once they are fully grown.
Enjoying a mixed diet of raw cocoa beans and corn, the april stultus chickens are being housed in carefully cooled conditions in order to retain the integrity of their eggs.
Hen-pecked farmer Andrew Wolfe said: “Our new feathered friends certainly have us walking on eggshells here at Willows! We’re giving them round the clock attention to ensure that the hens are happy and that the delicate laying process goes undisturbed.
“We weren’t sure at first that the eggs would be all they were cracked up to be, but they really do have a rich chocolatey taste which is of course perfect for Easter!”
Willows has remained in close consultation with a variety of rare fowl experts, including Herts-based egghead Prof. E.G. Benedict who said: “The april stultus breed is usually found living around the equator, but the mild winter has seen them thrive in the UK. This is certainly a first for Hertfordshire.
“The composition of the eggs will differ greatly according to diet, and as this particular batch have been feeding on raw, dark cocoa beans and corn, their eggs have a distinctly darker shell than others I’ve seen. For example, when living in their native Brazil, april stultus chickens can have anything from a pure white to marble-effect shell depending on the types of beans they are able to forage.”
The rare fowls are sweet-natured but extremely private, but visitors to Willows might be “clucky” enough to catch sight of the male april stultus’ mating call, which only happens once a year – usually on April the 1st. It is this fascinating display which earned the chickens their Latin name.
For more information about Willows Farm Village and how visitors can enjoy their Easter Egg hunt with real chocolate treats, visit www.willowsfarmvillage.com or call 0870 129 9718.