Easter Monday is one of the busiest days of the year, and thankfully the weather did not disappoint being cold and bright throughout the day.

The format is fixed each year with a traditional Easter egg roll down the slopes of Butser Hill. First the eggs have to be decorated and by 10.00am when the visitor centre opened  there was a queue of families keen to get going.

Many years ago we used boiled chicken eggs which left quite a mess on the hill. Now days they are all made of rubber and can all be taken home to be rolled again and again.

About 800 eggs were rolled by the end of the day, considerably more than last year which was very wet.

In addition there was an Easter trail through the forest and three performances from the Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre. The puppets play to a traditional theme with references to ancient pagan ritual and with dark humour. More information at www.handtomouth.co.uk

The Easter trail will be available all through the holidays.

On Wednesday the 3rd April there will be a chance to make creatures out of clay. Sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. This is a turn up and take part activity @£2 per person.

On Saturday the 6th April there will be a 2 hour walk looking at the bird life in the Park. starting at 10.30am @£3.00 per person. Pre-booking required.

On Monday the 8th there will be a day of Easter crafts and activities run by Caterpillar Crafts. The session runs from 10.30am to 2.00pm @£8 per person. More details at www.caterpillar-crafts.com.

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