I love the Easter holidays. Months of complaining about the weather come to an end and my shorts finally come into play. Please wear sunglasses if you see my legs in the coming weeks.
Of course, the temperature bumbles around 10 degrees and it rains every other day. But let's not allow reality to get in the way of a good blog post.
Here are five things coming up on the Isle of Wight at Easter.
1. Pirates and a new ride at Blackgang Chine
There's a pirate theme to Easter at Blackgang Chine along with a 'mystery' to solve.
The park also has a new ride, after we waved goodbye to the Cliffhanger Rollercoaster last year. I'm told that there will be two queues - one for those who want to go over the top and another for those who just want to go part of the way up. I'm proposing a third queue for people who want to 'watch the bags'.
2. Falconry and something new at Robin Hill
Robin Hill has also been promoting its Easter plans for falconry shows...
....as well as its new attraction - 'The Ripple' - which is in the lower field.
3. Alice's Easter Wonderland at Tapnell Farm Park
Tapnell Farm Park is keeping up its reputation for creative events throughout the year.
This Easter, it is Alice in Wonderland-themed. It's also indoors, which is good news if the Isle of Wight isn't the sunshine wonderland that I'm hoping it will be.
4. Easter games at Carisbrooke Castle
A simple trail is enough to turn my children from disinterested plodders to enthusiastic adventurers. With this in mind, we may well return to Carisbrooke Castle for their 'Easter Adventure Quest'.
5. The Great Railway Easter Hunt at Isle of Wight STeam Railway
I may be speaking out of turn here, but I'm yet to meet a grandad who doesn't like trains. My father-in-law loves them. I don't have the heart to tell him that they all look pretty similar to me but I try to make intelligent noises.
TheIsle of Wight Steam Railway's Great Railway Easter Hunt may be the best way to keep everyone happy. Younger visitors can race around looking for hidden eggs whilst chaps called Brian, Keith and Nigel can admire the 'newly overhauled Hunslet Austerity 192 Waggoner' and the 'Ivatt 2MT 41298'.
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