Egg rolling at Good Friday Hill While Gloucestershire has its famous cheese rolling festival at Cooper’s Hill, the New Forest can boast its own egg rolling tradition at Good Friday Hill. Both events have a history of more than 200 years – and preparations are now underway for this year’s egg rolling to take place at ancient Good Friday Hill, in the estate of Sandy Balls Holiday Centre, on Good Friday, April 22. The grandchildren of Martin Westlake – a third generation egg roller from the Westlake family, who started Sandy Balls Holiday Centre and still own it today – will get the fun underway. Traditionally, the egg rolling used to be a competition between the girls of Fordingbridge and Godshill – local folklore says the Fordingbridge girls always won because they hard boiled their eggs. Today anyone can take part, either as day visitors or holidaymakers at five-star Sandy Balls. Good Friday starts with egg decorating at the Holiday Centre before a mass walk to Good Friday Hill, which appeared on maps as long ago as the reign of Henry VII. Competitors line up to roll their eggs from the top of the steep 1:4 hill then search for the remains at the bottom. Over the Easter weekend, youngsters can also visit the Easter Bunny who will be handing out gifts at Sandy Balls. There will be an Easter Bunny Trail starting at 11am from the woodland courtyard and a medieval evening with jesters, knights, medieval music and a hog roast on the night of Saturday, April 23. There is also a chance to buy the best of local produce for your Easter meals at a Farmers’ Market at the Holiday Centre on Easter Sunday, from 10am – 2pm. Sandy Balls Activities, Heritage & Community Manager Lynden Bowen, who is Martin Westlake’s daughter, said: “This is a tradition which I have joined in since I was a child and now my children won’t miss. We have guests who come back year after year to take part in the egg rolling . “We are making it more of a celebration than ever this year and have organised an action-packed Bank Holiday weekend with something for everyone – the children will have great fun on the Easter Bunny Trail and they can join their parents for the egg rolling. “It’s good to keep these traditions alive.”
UK holidays, weekend breaks and short breaks at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre set in the New Forest National Park. We provide high quality holiday accommodation in luxury lodges and caravans and we also cater for tourers and campers. We have a range of facilities including a restaurant, pub, beauty suite,cycle centre and two swimming pools. There is also fantastic activties for all from archery and laser clay pigeon shooting to team games, arts and crafts and much more!