Crack Easter Codes and win a Car at Bletchley Park

Free workshops and special trails for children are being laid on at Bletchley Park this Easter. Children under twelve visit free all year round, too.

From Saturday 26 March until Sunday 10 April the Nifty Numbers Trail is free to all visitors. This trail brings the site to life for children with puzzles, challenges, games and activities. Free copies will be at Admissions.

On Easter Sunday, 27 March, the exciting drop-in workshop Think Make Do … Codes will be repeated throughout the day. This delves into the secret world of coded messages. Five to twelve year olds will have fun making bracelets, deciphering mind-boggling messages to reveal a hidden spy phrase, playing with sounds and much more. The workshop is included in the price of admission.

On Easter Monday artist Ruth Singer will give children the chance to get crafty with a workshop in which they’ll make a gift card with creative coded patterns. This workshop is also included in the price of admission and is aimed at eight to fourteen year olds.

Parents will also have the chance to win a Suzuki Vitara thanks to Progress Suzuki Milton Keynes, who sponsor Bletchley Park’s Education Outreach programme. The car will be outside the Teleprinter Hall on Easter Sunday and Monday, containing a safe. Crack the safe and win the car.

He was in The Imitation Game but who was the real man behind the glossy film? Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-winning movie, had a key role in Bletchley Park’s codebreaking during World War Two. His ingenious co-invention of the code cracking Bombe machine greatly sped up the decoding process. Now his nephew, Sir John Dermot Turing, will give a unique family perspective on the mathematician’s life and work in a talk.

Visitors can add a little luxury to their visit by stopping for Afternoon Tea in the iconic Victorian Mansion. Throughout the Easter holidays, tables can be reserved when booking entry tickets; all for just £25 per person. There will be finger sandwiches, scones with fruit jam and Devonshire clotted cream as well as a selection of cakes.