There are some cracking Easter egg hunts happening this year in your area. Check out our review of twelve of the most eggcellent places for all the family to enjoy a great day out.
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When: Easter Activities April 1-17 / Egg hunt April 14-16
Cost: £3:00 plus normal admission. For more info: nationaltrust.org.uk
Enjoy the wonder of this 17th Century country house and its pristine gardens this Spring. Ham house will be offering up storytelling, art activities and 50+ activities for little ones as well as the main event - the great egg trail. A super orangery cafe in the grounds that is both child and allergy friendly will be there to restore you, serving up a wide selection of teas and homemade bakes.
Eoin says: "A really well preserved stately home with stunning grounds. The kitchen garden is great and there are lots for kids to do and touch including a really nice craft room. Well worth a visit."
When: Range of Easter activities April 1-17
Cost: Various prices, for more information visit hobbledown.com
For something a bit different head to Hobbledown, Epsom’s very own magical world of riddles and rhyme. Egg hunts are just one of many activities on offer; other attractions include puppet shows, birds of prey displays and a daring high ropes course and animal feedings. Play equipment such as jumping pillows, towers, tunnels, mazes and giant sand pits are sure to be a big hit with kids of all ages.
Sarah says: "Hobbledown was a fantastic day for my husband and girls. It's well designed, with real heart, and the family loved it, coming home with loads of great photos from a special day out."
When: April 3-17
Cost: Free, for more info: oakleycourt.co.uk
Oozing kooky architecture, it is no wonder the 1975 cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed here. Flying the flag for British eccentricity, it also hosts the annual Swan Upping Ceremony.
To find the hidden clues in this hunt, race round Oakley Court, Windsor’s gothic country house, and hop through the beautiful grounds. Join in on the fun - delicious treats are promised.
David says: "Beautiful grounds, polite staff, love that it is dog friendly."
When: April 1-17
Cost: £1 per person (plus paid admission to the centre), for more info: wwt.org.uk
Putting a twist on the classic, it is ducks rather than eggs that have to be found in the WWT hunt! If you manage to find the hiding ducks amongst the lakes, ponds and gardens in this spectacular nature reserve, a prize of the chocolate variety awaits you.
In addition, WWT(Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust) is celebrating its 50th anniversary and as such have 6 foot tall celebrity duck sculptures on show, one of which is of Joanna Lumley, naturally. Who could resist?
Juliet says: "At the WWT they have created as natural looking and feeling a space as any really wild place in the UK. The lakes, birds, animals and plants all living together harmoniously right in the middle of a great city. Really a place to get away from it all. A wildlife haven in London. Beautiful."
5Squire's Garden Centre Stoke Rd, Surrey, KT11 3PU
When: April 3-13
Cost: Bunny hunt £2/Plant an Easter container £5.50. For more info: squiresgardencentres
Alongside the annual bunny hunt, Cobham’s fantastic garden centre is also running one of its create and grow sessions, helping children to learn about gardening, wildlife and the natural life. Children plant a container with beautiful flora and then take it home to nurture.
The garden centre always has an excellent range of plants, trees and flowers, if you fancy planting some Spring time magic into your garden and home.
Juan says: "The garden centre has a really chilled-out vibe with wonderful display of plants and flowers and really helpful staff who know their stuff. The kids loved the tropical fish in the aquatics area!"
6Tadworth street, KT20 5RU
When: April 15th
Cost: Tickets can be pre-booked online at www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk
Located in the beautiful Grade 1 listed country mansion, The Children’s Trust provide a variety of services which enable children with brain injury to live a full and enriching life. Visit the inspirational team this Spring for their fun-filled, Easter Fair.
Egg hunt, go karts, a Spring farm, fairground rides and a food market to keep children and adults happy. There are extra prizes if you find the golden egg – hurry!
The Children’s Trust press release: "Last year the event raised more than £8,000 for The Children's Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. It is hoped that this year the total will be beaten with all of the fantastic attractions and games available for the children and families who attend."
When: April 14-17
Cost: £3.00. For more info: nationaltrust.org.uk
Consistently voted one of the best places for walking in Surrey, Box Hill attracts hordes of visitors every year, due to its iconic and breathtaking views. Scamper across the stunning surrey hills, roll down a hill should the urge take you, and follow the trail to win chocolate treats. Egg rolling and bonnets will also feature. Bring your wellies!
Jan says: "Great local views, very kid-friendly and yummy cakes at the cafe!"
When: April 1-17
Cost: £1.50 for Egg trail; for more info: batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
There is a plethora of fun-filled activities over the Easter holidays for kids at Battersea Park Zoo. As well as the main event – the Easter egg trail – make an Easter card, get lost in some egg-related storytelling, make a set of rabbit ears, attend an egg-stravaganza day with real eggs on display and meet a real rabbit!
Jan and Mike said: "We hadn’t been to Battersea Park zoo for years but decided to revisit it (as new grandparents!) and were really impressed. Love the revamped zoo. An excellent collection of animals including a Scottish Wild Cat no less, plus superb play areas for children."
When: Range of Easter activities running from April 6-17
Cost: Go online to book; nationaltrust
There is something truly splendid about Morden Hall Park. Set amongst meadows and trees with the river Wandle running through it, the park is a great escape from the city. Pop into the beautifully renovated stable yard to browse through the second hand book shop and enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake in the cafe.
For those wanting to let off steam, the park boasts its own adventure play area with swings, a zip wire and a play structure and a ’50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ scrapbook’ available on entry. Easter events include Quacky races, make your own Easter basket and the Easter egg hunt.
Lea says: "We are so fortunate to have this close to our house. Lovely park with lots to do. The new boardwalk is fantastic – accessible for those with buggies or other vehicles with wheels. The nursery is lovely with beautiful gifts, garden accessories and plants. The pet shop selling fish is the most beautiful collection of fish I've ever seen! Totally recommend for everyone!"
When: April 1-17
Cost: Admission is included in entry to gardens. For more details: kew.org
Instead of the traditional Easter hunt, the adventure-loving Moomin family are taking over Kew Gardens this Easter. Taste the pancakes, visit the wonderous Moomin camp in the heart of the woodland and take part in the arty-crafty workshops.
Luke says: "One of the best things that Kew does is to celebrate the seasons and to change its attractions on a regular basis. Regardless of the attractions offered you can always get a really good walk in with plenty to look at."
11Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, GU3 1DQ
When: April 14-17
Cost: Free with admission. For more info: wattsgallery.org.uk
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? said Alice."
"That depends a great deal on where you want to get to' said the cat."
Join the mad hatter and co at Watts Gallery's magical Alice in Wonderland-themed Easter egg hunt, curioser and curioser!
Josie said: "Watts chapel is one of the most beautiful places I know. It's also great for the kids to walk around, the mausoleum is stunning, and the tea rooms serve up superb sandwiches!"
12The Living Planet Centre Brewery Rd, Woking, GU21 4LL
When: Tues & Thurs during Easter holidays
Cost: Free; for more info: wwf.org.uk
The beautiful WWF Wildlife garden is where the fun is happening this Easter. Claim your Easter egg by solving the puzzle. Be sure to stick around as there is plenty of wildlife-related fun to be enjoyed by all the family, from interactive activities to amazing films that capture nature at its best.
Karen said: "Great for kids of any age - an educational paradise!"
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