It’s come around fast don’t you think, but begads we’re prepared for you, Easter hols! Muddy Stilettos will not be defeated by children or boredom (or, um, both) and so here, for your delectation, is the definitive, comprehensive, curated, totally indispensable Muddy Guide to the Easter holidays. For Easter Egg hunts, click here.Read more
Planning a trip to London this Easter? Check out what some of the big museums and attractions in the capital (and just outside) have running at the moment. In fact some of these are on into Easter and beyond…Read more
Right, hold onto your hats, here comes the Muddy Guide to the best Easter egg hunts and trails these holidays. And for those days when you don’t want the kiddos stuffing their faces with chocolate there’s my super duper guide to all things fun for small people right here. Pour yourself a big gin and repeat after me: “I can do this.”
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt – Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey – 1 to 17 April
Take the family back in time and join the first ever Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII.Read more
Not so long ago my youngest mudlet wanted to take her friends on one of those Go Ape-style climbing adventures. She’s only nine, but she’s a tall nine, and pretty fearless. Not all nine-year-olds come that way, and I thought it may not endear me to the parents of her friends if – while under my, um, care – they were sent 40-or-so metres up into the treetops, even with a harness!
But then I heard about Hobbledown Farm at Epsom where there’s a high ropes course (but not too high) with a zip wire, and a wonderful timber built village, among other farmy delights.Read more
Wisley RHS Gardens, 19 Mar–10 April
Wisley has teamed up with chocolate makers Lindt for their Easter egg hunts… so you can hop through these gorgeous gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny. As you explore, don’t miss the bumper display of daffodils. They’re utterly stunning. And after all that, while the little ones tuck into their choc bunnies, you can sit down in the Wisley cafe and indulge in a traditional marzipan-topped simnel cake or rice crispy cake studded with chocolate eggs, or pick up some fresh Wisley hot cross buns, made by the Taste of Wisley artisan bakery.Read more
Wild Learning Holiday Club, various venues and dates
This is one where you drop them off for the day to have bucketloads of fun in the woods, building dens, making campfires, tracking and stalking climbing trees and stream dipping, and then pick them up at the end of the day when they’re shattered but happy. It’s that good old-fashioned outdoor fun, and you can feel a little smug in the knowledge that they’ll probably learn a thing or two as well.Read more
Did someone say chocolate? We don’t really need Easter as an excuse to eat this delightful confectionery, but as it’s just around the corner it did seem to be a good opportunity to hunt down Surrey’s finest chocolatiers and artisan chocolate-makers – none of that mass-produced sickly sweet stuff for me (and you). And I’ve even managed to learn a thing or two about chocolate along the way.
Bachmanns Patisserie, Thames Ditton and Weybridge
Bachmanns is the award-winning patisserie and chocolatier established 26 years ago by Swiss-trained Ernst Bachmann and his wife Marilyn.Read more