We’re going on an egg hunt
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. Once you’ve found all the Bunnies, pick up your Lindt chocolate treat. As you explore the palace, keep your eyes peeled for Henry and a pregnant Anne Boleyn as they inspect the royal court before the birth of their child. Then let the kids run wild in the Magic Garden and get truly lost in the maze. It takes 20 minutes on average to find the middle, how long will it take your family? You can pick up your trail from the Information Centre. These events are included in palace admission price. For other easter activities Hampton Court click here.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. Tel: 0844 482 7777. hrp.org.uk
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt – Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking – 1 to 17 April
Wisley RHS Gardens, Woking, GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 260 9000. rhs.org.uk
Easter Eggstravaganza – Painshill, Cobham – Sun 16 and Mon 17 April
Follow the trail across the 158-acre landscape garden and help Mother Goose find her missing golden eggs. Explore Painshill in the hunt for hints and clues to help find the egg, and be rewarded with chocolatey treats. It’s on from 10am-4pm. The cost is included in the normal admission price.
Painshill, Portsmouth Rd, Cobham KT11 1JE. Tel: painshill.co.uk
National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts
Unleash your inner explorer and hunt down the clues to claim your Cadbury eggs at hunts at National Trust properties throughout Surrey.
Hatchlands Park, East Clandon: Head out into the 400 acres of park, woodland and gardens to follow the trails, solve the clues and claim your Easter prize. 14-17 Apr. 11am-4pm. £3 per trail.
Box Hill, near Dorking: Follow the clues as you head around Box Hill’s glorious spring woodland; collect all the clues to win a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat. There is also egg rolling at 12noon and an Easter bonnet competition at 1.30pm each day. Wellies are recommended. 14-17 Apr. 10am-2pm. £3 per trail.
Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Hindhead: Join the Easter family outdoor trail and hunt for the golden eggs. Take in the views before heading back to collect your Cadbury chocolate prize. It can get muddy so pack your wellies. 14-17 Apr. 10am-2pm. £3 per stylist.
Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham: Children become stylists for the hunts here. Inspired by the postcards Mrs Greville has sent home throughout her adventures in South America, Polesden’s woodland animals have decided to hold their own carnival. But Bunny is the only one without a carnival outfit. Can you help him find elements from the woods and turn them into a fabulous costume in time for the carnival capers? 1-17 Apr, 10am-3pm. £3 per stylist.
Leith Hill Place, Dorking: Famous composer Ralph Vaughan Williams grew up at Leith Hill Place. Follow in Bunny’s footsteps as you hop, skip and jump your way around the garden to work out the musical clues. No need to book and no need to come into the house except to register for the hunt and to claim your prize. 14-17 Apr. 11am-4.30pm. Hunts cost £3 per child.
Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher: Head out on a chocolatey quest around Claremont. Wander through the trees and along the lake to solve the clues left by Bunny. Claim your chocolate reward at the end of the trail. 14-17 Apr. 10.30am-5pm. Hunt cost is £3 per child.
Holmwood Common, Holmwood: Bunny has been out on the hill and left some questions about what you can see as children follow his trail. As you wander, solve the clues and claim your treat at the end. Sat 15 Apr. 1-4pm. Cost is £3.
Shalford Mill, Guildford: There are so many secret places at Shalford Mill, and Bunny knows them all. He’s hidden clues for you to find as you follow the trail around the mill, discovering its stories as you go. 15-17 Apr. 11am-4.30pm. Cost is £3. And normal admission to the Mill applies (adult £2.95, children over 5 £1.70, family £8.50).
Winkworth Aboretum, Godalming: Follow the egg hunt around Winkworth and pick up a Cadbury chocolate treat once you’ve finished. This is a great time to visit, when many of the shrubs and trees are starting to bloom. 14-17 Apr. 10.30am-4pm. Cost is £3.
To find other Cadbury National Trust Easter Egg Hunts go to easter.cadbury.co.uk
Oxted Easter Trail – Oxted – Sat 1 to Sat 15 Apr
These fun family-friendly trails will run every day from 1-15 April except Sundays and Good Friday. There will be two trails covering both main high streets in Oxted: the Easter Bunny Trail on Station Road East and the Easter Chick Trail on Station Road West. Pick up a trail sheet at Oxted Library, Tandridge Leisure Centre, Paul James Jewellers, Ravery’s Hair and Beauty Salon, and Between the Lines, then follow the trail and hunt for clues in shop windows and look out for ‘Golden Egg Choc Spots’. To be in with a chance of winning a star prize, post your trail sheets in one of the special post boxes at Oxted Library or Tandridge Leisure Centre reception.
Station Road East And Station Road West, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 9EU. loveoxted.co.uk
Spring Chickens and Easter Eggs – Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre – Thurs 13 Apr
Hunt for the chicken and egg shapes in the museum displays, and win an Easter Egg prize at the end. Families are invited to drop into the museum between 11am and 3 pm. The Easter Egg Hunt is free, however normal admission to the museum applies (£2 adults, children £1, under 5s free). There is no need to book, just drop in.
Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre, The Old Foundry, 62 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS. Tel: 01306 876 591. dorkingmuseum.org.uk