Traditionalist at heart we love Easter egg hunts with our kids. Here are 10 of the best we’ve hunted down all over the place for Easter 2023. Come seek and see!
Hunt Alice in Wonderland Eggs at Longleat this Easter
Longleat has a long, long list of activities this Easter, all with an Alice in Wonderland theme. So if full fantasy is what April calls for, you know where to go.
There’s the strangest possible game of mini-golf in Tulgey Wood. The ever eccentric Mad Hatter invites families to help him celebrate another un-birthday. Kids can make origami roses to help decorate the Queen of Hearts’ Love Maze. And Tweedledum and Tweedledee will be popping up all over the place to shower you with their own particular brand of silly nonsense.
As for Easter egg hunts, no fewer than nine enormous eggs are hidden around the grounds. Each one has a letter and an Alice in Wonderland riddle to solve. All kids have to do is work out the clues, crack the code and pick up their wonderful prize!
Where: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire
When: 1 to 16 April, from 10am to 6pm
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The Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Clifton Observatory
What is it about giants and losing their Easter eggs? Catch up with the careless creatures at Clifton Observatory this April and help them hunt down their lost property.
Kids get to play detective, following a worksheet worth of tricky clues. Although it’s less work and more fun, plus there’s a prize for everyone at the end. And you have that warm, cuddly feeling of having helped out some giants. Who doesn’t love that?
Where: Clifton Observatory, Bristol
When: 2 to 17 April from 10am to 5pm
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Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt, Cheddar Gorge
We don’t like to play favourites, but you’ll forgive us for a slight bias towards a Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt at Cheddar Gorge. Sound exciting? It gets better.
The Easter Bunny has concealed 50 shimmering eggs around Gough’s Cave. All kids have to do is pick up a trail sheet, follow the clues and find every one. Naturally there’s a chocolate-y reward for their efforts.
Real treasure hunters are in for an extra treat! According to legend, Richard Gough concealed a ‘magical golden egg’ in Gough’s Cave during its 19th century excavation. The treasure of treasures has never been found, will your kids be the keen-eyed seekers who solve its mystery? If they do happen to spot it, don’t forget to take a pic, tag it #CheddarEggHunt and post on social media.
The hunt is included in the Cheddar Gorge & Caves day ticket. So once your quest is complete you can go explore the other amazing phenomena here. Don’t miss Dreamhunters in Cox’s Cave!
Where: Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Somerset
When: 1 to 16 April, from 10am to 5pm
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Easter Egg Trail, Raby Castle, County Durham
Another returning family event, the Easter Trail at High Force waterfall is a great way for kids to discover this spectacular natural phenomena while they look for hidden treasures. The woodland walk is easy enough for younger legs, spring flowers are making an appearance and keen eyed egg searchers will be able to spot wildlife too.
Don’t miss other fun Easter activities including a Hot Cross Bun Making Workshop; Bright Woods Forest School Dinosaur Egg Adventure; as well as fascinating tours of Raby Castle itself.
Where: Raby Castle, County Durham
When: 1 to 16 April, from 10am
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Pesky Bunnies Easter Eggs-pedition, BeWILDerwood, Norfolk
The Pesky Bunnies are back at BeWILDerwood Norfolk this Easter and the sneaks have hidden eggs all over the woods. Kids need to find all six to crack the secret code and win a prize. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but that’s all part of the fun.
The Storytelling Stage is in full swing too, so don’t miss the tall tale of ‘The Pesky Bunnies of BeWILDerwood’ as well as another of Swampy’s big adventures, ‘A Boggle of BeWILDerwood.
Then, head to the Big Hat where kids can make their own Bouncing Bunny Ears to catch out the Pesky Bunnies. And if that isn’t cunning enough, the Face Paint Pavilion has some clever plans to disguise kids even more!
This is another great Easter day out that’s included in the price of a day ticket to BeWILDerwood. Always worth every penny in our experience.
Where: BeWILDerwood, Norfolk
When: 1 to 17 April, from 11am to 5pm
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Tumblestone Hollow Easter Trail, Stonor Park
Another great Easter tradition is back again this year: the annual Tumblestone Hollow Easter Trail at Stonor Park in Henley-on-Thames.
Mischievous Pebble and Grit have hidden riddles and clues around Tumblestone Hollow’s standing stones and treehouses. You’ll also find clues to the puzzle in Stonor Park Gardens (which are looking very pretty right now).
All kids have to do is follow the trail, solve the clues and play as much as they like along the way. There’s plenty of exploring to be done as well as storytelling, and young seekers can even get inked by the local woodland elf (washable tattoos, of course). Plus, there’s a chocolate treat at the end of the trail.
Tumblestone Hollow is close to magical and if you haven’t visited yet, Easter is the perfect time to go.
Where: Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames
When: 1 to 16 April, from 9.30am to 5pm
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Easter Egg Hunt and Eggs-tras, Morden Hall Park
Can you say it’s Easter until you’ve dropped in on a National Trust property for the day?
This April, Morden Hall Park in London has a wild Easter adventure planned for kids. Part natural treasure hunt and part super-puzzling quiz, the trick is to follow the trail, spot all 10 activities and test everyone’s knowledge. There are heaps of family games to play on your day out too. And every young sleuth who completes the trail receives a free-from chocolate or vegan egg made using Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa.
Where: Morden Hall Park, London
When: 5 April and 10 April, from 10am to 4pm
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Wonderland Trail, Bowood House
Seems the White Rabbit has been super-busy this Easter. He’s hiding eggs all over the place and has even made an appearance at Bowood House in Wiltshire. This Easter egg hunt takes kids through the gorgeous Arboretun, so it’s a nice one for parents too. There are 10 eggy treasures to find, 10 puzzling clues to figure out and a prize for every young hunter.
If your kids are green-fingered, or keen to get a little bit muddy, sign up for the Mad Hatter Teacup activity on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April. Young botanists get to choose their own vintage teacup and then create a mini-work of natural art using plants from Bowood House gardens. Every creation is completely individual and a lovely take home at the end of the day.
Where: Bowood House & Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire
When: 1 to 16 April, from 10am
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Eggbert’s Easter Egg Hunt, Sundown Adventureland
Of course one of the UK’s best theme parks for under 10s is in on great Easter egg hunts this April.
Eggbert’s Easter Egg Hunt at Sundown Adventureland is too cute. Honey Bear has hidden clues around the park and kids have to follow their trail card to find them. There’s a lot of fun along the way too and everyone gets a prize, so don’t forget to pick it up at the Pumpkin Patch Café.
Everything else is open for extra day out excitement, which means kids can ride the Rocky Mountain Railroad, learn to drive at the Monkey Mayhem Driving School or race tractors around Sundown’s specially landscaped tracks.
Where: Sundown Adventureland, Retford, Nottingham
When: 1 to 16 April, from 10am to 5pm
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Eggs-traordinary Dragon Trail, Painshill, Cobham
Curious creatures are a bit of a theme this Easter too, although Painshill in Cobham may have won the prize for most curious of all.
Magical dragons have descended on the park to lay their eggs and kids are tasked with finding them all on a spine-tingling, beast trimmed trail. It’s a fun walk for younger kids – and buggy friendly. However, we think older ones will be very impressed by the dragon statues and totally taken with all the puzzles on the mile-long trail.
Where: Painshill, Cobham, Surrey
When: 1 to 16 April, from 10am to 4pm (park closes at 6pm)
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