UK Easter Egg Hunts at Stately Homes, Palaces and Parks

Easter Family Fun at UK Stately Homes, Parks and Gardens

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Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Egg Rolls are a big tradition in the UK. The rolling lawn of a stately home is an irresistible temptation for Easter Egg rollers. The elaborate gardens, woodlands and deer parks are perfect places to hide Easter Eggs and chocolate treats. Here are some of the best places for the family fun of Easter weekend in the UK.

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    Aerial View of Blenheim Palace
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    What - The pleasure gardens at this stunning palace will be transformed into an Easter Wonderland, hosting Blenheim's first ever Easter Egg Hunt Challenge: Find a giant egg and win a giant Easter Bunny toy. As usual, there's also an Easter funfair, Punch&Judy shows, face painting, a circus workshop and more.

    • When: 4-Day Easter Weekend, March 30 to April 2, 2018
    • Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX, England
    • Telephone: +44 (0)8700 60 20 80
    •  Admission: Normal entrance and parking fees. A small additional charge for some activities.
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    Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, Yorkshire, UK
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    What - Thousands of Easter Eggs will be hidden in the woodland gardens of this great Elizabethan house in East Yorkshire. On Easter Sunday and Monday, children can join the Easter Bunny to find some. And, during Easter School vacation, from March 20 to April 8 to 23 there will also be an Easter Trail with Easter treats for solving all the clues. Sorry, no dogs in the Woodland Gardens during the Easter Egg hunts.

    • When: From Good Friday to April 8 in 2018, all events are between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    • Where: Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB, UK
    • Telephone: +44 (0)1262 490324
    • Admission: Normal grounds entrance price.
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    Chatsworth House in all its splendor near Bakewell, Derbyshire.
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    What - Easter events, throughout the magnificent Chatsworth estate, house and farmyard include several Easter Egg hunts a day throughout the four day Easter weekend plus hands on craft activities in the farmyard. Weather permitting, take a ride on the Easter Eggspress to track down the Easter Bunny. There are events and activities planned throughout the Easter school vacation period with the full schedule posted by mid March on the Chatsworth website.

    • When: March 24 to April 8, 2018
    • Where: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP, England
    • Telephone: +44 (0) 1246 565300
    • Admission: Free with normal admission. There's usually a small fee for the Easter Eggspress .
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    Approach to Traquair house, Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland.
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    What - Traquair, Scotland's oldest inhabited house, opens its gardens on Easter Sunday for Easter Eggstravaganza, including Easter egg hunts and family activities.  Easter Monday is not a holiday in Scotland so a lot of fun is packed into this one-day event - the biggest Easter egg hunt in the Scottish Bordrs. 

    • When: Easter Sunday,  April 1 from noon to 5 p.m. in 2018. Grounds open at 11 a.m. 
    • Where: Traquair House, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire EH44 6PW
    • Telephone: +44 (0)1896 830 323
    • Admission: Gardens and grounds tickets £3.50 per child. Adults £4.50. Children under 5 free. There is an additional admission for visiting the house.
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    Hardwick Hall
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    What - Cadbury Chocolate Easter Egg  hunt on a trail designed by families for families. The theme is nature. Follow trails in the garden or Lady Spencer's Walk - both wheelchair accessible in dry weather - with a chocolate reward at the end. 

    • When: Easter Weekend, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from March 30 through April 2.
    • Where:  Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5QJ, England
    • Telephone: +44 (0)1246 850430
    • Admission: In addition to normal admission charges, buy your trail map in the Stable Yard. The Easter Egg hunt map is £3 for all ages.
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    ​What - More Tudor courtyard house than castle, Oxwich, near Swansea on the Gower Peninsula in Wales is a great destination for fans of heritage or great beaches. They're planning an Easter Trail on Easter Sunday. Complete the trail and all the clues for a sweet reward at the end. 

    • When: Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Where: Oxwich Castle, Swansea SA3 1ND
    • Telephone: +44 (0)1792 390 359
    • Admission: Adults £4, children £2.60, children under 5 free. family tickets available.
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    Deer at Knole Park
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    What - Throughout the Easter holiday period, kids can follow the Easter trail through Knole's medieval parkland, courtyards and Orangery. Find the clues and win a Cadbury's egg before the deer do. To keep things happy, there are separate trails for 3 to 5-year-olds and 7 to 12-year-olds. In addition, children can search for naughty animals who got away amid the paintings and silver collections in the show rooms. The Hidden Animals Trail, for children 2 to 7 years old, is a hunt for cuddle toy animals hidden around the house.

    • When: The Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail is on from March 30 through April 6 in 2018. The Hiddle Animals Trail continues through April 15.
    • Where: Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP, England
    • Telephone: +44 (0)1732 450608
    • Admission: The Easter Egg Hunt costs £3 per child in addition to normal admission. The Hidden Animals Trail is free.
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    Castle Ward House in Northern Ireland
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    What -  Do you suppose they had decorated eggs in the Game of Thrones Kingdom of Westeros? You could find out during the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt event at Castle Ward. The historic farmyard of the 18th and 19th century Georgian mansion overlooking Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland was Winterfell in Game of Thrones. The Whispering Wood is also somewhere on the estate. If you can't find it, at least you can look for lots of Easter clues with a chocolate prize if you discover the mystery word.

    • When: Five days, Good Friday to Easter Tuesday in 2018. The grounds are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and the Easter Egg Hunt takes place from noon to 4 p.m.
    • Where: Castle Ward, Strangford, Co Down, BT30 7BA
    • Telephone: +44 (0)28  4488 1204

    • Admission: The Easter Egg Hunt costs £1.50 in addition to normal admission prices.

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    United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, County Down, Newtownards, View of Mount Stewart house with gardens
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    ​What - At Mount Stewart, near Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland, the Easter Bunny will need some help finding clues on the terraces around the lake. Collect all the clues, find the magic word and a chocolate reward it yours at this remarkable stately home.It has one of the most exotic and unusual gardens in Britain. It's Italianate Garden has an "ark" of exotic animals. And you might find some clues around the Dodo Terrace.

    • When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Good Friday through Easter Tuesday in 2018. The house and grounds are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Where Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT22 2AD 
    • Telephone: +44 (0)28 4278 8387
    • Admission: Normal admission charges apply and there is a £1.50 charge for the Easter Egg Hunt trail.
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    Girl with Face paint
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    For several years, The National Trust and the National Trust of Scotland (NTS) have run Easter Egg Trails supported by Cadbury at hundreds of National Trust properties all over the UK.  In 2018, more than 250 trails are combined with property specific activities, including face painting and games, over the Easter Bank Holiday. There are, naturally, chocolate prizes, provided by Cadbury, at the end of the trails.

    Search the National Trust Easter Egg Trail website by post code, the name of a National Trust Property or a town to find your nearest Easter Egg Trail. Or check the National Trust for Scotland events page. The website has information on specific dates and the kinds of activities included