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The best Easter egg hunts are all over the country before the long weekend


With the Easter holidays upon us, a two-week diary needs to be filled out to keep the kids entertained.

Fortunately with Easter this weekend, chocolate egg hunting and tasting sessions are starting to pop up all over the country.

From the ‘longest easter egg hunt’ along a 7.5km railway track in Essex to a paddling egg hunt in Hampshire, there’s plenty for the whole family.

Whilst elsewhere in London, North Yorkshire and Oxford there are plenty of free activities for young children to enjoy this weekend.

HERE FEMAIL takes a look at some of the most exciting Easter egg hunts happening across the country….

With the Easter holidays approaching, a two-week diary needs to be filled out to keep the kids entertained, and luckily with Easter this weekend, chocolate egg hunts and tasting sessions are springing up all over the country (Stock photo)

1. The Great Railway Easter Egg Hunt, Isle of Wight

The Great Railway Easter Egg Hunt is described as an immersive outdoor history lesson for your kids.

Kids must solve the clues at Havenstreet Central Station, where giant eggs are hidden in the gardens and each participant gets a copy of the chocolate.

There will be a hunt every day throughout the Easter weekend from the 4th of April until the 13th of April.

Tickets cost £19.50 online for adults but £22 at the gate, while a child ticket costs £8.25 or £9 at the gate.

On Easter, there is also an Easter bonnet and parade.

Tickets go for adults £19.50, children £8.50 and children under five free from 4th to 13th April.

2. Easter Express, Essex

Children can take part in Essex’s longest Easter egg hunt on a steam train.

It begins on Friday 7 April and runs through the four days of the Easter weekend.

Bertie Bunny of the Epping Ongar Railway will lead the egg hunt that will run along the railway track from Ongar to Coopersale.

More than 130,000 eggs are laid along the 7.5 km railway track and children will be asked to find them.

Family tickets are available from £47 in advance online and include unlimited train and bus journeys. An adult ticket costs £18, children £10.

To purchase tickets and find details of all the other exciting events planned for 2023 please visit the rail website at www.eorailway.co.uk.

3. Easter Adventure, North Yorkshire

Families can explore the castle and grounds for clues and challenges and discover traditional Easter games such as egg rolling, egg racing and spoon.

Children must track down Easter eggs at Scarborough Castle and will be rewarded with a chocolate treat and an adventurer’s certificate.

It takes place between April 1-April 16 and April 16, and families are free to attend.

4. Eggstraordinary Easter Family Trail, Oxford

Another free Easter activity for families this Easter is an egg hunt at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Kids are tasked with finding all the eggs hidden around the museum to discover fun natural history facts.

The museum contains an internationally significant collection of natural history and archive specimens in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture.

Collection highlights include the world’s first scientifically described Bucklandic megalosaurus and the world-famous Oxford Dodo, the only soft tissue remains of the extinct dodo.

5. Easter Bunny Trail, Fort Nelson

Another free attraction is taking place at Fort Nelson this Easter.

In addition to the interesting falconry displays, there is also a free hunting run for the Easter Bunny.

Plus, there’s the gorgeously massive Victorian fort for families to explore and people can enjoy some paid Easter craft sessions too, if you feel like splashing around.

6. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

This is an Easter egg hunt taking place in Chelmsford’s famous photogenic and Dry Garden.

For the little ones, there are psychedelic eggs to find as well as Easter storytelling sessions, a chick boo card and an egg basket.

Tickets are £15.20 for adults, children £7.50 and children under fives and RHS members are free from 1st April to 16th April.

7. The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Surrey

Families will have 60 acres of Henry VIII’s gardens at Hampton Court Palace and a maze to tackle while searching for the giant golden rabbit.

Each one holds a clue about the mansion’s historical inhabitants and once the clues are solved, there are edible rabbits as well as alternatives other than chocolate.

Tickets for adults are £26.30, children £13.10 and children under five are free and takes place from 1-14 April.

8. Canoe Easter Egg Hunt, Hampshire

Kids are really working for their chocolate eggs in this hunt as they canoe along the Beaulieu River with New Forest activities.

Families can paddle upriver, enjoy the scenery, and then down to find eggs along the riverbank path.

Then back to Beaulieu by canoe where everyone, including the adults, gets a chocolate egg.

An adult ticket is £34 and a children’s ticket is £22, from 1st to 10th April.

9. Hop on Easter Sunday at Dunham Massey, Manchester

Dunham Massey’s Easter Adventure celebrates historic connections with pets and animals, while encouraging families to get active.

Kids can enjoy being outside in nature while spotting deer, rabbits, and butterflies along the way.

Families can also head to the Log Pile in North Park where a natural play area can be found for the kids to enjoy.

Each trail includes either dairy, vegan, and egg-free chocolate made using Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa.

A family ticket costs £21.25, adults can enter for £8.50 and children’s tickets are just £4.25.

10. Borough Market Easter egg hunt, London

The Big Borough Market Easter Egg Hunt runs April 4-8 from 11am-3pm.

It gives kids a chance to explore the market and win a very tasty prize at the end.

Families should head to The Borough Market Store to pick up a test paper, or you can download a printable version on their website.

The answers to the quiz are written on eight giant eggs that are hidden around the market, and there is a map on the quiz sheet to help you find them.

Fill in the answers and return the sheet to the shop – first 50 correct entries delivered each day earn So Chocolicious chocolate candies.

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