Easter weekend is upon us and, once again, two of the country’s finest institutions have joined forces to offer some good old-fashioned, wholesome family fun. The National Trust and Cadbury will be hosting egg hunts across the UK over the coming weekend, many of which are on the doorsteps of our brilliant holiday cottages.
Some take place around the NT’s magnificent properties whilst others are in protected woods and on sandy beaches. Most cost between £1.50 and £3 to enter, plus any admission fees for non-members where applicable. To help you find the perfect destination we’ve selected our favourites from those in the West Country all within 30 minutes of some of our great properties.
Starting in Dorset, follow our own trail clockwise around the South West coastline…
Max Gate, Dorchester
Thomas Hardy’s home on the edge of Dorchester is a haven of peace and tranquillity and the perfect place to explore and have fun with our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail, whatever the weather.
Hive Beach, Nr West Bay
Enjoy a family day out at the beach this Easter weekend. Follow a self-led Easter Egg Trail at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock and claim your delicious Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
Golden Cap Estate, Nr Lyme Regis
Follow paths once used by smugglers on an Easter Egg Trail around Stonebarrow Hill. You’ll be rewarded with incredible views along the Jurassic Coast along with your delicious Cadbury chocolate treat.
Killerton, Nr Exeter
Come and have fun at Killerton, whatever the weather, following one of the Easter Egg Trails. Keep your eyes peeled to discover birds, nests and eggs to claim your own lesser spotted Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
Coleton Fishacre, Nr Kingswear
Explore the Royal Horticultural Society accredited garden: paths weave through glades of exotic plants and past tranquil ponds overlooking the sea. Come along to Coleton Fishacre this Easter where we’re abandoning the usual calm tranquility for a weekend of fun. Follow the Easter trail to claim your Cadbury chocolate egg.
Come and explore the exotic seaside garden at Overbeck’s, overlooking the spectacular Salcombe estuary. Your Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will take you on a voyage of discovery – starting on the lawn then down through the Banana Garden, on past the Palm Trees just like on Treasure Island then climb up the hill in the olive grove and look out to sea, you may spy a pirate ship on the horizon! Scramble along the woodland path to find more clues, watching out for cheeky robins and squirrels on the way, then claim your prize – a yummy Cadbury Easter Egg.
South Milton Sands, Nr Thurlestone
Crystal waters, hidden rock pools and flocks of birds soaring overhead make South Milton one of the most exciting beaches in the South Hams. And this Easter there’s another reason to get sand between your toes. Complete a set of challenges along the shoreline and you could land a Cadbury chocolate Egghead. Yum!
Antony House & Garden, Torpoint (30 mins from Looe)
Fantastic early 18th-century mansion set in parkland and fine gardens. Faced in silver-grey Pentewan stone and flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick, this classically beautiful house is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. Explore Antony’s amazing landscaped garden and have fun following the trail to discover the secret to getting your hands on a Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. Outside, explore the terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries. Here, whatever the weather, you can run around the orchards searching for your Cadbury chocolate Egghead. We have fun for everyone this Easter weekend.
Lanhydrock House, Bodmin
Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. Join in the fun Easter Trail that runs through the extensive gardens to discover all about the Lanhydrock family and don’t forget to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead at the end.
Trelissick Garden, Nr Truro
On its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. As well as the garden, the 121-hectare (300-acre) estate, with its countryside, woodlands and coast, makes for breathtaking walks. Come and eggsplore Trelissick Garden this Easter. Join in the fun and complete the Easter trail to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
Crantock Beach, Nr Newquay
Unspoilt golden, sandy beaches, estuary and sandy grassland surprisingly close to Newquay. For its sheer diversity of landscape, this relatively small stretch of Cornwall’s north coast is hard to beat. There’s more to explore than just the beach at Crantock. Come and find the clues in the dunes to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead. Our Easter Egg Trail is suitable for the whole family and dogs are welcome too.
Boscastle, North Cornwall
An historic harbour on the North Cornwall coast with a dramatic entrance surrounded by mighty cliffs, with the wooded Valency Valley running inland. Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Follow clues around a harbour trail to claim a Cadbury chocolate egghead. Trails will begin from the visitor centre, which can be found on the right hand side of the harbour as you head towards the sea.
Baggy Point, Croyde, North Devon
Baggy Point is the perfect starting place for hunting for Cadbury Easter eggs on what was once part of the Hyde family’s estate. Climb a mini mountain and you will be rewarded with amazing seaside views across to Lundy then don’t forget to look out for the whale bone! Younger children can take part in an egg hunt in the Sandleigh Cafe walled garden to claim their Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
Dunster Castle, Nr Minehead
Calling all Eggheads! Can you solve the clues and complete the Dunster Castle Cadbury Easter Egg Trail? Eggsplore the magical wooded gardens, keep an eye out for amazing wildlife that lives here (including the Easter Bunny) and complete the trail to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead.
For last-minute Easter breaks and special offers, head over to our website to find a property near your egg hunt of choice. Happy hunting!