If you’re staying in one of our lovely holiday cottages over the Easter holidays then why not enjoy some family fun at one of the National Trusts’ various egg hunts taking place all over Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
Our friends at the National Trust have teamed up with Cadbury to put on some egg-straordinary egg-ventures…
Egg-cellent Easter adventures around Dorset…
Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester
Explore the secret paths, standing stones and nature trails in search of the lost spring flowers and earn yourselves a delicious chocolate reward. Max Gate, the former Victorian home of writer Thomas Hardy and the place where he wrote such classics as Tess of the d’Urbervilles, is a lovely place for children to run wild this Easter.
Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester
You’re invited to the house and garden where writer Thomas Hardy was born and grew up. Explore the bluebell woods in search of clues to a nature-themed trail and solve the Hardy’s Cottage mystery puzzle to win your Easter treat.
Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset
The spectacular Jurassic Coast is the setting for the Burton Bradstock egg hunt on Hive Beach. Keep your eyes peeled for clues as to where the Burton Bradstock Bunny has hidden your chocolate treasure. Easter fun for all the family.
Corfe Castle, Wareham
Corfe Castle is described as ‘one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English War’, and it’s amongst these romantic ruins, set to breathtaking views across Purbeck, where the whole family can enjoy an exciting Easter egg hunt.
Golden Cap Estate, Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth
Why not hop along to Stonebarrow Hill for an action-packed, fun-filled family egg hunt amid the beautiful Dorset countryside and lay claim to your yummy chocolate reward.
Studland Bay, Swanage
Take a journey to Studland Bay, a magnificent stretch of sandy beach and heathland. Spot the first signs of Spring on this delicious egg trail where nature is bursting into life all around you.
Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour
With its spectacular views towards the rolling hills of Purbeck, Brownsea Island remains a haven for wildlife, from the rare red squirrels to the diving kingfishers. Spring is in the air and it’s time to join in the fun and follow the ‘Brownsea Bunny’ on your very own Easter adventure.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne
Take an egg-quisite tour of Kingston Lacy, a lavish home built to resemble an Italian Palace. Turn nature detective and follow the bunny’s clues to claim your yummy prize.
Barrington Court, Ilminster
Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at Barrington Court, a handsome Tudor manor house, beautifully restored, with lots of paths and trails for the children to explore. Discover the gardens and orchards when you join the hunt for Easter eggs and claim your choccy trophy.
Egg-citing Easter trails in Devon…
Overbeck’s, Sharpitor, Salcombe
The Easter bunny has been busy again, this time at the subtropical grounds at Overbeck’s. Discover the secret trail that runs through these paradise gardens and earn yourselves a special chocolate surprise.
Renowned for its beautiful spring flowers and riotous colours, Greenway garden is a lovely place to egg-splore and where the kids can get plenty of fresh air and eggs-ercise. Enjoy the spectacular camellias, magnolias, spring bulbs and rhododendrons as you go on the hunt for your chocolate treasure.
Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear
Come and join the fun this Easter at Coleton Fishacre, the luxuriant garden by the sea. Enjoy magnificent views of the South Devon coast, weaving pathways, quiet glades, secret ponds and egg-straordinary plants. Solve the Easter bunny’s puzzles and mysteries to win your tasty egg.
Buckland Abbey, Yelverton
Enjoy stunning views of the Tavy Valley when you explore the grounds at Buckland Abbey with its meadows, orchards and woodlands. Spring brings with it a carpet of magnificent bluebells, a magical sight as you follow the Easter bunny’s weaving path and try to solve the various conundrums. A chocolate egg awaits all those plucky egg-splorers keen enough to take up the challenge.
The grounds at Saltram have been described as ‘a garden for all seasons’ with rare, ancient and exotic specimens of trees and plants, vibrant colours and heady scents. Solve the riddles and find the clues when you set out on Saltram’s exciting Easter trail.
Compton Castle, Paignton
From the medieval style knot garden to the lavender beds and orchard, the sights and sounds of spring are filling the air at Compton Castle. It’s time to put your detective caps on to try and solve the Easter bunny’s stumpers on this year’s fun-packed egg trail.
Castle Drogo, near Exeter
On the edge of Dartmoor and high above the magnificent Teign Gorge stands Castle Drogo. Let the children run wild among the snowdrops, hellebores and crocuses on a fun-packed, Devonshire Easter egg hunt.
Lydford Gorge, Lydford
Lydford Gorge is the deepest river gorge in the West Country and is surrounded by ancient woodland and riverside trails. Watch in awe at the cascading White Lady Waterfall and hear the roar of the Devil’s Cauldron. Follow the bunny’s trail and find your very own chocolate egg surprise.
Family egg-ventures in Cornwall…
The Cotehele estate is open from dawn till dusk and embraces hundreds of acres of gorgeous woodland, meadows, historic ruins, plus lovely river views. Explore the fabulous gardens when you go on an egg-spedition this Easter.
Follow the winding paths of Trelissick gardens through vibrant clusters of daffodils and local wildflowers and enjoy spectacular ocean views. Piece together the clues to solve the Easter bunny’s puzzle and win yourself a delicious chocolate egg.
Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth
Pick up the Glendurgen Garden spring-time trail through the old olive grove and around the lovely Cornish valleys for a delightful egg hunt. Fun for all the family, and that’s no eggs-aggeration.
Make a date this Easter with the medieval gardens at Godolphin. Beautiful, flowering magnolias and spring blooms await as you follow the paths and trails round this rich and diverse landscape.
Crantock Beach, near Newquay
Run wild on the golden sands of Crantock Beach and join the local rangers to learn more about this unique stretch of coastline, enjoying plenty of Easter fun along the way!
East Pool Mine, Pool
Spring, hop and jump into a historic journey to seek out mysterious mining clues that will lead you to unearth an Easter treat at the fascinating East Pool Mine.
The gardens at Trerice are budding up for spring, these historic grounds already blanketed by crocuses, cyclamen and daffodils. Enjoy some fresh air and beautiful scenery on your great Cornish egg-venture.
Trengwainton Garden, Penzance
With breathtaking views across Mounts Bay, Trengwainton Garden is full of prize magnolias and rhododendrons and jostling with exotic varieties from all corners of the world. Come along and join in this year’s Easter egg hunt, full of fun facts, cunning clues, and of course, your very own egg-cellent reward.
The gardens at Lanhydrock are always full of colour. Discover the beautiful herbaceous borders, the fabulous formal parterre and the vibrant higher gardens filled with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. Come and egg-splore the ancient woodland trails and riverside paths.
Tintagel Old Post Office, Tintagel
Away from the hustle bustle of Tintagel high street is the historic Old Post Office, dating back to the 14th century. Come for an egg-venture in the gorgeous cottage garden and follow the clues to your chocolate prize.
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