Easter falls very late this year, which could mean glorious spring weather for this most chocolatey of holidays.
If you have children, or are hosting young visitors, there are plenty of child-friendly events in Wimbledon, Richmond, Kingston and around. Here are six top ideas for hunting eggs with little ones.
The National Trust has partnered up with Cadbury’s to run Easter egg hunts in many of its historic properties. The hunt at Ham House, Richmond promises a bird-themed nature trail. Match feathers to the birds they come from to win a chocolate prize. There’ll also be an egg and spoon race and children’s crafts. You can take part daily until Easter Monday.
This National Trust urban oasis also plays host to the annual Cadbury’s egg hunt. Search across the park for clues that will lead you to the bunny’s secret chocolate stash. You can join the hunt from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Other holiday events in the park include ‘quacky’ plastic duck races, amphibian spotting and ranger-led activities.
You can join the Cadbury’s hunt at these stunning National Trust gardens in nearby Esher, Surrey too, where there’ll also be Easter-themed craft activities.
Starting at the ranger’s office, follow the trails to hunt the commons for Easter Eggs. There’s a prize for every entrant. Or take part in the Easter colouring competitions with categories for all ages – including adults. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm Good Friday to Easter Monday.
If Lindt is your chocolate of choice, head for Hampton Court where you can hunt for golden bunnies – while stepping back in time to the court of Henry VIII. The event runs daily during the school holidays and is included in palace admission.