The popular Cadbury Easter Egg hunts will be held at over 260 National Trust sites for 2019
What are they?
The National Trust/Cadbury Easter egg hunts take place every year and prove really popular with young children and families (us included).
This year (2019) there will be trails at over 260 National Trust sites around the country.
The children are usually given a map and follow a trail around the grounds or through an historic house.
At some sites they may have to find letters to fill in on their sheet and solve an anagram, other times they have to find bunnies or eggs or answer clues – we sometimes attend two or three over Easter and each is different (yes we love them that much)!
The trust links up with Cadbury to provide chocolate prizes at the end of the hunts.
When is it?
Most hunts only run on the Easter weekend (April 19-22) from Good Friday to Easter Monday. At some larger sites, the hunts are on throughout the Easter holidays. If you are going outside of the Easter weekend then check in advance that a hunt is on via the website.
How much does it cost?
If you are a National Trust member, the sites are free to enter. Each Easter egg hunt does cost extra, usually between £2 and £5.50 per child.
Non-National Trust members must pay the admission price plus the egg hunt cost on top.
If you aren’t a member, choose a smaller site to do your hunt as it will be cheaper to get in.
What do you get?
All hunts end with a chocolate-based prize. This is usually a medium-sized Cadbury Easter egg or chocolate bunny, sometimes the children can select their prize from a box or pack.
When is the best time to go?
It is the busiest time of the year for many National Trust places so these sites get very busy if the weather is dry.
The best time to go is as soon as the sites open (usually between 10am and 11am). Alternatively consider going at the end of the day (last hunt times are usually 4pm) but be warned it has been known for sites to run out of eggs as prizes.
Can I park?
Unless you arrive early or late in the day, be prepared to queue to park your car or to park outside the grounds and walk. Consider a public transport alternative if there is one available.
What are the options?
With 260 places around the UK, there will be something fairly near to everyone. Below is a selection of the places available.
Nine locations including Osterley Park and house. Hunt costs differ at each site from £2 to £4.50.
Example hunt: Fenton Gardens. The closest site to central London where the trail goes through a sunken garden, ancient orchard and across lawns. Timed tickets on entry which are issued from 11am. Cost £3.
Nine locations within 20 miles of Birmingham.
Example hunt: Moseley Old Hall in Wolverhampton. You must complete a nature trail to find all the missing pieces and claim a prize. Cost £2.50
Nine sites within 30 miles of the city. Hunts cost £2.50 to £4 per child.
Example hunt: Biddulph Grange Garden. Follow a trail through tunnels, around hedges and along woodland paths to find the clues. Cost £2.50. The car park gets full fairly quickly.
Six sites within less than 30 miles.
Example hunt: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire. Find all the giant eggs, nests and feathers on the bird detective family trail to claim your chocolate treat. Costs £2.50
Four sites within 30 miles of Bristol.
Example hunt: Prior Park Landscape Garden, Somerset. Follow a trail around the garden to find a bird with their nests to receive a prize at the end. Cost £2.50.
Four sites within 10 miles of the city centre.
Example hunt: Greenbank Garden. Follow a bunny’s clues and complete an adventure to win a chocolatey prize. Cost £2.
Two sites close to the city with four more between 40 and 50 miles away.
Example hunt: Tredegar House. Staff have hidden different types of eggs around the garden and visitors need to find them and work out who they belong to Cost £2.50.
Six sites within 20 miles of the city.
Example hunt: Washington Old Hall has a garden nature trail with clues to solve for visitors. Cost £2.50
Nine sites around Norfolk and Suffolk to explore with hunts and prizes.
Example hunt: The theme this year is the butterflies and moths found at the estate. The hunt takes place around the springtime garden. Cost £2.50.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt extra information
Where is your favourite site for an Easter Egg hunt?