Updated March 21, 2014
Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Egg Rolls are a big tradition in the UK. The rolling lawn of a stately home is an irresistible temptation for Easter Egg rollers. The elaborate gardens, woodlands and deer parks are perfect places to hide Easter Eggs and chocolate treats. Here are some of the best places for the family fun of Easter weekend in the UK.
- When: 4-Day Easter Weekend
- WhereBlenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX, England
- Telephone: +44 (0)8700 60 20 80
- What: In 2014, April 18-21, Peppa Pig and family and Fireman Sam will lead off the family entertainment for the weekend. Follow the clues in the Easter Egg hunt for prizes and choccies. Easter treats in the cafe and holiday craft workshops for little ones.
- Admission: Normal entrance and parking fees.
- When: Easter Sunday and Monday, plus Ea
- WhereBurton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB, UK
- Telephone: +44 (0)1262 490324
- What: In 2014, traditional Easter Egg Hunt through gardens and grounds. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, of course.
- Admission: Normal grounds entrance price.
- When: In 2014, April 12 to 27
- WhereChatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP, England
- Telephone: +44 (0) 1246 565300
- What: Easter events, throughout the estate, house and farmyard. The Easter Bunny will make appearances over Easter weekend. Beautifully decorated Easter Eggs are hidden around the house. In the gardens and farmyard golden eggs hide special prizes. Weather permitting, take a ride on the Easter Eggspress to track down the Easter Bunny.
- Admission: Free with normal admission. There's a small fee for the Easter Eggspress.
- When: Easter Sunday , 11am - 3pm
- WhereFloors Castle, Roxburghe Estate, Kelso, Roxburghshire Scotland,TD5 7SF
- Telephone: +44 (0)1573 223 333
- What: At least 7,000 eggs are scattered around the grounds and gardens and the Easter Bunny is out to stop you from finding them. There's egg and spoon races, a bunny hop championship, balloon modeling, a bouncy castle and a chance to win a prize for the decorated egg you bring along. The castle kitchens will be providing a Castle BBQ.
- Admission: £3.50 per child. Adults £4, family tickets available.
- When: Easter Weekend, 10am to 4pm.
- WhereCastle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, England YO60 7DA
- Telephone: +44 (0)1653 648 444
- What: Traditional Easter Fair at one of England's most fabulous stately homes - featured in Brideshead Revisited. Includes an Easter Egg Hunt. In 2014 see the amazing racing lambs compete in the Lamb National. There's Woolly Jumper, Sheargar and Red Ram taking on a course covered with brightly colored jumps. Not to be outdone, the sheepdogs will perform throughout the weekend too.
- Admission: free with garden ticket
- When: In 2014, throughout the month.
- Where Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP, England
- Telephone: +44 (0)1732 450608
- What: From April 5 to 20, kids can take part in an Easter Animal House Hunt. Cute Easter animals are hidden around the house's collection of artworks and silver. Pick up a trail sheet at the entrance and ask the house stewards for help if you need it. Then, become an Eggsplorer on April 19 and search the courtyard and gardens for clues. The prizes are Cadbury Easter Eggheads.
- Admission: £2.50 plus normal house admission
- When: April 12 to 21, 2014
- Where Longleat, Warminster,Wiltshire BA12 7NW, England
- Telephone: +44 (0)1985 844 400
- What: In 2014, forget the chocolate eggs. Instead, TV wildlife presenter Steve Backshall will present live, Deadly Adventure animal shows. Then try out your tracking skills to become a Deadly Explorer on a Deadly Safari.
- Admission: Free for children under 14 with valid Longleat Passport
For several years, The National Trust and the National Trust of Scotland (NTS) have run Easter Egg Trails supported by Cadbury at hundreds of National Trust properties all over the UK. In 2014, 300 trails are combined with property specific activities, including face painting and games, are scheduled during Easter Bank Holiday and Easter school vacations. There are, naturally, chocolate prizes, provided by Cadbury, at the end of the trails.
Search the National Trust Easter Egg Trail website by post code, the name of a National Trust Property or a town to find your nearest Easter Egg Trail. The website has information on specific dates and the kinds of activities included