Where to find the best Easter egg hunts in England and Wales 2020
UPDATE: Things are changing rapidly with COVID-19. Events may be cancelled and government advice may be to not to go to events. Check with attractions and venues before travelling, be safe and plan to return to attractions and tourism businesses when possible.
If you’re asking yourself ‘where can I find the best Easter egg hunts in England and Wales?’ then look no further. We’ve pulled together some exciting chocolate quests happening all over the country as well as great family days out to fill your Easter school holiday. Whether you’re seeking your nearest National Trust Cadbury Easter egg hunt or something a little less traditional, then have a scroll through this post to find fun events, activities, and Easter egg hunts happening near you.
Easter egg hunts in England and Wales 2020
National Trust Cadbury Easter egg hunts near you
UPDATE: the National Trust is closing paid entry properties, cafes and shops from Friday 20 March 2020. Many of its parks and gardens will remain open for free during COVID-19 restrictions. Check the National Trust website for more information.
The National Trust is again hosting dozens of Cadbury Easter egg hunts in England. We’ve picked out a few in the area event listings below, but there are more than 250 Easter Egg Hunts happening at National Trust properties, making Easter the perfect time to explore woodlands and historic houses.
Crack the clues that have been cunningly concealed by the Easter Bunny with some help of characters from the past and claim your Cadbury treats. Check the National Trust website for an Easter Egg Hunt happening near you. There’s a handy postcode search bar.
English Heritage Easter egg hunts 2020
UPDATE: in light of Government advice on COVID-19, English Heritage decided staffed historic sites from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May 2020.
Set your mini explorers an Easter quest to discover dragon eggs at English Heritage sites around the country. Find your nearest Easter Adventure Quest. There’s also plenty of school holiday activities and crafts happening at English Heritage sites.
Now, here are some of the many Easter egg hunts in England and Wales, hopefully with some happening near you!
Easter egg hunts in Birmingham
A cracking Easter at Cadbury World
Cadbury World has Easter fun cracked this year with a programme of seasonal entertainment and live experiences to delight guests of all ages. Throughout the Easter holidays, Cadbury World is inviting families to enjoy a brand new live stage show featuring Freddo and Caramel Bunny.
The Easter Extravaganza takes place from 10 to 13 April 2020. Find out more on the Cadbury World website.
Easter events in Cornwall
Eggs-plosive Easter at Flambards
Visitors can experiment with ‘eggs-plosive’ entertainment this Easter holiday at Flambards Theme Park as a team of mad scientists enter the laboratory for fizz-tastic fun.
Combining rocket science, chemistry and myth busting tests, the scientists will be on hand throughout the holidays to perform mind-blowing chemical reactions in front of audiences in the indoor laboratory.
Budding scientists can don their white coats and goggles to take part in the action as well.
Easter fun and science workshops happen between 28 March and 19 April 2020. Find out more on the Flambards website.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Follow the Heligan story trail with crafts and outdoor games and meet its new-born lambs and other rare breed animals on Home Farm.
You can also unique story about Lowenna the Lost Lamb, our rare breed Devon and Cornwall Longwool lamb, who has lost her bounce. Help Lowenna rediscover the spring in her step by exploring the Gardens and noticing signs of spring, collecting stamps in your book as you go. Fill your booklet to win a chocolate prize from the spring marquee!
Easter at Heligan takes place from 28 March to 13 April 2020. Find out more and check prices on the Heligan website.
Wonderland at the Shipwreak Treasure Museum
Visitors are invited to journey down the rabbit hole and discover a wonderland at Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum this Easter.Inspired by Alice’s famous adventures down the rabbit hole and Through the Looking Glass, visitors will embark on a curious subterranean adventure.
Travel down through a swirling vortex to a magical realm where nothing is quite what it seems. Enjoy a bizarre game of crazy croquet with flamingos, wander past the Eat Me, Drink Me wall of mirrors before exploring the bewildering ‘little big room’.
Join in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and create your own crazy headwear in the fun craft sessions, be careful as you tiptoe past the house of cards and prepare to be confounded in the tunnel of curiosities.
The event takes place from 28 March to 19 April 2020. Find out more on the Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum website.
Uncover the Legend of the Golden Egg at Pirate’s Quest
Embark on an egg-straordinary adventure with the crew at Pirate’s Quest and uncover the Legend of the Golden Egg this Easter.
Newquay’s piratical walk-through attraction will take budding buccaneers on a voyage of discovery on an egg-citing quest for the prized possessions which were buried amongst treasure and have laid long forgotten for hundreds of years.
Calico Jack’s crew of live pirate performers will guide new recruits through the authentic sets and scenes of Pirate’s Quest and transport visitors back 300 years to the Golden Age of piracy en-route. Young rapscallions and scurvy seadogs alike will have to help Pirate’s Quest’s crew recover the Legend of the Golden Eggs using a treasure map and learn about piracy along the way.
Take a look at out review of a previous Easter show at Pirate’s Quest.
The immersive Easter experience takes place from 28 March to 19 April 2020. For more information visit the Pirate’s Quest website.
Easter in The Cotswolds
Birdland Easter fun
There’s a host of egg-citing Easter events and activities taking place at Birdland throughout the holidays.
As well as Easter trails, quizzes and daily egg-themed talks and shows, the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction is also expecting some egg-stra special new arrivals in their hatchery.
Dozens of eggs in special incubators are due to hatch out over the Easter break and visitors will have the rare opportunity of watching the new-born chicks make their way into the world.
The fun takes place from 28 March to Sunday 19 April 2020. Find out more on the Birdland website.
Easter egg hunts in Devon
Easter egg-travaganza at Crealy
Admission prices apply. For more information visit the Crealy website.
Easter holiday hunt at The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has a packed programme of activities over the Easter holidays. Visitors can take part in an Easter Egg hunt around the Sidmouth sanctuary. The Easter Holiday Hunt is the perfect way to explore the sanctuary and find out more about some of the most iconic donkeys that have been brought into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary over the years.
All proceeds from the Easter egg hunt help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary in the community and around the world. Entry to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is free, with free parking. Dogs on leads are welcome. Find out more on The Donkey Sanctuary website.
Easter egg hunts in Dorset
Easter fun at Farmer Palmer’s
Farmer Palmer’s, located just outside Poole, is offering an array of family friendly Easter themed activities. A jam-packed timetable features hands-on experiences with the animals that populate the farm and an Eggstravaganza featuring hundreds of chocolate eggs over the Easter weekend (10 to 13 April).
Find out more by visiting the Farmer Palmers website.
Easter egg hunts in Essex
Meet the Easter Bunny and friends at Lee Valley Park Farms
The Easter Bunny is making a special guest appearance at Lee Valley Park Farms this April, bringing egg-citing treats for boys and girls who visit the farm during the Easter holidays! Come and meet the Easter Bunny at a variety of times throughout the day and join in his annual Easter Egg Hunt Trail (10 to 13 April 2020), which will challenge visitors to find a prize hidden in and around the 17 acre family attraction using a series of clues.
The Easter Baby Boom will also be in full swing at the farms as the team set to welcome many new arrivals including chicks, lambs and more.
Find out more and book tickets in advance for an egg-stra special celebration.
Easter in Hampshire
Explorer Tudor England at the Mary Rose Museum
Shipwreck Explorers takes place at the Mary Rose Museum over Easter and offers children the chance to learn all about life aboard the Mary Rose through a series of exciting challenges. There’s even a chance to meet King Henry VIII himself and win a Tudor pop badge for taking part.
School holiday activities take place from 4 to 19 April 2020. Visit the Mary Rose website to find out more.
Egg hunt at Gilbert White’s House
An Easter Egg Hunt(4 to 19 April). Visitors will be able to hunt for the hidden painted eggs in the gardens and meadow which are all based on the eggs of the birds which nest in the grounds. Learn about where different species of birds nest and spot the odd one out among the species featured. Find them all and claim a chocolate egg.
The Easter egg hunt takes place from 4 to 19 April 2020. Find out more on the Gilbert White’s House website.
Easter on the canal
There will be an Easter Sunday cruise and egg hunt on the John Pinkerton II canal boat on the Basingstoke Canal through beautiful Hampshire countryside. Take a leisurely afternoon cruise to King John’s Castle, and watch the children search out their Easter eggs.
Find out more and book online at the Basingstoke Canal website.
Easter at Jane Austen’s Houe Museum
Visit Jane Austen’s House Museum to enjoy some family-friendly activities with an Easter egg trail, family walks and a Young People’s Writing Workshop from 4 to 19 April 2020. There will also be family walks on 8 and 15 April 2020.
Booking required for workshop and walks. Visit the Jane Austen’s House Museum website.
Easter fun at Paultons Park
Meet Bobtail Bunny and forest friends Betty Bunny, Hennie the Hedgehog and Red the Deer at Paultons Park this Easter. Visitors will be able to meet cute characters at the main entrance plaza. Watch out for mischievous Fenton Fox though, as he will surely be eyeing up any tasty Easter treats.
The fun happens from 4 to 19 April 2020. Visit the Paultons Park website for more information.
Easter festival at historic farm
Butser Ancient Farm will be celebrating the ancient festival of Eostre, and the goddess of spring this Easter weekend. Visitors will be able to meet the Saxons from Herigead Hundas with demonstrations, traditional crafts, cooking and DIY archaeology experiments, from mini-mosaic making to wattling and more. Butser’s Roman IX Legion will be in residence in the Roman village with fighting and marching demonstrations, archery, Roman cooking, crafts and more.
Activities take place from 10 to 13 April 2020. For more information visit the Butser Ancient Farm website.
Easter egg hunts in the Isle of Wight
Search for dino eggs at Blackgang Chine
Take a walk on the wild side this Easter as Blackgang Chine roars into action with brand-new event, Dawn of the Dinos, become an explorer in sea of eggs and more in The Lost Temple, the Restricted Area 5 and the off-road Dino Safari.
Visit Dawn koi the Dinos between 10 and 13 April 2020. Find out more on the Blackgang Chine website.
Looking for more things to do in the Isle of Wight. Read about our day trip to the Isle of Wight in Spring.
Easter fun in Jersey
Go on a scavenger hunt at Jersey Zoo
There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family at Jersey Zoo over the Easter holidays. Take part in the Zoo’s Wild Scavenger Hunt, listen to keeper talks and watch the animals receive special Easter treats!
Normal admission prices apply. Find out more about Easter at Jersey Zoo.
If you’d like some more destination inspiration we visited visited Jersey in Spring a few years ago.
Easter fun in Kent
Easter Bunny Hunt at Great Comp Gardens
Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks, Kent, will be holding their annual children’s Easter Bunny Hunt over the Easter weekend.
April is a wonderful month to visit the seven acre garden in Platt – the magnolia trees (83 examples of 52 different types) will be in full bloom and tulips and spring bulbs will be dancing through the borders. Great Comp Garden is often described as Kent’s finest spring garden thanks to its excellent collection of spring flowering trees, azaleas and rhododendrons.
Children will be encouraged to find the bunnies dotted throughout the borders, the follies and along the woodland pathways and will receive a chocolate prize at the end of their quest.
The hunt take place from 10 April until 13 April 2020. Find out more on the Great Comp Garden website.
Spring into Easter at Kent Life
Visit Kent Life Heritage Farm Park for a true celebration of Easter. Say hello to new faces, help with bottle feeding of lambs and goat kids and meet Easter chicks and piglets. From Friday 10 to Monday 13 April, the Easter Bunny will be popping up with some yummy treats!
Easter fun takes place from 2 April to 15 April 2020. For more information visit the Kent Life Heritage Farm Park website.
Get in the jam at Leeds Castle
Over the Easter weekend Leeds Castle in Kent will host the Junk Orchestra for daily family musical ‘jamming sessions’. Families can create and play with instruments that have been cleverly constructed using bits of old rubbish. Throughout the month of April there will also be a glorious display of Spring colour – including beautiful spring blooms and hundreds of daffodils along the moat.
Junk Orchestra will be at Leeds Castle from 10 to 13 April, 2020. Find more detailed information on the Leeds Castle website.
Camp Bestival comes to Dreamland Margate
Dreamland Margate reopens in full on Saturday 12 April and will start the season with a full park takeover by Camp Bestival for the school holidays – and it’s FREE to enter.
All over Easter, Camp Bestival will bring a taste of its much-loved family festival to the Margate amusement park with live music, rides, and extravagant entertainment for all the family (without the camping!).
Camp Bestival fun will be happening at Dreamland on 12 April and the park will be open throughout the Easter school holiday. Find out more on the Dreamland website.
Easter fun at Hever Castle
Hunt for the colourful carrots and bunnies in a fun free Easter trail or take part in two free Easter egg hunt in the grounds. Follow an Easter themed trail in the Castle or create an egg shaped decoration to hang on the Easter tree in a free craft activity. Explore the dazzling display in the grounds of spring blooms from daffodils to hyacinths, camellias and early tulips in the garden.
The fun takes place from 2 to 19 April 2020. Find out more on the Hever Castle website.
All aboard for Easter at Spa Valley Railway
There will be plenty of Easter fun at Spa Valley Railwayin Tunbridge Wells over the Easter weekend. Spot all the Easter bunnies alongside the railway between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge and there will be a chocolate egg for all children taking part. Resident steam engine ‘Ugly’ will be in action each day and standard fares apply.
Visit from 10 to 13 April 2020. Find out more on the Spa Valley Railway website.
Easter fun in London
Enjoy interactive performances at the Southbank Centre
Come to Southbank Centre this Easter for egg-cellent shows and free family fun. In Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, meet and giggle along with a whole host of colourful characters from beloved books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, including Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze.
Big Up! is the perfect show for little people who want to be big, and big people who just might have forgotten how to play. And at Comedy Club 4 Kids, watch the best stand-ups around do their thing for a family audience – without the rude bits.
For babies and young audiences with sensory needs, intotheclouds is a highly visual experience. Plus, Soundpit has been extended, so kids big and small can play in our giant musical sandpits this Easter break.
Find out more about events happening at the Southbank Centre from 4 to 19 April 2020.
Egg-citing fun at the Old Royal Naval College
There’s plenty of egg-cellent activities for families to enjoy this Easter in the beautiful riverside grounds and stunning buildings of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Families will have a cracking time exploring an adventurous Easter Egg trail through the grounds from 10th – 13th April. Inspired by the incredible surroundings and naval history of the area, the Easter Egg trail will see children embark on a quest to solve nine clues and find letters spelling out a winning word for a prize Easter Egg.
Find out more about the events taking place from 10 to 13 April 2020 on the Old Royal Naval College website.
Hunt for chocolate bunnies at Kensington Palace
Take the family back in time and join in the hunt around the home and gardens of Queen Victoria, and William III and Mary II. Pick up the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt trail map when you arrive and follow the clues on the trail to find large golden bunny statues hidden around the palace and gardens. Solve the challenges to win your delicious Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate reward!
The hunt is designed for children aged three to 12-years-old and their families. There will also be other activities happening at Kensington Palace over the school holidays. Visit between 10am and 6pm from 4 to 19 April, 2020.
Easter in the Peak District
Check out what’s on in the Peak District this Easter.
Easter fun in Somerset
Cheddar Gorge Enchanted Cave
The fairies in Gough’s Cave are friends with the Easter bunny and often help hide eggs for all the boys and girls to find. But there’s a problem, the mischievous troll has hidden the fairies’ glowing eggs. If they can’t find their precious eggs in time, then they can’t help. Visit Cheddar Gorge to see the cave lit up like never before and help find the hidden eggs.
Enchanted Cave takes place at Cheddar Gorge from 4 to 19 April, 2020. For more details visit the Cheddar Gorge website.
Easter egg hunts in Surrey
Search of Lindt Gold Bunnies at Hampton Court Palace
Take your family back in time and join in the hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII for golden bunnies. Pick up the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt trail map and follow the clues to find golden bunny statues hidden around the palace and gardens. You’ll discover some of Hampton Court’s famous characters from the past along the way. Solve the challenges to win your delicious chocolate reward!
The hunt takes place from 10am until 6pm, 4 to 19 April, 2020. Find out more on the Hampton Court website.
Easter in East Sussex
Marbles Match and Easter Bonnet Parade
This annual Easter event will take place in the imposing shadow of Battle Abbey, site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Visitors will be able to witness local teams lose their marbles in a traditional competition dating back to 1945. Around 20 teams from local hostelries and businesses compete to win both the marbles and the fancy dress competition.
‘Flick-off’ will be at 10am on Good Friday, 10 April 2020. There will be an All-comers Board for spectators of all ages to give marbles a try and a free children’s marble scramble. Take part in the Easter Bonnet Competitionor watch the judging. All children taking part will receive an Easter egg.
For more information see the 1066 Country website.
Easter in West Sussex
Observation wheel reopens
The Worthing Observation Wheel returns at Easter. Standing at a height of 46 metres, the WOW is the tallest wheel on the south coast offering views of up to 10 miles across the South Downs and along the coast.
Find out more on the Worthing Observation Wheel website.
Easter egg hunts in Swansea
Search for the Easter Bunny at Oystermouth Castle
Hop along to Oystermouth Castle on Easter Sunday for an Easter Bunny word search hunt, followed by Easter crafts.
The Easter egg hunt take place between 11am and 12pm followed by the crafts which continue until 4.30pm on 12 April, 2020. Normal admission charges apply. Find out more on the Visit Swansea Bay website.
Egg hunt on the beach at Mumbles
From Good Friday to Easter Monday eggs will be hidden all over the Mumbles Pier beach. They could be in the rock pools or even buried in the sand. There will be a chocolate egg for every child who takes part and a extra-leg prize for the person who finds the most.
Hunts happen every day from 10 to 13 April 2020. Find out more on the Mumbles Pier website.
Take a look at what else we got up to during a weekend in Swansea Bay with kids.
Easter in Warwickshire
New Zog Trail at Warwick Castle
Brand new at Warwick Castle for 2020 is an exciting new 3D interactive trail starring Zog – the lovable dragon. The trail opens at Easter and will keep kids busy with a whole host of Zogtastic tasks, learning new skills just like Zog did at Dragon School. The Castle and grounds provide the ideal setting to capture children’s imaginations with tales of dragons, knights and princesses.
Find out more on the Warwick Castle website.
Easter fun in Yorkshire
Studfold Adventure Trail opens at Easter
This North Yorkshire family attraction will be enlisting its community of fairies to help young children appreciate the natural world from Easter. The one-mile Studfold Adventure Trail at Lofthouse in Nidderdale makes the most of its woodland and meadow setting particularly in April, May and June when primroses, bluebells and buttercups produce a riot of colour.
To help fire youngsters’ imaginations the adventure trail includes intricate fairy and pixie houses that are located in logs, on tree trunks and nestled between stones and which house answers to some of the 17 nature-related clues along the route.
For more information visit the Studfold Adventure Trail website.
If you’re looking for more Easter fun in Yorkshire then we know Yorkshire Tots have a comprehensive listing of what’s happening in and around West Yorkshire over Easter. Check it out.
We can also recommend lots of things to do around Hebden Bridge and Halifax in West Yorkshire.
More Easter egg hunts in England and Wales
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