Easter fun for all the family with the National Trust in Hampshire


Image courtesy of Megan Taylor, and the National Trust


There’s lots of nature-filled fun at our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts in and around Hampshire this spring, leading to delicious chocolate rewards.

This year, the Egg Hunts are running for the whole of the school holidays at Uppark, Mottisfont, The Vyne and Hinton Ampner (30 March – 15 April). At Winchester City Mill there’s Cadbury fun from 30 March to 2 April followed by a two-week wildlife bingo trail. At Foxbury in the New Forest you’ll find Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts and other spring activities on 1 and 2 April.

Chocolate aside, families can get stuck into all sorts of outdoors activities that will bring little ones closer to nature.

Highlights include Uppark’s baby animals trail featuring word scrambles, drawing and other puzzles that will help kids discover more about spring. Mottisfont is recruiting junior ‘rangers’ to study mini-beasts under a microscope and spot river wildlife. They can hunker down in a tent too, to discover the mysterious sounds of the estate at night. Hunt out special ‘logs’ at The Vyne to find hidden creatures and claim a special stamp for each one.

Every time you take part in a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, you’ll help the National Trust fund vital conservation work to protect our special places across the South East.


Here’s more useful information on our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts around Hampshire:

Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and baby animals trail, 30 March – 15 April, £2 per trail, 10am – 4.30pm (additional charge for entry to house)

Easter and spring is a time for all things new, especially when it comes to wildlife. Our new Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes kids around the gardens, as they find out about baby animals on this springtime trail. There are lots of activities to do on the way, with word scrambles, drawing and other puzzles. Inside the house there are hidden chicks to seek out. All participants of the outdoor trail will receive a delicious Cadbury reward.

Mottisfont, Hampshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt – mini rangers trail, 30 March – 15 April, 10am – 5pm, £2

This Easter, kids can become real rangers for the day and find out how Mottisfont’s countryside team look after this beautiful estate. Study wonderful ‘mini-beasts’ under the microscope, investigate the life of bats in Mottisfont’s medieval cellarium, spot river wildlife, and hunker down in a tent to discover sounds of the estate at night. There are loads more fun nature activities to get stuck into, plus Cadbury chocolate treats for all participants.

The Vyne, Hampshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt- spring wildlife at The Vyne, 30 March – 15 April, £3

Keep your eyes peeled for The Vyne’s spring animals in the grounds of this former Tudor palace.  Families are challenged with hunting out 10 logs hidden around the gardens. Open each one up to find a wild animal that lives at The Vyne, from frogs and dragonflies to kingfishers and herons. Kids will get a special stamp for each animal found, and there’s a yummy Cadbury chocolate treat for all participants.

Winchester City Mill

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt – 30 March – 2 April, 10am – 4pm, £1, followed by separate spring nature trail (3 – 15 April)

Follow the clues hidden by bunny around this ancient mill and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat. After the Bank Holiday weekend, there’s additional hands-on fun with the Mill’s brand new bingo board trail. Kids will search for stickers, secreted away in ‘nests’ throughout the building, and find out which animals from the Mill’s wildlife-rich river lay eggs and which ones don’t.

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and insect homes nature trail, 30 March – 15 April, 10am – 4pm, £2 per trail

Follow the new insect-home nature trail through Hinton’s pretty parkland and find out all about the different homes that bugs live in, and how we are helping them.  Along the way, kids can collect natural materials to add to a bug hotel at the end of the trail, created by Hinton’s garden team. There’s a delicious Cadbury reward for everyone who completes the trail.

Foxbury, New Forest

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 1 & 2 April, 11am-4pm, £4, under 5s go free. Call 01794 344020 for more information.

In Foxbury’s hidden basecamp, tucked quietly away in a woodland setting, kids can learn about the Forest’s birds on this year’s Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Discover what insects they like to eat and where they build their nests. There’s loads more on offer, from den-building sessions and bushcraft activities, to a chance to meet some friendly visiting animals. There’s chainsaw carving too, and tractors, plus warming treats – tuck into toasted marshmallows and our BBQ around the camp fire.

Directions: Foxbury can be accessed via Half Moon car park on Blackhill Road (SO51 6AQ). Wear stout weather proof boots.


For more information on days out with the National Trust across London and the South East visit: National Trust South East

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