Making memories in a garden is the very best way to connect children to nature and there are few better ways than a playful game or treasure hunt. With Easter school holidays upon us, check your local press for special events at a garden near you. There will be all kinds of spring family activities to keep the kids occupied and giving you some time to venture out into a beautiful space too.
Castle Ashby Gardens
Castle Ashby, Northampton NN7 1LQ
On Easter Sunday 1st April and until Tuesday 3rd April, 10.00am to 12.30pm, there’s a special Easter egg hunt at Castle Ashby Gardens. For £2.50 per child they can search for hidden eggs while the grown-ups can stroll through the beautiful gardens. Don’t miss the nature trail and the arboretum as well as the secret garden and the menagerie featuring a family of Meercats, some marmosets and chipmunks.
Borde hill Garden
Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath West Sussex RH16 1XP
There are 200 acres of gardens, parkland and woodland to explore at Borde Hill. It’s a rich mixture of botanical delights, fabulous views and living garden rooms that surround an Elizabethan Tudor mansion. In spring the garden is alive with rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias.
There’s a great programme of Easter events included in the entrance ticket for kids. From March 30th to April 15th 2018 there’s a daily garden trail of clues that need to be solved before meeting the Bertram Bunny and receiving a chocolate egg, plus additional daily activities. For hungry tummies there will be delicious Easter themed treats at the new Gardener’s Retreat.
The Beth Chatto Gardens
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex CO7 7DB
Join the great Easter egg hunt at The Beth Chatto Gardnes between Saturday 24th March and Sunday 8th April 2018.
Explore the gardens and enjoy the signs of spring as you search for the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect your Easter treat. There’s a self-guided trail running every day throughout the Easter holidays and the beautiful gardens and nursery are bound to enthrall every visitor.
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. DG9 8SL
Come and enjoy the beautiful 75 acre gardens with fabulous spring flowering magnolias, exotic trees, beautiful scenery and amazing rhododendrons. Don’t miss the Monkey Puzzle avenue. The gardens are the perfect place to relax and explore. Over the holidays bring the children to join the egg-stra special Easter Egg trail taking place in Castle Kennedy Gardens between Saturday 24th March and Sunday 15th April 2018.
The popular Easter Egg Trail invites families to hunt for clues around the gardens, those visitors lucky enough to complete the trail are rewarded with a yummy Easter Egg prize. Don’t miss the charming tearoom, open daily and serving delicious homemade food.
Peter Rabbit Lake District Easter Egg Hunt
Not quite a garden, but this will get you and the family out and about in the great outdoors. The Lake District is once again set to play host to the North of England’s biggest Easter egg hunt. Children and adults will be able to join the search for 100 handcrafted limited-edition ceramic eggs from 10am on Wednesday 4th April 2018 until all the eggs are found (usually mid-afternoon). The annual egg hunt, now in its 11th year, covers 2,600 square miles. There are some great prizes to be won – including overnight stays in Lake District hotels – and tickets for the World of Beatrix Potter’s popular show, ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ – the Beatrix Potter musical adventure! Treasure seekers need to register online to receive an interactive digital Treasure Trail Map with clues to help them search for these lovely eggs. It goes live at 10am on April 4th and you need a mobile phone with 3G signal to access the map and find the egg locations. The eggs will be in open view in public areas, so no digging or delving is necessary. The challenge is to keep your eyes open and unravel the clues in order to find a prize.