Days Out – Easter Egg Hunts for Tots

We’re going on an Egg Hunt, I’m going to find a Big one, What a beautiful day, I Love Chocolate.

Sharpen those elbows as it’s time to race the kids to find the chocolate eggs but thankfully the National Trust and Cadbury have pulled it out of the hat once again.

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Courtesy of the National Trust for Scotland

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland they are hosting 250 egg hunts through woodlands, castles, country houses and walled gardens.  No tot will be left empty handed as they will all receive a chocolate treat.  And in Scotland the National Trust for Scotland and Cadbury are hosting around 50 egg hunts for northern tots – on my doorstep alone there will chocolate seeking missiles (children) running amock in Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Haddo House, Fraser Castle, Craigievar Castle, Fyvie Castle, Brodie Castle and Mar Lodge.  That’s a lot of chocolate…

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Courtesy of the National Trust for Scotland

If anyone’s been following BBC Scotland’s Lady Lairds documentary then you might be tempted by Catherine Maxwell-Stuart’s (the Laird of Traquair’s) Easter Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday.  For me letting tots search for over 5000 eggs … in a maze … really ups the ante.  “See you in two days darling” – surely they can sustain themselves on the eggs.

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Courtesy of Traquair House

If you prefer your chocolate on the go then the Easter Eggspress at the Caledonian Railway in Angus piqued my interest.  On Sunday 27 March 2016 tots can search for eggs at Brechin and Bridge of Dun station -find the eggs to enter a prize draw. The railway journey itself is four miles long with the return trip taking about an hour and ALL passengers (big or small – I approve) will be given a chocolate egg on the return leg.

For those wandering around the daffodils in the Lake District then get some focus at the North of England’s biggest Easter Egg Hunt, Where is Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail 2016, on Saturday 9 April 2016.  Children and adults search for 150 handcrafted ceramic eggs made by local artist Sue Dunne and prizes include overnight stays in Lake District hotels and tickets for the World of Beatrix Potter’s new show ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ Let’s face it he’s probably lost looking for eggs.  Registration online is required to take part and participants are asked to donate a minimum of £2 to Water Aid per family so a challenging day out also donates thousands to charity at the same time.

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Courtesy of World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction © Steven Barber Photography Ltd

And lastly if you’re feeling a little regal then take the chance to visit the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside.  It’s running Easter Egg hunts on all days over Easter but on Saturday 26 March 2016 there’s additional face painting and you can decorate your own Easter biscuit.

So good luck, and may the best tot win.  Having written this I really do need to eat some chocolate.

ADDITIONAL INFO

For those who can’t make it to a National Trust property Cadbury also have a Fun at Home kit you can download with tips and ideas to create an egg hunt in your own house/garden.  It even includes a bunny ears template, bunny face paint instructions and advice on how to create a bunny tail (I’m feeling a little Bridget Jones about all this but it would look great on the kids).

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