It’s the last day of term for us today – hurrah! I know some of you have been off for a week already, but in case you’re in need of Easter holiday inspiration, here are a few fun trails we’ve found happening over the next fortnight. From Moomins to dragons, via the ubiquitous chocolate eggs, there’s something for everyone!
We just can’t get enough of the Moomins at the moment. Following our Adventures in Moominland, we’re going to head to Kew Gardens for their interactive Moomin Adventures Easter Trail. Stinky has stolen some of the Hemeulen’s plants and children need to play detective to find them, then report to the Moomin Festival Camp where they can collect their reward, eat pancakes, get crafty and learn about plants at the Hemeulen’s Herbarium.
1-17 April, 10.30am to 4pm, trail included with entry fee, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE
At Hampton Court Palace, you’ll have to look for rabbits rather than eggs in the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the house and gardens. There are also activities, including exploring the history of chocolate at the palace and decorating at a chocolate cup to take home.
1-17 April, 10am to 6pm, trail included with entry fee, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU
Harry Potter and How to Train Your Dragon fans will enjoy the Dragon’s Egg Easter Quest at Caernarfon Castle, where they’ll learn how to use a bow and arrow and explore all the passageways of the castle with the guards and maids to discover the dragon’s lair and the prize.
16 April, 10am to 4pm, trail included with entry fee, Caernarfon Castle, Wales, LL55 2AY
On The Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail in the Lake District you’ll be searching for one of 100 eggs, which you then get to keep. Each egg offers free entry to The World of Beatrix Potter, plus there are ten top prizes of local accommodation. The eggs have been handmade by local artist Sue Dunne, so are a prize in themselves. Register online to be sent the secret start point, then ensure you have a working phone, sturdy shoes and beady eyes.
Wednesday 12 April, 10am, secret location, £4 per family.
And, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you will have heard about The National Trust’s EASTER Egg Trails, which are happening at NT properties all over the UK. English Heritage is also running historic trails with a chocolate reward at the end. Check out the websites for details of trails near you.