National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Over the last few years Cadburys has teamed up with the National Trust and there are over 250 Easter Egg hunts at national Trust properties over the Easter Weekend.
We’re spoilt for choice on where to go but one of our favourite Easter Egg Hunt locations is Waddesdon Manor. With our National Trust card, we don’t have to pay entry to the House and Grounds and we can take up to 10 children! You have to pay to take part in the Easter Egg Hunt but it’s well worth it as it as the kids love hunting for clues.
The clues are hidden around the grounds and if you find them all you get to claim a chocolate bunny at the end. The kids love racing around the grounds looking for clues, especially as there is the promise of chocolate at the end.
Waddeson Manor - National Trust Property
Waddeson Manor is Grade I listed house built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898) as a weekend retreat.
“Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. Opened to the public in 1959, Waddesdon Manor is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust, who took over ownership in 1957. It’s home to the Rothschild Collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts.”
The grounds of Waddeson are extensive and there’s plenty for the kids to do, check out the National Trust 50 Things to Do before you’re 11 ¾
The boys love exploring the grounds and the bird Aviary and the kids’ playground is great fun. The playground winds it’s way through the trees alongside the path down the hill with obstacles and slides until you reach the seesaws and swings at the bottom.
And, If you’re a wine lover then you have to check out the Wine Cellar but you may want to leave the kids at home for that.
National Trust 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾
The National Trust has a list of 50 different outdoor activities to do and has called it “50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾”.
At Waddeson Manor you can pick up a leaflet from the Welcome Pavilion and start ticking off your adventures. Some of the things you can do at Waddeson are, No.4 build a den, No.31 hunt for bugs, No.6 run around in the rain, No.12 make a trail with sticks, No.33 catch a falling leaf, No.34 track wild animals, and more.
Where to Eat
After the boys have finished the Easter Egg Hunt and claimed their chocolate Easter Bunny and tired themselves out on the adventure playground it’s nice to sit down in the Stables for a drink and snack.
At the Stables there’s also outdoor seating in the courtyard with some lovely blankets to keep you warm on chilly days. The menu offers sandwiches, soups, burgers and cakes and there’s a good children’s menu with choices like sausage sandwich. Don’t forget your reusable water bottles.
If you’d rather take a picnic there are plenty of places to sit down and enjoy it in the extensive grounds and you can grab an ice cream or coffee from the Stables or Coffee Bar.
Easter Egg Hunt at Home & Egg Painting
The boys always have a great time when we go along to the National Trust Easter Egg Hunts, but they also really enjoy having an Easter Egg Hunt at Home.
It’s easy to do your own Easter Egg Hunt and if the weather’s nice you can do it outside but if it’s not there’s no reason why you can’t do one inside.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
• Mini chocolate eggs or small non plastic toys if you want to go chocolate free
• Baskets or reusable bag to carry the eggs in
I’ve put together a free printable with Indoor clues that you can print out and hide the eggs in some of the places I’ve suggested below and I’ve also included some blank ones that you can write your own clues on.
Ideas Where to Hide the Eggs:
• Behind curtains
• Under a table
• Behind sofa / chairs
• Behind pillows
• In shoes
• Coat pockets
• Inside pillow cases
• Inside draws
Another fun activity to do at home is to boil some eggs and let the kids paint them.
Happy Easter & Download Free Easter Printables
Hope you all have a lovely Easter and I’d love to hear what you got up to and don’t forget you can download some free Easter Egg Hunt Clues. And, if you want to find a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt check out the National Trust website – “Join the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt”