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.
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If you are near Dundee over Easter, Megginch Castle is celebrating 50 years of opening for Scotland’s Gardens with a special Easter Sunday afternoon opening (Sunday 16 April 2-5pm). You can join the great Megginch Easter Egg Hunt and check if the Lollipop Tree Fairy has decorated her Lollipop tree for this special occasion! Don’t miss the Heritage Orchard, the ancient Yew Trees where monks once walked over a thousand years ago, the formal French parterre and a double walled kitchen garden. There’s a £5 admission & children free.
Castle Ashby Gardens
Castle Ashby, Northampton NN7 1LQ
On Easter Sunday there’s a special Easter egg hunt at Castle Ashby Gardens. For £2 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 April 8th to 23rd 2017 there’s a daily garden trail of clues that need to be solved before meeting the Easter Bunny and receiving a chocolate egg, plus additional daily activities. On Tuesday April 11th there’s an interactive theatrically based Mad Hatter’s Easter Tea Party featuring games and songs with ‘Alice’.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Near Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA
From Good Friday through to Easter Monday, there’s a Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. With lots of ‘treasure’ hidden around the garden, the children will love the challenge to find a golden horseshoe to win a Giant Chocolate Easter Egg. If they find the Wessex FM Bug they can win a Fluffy Easter Bunny and there are 8000 Lindt Chocolate Golden Bunnies as prizes when you find the hidden tokens. Plus there’s FREE face painting, family magic shows and a bouncy castle. Supersaver Family Tickets include entry to the Swannery, Children’s Farm and the Subtropical gardens.
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 12th April 2017 until all the eggs are found (usually mid-afternoon). The annual egg hunt, now in its 10th 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 12th 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.