10 great Easter egg hunts

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easter egg huntHunting for chocolate eggs is one of the joys of a family Easter – but that doesn’t just have to mean looking under the bed! The Easter bunny has laid Easter egg trails for all ages through the UK – we pick ten of the best.

1.Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Take your little monkeys to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and pat pygmy goats as you search for eggs around the animal houses using a quiz sheet, to claim a prize. 31 March – 8 April. £1.50 plus admission, family ticket £26.00. BatterseaParkZoo.co.uk

2. Handel House Museum

Combine culture and chocolate at the Handel House Museum, where baroque harpsichord is performed all afternoon for parents while their kids charge around looking for eggs. 8 April. Admission £6 (adults), under 16s free, egg trail included. HandelHouse.org

3. Sudeley Castle

Explore the beautiful gardens at Sudeley Castle, near Cheltenham, and collect clues to claim a chocolate prize. Visit the adventure playground afterwards to burn off some energy. 8 April. Family ticket £27.00 including trail and playground. SudeleyCastle.co.uk

4. Lake District

One of the UK’s largest trails, the Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt celebrates the 110th birthday of Beatrix Potter character with 110 ceramic eggs hidden across the Lake District. Clues are revealed on the day and prizes range from visits to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction to a Lake District break. 5 April. Free. Hop-skip-jump.com

5. Ham House

Join an aristocratic egg hunt at 17th century Ham House, alongside the River Thames in London – with trail options for small children and older, more independent children. 6-9 April. £3, plus admission £3.30 (adults) and £2.20 (children). NationalTrust.org.uk/ham-house

6. Borde Hill Garden’s

In West Sussex, Borde Hill Garden’s Olympic Easter Bunny Trail starts on 19 March for a head start chocolate hunting! Children aged 3-11 search for bunnies hiding in the grounds, then solve a puzzle to win a chocolate egg. 19 March -9 April. £8 (adults), £5 (children) including Easter activities. BordeHill.co.uk

7. Traquair

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair has five thousand mini eggs hidden in its half-acre maze for under 10s. An extra thousand eggs are squirreled away in the Walled Garden for under fives to find. 8 April. £1 plus admission, £5 adults, £4 children (over five years). Traquair.co.uk

8. Longleat Safari Park

Nab a chocolate egg before the lions do, on the Humpty Dumpty Egg Hunt at Longleat Safari Park. Follow the Easter Bunny around the grounds – including a yew maze – then explore the stately home and gardens designed by Capability Brown. 31 March – 9 April. Trail included in an All in One Day Ticket, £23.37 (adults) and £16.57 (children) bought online. Longleat.co.uk

9. Jacobean Chastelton House

Choose from an indoor or outdoor egg trail at Jacobean Chastelton House in the Cotswolds and step back in time. This National Trust Property has been left largely as it was 400 years ago, with rooms of historic objects – and no guide ropes! There’s not even a tearoom to spoil the illusion. 6-7 April. £1.50 plus admission fee, family ticket £20.25. NationalTrust.org.uk/chastleton-house/

10. Kew Gardens

Hunt through the exotic plants at Kew Gardens for tokens and win a chocolate egg – helped on the way by fancy dress characters dotted around the grounds. 8 April. Trail included in admission £13.90 adults, children under 17 free. Kew.org