With Easter just around the corner, nothing says Easter like a good old Easter egg hunt and there are some great Easter days out in Essex!
Children and toddlers love Easter egg hunts no matter how old they are. The twins went on their first one when they were one and a half and loved it, and this year they are just so excited by it all! Call us boring, call us sensible, but we hide plastic eggs with a chocolate button in each and a prize at the end. I can just do without them being sick for over indulging in chocolate.
Whether you collect eggs in a basket or have to search for clues, it’s a great family activity to keep your little ones amused over the holidays and here are some Easter events happening over Essex.
Crown Hill (Upshire Road), Epping.
What: Easter egg hunt fun at Copped Hall
When: Easter Sunday 1 April.
Time: Gates open 2.00pm-4.00pm.
Price: £5.00 per person (children under 16 free) Egg Hunt: 50p per child taking part. No booking necessary.
Bury Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QW
What: An Easter Extravaganza including an Easter Egg hunt. Bushcraft activities, rides, an Easter bunny appearance and craft fair
When: Saturday 31st March
Time: 10am to 5pm
Price: Free entry to event with chargeable activities. Book activities here. For more info call 07550 851 655
Hainault Forest Country Park
Entrance via Common Car Park on Lambourne Road opposite Chigwell Primary School, IG7 6EZ
What: spring-themed Easter trail around the forest and help the Woodland Trust save spring to get a chocolate Eater reward. Craft activities and face painting also available.
When: Saturday 31st March
Time: 11am to 3pm
Price: Booking essential via Woodland Trust website £3 per child (adults/under 3s free)
Easter Special at Audley End Railway
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
What: Catch the little train into the woods to visit the Easter Bunny and friends. Keep an eye out for special signs as you go. If you can spot them all, the children will be given an exclusive Easter gift. Then you can hop into the craft area to do some arts and crafts.
When: Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1, 2018. 10am – 5pm
Cost: £11 per person, under 2s free
Easter Egg Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex CM11 1WT
What: Chocolatey treats have been left all over the reservoir and it’s your job to find them all. You can also create some Easter crafts and take part in a fun pond-dipping session.
When: Friday, March 30 and Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £8 per child
Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Station Approach, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9BN
What: Join Bertie the Bunny who leads the trail which runs along the whole length of the railway track, from Ongar to Coopersdale. Every child will be given a clue sheet and they have to find as many numbered eggs as they can while on the train to win their Easter treat. You can also meet Bertie, as well as enjoying face painting, magic and balloon modelling.
When: Friday, March 30 – Monday, April 2
Cost: In advance – Adults £15, children £7.
On the day – Adults £16, children £8
Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Bourne Mill
Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT
What: An Easter egg hunt where you have to work out the clues that the Easter Bunny has dropped hidden and then go to collect your yummy Cadbury chocolate bunny.
When: Friday, March 30, 2018 – Monday, April 2, 2018. 11am – 4pm
Cost: £2.50 per child
Easter Festival at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
What: Enjoy an Easter egg hunt around the farm. Also meet the Easter Bunny, get lost in the rabbit-themed maze, have your face painted and there’s a chance to meet baby bunnies, chicks and ducks.
When: Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 15, 2018 –
Cost: Online price £14, children £13, under 2s free.
Easter Bunny Trail at Danbury Country Park
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AW
What: Follow the Easter trail and then paint your own egg. The Easter Bunny will be waiting to take a selfie with your children and of course hand out a chocolate treat. The Easter Bunny also has some furry friends with him for you to see.
When: Friday, March 30, 10am – 3.30pm
Cost: £6 per child
Charity Easter Bunny Hunt at Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Hylands Park, Chelmsford , Essex, CM2 8WQ
What: The children have to search for all the wooden bunnies which are hidden around the park and they’ll get a chocolate treat at the end. This event is in aid of charity.
When: Sunday, April 1, 2018, 11am – 1pm (prize collection end at 2pm)
Cost: £3.50 per child in advance, or a few tickets on the day will be available at £4.50. You can pre-book your slot now.
Easter Trail at Poplar Nurseries
Poplar Nurseries Ltd, Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
What: Help your children find the all of bunnies around the nursery and then pick up your Easter surprise.
When: Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 15, 2018
Cost: £1 per child (all profits to charity)
Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Marsh Farm
Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
What: The cheeky Easter bunny has hidden thousands of eggs over a four-acre site at the farm and you have to help the Mad Hatter collect them. You’ll even get a basket to fill up.
When: Friday, March 30 – Monday, April 2, 2018.
Cost: Adults and children £13.50, under 2s free.
Do you know of any other events on over Essex the Easter?
If you are looking for some Easter crafts to do with your children, then take a look at this article HERE!