I love Easter – the only time of year other than Christmas and your birthday that you can eat chocolate all day long without feeling guilty about it! We always used to have a bit of a tradition at Easter in our house – it was just a big a celebration as Christmas. Every year we would go to church in the morning, where we would learn about the story of Easter, and usually make some kind of craft in Sunday school. Then we would all be given a creme egg by the vicar as we left the church. After a cup of tea and biscuit in the vestry hall, we would all pile round my nan’s for a huge roast dinner of lamb and a small glass of wine. Then we’d exchange eggs in the afternoon and all the kids would run around hyped up on sugar!
Last year was Alfie’s first Easter, and we didn’t manage to make it to church, but we did follow one of Daddy’s traditions instead – an Easter egg hunt around the house. He used to do it every year as a child with his dad and brothers, and so was excited to recreate this for Alfie (and Mummy)! This year we hope to do the same with a homemade Easter egg hunt.
However, we would also like to attend a big Easter Egg hunt somewhere local now that Alfie is up and running and old enough to join in. So I’ve asked on my local mum facebook groups for suggestions of places to visit, and have come up with the following list. They all look like brilliant places to visit, from big organised events at popular local attractions, to smaller locally organised fetes, so it’s going to be hard to decide where to go!
Marsh Farm Easter Eggstravaganza – Saturday 1st – Monday 17th April
Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers are hosting a HUGE Easter egg hunt this year and are inviting you to come and help the Mad Hatter collect tens of thousands of eggs that the Easter bunny has been pinching from the chickens! You can also meet the new spring lambs, as well as enjoy all the usual activities that Marsh Farm has to offer. For more details about their Easter event, have a look on their website.
Audley End Railway – Friday 14th – Monday 17th April
Audley End Railway in Saffron Walden are hosting a very special Easter event on their amazing railway! You can take the train in to the woods to visit the Easter bunny and his special friends. You can then take part in the Easter trail, join the Easter arts and crafts tent and collect a very special gift for every child! Tickets should be booked in advance from the website.
Hyde Hall – Saturday 1st – Monday 17th April
Hyde Hall in Rettendon run a fantastic Lindt Bunny trail during the Easter period. You can join the hunt for the special gold bunny and be rewarded with a delicious chocolate treat! There are also Easter themed craft sessions, as well as the wonderful gardens to roam through. A perfect spring event! Check out their website for more details.
Kids Kingdom Easter Fun Day – Friday 14th April
Kids Kingdom in Southend are holding a special Easter Fun Day on Good Friday, hosted by Crazy Ryan. You can expect an easter egg hunt, bonnet decorating, balloon twisting, egg decorating, disco, face painting and much more! Check out their facebook page for more details.
Maldon Prom Eggcellant Easter Eggstravaganza – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April
An Eggcellant (sorry!) event hosted at Maldon promenade park over the Easter weekend. The event is is open 11 – 3 and includes a chance to meet the Easter Bunny, take part in the egg-rolling competition or relax at story-telling corner with Aunty Easter. You can also have a go at biscuit decorating, jump on the bouncy castles, play some games and of course take part in the Easter Egg Hunt. There is also a chance to meet the cute little Pygmy hedgehogs and take part in the fancy dress competition. For more information, take a look at the facebook event here.
Barleylands Farm – Monday 3rd – Monday 17th April (some dates excluded)
Barleylands Farm will be hosting a number of spring themed events over the Easter period, including a giant easter egg hunt and a meet with the Easter bunny. There will also be other “egg-stra” activities available. Why don’t you pop down to the Billericay farm for some Easter fun! Have a look at their website for more details.
Smaller local events:
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre Easter Events – Friday 14th April – Monday 17th April
Hanningfield Reservoir in Billericay will be hosting a number of events over the Easter bank holiday weekend, including an egg hunt around the trail and easter themed crafts. Go and find those chocolately treats! You will also be able to explore the amazing Wind in the Willows trail that lives there too. Check out their website for more details.
Danbury Country Park Easter Bunny Trail – Thursday 13th April
Follow the egg trail through the park, then paint your own hens egg before meeting the Easter Bunny! All children will receive a chocolate egg each from the bunny and then have the chance to take a photo with him. For more information, check out the website here.
Hopefield Fun Day and Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday 16th April
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood are hosting an Easter funday, including inflatables, live music, stalls, crazy legs, animal handling, food, and of course and Easter Egg hunt! Find more details on their facebook page here.
Quart Pot Runwell – Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April
The Quart Pot pub in Runwell will be hosting a fab Easter event, including an Easter Egg hunt, arts and crafts and an Easter Bonnet competition. These will run over Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend. Have a look at their facebook page for more information.
Belchamps Scout Activity Centre – 20th March to 21st April
If you fancy something a bit different, why not check out this Big Egg Hunt at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre in Hawkwell? Follow the clues around the site to discover the eggs, and then be rewarded with a chocolate egg at the end. For more information, contact guest services on 01702 562690 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website.
Easter Fete for Oscar – Saturday 15th April
A special fete for a special little boy! This fete will be held at Wickford Community Centre to raise money for Oscar. There will be an Easter Egg hunt, craft stalls, games, raffle, cakes and even a visit from the Easter Bunny! The fete is open from 11am to 3.30pm. There is no entry fee, however the family will be collecting donations. For more details of the fundraising cause, please visit Oscar’s justgiving page.
Gallywood Heritage Centre – Friday 14th April
Gallywood Heritage Centre will be hosting their annual bunny hunt on Good Friday, which includes a small gift from Mrs Bunny at the end. There will also be a bouncy castle, games stalls, colouring in competition and a BBQ and refreshments. Have a look on their website for more details.
Something a little bit different:
The Little Dreamers Princess visit – various dates
If you’re after something a little different, why not hire your favourite princess to deliver you your very own special easter egg at home? The 30 minute visit will include special easter egg delivery, live singing, games and photo opportunities. Home visits cost £55 for one character, with other options avaliable. Check out their website for more details.
This is just a small selection of the amazing events we have going on here in Essex – but there is so much to choose from, it’s going to be really hard to decide where to go!
Are you planning to attend any of these events? Have you been to any in previous years that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!