Easter egg hunts and trails in Chester and around 2017
Easter is nearly here and there’s loads on in Chester and around, from egg hunts to trails to a fun bunny dash with flashing ears!
Get warmed up with two events on 25th March. Barrow Babes & Tots are hosting an Easter Egg Trail around the village from 2 to 4 pm, with refreshments available at the finish; Kids in Chester had a great time at this event last year, and there were activities including crafts for the kids and a raffle at the finish line too. The Trail starts at the Village Hall and costs £2 per entry.
If you’re feeling energetic, the Thorntons Easter Bunny Run at Blakemere Village, also on 25th March, is a 3 or 5 km fun run (or stroll or hop) with optional flashing bunny ears in aid of the NeuroMuscular Centre. There are 100 paper eggs along the route which you can swap for real chocolate ones, though all participants get goody bags so no one will miss out. All are welcome, there’s no minimum sponsorship to be involved, and fancy dress is encouraged. The Thorntons Easter Bunny Run is at Blakemere Village, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB on Saturday 25th March from 11.15 am (run starts at 12 noon).
Hunts and trails running throughout the Easter holidays
The Easter Eggsplorer Egg Hunt returns to Chester city centre this Easter – simply pick up your entry form from the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall or download it from here, then keep your eyes peeled for at least ten paper eggs hidden in participating stores, with treats given out for every completed form. One lucky boy and girl will also be drawn at random to win a special Build a Bear Easter rabbit kindly donated by Build a Bear, Grosvenor Shopping Centre. Plus, why not have a go at Guessing How Many Jazzies in the Jar? The Eggsplorer Egg Hunt takes place at various locations across Chester city centre; opening times may vary.
The Easter Chick Hunt at Bellis Brothers near Wrexham costs just £1, with all proceeds going to the Nightingale House Hospice. Collect your form and follow the clues to find the Easter chicks and win a prize. Bellis Brothers is at Wrexham Road Farm, Wrexham Road, Holt Village LL13 9YU. The hunt is open every day from 7th to 17th April except Easter Sunday.
The Spring Trail at Gordale Garden Centre on the Wirral runs from 1st to 17th April (closed Easter Sunday). Follow the clues to find the hidden bunnies, discover their secret letters and unscramble the secret code in return for a chocolate treat. Gordale is at Chester High Road, Burton, South Wirral, CH64 8TF. The trail is open from 1st to 17th April and costs £2.50 per child.
As well as the bunny dash on 25th March, from Saturday 1st to Monday 17th April, Blakemere Village will also be hosting an Easter Bunny Trail: use your trail map to find the hidden clues to collect your prize. The trail is suitable for ages 3-11 years and is at Blakemere Village, Sandiway, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB from 1st to 17th April. The trail costs £2 per map (one prize per map purchased).
You can say hello to the real chickens at Ness Gardens, as well as following the Hansel and Gretel Sweet Tooth Trail round the gardens: learn about plants which make sweets and chocolate tasty as well as fun facts about how to keep teeth healthy, and solve the puzzle to claim your prize. On 11th, 12th and 13th April there are also FREE drop in gardening activities from 1 to 3 pm to celebrate National Gardening Week. Ness Botanic Gardens are at Neston Road, Ness, CH64 4AY and the Trail is on from 10 am to 5 pm from 1st to 23rd April. Admission charges apply, plus £1 for the trail.
Hunts and trails over Easter weekend
The Easter bunny’s been up to his tricks again, hiding hundreds of Cadbury’s eggs at National Trust properties up and down the country – the perfect excuse to visit old favourite National Trust sites this Easter, or discover some new ones. Find an Easter egg hunt near you here, or read on for more information about Chester’s closest.
Discover all the secret hiding places at Speke Hall as you search for clues throughout the grounds and solve the mystery to claim your Cadbury egg. While you’re there, get lost in the maze, take a stroll through the woods to the natural play area, have some fun in the playground, and keep an eye out for planes taking off and landing from Liverpool airport just next door. Speke Hall is at The Walk, Liverpool L24 1XD and the Easter Egg Hunt is on from 14th to 17th April from 10.30 am to 4 pm. Admission charges apply, plus £2 for the trail.
The Hardmans’ House in Liverpool has been perfectly preserved in all its 1950s glory, where you can explore the photography studio and living quarters of renowned 1950s photographer Edward Chambre Hardman and his wife, Margaret. The Hardmans’ House is at 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 9ER and the Easter Egg Hunt is on on 14th, 15th and 17th April from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm (not Easter Sunday). Admission charges apply, plus £1 for the hunt.
Erddig is a favourite with us here at Kids in Chester at any time of the year, and this Easter you can find the rabbits in the gardens to claim your chocolate prize. We also love looking for fish in the fish pond and exploring the brilliant natural play area, Wolf’s Den, with its rope swings and balancing beams – click here to read our review. If you’re visiting the house, look out for the Easter chicks who will be hiding out there (this is separate from the Cadbury’s trail). Erddig is at Wrexham LL13 0YT and the Easter Egg Hunt is on every day from 14th to 17th April from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission charges apply, plus £2.50 for the hunt.
There’s a chance of seeing real lambs at Stockley Farm Park, where Easter weekend activities include an egg hunt, the Easter Bunny and plenty of chocolate. While you’re there, you can also help to groom the ponies and feed the goats, and have a cuddle with the rabbits and guinea pigs in Pets’ Corner. There’s a large outdoor play area and a nature trail, plus lots of undercover things to do and see including the indoor play barn if the British weather is having a moment. Stockley Farm Park is at Arley, Northwich
CW9 6LZ and Easter activities run from 14th to 17th April. Admission charges apply – book online for a 10% discount.
There’s an egg hunt with a difference at Beeston Castle: meet a character from the past who will tell you stories and help you crack the clues to claim your chocolate reward! Beeston Castle is at Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX and the Easter Adventure Quest runs from 11 am to 5 pm from 14th to 17th April. Admission charges apply for non-members, plus £1 per child for the Quest.
There’s a FREE egg hunt at Chester Market on 14th April with Freedom Church. Pick up a form from the entrance to the Forum shopping centre, then find the eggs hidden on market stalls and unscramble the phrase to win a prize (while stocks last). The hunt is on from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm, starting from the entrance to the Forum shopping centre, Northgate Street, Chester.
There’s a charity trail at Burleydam Garden Centre in Little Sutton on 15th April, where you can also meet the owls from 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm with photo opportunities available for £3. Burleydam Garden Centre is at Chester Road, Little Sutton CH66 1QW. The Easter Bunny Trail is on from 10 am to 4 pm on 15th and is by donation.
There’s no need to leave Chester on Easter Sunday, with an Easter Eggstravaganza in Grosvenor Park from 11 am to 3 pm with an egg hunt, craft, face painting and more in aid of Children with Cancer UK, plus an egg hunt, live music and roast dinners available at Alexander’s from 12 to 4 pm. The hunt is free, but donations in aid of Claire House Hospice are appreciated. The Grosvenor Park event takes place in the Activity Zone from 11 am to 3 pm. Alexander’s is at Rufus Court, Northgate Street, Chester. The hunt takes place from 12 to 4 pm, with live music from 2 to 5 pm.
If you do want to get out and about on Easter Sunday, head over to Cholmondeley Castle for their popular family Easter egg hunt, where children can search for bunnies hiding in the gardens to claim an Easter treat. There are also farm animals, play areas and a tea room as well as plenty of room to run around. Cholmondeley Castle is at Malpas SY14 8AH and the Easter Egg Hunt is on Sunday 16th April from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission charges apply plus £1 for the hunt while Easter eggs last.
Eaton Hall Gardens are open on Easter Sunday and while specific details are not available, last year there were various activities including falconry and duck herding displays, rides on Katie the steam engine (additional charge applies) and an Easter egg trail. Eaton Hall Gardens are at Eaton Park, Eccleston, Chester, CH4 9ET and the gardens are open from 10.30 am to 5 pm. Entrance costs £8 for adults, £2 for children or £18 for a family – cash only, no card payments – with all proceeds going to the selected charities.
Enjoy an action-packed Easter Monday at Oulton Park, where the Easter British GT and F3 Championships are accompanied by loads of family-friendly activities including a huge Easter egg hunt, free inflatable fun, a supercar display, fun fair, adventure playground and children’s entertainment. Oulton Park is at Little Budworth, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9BW. Children under 13 go free, with kids aged 13-15 getting a reduced ticket price of £15 (£12 in advance) and general admission costing £25 on the gate or £19 in advance.
And finally, also on Easter Monday, there’s an Easter Bunny Hunt at Norton Priory, where you can catch the Easter Bunny himself with the help of a storyteller guide on a fun Easter hunt around the Walled Garden. Norton Priory is at Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1SX – they advise using the address rather than the postcode if you’re using satnav. The Bunny Hunt is from 11 am to 4 pm and admission charges apply.