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Cadbury Easter egg hunts at National Trust properties in Kent

The popular Cadbury Easter egg hunts will be returning next month.

The hunts come to National Trust properties across Kent in time for the school Easter holidays, from Saturday, April 6.

There will be trails for children to explore and become nature detectives by following clues to finish with a chocolate treat.

The Cadbury Easter egg hunts with the National Trust will be back Picture: Megan Taylor
The Cadbury Easter egg hunts with the National Trust will be back Picture: Megan Taylor

At Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, the hunt runs until Sunday, April 21, between 10am and 4pm. For the trail, young detectives can follow in the footsteps of Edward Windsor Hussey, who lived at Scotney, and uncover the secrets of his life collecting birds' eggs and studying the bird life, by seeking out hidden giant nesting boxes, and finding fascinating facts.

Ightham Mote, near Borough Green, has a hunt which runs until Monday, April 22. Visitors can discover more about the life cycle of the property's animal friends on a nature-themed trail.

On Thursday, April 11 you can try pond dipping and on Thursday, April 18, find out more about the local mini beast population. There will also be crafts in the house, storytelling sessions and lawn games.

Head out on a Cadbury Easter egg hunt with the National Trust Picture: Chris Lacey
Head out on a Cadbury Easter egg hunt with the National Trust Picture: Chris Lacey

Head to Chartwell, near Westerham until Monday, April 22 where visitors can discover which leaves Randolph the Rabbit has been eating in the woodland, learn all about his favourite vegetables growing in the kitchen garden and meet the animal family hidden around the garden.

Nearby a Emmetts Garden, the trail also runs until Monday, April 22 when young visitors can collect fascinating facts about the amazing trees to play 'tree trumps' at the end.

Once a sheep farm, Emmetts Garden was home to spring lambs taking their first steps. Look out for Lubbock the lamb hiding in the garden during the egg hunt.

Easter with the National Trust Picture: Chris Lacey
Easter with the National Trust Picture: Chris Lacey

At Knole in Sevenoaks, the trail runs until Monday, April 22 when you can find the nests nestled in the wooden bird boxes around the park and open them up to see each clue and learn about the birds that live at Knole.

At Sissinghurst, the hunt runs until Monday, April 22 when young visitors can follow the clues to spot the hidden creatures. Rangers will be on hand to talk about their work and about the trees and habitats they care for.

Easter with the National Trust Picture: Rob Stothard
Easter with the National Trust Picture: Rob Stothard

Also throughout the school holidays, the oast house will be turned into a nature hub with themed arts and crafts and ideas for using recycled household items to make bird feeders and big hotels.

At Quebec House, near Westerham, the trail runs until Monday, April 22 when children can put on their explorer hats to solve its bee trail.

Trails cost £3, with normal admission fees. For more about the hunts go to cadbury.co.uk/easter


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