Easter egg hunts in Bath, Bristol and Somerset
Hurrah! It’s that time again, where the natural world awakens from its winter slumber. Spring. The soft colours of blossom gingerly pepper the trees and flowers make their brave advance towards a blue sky (albeit dotted with rain clouds!)
The weather starts to improve and the promise of summer is tantalisingly close, stretching out into the warmer months to come. And where Spring is, Easter is only a hop behind.
And the best part of Easter? The chocolate eggs, of course! Easter wouldn’t be Easter without overindulging in the abundance of chocolaty delights that arrive with the season. And if you need to keep the little ones entertained during the Easter holiday (while you take five to enjoy a cuppa and a secret stash of emergency Mini eggs) what better way than with an Easter egg hunt.
Here are a few local options that will get your kids outdoors and help them embrace Spring!
Top Easter spots in Bristol and Bath
Prior park, Bath
One for the nature lovers, the Prior park Easter egg hunt is a classy take on the chocolaty tradition. Known as the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Prior park welcomes kids of all ages to come and explore their beautiful gardens, brimming with the new life of the season.
Follow the Easter bunny’s trail through the grounds, search for the clues and earn a delicious Cadbury chocolate reward for your endeavours. Conveniently located just outside of Bath, the stunning 18th Century gardens is a great day out for the whole family.
Glow in the dark egg hunt, Cheddar Gorge
A fantastic, futuristic alternative to the usual daytime Easter egg hunt, Cheddar Gorge is lighting up their ancient caves for the Easter season.
Not far from Bath or Bristol, the caves that once provided shelter to our ancestors over 14,700 years ago will come alight with a magical display of glowing, giant eggs.
Wander though the caves, crack the Easter Bunny’s mysterious code and earn a sweet treat at the end of your adventures.
Bowood House, Bath
This stunning hotel and spa is so much more than just a country bolthole for those looking for a luxurious minibreak.
The extensive, beautifully manicured grounds offer a great place to relax and feel at one with nature. There’s even an adventure playground for the kids. But keep your eyes peeled! During the Easter break, there are ten golden eggs to be found, each one cunningly hidden around the park for young Easter explorers to claim as their own.
Take one egg to the admission desk and receive your delicious prize. There’s even an extra special egg to be found, which is apparently ‘hidden in disguise’, which will earn you a mystery treat ‘lasting the whole season’.
The festival of chocolate, the Chocolate Quarter, Bristol
Far from the usual child-focused events of Easter, the chocolate festival has a distinctly adult feel – although the kids are of course welcome!
On Saturday 31st March, the site of the once famous Somerdale Factory (renowned chocolate makers) will welcome artisan chocolatiers from around the country.
As well as an Easter egg hunt for the kids, grown-ups can enjoy the on-site cinema screening of the chocolate quarter’s extensive history while savoring a tasty morsel or two. (There’s even the chance to try a cocoa warm candle massage).
Leigh Woods, Bristol
Set above the dramatic Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods is a stunning nature reserve on the outskirts of Bristol. With breathtaking views across the city, Leigh Woods is a wonderful place to enjoy a fun-filled family day out in the fresh air.
The ancient woodlands are home to a plethora of flora and fauna – and if you’re quiet, you might even spot a glimpse of some of the wood’s shier residence.
During Easter, Leigh Woods have teamed up with Cadbury, to create a fun (and very delicious) Easter egg hunt for the whole family!
SS Great Britain
Here’s one for history buffs and animal lovers. A new twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt, the SS Great Britain invites you on deck to learn about the animals that snuck aboard the famous ship.
Explore the many creatures and critters who travelled to foreign shores and enjoyed a free ride on Brunel’s masterpiece.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
One of the most popular Bristol activities, A great day out whatever the season, Bristol Zoo is hosting a typically animal-based Easter egg hunt. As you absorb the many different species, sights and sounds the zoo has to offer, you’re invited to take part in an egg trail.
When you enter the zoo, you’ll be given egg stickers, all of which reflect the real-life counterparts from some of the zoo’s residence.
Learn about the animals and find out who lays which egg to complete your trail card along the way! You can even enjoy cracking Easter arts and crafts during the Easter weekend.