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Easter egg hunts in Hampshire - 2016

PUBLISHED: 10:07 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:07 22 March 2016

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There’s no better way to enjoy the Easter break than to head out on a good egg hunt. For big kids… and small, here are our favourites taking place over Easter weekend

New Forest Activities, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA

• March 27 & 28, 1pm – 3pm

Head out on a canoeing adventure on the Beaulieu River in the Easter Holidays to discover the secret Easter egg stash. Using your egg map, navigate your way along the river to find your hidden reward. All ages welcome, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. £28 per adult, £22 children aged 16 and under, 01590 612377.

Mottisfont, Nr Romsey, SO51 0LP

• March 25 – April 10, 10am – 5pm

Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, both inside and out. Pick up an Easter hunt sheet, choc-full of brain teasers and craft activities, complete the challenges with the family, and earn yourself a delicious Cadbury treat. Normal admission plus £2 per hunt, 01794 340757.

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Rd, Gosport, PO12 2AS

• March 27 – April 10, 11am – 4.30pm

Take part in the egg-citing trail in and amongst the submarine memorabilia. Can you find the clues around the museum that will lead you to the Easter eggs? Great fun for all the family! The trail is free with normal admission, 02392 727564.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, SO51 0QA

• March 25 – April 10, 10am – 5pm

The Easter bunny has left a trail of clues and fun around the Gardens. Explore along the Acer Valley, hunt in the Bog Garden and discover hints in the spring walk. Join in with the whole family and receive a prize. Normal admission charge plus £1 per hunt, 01794 369317.

Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, SO24 0LA

• March 25 to 28, 10am - 4pm

This pretty garden, with its different levels, winding paths and quirky topiary, is a great place for kids to discover. This Easter, Hinton invites you to turn ‘Indiana Jones’ and follow the clues as you search for giant painted eggs hidden in the grounds. If you can find the surprise at the end of the hunt you’ll win a yummy chocolate prize. Normal admission plus £3 per hunt, 01962 793515.

The Vyne, Vyne Road, near Basingstoke, RG24 9HL

• March 27 & 28, 10am – 4pm

Younger visitors can go on a real adventure when they set out on The Vyne’s Easter hunt through the extensive grounds of this former Tudor palace. There are loads of things to look out for as they make their way past the beautiful lake, across the lawns and towards the cosy bird hides. There’s a chocolatey treat for all. Normal admission plus £3 per hunt, 01256 883858.

Finkley Down Farm Park, Andover, SP11 6NF

• March 26 – April 10, 10am – 6pm

Easter is a great time to visit the farm with so many baby animals to see. Look out for the Mad Hatter and the Easter Bunny who will be appearing each day. Join in the Easter Egg Hunts and follow the Easter Trail to win a prize. Entrance costs £9.45 for adults and £8.45 for children, under 2s go free, 01264 352195.

Winchester City Mill, Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 9BH

• March 25 – 28, 10am – 4pm

Winchester City Mill hums with activity all year round, making it a great family experience. This Easter, pick up a map and join in the giant egg hunt around this 17th-century working corn mill - if you can solve the riddles you’ll receive a delicious chocolate gift. Normal admission plus £2 per hunt, 01962 870057.

Foxbury, New Forest, Half Moon Common, Blackhill Road, East Wellow, SO51 6AQ

• 27 & 28 March, 11am – 4pm

Bring your best detection skills to the ‘wilds’ of the New Forest for a day packed with exciting woodland activities, and an egg hunt. Find out where New Forest birds make their nests, and what creepy crawlies they like to eat. Get hands-on den-building and bush craft advice, and watch chain-sawing in action. The ranger team are even bringing along some New Forest animals for you to meet, and when you want to relax, you can toast marshmallows on an open fire and visit the on-site BBQ! Admission £4, trail free, 01794 344020.

Longdown Farm, Deerleap Lane, Ashurst, Near Southampton, SO40 7EH

• March 25 – 28, 10am – 5pm

What better place to celebrate Easter than at the Farm surrounded by chicks, lambs and bunnies? Join in with the fabulous Longdown Easter trail, which is suitable for the whole family. Search for the clutches of eggs in their special nests, which are hidden around the Farm. Children will receive a yummy chocolate treat at the end of the trail. Also, for older children and adults, keep a look out for the special golden eggs: ten will be hidden around the Farm at the beginning of each day. An ‘eggs-tra’ special chocolatey gift will be given to those who are fortunate enough to find one! Every child that arrives at the Farm in their own Easter bonnet on March 27 will be allowed entry at a concessionary rate of £5, hunt is free with normal admission. 

Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton, SO31 5DQ

• March 25 – April 10, 10am

Join little lost Charlie the chick on his adventures around the Park this Easter.Get on the trail to help him to find his mum and receive an eggciting reward at the end. £2 per trail, 02380 455157.

Mottistone, Near Brighstone, PO30 4ED

• March 27, 10.30am – 4pm

Set in a sheltered valley on the Isle of Wight, this beautiful spring garden is full of surprises, with hidden pathways, a pretty kitchen garden, miniature ‘flower pot people’, and wildflower banks. Set out on an Easter egg adventure to find the clues in the garden, solve the puzzle and claim your scrumptious Cadbury chocolate prize. Normal admission charge plus £1.50 per hunt, 01983 741302.

Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF

• March 25 – 28, 10am – 4pm

Head to Sparsholt’s animal management centre to discover what lies along their Easter egg trail, with a little help from the Easter bunny and the college’s resident chicks. Entrance costs £5 for adults, £3.50 for children and under 3s go free, 01962 776441.

Marwell Wildlife, Thompson’s Lane, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH

• March 25 – 28, 10am – 6pm

Visit the zoo over the Easter Bank holiday weekend to join in with the egg-citing Wild Egg Hunt, meet the Easter Bunny in his burrow and hand in your completed trail to enjoy a free chocolate egg! Free to enter with normal admission prices, 01962 777407.

Bembridge Windmill, High Street/Mill Road, Bembridge PO35 5SQ

• March 25 - 27 March, 10.30am – 4pm

This is an Easter egg hunt with a difference! You’ll search for clues inside this ancient windmill, along hedgerows and through fields, to claim your Cadbury’s chocolate reward. After your eggciting adventure, why not explore further into the ‘wilds’ of the nearby woodland – home to red squirrels, butterflies and wild flowers. £1.50 per hunt, 01983 873945.

Uppark, South Harting, Petersfield, GU31 5QR

• March 25 – 28, 10am – 5pm

Set on top of the South Downs, with amazing views and lots of space to run around, Uppark is the perfect place for an Easter hunt. Track down the giant eggs hidden around the garden and you’ll receive a delicious chocolate surprise once you’ve finished. If it’s breezy bring your kite and practice your flying techniques! Normal admission plus £3 per hunt, 01730 825415.


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