The 10 Best Easter egg hunts

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It's not just about chocolate... Will Coldwell rounds up family-friendly events and treasure hunts around the country

{1} Easter EGGstravaganza, Enfield, Middlesex

A day of fun organised by Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Expect egg-and-spoon races, storytelling, face painting and, of course, an Easter egg hunt.

Sat 30 Mar, 11am-3pm, adults £5.50, concessions £4.50, children aged 4-16 £2.50, under-3s free of charge, capelmanorgardens.co.uk

{2} The Great Peter Rabbit Hunt, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Covering 6,800 square kilometres, this hunt sees children and adults alike set off in search of 50 limited-edition ceramic eggs. This year, money is being raised for WaterAid in Malawi.

Thur 4 Apr, 10am start, £2 donation to WaterAid, hop-skip-jump.com

{3} Easter Family Fun Trail, Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

Join the hunt across the ground of this 90-acre "secret garden".

Fri 29 Mar – Mon 1 Apr, 11am-4pm, house admissions, adults £8.80, concessions £7.90, children aged 5-15 £5.30, members free, www.english-heritage.org.uk

{4} St Michael's Mount Hunt, Cornwall

An Easter egg hunt with a trail that runs through the village and harbour on this stretch of Cornish coastline. Find the golden eggs to win a prize.

Fri 29 and Sun 31 Mar, 10.30am-4pm, £2 per person, stmichaelsmount.co.uk

{5} Broadstairs Spring Festival, Broadstairs, Kent

A food fair where you can graze through stalls full of Kent's tastiest local produce and an Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade for the kids, while you digest.

Sat 30 Mar – Mon 1 Apr, 10am-5pm, free entry, broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk

{6} Highclere Castle Easter Egg Hunt, Highclere Park, Newbury

Culminating in an Easter bonnet parade, this is a day of activities guaranteed to tire out the little ones. If the hunt doesn't do it, then the bouncy castle will.

Sun 31 Mar, 11am-5pm, £5 for each person and child, under-2s free of charge, highclerecastle.co.uk

{7} Kew Gardens' Easter Egg Hunt, London

Collect the tokens hidden around the botanical gardens to claim your prize, and learn about where cocoa really comes from with a family trail.

Sun 31 Mar, 9.30am-7.30pm, adults £16, concessions £14 (prices include £1.50 voluntary Gift Aid donation), free for children under 17 when accompanied by an adult, kew.org

{8} Alternative Easter Egg Hunt, The Design Museum, London

This hunt follows a printed trail full of riddles and clues with a prize at the end courtesy of Rococo Chocolates.

Fri 29 Mar – Mon 1 Apr, 10am-4pm, £1 per trail after standard museum admission, adults £11.85, concessions £10.70, students £7.50, under-12s and members free, designmuseum.org

{9} Easter Family Fun Trail, Dartmouth Castle, Devon

Follow the trail, crack the clues and claim your edible Easter prize.

Fri 29 Mar – Sun 14 Apr, castle admissions, adults £5, concessions £4. 50, children aged 5-15 £3, members free, www.english-heritage.org.uk

{10} Easter Celebrations at Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Easter egg hunts in the farmyard four times a day over the bank-holiday weekend, while trails through the house and garden are on throughout the period.

Fri 29 Mar – Sun 14 Apr, complete admission to house, garden and farmyard, adults £19, concessions £17, children £13, chatsworth.org

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