Ant and Dec voted kids' favourite explorers

Bring out the Eggsplorer in your kids by taking part in our Easter trails © NTPL 173711

Bring out the Eggsplorer in your kids by taking part in our Easter trails

Latest update 08.04.2014 11:21

The image of the bearded and brave explorer could be replaced by the cheeky and entertaining in the coming years – as Newcastillians Ant and Dec have made it onto a list of UK kids’ favourite explorers of all time.

The research, which was conducted by Cadbury to celebrate this year’s ‘Eggsplorer’ theme of their annual Easter Egg Trails, in partnership with us, saw contemporary explorers Bear Grylls and Sir David Attenborough poll even higher than famous explorers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Francis Drake, who missed out on a spot in the top five.

Celebrity Eggsplorers

When asked what made the perfect explorer, a fifth (22%) of kids thought they just needed to be ‘really cool’, while others listed ‘brave’ (51%) or ‘curious’ (29%) as top traits. Their five favourite explorers of all time were:

  1. Bear Grylls (24%)
  2. Sir David Attenborough (17%)
  3. Christopher Columbus (12%)
  4. Helen Skelton (9%)
  5. Ant & Dec (6%)

To celebrate this, the ‘eggsplorers’ have been immortalised onto the face of a Cadbury Egghead product and gifted to them as a tasty Easter treat.

Setting an Egg-xample
With modern-day explorers such as Sir David Attenborough and Bear Grylls inspiring kids to be more inquisitive and curious about the wider world, a third (33%) of children now say they would consider being an explorer when they grow up, compared to less than 5% of adults who wanted to be explorers when they were younger.

But who is their inspiration? Despite a quarter of kids voting Bear Grylls their favourite adventurer of all time, it was parents who kids rated most, with 68% stating their mum (25%) or dad (43%). Funnily, kids rated pets (7%) over teachers (6%) best in class for having explorer qualities.

Following Paw-prints of Greatness
Families will be given the opportunity to discover their inner explorers this Easter as the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Trails at places we care for bring hunts to over 260 inspiring British locations, hoping to bring out the inner explorer in everyone. From spring woodlands and coastal trails to historic homes and castles, everyone is encouraged to get out there and explore. A kit, including a trail journal, map, passport and explorer hat, will be given to each explorer. What’s more, every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will help support our work as a charity looking after special places for ever, for everyone.