We want you to have an ‘egg-cellent’ day, so before you visit, we’ve put together an FAQ to help you hatch a plan.
How long is the trail on for?
The trail will be on from Thursday 30 March – Sunday 23 April, 10.30am-4pm. This includes the four day of Easter weekend, Friday 14 – Monday 17 April. We’re running the trail for longer this year so you can avoid the crowds over Easter weekend.
How much is admission?
The trail is taking place in the garden, and normal admission applies – so entry is free for members, and non-members will need to pay for entry. All visitors, including members, need to collect a ticket from Visitor Reception. Between Friday 14 – Monday 17 April, members will be fast-tracked through the slip-gate near Visitor Reception, and non-members will go through Visitor Reception.
If you sign up for membership whilst you’re at Dunham, you’ll be able to get free entry.
How can we avoid queuing to get in?
To make sure there’s no faff involved, please remember to bring your membership cards. One of the perks of having membership is, especially over Easter weekend, we can scan your cards and let you through the slip gate. If it’s busy and you’ve forgotten your membership card, we won’t be able to check our members system.
Where can I get updates about things that may affect my visit?
We will try our best to keep everyone updated on our Facebook and Twitter pages, especially over Easter weekend and any other busy days that may affect your visit. We will also keep our website updated – this can be found in a red box on the homepage.
Where can I park?
We do have a large car park here, but please note that over Easter weekend, we are likely to be very busy, especially if the weather is nice. This means that they’re will be queues, so please be patient with us. It’s best to arrive as early as you can, or visit us on the other days the trail is running.
There is a very limited about of parking spaces in Dunham village, please respect local residents by only parking in designated areas.
Is there an accessible route around the garden?
All the paths are level and smooth in the garden and are accessible by wheelchair/motorised scooter/buggies. There are regular benches around the garden for anyone wanting to rest. If you have a specific access need, please tell someone reception or the garden kiosk.
Where does the trail take place?
The trail is around the garden. We’ve moved away from paper and clipboards and instead giving out magical wands – remember to pick it up from the magical wishing well near the garden entrance.
How long does the trail take?
Spend as much or as little time as you like hunting for fairies and there’s certainly no time limit on fighting a troll!
Is this trail suitable for my child?
We have made the trail as interactive as possible so all ages can get involved. The trail is suitable for all ages. Adults should accompany their children and can get involved as much as they want.
How much is the trail?
All visitors pay £2 per trail. This can be paid either by cash or card. By following the magical nature trail, you’re helping to keep the garden magical all year round.
Where will the trails be sold?
For the majority of the time, trails will be sold at Visitor Reception. Between Friday 14 – Monday 17 April, trails will be sold from a marquee near the garden, and can be paid by both cash or card. You will still need to collect a ticket from reception during this time.
Where do I collect the chocolate reward from?
For the majority of the time, you can collect your chocolate bunny from the garden kiosk. Between Friday 14 – Monday 17 April, chocolate bunnies will be handed out from the Wash, which is just near the clock tower. You’ll need to keep hold of your trail to show when you pick up your prize.
How much chocolate can my child have?
We wouldn’t want anyone to be left out. To make sure there is chocolate for everyone, please note we can only give one bunny per trail paid for.
Is there an alternative for children allergic to chocolate?
We have alternative options of sweets or small toys for children who have allergies. These can be collected from the garden kiosk, or between Friday 14 – Monday 17 April from the Wash.
Where can we refuel after defeating the troll?
We have two catering outlets – the Stables Restaurant and the Visitor Centre Café. Both will be serving special Easter treats and food. The Stables Restaurant is open, 11am-4pm (hot food served 12-2.30pm) and the Café is open 10am-5pm. The Ice Cream Parlour is open most days, 11am-4pm but please check at Reception on the day. Please bear in mind these will be busy so there will be queues. If you do bring your own food, you can picnic in the North Park (near the car park) or the garden, please don’t eat in the deer park, or feed the deer – they’d much rather eat grass. Be an eco-warrior and clean up your litter. Thank you from us and the deer!
Will the shop have Easter treats?
The shop is all stocked up. From soft toy bunnies, to yummy chick biscuits, and, of course, lots of chocolate too (we recommend the hot cross bun chocolate!)
What else is there to do during the Easter school holidays?
After you’re done saving the gardens, you can explore the deer park, and see how many 50 things you can tick off! We have the log pile in the north park for children to release some steam! Visit the house, Saturday-Wednesday, and see if you can spot all the hidden shadow puppets, and help the servants with some chores in the servant’s areas.
We hope this helps!