Cadbury Easter egg hunt at Dunstable Downs

Little boy reads a trail marker

Come along to Dunstable Downs this Easter and join our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt over the weekend then enjoy the other treats we have in store.

Fun for all the family this Easter

Make the most of the Easter holidays to enjoy time with your whole family at Dunstable Downs. Over the Easter weekend you can search for clues on our Cadbury Egg Hunt trail in Chute Wood. Each of the clues is linked to nature at this time of year and all you need to do is read the clue then write your answer on the sheet provided and claim your Cadbury chocolate treat at the end of the trail.

The trail will be running from Friday March 30 to Monday April 2 between 11am and 4pm and costs £2.50 per child.

Chute Wood at Dunstable Downs
Chute Wood at Dunstable Downs
Chute Wood at Dunstable Downs

Looking out for signs of spring

Easter is also the beginning of spring so make sure you keep your eyes open as you walk the trail to see if you can spot any signs.

It might be buds on trees and bushes or flower spikes pushing through the grass. There will also be the sounds of spring such as birds singing to attract a mate. The skylark is a good example as it is busy nest-building at this time of year.

The male skylark's call has become a symbol of spring
A view of a skylark in flight
The male skylark's call has become a symbol of spring

Whatever you do at Dunstable Downs over the Easter weekend, parking will be easier if you are a member.

Visitors walking through car park at Cragside, Northumberland

Member car parking at Easter 

Whether you’re visiting a spring garden, exploring a historic house or joining a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, find out more about parking at our places over the busy Easter holidays.

Victorian bonnet trail

Following the Easter trail there will be a Victorian Bonnet trail from Monday April 9 to Friday April 13 between 11am and 4pm. It will cost £2.50 per child and starts when you collect your trail from reception in the Visitor centre.

Make your own bonnet and bring it on the trail
Victorian bonnet trail at Dunstable Downs
Make your own bonnet and bring it on the trail

It will add to the fun if you make an Easter bonnet at home then bring it to wear on the trail. You will learn about the hat trade that was centred in Luton and about other events that took place at this time of year, such as Orange Rolling on Good Friday.

Orange rolling on Dunstable Downs

The tradition of rolling oranges from the top of the downs is thought to have started in the mid 18c and was an annual event every Good Friday. People used to gather on the top of the Downs and roll the oranges downhill. The aim was to catch them before they reached the bottom.

Orange Rolling on Dunstable Downs in times gone by
Orange Rolling on Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire
Orange Rolling on Dunstable Downs in times gone by

Please remember to keep all dogs on leads at this time of year so that they do not chase livestock or disturb ground-nesting birds.

Find out more about Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts