Easter egg hunts at Emmetts Garden

A family enjoying daffodils at a National Trust property

Join us for an Easter adventure in nature at Emmetts Garden. Discover our family-friendly trail with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate reward at the end.

This article was about the 2021 Easter trail and will be refreshed for 2022.

Easter adventures in nature (Extended!*)

Monday 29 March 2021 – Sunday 3 May 2021 (whilst stocks last); 9am-5.30pm (last entry at 5pm)

*We've extended our Easter egg hunt for another two weeks as it has proven so popular and to ensure everyone has a chance to take-part safely.

Explore Emmetts Garden this Easter to discover the first signs of spring colour, nature and wildlife hidden all around the gardens on our Easter egg hunt.

Join us for a walk around the different gardens here at Emmetts with the whole family as nature bursts into life with the arrival of spring. We've set up lots of different activities for you to get involved with all around the site to celebrate Easter, from spotting egg-shaped objects to taking in the sights and sounds blossoming all around around you.

Collect your trail packs from the visitor centre on your arrival, which will include everything that you need. Use the activity sheet to record your adventure with the included pencil - and of course the chocolate egg or allergen free reward ready for when you finish!

Keep an eye out for some extra activities that are planned for different days throughout the holidays for you to also get involved with as a family.

Before visiting, please check local and national government guidance on travelling.

Pick up a guidebook 

Don't forget to pick up a guidebook from the Visitor Centre or shop on your arrival to guide you on your visit! From reading the history to helping identify what's growing and where, its a fantastic way to learn all about Emmetts Garden as well as a memento to take home too.

Book your visit

You don’t need to book your Easter trails, but you will need to book your Easter visit.

To manage visitor numbers so that social distancing can be ensured for the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors, the pre-booking system still applies. Booking will provide access to the property, not the Easter adventures in nature trail, which can be purchased on the day.

Tickets are released every Friday, so you won't be able to book your Easter visit until Friday 26 March.

We ask you to please arrive in your time-slot to help us keep everyone safe. If you arrive early, you may be asked to return at your appointed time. If you arrive late, we unfortunately cannot guarantee your entry.

Please book ahead before visiting

The gardens and toilets at Emmetts Garden are open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. Pre-booking is essential and tickets are released every Friday for the following week and you can book up to 3pm the day before. Tea Room open for takeaways only.

How much?

The trail will be £3.00 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies.

Please use card payments whenever possible, especially contactless, to help us keep as covid secure as we can.

Suitable for ages 3-11 years. The route is buggy friendly, though families wanting to visit the bluebell woods should be aware of the steps leading down to the woodland. Don't forget to bring your wellies, parts of the woodland can get pretty muddy.

What to expect?

We are expecting to be busy over the Easter period, especially Easter weekend and so ask a bit of extra patience and for all visitors to please be kind to our staff and volunteers. Please come prepared to queue, but as always, we will aim to welcome everyone as fast as we can do so safely.

We ask you to please arrive in your time-slot to help us keep everyone safe. If you arrive early, you may be asked to return at your appointed time. If you arrive late, we unfortunately cannot guarantee your entry.

Our Visitor Centre is now open, so we do require you to wear a face covering when inside the building, unless you are exempt. Please bring one and have it ready.

On arrival, you will be directed to the queue. Please have all membership cards and payment on hand ready to show our staff. Members will need to have all cards scanned and non-members can pay for your entry. You will be able to purchase your Easter trails at the same time.

Missed out on tickets this time?

If you've missed out on booking tickets this time, we may have a few spaces that become available on the day, especially towards the later time slots.

If we do have space, this will be mentioned on our social media channels so please keep an eye out in the mornings. If you haven't booked and we don't have space, then we unfortunately may have to turn you away.


Can’t visit us this Easter?

Kids enjoying Mottisfont at Easter

Easter egg hunts this spring 

We're delighted that our Easter egg hunts are taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this year. Visit our main Easter web page to find out which National Trust places are running the trails, what nature adventures they hold in store and how to book.

A family plays giant dominoes at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Family facilities at Emmetts Garden

Baby changing facilities can be found at the entrance to the site, next to the visitor welcome centre as well as at the old stables café. The meadow makes the perfect spot for a picnic; grab a table or bring a blanket. Please note that scooters are not suitable for the pathways at Emmetts Garden.