Visiting with the family at Easter
The Cadbury Easter Trail for 2020 has been cancelled.
This spring, become a nature explore at Ightham Mote. Our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is running from Saturday 28 March to Monday 13 April and are £3 per hunt (normal admission applies).
This Easter, hunt the gardens looking for our 13 animal track boards and match them up on your trail sheet. There's also a riddle for you to decipher, and some facts to uncover. You can then use this to help you tick off No.34 Discover wild animal clues of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. Afterwards, don't forget to collect your chocolate prize - while stocks last. Unable to eat chocolate? Don't worry, we have some alternative prizes available.
If you've brought someone with you, then you can also tick off No.50 Take a friend on a nature adventure. Head to Discovery Den at the end of the garden to tick off No.18 Create some wild art, and pop into the natural play area for a go with the wooden chimes, which means you can also complete No.25 Join nature's band.
Sshhh...don't tell anyone, but if you look carefully, there may also be some wooden bunnies hiding in the garden too.
Our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is popular, and the property is likely to be busier at weekends, but especially over the Easter Weekend, Friday 10 April - Monday 13 April. If you would like a quieter visit, we suggest you visit on weekdays.
Saturday 28 March - Monday 13 April 2020, 10am - 4pm.
If you finish the hunt after 4pm, please collect your prize from the shop.
The Easter Egg Hunt costs £3.00 per person, including National Trust members. Normal admission applies.
Please pay at Visitor Reception when you arrive, and collect you trail sheet.
Suitable for ages 3+
What else can I do?
In the house, we have an I-Spy picture quiz for the younger ones, and then there's also our Look and Find quiz with a mix of I-Spy and questions for those that are a bit more curious.
At the end of the garden, our natural play area has a small stream, wooden stepping stones and a living willow tunnel. Don't forget to bring your wellies, and maybe even a towel and a change of clothes, as it can get very muddy!
On the estate, we have three way-marked circular walks, ranging from a relatively gentle stroll lasting 30 mins to a rather more hilly walk of about 1 hour. These make a perfect end to the day if you really want to tire the kids out before you go home.
Grab a bite to eat in the Mote Cafe. We serve hot meals from 12 noon to 2.30pm, or lunch-boxes, home-made scones, cakes and biscuits, which you can either eat in or take away. Want to beat the queues? Why not bring a picnic and eat it at the picnic tables near the car park, or relax in the North Pleasure Grounds beyond the North Lake. We do suggest you leave your picnic bags in your car before going into the house, as there isn't room for rucksacks and large bags.
Pick up a souvenir from the shop, which has a range of products including Ightham Mote souvenirs, Easter gffts, soft toys and pocket money toys.
Secondhand books can be found in Laundry Cottage, on the opposite side of the house to the shop. There's titles for children as well as adults. If you think your house is already bursting with books, why not bring some of the ones you no longer need with you so we can sell them in the bookshop and raise money for our conservation projects at Ightham Mote.