Easter egg hunts in and around East Sussex

This article is about Easter 2022. Check back later for more on Easter 2023. Join us for an Easter adventure in nature in and around East Sussex. Discover our family-friendly trail with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate egg at the end.

From identifying creepy crawlies to nature spotting, discovering new bird songs to giant art, the trails have been designed to tickle the senses and immerse little ones in the natural world.

Trails cost £3 plus normal admission.

A family walking in the woods at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

Children hunt for clues on an Easter egg hunt at a National Trust property

Bateman's 

For the Easter school holidays, a new adventures in nature trail will challenge little ones to look for frogspawn, be a ‘hedge detective’ and create a nature story inspired by their literary surroundings. This charming garden has a river running through it, hedges to hide behind and plenty of space to run around. Whilst stocks last, £3 plus normal admission.

Bodiam castle in the spring

Bodiam Castle 

On the Easter trail take in the view of Bodiam Castle and the surrounding countryside as you tick off the activity list. Look or listen out for a chiffchaff among birds singing in the castle grounds and find springtime reflections in the moat. As you enter under the 600-year-old portcullis, look out for the murder holes, and medieval graffiti on the sandstone walls. Whilst stocks last, £3 plus normal admission.

family walking among spring flowers

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

The Easter trail runs throughout the estate and is crammed with fun sensory activities. Identify creepy crawlies, listen for the cuckoo's call and sniff out floral scents. Enjoy the views across Sissinghurst Castle Garden and the weald of Kent as you weave around the country estate, peering into the veg garden and seeing the orchard blossom. There’s also an opportunity to find out about the conservation work which helps protect this world-famous garden. Trail runs 2 to 24 April, £3 plus normal admission.

Little girl stands in a field of daffodils

Smallhythe Place 

The sensory adventures in nature trail will immerse little ones in the natural world around them. Discover the scents of spring, leap like a lamb, and feel the textures of nature along with more exciting adventures. Trail runs 2 to 24 April, £3 plus normal admission.

Lamb House and garden in Rye

Lamb House 

Step into a hidden gem off the cobbled streets of Rye and explore the extensive garden of Lamb House on the Easter trail. The trail runs around the open lawn and hidden paths. Hop like a bunny or spot spring wildlife on an Easter adventure. Make sure you peak into the veg garden to see what yummy veg is growing this time of year. Trail runs 2 to 24 April, £3 plus normal admission.

Children collecting rewards at the Easter egg hunt at Dyrham Park

Join the Easter egg hunts 

Join us for our Easter adventures in nature trails at many of the places we care for across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this spring. Discover your local family-friendly trail with fun activities to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate egg at the end.

Painted homemade Easter eggs

Make Easter decorations and crafts 

Bring some colourful crafty fun to your Easter celebrations with the National Trust's how to video guides. Laura Shack will teach you how to use natural and recycled materials to make Easter baskets, naturally dyed Easter eggs and a bean bag Easter chick