Easter holiday fun in and around East Sussex in 2017

This article was about our Easter activities in 2017. We’ll be updating this with 2018 event information next year. This Easter there are nature-themed trails throughout the school holidays at our special places in and around East Sussex. Visit Bateman's and Bodiam Castle across the two-weeks to find Cadbury Egg Hunts brimming with clues and challenges. The trails test your powers of observation and deduction and lead to intriguing new discoveries about nature, wildlife and the places you visit. When you follow an Easter trail, you help us look after these places for generations to come.

Little ones enjoying the Cadbury Egg Hunt

Bodiam Castle 

Calling all brave knights and dragon hunters! Rangers have found some unusual eggs hidden around the grounds, and after expert examination they believe they’re dragons’ eggs. Join the Cadbury Egg Hunt to save the castle from a fiery end and receive a delicious chocolatey reward. Easter crafts will also be in full swing, with the chance to paint your very own egg cup to take home and tuck in to. As the weather gets warmer, stretch your legs around the castle walls and see wildlife waking up after the winter chill. Peer across the moat to spy ducks and fish in the spring sunshine. Cadbury Egg Hunt runs for the whole of the Easter school holidays from Fri 1 Mar to Mon 17 Apr, 11am to 4pm. Normal admission applies, £3 per hunt.

Exploring the estate on a Cadbury Egg Hunt trail

Bateman's 

Beat the Bank Holiday crowds this year on our two-week long Cadbury Egg Hunt. Come along at any time during the school break, grab a map and follow the route to find your Cadbury Egghead at the end. In the garden, the beds are starting to come to life as Spring flowers slowly open. Gaze out across the lily pond to see if you can spot dragonflies and damselflies skimming over the water. There’s also a chance to tick off your 50 things, from Pooh Sticks in the Wild Garden over the River Dudwell to bug hunting under logs or blowing a grass trumpet. If it’s too wet outside, explore the rooms inside Rudyard Kipling’s family home or pull up a pew in our cosy café. Hunt runs 31 Mar to 18 Apr, 11am to 5pm. Normal admission applies, £2.50 per hunt.

Spring flowers start to open around Easter time

Scotney Castle 

Use your map and follow the clues around the garden to find the treasure and claim your chocolate bunny. Take the chance to explore the ruin or venture out onto the estate where the first lambs of the season are playing in the fields. Over Easter, our very first writer in residence exhibition will be on display. ‘A Castle in England’ explores author Jamie Rhodes’ new graphic illustrated novels inspired by Scotney Castle. Jamie has studied archive material to create five short stories featuring unusual snippets about the ruin’s history, each illustrated by graphic fiction artists. As part of the exhibition we will have items that are from our hidden collection on display too. Trail is open Fri 14 to Mon 17 Apr, 10am to 4pm. Normal admission applies, £2 per trail.

A basket of chocolatey bunnies on show

Smallhythe Place 

There's been a breakout and we need your help. King Bunny's chocolate army is missing, and now it is up to you to find out where the bunnies are and who unleashed them. Carefully follow the map and clues to take home one of his chocolate soldiers as a tasty prize! Inside the former home of actress Ellen Terry, visit the Kent Wildlife Trust Photography exhibition to see stunning pictures of nature. The best photographs of the annual Kentish wildlife photography competition are being showcased in The Barn Theatre, celebrating the beauty and diversity of the county's outdoors. Afterwards, pop into the vintage tearoom for a hot drink and lunch overlooking the cottage garden and countryside beyond. Trail runs Fri 14 to Mon 17 Apr, 11am to 5pm and costs £3 per child.

Family takes part in the Cadbury Egg Hunt

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Take part in our Cadbury Egg Hunt in the grounds of the world-famous garden created by Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West. Follow the trail to claim your sweet-treat prize and keep your eyes peeled for the first of our Spring flowers in bloom. You can also venture out into the 450 acre estate, which bursts into life during this time of year. April sees the bluebells come into their own, with splatters of colour on the ground creating a carpet of purple amongst the trees. Back in the garden, try out big garden games or cross off one of your 50 things in our den building areas. Those keen to stretch their legs can spiral up the tower for sprawling views of the Weald. Trail runs Fri 14 to Mon 17 Apr, 11am to 4pm. Price £2.50 per child.