Make the most of your membership this Easter in Kent

This article was created for our 2018 activities. There’s a host of things to do at places in Kent this Easter. Many of them are free for National Trust members, from complimentary crafts at Ightham Mote to a free trail at Knole. For a small additional cost, join Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts and other new garden trails. All the money raised goes straight back into supporting our conservation work. Here’s when and where to make the most of your membership during the school holidays.

Child in a tree poses for a photograph


National Trust members get free entry to our hidden animals trail in the showrooms this Easter. Running daily Tues to Sun (closed Mondays), cuddly critters lie waiting to be discovered. Those with a sweet tooth can choose from two age-suitable Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts from Fri 30 March to Fri 6 April in the parkland, £3 per child. Then come back for Family Monday on 9 April, and make your own spring animal mask, £2 per child.

Two large families walk along a nature trail in spring

Ightham Mote 

From Tuesday 3 April throughout the holidays, make the most of free entry with your National Trust membership and try a new quiz in the house. Get Themed Thursdays into your diary too, with birds nest craft on 5 April and owl craft on 12 April, also free for members. In the outdoors, the egg-themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes place over the Bank Holiday, followed by a new garden trail. Both £2.50 per child.

Little boy reads a trail marker

Scotney Castle 

National Trust members can come into the gardens for free, where you’ll find a wild play area full of adventures. Why not grab a map for the woodland trail and try den building too. For a small additional cost of £3, join the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt inspired by Edward Hussy’s childhood diaries this year. Running throughout the holidays, seek out the wooden bird boxes throughout the garden to reveal which egg belongs to which species.