Easter egg hunts at Mottisfont

Children doing an Easter trail

This article was about Easter activities in April 2022, which have now finished. Check back for information about Easter 2023 closer to the time.

Our Easter trail runs from 9-24 April 2022, between 10am-5pm (last entry at 4.30pm). Trails cost £3 per child. Normal property admission applies (free for National Trust members, Art Fund members and under 5s).

Pre-booking was required for the busy bank holiday weekend, but you don’t need to book for the rest of the Easter holidays. We'd always recommend checking our website before travelling for the latest information.

Easter Adventures in Nature 

Get outdoors with your family for an adventure this spring. Whether it's listening out for nature's orchestra or taking in the views, our nature-inspired Easter trail engages all the senses. Discover different textures in the winter garden and learn more about the produce we grow here in the kitchen garden. You can find seasonal inspiration with creative activities, too.

Activities are aimed at ages 3-10. Complete them all and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg or an allergen-free alternative (where available).  

Planning your visit 

Easter is a very popular time to visit Mottisfont. We're delighted that so many people choose to come here - we rely on your support to fund our vital conservation work. But this means we can get busy. Here are our top tips to help you plan your visit: 

When to visit 

We're open from 10am – 5pm every day, last entry at 4.30pm. Most of our visitors tend to arrive between 11am and 2pm, which can cause congestion in the car park. If you arrive at 10am you might find the grounds a little quieter before we start to get more busy from 11am. Or if you arrive after 2pm, there’s still time to enjoy the trail, and all that Mottisfont has to offer. 

The trail runs from Saturday 9 - Sunday 24 April. If you have the flexibility, a weekday visit is generally quieter than a weekend, even during school holidays. If you can only visit over the weekend, Saturdays are usually less busy than Sundays. 

It's usually quieter on wet weather days, too - so if you're welly-ready and waterproofed, Mottisfont is yours to explore. You can pop into the house or sit down for a hot drink indoors to dodge the worst showers.

Make the most of rainy days out
Wet weather
Make the most of rainy days out

Getting here without a car 

There are public transport options available, and a designated space for drop offs in the car park.

  • Mottisfont & Dunbridge station is just over a mile away on foot, across fields and some country roads.  
  • The nearest taxi services are located in Romsey. If you're planning to travel by taxi we recommend pre-booking as there can be a wait. 
  • Bike racks are provided at the Welcome Centre for those cycling to us. We’re located just under a mile off cycle route 24 (which runs from Bath to Southampton) or 2 miles off the main route of the Test Way. 
  • For walkers, Mottisfont is on the Test Way – you can use either Stockbridge to the north or Romsey to the south as starting points for a long walk to Mottisfont - both towns are roughly five miles away. Find out more about walking the Test Way via the Hampshire Country Council website. 

Check before travelling 

Before you begin your journey, check our website homepage and social media channels (Facebook or Twitter) for the most up to date information. If we're expecting to reach full capacity on any given day, we'll do our best to let you know as soon as possible. 

Visiting Mottisfont with your family: hints and tips 

  • Free parking in car park adjacent to the welcome centre, including accessible spaces.
  • Free entry for National Trust members and under 5s. 
  • Baby-changing facilities in access friendly toilets, located at the welcome centre, stables, lower corridor in the house, and kitchen garden. 
  • Pushchairs welcome around the grounds. There are gently-sloping areas and wide pathways around much of the grounds which are suitable for pushchairs and little legs. 
  • Mobility buggy service available on request. 
  • The trail takes place outside in our gardens, so dress appropriately for the weather. Pathways can be muddy and uneven in places so sturdy footwear is recommended. 
  • Drinks, snacks and light lunches available from café and additional outlets from 10am-4.45pm daily. Indoor and outdoor seating, and picnic benches around the grounds. 
  • Breastfeeding welcome anywhere around the property. 
  • Ball games are welcome around the grounds, though please not on the formal lawns in front and behind the house, or in the walled gardens. 
  • Water play area beside the river. We're sorry, but our Wild Play area is currently closed - we'll be re-opening this in early summer once we've been able to carry our essential repairs. 
  • Areas of open water around the garden and grounds - close supervision strongly advised and please no paddling in the natural watercourses. 
  • Bikes, scooters and trikes are not allowed anywhere on site, due to vehicles always operating onsite, unfenced waterways, gravelled paths and visitor feedback. We only allow toddler push-along bikes, always operated by a parent/guardian. 
  • We don't allow windbreakers, gazebos, pop-up tents, parasols or barbecues within the grounds. 

Easter activities to try at home