Easter fun at Nymans

Family walking through spring garden

The garden and woods are great for some nature inspired exploring, as the trees, plants and wildlife come to life. We have a trail and activities with something to keep everyone entertained this Easter including our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Seek out the golden letters hidden in the garden to reveal the nature spells of Nymans. 

Poems throughout the garden will highlight signs of spring. Gather words from the poems you find and hunt for the golden letters to include in your own piece of nature writing.

Share your favourite nature word with us in our spell book and, when you’ve found lots of letters, head to the finish to claim your Cadbury chocolate prize.

Our trail has a spring and nature theme and with no set route you can spend as long, or as little, time as you wish hunting for the letters. 

Sat 6 Apr - Mon 22 Apr, 10.30am - 4pm. £3 per hunt, normal admission applies

Have fun at Nymans this Easter
Family doing Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt in spring garden
Have fun at Nymans this Easter

What else can you do this holiday


Inspired by Nature Afternoons

Mon 8 - Fri 12 and Mon 15 - Thurs 18 Apr, 2pm - 4.30pm

Restore and renew your family’s connection with the natural world with hands-on activities inspired by Nymans’ exhibition of original artwork from ‘The Lost Words’. 

We’ll be out in the garden, whatever the weather, with activities from leaf crowns to bark-rubbing to keep your little nature explorers busy this school holiday.

Mon 8 Apr: Wooden Hares - Make and decorate a little wooden hare with the woods team.

Tue 9 Apr: Seed Planting - Plant some pumkpin or flower seeds in a homemade paper pot to take home and grow.

Wed 10 Apr: Bark - Take a closer look at the patterns and texture of bark, find out what likes to live underneath it and make your own bark rubbing. 

Thurs 11 Apr: Leaf Crowns - Collect colourful fallen petals and leaves to make your own simple leaf crown.

Fri 12 Apr: Pond Pictures - Come and create a picture inspired by some of the ponds watery inhabitants.

Mon 15 Apr: Nature Mobiles - Use sticks and wool to make a colourful spring mobile. Collect fallen petals and natural objects to hang from it.

Tue 16 Apr: Seed Planting - Plant some pumkpin or flower seeds in a homemade paper pot to take home and grow.

Wed 17 Apr: Stick Creations - Use your imagination to make a stick creation. From people and bugs to animals and birds. What will you invent?

Thurs 18 Apr: Mini Bug Gardens - Make a cosy garden for a bug using natural materials you have collected.

Free, donations welcome. Normal admission applies.

What will you discover?
A family looking closely at piece of bark in the woods
What will you discover?

The Lost Words exhibition 

Featuring the captivating artwork of Jackie Morris and the evocative poetry of Robert Macfarlane, The Lost Words exhibition is a must-see for lovers of language, nature and the beauty of the British landscape. 

The Lost Words touring exhibition is organised by Compton Verney, with Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books.

Gallery opens at 11am, last entry at 3.30pm. Free, normal admission applies.

Heron by Jackie Morris
Heron by Jackie Morris
Heron by Jackie Morris

Nature Explorer Activities

Inspired by The Lost Words, we have lots of pick-up activities to get you closer to nature.

Play flower bingo, create a picture from natural materials or gather nature words to make your own spring poem.

Available from the welcome hub on arrival. Free, normal admission applies.

Take a closer look at nature
2 boys looking at nature on ground in the woods
Take a closer look at nature

50 things

Spring is a great time to have a go at some of the 50 things to do before you're 11¾. Creating some natural art, bug hunting and bird watching are just some of the activities you could try. For more ideas pick up your own scrapbook from our welcome hub.

What birds will you spot in the garden?
Girl with binoculars in spring garden
What birds will you spot in the garden?

Planning your visit

Afternoons are generally a quiter time to visit.

Nymans, Standen and Sheffield Park offer Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts until Monday 22 April.

Our cafe, kiosk and horse box will all be open offering a variety of catering options.

The ruins in autumn

Nymans needs you 

Over the coming years we hope to raise £100,000 to undertake further repairs and create a new garden in the ruined Great Hall. But we need your help to do it.

Children in long grass in the garden

Half-term fun 

This half-term enjoy the colourful gardens and woods with nature explorer activities. Make your own clay creature in the potting shed and visit the explorer tent.