Visiting Scotney Castle this Easter

Families enjoying the outdoors during Spring

This Easter, join us at Scotney Castle for a fun, family day out.
The Hussey family children who lived at Scotney Castle in the late 19th century kept diaries about the fun that they had in the grounds. Re-live their adventures as you take part in our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, visit the house or explore the wider estate.

Easter is a great time to visit Scotney Castle. As the days get longer and the weather warms up, a day out can be a great way to entertain the kids. You can take part in our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, visit the play areas, explore the house or walk out around the wider estate. Take some time to plan your visit to make the most of your time.

Busy days

We know that lots of you love to come and enjoy Easter at Scotney Castle and we want to welcome as many of you as possible during this popular time, so here are some tips on getting the most out of your visit.

When's the best time to visit?

For a quieter visit, why not plan to visit during the week? Weekends are our busiest times and Easter weekend will attract the most visitors. We are open from 10am to 5pm so coming earlier or later in the day will avoid the peak times of day.

Where can I park?

Our car park is managed by our team of staff and volunteers who make sure we make the most out of every space. We do have some extra spaces in front of the Walled Garden and if ground conditions are good, our overflow car parking will be open which is a short walk to the entrance.

Our team will be working every day over Easter to help you park easily. If we are short on space when you arrive, we'll let you know in good time so you can easily plan to visit another day.

What about public transport?

The 256 Autocar bus service between Tunbridge Wells and Wadhurst runs Monday to Friday stopping at Lamberhurst.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter, we're challenging you to go on a hunt for our birds eggs around the garden. As you follow the network of paths around the garden, you need to find all the nests, collect the clues and work out the answer to the final challenge. You can enjoy the garden as you go, spotting signs of spring bursting through before claiming your delicious Cadbury chocolate prize at the end. 

The Hussey family children who lived at Scotney Castle in the late 19th Century kept diaries about the fun that they had in the grounds. We want you to share their garden and re-live their adventures as you take part in our bird egg hunt in the garden. 

Explore with our trail for Easter holidays fun
A family runs through the grounds of a National Trust property with a trail sheet
Explore with our trail for Easter holidays fun

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will take place everyday from Saturday 6 April to Monday 22 April from 10am-4pm. Normal admission applies, plus £3 per person for the hunt.

What else can we do outside?

For families visiting with younger children you can visit our children's play area in the garden. Themed around Badger and Pepper, two naughty terriers that belonged to one of the residents of the main house, you can have fun in their play house, explore sound in our music area and swing from the trees on our swing.

Take time to explore the play area at Scotney Castle
Families playing in the badger and pepper play area
Take time to explore the play area at Scotney Castle

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can venture out to our wilderness camp. Collect a map from visitor reception and follow our play trail to find our dedicated den building area. You can create your own den from the materials we have provided or you can use the environment around you to find more if you need it.

Estate walks to wildnerness camp

If you're visiting between Saturday 13 April to Friday 19 April, you can join a woodland walk to wilderness camp. This family-friendly walk through the park, looping via Colliers Wood, will take you to wilderness camp. It can be muddy so wear your wellies and maybe stop at the tea-room to pick up a few snacks to enjoy when you get there.

These walks will take place from 11.30-1pm and 2-3.30pm. There is no charge to join in, just your normal admission applies. Booking is not necessary either.

Spring is the perfect time for fun family walks
A family walking past purple spring flowers
Spring is the perfect time for fun family walks

Visit the house

If you are looking for something to do inside, then the house will be open as normal. Entry will be by timed ticket and you can collect these from visitor reception when you arrive. Easter can be a really busy time for us, so house tickets may sell out early. We recommend that you enjoy all that our outdoor areas have to offer and then visit again at a quieter time if you would like to experience the house as well.

Explore the mansion at Scotney Castle
The main house at Scotney Castle
Explore the mansion at Scotney Castle

 

In need of refreshments? 

After all that activity, why not stop for refreshments at the tea-room, the Kiosk or Edwy's tuck shop? The tea-room will be open every day serving hot and cold meals, jacket potatoes, freshly-made sandwiches, kids lunch boxes, cakes, biscuits, ice creams and a variety of drinks. Or on busier days, if you just want to pick something up on your way into the garden, stop at the kiosk for more robust, take-away options. Down at the Old Castle, Edwy's Tuck Shop will be open too selling cold drinks, ice creams and snacks - perfect to enjoy on the lawn next to the moat.

Enjoy sampling Easter recipes.
Enjoy sampling Easter recipes.
Enjoy sampling Easter recipes.

Pick up a souvenir

The shop has plenty of Easter-themed items on display right now. From delicious Easter eggs, greetings cards, themed cookies, decorations for your Easter table and children's soft toys and bunny ears. There are also plenty of pocket money toys for youngsters to enjoy.

You can delight friends and family with this collection of Easter goodies.
Easter chocolate.
You can delight friends and family with this collection of Easter goodies.

Visit the Secondhand book shop

For book lovers, take a walk round to the secondhand book shop and have a browse of the shelves. With children's titles as well as adult books, there's bound to be something to tempt you and for a small donation, you can take them home with you. We're always looking for new books to add to tour shelves, so if you have any books you no longer need, we would be very grateful to receive them. All the money raised from the book shop sales goes towards our conservation projects at Scotney Castle.

So there's plenty to keep you occupied at Scotney Castle over Easter. We look forward to welcoming you and helping you have a fun day out with us. There are other properties nearby running Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts too. You can find out more about them in the link below.

Join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts near you 

Bring the whole family together in April for fun and nature-filled discoveries as you spot the first signs of spring at the places we care for. Follow the bunny’s clues and finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolatey treat.