Easter fun and outdoor activities at Scotney Castle
This Easter 2020, join us at Scotney Castle for a fun, family day out. Take part in a nature-inspired Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt around the garden and claim your delicious Cadbury chocolate treat at the end.
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 during the holidays. 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.
Join in the fun of a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter trail this year has a nature and wildlife theme and will be running everyday throughout the school holidays. After following the route around the garden and solving the clues, successful explorers will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat at the end.
You'll need to collect a sheet to get started on finding out who’s waking up after a long winter sleep. It’s not just animals that have been sleeping, flowers and trees have been too. Find the eight colourful eggs around the garden to match up the clues. Unscramble the letters to solve the word and head back to the start to collect your chocolatey prize.
This trail will be be based around our network of hardstanding paths, so ideal if you have a pushchair with you or don't want to roam too far for little legs.
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will take place everyday from Thursday 2 April to Sunday 19 April from 10am-4pm. Normal admission applies, plus £3 per person for the hunt. We hope you have fun learning about the wildlife at Scotney and the animals that live here.
What else can you do outside?
For families visiting with younger children, why not visit the children's natural play area in the garden? It's not too far to walk to and it's totally enclosed so ideal for a rest on a sunny bench whilst youngsters enjoy themselves.
It's 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. The ball run has also been improved this year so make sure to try that out and try to beat the ball as it rolls from the top to the bottom.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can venture out to Wilderness Camp. Collect a map from Visitor Reception and follow the 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.
Sign up to climb a tree
Adventurous visitors (age 6 to 96) can enrol with the Big Tree Climbing Company to learn how to climb some of the tall trees on our estate. Two highly skilled and friendly instructors can help all ages reach new heights. They will teach you how to enter a tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, whilst being securely attached in a harness at all times. Once at the top of the tree, you will gain an experience which can’t be found on the ground whilst hanging out in the canopy. If you’re feeling brave you could try some branch walking before returning safely to the ground.
Visit the house
If you are looking for something to do inside, then the house will be open for you to explore. 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 all be given out early in the day if plenty of visitors want to see inside. If this happens, we recommend that you enjoy all that our outdoor areas have to offer and then visit again at a quieter time to experience the house as well.
Join a garden tour
If you'd like to learn a bit more garden knowledege from our team of staff and volunteers, then why not plan to join one of our talks?
Our garden guides will be talking about some of the notable trees in the garden and pointing out some of the oldest, tallest or unusual ones. Join them to look up to the canopies as they take you on a tour of the garden.
There's no additional charge to join one of the tours, just your normal admission applies.
Or if growing fruit and vegetables interests you more, the first of our Walled Garden Wednesdays start in April with growing rhubarb. If you're partial to a rhubarb crumble and want to have a go at growing your own, come along to listen to all the hints and tips they can share with you to ensuring you have a plentiful crop. You can see the whole schedule of Walled Garden Wednesday talks in the link at the bottom of the page.
Then as the rhododendrons start to flower, make plans to join a rhododendron walk as you get lead around the garden to see the different varieties we have and learn how to look after them.
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 if the weather is good.
Pick up a souvenir
The shop has plenty of Easter-themed items on display right now. From delicious Easter eggs, tasty treats, 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.
Take a look outside as well at the spring flowers and bulbs brightening up the Courtyard. With plenty of pots, garden ornaments and tools to choose from, why not take a pot of colour home with you to brighten up your doorstep and welcome in spring.
Visit Betsy's second-hand bookshop
For book lovers, take a walk round to the second-hand 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.