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Easter egg hunt at Mottistone Gardens

25 March - 14 April. Join Red Squirrel in a hunt around Mottistone Gardens to find the 'Signs of Spring', as she gets ready to wake her hibernating friends this Easter.

  • Booking not needed
  • Admission applies

‘Red Squirrel’ and her hibernating friends, have been sleeping soundly all winter. Now though ‘Signs of Spring’ are starting to appear across the gardens, and we need visitors to help Red discover and collect all the ‘Signs’ so she can work out if it is time for her friends to wake and celebrate the start of a new year.

Along the trail, little visitors will be able to complete ten activities - try leaping like a frog on tree rings and build a nest in the willow maze - and collect a bespoke, lino cut stamp at each point, featuring a ‘Sign of Spring', such as bluebells ringing and buzzards dancing in the sky. Finally, join the silent disco within the cascading branches of a lime tree, where Red will celebrate spring's arrival with her newly awakened hibernating friends.

Normal admission applies plus £3 per trail, which includes an Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and dairy or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg.

*Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.



Event prices

Ticket typeTicket category
per trail£3.00
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The basics


Great for families but everyone is welcome

Meeting point

Pick up your trail sheet when you arrive at the gardens. Our team will be on hand to show you where to go.

What to bring and wear

Please wear clothing suitable for the weather on the day.


The grounds of Mottistone Gardens are partly accessible with a mixture of gravel and grass paths. There are some steep slopes and steps throughout the gardens


Chocolate eggs subject to availability. If all eggs have been sold, there will be no charge for the trail.

Contact info

Mottistone Gardens and Estate

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