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Easter egg hunt at South Foreland Lighthouse

Image of a group of children in front of South Foreland Lighthouse celebrating with their Easter adventure sheets
Family celebrating completing their Easter adventure at South Foreland Lighthouse | © National Trust / Chris Tapley

This Easter, take the family to South Foreland Lighthouse and enjoy a themed trail around the lighthouse grounds. All the family can take part or help with this adventure, so join in, have fun, and collect your chocolate egg** at the end.

The Easter Egg Hunt theme

This year our Easter Trail takes on a fun science-based theme. Buy your bunny ears and trail sheet from our shop and enjoy the activities. There's lots of space to run around in the grounds. You can watch the ships in the Channel and you may even catch a glimpse of France on a sunny day.

When will it take place?

Friday 29 March – Sunday 14 April 2024 inclusive – 11am to 4.30pm. Our shop closes at 5.00pm.

Do I need to pre-book?

No – just turn up on the day and have fun.

How do I get there?

Please park at the National Trust White Cliffs of Dover site at Langdon - postcode CT16 1HJ, South Foreland Lighthouse is approximately 50 minutes' walk from the car park. You can download a map. Normal car parking charges apply, and National Trust members can park for free.

There are more details about parking and accessibility on our Planning your visit to The White Cliffs of Dover page. We regret that you cannot bring your car to the lighthouse. If you have reduced mobility, a wheelchair or mobility scooter, please see our Additional Parking accessibility statement and South Foreland Lighthouse accessibility statement for more details.

Image of a child jumping through a hoop
Jumping through a hoop | © National Trust/Chris Tapley

What is the entry fee?

Admission to the lighthouse grounds and tearoom during opening hours is free of charge for all. Entry for the Easter Trail costs £3 for both members and non-members. If you wish to take a tour of the lighthouse tower, this is free for members, or £6 per adult, £3 per child or £15 for a family group otherwise.

How to take part?

Call in at the shop, which is in the small white buildings with green doors, near the toilet block and double gate. Your entry fee includes a set of bunny ears, trail sheet and a chocolate egg* on completion. Full instructions for the trail are on the trail sheet.

You can choose from either a chocolate egg** or a vegan and Free From* chocolate egg** - made here in the UK from cocoa that’s responsibly sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms

* - Vegan and Free From chocolate egg, suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergy.

** - While stocks last.

How long will the trail take?

There are 10 stations on the trail with fun activities and puzzles to do. It will take around 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how much help you give! If you are starting late in the afternoon, please ensure you complete the trail before 5.00pm, which is when our shop closes.

Are there any steps to climb?

The trail is step-free. A small part of the trail may take you over some grassed or gravel areas. These may be uneven and soft, and may not be suitable for some wheelchairs or mobility scooters, but can be omitted if desired. For more accessibility information, please see our South Foreland Lighthouse Accessibility Statement.

Image of two children completing an egg and spoon activity in the sunshine
Having fun with the egg and spoon race! | © National Trust/Chris Tapley

Is there an age limit?

The event is aimed at families, but anyone can take part. There is no lower age limit, but young children may need you to give them some help and supervision.

Are dogs allowed?

Your dog is welcome in the outdoor spaces at the lighthouse. Because of the greater possibility of chocolate being dropped, which may be toxic to dogs, we recommend close supervision. Dog water bowls are provided. Please see our Visiting White Cliffs and the lighthouse with your dog page for more details.

Are there refreshments?

Yes. Mrs Knott’s tearoom will be open from 11.00am to 5.00pm on all days, so why not reward your efforts with a lovely pot of freshly made tea or coffee, and one of our delicious sandwiches, scones, or cakes? Or if it's a bit cold, how about a nice bowl of hearty soup for lunch? We can fill your water bottle up for free.

Image of two girls completing their Easter trail sheets
If I concentrate, I can do this! | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

What should I wear?

The trail is mostly outdoors. Although most of the lighthouse grounds are grass, at this time of year the ground will be soft, so please wear suitable clothing and shoes.

What if the weather is bad?

If the weather is very bad, we may need to close the lighthouse for safety reasons. If poor weather is expected, please check the South Foreland Lighthouse home page before travelling.

Is there anything else to do at South Foreland Lighthouse?

We’ve got games to play, kites to fly and lots of grass to run around on. Or why not come on one of our family-friendly tours of the lighthouse? Call in at the shop for your tickets, which are free for members. See the newly restored lighthouse interior and the original mechanism that once guided ships around the treacherous Goodwin Sands. On a clear day, admire the view from the balcony, over 20 metres above the ground. You never know – you may see the Goodwin Sands or even France! More information on our Things to See and Do at South Foreland Lighthouse page.

Where can I find more information?

Please go to our dedicated events page, where you will find comprehensive details.

Contact us


Telephone us at:

01304 853281
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