Today is Easter Sunday, and with that comes lots of chocolate and lots of eggs. We’ve seen them line the supermarket shelves for several weeks now, but when it comes to the Easter weekend, people are happy to come out to hunt them in the wild.
Essex is no exception, as there are plenty of events planned today and tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday (April 18), where people can hunt their own eggs for safekeeping. With Covid restrictions now removed, people can enjoy these hunts under as normal circumstances as possible.
The weather is also excellent today and tomorrow for families to get outdoors and explore the world of chocolate eggs. Temperatures are higher today, but some places still expect to see sunshine tomorrow as well.
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EssexLive has compiled a list of some of the county’s Easter Egg Hunts taking place today and tomorrow. The information was gathered from Visit Essex, a tourist website advertising the best things to do in the county.
Easter Route – Cammas Room
Cammas Hall Farm is set in beautiful countryside on the Hertfordshire/Essex border at Hatfield Broad Oak, approximately 8 miles south-east of Bishop’s Stortford. The venue is hosting an Easter Trail of History and Hidden Chocolates through the end of Monday. A description of the event read: “Join us for our Easter trail around the farm and through our bluebell woods. Find the hidden chicks to receive your reward at the end.
“Craft tent, face painting, play area, barbecue and outdoor pizza oven are all available. Plenty of free parking. Pre-book through our website. Only £4.70 per child. Adults and babies free.”
Easter Egg Trail – Markshall Estate, Coggeshall
The Markshall Estate is historic grounds dating back to 1086, which includes a magnificent manor house, lush gardens and verdant fields. The estate will have its own Easter egg trail running today and tomorrow. A spokesperson for the estate said: “Enjoy a fun day out with the family over the Easter holidays. Head to the Arboretum for an Easter egg hunt, search the trees for 50 wooden eggs and claim your chocolate price.” Adults cost £9 while children cost £4.75.
Easter Adventure Quest – Audley End, Saffron Walden
Audley End House and Gardens is a popular outdoor location in Saffron Walden that hosts a giant adventure quest that includes an egg hunt and many other challenges. The event runs until Sunday, April 24. A spokesperson for English Heritage, which organizes the event, said: “Join us on a mind-blowing quest for adventure at Audley End this Easter holiday. Explore the site for clues and challenges, and discover traditional traditions.Easter games like egg rolling and egg and spoon racing.Hunt down the Easter eggs and you will be rewarded with a chocolate treat and an adventurer’s certificate.
“The quest costs just £1.50, which you can pay when you arrive at the site. This is in addition to the normal ticket price. You can undertake the quest any day during school holidays. With eggs, chocolate and old-fashioned fun, it’s the perfect way to get out and about in history this Easter.”
The Giant Easter Egg Hunt – Rettendon, Chelmsford
Taking place at Garden Hyde Hall, this Easter egg hunt involves a much bigger prize. A spokesperson for the event said: “Enjoy an oversized family adventure in search of the hand-painted eggs and for each child who manages to find all the hidden eggs, they will be rewarded with a free chocolate treat. from PLAYin CHOC to take home.This delicious chocolate is free of the finest allergens, organic, vegan and ethically made here in the UK.
“Additional fun activities for kids throughout the Easter holiday include Easter crafts, storytelling and a Jaws ‘n’ Claws minibeast experience.” The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow.
Easter Eggstravaganza – Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers
This huge event is running until the end of today (April 17), including a giant array of chocolate activities and barnyard animal-themed events. A spokesperson said: “This Easter, come visit our Great Easter Eggstravaganza event and enjoy acres of egg-themed fun.
“You will be able to take part in our fantastic Easter egg hunt, meet fun characters and our adorable bunnies, and each child will receive a tasty little treat, all included in the price of your ticket.” The event is open until 5 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt – Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted
Historic Stansted Castle, near Stansted Airport, will hold its own Easter egg hunt until the end of Monday inside and outside the castle walls. A spokesperson said: “Come and join in the fun of the Mountfitchet Castle Easter Egg Hunt event. It’s going to be so egg-citing! We have lots to see, including our giant Easter bunnies. Follow the clues around the castle and toy museum to collect those important stamps and at the end of the tour claim your Easter prize.
“Mountfitchet Castle is a Norman Motte and Bailey castle and village, rebuilt on its original ancient historic site, with many different buildings, siege weapons and animals roaming freely on the 10 acre site, providing a unique insight into community life in Domesday England.”