We are really lucky that we live near some amazing places to visit. One of my favourite is RHS Hyde Hall Gardens. It is a dream to visit, beautiful gardens, fantastic activities for children, an amazing shop and fabulous cakes too!
For the Easter holidays they have lots on which you can read about here but my favourite is the Lindt Gold Bunny Trail. We visited the first week this was on and my two absolutely loved it! We arrived at Hyde Hall just before lunchtime and were greeted by a very large Golden Bunny. For H it was love at first sight!! We did a toilet stop and grabbed a takeaway coffee and we were ready to go!
We entered the main building and were given our sheets with the clues on to find all the bunnies hidden around the garden. The ladies working on the front desk were so friendly and both chatted to my excited two about their Easter plans and gave them some hints as to where the first clue is.
We headed straight out and round to see how many bunnies we could find. R and H ran around the most beautiful of gardens trying to be the first one to spot the bunny! What is lovely about the trail is that each sheet has a clue and then a question to answer. Such as count how many benches are in this garden. This made is really educational for my big two; they had reading to do, counting to do and they learnt about trees and plants as we followed the trail.
Walking through the gardens was lovely and relaxing. There is so much to see as you wonder around. H loved the scarecrows and his firm favourite is always the play tower. There were lots of daffodils popping up waving a cheery hello and blossom starting to flower on the trees.
The clues were easy to follow around the garden and soon we were back at the start ready to collect the prize from the Lindt Gold Bunny tent. Two very happy children were excited to tell the man in there all about their adventure and were very grateful of their reward of a gold bunny to eat!
We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Jacket Potatoes and Salad in the café and I was thrilled when they specially made a plate of beans and bacon for my very fussy boy to eat even though it was past the breakfast time. Refuelled we headed back into the gardens and spent a very joyful and relaxed hour on the Higgledy Hyde Play Tower before heading home with two tired children!
If you live in or near Essex I would definitely recommend a visit to Hyde Hall this Easter. It is such a good value day out and I promise you; you will not be disappointed.
We paid for our entry to Hyde Hall Gardens but I have included links to their website as it really is a fabulous day out for all the family.