Last week, the boys and I ventured to Lamberhurst in Kent for an Easter Egg Hunt at Scotney Castle. It’s a National Trust property and you may remember me mentioning in a previous post that Cadbury had teamed up with the National Trust to provide Egg Hunts at various locations across the UK, so we were eager to go along and see what all the fuss was about.
We arrived at Scotney Castle shortly before 10am and made our way through the visitor’s entrance to the start of the Easter Egg Hunt. We were greeted by a lovely lady who took the boys’ money (£2 each) and handed them both maps of the Scotney Castle estate. She told them that their naughty little terriors Badger and Pepper had been up to all sorts of fun In the garden again and this time, they’d disturbed the Easter Bunny. As he ran away he lost 7 things and it was up to the boys to find those 7 things and mark them on the map.
So, with their maps in hand, we set off to explore the grounds, including the 14th century moated castle. There was a lot of walking involved for the boys, but the clues were easy to spot and spaced out pretty evenly around the estate so there wasn’t too much time between finding each one.
Plus, there was plenty of other things to keep them busy along the way – flowers, sculptures, bridges, an ice house, a boat house, secret steps, a Quarry Garden, a play area, ducks on the moat and of course the castle itself (currently undergoing restoration works, hence the scaffolding!).
It took us about an hour to find all 7 clues and after that we made our way back up the steep hill towards the house as we’d booked in for a tour at 11am.
It’s a stunning piece of architecture and everything you would expect from a country house. Crammed with paintings, textiles, furniture and books, it felt very homely and offered stunning views of the Castle and gardens, but we didn’t stay for long as the boys kept crossing the barriers and trying to touch everything and I could see the guides getting a little ancy about it.
Once out, we made our way over to the Egg Hunt stand so that the boys could hand in their maps and collect a treat each – Cadbury Chocolate Bunnies all round!
We had a super lovely time taking part in the Easter Egg Hunt at Scotney Castle and will definitely be returning again next year for another!