Easter egg hunts in Kent 2019
Get the kids out and about over the Easter break with an egg hunt.
There are plenty of trails, bunny hunts and walks taking place across the county -with most ending in a sweet treat for participants!
We've rounded up a selection of the best below:
Ashford and Folkestone
* Dungeness Lifgeboat Station has an Easter Craft Fair on Sunday, April 14 which will include an egg hunt for families if the weather is good! The event takes place between 10am and 4pm and will be raising money for the RNLI. To learn more click here.
* The Elham Valley Line Trust is holding Easter egg hunts across its site from April 19 until April 22. You will need to search for hidden bunnies across the site and complete the mystery word puzzle to complete the trail. To learn more about the Elham Valley Line and its spring opening times click here.
* Ashford town centre has an Easter Trail between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, April 20. Organised by LoveAshford.com the hunt will take you around the High Street, Park Mall and County Square to find hidden letters from select stores. Crack the hidden code and and you can claim a free chocolate Easter egg prize! Free trail maps will be available from the LoveAshford gazebo next to the bandstand and you need to return there with your completed map to collect your prize. Alongside the trail on Saturday will be live acts, Easter characters, crafts in both Park Mall and County Square as well as a 'Welcome Spring' event between 11am and 2pm at Elwick Place Piazza. Visit LoveAshford.com to learn more.
* Head to Lympne and join charity Hft Kent South for an Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 with a twist! Collect your specially designed Egg Hunt book, then follow the trail through the beautiful grounds and woodland to find all the hidden eggs and reveal a hidden message. Once you’ve found them, track down the Easter Bunny to claim your Easter egg prize. But beware - you’ll have to get past the Big Bad Wolf to claim your prize. Expect fun, laughter and a bit of magic as you brave a colour run to escape the wolf and find the Easter Bunny! When you’ve completed the trail, meet the animals in the pet farm or relax and enjoy colouring and crafts. The cost is £7 per child, adults go free at the event in Lympne Place in Aldington Road. To learn more click here.
Gravesend and Dartford
* Bluewater’s Egg-cellent Adventure invites little ones to explore the mall and look for items that have been transformed into eggs by the dastardly Professor Oeuf! With his Egg-a-tron 3000, the professor has scrambled eight well known things into eggs, with some up to six feet tall! Maps are £1 and every child completing the trail will receive a sweet treat. You can collect a trail map from any concierge desk around the mall. The event us running until Monday, April 22.
* Broadditch Farm is holding Easter hunts until Sunday, April 28 at its Southfleet spot. Buy a £4 worksheet from the farm shop and set off to the woods to find the lost bunnies. Once your worksheet is completed, return to the shop to claim your prize. No pre-booking is needed. The hunt is not the only Easter event Broadditch is hosting. Learn more here.
* Darenth Country Park is holding this year's free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13 from 1pm until 3pm. It can be found at the Gore Road car park and children aged up to 12 are invited to take part. Booking is essential as places are limited for this free event but tickets only need to be booked for the children in your party and not accompanying adults. Ticket details and more information available here.
* Shorne Woods Country Park is holding Easter Bunny Day on Easter Sunday, April 21. Follow a short marked trail around the park hunting for the hidden Easter animals and receive an Easter Egg from the Easter Bunny as part of the event. Tickets are £6. Learn more here.
* Lullingstone Country Park is running its event Easter Bunny Hunt on Sunday, April 21. A short self-led walk will take you around the park following a set of Easter Bunny trail clues. If you can solve the riddle you will receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny! Tickets, which cost £6, can be booked here.
* Come to The Beaney and take part in an Easter egg hunt trail! Learn about the traditions of Easter, hunt for hidden egg clues around the galleries to find a secret code and crack the Easter Bunny’s case to claim your Chocolate Surprise! Taking place April 6 until April 22 and costs £2.50 each.
* Westgate Parks is holding an Easter Trail on Saturday, April 20. The event, which begins in Westgate Gardens, takes place between 10am and 3pm and costs £2.50 per person. Colouring and craft activities will also be available as part of the event.
* The free Friends of Canterbury Cathedral annual Easter Trail returns on Sunday, April 21. The event at the Cathedral is will take families around the precincts to find clues in order to collect a Fairtrade egg at the end. The activity takes place between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Lean more here.
Dover and Deal
* Be a nature detective and join a walk around the Dover Western Heights nature reserve on Thursday April 11. You'll be joining the White Cliffs Countryside Project's Green Gang, stopping to look and find 30 signs of spring to claim your Easter egg prize at the end. Bring binoculars and a bug bottle/magnifier if you have one but there will be some to borrow. Meet leader Melanie Wrigley at 10.30am at St Martin's Battery car park, South Military Road, Western Heights, Dover. Dogs welcome if kept on leads. The charge is £3 per child. Please book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01304 241806.
* Betteshanger Park invites families to follow their Easter Egg trail between Good Friday and Easter Monday. Bandit, the naughty bunny, has stolen all of Betteshanger’s Easter Eggs and locked them away. He’s running riot around the park and causing havoc at every opportunity. Follow the self-led hunt around the former colliery spoil tip, complete the activities (ages five and over) or collect the stamps (under fives) and unravel the secret password.If you crack the code, you’ll earn a chocolate reward. The activity is free-flow throughout the day and costs £4 per person. Arrive any time between 10am and 3pm (last egg collection at 4pm). The hunt takes 40-60 minutes to complete. Please be prepared for a short wait at check-in during peak times.
* The Guildhall Museum in Rochester is running Easter Egg Trails from April 6 until April 22. The High Street museum has a trail which will take you around its collections for the chance to win a prize. The cost to take part is 80p. Entry to the museum is free.
* Temple Manor in Knight Road Strood is holding regular Easter heritage trails. Events are taking place on April 6 and 7, April 13 and 14, April 20 and April 21 from 11am until 4pm. Admission is free but the trail is 80p to join. Learn more here.
* Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre will be hosting free Easter bunny hunts from Monday, April 15 until Saturday, April 20. Find the Easter Bunny clues dotted around the centre, unscramble the letters and return to claim a free, mini chocolate treat! Head to the area outside Wallis to take part. All events run from 11am to 3pm and there is no need to book but parental supervision is required at all times.
* There is an Easter event at Rochester Riverside on Saturday, April 20. Bring the kids along to visit the animals and reptiles in the petting farm, take part in an Easter egg hunt and stroll along the newly regenerated salt marsh. To learn more click here.
* Maidstone Museum is encouraging young visitors to join its Easter Egg Hunt running from April 6 and costing just £1. You will need to follow the trail in order to find the secret phrase and claim your prize. Learn more here.
* Shepway Chariots Community Garden is holding an Easter event on April 13. There will be an Easter egg hunt, barbecue, Easter bonnet competition, crafts, Chicken races, games and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the Hampshire Drive event running between 11.30am and 3.30pm. Further information here.
* Tyland Barn Visitor Centre has a Snail Easter Trail on Friday, April 19 until Monday, April 22. Running 10am until 4pm you will need to follow the Snail Trail through the nature garden while discovering lots of different habitats from across Kent. Get all the answers and receive a chocolate prize! It is £4 a child to take part. Learn more here.
* Loose Village is welcoming families on Monday, March 22 for a trail around the village and a host of other Easter activities. The busy day of events is running 11am until 2pm and also includes a magic show! Tickets are £3 a child. Further details available here.
Sittingbourne and Sheerness
* Demelza is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 19. Head along to Rook Lane to help Cotton Tail find his friends in the glorious Demelza gardens. Each child will receive a prize for completing the egg hunt. There will also be stalls and refreshments to make for a great day out. The cost is £3 per child, adults are free. For more details or to sign-up please see here.
* The Sweet Hut on The Leas is promising Easter Family Fun on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. An Easter trail is running Saturday and Sunday and Saturday also holds the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and join the bonnet competition. The shop is also open every day of the holidays between 11am and 4pm. To learn more click here.
* The Appleyard Sports Ground in Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne is holding an all day Scavenger Hunt on Monday, April 22! Solve all the clues to claim your Easter egg - with every child who takes part receiving a prize. Whiteleaf Animal Farm and Creepy claws will be bringing Easter animals along, there will be a colouring competition, craft stalls, fun fair, food and drink, and face painting. The cost is £6 per child taking part but adults are free. Running from 10am until 4pm, it is important to pre-book tickets to ensure everyone is catered for. To learn more click here.
* The Great Eggchase and Scavenger Hunt is taking place in Margate on April 9. Meet on the beach near the tidal pool opposite Arlington House at 11am . Join the scavenge for clues of different marine life and looking out for shark and ray egg cases. All equipment is provided by the Thanet Coast Project.You will need to wear suitable clothing for the beach , sand art and the weather conditions on the day. The event is free but small donations are welcome. Learn more here.
* Westwood Cross has a dinosaur-inspired Easter egg hunt for families looking for a free Easter activity. Collect a form from Guest Services in the centre’s Management Suite and get hunting for eggs hidden around the centre. Completed forms will be exchanged for a chocolate treat! Eggs will be hidden alongside the centre’s famous dinosaurs, and children can join ‘Bearosaurus’ in collecting the eggs. The Bearasaurus Easter egg hunt will be running until April 21.
* Broadstairs and St Peter's Chamber of Commerce is holding an Easter egg trail on Thursday, April 18 2.30pm until 4.30pm. It is suitable for children aged up to 11 in Easter dress or bonnets. Tokens, costing £2.50 to take part, can be bought from Londis and Expressions in the High Street and The Bottleneck in Charlotte Street. To learn more click here.
Whitstable and Herne Bay
* The Herne Bay Big Easter Trail runs from Monday, April 15 until Saturday, April 20. Entry is free and you must collect your trail form from one of the shops with a poster in their window. Complete one, two or three trails to win an Easter prize. Learn more at buyinthebay.co.uk
* Herne Bay Easter egg hunt takes place on Friday, April 19 at Co-op in Mortimer Street. It begins at 10am and entry is free but will be made available on a first come, first served basis. If you can complete the trail you will receive a free chocolate egg. More details here.
* Tankerton's Easter Bunny Trail runs on April 18 and 19 from 10am until 4pm. You can download the form you need from the Talk of Tankerton facebook page. Entry is free.
* Strode Park in Herne Bay is hosting its popular egg hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 10am until noon. With plenty of additional attractions such as the Easter Bonnet competition, games, stalls, breakfast barbecue and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself its an event not to be missed. Tickets are £4.50 per child and must be purchased in advance.
* Whitstable Library is hosting the Whitsparkle Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20. It takes place at the Oxford Street library from 10am. You can register to take part up until 2pm with the last submission 3pm. The cost is £1 for your map and first clue.
* The Visit Reculver Bank Holiday Easter Hunt is back for the bank holiday weekend, raising money for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. Simply buy a ticket online for the day you want to take part and then turn up to the Coastal Classroom situated within HatHats Coffee Company with your barcode on the tickets that will be emailed to you. There are two different hunts around the picturesque Reculver Country Park, one for smaller children and a slightly harder one for older children and adults alike. There are no age limits and everyone who takes part gets an egg at the end of the course. Taking part costs £4 each.
* Whitstable Castle is hosting its annual Easter trail on Monday, April 22. The event co-incides with the arts and crafts fair being held on the same day. The Easter trail takes place between noon and 3pm and is £2.50 per child to take part. More details at whitstablecastle.co.uk