What’s on this Easter in West Essex: Easter Egg hunts and Easter Bunny spotting

**THIS POST IS FROM 2016 – TO FIND OUT WHAT’S ON FOR EASTER 2017 VISIT EASTER EGG HUNTS & EASTER ACTIVITIES 2017 **

With Easter being early this year, it seems to be racing towards us faster than ever, so here are some ideas for Easter activities for children in Epping, Wanstead, Chigwell and around Essex. There are lots of Easter egg hunts happening locally and quite a few kids activities require booking in advance so if you want to catch the Easter Bunny you might want to get booking.

LITTLE DUKE’S EASTER EGG HUNT, WANSTEAD

The Duke pub in Wanstead continues to arrange some great kids and community events with their Kick  Little Duke’s Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday.

Dates: 25 March 2016
Times: 10am- 12 MIDDAY
Tickets: £3 per child, booking via Eventbrite (link coming soon)
Address: The Duke pub, 79 Nightingale Ln, London E11 2EY
Further information: The Duke Wanstead Facebook page or call 020 8989 0014 or email events@thedukewanstead.com

EASTER ADVENTURE QUEST, AUDLEY END HOUSE

There’ll be a chocolate reward at the end of this Easter quest where children will need to crack the clues with the help of characters from the past  – maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk.

Dates: 25-28 March 2016
Times: 11am- 4pm
Tickets: Child (5-15 years) £9.60, Adults £16, Family £41.60, English Heritage Members free
Address: Audley End House and Garden, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Further information: Audley End House and Garden website 0870 3331181

EASTER EGG HUNT, EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY

Billed as Essex’s longest Easter Egg Hunt there are eggs hidden along the length of the railway track from Ongar through to Coopersale, which is the length of 131,579 eggs placed end to end!

Children will be asked to find the eggs which have been hidden by Bertie around the Railway. They will have some clues to help them and any child who completes their egg sheet is entitled to a special Easter prize. Look out for the Easter Bunny who will be out and about the stations and this year will have his own special train! And there’ll be a special disco, the Bunny Hop.

Dates: 25 – 28 March
Times: Various
Tickets: Prices vary, see website for details
Address: Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex CM5 9BN
Further information: Epping Ongar Railway website 01277 365200

EASTER EGG HUNT, RIVER LEE COUNTRY PARK FARM

As you hunt for Easter Eggs you can also take a look at the new spring arrivals that have arrived on the farm. You can meet cuddly sheep, giant rabbits, rare breed pigs, long-necked llamas and a loveable Meerkat family. Plus, take a trip on Tex the Tractor to the working dairy farm and let your little ones run wild in the indoor and outdoor play areas.

Dates: 25 – 28 March
Times: 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Normal farm entrance fees apply
Address: River Lee Country Park Farm, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
Further information: River Lee Country Park website

FAMILY WOODLAND EASTER EGG HUNT, HAINAULT COUNTRY PARK

Earn your Easter egg by following the trail, finding the clues and solving the woodland puzzle.

Dates: Easter Saturday 26 March
Times: 12 noon – 3pm
Tickets: Booking essential, £2 per child payable by cash on arrival
Address: Hainault Country Park, Romford Road, Chigwell, IG7 4QY
Further information: Woodland Trust website

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA, BLAKE HOUSE CRAFT CENTRE

There will be Easter fun for two days at the Craft centre with Easter Crafts, an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles, pygmy hedgehogs, biscuit decorating, stalls and more.

Dates: 26-27 March
Times: 10am – 4pm
Tickets: Money raised is for the McDonald House Charity
Address: Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, Braintree, CM77 6RA
Further information: Blake House Craft Centre website

EASTER FUN, QUEEN ELIZABETH HUNTING LODGE/THE VIEW

There will be lots of Easter activities on offer  including egg decorating and Easter crafts. There will be egg rolling at 2pm and an Easter trail with clues through the woodland as well as a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

Dates: 27 March Easter Sunday
Times: From 2pm
Tickets: No booking necessary, just turn up. Recommended donation £2 per child to help them as a charity to maintain Epping Forest
Address: Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge/The View, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Further information: Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge website

EASTER EGG HUNT, COPPED HALL

The hall will be open for the afternoon until 5pm and children can join an Easter Egg hunt and meet the Easter bunny while enjoying the spring flowers in bloom in the gardens. Tea and coffee and homemade cakes will be available and the gift shop will be open until 4pm.

Dates: 27 March Easter Sunday
Times: 2pm-4pm
Tickets: £5 per person, Egg Hunt 50p per child taking part
Address:  Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Further information: Copped Hall Trust website

EASTER DUCK HUNT, GRANGE FARM CHIGWELL

The Essex Wildlife Trust is running a duck hunt where children can search Chigwell Meadows for ducklings to win a prize. There will also be the chance to make Easter crafts to take home.

Dates:27 March Easter Sunday & 28 March Easter Monday
Times: 10AM- 1PM
Tickets: Drop in session, no need to book
Address: Chigwell Meadows, The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP
Further information: Essex Wildlife Trust Website

EASTER EGG TRAIL, GIBBERD GARDEN HARLOW

This Modernist Grade II listed garden run by volunteers is only open on Sundays and on Easter Sunday there will be an Easter Egg trail for the whole family. There’ll be children’s activities and refreshments available in the Barn Tea Room.

Dates: 27 March Easter Sunday
Times: 2pm – 6pm
Tickets: Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children (5-16) £1 and under 5s are free
Address: The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex CM17 0NA
Further information: The Gibberd Garden website

EASTER COUNTRY FAIR, RIVER LEE COUNTRY PARK

There’s a huge range of entertainment on all day which includes Knights of the Damned Jousting Team, birds of prey flying displays, The Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Display Team, The Goat Show including bottle feeding lambs & kids, Miniature Pony Display, Terrier Racing, children’s entertainment with Devilstick Peat, ferret racing plus arts, crafts & gift marquees.

Also on Monday at this event, they’ll be a Companion Dog Show – so bring along a canine friend and have a go. (And all proceeds from entries will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care).

Dates: 27 March Easter Sunday and 28 March Easter Monday
Times: 10am – 5pm
Tickets: no need to book in advance, £7.50, concessions £6, children age 5-16 £ 3,
Family Ticket: £,19 (2 adults and 2 children). Children under 5 are free. Free parking available.
Address: River Lee Country Park Farm, Fishers Green Car Park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
Further information: Oakleigh Fairs website 

PETER RABBIT EASTER EGG HUNT, FOYLES WESTFIELD STRATFORD

As part of the Beatrix Potter 150th Celebrations, this Easter Foyles are hosting a Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt. Join Peter on his adventure to find the ten eggs hidden in-store. There will be activity sheets to colour-in and stickers to take home if you can spot all the missing eggs. Throughout the day there will also be an egg decorating workshop set up in the children’s section, which you can just turn up to.

Dates: 28 March Easter Monday
Times: There will two sessions 11am-12noon and 3-4pm.
Tickets: To register email events@foyles.co.uk with the  session you would like to attend.
Address: Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ
Further information: Westfield Stratford website

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