AFTER some budget fun for kids over the Easter holidays?
National Trust is launching a series of special Easter Egg trails at 190 sites across the UK.
The trails are open on various dates throughout April[/caption]
Each costs just £3pp and, of course, you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate egg at the end.
Here are some eggscellent trails to try, plus some nearby National Trust properties to spend the night in.
Whisk the whole family (even the dog) off for a spring adventure in the rural countryside of Cheshire.
Now is the best time of year to visit National Trust’s Lyme house, overlooking grassy moorland and with deer parks on its doorstep.
Keep your eyes peeled for animals and insects as you walk the colourful garden trail, then head over to Lyme East Lodge, at the edge of the estate, which sleeps four plus two dogs and costs from just over £68pp per night.
CO FERMANAGH, IRELAND
This area of Ireland is as unspoilt as it gets, with almost a third of it covered in bodies of water.
Follow the birdsong to Florence Court, an 18th century house and gardens that backs onto thick woodland and the mighty Benaughlin mountain.
You’ll spot plenty of birds on the trail, including robins, blackbirds, thrushes, wrens, chiffchaffs and blackcaps.
Spend the weekend in the four-person Butler’s Apartment which sits within the laundry yard of the grand Florence Court and costs from £48pp per night.
A winding drive bordered by ancient oak trees leads the way to the picturesque Hardwick house with its golden stonework and tall turrets.
Kids will want to make a beeline for the parkland trail, though, where they’ll be tasked with counting bumblebees and spotting spring colour.
You won’t need to leave the estate when you book a weekend at 4 Stable Yard Cottage which sleeps six and costs from just over £30pp per night.
The teeny hamlet of Flatford in Suffolk is a peaceful haven for nature lovers with the River Stour running right through its centre and plenty of winding paths calling out be explored.
Look out for kingfishers and swans on the river as well as butterflies and barn owls in the fields.
Spend the night in Thorington Lodge, a cosy 17th century cottage that sleeps three and features a log burner. Costs just over £57pp per night.
Trails cost just £3pp including a chocolate Easter egg[/caption]
If you’re going all out for Easter then Scotney Castle in Kent is hosting an Egg-stravaganza where families will be tasked with completing activities in order to win their Easter eggs.
When you’ve finished admiring the azaleas, magnolias and cherry blossoms along the trail, there’ll be face-painting, games and even a giant birds nest up by the castle.
If you have cash to splash, stay in the two-person Yew Tree Barn on the Polesden Lacey Estate which costs from £92pp per night.
Step back in time when you visit the Victorian country house, Lanhydrock, near Bodmin.
The old Thatched Cottage here has been transformed into a House of Games for Easter, plus there’s facepainting, cream teas in the Stables Tea-room and special routes that teach visitors how the Victorians celebrated Easter.
Spend the weekend in the 1920s-style Cutmadoc villa which sleeps six and costs from £40pp per night.
All of the above trails are open for various dates throughout April.
To view specific dates, book any of the above properties and find more Easter Egg trails, see nationaltrust.org.uk.