Chocolate eggs and Easter go hand in hand. Want to find an egg hunt near you? Indulge your sweet tooth with the best Easter egg hunts in Essex – including events in Chelmsford, Colchester, Brentwood, Billericay, and Saffron Walden.

Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before travelling.

Essex Easter egg hunts in 2018

Easter Egg Hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens
Sat 24 March to Sun 8 April 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens! Explore the garden and see signs of spring as you find the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect your Easter treat! A self-guided trail running every day throughout the Easter holidays.
Cost: Adults £6.95; children £1.50 or FREE if you book your tickets in advance online
OR GET Unlimited year-round entrance from £22.50 with an annual Friends of the Garden pass (includes entrance for up to three children)

Easter Egg Hunt at Promenade Park, Maldon
Sun 25 March 2018, 10.00-3.00pm
Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Join Maldon Promenade Park for this years Easter egg activity. Scattered around the toddlers park and maze are clues to an Easter riddle. Find all the clues to reveal the answer and receive an Easter treat. The Easter Egg Hunt runs from 10:00am until 3:00pm and you can start at anytime. The hunt takes on average of 15–30 minutes to complete. Each child that enters will receive an Easter Egg and a piece of fruit (donated by Tesco Extra).
Cost: Entry price for the egg hunt on day is just £3.00 per child, or £2.75 (£5.00 for two children) when booked online in advance.

Easter Bunny Trail at Danbury Country Park
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AW
Follow the Easter trail through the park, paint your own hen’s egg with the design of your choice before heading off to meet the Easter Bunny and some very special fluffy guests from Babs Barnyard. Lucky girls and boys will receive a Cadburys Crème egg each from the bunny and then have the chance to take a photo with him. Event is aimed at families with children between 2 – 8.
Cost: £6 per child. Adults and children under 1 not taking part are free. Booking required.

Easter Bunny Hunt at Galleywood Heritage Centre
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
The Common, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8TR
Easter egg hunt for children.
Cost: £3 per child

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Mercury Mall
Fri 30 March & Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mercury Gardens, Romford, Essex RM1 3EE
There will be Face Paining, Easter Card with Photo of you and the Easter Bunny, Hunt in the Easter Garden to find the Easter chicks to exchange for an Easter Egg. All in the Events Zone, Level 1.
Cost: Each event cost £2, or all three for £5 per person. All proceeds go to St Francis Hospice and First Step.

Easter Egg Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and left some chocolaty treats behind. Can you find them? Make an Easter-themed craft to take away with you and have a go at some pond dipping.
Cost: £8 per child

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what is probably the longest Easter egg hunt in Essex. Running the length of the railway track, from Ongar through to Coopersale, the distance covered is equivalent to 131,579 eggs placed end to end!
Cost: Adults £15 (on the day £16), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £38 (on the day £41)

Self Led Easter Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A Self-led trail through the Beautiful Belfairs Woodland.  Pop in to the Centre to pick up a map and a question sheet. Find all the eggs, answer the questions and return to the Centre to claim your prize!   This is a drop-in event so turn up anytime between 10:00 & 15:00.
Cost: £2 per trail

Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Join your favourite farmyard friends for this annual Easter Egg Hunt! Search the farm for special eggs and enjoy a variety of activities just for kids. Don’t forget to hop around the indoor and outdoor play areas and keep your eye out for the Easter Bunny!
Cost: £10.00 per person, Under 2s FREE

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.30am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the nature reserve on an eggciting Easter egg hunt, has the Easter bunny left any goodies for you to find? Make some Easter craft to take home. Drop in anytime but please book in advance on 01206 738172.
Cost: £7.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Paycocke’s House and Gardens
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
25 West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1NS
To make sure you have loads of fun along the way, take a map and follow the clues to point you in the right direction, a delicious treat will be waiting for you at the end.
Cost: £2.50 per hunt

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Bourne Mill
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT
Have fun following the Cadbury Easter Trail around the mill and garden. On the way, you’ll need to answer the clues the Easter Bunny has dropped in order to claim a yummy Cadbury chocolate bunny as a prize.
Cost: £2.50 per child. No need to book.

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Calling all valiant adventurers this Easter weekend! Join us on the hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off with an intrepid character from the past to crack the clues and claim your chocolate reward.
Cost: £18.10 adult, £11.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Bunny Hunt at Lathcoats Farm
Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April 2018 (CLOSED Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd), 9.00am-5.00pm (10.00am-4.00pm Sundays)
Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Essex CM2 8LX
Pick up your activity card and pencil from the farm shop and should you be successful in finding the bunnies and solving the puzzles you will win a prize.
Cost: £3 to participate

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Marsh Farm
Fri 30 March – Fri 13 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Join in the spring madness in the Easter Eggstravaganza! Help the Mad Hatter collect tens of thousands of eggs in over 4 acres of Easter themed garden; that cheeky Easter Bunny keeps stealing them from the chickens so the team need your help to collect them all and win chocolate!
Cost: £10.99 online or £13.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Medieval Easter Egg Hunt at Mountfitchet Castle
Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Stansted, Essex CM24 8SP
Come and join the Easter egg trail. Follow the clues to find the eggs. .
Cost: Adults £11.00, Children (3-13yrs) £9.00, OAPs £10.50. Price also includes entry to The House on the Hill Toy Museum and the Dinosaur Encounters.

Easter Festival at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Join the Easter egg hunt, with a rabbit character to meet. See the themed Rabbit Maze, with special guest character experiences, and animal encounters with chicks, ducklings, and baby rabbits. There will also be face painting, and Mary from ArtBound will be doing craft activities over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Cost: Adult (over 16) £14 online, child £13 online, under 2s FREE but note that there are height restrictions on some rides

Easter Fun and Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-6.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Join Hyde Hall for some Easter fun and enjoy magical family moments while you hop through the gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny, following clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppy-est Easter ever. Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions run 3-6 April & 9-13 April and are bookable on arrival for an extra £2 per child. Face-painting will be available on 30 March, 6 April & 13 April.
Cost: Normal garden admission

Step into Spring at Barleylands Farm Park
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Easter is just around the corner and Barleylands will be ‘Stepping into Spring’ with a host of fun activities lined up. It’s going to be EGG-CELLENT! From meeting the Easter Bunny to taking part in the self-guided giant Easter egg hunt, there’s something for everyone. Plus you can feed the lambs and visit the adorable baby animals.
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free. Save 10% by booking online.

Easter Special at Audley End Railway
Fri 30 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Enjoy a day out with your Family this Easter and join in the fun at the Audley End Miniature Railway! Start by taking an enchanting trip on one of our Trains deep into the woods. You will then stop and meet our very own Easter Bunny and all of his friends at their woodland house. Included in the ticket price is a Train Ride, Meeting the Easter Bunny and his friends, Easter Trail, Craft Making, and a gift from the Easter Bunny for every child.
Cost: £11 adults and children aged 2-16, carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward.
Cost: £5 per child. No need to book.

Hainault Forest Easter Nature Trail
Sat 31 March 2018, from 11.00am, last entry to trail 2.30pm
Hainault Forest, Common Car Park, Lambourne Road, IG7 6EZ
Join the team for a Spring-Themed Easter trail around the ancient forest of Hainault, and help the Woodland Trust to Save Spring!! Search the Forest and find the signs of Spring hidden among the trees, take part in craft activities and face painting. Complete the trail to get a chocolatey Easter reward! Booking Essential
Cost: £3 per child aged 3+ years (free to accompanying adults and children under 3 years)

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey
Sat 31 March 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EL
All ages welcome. Follow the trail around the museum to claim your chocolate prize. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the trail.
Cost: Free (donations gratefully received)

Easter Egg Hunt at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join the team for this popular annual Easter Egg Hunt – follow the self guided trail, answering wildlife questions along the way to win a chocolate prize. Then join in some Easter Crafts in the community room. Suitable for all ages accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £7 per child

Easter Trail at Poplar Nurseries
Sat 31 March – Sun 15 April 2018, during normal opening hours
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Lots of bunnies are playing hide and seek. Can you find them all? Collect your prize from the main tills. No need to book.
Cost: £1 per child – all profits go to charity.

Easter Bunny Trail at Belhus Woods
Sat 31 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
The Easter bunny has left Easter eggs all over Belhus Woods! Can you follow the trail to find them all and unlock the secret word to win a special prize
Cost: £3 per trail

Easter Bunny Trail at Cudmore Grove
Sat 31 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Broman’s Lane, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8UE
The Easter bunny has left Easter eggs all over Cudmore Grove! Can you follow the trail to find them all and unlock the secret word to win a special prize
Cost: £3 per trail

Charity Easter Bunny Hunt at Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sun 1 April 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm (prize collection closes at 2.00pm)
Chelmsford, CM2 8FS
Join the fun in Hylands Park on Easter Sunday to hunt for wooden bunnies and win a chocolatey prize. It’s a great Easter day out for the family in a lovely central venue. Organised every year by the members of Chelmsford Ladies Circle, in aid of local charities, this year’s Bunny Hunt will raise funds for will raise funds for Home Start Chelmsford.
Cost: £4.50 buy on the day. Tickets include the Bunny Hunt sheet and a chocolatey prize. Parents go free!

Fun Day and Easter Egg Hunt at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sun 1 April 2018, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Cost: TBC

Easter Trail and Craft at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sun 1 April 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Head to TTNP and follow thir Easter trail – find all the clues to get your Easter treat! Easter crafts also available. You can complete the trail and craft anytime between 11am and 3pm but we do ask that you book. Children must be accompanied.
Cost: Donation £5 per child.

Easter Egg Hunt at Copped Hall
Sun 1 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Crown Hill, Epping, Essex CM16 5HS
Children can see the Easter bunny and join in an Easter egg hunt while adults enjoy the spring flowers. There will be tea/coffee and home-made cakes available until 4.00pm and the gift shop will be open until the same time.
Cost: Entry £5 per person. Egg hunt: 50p per child taking part.

Easter Special at Barnard’s Miniature Railway
Sun 1 April to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Barnards Farm Gardens, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Details TBC.
Cost: TBC

Easter Weekend at Layer Marney
Sun 1 April to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Easter at Layer Marney Tower is a lovely old fashioned event.  Bring the family to bottle feed the lambs, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for toddlers, an Easter Quiz/Trail for older children and also egg and spoon races.
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Easter Fun at Epping Forest
Mon 2 April 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Join the Easter fun with egg decorating, Easter crafts and a woodland trail. Decorate a hardboiled egg (£2) and have a go at our egg rolling race outside the Hunting Lodge at 2pm. Winners will get a chocolate treat! Pick up an answer sheet and follow a trail through the woods in search of clues! Once you complete your answer sheet, pop it back at the View for another chocolate treat. The Easter bunny will also be here all day, so come and take a picture with Epping Forest’s favourite fluffy-tailed friend.
Cost: Free admission, no booking required. Some activities may be charged for.


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