Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden

Over last week or so, the girls have enjoyed taking part in four different Easter egg hunts.  The Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunt at Cliveden was their third one of the Easter weekend – after Chiltern Open Air Museum and a very small one in our garden at home on Easter Sunday (which they loved mostly because all the eggs there were to find were chocolate ones!)

Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

Cliveden has been on my list of places to visit for a while but this was the first time we’d actually been there and it certainly seemed like everyone else in the local area had had the same idea as us as it was very busy! Thankfully parking was fairly easy as the car park was being well controlled.

 

Our first port of call was the Information Centre to buy an Easter egg trail map, which cost £3.  We passed one of the eggs on the way there so that was one ticked off our list before we’d even started following the trail!    Jessica was quite taken by the big inflatable Cadbury’s egg outside the Information Centre (and was a little disappointed that it was no longer there by the time we finished our trail).

The start of the trail - Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

The first egg on our trail was found just outside the Information Centre – one made out of sticks with bells attached, and the girls both enjoyed giving it a gentle shake and listening to the sound of the bells.  We then made our way towards the very pretty Fountain of Love where the next egg was found, with the girls making sure that they made the most of the big puddles found along the way!

Heading towards the Fountain of Love - Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

From the fountain, the trail took us through the Long Garden which provided the perfect location to stop and grab a family photo for the monthly Me and Mine project.

A day out at Cliveden - Me and Mine - March 2016 - Little Hearts, Big Love

The walk through the Long Garden led us out into the woods.  The girls had both brought their little Easter egg buckets along – perfect for collecting “treasures” like pebbles and twigs – and Sophie, in particular, had a wonderful time collecting sticks along the way, while Jessica wanted to just ride on Daddy’s shoulders instead.  We found two more eggs in the woods – one made from moss and another very pretty one covered with orange flowers.

Walking through the woods - Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

The lawns as we approached the house provided the perfect place for Jessica to practice some “roly-polys” and Sophie and Daddy joined in too.  I think hubby had more fun rolling around on the grass than the girls did but they certainly loved having him join in with them!  We took a slight detour from the trail at this point to head around the house, across the terrace and then down to the Parterre where there was lots of space for the girls to run about (and try rolling down some of the slopes too!)

Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

Back on the trail, we had two more eggs left to find – one with clock hands, near the Dovecote coffee shop (where we stopped for a cream tea) and then the final one near the Storybook Play Den.  As we walked along, I had one of those moments of pure contentment – a little girl’s hand in mine, hubby walking along with our other little girl, sunshine and a day outside all combined to make a perfect moment.  It made me realise that I’m at my happiest on days like this – spending time with my family exploring the great outdoors.

 

We passed by the Water Garden, and spotted a heron by the lake, on our way to find the final Easter egg.  “Oh wow!” Sophie said, as we got near the water, “that’s a lot of bath!”

The Water Garden - Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

The final Easter egg was made from storybook pages.  We’d found all the Easter eggs on the trail although hadn’t quite managed to spot all the bunnies that were hiding along the way – we’d found four but there were 15 or so in total. It didn’t matter though – we still received a chocolate bunny for doing the trail which the girls enjoyed sharing between them before making a beeline for the big muddy puddle nearby.  They must have spent about ten minutes just happily jumping around in the puddle (with Mummy joining in the fun too!) – even the nearby play area had no appeal!  Thank goodness for wellies and puddle suits!

Jumping in muddy puddles - Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden - Little Hearts, Big Love

We had a lovely day out – and timed it perfectly weather-wise as it was just starting to rain again by the time we headed back to the car.  It might have been the first time we’d visited Cliveden but it certainly won’t be the last!

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22 thoughts on “Hunting for Easter eggs at Cliveden

  1. Coombemill

    What a great looking place with plenty of grounds to explore on their Easter Trail. I love the idea of the giant eggs and the bunnies to find. It looks like the girls found plenty of other things to do along the way too and I love your family photos. Sounds like it was a very well timed visit between the showers. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thanks Fiona – there was certainly plenty to do without the egg hunt but it was a good way of having a focus for where to go 🙂

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  2. Sarah

    Oh wow! What a very gorgeous Easter trail and all those natural egg ‘sculptures’ are adorable! Your photos are wonderful and capture the fun and magic of your visit beautifully.

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  3. Cathy (MummyTravels)

    We were there for the first time as well – although I think it must have been a different day. Such a gorgeous place and lots of fun searching. I realised we must have missed the last egg although we did pretty well with the bunnies (not quite 15 though!). Would live to go back and explore more. #countrykids

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    1. Louise Post author

      I think you were there at the beginning of the Easter weekend and we were there at the end – it is a gorgeous place to explore isn’t it and glad to hear you had fun on your day there too 🙂

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  4. Emma

    You did well squeezing in 3 Easter egg hunts, impressive work! Looks like you all had such a lovely day. Love what Sophie said when she got to the water park-so cute! 🙂 #countrykids

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    1. Louise Post author

      There were certainly plenty of puddles thanks to all the rain! Glad you enjoyed your NT event over the Easter weekend too 🙂

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    1. Louise Post author

      Thanks Emma – it has been interesting reading all the different posts and seeing just how different they all are 🙂

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