One of the highlights of the Easter holidays was catching up with some heart family friends and taking part in the Easter hunt at Cliveden. Jessica’s friend P has a similar heart condition to her. We last managed to catch up with P and her family in the half-term holiday and my girls were looking forward to seeing their friend again. Going on an Easter hunt together was the perfect opportunity for another meet-up.
As we’d expected, it was very busy. We ended up parking in the field near the entrance which meant a walk up the hill. Fortunately we had the buggy with us for Jessica and Sophie decided she wanted to ride on my back in the carrier which made for a much quicker walk to the main car park, where we were meeting P and her parents.
It was nice to see that the Easter trail was quite different from last year’s and took a completely different route. We had to find all the different animals that had been invited to the Easter party.
The start of the trail was near the Water Garden. P wanted to visit the pagoda in the middle of the water garden, which Jessica and Sophie hadn’t explored before. The three girls stopped for a moment in the pagoda to look across the water. Jessica wasn’t keen to carry on exploring around the water garden though and wanted to return to her buggy where hubby and P’s daddy were waiting. She was quite happy to wait there while Sophie and P explored a little more.
We found the first animal, Fiona the Fox, on the other side of the water garden. There were some quoits set up nearby and the three girls had fun throwing the hoops.
We took a little detour from the trail as the nearby playground was calling. The three girls were soon off and playing happily together until they started getting hungry and ready for lunch. We stopped for a picnic before resuming the trail and finding the next animal. This time, the girls had fun hooking ducks after ticking the duck off their list.
Each time we found one of the animals on the trail, there was an activity to take part in. The girls danced with Doreen the Dormouse, played a stick xylophone, crawled through a tunnel, did some welly wanging and threw bean bags at tin cans.
The last few animals were all in the same area which meant the girls could go from one activity to another quickly. Some of the activities were fairly busy so we had to queue for a while. They all made the trail a little more fun to do though.
At the end of the trail, the girls handed in their completed sheets in return for two small eggs each. The grown-ups got to sit and relax in the sunshine for a bit while the three girls ran around and played ball together. Hubby dozed off for a few moments which was the perfect opportunity for the girls to cover him in grass!
The slight slope was also fun for rolling down which Sophie particularly enjoyed – especially when Daddy joined in too!
It was lovely to catch up again with P and her family. The Easter trail was just the right length for the girls to enjoy. It was shorter than last year’s trail but much more interesting with all the different activities on offer.