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Great Cumbrian Easter Adventure

Written by Kirstie Pelling

Great Cumbrian Easter Adventure

This post brought to you by National Trust. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kirstie Profile SmallWhat will you do this Easter? Gorge on chocolate bunnies and daytime TV? Do some backyard egg rolling? Or have an adventure in the great outdoors? Now hang on a minute…I don’t mean a worthy adventure involving Bear Grylls survival tactics and a bivi bag. Not at Easter for goodness sake! As a chocolate obsessive I believe Easter treats should come sugar coated and loaded with e-numbers. Thankfully Britain’s National Trust has been thinking along the same lines…

A chocolate coated Easter adventure

If you thought the National Trust was all about dusty historic homes and stuffy stately gardens then you’ve been missing out. Family fun is right up there on their agenda and they’re working hard to make their properties family friendly. Remember last year’s 50 things do before you are 11 3/4 campaign? How many things did you do?

The guys in charge of Britain’s heritage are also working on delivering regular holiday treats to the big and the small. Last season it was all Santa and dancing on ice. (Although not at the same time.) This season, it’s eggs. Not the boring ones with albumen, runny yolks and shell that gets in your omelette, but the egg head shaped variety from Cadbury.

Easter Egg Hunt - Bunny in the Hedge

What’s this in the hedge? It’s no ordinary Easter Bunny

Easter fun with the National Trust

Cadbury has teamed up with the National Trust for the sixth year running and on Easter Weekend (29th March-1st April 2013)  they will deliver Easter Egg Trails and family activities all over the shop. A grand total of 240 properties will be playing a part in these Easter celebrations. If you live in the UK why not find one accessible to you and join in the Easter fun with National Trust.

If you live in Cumbria  you can go hunting for eggs at Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort, Acorn Bank, Allen Banks, Wordsworth House and Garden, Loweswater, Ennerdale, Town End, Hill Top and the Beatrix Potter Gallery to name a few. We hope to get down to Sizergh Castle to claim ours.

There are many more all over the country; just tap your post code into the relevant box at, find the nearest one to you and hop on an Easter egg trail with National Trust and Cadbury.

An Easter Egg Hunt is a great way to get outdoors and eat chocolate

Where will they hide the eggs?

The National Trust is about preserving and valuing historic houses and gardens and ancient monuments. It looks after forests, fens, farmland and fells. But it also wants to encourage families to enjoy and get in touch with the natural environment on their doorstep. So it’s not surprising then, that the Easter Egg Trails will send families off around beautiful spring gardens (hopefully spring might have sprung by the time The Bunny makes an appearance), sculptured grounds and wild woodland, following cryptic clues and unearthing some foil wrapped delights.

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And that’s not all

Perhaps you might like to run off your Easter Sunday lunch with an egg and spoon race on Easter Monday? 120 properties have signed up to hold these whacky races. There is no age limit but will someone please remind Dad that egg and spoon isn’t an Olympic sport and he doesn’t always have to win?

The eagle eyed amongst you might have spotted that Easter Monday is also April Fool’s Day. Thus some of the egg and spoon gallops might have to be done in fancy dress, three legged and blind-folded. You don’t have to bring your own blind fold but I notice that my local property, Sizergh Castle, is asking people to bring their own spoon. It might be wise to check out what you need to avoid disappointment. Check this page to find a fab family Easter event near you.

And that’s still not all

Once your pockets are full of eggs you can try and tempt the creepy crawlies out of the woodwork on a bug hunt with bribes! You can go climb trees and build dens. You can even have another go at achieving those 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters. Even if you are way beyond 11 and three quarters. In my opinion you are never too old to climb a tree.

Make a date in your diary

We may still feel like we’re in winter, but in the shake of a bunny’s tail Easter will be upon us. So what will you do? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Don’t forget to look among the daffodils

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About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.

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