L.O.L Surprise Easter Hunt

A few months back we went along to the launch of the new collectables that have taken America by storm, L.O.L Surprise.

The children were really taken with them and Izzy has started quite a collection since our visit.

We were challenged to an Easter hunt with a difference by using lots of gifts that are based around these great dolls.

Easter can be a complete chocolate over load so it can be really nice to have something a little different to hunt for rather than the traditional eggs.

I placed the L.O.L diva bow, secret message, joke, colouring in sheet, postcard and sweets around the garden and told her how many gifts she had to find.


A took a while to collect them all together and when she finally did her big prize was an L.O.L Surprise doll which is another task in itself.

She had great fun peeling off each layer of the packaging to reveal a surprise under each one until finally unveiling the doll inside.


It make a great change to the usual hunts and will last a lot longer than a few chocolate eggs!
*we were given the gifts for the purpose of this hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt For George And The Giant Pledge

This weekend there will be hundreds of of egg hunts going on be it something small in your own back garden or larger organised events.

This year we decided to go along to Limpsfield Chart in Surrey to join in with a hunt that has been organised by George And The Giant Pledge, a charity set up to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Hospital in aid of a very special little boy called George who is currently fighting a primitive neuro ectodermal tumour.

The hospital has been of great support to him and his family and I know through personal experience with my own Mother and Aunt the service they offer is invaluable to so many people.

We have visited the Ridland Lane National Trust area many times to seek out all of the little houses that have been lovingly  placed around the woods so I knew the children would love a visit to take part in an Easter activity.

The woods had been adorned with bunting and balloons and all the volunteers had really got into the spirit of things.

  

The hunt was £3 to take part in and it is being run on a first come, first served basis.

The children are given a map of the woods with a list of all the houses that they needed to find and stamp to say they had found each one.


They ran round at top speed filling in their sheets, hiding in dens, climbing trees and swinging on the huge swing.


Worn out and sheets completed we made our way back to claim our prizes and have their faces painted.


The hunt is running from 10-4 on the 16th and 17th April and as I said works on a first come first served basis.

If you are looking for a hunt this weekend I would highly recommend this fabulous hunt for a fantastic cause or if you would like to find out a little more about George And The Giant Pledge then take a look HERE.

Top Easter Activities In And Around Surrey

Easter for us is time with the family, days out and of course lots of chocolate!!

Why not combine them all and plan a few day trips over the Easter holidays.  I have compiled a few of my top activities that are either in Surrey or only a short drive away.

Priory Farm

  

Priory Farm in Nutfield is our go to place whenever we fancy good food and letting off some steam in the fresh air.

They have a wonderful coffee shop serving hot and cold food with an adjoining play area so you can relax while the little ones play.  A huge pirate ship to climb aboard, garden centre and farm shop selling great products and the highlight for us which is the discovery walk.

From the 19th March until 11th April the discovery walk will have a spring themed quiz for the little ones to follow and on the 25th March you will be able to take part in their Little Bunnies Easter Hunt.

Tulleys Farm 

Tulleys Farm in West Sussex is only a short drive and any event they put on is well worth the trip.

The farm itself has play areas, a huge farm shop and lots of small animals to take a look at.

Their events are slightly more expensive than most but you certainly get a lot for your money.

This year from 25th March to 1st April you can spot eggs whist on a wagon ride, take a look at some beautiful newborn lambs, take part in the egg and bunny hunt, have a go at the duck races and much more.

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt, National Trust

  

If you are a follower of my blog you will know my love of National Trust homes and gardens.  They offer the perfect environment to switch off from the fast paced world we live in and just enjoy the beauty of your surroundings.

Each year they put on fantastic Easter egg hunts that usually involve exploring the grounds looking for clues to fill in on your quiz sheet that can then be taken back to claim your prize.  

Over the years we have been to Morden Hall and Chartwell, both of which are great.  We tried Box Hill last year but unfortunately so did a lot of other people and we couldn’t get parked!  Saying this the car park has recently been extended so might be worth a go.

Penshurst Place

  
I visited Penshurst Place in Kent for the first time last year and was taken back by its beauty.

The immaculately kept grounds are wonderful to walk round and make the perfect setting for Easter activities.

This year from 25th March to 10th April they have story telling sessions and crafts to take part in and an Easter hunt all about the animals that live in the grounds.

On Easter Sunday and Monday Ardvark Productions will be there telling a humorous story of the Easter bunny.

Bocketts Farm

  

Bocketts is top of my list for farms in Surrey.  They have fantastic indoor and outdoor play areas, animal handling sessions, tractor rides and their famous pig races that the children love!

For their Easter Eggstravaganza they have  a trail to follow which leads to to a chocolaty treat at the end, chick and duck handeling, and the chance to get up close to the newborn lambs.

They are also opening a brand new outdoor play area at the end of March that we can’t wait to try out.

Painshill 

   

 
This year we had a trip to Painshill to visit Father Christmas and were astounded by how beautiful the whole place is.

There are exquisite follies scattered throughout the grounds to explore, with our favourite being the crystal grotto.

On Easter Sunday and Monday you can go along to take part in their egg hunt to find the eggs scattered through the the grounds to claim your prize at the end.

I hope that you have found somewhere that takes your fancy and I would love to know how you get on with all your hunting!

  

A long weekend In Wonderful Whitstable

Thanks to my fabulous Mum and Dad we spent  Easter weekend in the beautiful seaside town of Whistable. We only discovered this quaint little town last year and we are so happy that we did.  Whistable has so much to offer, you will find something new everytime you visit. We started off our trip with a pit stop at our favourite little coffee shop which is nestled between the abundance of shops where you can pick up anything from beautiful one off clothing, wonderful gifts, fantastic children’s clothes, scrumptious food and so much more.      Ready and refulled we made our way down to the harbour which is famous for it’s seafood, especially their delicious oysters.  This is where we would be spending our weekend in a wonderfully converted fishermans hut right on the seafront.      Once inside we were really taken back by the fabulous way they had been converted and the views from the bedroom were breathtaking.  There was everything you could need for your stay there and we were really looking forward to everything we were going to be getting up to in the weekend ahead.  So we quickly unpacked the car and set off to explore a little more!      Unfortunately we weren’t blessed with great weather for the first day, but that didn’t stop up skimming stones across the water, collecting shells and watching all the splendid boats.        We finished off our first day by grabbing some fish and chips and award winning doughts from the hut right outside where we were staying and cosying up for the night. The huts are run on a bed and breakfast basis so after a good nights sleep we took a short walk to the Hotel Continental where we were able to pick from a vast selection of breakfast items whist taking in another great sea view. We burnt off some calories by taking a long walk out on a great stretch of beach that cuts into the sea. From there we took another short walk to Whistable Castle which had very pretty grounds and a fab playground for the children. For our final evening we went to the Royal Native Oyster Stores which was by far the best fish resturant I have ever visited.  The food was outstanding, the decor was beatiful, the staff were super friendly and catered for all our allergy needs and finally they were extremely child friendly which I was not expecting. The sun joined us for our final day so we made the most of it by having an Easter egg hunt on the beach and soaking up the sun whilst doing a spot of  unsuccessful crabbing!        Sorry to have bombarded you with so many photos but we really did have a fabulous weekend and I wanted to show you that England really does have some fantastic seaside towns that you can get away to and enjoy the simple things in life.     

Egg Rolling At Leith Hill

Getting back from a weekend away and deciding to paint boiled eggs was not one of my best ideas!  My mind was more on my huge piles of washing, which resulted in a lot of mess and number five sticking his finger right through the middle of his egg.

        

As I have said in a previous post my favourite egg hunts are put on by Cadburys at National Trust venues.  We set off to try Box Hill this year but unfortunately hundreds of other people had the same idea and we were turned away due to the carpark being full.

Luckily enough Dorking is home to many beautiful countryside attractions so we made our way to another National Trust site called Leith Hill.

We got out of the car and loaded the buggy up, but as we started our three quarters of a mile climb we soon had a change of heart and opted for a shoulder carry for number five as it was not really suitable for a buggy as the terrain is very uneven.

    

My children are not great fans of walking but there are plenty of trees to climb on the way up to take their mind off of it.

Once at the top the views are truly breathtaking.  We grabbed a drink at the snack kiosk and found a bench to take in the sights while the little ones went hunting for eggs in the undergrowth.  As we missed out on the egg rolling at Box Hill we made our own on the many slopes at Leith Hill.

            

The main attraction for the children was to be able to climb the gothic tower to check out the immense views of the majestic Surrey Hills.

It was a not the best idea for my sister and I to take three bounding, over exited children up there as neither of us are great with heights and were both a bag of nerves.

            

This is a must see place for anyone that loves spectacular views with something a little different with the added attraction of a spectacular tower to add to your visit.

    

Photography Courses And Discovery Walks At Priory Farm

  

Today was a super early start as I had an over exited number three jumping onto the bed ready to start some more birthday celebrations.  The early start along with number four jumping fully clothed into the bath was not the best start to the day.  

We finally arrived at Priory Farm in Nutfield by the skin of our teeth to get number three signed into her photography course.  Since I started  this blog she has taken a real interest in photography and I may be biased but she seems to have a real eye for it.

    

The course is run by Lillian Spibey Photography and is an informative couple of hours teaching the children how to perfect their skills in taking pictures of the landscape and wildlife along with a photographic Easter egg hunt and a fun filled jeep ride around the farms beautiful grounds.

She came back full of beans, super proud of what she had achieved and itching to get signed up for the next course.

Whist number three was busy doing her thing we passed the time taking part in the discovery walk that the farm offers.  Once we had grabbed our quiz sheets and fish food we set off to answer all the questions whilst exploring all the other things the trail has to offer.

   

           

Number two is hitting that awkward age where activities with Mum are really not cool anymore, but I didn’t get a moan out of him today.  He was more than happy to help his brother answer the questions, climb the balance beams and explore every little area there was to be found.

   

  

Near the end of the walk is my children’s favourite part; feeding the mass of fish in the beautiful pond.  No matter how many times we visit they are always astonished at the hundreds of hungry mouths that come up to greet you and gobble up the food.

   

   

   

Quizzes ‘almost’ completed we collected our prize and stopped for a little picnic and play on the splendid wooden pirate ship.  There are plenty of great picnicking spots all over the farm, but this is our favourite spot as the children can play whist you can relax and still keep them in sight.

  

Our last port of call was to get a warm drink from the recently refurbished coffee shop.  There is plenty of space in there to fit your buggy without being in the way, and lots of large tables to accommodate my extra large family.

   

 

You really can make a whole day of it at this farm.  Aswell as everything we got up to today there is a well stocked garden centre with everything you could need, a beautiful farm shop with lots of fabulous fresh food on offer and a playground that is currently undergoing an exiting refurb.  This is the first of many trips this year.

 

National Trust – The Perfect Easter Egg Hunt

I’ve had quite a few emails over the past week asking for advice on where to go for Easter egg hunts.

In my experience you can’t beat one of the National Trust homes or gardens.  We have been to both Chartwell House in Westerham and Morden Hall in Morden.  Both of which come highly recommended.





Your start the trail by going to collect your map from the start position which is put on by Cadburys.  You then get the chance to trail the beautiful grounds searching for clues to complete your quiz.





We always find that they are really well run and it never feels to busy so there is plenty of space to for the kids to run around looking for clues without the fear of them getting lost in the crowds.    We have never paid more than £5 and last year for this we got our trail maps, a cute hat to wear and a yummy Cadburys chocolate egg to collect when you have completed your trail.  They also put on a variety of activites for the children to take part in such as ball games, crafts and hook the duck.

We are hoping to try out Box Hill in Tadworth this year as you can try your hand at egg rolling.





What have you all got planned for this years Easter break?  We have been predicted a scorcher!

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