Tuesday 7 April 2015

Easter Egg Hunting and Fun in the Sun at Dunham Massey

Daffodils at Dunham Massey

Yesterday we planned to visit one of our favourite National Trust locations to take part in their annual Easter Egg Hunt with Cadbury's. We were a little disappointed  to wake to cloudy skies and fog however we packed up our picnic and set off with hope that the sun would still come out to play.

Thankfully our wishes came true and not long after we arrived the fog cleared and the skies turned a brilliant shade of blue.

budding trees and blue skies

The magnificent hall at Dunham Massey has been transformed into the Stamford Military Hospital as it was almost 100 years ago, during the First World War. We decided to take the tour around the house learning about some of the characters that worked and were treated there during the war years. I found it really interesting but I have to admit there wasn't a lot to hold the children's attention.

Dunham Massey is Stamford Military Hospital

They were much happier when we stepped outside into the beautiful gardens to begin the Easter Egg Hunt. They have been looking forward to this all weekend and loved every second!

Easter Egg Hunt at Dunham Massey

Despite a huge amount of visitors, the staff were extremely organised and we had soon parked up the scooters and collected the Maps and guides ready to follow the Easter Egg hunt! The clues all centered around Buzz the dog who had befriended the soldiers when Dunham Massey was a hospital during the war. The children excitedly skipped from one clue to the next while my husband and I trailed behind, enjoying the natural beauty of the gardens.

After figuring out all six clues Ben and Elizabeth eagerly exchanged their sheets for a Cadburys chocolate EggHead each while Daddy headed to the car to collect our picnic.

The beautiful sunshine warranted a sweet treat so we queued up for a delicious ice cream, that was definitely worth the forty minute wait!

Ice Cream in the sunshine

Despite being a very busy bank holiday, Dunham Massey didn't feel too crowded and we enjoyed relaxing on the grass watching the children play with their scooters until it as time to go home.

We had a wonderful Easter Monday and thanks to being National Trust members it only cost us the price of our ice creams!

Dunham Massey moat

I've written before about the benefits of our Family National Trust membership for an annual fee of just over £100 not only do we contribute to a very worthwhile charity we also have unlimited entry to a  multitude of amazing places to visit. We're already looking forward to our next National Trust adventure at St Michael's Mount on our Cornish holidays.

Did you have an Easter Egg hunt for your children?

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  1. Looks like a beautiful place for an egg hunt and that ice cream made me drool! We didn't do an egg hunt this year but think we will in future!

  2. I'm pleased to see that the weather turned out lovely, it looks a beautifyl place to visit

  3. Merlinda LittleSunday, April 12, 2015

    Sounds like a lovely day! This place is stunning! #countrykids

  4. Coombe Mill (Fiona)Sunday, April 12, 2015

    Your children sound just like mine, they race round the house barely noticing what is there, apart from chalking on a classroom blackboard but relish the open space of the gardens. The history inside here looks fascinating to me but I can see why the children were preoccupied with the egg hunt! Thank you for sharing a lovely family day on Country Kids.

  5. Looks great fun and the ice cream looks delicious!


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