14 ‘Eggcellent’ Easter Egg Hunts In Essex 2023!

A fun way to enjoy the Easter break is to go on an Easter Egg hunt in Essex. There are many different events happening all around the county. Obviously many are aimed at children, but they can be enjoyed by the big kids at heart (adults!) too! In this post you’ll find information for some of the 2023 events!

*2023 updates in process as events are announced (Information correct at the time of writing)

Easter Egg Hunts in Essex 2023

East Essex

Colchester Zoo Egg Hunt

I went on an Egg Hunt at Colchester Zoo years ago! The Zoo has a special place in my heart and is a great day out, even without the addition of an egg hunt!

You follow a trail around the zoo and make a note of the letters displayed on each egg. Once you’ve found all the letters, they spell out an Easter themed word. Completed sheets will receive a token toward.

Giraffe at Colchester Zoo in Essex

The Easter Egg Hunt Trail will be running at the zoo for the duration of the Easter Holidays, so there is plenty of time to check it out. The 2023 event will have a dinosaur theme

Easter themed crafts are also available for an additional fee.

Visitor Information

🗺Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Colchester, CO3 0SL

📅1st – 16th April 2023: 9.30am until 6pm

Normal Colchester Zoo entrance fees apply.

National Trust Egg Hunts

I took part in the Egg Hunt at Flatford Mill (which is in Suffolk only just over the Essex border) and had so much fun! You are provided with an answer sheet and follow a simple walking route around the National Trust property. Make sure you are dressed for the weather as there’s no guarantee that the route won’t be muddy!

Easter Egg Hunt Flatford Mill

The hunt is aimed at both adults and children. The Flatford Mill event had toy animals scattered along the route, which children will love trying to spot, but the questions you had to answer were a little on the tricky side! You had to name the young of various animals and were given multiple choice options. Sounds easy right?! However the animals weren’t always obvious ones, such as a pig or a cow (think more along the lines of spider and grasshopper!), and we did have to Google some of the answers!

Easter Egg Hunt

Once you complete the sheet, you receive a small Easter Egg!

It looks like in 2023 Flatford Mill will not be hosting one of the National Trust Easter Egg Hunts, however, Bourne Mill in Colchester will still have theirs.

Visitor Information
Bourne Mill

🗺Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, CO2 8RT

📅7th – 10th April 2023

🕖11am – 3.30pm

💰Trail packs are £3 each (entry to the grounds is free Easter weekend) 

Flatford Mill

🗺Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Colchester CO7 6UL




Being located at National Trust properties, many of the attractions have an entrance and/or parking fee on top of the cost of the egg hunt.

Markshall Estate Easter Egg Trail

Hidden around Markshall Estate arboretum are 20 wooden eggs. For younger guests, there is a mini egg hunt trails with 8 eggs to find. The trail leaflet is included in the admission price. Easter treats will be available in the Orchard Kitchen cafe.

Visitor Information

🗺Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1TG

📅24th March – 16th April 2023

🕖10am – 4.30pm

💰Adults: £8 | Children (3-16yrs): £4.30

Giant Easter Egg Hunt Walton-On-The-Naze

Visitors have to find giant Easter Eggs scattered around the Naze Nature Reserve (1.6 miles from Walton Pier). Once all are found, collect a chocolate prize from the visitor centre and enjoy a Spring themed craft!

Visitor Information

🗺The Naze Centre, Old Hall Lane, Walton-On-The-Naze, CO14 8LE

📅7th – 10th April 2023

🕖11am until 3pm

💰Cost: £7 (plus pay and display car parking charges)

(Similar event also taking place at Abberton Reservoir for $7 per child, 7th – 10th April 2023, between 10.30am until 3.30pm)

North West Essex

Audley End Easter Special 2023

Audley End Miniature Railway holds many special events throughout the year. The Easter Special runs for the whole duration of the school Easter holidays. Entrance during the Easter Special includes: a ride along the 1.5 mile miniature railway (on the diesel or steam train and spot all the soft toys in the woods), an Easter trail along the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk where each child will receive a gift on completion, Easter crafts and an opportunity to meet the Easter bunny.

Visitor Information

🗺Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB

📅1st – 16th April 2023

🕖10am until 5pm

💰Entrance fees range from £8.50 – £17 per person. No tickets are available on the day during Easter Weekend and must be purchased in advance online.

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End House and Gardens

The Easter Egg hunt at Audley End House and Gardens (different from the Miniture Railway), may be better suited to those that think they are ‘too old’ for bunnies and ‘cute things’! Visitors have to look for clues and challenges and will learn about traditional Easter games around the gardens of Audley End House. Every kid that completes the trail gets an adventurer’s certificate and a chocolate treat!

During the bank holiday weekend (7th – 10th April) there will be various performers and events throughout the day.

Visitor Information

🗺Audley End House and Gardens, London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF

📅1st – 16th April 2023 

🕖10am until 5pm

💰The quest costs £1.50 per child (5-17yrs) plus the normal entrance fee.

Epping Ongar Railway Easter Egg Hunt

Once upon a time, trains from London used to go all the way to Ongar, however over the years the branch between Epping and Ongar was decommissioned. The Central Line of the London Underground terminates at Epping. The section of the disused railway between Epping and Ongar (6.5 miles) was then purchased privately and currently runs as a heritage service.

Visitors receive a clue sheet and have to spot as many numbered eggs from the train windows as they can, which are dotted along the railway line. There is also face painting, an activity train and the Easter bunny will be wandering around at various stations and on the train.

Visitor Information

📅7th – 10th April 2023

🕖The first train leaves North Weald at 10.10am and the last arrives at 4.30pm. Trains leave once an hour and journey lengths vary depending on where you board or what stations/direction you want to go (North Weald to Ongar return = 50 minutes)

💰Adult tickets are £18 and Children £10. Tickets are good for unlimited rides on all trains and vintage buses all day.

Alice In Wonderland Trail at Cammas Hall

There is a half mile trail through Cammas Wood and around the farm with a series of clues and riddles. Along the route are surprises, themed areas with plenty of photo opportunities and characters to interact with. A game card is included for every paying child and completed sheets will receive a tasty treat.

Visitor Information

🗺Cammas Hall Farm Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT

📅1st April – 16th April 2023

🕖9am – 5pm

💰Children: £5.50 (plus 30p booking fee) | Under 1yr: free | 1 adult entrance free with every paying child

South Essex

Marsh Farm Great Easter Eggstravaganza

*Warning* As someone that loves to visit zoos and farms, this does make me a little sad. Marsh Farm has a policy in place which doesn’t let only adults visit, you have to be with a child. Without child, you will be turned away at the gate on both regular days and special events.

As well as being able to see baby animals and all the things you’d see on a normal visit to Marsh Farm, the Marsh Farm Great Easter Eggstravaganza has an egg hunt, crafts and an opportunity to meet the Easter bunny. Each child also receives a chocolate treat.

Visitor Information

🗺Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP

📅1st – 16th April 2023

🕖10am until 5pm

💰Tickets are £14.99 (2yrs+) online in advance

Old MacDonald’s Easter Festival

Old MacDonald’s Farm & Fun Park doesn’t have an adults only restriction. However tickets do include unlimited rides at the fun park, which obviously are aimed more at younger visitors. During the Easter Festival visitors can enjoy all the regular attractions on offer along with an Easter Egg hunt, Easter crafts, puppet shows, circus workshops, baby animal encounters and more.

Visitor Information

🗺Old MacDonald’s Farm & Fun Park, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 5AY

📅1st – 16th April 2023

🕖10am until 5pm

💰Adults £18.50, Children (2-15yrs) £17.50 online in advance. Gate prices are 50p more per person.

Southend Pier Easter Egg Hunt

Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world! On Easter bank holiday weekend they are holding an Easter egg hunt on the pier. Activity sheets cost £2 per child and are available at the pier entrance (regular pier fees apply). Once the activity sheet has been completed, prizes can be collected from the Royal Pavilion.

Visitor Information

🗺Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE

📅7th – 9th April 2023

🕖10am until 6pm (4pm on Friday)

💰Cost: £2 (plus pier entrance fee)

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

On the 8th and 9th April, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary have their Easter weekend event. As well as being able to see the 500+ rescued animals at the sanctuary, visitors can enjoy meeting the Easter Bunny, an Easter trail, the Easter Bunny’s workshop, inflatables, live performances and more. Arts and crafts will be available for an additional fee. Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is open from 10am until 4pm. Tickets can be pre-booked online. There is a cafe onsite which sells plant based hot and cold snacks.

Visitor Information

🗺Sawyer’s Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ

📅8th – 9th April 2023

🕖10am – 4pm

💰Children (2-15yrs): £10 | Adult: £7

Easter 2K Obstacle Run at Kelvedon Hatch

Located at the Secret Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch is the Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre. If you are looking for something a little different from an egg hunt, there is a 2K obstacle run that all the family can take part in. The course will have 15 obstacles and the final section includes an egg and spoon race to the finish line. Hot chocolate and a fire pit are included in the price (bring your own marshmallows). Each child will also receive at Easter treat.

Visitor Information

🗺Parsonage Farm, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex CM15 0LA

📅8th – 10th April 2023

🕖9am – 4pm

💰£15.50 (plus booking fee)

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