National Trust offers Easter activities in East Sussex

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AS FIGURES show more Brits than ever choose to spend their leisure time enjoying the countryside on their doorsteps, the National Trust expects a bumper Easter with lots of traditional Springtime activities on offer.

Highlights include a unique, Victorian-themed Cadbury Easter Egg trail which winds its way through the magnificent 18th century garden at Sheffield Park. There are chocolatey treats for everyone who takes part, games and face painting. Events take place between March 31-April 15 with games and face painting on April 8 and 9.

For mums and dads Sheffield Park reveals glorious daffodil and bluebell displays in Spring.

Hidden bunnies are waiting to be discovered on the Easter Egg Trail at Alfriston Clergy House’s cottage garden, also home to a face painter on selected dates. The gardens are filled with deep pink and red tulip colour in April and the orchard is littered with daffodils and snakes head fritilleries. The dates are the same as for Sheffield Park.

At Birling Gap there is a real egg hunt taking children on an exciting trail over beach and downland as they search for the eggs of animals that live here, in exchange for a tasty reward. Egg hunts are from April 6-9 from 11am-3pm.

The pretty gardens and wildflower meadow of Rudyard Kipling’s family home, Bateman’s, host another Easter Egg trail with face painting and fun and games on selected dates. In April the gardens are filled with uplifting spring colour and woodlands full of bluebells.

The egg trail is from March 31-April 15, 11am-5pm.

The 14th century Bodiam Castle is the venue for legendary Easter fun as children are invited to delve into replica medieaval costumes to become knights, princesses, lords and jesters. Meet dragons in their lair and listen to exciting stories or follow the Dragons’ Quest Trail and receive a prize.

This Easter Bodiam’s archaeology sandpit contains treasure to be excavated and taken home and through the holidays the castle hosts an Easter Egg trail and face painting.

There is a free mini map that can be downloaded from: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast with details of all events.