Please note that the site will close at 2.30pm on Wednesday 28th February for a team event. Last entry to the gardens and last orders in the restaurant will be 1pm.
Across Taunton, Somerset and Dorset, Easter is in the air and if you're looking for an Easter egg hunt, there are plenty of options for you and your little ones.
Here’s our list of the best things to do this Easter weekend in the local area from doing an Easter egg hunt to food and drink fairs, to keep you and the kids entertained.
Here at Hestercombe for this Easter, Dotty has misplaced all her eggs and hopes you can help her find them in time for tea! Running from 6th - 22nd April, this is a great trail for the family and there’s a chocolate prize for all those who can help Dotty.
On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 17th April, you'll also be able to watch our restored 17th century Mill in action during our Mill Days, as it grinds up corn to make flour - all powered by water from the Hestercombe Mill Pond.
Search the Museum of Somerset in Taunton filled with historic gems to find hidden clues in this popular Easter egg hunt, running from 6th - 26th April, 10am-5pm. A great adventure for all ages!
Why not pop down to one of our partner gardens over at Kilver Court to soak up some spring sunshine and let the kids explore? The grown-ups can take the opportunity for some retail therapy, and a coffee. These stunning gardens are in all their spring glory right now and are worth paying a visit.
An Easter-themed trail runs throughout the holidays at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, along with a number of family-friendly activities including Bugs and Buds, and Nature Ninjas.
Another fabulous garden attraction, near Weymouth in Dorset, the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury look stunning in the spring. On 20th April you’ll also find the Food Fair in association with Dorset Food & Drink taking place, where you can celebrate Easter with the finest food the area has on offer.
From 19th - 22nd April, Forde Abbey Gardens will be joined by a cast-list of characters straight from the classic fairy tales for their Once Upon a Time trail. Hunt for clues and solve the challenges along the way, and meet some very friendly faces that are sure to capture your imagination. There’s chocolatey treats for everyone who takes part in this adventure and ‘Once Upon a Time’ storytelling for children, both big and small. Open from 10am – 4pm daily.
The kids will love seeing PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April 2019 at Minehead Railway Station. The heroic pups will be making personal appearances at intervals between 10am and 4pm.
Whether you fancy an Easter egg hunt, or you’re looking for something a little bit different, we hope you’ll find plenty of things to do this Easter weekend with a little help from us.