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Bertie bird and his feathered friends have taken up residence at Hestercombe for the Easter holidays and they’ve planned plenty of egg-citing spring activities to keep your little chicks entertained

Get creative with our bunny marshmallow lolly workshop and Easter themed art activities, meet furry friends during a visit from a mobile petting zoo and enjoy some magical spring-themed science!

Petting Zoo

To kick start our week we will be joined by an educational petting zoo, where you can get to know our special animal guests, including Donkeys, Ponies, Sheep and Goats. Perfect for all ages, including grown-ups.

Bunny Marshmallow Workshop

Assemble your very own 3D fluffy marshmallow bunny lollipop, with the help of our workshop leader. Once made, your little one can cover and dress their bunny with their favourite sweet decorations as an early Easter treat.

Science Butterfly Workshop

Back by popular demand, Sciencedipity will be visiting Hestercombe again this Easter. Build and create your own butterfly, combine it with a little bit of science, and then you’ll get to take away your very own colourful, chrome butterfly to play with and enjoy at home.

Find Bonnie Bunny

Don't forget to keep your eyes open for Bonnie Bunny who will be popping her head up around site this Easter!

Come along and have a go at our colourful crafts this Easter:

Pinwheels Craft

Try your hand at making and decorating your very own pin-wheels that will have your friends in a spin!

Paper Kites Craft

Soar to new heights and craft a brilliant bird kite as we show you step by step how to make your own pet paper bird that will want to fly along by your side!

Trail – Bertie Bird’s Easter Trail and Bessie's Spectacular Egg Hunt

Join Bertie the blackbird in the landscape gardens on his mission to find the best nest and learn some fabulous feathery facts along the way.

The fun doesn’t end here, Bessie has created her very own egg hunt around the formal gardens too. Follow the clues on the eggs to find the golden egg and claim your chocolatey prize.

Two play areas to enjoy

On your visit, stop off at either of our play areas for some extra fun. Our under-7s play area is situated by the Visitor Reception, and children both young and old will enjoy building dens up in our wild play area by the Charcoal Burner’s Camp.

Food & drink

Treat your little ones (and yourself of course!) with some delicious home-cooked food from the Stables restaurant, which offers a child-friendly menu with full table service. Tasty light bites, cakes, drinks, ice cream (and some Easter themed goodies!) are all available from our cafe, Caffè + Gelato.

Please note: You do not need to book to attend any of the Easter events. Simply purchase standard garden admission (free for members) and drop-in to the events. Trail booklets will be priced at £3 and can be purchased at the ticket office on arrival.

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Join as a Hestercombe member to get free access to all of our family activities!

Easter Schedule

DateWhat's On

Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th April

Bertie Bird’s Easter Trail and Spectacular Egg Hunt (all day) - Cost £3.00 per booklet. Group offer - 4 booklets for £10, payable at the Ticket Office.

Tuesday 12th April

Petting Zoo (11am - 3pm)

Thursday 14th April

Paper Kites Craft (12 - 4pm, drop-in)

Saturday 16th April

Bunny Marshmallow Drop In Workshop (11am - 3pm) - Cost £1.50 payable at the Ticket Office.

Wednesday 20th April

Pinwheels Craft (12 - 4pm, drop-in)

Friday 22nd April

Science Butterfly Workshop with Sciencedipity (10am - 3pm, drop-in)

Tickets & Prices

Standard gardens admission applies (Hestercombe members go free).

To visit the gardens and take part in any Easter activity, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online - simply purchase gardens admission on arrival!

If you have any queries about your admission, please email our Visitor Reception or call 01823 413923

Admission typePrice



Child (4-15)


Child (under 4)


Family Saver 1 (1 adult, up to 3 children)


Family Saver 2 (2 adults, up to 3 children)


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