“I want to go on an Easter Egg hunt Mummy!” Says T. So of we went to Antony, a lovely 18th Century Mansion, home to the Carew Pole family and also a National Trust Property. It’s also known as the place where Tim Burton filmed his movie “Alice in Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts and Mia Wasikowska as the curious Alice.
We’ve never been to Antony, that’s the reason why we chose to come here instead, even though we knew Lanhydrock which is closer to where we live had a similar activity. But we’ve been there so many times, we wanted to go to somewhere different this time.
Little T and her dad registering for the Easter Egg hunt.
I have memories of going on Easter egg hunts with my brother and I loved it as a child, although we didn’t have chocolate eggs. But I still remember the excitement of it all.
When we arrived, there was already a long queue to the property, families with little children who were all excited to do the easter egg trail.
The children had to look for 14 eggs, once they’ve found the first one, it had clues which would lead to the next egg and they also had to answer some easy questions.
And here’s little T filling up her sheet with the help of her dad.
The problem though is that Antony had such lovely gardens and each nook and cranny were filled with lovely trees that would distract all the kids from the easter egg trail.
Like this “Fairy tree” that had “magical voices”, it took ages for us to convince little T to leave the tree. Only to be distracted again by …
a game of croquet with her dad.
And then we saw the loveliest tree with the most amazing branches, the kind childhood dreams are made of. By the time we got to it, there were children riding each branch and loving every single minute of it. I don’t blame them. I wanted to climb the tree too!
And of course, little T also had to have a go.
It wasn’t just the children who were happily roaming around the garden. Even the adults were impressed by the lovely Magnolia trees and flowers.
I really loved the trees that were made to grow on the wall. Here’s a pear tree, amazing isn’t it?
And there was a story chair …
And a fairy-tale bench.
And finally the trail was over … thank goodness for that, because little T was getting a bit exhausted.
But she did it and was so proud of herself!
Here she is presenting her answers and then she was asked to choose her Easter egg which of course she devoured right away. This was her third chocolate egg of the day and as I type this I can spy four more eggs on our shelves.
It was a lovely Easter Sunday. We wanted to go back in the house and explore the garden more, but we didn’t have much time since my husband was cooking an Easter dinner and we also had a close friend coming over, so instead we headed home. But we’re definitely coming back!
What about you?
How was your Easter sunday?
Did you also go on an Easter egg hunt?