CHESHIRE: Gardens perfect for an Easter egg hunt

Gardens to keep the Easter bunny busy!

We have to wait quite a while for Easter this year, which gives us all plenty of time for planning a friends or family get together. If those gatherings include children you'll no doubt be thinking about an Easter egg hunt! 

Do you keep it simple or pull out all the stops? From a quick hunt for chocolate eggs to a more elaborate Easter egg hunt, there are endless resources online to plan your best Easter egg hunt yet.

We have some ideas for you, alongside some of gorgeous gardens in which to host your 2020 event!

Easter eggs - to buy or make?
It's a time for chocolate at breakfast, but you'll probably want to limit your children's chocolate intake! The shops are already filled with eggs of every size and description, but there's something lovely about making your own eggs. All you'll need is some real eggs, tape, straws, a pin and some coloured inks.

You could make your Easter eggs on the beautiful patio at Carrwood, Hale. The almost half an acre of gardens at the rear include lawed gardens and an abundance of mature shrubs, beds and trees. The large patio is ideal for barbeques and dining - great for a big friends or family Easter get together.

This impressive four bedroom detached family house offers extensive accommodation set over three floors in a much sought-after location, in all set in grounds of just under half an acre. Guide price £2,500,000. 
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Take your egg and place a piece of clear or masking tape over both ends. Poke a small hole in the top of the egg using a paperclip or drawing pin and make the hole a little bigger. Do the same at the bottom of the egg and rotate the pin to make the hole a little bigger. It's wise to do this over a bowl, especially if you have very little fingers helping you. Take a paperclip and wiggle it into the top hole - this breaks up the yoke and makes it easier to remove.

Blow through the hole at the top and watch the yoke slowly appear out of the bottom hole. Make sure to catch the yoke in a bowl. When you've got your empty shells, give them a quick rinse and leave them to dry overnight.

Now comes the fun part! Dye your eggs in any way you wish! Children LOVE this part! You can go crazy with decoupage, dip dye the egg shells with ink, make patterns using PVA glue and add different colours to different sections.

Set in approximately 1/3 of an acre, Langham Road, Bowdon provides the perfect backdrop for an Easter egg hunt. The rear gardens enjoy a southerly aspect and with a vast array of mature shrubs, trees and borders you'd have endless places to hide Easter eggs and to plan a long and interesting egg hunt.

This substantial Victorian semi-detached house is set over four floors, offering flexible and adaptable accommodation, ideal for multi-generational living. Guide price: £1,350,000.
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Plan your route
Depending on the size of your garden (and the weather) you can plan to use every inch of you outdoor space to create a wonderful Easter egg hunt that children - and adults - will remember. 

Oakenhurst is a handsome Edwardian detached family house standing in beautiful mature gardens close to Hale village. Sitting on a corner plot, the gardens are primarily laid to lawn for ease, maintenance and maximum enjoyment together with a large variety of mature shrubs, tress, hedges and deep flowerbeds. 

Directly to the rear of the house there is a charming courtyard patio area, which enjoys and Easterly aspect creating a wonderful setting for alfresco breakfast dining...or a great Easter Sunday spring lunch! Guide price £1,850,000. 
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For smaller children, having some clear instructions to follow can avert any tantrums. A great idea is to make some bunny paw prints for them to follow. Use icing sugar or cotton wool to create lots of little paw prints that lead to the all-important eggs.

Decorating your garden
Get the children involved - half term is a great time for this and gets them excited beforehand.

Perfect for an Easter egg hunt, the gardens at Brooks Lane, Hale lend themselves to an Easter egg hunt for all the family. A huge lawned area, many nooks for hiding eggs and a patio for the parents to watch their children enjoy the day.

White House is an imposing Arts and Crafts property with an abundance of character on a private no through road. Offers over £2,000,000.
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There are many resources online to give you ideas on what to make, but if you're planning to decorate for your garden you could make paper bunting, hanging tree decorations, clue cards to be handed out to participants and Easter baskets for collecting the all important eggs.

Keeping them entertained
Add some fun and interest to your Easter egg hunt by having some activities along the route. 20 bunny hops, 10 star jumps or a pit stop to pin the fluffy tail on the Easter bunny can all stave off fatigue and make your hunt last longer than 30 seconds with a free-for-all scramble for chocolate.

Pair younger children with an older child to ensure that all is fair and that little ones don't get upset because their older siblings or friends are finding all of the treasure.

A great idea is to blow up balloons with clues inside, so children have to find them, pop them and follow the clues. This also helps you to create a well-dressed Easter egg hunt garden.

Church Brow is a charming Grade II Listed property in the very heart of Bowdon, complete with an array of outbuildings and a two bedroom barn conversion.

The gardens are an absolute delight and are perfect for an Easter egg hunt. A patio directly to the rear of the house, with a southerly aspect, is the prefect place for orchestrating the day. The gardens are laid to lawn with mature shrubs, trees, borders, orchard area and hidden pathways, creating a breathtaking setting. Guide price £1,250,000. 
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