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Easter adventures with National Trust Cymru

Children climbing a tree in the garden at Tredegar House, Newport, Wales

Spring is here so if you’re looking to make the most of warmer, brighter days this Easter, then look no further than the places cared for by National Trust Cymru across South Wales.

Keep your little explorers entertained throughout the Easter holidays with a range of adventure-packed Easter egg trails that celebrate nature, history, and beauty. Wherever you choose to visit you’re guaranteed to enjoy hours of family fun.

Please note: Normal admission prices apply (free to National trust members), plus £3 per Easter Egg trail which includes a trail sheet, bunny ears, and a chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg.

For more information, or to plan your visit, head to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/wales/family-friendly

South Wales

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Enjoy a family day out at the dramatic Dinefwr this Easter – with more than 2,000 years of history to explore, it’s the ideal spot to soak up some of Wales’ rich past. Explore the 17th century manor house, let off steam in 800 acres of parkland, follow the pushchair and wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail, and discover Dinefwr Castle, the 12th-century fortress under the care of CADW. 

If that’s not enough to keep your little explorers occupied, join the Easter egg hunt that celebrates Dinefwr’s rich culture through creative play, art, and performance. Have a go at making a giant piece of art on the Tennis Lawn, visit the music station and compose a new tune, build a den under a canopy of trees in the woodland, curl up like a bird in a giant handmade nest, or create your own Dinefwr portrait as you get creative with different props and pose in a large frame. Complete all these activities and more to claim your chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg.

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Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff

This peaceful oasis on the outskirts of Cardiff has plenty to discover on every visit and from the jolly daffodils that greet you at the entrance, to Kennel Bank that’s filled with crocuses, late snowdrops, and other seasonal blooms, it’s the perfect place to welcome spring.

Join the Easter egg hunt and make lasting memories together as you tackle the ten different activities you’ll need to complete to claim yourchocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg. Test your aim as you throw carrots into the bunny’s mouth, hold your nerve as you play egg-kerplunk, go head-to-head in an egg and spoon hurdle race, and visit the dress-up station. 

Before you head home, don’t miss the chance to let off steam as you run wild in the Log Stacks, the two natural play areas. Balance along enormous tree trunks, climb across obstacle, hop over stepping stones, and build dens – there’s hours of fun to be had.  

Tredegar House, Newport

With 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland and a spectacular 17th century red brick mansion to explore, Tredegar House is the perfect backdrop for your family adventure this Easter.

Outside, take on the Easter egg hunt challenges and see if you’ve got what it takes to claim your chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg. Add to the ribbon bunting that decorates the Orchard Garden, try your hand at fete games such as the coconut shy, tin can alley and bottle flip, spot the hidden pollinators in the garden, follow the labyrinth maze set out on the lawn, and go head-to-head in a bunny race. With all this and traditional games such as snakes and ladders and noughts and crosses, you’re guaranteed hours of family fun.

Inside, step back in time as you try on outfits from the 1920s, use puppets to create your own story or reenact some from Tredegar’s past, and hunt high and low for the ballons which have escaped the fete and blown into the house.

Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

Find a hidden wooded valley full of surprises at Colby Woodland Garden this Easter. With an industrial past, a secret garden, woodland paths, and trickling streams it’s the perfect place to enjoy a family adventure.

Discover the sky gazing glade at the top of the woods, build a den under the trees, jump across giant stepping-stones, or follow the Easter egg trail that celebrates all the garden’s spring highlights. Get competitive with noughts and crosses, bee and spoon races, and welly wanging and discover more about nature as you find the animal footprints, discover what’s in the mystery box, or see how you measure up against different animals – there’s plenty to keep little explorers busy as they complete the activities that will lead them to their prize, a chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg.

Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Swansea

Pull on your walking boots and embrace the arrival of spring at Rhosili this Easter. Run wild on a 3-mile stretch of golden sands, spot early wildflowers waking up along the expansive cliff tops, soak up panoramic views, and spot a wide array of wildlife as you follow grassy foothpaths to the medieval farmland, The Vile.

If little explorers still have energy to burn, then join the Easter egg trail and see if you’ve got what it takes to complete the ten different hands-on activities that will lead you to your prize, a chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg. From constructing a giant bird’s nest to going head-to-head in a welly wanging content, there’s plenty planned for families seeking an Easter adventure.

Mid Wales

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

As spring sweeps across this traditional Welsh estate in the heart of Ceredigion, get ready to hop, skip, and jump your way through a nature-inspired Easter adventure. 

Pick up an Easter trail map and find ten activity stations, each with a fun challenge or exciting task that will take you one step closer to your delicious prize. From an obstacle course to egg target practice, a hidden bunny hunt to making a wish on the Easter wish tree, will you be able to complete all the challenges and claim your chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg?

No visit is complete without visit the traditional farmyard too. Explore the historic buildings and stop to say hello to the animals that call this place home including pigs, bird fowl, Llanwenog sheep, and Seren and Tomos the 19-year-old Welsh cobs.  

  • Open daily from 20 March-8 April: house 11am-3.30pm, garden, farmyard and lake 10am-4.30pm. The car park and woodland walks are open all year round, 9.30am-5pm. For opening times outside of the Easter holidays please see website. 
  • The Easter egg hunt runs from 25 March-1 April, 10am-4pm.
  • Find out more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/wales/llanerchaeron

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool

From the red stone medieval castle to the world-famous garden with its Italianate Terraces, Edwardian Formal Garden, and Great Lawn, there’s plenty to explore with the children or grandchildren this Easter at Powis.

Celebrate the arrival of spring as you join in the Easter egg hunt and find out about the life cycles of seven different animals through a whole host of fun activities that will lead you to your prize – a chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg. Dodge the spiderwebs along Yew Walk, help a bee collect its pollen in a net, spot and identify different garden birds, and follow the life of a frog – are you brave enough to put your hands in the slimy frogspawn?