You may remember a post I wrote about Nymans in the Wintertime, my intention was to visit each season as part of making use of our National Trust passes. I wasn’t expecting to go back there quite as quickly but when a friend rung and suggested we take part in the easter Egg Hunt they were running on Good Friday I couldn’t resist.

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Due to other commitments we turned up around midday which was a mistake. Nymans parking has always struggled even on a wet windy day. However they have done all they can to improve it expanding and employing parking attendants. Despite being heavily pregnant the gentleman operating the way in would not allow me to go and wait for someone to leave. As we hit lunchtime I was sure people from the morning would be heading off soon and I had no problem with waiting. Funnily enough one of our party turned up with a toddler and 4 month old and wanted to do the same but he turned her away as well. Instead we were forced to join all the other visitors parked up on the grass verges. I think we ended up about half a mile away, less than ideal. Thankfully local traffic is aware of the parking issues and normally spots the lines of cars and slows down so it didn’t prove too difficult to get Monkey out of the car and up to the entrance. However I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with a buggy.

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Once in, it wasn’t too bad busyness wise, its such a large site that all people were well spread out so you didn’t feel as though you were on top of each other. The cafe was busy though and we headed there first for lunch. Im not really surprised as its very good value, for a kids meal including 5 items (ham roll, apple juice, sausage, veg pot and raisins), adult drink, sandwich and crisps came to just over £10. It gave us a chance to gather ourselves together and wait for everyone else to juggle the parking issue. Although it was busy there was enough binoculars for all the kids, it was so cute watching them play follow my leader amongst the daffodils. I would have included the picture here but it has other children in it. However we will be trying to go back with all my camera equipment to see if we can get some better pictures, assuming the torrential rain hasn’t broken all the flowers.

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The Easter Egg Hunt costs £3 per trail. The idea is to walk around the gardens and trails and spot as many birds as possible. Some of them were well hidden! There are 50 birds spread throughout the grounds, although you actually only need to find 20 to claim your prize, I think we managed around 25 which is not bad with three 3 1/2 year olds and a 15 month old in tow. We also managed to hide some of our own little wrapped eggs for them to find, which was a little tricky with all the other kids around!! To have our own little Easter Egg Hunt. Unlike similar events we have been to the ‘prize’ is substantial I was really quite impressed a Cadbury Bunny, and we didnt need to queue up too long to claim it.

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Of course Monkey wanted to eat it straight away! I am guessing that Cadbury’s have done a deal with the National Trust as they were stored in a branded treasure chest. So you may want to check out your local property to see if they are also running one. The one at Nymans is running throughout the Easter Holidays finishing on the 3rd April.

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We got very lucky with the weather, all of us happily walking around without coats. The gardens are starting to come alive and the Magnolias are in full swing. Just being out in the sun is enough to brighten the mood. As the lawns have drained the kids were allowed to play on them and it won’t be long until everyone is picnicking. Even in a couple of months since we last visited the planting is changing and Monkey is finding interest in different things. Although the willow trees from last time were a great hit with all the kids. The little shop is now full of plants ready to plant and the workshop was being used for oil and acrylic paintings which were on sale. In all we were there for about four hours, all the children had a great time and let off a lot of steam, it was a great way to spend the only nice day of the Easter break and I am already looking forward to seeing what they have on in the coming months. The only difference will be that we will turn up earlier in the morning especially if bubba has made an appearance by then!

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  2. Sorry to hear that you had to park so far away, I think I would have been tempted to have got out of the car so he could have seen how pregant you are but then I guess if he lets one person wait then he has to let all the others and it would have chaos! That looks like it was a really good Easter Egg hunt though! 🙂 #bloggersclubuk

  3. Aside from the parking issue it does sound like you had a lovely time. I’ve been meaning to visit a few of our local national trust sites and hope to over the Easter holidays. #BloggerClubUk

  4. mackenzieglanville Reply

    It sounds really beautiful, the magnolia is just gorgeous and so nice to get around without coats #bloggerclubUK

  5. Sounds like a lot of fun. An Easter egg hunt is perfect for the little ones. Kinda wish I was small again! Ha ha.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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  6. I love the National Trust sites but what a pain with parking. Sounds like a fabbo Easter egg hunt though, can’t wait till next year! #bloggerclub

  7. beautiful photos … and that sunshine! I adore magnolias – we are lucky to have a huge tree which is in my neighbours garden but hangs over in to ours – it looks stunning at the moment – may have to take a cheeky photo for IG! #BloggerClubUK

  8. I love the photo of Monkey in amongst the daffodils. Parking issues aside, it sounds like it was a lovely day out. We did the Cadbury Easter Egg trail over the weekend too – ours was at Cliveden and I was quite impressed with the prize for completing it too. Glad that you managed to get your own mini Easter egg hunt in too! 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  9. Hot Pink Wellingtons Reply

    I love how much effort the National Trust always make for things like Easter – their Easter Egg Hunts look great! And how lovely does the weather look – no coats, amazing! #bloggerclubuk

  10. We have something similar nearby where parking can be difficult, it’s a bit unfair that you couldn’t wait but at least you still had a nice day 🙂 it’s always good when the weather holds off! #bloggerclunUK

  11. emetomumblog Reply

    Beautiful and lucky with the weather on Friday. we were here too. #BloggerClubUK

  12. I love the idea of going each season somewhere to see how it changes. And the birds are a good idea. Gorgeous pictures, very springlike…you chose the best day! #bloggerclubuk

  13. The Pramshed Reply

    I love Nymans we visited on a really cold day in January, when there was not much colour and the plants were cut back. I bet it is beautiful at this time of year, and your pictures really show this. I know what you mean about the car park, it is a nightmare, but the warmth of the cafe makes up for that. I want to go back now…maybe we’ll plan another visit soon. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

  14. Looks like a fab day out! Good Friday was beautiful here too was just nice to get some sunshine after all the rain!

  15. pottyadventures Reply

    National Trust memberships are great, we really make the most of ours. We haven’t been to Nymans though so must add it to the list. It’s just a shame the entrance attendant couldn’t have been more accommodating. I look forward to seeing more photos from your next visit.

  16. this looked great I loved the photos. you have reminded me to look at getting us a national trust pass as we have many great places to visit near us. visited one last year and the car park there was a bit of a nightmare, especially with 4 children in tow, perhaps its something they need to look at. Mrs T x #BloggerClubUK

  17. Beautiful pictures and what a lovely Easter Egg hunt! What a great prize too, usually I’d expect a cream egg or something similar! #BloggerClubUK

  18. We had a very similar day out at Cliveden – including the queues (although they were more sympathetic to our overheating car after the long queue!) The egg hunts are lovely and we came home with a chocolate rabbit too – Cadbury were doing them at hundreds of properties, very fun. #bloggerclubuk

  19. I adore the picture in this post. Just fab. The boy among daffodils with binoculars. Isn’t that the kind of day where memories are made? thanks for sharing #bloggerclubUK

  20. What a lovely outing! The parking sounds like a bit of an issue but I’m impressed that the café wasn’t extortionate as they usually are in these types of places! #BloggerClubUK

  21. anywaytostayathome Reply

    We did a Nat Trust Egg Hunt on Good Friday as well, brilliant day weather wise and great to be outdoors having fun. Such a shame they couldn’t have been a smidge more helpful about the parking but at least it didn’t spoil your day. #BloggerClubUK

  22. We also did the NT Cadburys hunt at Killerton house in Exeter. There were a few egg trails in the area to choose from but going to a NT property is always a lovely day out and fresh air is good for all of the family. Glad the weather was good for you too!! It started raining as soon as we finished but timed with our stop at the cafe. Thanks for sharing #BloggerClubUK

  23. I love a National Trust day out with little one’s but definitely always head there as soon as things open as otherwise it is a stampede. I think it would be good for NT places to do specific parent parking or think about doing some little buggy collections for people that are disabled/pregnant or with little kiddes in busy periods. I love the colours in your pictures, your little one is gorgeous! I like that you have included lots of prices as this is always something I am thinking of as a mummy 🙂 Lovely post xx #bloggersclubuk

  24. That looks like an awesome place – we also love the National Trust – they really are a national treasure. Your pictures are most excellent – I would love to know how you created the background effect with the flower shot…perhaps you could DM me on twitter and let me know?? #BloggerClubUK

  25. Laura: Adventures with J Reply

    You have beautiful photos, especially the gorgeous magnolias! It is ridiculous that you had to park so inconveniently when with little ones or pregnant though. #BloggerClubUK

  26. Looks like a lovely day out – good job you chose the Friday as the rest of the weekend was horrid wasn’t it? I love NT properties, they are always in such lovely settings but there’s basically none where we live, which is such a shame. Crazy about the parking, some people are just so inconsiderate but I’m glad you didn’t let it spoil your day. Great pictures! x #BloggerClubUK

  27. We are moving house so didn’t get chance to go to one of these this year! This looks fab and a prize of a Cadbury’s bunny is pretty good. We do love our National Trust membership- those cafe lunches are just amazing and make the day 🙂 Thank for hosting x

  28. Stunning pictures! We’ve been meaning to go to Nyman’s for ages. We really want to make the most of our National Trust membership this year now we have a new addition to the family.

  29. Sounds fab, other than the parking! Your photos are beautiful, looks like a lovely, sunny Easter day out! #bloggerclubuk

  30. newmummyblogcom Reply

    It sounds like a brilliant place to visit and so much to see and do. It’s a shame about the parking, but at least you know. I’ll definitely check out the National Trust places near us… would you say it’s a bit too much for a just turned 16 month old? X
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  31. Love From Clueless Mum Reply

    Such beautiful photos – making me a little bit sad that I didn’t renew my national trust membership (I’m no longer young enough for a young persons membership!) #TwinklyTuesday

  32. Good Friday was such a beautiful day. It was definitely a good idea to get out and appreciate it. We did the Easter egg trail at Lanhydrock National Trust is Cornwall on Easter Sunday. The Tot loved it. The weather wasn’t quite as good as on the Friday but wemanaged to dodge the showers 🙂 #bloggersclubuk

  33. well done mum looks like a fun filled day and the pictures are lovely #bloggerclubuk x

  34. Double the Monkey Business Reply

    I really love your little boys jumper in these photos! Glad you ended up having a nice day xxx #bloggerclubuk

  35. Aw you’ve taken some great photos, it looks lovely here in the spring sunshine. Shame about the parking! x
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  36. Looks like a really fab day lovely! I really need to look up national trust places near us, as the boys would love things like that! #bloggerclubuk xx

  37. Looks lovely! Beautiful pictures. My toddler would love all those daffodils – she has developed an obsession! #BloggerClubUK

  38. Gorgeous photos! So sorry you had to walk so far. We have been making the most of our National Trust passes this Easter too and have had some lovely visits in the sunny weather 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  39. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    These national trust properties look amazing! You had such a fabulous day to go with the sun shining. I love that they did a deal with Cadbury’s – an Easter egg hunt would really make the gardens come to life! #bloggerclubuk

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