How is it Easter already? Well, Spring hasn’t quite sprung just yet with snow still on the ground, but in little over a week, you will be stuffing your faces with chocolate eggs, hopefully in the sunshine!
Easter eggs symbolise new life at springtime and have been a part of Easter celebrations for centuries. The tradition of decorating eggs dates back as far as the 13th century and their chocolate counterparts originating in France and Germany in the 19th century, as people got more creative with their egg-giving. As chocolate making developed, the first hollow chocolate egg with treats inside was made in Bristol, by chocolatier JS Fry & Son, in 1873. The company eventually merged with Cadbury’s, which launched its first Easter egg line in 1875. These days, Easter eggs are big business with 90 million sold every year in the UK alone!
There are several Easter egg hunts taking place across the Island this Easter weekend, here is our guide to make sure you don’t miss out:
Arreton Barns will be running their annual Easter Sunday Egg Hunt from 9.30am to 12 noon for ages 12 under. Search around the barns to collect one of each colour counter to claim your easter surprise.
Osborne are celebrating with a Victorian adventure, where you can follow the trail of daffodils to find your chocolate prize.
The National Trust are running several Easter egg hunts across it’s sites including Bembridge Windmill, The Needles Old Battery and Mottistone Manor. Find the Cadbury’s chocolate egg by solving clues about local wildlife.
At Robin Hill, their Mad Easter Dash takes place Easter Sunday and Monday, little ones will be invited to join in the fun at 12pm, and the over six-year olds can come and have their turn to hunt for tokens and win their prizes from 2pm.
Head to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to ‘Look for the Golden Duck’ treasure hunt and take part in their Easter bonnet parade at 1.15pm 30th March to 2nd April.