13 March 2017
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
Celebrate the arrival of spring this year at Henry VIII’s pleasure palace with a Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt and the re-opening of the popular ‘Magic Garden’ for families.
Family fun is in store at Hampton Court Palace this Easter, as Henry VIII’s Tudor palace hosts its first ever Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, in collaboration with Lindt, makers of the finest Swiss chocolate since 1845. Throughout the Easter holidays, visitors can explore the history of chocolate at Hampton Court Palace, discover how chocolate was made for a king in the palace’s 18th century Chocolate Kitchen, and explore the palace gardens in search of the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny! Meanwhile, in the world-famous palace gardens, the popular Magic Garden is set to re-open in time for a new season of family fun!
The Lindt Gold Bunny – with its iconic golden foil, red ribbon and bell – has found several hiding places around the palace, where monarchs have indulged their sweet tooth through the ages. On a quest to find the Lindt Gold Bunny, learn about Queen Elizabeth I’s penchant for comfits and sugared seeds, get lost in the Maze and marvel at the Great Vine, the 250-year-old vine which still produces sweet dessert grapes today.
Learn about Thomas Tosier, George I’s private chocolate chef at Hampton Court Palace’s restored Chocolate Kitchen; fast-forward 300 years, and discover how Rodolphe Lindt revolutionised the chocolate making process to make the silky-smooth Lindt chocolate of today. After making mouths water with all this chocolate history, families will be rewarded for their hard work and detective skills with a delicious Lindt chocolate treat, and there will be opportunities during the first two weekends to try a hand at making Georgian chocolate drinks too!
Families can continue to explore the Great Outdoors with a trip to the Magic Garden, which will once again welcome visitors to experience the legendary world of the Tudor tournament. Opened in spring 2016, this imaginative play garden has been inspired by the palace’s past, located in Henry VIII’s former jousting tiltyard.
Discover something new around every twist and turn in an immersive world populated by mythical beasts, including a fire-breathing dragon. The stage is set for brave young Tudor knights to besiege the battlements, storm the Tiltyard Towers and explore a mysterious secret grotto!
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