Celebrate the arrival of spring as the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt returns to Hampton Court Palace

11 March 2019

11 March 2019

It’s set to be a fun-filled Easter at Henry VIII’s pleasure palace with the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, family activities, and the re-opening of the popular Magic Garden.

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, 6 – 22 April

The Magic Garden reopens 30 March

Head to Hampton Court Palace this Easter as the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt returns, offering families a chance to explore the palace and its stunning gardens through an adventure-filled treasure hunt. Hidden all around the palace - where monarchs through the ages have indulged their sweet tooth - will be the Lindt Gold Bunny, created by the makers of the finest Swiss chocolate since 1845 and instantly recognisable with its iconic gold foil, red ribbon and bell.

As families embark on their bunny hunt, they can learn about a whole host of former Hampton Court residents with the new personalised Lindt red ribbons featuring the name of each character proudly displayed. Follow the clue, find the bunny and discover more about characters from the past, including Thomas Cromwell, Queen Anne and King William III. Along the way, visitors can also uncover the story of George I’s private chocolate maker at Hampton Court, Thomas Tosier, and see his very own Chocolate Kitchen– perfect for those with a sweet tooth! Taste buds will be tingling in Henry VIII’s Kitchens too, as they play host to live cookery demonstrations every day throughout the Easter holidays. Visitors can try their hand at roasting meat, help the cooks create sweet Tudor dishes fit for King Henry’s court, or just watch the hustle and bustle of this busy food factory.

The fun continues in the palace’s gardens, with family favourite the Magic Garden reopening on 30 March. Inspired by the palace’s legendary past, this imaginative play garden is located on the site of Henry VIII’s former jousting tiltyard and has something new to discover around every twist and turn. Little ones can enter an immersive world populated by mythical beasts - including a fire-breathing dragon – where brave young Tudor knights can besiege the battlements, storm the Tiltyard Towers and even explore a mysterious secret grotto!

For those who can’t get enough of the chocolate trail, hop on over to Kensington Palace, where for the first time ever the Lindt Gold Bunny will be hiding amongst the opulent State Apartments and formal gardens.

 

Notes to Editors

Easter events for families:

 

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

6 – 22 April

Hampton Court Palace

The Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt returns to Hampton Court Palace for 2019, with the famous Lindt Gold Bunny hiding throughout the palace and gardens. Every bunny found reveals a new story from Hampton Court’s history, with successful hunters offered the chance to claim a delicious chocolatey prize!

Included in Hampton Court Palace admission. Free for Historic Royal Palaces members.

 

Tudor cookery

6 – 22 April

Hampton Court Palace

From roast beef to spiced marchpane, discover some of the Tudor delicacies that would grace the tables in Henry VIII’s Palace as the team of historic cooks whip up some tasty Tudor treats.

Included in Hampton Court Palace admission. Free for Historic Royal Palaces members.

 

The Magic Garden

Open daily from 30 March

Hampton Court Palace

Enter this imaginative play garden inspired by the palace’s legendary past and encounter a world populated with mythical beasts.

Included in palace admission / free for Historic Royal Palaces members

 

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

6 – 22 April

Kensington Palace

Hunt for the Lindt Gold Bunny around the palace and its gardens and collect a delicious chocolatey prize! Families will also be able to dress up in Georgian costume to prepare for a party at the court of King George II, as well as taking part in garden games.

Included in Kensington Palace admission. Free for Historic Royal Palaces members.

 

Palace ticket on the gate: £23.70 adult / £11.90 child (under 5s go free) / £18.90 concessions / £59.10 family ticket (includes up to 2 adults and 3 children). Free for Historic Royal Palaces members. Book online to save.

Magic Garden & Maze only ticket: £8 adult / £6 child (under 3s go free) / £7.10 concessions /£23.40 family ticket (includes up to 2 adults and 3 children). Free for Historic Royal Palaces members. Last entry: 17.15.

For details of all Easter events, please visit www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/

For further information and images of the event, please contact Sophie Lemagnen in the Historic Royal Palaces press office:  0203 166 6304 / [email protected]

For information on Lindt’s full Easter product offering, contact [email protected]

Directions

Train from Waterloo direct to Hampton Court takes 32 minutes. Exit Junctions 10 and 12 on the M25. Underground District Line to Wimbledon and main line to Hampton Court.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk

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