Head out on a hunt for the Lindt Gold Bunny this Easter at Hampton Court Palace

30 January 2018

30 January 2018

Celebrate the arrival of spring 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, 26 March – 15 April

The Magic Garden reopens 30 March

There’s fun for all the ages at Hampton Court Palace this spring, with the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt offering families a chance to explore the palace and its stunning grounds through an adventure-filled treasure hunt. Hidden all around Hampton Court, 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.

On the quest to find the bunny, visitors will encounter the 18th century Chocolate Kitchen, where they can learn the story of Thomas Tosier, George I’s private chocolate chef at the palace. A host of associated chocolate-themed activities will be taking place throughout the Easter holidays, where little ones can concoct their own Georgian style chocolate drink, decorate a ceramic chocolate cup to take home and even meet Princess Caroline, later Queen Caroline, to find out what her favourite sweet treat is.

Once visitors have satisfied their sweet tooth, it’s time to head to the famous Tudor Kitchens, which will play host to live cookery demonstrations over the Easter weekend. ‘Cooking for the Court’ offers everyone the chance to join the King’s cooks and discover the truth behind Henry VIII’s legendary appetite. The palace’s team of historic chefs will be showcasing Tudor cooking techniques and uncovering the secrets behind creating a dish fit for a king!

The fun continues in the palace grounds with a trip to the Magic Garden, which reopens to visitors on 30 March. This imaginative play garden has been inspired by the palace’s legendary past, and is located on the site of Henry VIII’s former jousting tiltyard. Enter an immersive world populated by mythical beasts - including a fire-breathing dragon - with something new to discover around every twist and turn. Roused by this atmospheric setting, it’s time for brave young Tudor knights to besiege the battlements, storm the Tiltyard Towers and even explore a mysterious secret grotto!

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Notes to Editors

Easter events for families:

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

26 March – 15 April

Included in palace admission / free for Historic Royal Palaces members

Family Activities

30 March - 15 April

Discover the story of royal chocolate this Easter with lots of hands on activities:

Meet Princess Caroline

11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00

Find out what her favourite sweet treat is and the secret behind its recipe.

Royal chocolate tasting

11:00 – 16:00

Concoct your own Georgian style chocolate drink to your taste.

Decorate your own Chocolate Cup

11:00 – 16:00

Decorate your own ceramic chocolate cup to enjoy your favourite drink at home.

All included in palace admission

Cooking for the Court

30 March – 2 April

Head to the Tudor Kitchens for a chance to join the King’s Cooks and see live Tudor cookery demonstrations, uncovering the secrets behind creating a dish fit for a king!

Included in palace admission / free for Historic Royal Palaces members

Magic Garden

Open daily from 30 March

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


Magic Garden & Maze only ticket: £7.70 adult / £5.80 child (under 3s go free) / £6.90 concessions /£22.70 family ticket (includes up to 2 adults and 3 children). 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 Talk PR: [email protected]


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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