Chocolate trails, tulips and more this spring at Historic Royal Palaces

The Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt returns to both Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace this Easter, before thousands of tulips bring a burst of colour to Hampton Court’s gardens

With the days getting lighter and bulbs beginning to bloom, Historic Royal Palaces has a whole host of activities guaranteed to put a spring in anyone’s step this Easter. From the famous Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt, to the Tulip Festival which returns to Hampton Court Palace by popular demand, there’s something for everyone this springtime.

Fun for all the family, the Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt is on at both Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace for the first time since 2019. Little ones can use the trail map to explore each palace and gardens and find the famous Lindt GOLD BUNNY statues hiding all around. Along the way, they’ll be tasked with matching up the name of the important palace character on the trail to the red ribbon on the bunny statue at each location, spanning both the centuries of history and whole host of people that have lived in and are associated with these legendary royal homes.

At Kensington Palace, visitors can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of the State Apartments, including the opulent King’s Gallery and imposing King’s Staircase. Inside the Victoria: A Royal Childhood exhibition, little ones can spot bunnies named after characters from the young Princess Victoria’s life, including her beloved dog Dash. Perfect for children aged 4-12, the trail is included in general palace admission (or free for Historic Royal Palaces members) and takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. Once all the statues have been found, each child will be able to claim their chocolatey reward, before exploring the new Life Through A Royal Lens exhibition at Kensington Palace, which showcases 180 years of royal photography.

Meanwhile, the bunnies take up residence in the magnificent gardens of Hampton Court Palace from 2-18 April, with the Rose Garden, Tudor Knot Garden and the iconic maze all playing host to the famous gold figures. Along the way, children can learn about former residents including Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown - Chief Gardener at the palace -, Oliver Cromwell and King Henry VIII. As well as the trail, visitors will be also able to explore 60 acres of gardens, including the fun-filled Magic Garden - an adventure playground built on the site of Henry VIII’s former jousting arena, which reopens on 30 March – and the palace’s art-packed State Apartments.

Later in April, the highly anticipated Tulip Festival returns to Hampton Court Palace, following its successful inaugural year in 2021. From 15 April – 2 May (pending flowering periods), the 60 acres of formal gardens will be filled with rare, historic and specialist tulip varieties inspired by Queen Mary II’s famous 17th century collection which was once housed at the palace. Included in standard admission - and free for Historic Royal Palaces members - 2022 will see the festival bigger and better than before, with 120,000 tulip bulbs flowering, including breath-taking floating tulip vases situated in the palace’s famous fountains. Visitors will be able to immersive themselves in the spectacular floral displays, which will fill the historic cobbled courtyards of Base Court and Clock Court, as well as the sprawling formal gardens. Once one of the most sought-after commodities of the time, the tulip was synonymous with former palace resident Queen Mary II. Both she and her husband King William III were keen horticulturists, avidly collecting plants from across the globe to be displayed at both Hampton Court Palace and in their gardens in Holland in impressive pots of all shapes, sizes and designs. Throughout the duration of the festival, visitors will be able to find out more about the links between the flower and the palace with a dedicated Tulip Festival Guide booklet, included as part of admission.

Notes to editors

For further information and images, please contact Sophie Lemagnen in the Historic Royal Palaces press office:  0203 166 6166 / [email protected]

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Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt at Kensington Palace

2, 3, 6-10, 13-17 April 2022

Included in palace admission. Historic Royal Palaces members go free. #LindtBunnyHunt

Lindt GOLD BUNNY Hunt at Hampton Court Palace

2 – 18 April

Included in palace admission. Historic Royal Palaces members go free. #LindtBunnyHunt

Tulip Festival at Hampton Court Palace

15 April – 2 May (Please note: tulip flowering periods are subject to spring weather and so are not guaranteed. Updates on flowering will be shared online and via Historic Royal Palaces’ social media channels).

Included in palace admission. Historic Royal Palaces members go free.

 

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