Over the years , the Osterhase ( or Oschter Haws as it is also known ) became the fluffier , prettier Easter Bunny . The nests became baskets and the eggs became chocolate , but the idea behind it all remained the same .
And if you want to go and hunt for Easter eggs this year , here are some of the best places across the UK to do it .
HEVER CASTLE // 1-17 APR
Hever Castle ’ s own special Easter egg hunt consists of a trail to follow through the beautiful castle grounds . Follow the Lindt Gold Bunny and earn a delicious chocolate reward at the end . As well as this , there are other Easter activities to enjoy at Hever including daily Easter bonnet making workshops . www . hevercastle . co . uk
There are over 250 different Cadbury Easter egg hunts going on at National Trust properties all over the country , including Knole , Chartwell , Bateman ’ s and Sheffield Park and Garden . Not only will the children ( and adults ) get to search for chocolate , but there will also be face painting , dragon slaying , mystery solving and lots more at each location . www . nationaltrust . org . uk / features / join-thecadbury-egg-hunts
Search out the clues and find the chocolate surprises on the Leeds Castle Easter quest . Over the Easter weekend itself , Robin Hood and Maid Marion will be making an appearance at the castle for a fun-filled walking theatre experience . It ’ s sure to be funny , silly and unforgettable for the whole family . www . leeds-castle . com
EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY // 14-17 APR
Epping Ongar Railway is believed to be the longest heritage railway in Essex , and that means its annual Easter egg hunt is the longest too ! The hunt runs the entire way from Ongar to Coopersale , which is the equivalent of 131,579 Easter eggs laid end to end … Luckily , you get to experience the hunt on board one of the heritage steam engines – and Bertie Bunn himself might even make an appearance ! www . eorailway . co . uk
MUMBLES PIER // 14 APR
For one day only you can dig for treasure at Lighthouse Bay in South Wales , just by Mumbles Pier . And when we say treasure , we do , of course , mean coloured eggs – which at Easter time is exactly the same thing ! Dig in the sand and find as many eggs as you can ; each one represents a chocolate version , which you can collect at the pier when you ’ re finished . www . mumbles-pier . co . uk
THE EDEN PROJECT // 25 MAR – 10 APR
Journey down to Cornwall to the fantastic Eden Project this Easter holiday and you ’ ll be able to hunt for coloured eggs throughout the site . It ’ s a race to find the most and exchange them for chocolate before the other teams manage it ! As a bonus , there is a giant inflatable assault course – perfect for a bit of exercise after all that chocolate ! www . edenproject . com