Press Release: Easter Egg trails at West Dean Gardens

Children can take part in a traditional Easter Egg Trail around the award-winning West Dean Gardens, where they will be rewarded with a small handmade chocolate treat courtesy of award-winning chocolatiers Montezuma's. Celebrate Easter and bring family and friends to explore the gardens as they burst into life this spring. Relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens and admire the displays of vibrant spring flowering bulbs. Make time to wander through the historic Edwardian pergola, visit the restored Victorian glasshouses, Walled Kitchen Garden, and the orchards as they come into bud and take a peek at the award-winning Sunken Garden.

Easter Egg trails run throughout the day from 25 - 28 March 9am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.00pm. Normal Adult gardens' entry applies. Children's entry to the gardens FREE. There is a small additional charge of £2.50 per child for the Easter Egg Trail, including two children's activities and a small, handmade chocolate treat for completing the trail. Tickets are availble to book online in advance at

Enjoy a home cooked lunch in the Gardens Restaurant, which has recently been awarded a VisitEngland Quality Food & Drink Accolade, or complete your day with a delicious cream tea. Browse the Gardens Shop for unusual gifts, greetings cards, gardening accessories and plants.

Gardens Restaurant

West Dean Cream Tea- traditional or speciality tea, scone, preserve & clotted cream. £5.10 for one or £10 for two. West Dean Afternoon Tea - plain scone, strawberry jam, clotted cream, selection of homemade cakes & finger sandwiches served on a tiered stand, with a choice of tea or coffee. £14 per person.

2016 Garden Events Dates

Gardens Open Day, 6 March (Mothering Sunday)

Easter Egg Trails 25 - 28 March

West Dean House Opening, 30 April and 1 May

West Dean Design & Craft Fair, featuring MADE, 3 - 5 June

Chilli Fiesta, 5, 6 & 7 August

Apple Affair 1 - 2 October

Half term week Halloween Activities, 26 - 30 October

Father Christmas Visits 10 &11 and 17 & 18 December

Free parking. Free admission to Shop and Restaurant. Dogs on short leads welcome.

For more information on what's on at West Dean Gardens visit

Notes to editors

  • West Dean Gardens is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust, also comprising West Dean College, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • VisitEngland Quality Food & Drink Accolade is awarded as part of VisitEngland's Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • West Dean Gardens are situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

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Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer, +44 (0)1243 818301


West Dean Gardens, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ