Between the 14th and 17th of April, Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what could be the longest Easter Egg Hunt in Essex! The egg hunt will run the length of the railway track from Ongar through to Coopersale, which is the length of 131,579 eggs placed end to end! Children will be asked to find the eggs which have been hidden by Bertie around the Railway. They will have some clues to help them and any child who completes their egg sheet is entitled to a special Easter prize.
Bertie Bunny, the Head of Eggs and Easter, has said:
“I was concerned when I learnt that some mischievous people said at the beginning of April that the Railway was extending to Dunmow but now relieved that for now we’re just going to Coopersale with the egg hunt. It always takes me ages to hide them, running along over 5 miles of track, but I do my best to think of the best places to put them all. The egg in one of the places is a lot easier to place this year – can you tell which one it might be?”
All participants will need to buy tickets, family tickets are available for £34 in advance online, and includes all the activities. Tickets can also be purchased on the day, either on the buses or from the ticket office at the station. The 339 heritage buses will be running from directly outside Epping station to North Weald station regularly to pick up passengers.
Rodger Green, Bertie’s Keeper, has said:
“Children will be able to have their faces painted, colour in their egg sheets and even dance with Bertie Bunny at our children’s disco, ‘The Bunny Hop and watch a special magic show.”