Easter events across the country
The Easter holidays will soon be here, so why not take the opportunity to visit one of our places? Nationwide, places we care for will be holding special Easter events, so you and your family won't be far away from some seasonal fun.
Below we've picked some of our favourite Easter events from across the country.
Activities including archery will be happening throughout the Easter holidays at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex. Activities are priced from £2 per item (in additional to normal entry fee).
5-21 April 2014, 11am-4pm
There are craft activities, table-top games, a sandpit and a farmyard trail at Castle Ward, County Down. Bring along a picnic, visit the animals let the children take a ride on a tractor, and relax by the shore of Strangford Lough.
18-25 April, 10am-5pm
Enjoy the acoustics of Gibside Chapel, Tyne and Wear, as local performers and choirs perform live music inspired by springtime and Easter. No booking is required, and the chapel's doors remain open throughout, so you can pop in for a single song or the entire performance. Following on from the music will be a traditional Anglican Easter service.
20 April, 1-2pm (music) 3-4pm (Anglican service)
Duck racing is back at Montacute House, Somerset, by popular demand. Choose and purchase your duck and wander down to Mill Copse Stream for the races, where prizes are awarded for the swiftest ducks. Ducks are £1.50 each (in addition to normal entry fees) and are yours to take home - if they don't swim away.
15 April, 11am-3pm
For more information call: 01935 823289
The Bunnies from Hell morris dancers celebrate spring at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, with their version of English traditional dance.
20 April, 10:45am-12pm
Try your hand at being creative at the 18th-century Claremont Landscape Garden in Surrey. You can make an Easter bonnet and maybe win a prize - there are two categories, one for adults and one for children. And if you don't fancy making a bonnet you can bring one along and join in the East Bonnet Parade.
19 April, 3-3.30pm
On 14 September 1910, Lyme Park, Cheshire, staged a sports day to celebrate the coming-of-age of Richard Legh, 3rd Lord Newton. This Easter, step back in time to Lyme's Edwardian heyday with tug-of-war, egg and spoon rack, hill rolling and a sack race.
16 April, 1-3pm
Get messy with chocolate at the Cocoadance workshop at Mam Farm, Castleton. Nestled within the Pennine moorlands of Dark Peak, Cocoadance produce handmade Peak District chocolate on one of our farms. Booking is essential and tickets cost £12.50.
18-19 April, 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, may look like a Norman fortress, but it was actually built by a very rich Victorian family and is full of surprises. Meet the castle's crazy players and why not tick off one of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ while you're at it?
17 and 24 April, 11am-4pm