A thousand fancies

Billie Piper in her wedding dress from Mansfield Park © Rex Images

Billie Piper in her wedding dress from Mansfield Park

Daily from 14 February to 30 June

Berrington Hall is showcasing a series of costume exhibitions against the backdrop of its beautiful Georgian interiors. Costumes displays from the Charles Paget Wade collection and original film costumes from Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice will be display during the year; starting with Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet  and Mansfield Park with Billie Piper from 14th February.

Dressed to kill

See Georgian custume and duelling demonstrations this weekend © Jonathan Pow

See Georgian custume and duelling demonstrations this weekend

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 11am to 4pm

Join us at Berrington for a weekend full of Georgian dress.  As well as our Thousand Fancies exhibition in the house we have Georgian gentleman showing off the pistols and other weaponry of the period.  This includes demonstrations of how the gents would settle their disputes with a duel, so if you walk in the parkland you had better not annoy anyone.

'50 things to do'

Have fun at Berrington whatever the weather © NT/David Levenson

Have fun at Berrington whatever the weather

Does it feel like ages since you explored the great outdoors?  Well guess what, the feeling's mutual. Nature misses you. But don't despair - now's the perfect time to do something about it.

We've put together a list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. We want to encourage kids to get mucky, discover their wild side and get closer to nature. Come to Berrington and climb a tree, build a den, fly a kite, hunt for bugs and many more.

Sign up for the 50 things challenge now

Build a Georgian den

Oliver Murton with his den. © Adrian Murton

Oliver Murton with his den.

Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May, 11am to 3pm

Georgian children like the children of today love to build a den in the woods.  We have an area set aside in the woods behind the park at Berrington with all of the materials necessary to create your own den, big or small.  Use your own imagination to construct your 'palace'  or if you want to know how the Georgians did it our wardens will be on hand over these days to offer advice.

Spring poem competition

Oliver Murton with his den. © National Trust

Oliver Murton with his den.

Get the children thinking this spring with our poem competition.  Ask them to create a spring-themed poem, inspired by a visit to a National Trust place. It runs until Friday 1 May and there are three age categories:  6 years old and under, 7-9 years old,,10-12 years old.  The winner of each category will receive £20 in book vouchers. The overall winner will then be chosen and will have their winning poem specially illustrated by James Munro, who has produced this artwork.