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Follow in Shakespeare's footsteps and visit one of Lancashire's finest Tudor buildings

Rufford Old Hall - home to the Heskeths for 500 years - and its Great Hall was once the stage for a young William Shakespeare before he was famous.

Fantastic furniture, arms, armour and tapestries sweep through the hall, and history springs in to life in the Hesketh's dining room, its food-laden table, lit candles and 'fire in the hearth' waiting to welcome the family's dinner guests.

Stroll through Rufford's glorious Victorian and Edwardian gardens - and remember you're only a few feet (or meters) above sea level - making Rufford one of the lowest lying National Trust gardens in England.

Easter Egg trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

18–21 April, 11am - 4pm

Grab your little actors for a walk in young Shakespeare’s footsteps with a trail that’ll have them saying ‘Oh Romeo, Romeo! Where are you, Romeo?’ The story ends with a Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. £1 to enter.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

There are lots of things to tick off your list at Rufford Old Hall including:

  • Build a den (No.4)
  • Hold a scary beast (No.30)
  • Make a trail with sticks (No.12)

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