Spring is in the air and Walpole and I are desperate to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. There are lots of wonderful, interesting events happening across the country during March.
If you’re in the South West on the Shrove Tuesday, 4th March, head to Clovelly to experience an old town custom. Lentsherd begins at Dusk, the children of the village gather at the top of the cobbles, each child carrying a tin can attached to a long string. They set off down the street whooping and clattering their cans behind them, chasing bad spirits away before Lent. What a wonderful opportunity to witness an ancient tradition!
The East is alive with early spring activities! Holkham Hall are starting their monthly ‘Walking Women’ events on 4th March. If you love walking but don’t like to venture too far alone, join Holkham’s walks, enjoy the spectacular estate and meet some new friends along the way!
If you missed the snowdrop walks in February there is still time to catch a glimpse in the woodlands at Oxburgh Hall on the 8th and 9th March. There is a guided walk available but the estate is also open for free roaming.
In the East Midlands, treat the children to a day out at Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground. Open every day from 10th March, explore this working farmyard with cows, pigs, sheep, horses, chicken and fish. Keep your eyes open for some younger animals as well! There is a milking demonstration at 3:30pm every afternoon and opportunity to cuddle some of your furry friends too. The Adventure Playground is fun for all, with trampoline, rope slide and secret passage (I may stick to the farmyard on this visit, I’m not sure I’m the trampolining type!).
For those in Warwickshire on 6th March, pop over to Compton Verneyfor the Head Groundsman’s Tour. Lasting one hour and taking in some of the key locations around the grounds, the Groundsman will talk you through the development of the Capability Brown landscape to its current form. Learn about the history of the gardens, the restoration and take in the varied art installations dotted around the grounds. Delightful.
If you’re heading further North, Burton Agnes Hall & Gardensare celebrating the beautiful Orchid on 1st and 2nd March. One of my favourite flowers; pay a visit to the hall to see a stunning exhibition and sale and gain advice about growing your own orchids.
Now this sounds wonderful; The World’s Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain. A full weekend of events on 1st and 2nd March, watch the judging of the jars of marmalade, experience the food fair, crafts, music and children’s activities. Someone fetch me some toast!
For all our friends over the Welsh border, Bodnant Gardenis expanding. Join them on 12th March for a walk around previously unseen areas and hidden gardens, how very exciting!
Walpole thinks that’s enough for now, plenty to keep you all going! Keep your eyes peeled for Mother’s Day recommendations very soon. Don’t forget to tweet me your photos and any ideas for days out @hudsonsheritage.