Walpole and I have discovered a wonderfully wide range of activites at the nation’s stately homes and gardens so far this year. Spring has sprung and we have been lucky enough to stumble across a new selection of fabulous, and slightly unusual, events .
This April would be William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is celebrating with a month of family activites every day from 5th-27th April 12-3pm. Visit the houses, invent your own Shakesperian words at the Birthplace, create your own characters in the mini theatre at Nash’s Place and transform yourself into a plague victim with face paint at Hall’s Croft. Grisly.
Take a trip on a vintage tractor at Blair Castle and explore hidden parts of the grounds. Children will love visiting the animals on the estate including Highland Cows, Ponies and Red Deer. If you’re feeling even more adventurous join a land rover dawn or dusk safari to see the best of the wildlife on the estate. Take in views of the whole estate from over 3000ft and look out for Red Deer, Black and Red Grouse, Mountain Hares and Birds of Prey.
Looking to take to the waters? Boating season is fast approaching, so head to Beaulieu on 27th April for Beaulieu Boatjumble. Beaulieu Boatjumble is a great way to pick up some bargains for the new season. With up to 1000 stands of boating bits, new trailerable boats, dinghies and equipment, you are bound to find what you need. If you are looking for a used boat, the Boatmart is a unique opportunity to browse around a wide range of used craft for sale, from classics to nearly new and those in need of restoration.
In the market for a bit of culture? Hatfield House are holding a Fundraising and Launch Chamber Concert on 11th April in the Marble Hall at the house. Lord Salisbury will host an evening of sumptuous music with international artists. BBC Radio 3’s Sean Rafferty will introduce the performance. Book now to avoid disappointment!
What an eclectic selection! Something for everyone. Don’t forget, Walpole and I are always looking for inspiration and places to visit. Remember to tweet us your pics!