|Enjoy the Easter Trail|
Burghley House, nestling on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford in Lincolnshire, provides the spectacular backdrop for the annual Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday (20 April) in the Tudor-inspired Gardens of Surprise… with a spot of riddle-solving thrown in for good measure!
For a pre-Easter treat, Burghley’s Fine Food Market – one of three held at the House every year – will see pop-up market stalls spring up in the cobbled courtyard, where around 30 local suppliers in will be selling regional produce, (12-13 April).
A week before Easter weekend, the free admission Fine Food Market in the Stable Courtyard will offer handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats (open 10am to 4pm on both days).
The popular Burghley Easter Egg Hunt returns on Sunday 20th April and once again takes place in the family-friendly Gardens of Surprise, inspired by a Tudor “trick” garden established by the first Lord Burghley and boasting 32 squirting and bubbling water features.
Follow the treasure hunt around the Gardens and solve the riddle to claim a full size chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny. Parents can also test their Easter knowledge to try and win a family Season Card. All entries will go in to the prize draw for a giant chocolate Easter Bunny. (Open from 11am to 4.30pm). Free with a House and Gardens or Gardens Only ticket.
Visitors over the Easter holidays will also be able to enjoy a wander through the normally closed South Gardens. Usually only viewed from the windows of the State Rooms above, these formal gardens are dominated by the mature oak and lime trees, planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1844, but also offer a spectacular display of spring flowers.
The South Gardens offer magnificent seasonal displays of narcissi and spring bulbs, and will be open until Monday 21st April from 11am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission by donation.
For full details of opening times, all events and to book online tickets, visit www.burghley.co.uk or telephone 01780 752451.