I like finding things to do on holidays that, as a family, we can make into traditions.
We visited CASTLE HOWARD last Christmas for their ‘An Audience with Father Christmas‘ event (see my post HERE) and it really was the most magical, lovely experience. My partner turned to me within five minutes of it starting and told me we were coming back next year. This, from him, says A LOT.
So, after seeing this event published on CASTLE HOWARD‘s Facebook page I had high hopes that we would have the same wonderful time at their Easter event.
We didn’t intend on staying a full day, as once again, we’d double booked ourselves, but, it really is an estate to get lost in and explore. The views are just breathtaking.I actually didn’t realise how big the estate was until I did the ‘RunOrDye’ event here last year.
The ‘fair’ was situated at the end house gardens. Once there, we came face to face with a small selection of fairground rides, including a carousel, helter skelter and big wheel, plus a small train ride and hook-a-bag. (yes, bag, not duck. And if you didn’t like your cuddly toy you could exchange it.)
There was also a selection of farm animals; rabbits, guinea pigs and ducks, some sheep, lama, goat and Shetland ponies, plus some creepy crawlies, which I can’t bring myself to mention! A tent next door also housed some crafty activities, with paper, pens and pencils and an opportunity to make your own Easter Card.
As we strolled back towards the exit/entrance, we bumped into Mrs Easter Bunny, (and friend) who was very friendly. However, my little boy wasn’t and frowned, scowled and refused to go anywhere near her, that is, apart from to happily wave ‘bye bye’.
Although we had a lovely morning and really enjoyed not only returning to Castle Howard, but also the fair rides, it was smaller than I’d of thought. If we were to return next year, if it is on their calendar, we will definitely make more of a day visit and explore the ground more.