Days Out: Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh

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NESTLED in more than 300 acres of historic parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown lies East Yorkshire’s best kept secret.

Burton Constable Hall - just ten miles from Hull and less than an hour’s drive from York - is one of the county’s most spectacular country houses, and Yorkshire’s best-documented example of a Capability Brown landscape.

This remarkable Elizabethan mansion has been in the Constable family for more than 700 years and features more than 30 rooms filled with fine arts, furniture and other surprises, like the Cabinet of Curiosities containing all sorts of weird and wonderful artefacts collected by William Constable during the 18th century.

The historic grounds, with their woodland and parkland trails, also provide a spectacular setting for a spring walk in the sun, while The Orangery makes for a great spot for picnics in the sunshine and family games on the lawn.

For the more energetic the Parkland Experience Pack comes complete with bug collector, magnifying glass, binoculars and orienteering map – it’s great for checking out birds and creepy-crawlies.

Throughout Easter weekend, the hall and gardens will host a range of events, like family craft sessions and a hunt to find Barry Bunny – the mischievous cousin of the Easter Bunny, who has gone missing with all the Easter eggs.

There’s also a special trail through the stables to find eggs and spell the hidden word. There’s a treat on offer for every child taking part in the trails on Easter Sunday.

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Address: Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN

Opening times: Open daily from 11am to 5pm from Easter Saturday. See website for more information.

Admission: Adult from £5.50 to £10, child from £3 to £5, family from £15.50 to £26.

Tel: 01964 562400

Website: burtonconstable.com

More: yorkshire.com

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