Days Out: Burton Agnes Hall

FOR Easter fun for all the family, hop on down to Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, near Driffield.

Winner of the small visitor attraction of the year award at last year’s White Rose Awards, the superb stately home is a glorious example of Elizabethan architecture, and was described by Simon Jenkins, author of England’s Thousand Best Houses as ‘the perfect English house.’

Built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, it has stayed in his family for more than four centuries and offers something for everyone this spring.

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From March 25 until April 10, children can enjoy an Easter trail around the magnificent grounds, solving clues while exploring the extensive gardens. Once the puzzle has been solved, every child will receive an Easter treat.

On Easter Sunday and Monday, youngsters can hunt for thousands of Easter eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in the hall’s woodland – and may even meet the bunny himself.

Adventurous visitors can also navigate the yew tree maze, while the giant board games, like chess, draughts, quoits, snakes and ladders and hop scotch will keep the whole family entertained. For a relaxing spot try the Children’s Corner and watch the bees and butterflies visiting spring flowers.

After working up an appetite, pay a visit to the Courtyard Café to enjoy homemade meals and indulgent desserts before treating yourself to a souvenir from the shop.

Green fingered visitors can pick up home grown plants, which will be ready to bloom in the coming months.