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Fantabulous Easter fun in Northants

Lockdown's easing and we're itching to do something other than stare at our own four walls for once. Enter your Muddy godmother with 10 of the most happening events to put a spring in your step this Easter.

EASTER EGG HUNTS

Evenley Wood Garden Easter Egg Hunt

Evenley Wood Garden, 30 Mar-5 Apr.

Hop to it! Easter just isn’t complete without an hour or two spent foraging about in the undergrowth for a golden egg and the magical glades of Evenley Wood Garden make a splendiferous spot to soak up a spot of sun (pretty please!). There’s a sensory trail and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot the Easter Bunny herself. Head to Uncle Geordie’s shed for a coffee and a refuel once you’re all egged out. Pre-booking is essential.

Delapre Abbey, Northampton, 27 Mar-11 Apr

Enjoy the serene walled gardens at Delapre Abbey whilst following the trail to find the hidden eggs and win a prize. You’ll also get a discount on hot drinks at the Common Ground deli on site but hurry – tickets are selling fast and you must book in advance.

Rockingham Castle, 4-5 Apr

The perfectly primped gardens at Rockingham have possibly some of the most magnificent views in the county, but look down and you’ll find something even more egg-citing. Every egg you find among the flowers has a letter attached and once you’ve found them all and made the word you can claim your chocolatey prize. Once again, pre-booking is essential.

Overstone Grange Farm, Easter weekend

Tiptoe through the tulips (careful, don’t step on any) and find the hidden clues to solve the puzzle and claim your prize at Overstone Grange, where it’s all about seasonal flowers and produce. They’ll also be open from 12 April for PYO. Tickets must be booked in advance.

ATTRACTIONS OPENING FOR EASTER

Deene Park

Deene Park, nr. Corby, 4-5 and 11 Apr

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the spring borders at Deene Park and, whilst the grand house remains closed for now, the gardens and grounds are open for a few days over Easter, with takeaway refreshments available. Swan around dramatically, pretending to be Jane Eyre to your hearts content – the house starred as Thornfield Hall in the 1983 TV series starring Timothy Dalton.

Coton Manor, open from 1 Apr

Flamingo alert! Yes, you will see these leggy pink lovelies strutting their stuff as well as rows and rows of spring bulbs popping their heads up around the gardens and woodland. The cafe will be open for takeaway and the nursery is also open with plenty of potted sweetpeas and loads more for you to take home with you. There is no advance booking available but visitor numbers are limited, so arrive early – they will be opening from 11am, rather than the usual midday.

Kirby Hall, nr. Corby, open from 29 Mar

This vast Tudor palace may languish somewhat in tatters today but, during the reign of Elizabeth I, this English Heritage property would have been one of the grandest houses in England. Frolic among the crumbling ruins and enjoy a spring picnic on the lawns, taking in the spectacular views and cavorting with the peacocks who potter around the grounds in a gang.

Kelmarsh Hall, open from 4 Apr

Kelmarsh will be reopening their glorious Grade II listed gardens from Easter Sunday alongside a new fairy walk and a vintage garden cafe, Sweet Peas Tearoom, which will serve hot drinks and a huge range of home made treats including cakes, pastries, quiches and toasties – currently only for takeaway but picnics are a go-go!

West Lodge Farm Park, open from 1 April

Walks and nature trails will be open from 1 April and throughout the Easter hols with takeaway drinks and snacks available from on site cafe The Udder Place. The barns, undercover animal areas and children’s play areas are set to re-open on 12 April. Pre-booking essential.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Cantanger Lamas

Catanger Lamas, Weedon Lois, open from 12 Apr

Machu Picchu trek been put on hold this year? No problem, head to the dizzy heights of Weedon Lois for a guided walk with your very own lama to carry all your kit and absorb the beautiful views of the south Northants countryside. Must be booked in advance.

Canoe 2, Rushden Lakes, from 27 Mar

The fabulous swan and dragon pedalos will be back in action for the weekend of 27/28 March and canoe hire is set to re-open on the River Nene from 2 April. What better way to enjoy some socially distanced fresh air and exercise? Book your slot now.

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