A jam-packed week­end of Easter fun and cheer

The Galloway News - - WEEKEND TICKET - SHARON LIPTROTT

Fam­i­lies can en­joy a jam-packed day out this Easter Sun­day at Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle and Coun­try Es­tate.

Team Chal­lenge will bring an ar­ray of free ac­tiv­i­ties to the Dum­friesshire Es­tate on April 21 from 11am-3pm for kids of all ages. This in­cludes a large bouncy cas­tle and ball pool, gi­ant games, jug­gling jester and a 50ft as­sault course.

Even big kids, in­clud­ing par­ents, can get in­volved in the ac­tion with archery ses­sions and Seg­way tours to try out as well as help­ing young­sters fol­low the Easter Egg Hunt trail around the es­tate grounds.

The ad­ven­ture play­ground will also be open through­out Easter week­end with fea­tures in­clud­ing an aerial runway, climb­ing frames, ca­ble­way and ham­mock swing to keep kids en­ter­tained for hours.

Claire Oram, cas­tle man­ager at Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle and Coun­try Es­tate, said: “The Easter hol­i­days are a great op­por­tu­nity to spend time with fam­ily and friends and our Easter Sun­day Fun Day has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle is also open for guided tours through­out the Easter week­end which is an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed. Es­pe­cially for those look­ing to im­merse them­selves in the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory, art and ar­chi­tec­ture of Drum­lan­rig.”

En­try to the Es­tate for the Easter Sun­day Fun Day is by ticket or in­cluded in a sea­son pass and un­der-5s go free. A small additional fee ap­plies to take a Cas­tle Tour. Vis­i­tor sea­son at Drum­lan­rig is from 10am–5pm daily.

An Easter Egg Trail is also be­ing held at El­lis­land Farm and Mu­seum as a nod to Robert Burns’ fond­ness for chick­ens.

It will run over the Easter week­lend from to­mor­row un­til Mon­day, 2pm to 4pm.

El­lis­land’s Sue Hughes said: “Robert Burns was re­ally fond of eggs. Whilst stay­ing at El­lis­land he would send newly laid eggs to his friends.

“We still have lots of chick­ens and ducks on the farm to­day but some cheeky chap has hid­den away all our eggs. Come along and have a go at our El­lis­land Egg hunt but watch out that the Easter Bunny doesn’t catch you.

“Find all the eggs hid­den around the farm, an­swer the ques­tions and you could win a choco­latey prize.

“Our bunny may even let you have a go with his tra­di­tional penny toys.”

Team chal­lenge At Drum­lan­rig Cas­tle and Coun­try Es­tate this Easter week­end

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