Eastnor Castle gets kids outside with magical events
By David Wood
Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury
When: Sunday, September 23, and Sunday, September 30
Nestling on the fringes of the Malvern Hills, the landscape that inspired Tolkien's Middle Earth, Eastnor Castle provides a fairytale visit in its own right.
It's adding to the magic for children and adults alike with two magical autumn events this September. What's more, the dog can come along too and is more than welcome in all areas of the grounds and castle.
This Sunday, September 23, the castle hosts Autumn Antics. There's no need to travel to New England to see spectacular displays of Autumn foliage.
Eastnor Castle's breath-taking arboretum and tree trail is a testament to the Victorian's passion for creating exotic gardens based on worldly travels.
Children are encouraged to climb the trees, dive into giant piles of leaves and collect conkers and cones to their heart's content.
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will also be on hand to teach elf-house making and also hands-on lessons in pressing apples to make your own apple juice.
The following Sunday, September 30, sees broomstick making and racing on the castle's last open day of 2018.
Budding witches and wizards can attend broomstick-making classes against the enchanted backdrop of Eastnor Castle and then take part in broomstick races and zoom off around the grounds hunting for clues in a magical treasure hunt.
Both of these events are included in the entrance price alongside the collection of permanent attractions which include a maze, adventure playground, tree-top walkway, woodland play area, rope-swings, tree trails and lakeside walks.
Opening times are 10.30am until 5.30pm.
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