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Easter at Castle Howard – Animal trails and Easter treats

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Enjoy a fantastic family day out during the Easter holidays at Castle Howard. Take part in the Easter Animal Trail for children and embark on an animal adventure around the Gardens; step into the magnificent House which reopens on the 29th March, and indulge in seasonal delights and Easter treats in the cafes and shops. Find out more below and enter our giveaway to win a family ticket!

Easter Animal Trail – 23rd March to 14th April

Discover a menagerie of willow animals in the gardens this Easter and encounter foxes, owls, hares, and more! Collect your beautifully illustrated trail map and adventure around the Grounds to collect a series of clues to win a chocolatey prize. This enchanting trail is for children and families and is a lovely outdoor experience surrounded by nature’s beauty. Don’t miss the bunny photo opportunity to capture your Easter day out and look out for unexpected animals as you go!

Castle Howard would like to thank Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for providing two beautiful sculptures – learn more about Yorkshire wildlife’s habitats and environments on your trail map. Thank you to Dragon Willow and CLW Event Design for creating the remaining sculptures. Chocolate prizes are provided by Autism Plus: Park House Barns Belgian Chocolate in Easingwold. Illustrations by Jess Hogarth. Included in House & Gardens and Gardens tickets.

Skelf Island Adventure Playground – Open daily

Castle Howard Skelf Island playground

Skelf Island, Castle Howard’s legendary and award-winning Adventure Playground, is named after the historic site Castle Howard sits on, Henderskelfe. For centuries the Skelves have inhabited a secret world, over the water from Castle Howard, causing mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interacting with birds and protecting wildlife. They’re curious about humans too and want to explore and play with them. Join them in the treetops of Yorkshire’s most magical adventure playground, Skelf Island. Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets, and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other. Skelf Island is included in House & Gardens and Gardens tickets.

Visiting the House – Open from 29th March

Castle Howard has been home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. Explore extraordinary architecture and beautiful interiors when you visit the House, including the Great Hall which rises 70 feet into the air. Follow the trail of delicately placed semi-precious eggs to celebrate Easter.

Win a family ticket!

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Castle Howard to offer one lucky family the chance to visit Castle Howard this Easter! You can enter in any or all of the following ways:

– Follow us on Instagram, like the post about this competition and tag two friends. For an extra entry, share to your Stories.

– Follow us on Twitter and retweet the tweet about this competition

– Email hello@little-vikings.co.uk with your name and postcode

The competition closes at midnight on 24th March 2024 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter. The prize must be redeemed and used by 7th April 2024.

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