Our Easter (2017) at Eastnor Castle

I know I know, this feel like an oldie, but for me I feels like it all happened just yesterday. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll have seen that I’ve been spilling beans on some of the gorgeous photos I’ve taken on our trip. But here is the post now – better late than never as they say!

We were blessed to be given a family entrance ticket to Eastnor Castle from Ethan’s God Mother’s Sue at Blue Ginger Gallery, Malvern. I haven’t been there before and it is rather intriguing. Sue said there were an Easter Hunt event going on and it looks great from the net.

We set off punctually at 11am, packed with sandwiches for the trip. As we arrived, the Car Parking Marshalls greeted us with the biggest smile and directed us to where we were supposed to park. It was very well organised.

 

About Eastnor Castle

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

Before I tell you about our day, I thought it would be a good idea to get to know Eastnor Castle a little bit more. Eastnor Castle is situated at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Herefordshire – at on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake. Eastnor Castle is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. Yes! A home! Imagine that as a home!

Eastnor Castle also host an exclusive wedding venue, corporate team building event, private party and host product launches as well as filming location.

Holiday cottages are available for visitors to stay, or you could also do camping or caravanning on the Eastnor Deer Park Campsite. Wedding and business/corporate guess or private party can stay in the castle’s beautiful bedrooms.

In addition to this, you can also take on a Land Rover Experience too. The experience enables you to get behind the wheel of some of the worlds most capable all terrain vehicles. They have been in partnership for the past 50 years and still reminds strong today! (Remind me to take this experience next time we are in this neck of the woods, won’t you! 😉

 

Eastnor Castle – The Ground

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

At the entrance, we were given a treasure hunt map. Ethan was well chuffed and he was (and still is) into his map skills. We decided to explore the grounds first before we enter the actual castle. We went through one of the most gorgeous forest on the land. It was beautiful. The flowers were on full bloom, you’ll find an arboretum and a lake with many spectacular walks, trails and views. The weather was just about right – not too cold, not too hot – just right.

 

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Our treasure hunt skills wasn’t that great, we found some treasure (a rabbit hanging on a tree – in the picture above), and we missed some. But it was a leisurely walk and at the same time it was very educational too. Here we’ve learnt about the soft shell trees and it has evolved itself to be fireproof woods.

Over Easter, we were very blessed to have been given a family ticket entrance from Ethan’s God Mother (Sue at Blue Ginger Gallery, Malvern) to visit @Eastnor_Castle – for another Easter Hunt. We’ve never been there before and it was stunning! . . Here we saw some gaint redwood tress. These tree has very soft shells and it has evolved itself to be fireproof woods. They can grow up to 379 feets (115 meters). Amazing! You learn something new every day. 😄 #ExplorerKids . . . . . #adventures #travel #Trips100 #totsphoto #kidsofinstagram #letthekids #awesomeearth #travelwithkids #FamilyTravel #instatravel #pinklinker #whatevertheweatherkids #travelwithkids #goadventuretogether #kidstravel #worldoflittles #littlefierceones #myhappycapture #pblogger #cameramama #cherisheverymoments #freespiritedchildhood #thatsdarling #playfreemylove #mummyshot #outdoorbloggers #EastnorCastle #ukparentbloggers #ukexplore

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We came across a very picturesque lake and went across a tiny island over a bridge. E&E were very excited about the mini dam/ waterfall.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

On that little island, there was a stand alone golden frame, begging for us to take a picture with. It would be rude not to – right? We also stopped to have our pack lunches there and of-course our feathered friends has come out of nowhere and join us with the lunching too.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

After our little picnic, we continued to wonder around the great grounds of Eastnor Castle, where it seem to also be possible to do fishing too. This makes E&E questions what kind of fish there would have in this great big lake. E&E love running wildly and thinking they can go into the big reeds, we had to keep telling them it is not safe for them running off into somewhere we can’t see. After about two hours in the ground, we eventually we reached the castle entrance.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Eastnor Castle – The Castle

Upon arrival of the entrance of the castle, we were greeted by man on stilts riding a bicycle. E&E find him most amusing. They couldn’t quite know what to make if him. lol!

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Our Easter Treasure Hunt search didn’t stop there, as there were more to be found inside the castle itself, and my word – it was busy. The queue going through the castle from room to room were a little slow than our little ones liking. It was rather crowded, but once you had a moment inside that state room, it feels magnificent. This historic house is full of medieval armour and fine art.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Even though we had never completed out task, E&E were given a small chocolate bunny anyway, which they were quite content with that.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Eastnor Castle – The Tree Top Playground

E&E were so excited to venture here. All of a sudden they have all the energy in the world to conquer the Tree Tops Playground. Isn’t that convenient? lol!

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

There was a cafe, an ice cream parlour, and a gift shop next to it was well. The cafe was very busy as predicted. I did had a browse and spent ages in the gift shop as they have lots of lovely things inside but decided not to buy anything in the end as the prices were a little high for me personally.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Eastnor Castle – The Maze

By this time it was around 3:30pm, I really though the kids have had it for the day, but as soon as I mentioned “The Maze”, they both pleaded to go. Well, since we are here now, we might as well – we weren’t in a hurry to go anywhere.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Before we actually enter the maze, you’d need to go through a series of obstacles. This prove to be a little tricky for Evelyn as she was only little with her little arms and legs, but Ethan was so in his element. He was having a wild of a time.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)
Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

The maze proved to be very tricky for us all! It took us ages to get into the center and on the way out it took us even longer! Once we got to the enter, E&E tried figuring out a way back out, which proves to be rather too complex for him, (actually for me too! lol!).  We were following other people and other people were following us and we all got lost! lol! It was hilarious funny.

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

At the end, when we’ve made it out – someone is indeed tired now! They slept so well that night. 🙂

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

Thank you again Sue, Blue Ginger Gallery, for treating us all to such a fun filled a day out. Eastnor Castle is truly magnificent and there were plenty of things to do fo the whole family to enjoy.

I’m so glad we did make it to Easter Castle as I did promised Ethan we will visit a castle one day. And here we are. That a tick off our list. I”m sure we will make many more Castle visit in the coming years as well, but which ones?

 

Do you have a suggestions for us? Please do let us know in the comment below. I’d love to hear all about it.

 

Thank you for reading.

Su x

 

 

 

 

“Pin for Later”

Easter at Eastnor Castle (2017)

 

This post is linked with #CountryKids.

 

p.s. If you are looking for more castle walks, also check out Kids Of The Wild‘s post: “Dunstanburgh Castle – A UK Top 10 Walk”

 


 

Useful Information for their Easter Treasure Hunt 2018!

Address: Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL
Telephone: 01531 633160

Earliest Entry at 11am

Entrance fee: Adults £11. Children: 3-15 yrs £7; Family (2+3) £30

Email: enquiries@eastnorcastle.com

 

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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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48 Comments

  1. 28/03/2018 / 12:28 am

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful day out. This is so up our alley. I love castles and the kids love treasure hunts. If only we lived a bit closer. #ExplorerKids

    • 01/04/2018 / 9:07 pm

      It really was. We had such a fun filled day, and a very good night sleep too!

  2. 29/03/2018 / 12:39 am

    That sounds like such a fun filled day! I am blown away by all the wonderful activities they had and that castle is just beautiful. #ExplorerKids

    • 01/04/2018 / 9:09 pm

      It really is. I do feel like Beauty and the Beast Film set. It is just so beautiful.

  3. 30/03/2018 / 2:53 pm

    We visited Eastnor a couple of years ago, its a great day out with plenty to explore inside and in the gardens. The Rhododendrons are beautiful in the spring and everyone enjoyed the maze!!

    • 01/04/2018 / 9:14 pm

      It is such a stunning place. It was quite busy at the Castle, yet everyone were so chilled and calm – so it was a very pleasant visit and a memorable one we have had for a good while. I will definitely go back one day. 🙂

  4. Tanya
    01/04/2018 / 2:23 pm

    Looks such a wonderful day out

  5. 02/04/2018 / 12:02 am

    Simple stunning! I wish I lived closer to places like this. What a gem to have this to go and visit. Can you imagine that castle in full swing with Lords and Ladies! What a different life! #KCACOLS

    • 04/04/2018 / 11:25 am

      I know! Such a different life that is! It’s great that they’ve opened up the castle for the public to enjoy.

  6. 02/04/2018 / 1:44 am

    What a gorgeous place! I bet they do a roaring trade in weddings, it’s gorgeous. The maze looks so much fun too – and I love that pic of them both as knight and lady! 😀 #KCACOLS

    • 04/04/2018 / 11:30 am

      I know can you imagine getting married in this place! How marvellous this place would be?! Oh we absolutely love the maze, even though it was really hard to find our ways in and out again! lol! Yes! That pic is a real treasure. A must have in our family photo album for sure. 🙂 x

  7. 02/04/2018 / 11:28 am

    Great photos Su. The castle looks lovely, I love that gold frame. The treetop play area is fab for the kids too. #ExplorerKids

    • 04/04/2018 / 11:38 am

      Thank you Sarah. The treetop play area was fantastic! E&E were so brave!

  8. sarah carter
    02/04/2018 / 1:37 pm

    wow looks amazing x

  9. Sheena Batey
    02/04/2018 / 6:27 pm

    Somewhere I have passed by before but really should visit soon

  10. 03/04/2018 / 3:51 pm

    What a fun day out! I enjoy when my son takes over the map skills. Love the pictures with the frames.

  11. 04/04/2018 / 1:00 pm

    What an amazing looking castle! the full lake, deer park and that Land Rover experience would even have my teens wanting to go! A treasure hunt is a great way to see all the bits you might otherwise miss both inside and out and a maze is always a fun challenge. I can totally see why you would recommend here for a day out, I’d love to visit.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely photos and review with me on #CountryKids

    • 22/04/2018 / 6:24 pm

      It was a good walk around. I’d love to go back for the Land Rover experience. That would be awesome!

      Thank you for hosting. x

  12. 04/04/2018 / 11:02 pm

    Eastnor Castle looks like a beautiful place to explore and those grounds are stunning. I love the golden picture frame – what a brilliant photo opportunity 🙂 #countrykids

  13. 07/04/2018 / 6:09 pm

    This looks amazing! What a gorgeous castle. I need to go there now. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  14. 10/04/2018 / 11:40 pm

    Oh wow. What a beautiful place. I love castles! My girls would absolutely love it there. #KCACOLS

  15. 12/04/2018 / 4:16 pm

    Oh we love a castle and Eastnor looks absolutely stunning! Looks like you had a great day out! #KCACOLS

  16. Lyndsey Cooksey
    13/04/2018 / 12:07 am

    Lovely photos and it all looked like you had a great Easter! The grounds of the castle look gorgeous and i can imagine some very beautiful weddings there!

    • 22/04/2018 / 6:39 pm

      I know! Can you imagine getting married here! Only in my dream! lol!

  17. Wow, that place looks magnificent, and with many activities for the kids too, lovely! It reminds me a little bit of Leeds Castle (near Maidstone, Kent). Perhaps you’ll get a chance to visit that sometime..? x
    #KCACOLS

  18. Stevie
    13/04/2018 / 12:58 pm

    Gosh, what a lovely looking place for a nice day out.

  19. Leila Benhamida
    14/04/2018 / 4:11 pm

    I love Castles. I actually never heard of Eastnor Castle. Looks beautiful. Love British Heritage and History. Will be the perfect family outing.

    • 22/04/2018 / 6:45 pm

      Yes, it is such a beautiful place. Please take a visit if you can. x

  20. CHRISTINE DENT
    21/04/2018 / 2:54 pm

    The castle looks amazing .. I will have to add it to my Amazing Places to go list.

  21. 30/04/2018 / 10:06 am

    There are some fabulous pictures here and the castle is amazing

  22. Jeanette Leighton
    30/04/2018 / 12:30 pm

    Nice pictures we live right near a castle but not as great condition as this one

  23. Susan B
    30/04/2018 / 1:55 pm

    How fabulous. I have never heard of this castle so am delighted to read your review and see your lovely pics. Thank you.

    • 31/05/2018 / 8:02 pm

      I’m so glad you like this post. It brings back our fond memories.

  24. Hazel Rea
    30/04/2018 / 10:47 pm

    What a great day out beautifully captured in your photographs. If you are ever in Essex you could visit Colchester Castle or Castle Hedingham where they even have jousting.

    • 31/05/2018 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you so much. It is very much appreciated. Thank you for the suggestion too. I’ll make a note on Colchester Castle and the Castle Hedingham too. I love exploring new places. 🙂 x

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