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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Even though we had never completed out task, E&E were given a small chocolate bunny anyway, which they were quite content with that.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end, when we’ve made it out – someone is indeed tired now! They slept so well that night. 🙂
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.
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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!
Earliest Entry at 11am
Entrance fee: Adults £11. Children: 3-15 yrs £7; Family (2+3) £30