20 January 2014

The much-loved family treasure hunt at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, will be taking place over the Easter weekend every day between Good Friday 29 th March and Bank Holiday Monday 1 st April between 11am and 4.30pm.

This year the event will have a ‘mEGGa structures theme’ and families can take part in a clue trail around the castle and grounds, where they will have to hunt for the Eastnor chickens and bunnies dressed in various costumes from around the world. You may find a chicken wearing a beret next to the Eiffel Tower or a rabbit in a sari all hidden in the beautiful castle grounds!  

The Castle General Manager David Littlewood says “This is our favouriteweekend of the year where local families come to Eastnor Castle to enjoy the annual treasure hunt and this year we are going global! We have lots of new and exciting events planned for this summer and we have made some changes to our Privilege Card which is great value if you are planning more than one visit to Eastnor Castle this year”.

Every child taking part in the Easter mEGGa Hunt will win a chocolate treat and there will be a draw at the end of each day when one lucky family will win a mEGGa chocolate egg in a basket! In addition, the Knight’s maze, Burma Bridge tree top walkway, junior assault course, castle shop and tearoom will also be open throughout the weekend.

Eastnor Castle won the Georgian Group Award for the Restoration of a Georgian Country House (jointly with Boconnoc House in Cornwall) at a ceremony held in London on 31st October. The award was presented by Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London, and received by James Hervey-Bathurst on behalf of Eastnor Castle Estates Company and Ledbury-based architect, Ian Stainburn, now of Caroe and Partners with Stainburn Taylor, who has been advising on the restoration of the fabric of Eastnor for the last 25 years and has also worked on Ledbury Church and Gloucester Cathedral.   

James Hervey-Bathurst said: “We are delighted to have received this prestigious award. The restoration work has largely been possible as a result of the grants we have received from English Heritage and the Country Houses Foundation, the business we have been able to generate for the castle and park and the hard work of our staff and contractors. Our visitor numbers were up by 18% this year, and I hope Eastnor can continue to be a popular local tourist attraction. Being so close to Ledbury is a great advantage as visitors enjoy visiting the town as well”.

Ian Stainburn said: “I have enjoyed working at Eastnor and dealing with the many challenges a building of that size and complexity can present. It has been a pleasure to see the condition of the fabric restored and to know that the Castle business has grown as a result. As I approach retirement, I am very pleased to have received this award in recognition of the work involved”.

Ian Stainburn also advised on the recent repairs to the monument in Eastnor Park, where the damaged masonry has now been replaced and the lettering of the memorials reworked and repainted. He is also currently working on the project to repair the weir at Eastnor Lake.

James Hervey-Bathurst   1st Nov 2012