Crathes Castle gears up for Spring

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THe National Trust for Scotland has announced its spring programme of events for Crathes Castle.

For children, there are a series of ranger-guided events, including an Easter Holiday Wildlife Quiz, available between 31 March and 15 April, “It’s a Frog’s Life”, a guided walk on Tuesday 3 April, which will include games, crafts and the chance to observe tadpoles and, on Wednesday 4 April, a special guided walk for 3-5 year olds which looks at how the local wildlife reacts to the coming of spring. As well as all this, the Cadbury Easter Egg trail returns to Crathes over the Easter weekend, from Sat 7 to Monday 9 April.

Keen gardeners get the chance to learn how to grow a dazzling herbaceous border at Head Gardener Chris Wardle’s masterclass on Saturday 21 April, whilst on-site activities, including the exciting Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure gives visitors the chance to unleash their inner Tarzan.

Saturday 16 June will mark the 60th anniversary of the National Trust for Scotland first opening Crathes to the public. As part of the celebrations there will be activities in the garden and a chance to hear more about the castle’s collections from the Trust’s Curator Ian Gow plus more still to be announced. In the garden there will be a new trail where kids of all ages can explore the wonderful walled garden finding the gardeners’ tools and implements and learn what they are used for.

Outside Theatre Company Illyria return to Crathes on Saturday 14 July with the Roald Dahl’s classic The Twits. This is a picnic concert on the lawn not to be missed. Also returning to Crathes will be the legendary musical duo of Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham. They will entertain the crowds on the spectacular castle lawn on Saturday 4 August. Tickets can be bought at www.nts.org.uk/events.