National Trust for Scotland staff and volunteers at Castle Fraser have been hard at work over the winter months, preparing for the reopening of the Inverurie attraction on 1 April.
Although the renowned gardens and estate remain open all year round, the castle has been undergoing planned maintenance and conservation work in preparation for the forthcoming spring season – and visitors can be assured of a lively, informative and entertaining programme of events.
The ever-popular Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail will return on Friday 6 April, running through the weekend until Easter Monday, 9 April. Children taking part will be able to follow clues, answer questions to receive a prize at the end.
Young, would-be naturalists aged between 5 and 12 will be able to discover the amazing world of water creatures on a guided “Pond Dipping” walk arranged for Wednesday 11 April, while the Trust’s commitment to environmental sustainability is stressed with the second annual “Going Green at Castle Fraser” event for local primary schools. Sponsored by Total E&P UK Ltd, the event takes place over Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May and comprises a series of workshops led by Trust experts, providing the children with a wide range of green-themed activities.
Meanwhile, adult visitors can emulate country house sleuths like Lord Peter Wimsey or Miss Marples by trying to solve Castle Fraser’s own murder mystery! For just 50p, participants are given a leaflet outlining the murder and providing hints and clues – as well as red herrings. They then have to solve the murder, leave their answer at the castle and await the grand unveiling of the murderer at the close of the 2012 season to see whether they were right.
The 2012 season will also see the opening of Castle Fraser’s new exhibition room. The inaugural exhibition, “Women of Strength” is sponsored by Exxon Mobil and runs throughout the season.