Easter fun at Rockingham Castle

The view from the tower at Rockingham Castle

The view from the tower at Rockingham Castle

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An Easter egg hunt at Rockingham Castle will launch the attraction’s summer season.

On Sunday, March 31, and Monday, April 1, youngsters are invited to search for fluorescent stars in the castle grounds and exchange them for chocolate eggs.

There will also be a quiz for children and a witches and wizards search.

The castle was built on the instruction of William the Conqueror almost 1,000 years ago and has had just two owners, the Crown and the Watson family.

During the past 12 months, work has been going on to restore its ice house, which was built around 1836 and used as a store for ice for 70 years. Situated below the castle walls, the 20-ft deep structure has been cleared of undergrowth, had the entrance way rebuilt and an interpretation board created to enable visitors to view the building.

Castle owner, James Saunders Watson, said “The final preparations for welcoming our visitors are being completed and the gardens and castle are looking magnificent.

“The highlight of the winter’s work is the restoration of the ice house, which I am delighted that we have made available for our visitors to enjoy. It is a remarkable structure, beautifully built and a fascinating piece of rare social history.”

Rockingham Castle grounds and Walkers House Restaurant will open at midday on both days and the castle will open at 1pm, with the last entry at 4.30pm.

For more information visit www.rockinghamcastle.com.