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Thursday 30 March 2017





Flowers blooming, bumblebees buzzing, lambs bounding, daylight lingering… Mother Nature is starting to reveal the signs of spring and Tatton Park will be joining her in unveiling many of its own secrets. Will you be the first to discover, the one to uncover, the “Secret Stories” of Tatton Park?

Starting Good Friday, April 14th to Easter Monday, April 17th, children and adults can follow trails in the Mansion, Gardens and Farm to earn some secret chocolate treasure (this is Easter, after all!) and join in the fun at the Stableyard with amazing magic tricks, storytelling, puppet shows, face painting, glitter tattoos plus top-secret craft activities

In our Mansion, our busy butler has forgotten the secret code to the safe! Follow the trail through the Mansion with the help of Tatton’s butler, housekeeper and servants who will also be on hand to help visitors crack the six-digit code as they discover clues along the way. The final stop is the butler’s pantry to hand in your answers and hopefully open the safe to claim your chocolate treasure! Family activities will also be taking place in the amber bedroom and cellars.

Children can also spot the homes of our undercover helpers in the Gardens – our residential fairies, pixies and elves! These magical creatures do their secret work at night helping our gardeners keep the gardens in tip-top shape. Will you be able to spot their homes in our 50-acre gardens to claim your secret chocolate treasure?

Discover the people helping us at the Farm and the work they do behind the scenes. What does the sheep scanner, the vet, the cattle hoof trimmer and equine dentist do to help us look after our animals? Can you guess the secret object each use to help them? Which one of these characters is hiding the chocolate treasure and can you find it? Watch the secret miracle that’s happening in Tabitha, our Shire horse’s tummy. Dress up as a vet and step into the vet’s surgery. And let’s not forget our newly-born Easter lambs who will be skipping for joy to meet everyone!

And there’s plenty more! Join in the laughter and fun in the Stableyard where Poz the magician will dazzle visitors with his secret slight of hand. One of the north’s best loved entertainers, Mr Bimbamboozle, returns with his Punch and Judy puppet theatre – does Joey the Clown have a box of secrets? Meet our storyteller as he weaves his tales about the people in Tatton’s history – it is up to you to decide if he is telling the truth or telling a tall tale! See smiling painted faces and sparkly arms covered in glitter tattoos. Sit the kids down to make some Easter-themed craft activities organized by our Learning team and, finally, dust off your dancing shoes at the kids’ disco (Parents, try not to embarrass your children if you dare to throw some shapes on the dance floor…).

For the grown-ups, there is our popular Easter Shopping Fair which is free to enter. Take time to find unique gifts, crafts, fashion and home furnishings in our Tenants’ Hall.

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