Families will find more than usual to keep them entertained at Tyntesfield this Easter with a new café area and pirate-themed events taking place.
And to keep warm over a chilly Easter, hot chocolate will be on sale and a wood burning stove will be lit at the Pavilion, near the on-going restoration of the Orangery.
Inspired by a much-loved copy of Treasure Island in the Tyntesfield library and the Gibbs’ family love of parties and family events, the National Trust has organised a fortnight of Easter pirate trails and events.
The new Cow Barn Café is part of changes to the Home Farm visitor centre, designed with families in mind to make it easier to drop in for a coffee without joining the restaurant queue, a new family corner in the café and better access between the café and National Trust shop.
The plant sales area is also being moved closer to the main visitor reception and shop and extra tables are being set up in the courtyard.
The changes are all part of continued development at the new Home Farm visitor centre at Tyntesfield which opened two years ago. The National Trust commercial support manager, Holly Bassett, explained that the changes came after listening to what visitors wanted from Home Farm.
“We are getting more families visiting us, and indeed more visitors generally as people discover what the Tyntesfield estate has to offer for a day out. So, we created this new warm corner for the café and with a little help from some Easter pirates, we’re making things a little brighter, easier and fun in the café, restaurant and shops.”
“We know that family fun and dressing up are no strangers to this Victorian estate – it is just the type of things that the Gibbs family loved do here, hosting parties and fetes and lots of fun activities. We’re inviting our visitors to come along and be part of that.”
The Easter Pirate trails, are being run every day over the Easter fortnight until 7 April. Trails cost £2.50 each with a chocolate prize. Normal garden admission applies.
Easter pirate trail is available everyday from the Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 3rd April. More fun and extra information is on www.eastereggtrail.com with information n all the Cadbury and National Trust Easter Egg trails, along with tips on how to make the most of the Easter weekend at home.
‘If you want to have some fun this Easter, get ship shape and sail over to Tyntesfield for trails and treasure, bangs and brigands but beware if ye don’t swab the deck proper we’ll make you walk the plank .’ said Long Jon Ducker, Tyntesfields Visitor Services Manager
Pirate schools will be on Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March. Each school last 1 hour and costs £5 per child cost £5 per child plus normal admission charge. Ages 5 plus. Children must be accompanied. Booking is essential.