Easter family fun in Long Melford

Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-083440009
Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-083440009
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Hundreds of families headed to Long Melford over the Easter weekend as the historic village’s two impressive stately homes held their own Easter events.

The annual Eastertide at Kentwell Hall attracted more than 700 people on the Friday as the sun shone.

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-023813009

Families enjoyed roaming the house and grounds as it was in the Tudor period, with the Tudor actors cooking hot cross buns for the visitors to enjoy, while the 70 new-born lambs also drew the crowds.

“It was going really well then we got hit by the storm,” said marketing and business development manager Sharron Scott.

Storm Katie did its best to disrupt the event as tents were blown away and the house’s more modern internet connection was lost, but still visitors came on the Sunday and Monday.

The house remains open with some Tudor attractions open until Sunday, with the ‘impossible quiz’ still to be completed.

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-082637009

At Melford Hall the weather also affected the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Despite 900 visitors attending the stately home’s egg hunt on the Friday, there are still 1,000 eggs left to give away.

Because of this the egg hunts will continue for the next two weeks.

“Friday was superb, absolutely magical,” said events organiser Veronica Stuart.

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-023312009

As well as hunting round the gardens for clues to win a chocolate prize, there were games, including the popular egg and spoon race for both children and adults, with prizes of tickets to the Hall’s Peter Rabbit theatre in August.

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-024255009

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-083624009

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-083428009

Easter Egg hunt at Melford Hall

Pictured: Joshua John-Nice (11), Steph Waller and Aemilia Waller (10) ANL-160329-083303009

Easter Egg hunt at Melford Hall Pictured: Joshua John-Nice (11), Steph Waller and Aemilia Waller (10) ANL-160329-083303009

Easter Egg hunt at Melford Hall

Pictured: Egg and Spoon race ANL-160329-083503009

Easter Egg hunt at Melford Hall Pictured: Egg and Spoon race ANL-160329-083503009

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Easter Egg hunt at Melford Hall ANL-160329-083452009

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Eastertide at Kentwell Hall ANL-160329-024534009