Staff and volunteers at Castle Fraser have been hard at work over the winter months, preparing for the reopening of the Sauchen attraction on April 1.
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 at the National Trust for Scotland property.
Children are well catered for, with the ever-popular Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail returning on Friday, April 6, and running through the weekend until Easter Monday, April 9. Children taking part will be able to follow clues and answer questions to receive a prize at the end.
Young, would-be naturalists aged between five and 12 will be able to discover the amazing world of water creatures on a guided pond dipping walk arranged for Wednesday, April 11.
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 and Tuesday, May 14 and 15, 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 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’ runs throughout the season.
Christina Low, Manager of Castle Fraser, is looking forward to the spring programme.
“It’s always exciting when we reopen for a new season and this year I’m particularly enthusiastic about our new exhibition room,” she said. “It should be a great addition to the property and will prove popular with visitors. We’re also looking forward to our Going Green at Castle Fraser event - it’s proving to be an excellent way of encouraging local school children to think positively about conserving both their heritage and the environment.”