Posted 26th Apr 2016
Celebrate the bank holiday weekend with one of these family-friendly events
Speyside, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, 28th April to 2nd May
Head to Speyside this May and celebrate Scotland's national drink at one of the world's largest whisky festivals. This five-day long celebration, which has more than 400 different events taking place, caters for everybody from aficionados to novices. Go on exclusive behind-the-scenes distillery tours, taste rare and vintage whiskies and meet the people behind the production of some of the world's leading brands. Tickets for events are individually priced. For more information, visit www.spiritofspeyside.com.
Cranborne Garden Centre, Farmer's Market, 30th April, 9am-3pm
Set in the former walled kitchen garden of Cranborne Manor, Cranborne Garden Centre will be hosting a farmer's market this bank holiday weekend. As live music from a local ukulele band adds to the welcoming atmosphere, browse the locally grown food stalls and remember to take some treats home to enjoy at the dinner table. The farmer's market is free to attend. For further information, visit www.cranbornegardencentre.co.uk.
Wynyard Hall's The Very Best of British Fayre, 30th April to 2nd May, 10am-5pm
Wynyard Hall will be marking the Queen's 90th year with a The Very Best of British Fayre set in their beautiful English rose gardens. Visitors to the three-day bank holiday fayre can expect a fun family weekend filled with all of the best bits of classic British heritage, including artisan food from local producers, craft beers and lovely homeware. Keen gardeners will also be in for a treat, with many plants available to purchase and there will be plenty of activities to keep children entertained, including a free-range chicken display from Durham Hens, face painting and fairground rides. Entry is priced at £6 per adult and £4 per child and tickets must be purchased prior to the event. To buy tickets for the The Very Best of British Fayre, visit www.wynyardhall.co.uk, or call 01740 644811.
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Blenheim Palace, Spring Jousting Tournament, 30th April to 2nd May, 10.30am-5.30pm
Join Blenheim Palace for a spectacular jousting tournament that the whole family can enjoy. The battle will be taking place across the bank holiday weekend with jousts being held at regular intervals. Families can also try their hand at archery, watch falconry displays and tuck into a delicious hog roast, all on the lawn against the beautiful backdrop of the palace. The event is included with park and garden entry, priced at £14.90 per adult and £6.90 per child. For more information, visit www.blenheimpalace.com.
Hardwick Hall, The Great British Food and Drink Festival, 30th April to 2nd May, 10am-5pm
Visit Hardwick Hall for a foodie family day out where there will be over 100 top artisan producers showcasing the best seasonal food, as well as a variety of craft stalls, chef demonstrations, children's activities and even a cake baking competition. Visitors will be able to get a real taste of the best Great British produce, with the opportunity to sample an array of food, real ale and wine. Admission to The Great British Food and Drink Festival is priced at £7.50 per adult and £3.50 per child aged between five and 12 years. For further information, visit www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com.
Dobbies Garden Centres across the UK, Little Seedling Club: Let's find out about ponds!, 1st May
Take your young nature enthusiasts along to your local Dobbies Garden Centre for a fantastic day out, and learn about all things pond related. Little ones will have the opportunity to learn about the creatures that live in and around ponds, and can explore how plants adapt to survive in water. The event is free to attend, but advanced booking is required. For more information, including contact details for your local Dobbies store, visit www.dobbies.com.
Witley Court and Gardens, Glorious Gardens, 1st to 2nd May, 11am - 5pm
Join Witley Court for a weekend of green-fingered fun. The flora and fauna of Witley's wonderful grounds will be the main attraction in this celebration of all things horticultural. Visitors can enjoy a variety of crafts, demonstrations and games and will take home some valuable expert advice from the gardening team at Witley. Tickets for the event are priced at £9.10 per adult and £5.50 per child aged between five and 15 years, while members can receive discounted rates. For more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Croxteth Hall, Artisans at Croxteth Hall, 1st May to 2nd May, 12pm - 6pm
Relax in the historic surroundings of Croxteth Hall and enjoy a weekend devoted to beautifully crafted items, foods and drinks. Open from 12pm to 6pm, you can take part in workshops, admire the skills of demonstrators and taste freshly prepared artisan food. Whilst there, take the time to explore the woodlands, pastures and ponds of Croxteth Local Nature Reserve, or visit Home Farm to see the piglets and lambs. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.theartisannetwork.co.uk.
Speke Hall, Tudor May Day, 1st May to 2nd May, 11am - 4.30pm
Take a step back in time and join Speke Hall in celebrating May Day by reliving the life of the Tudors. Soak up some historical knowledge while browsing through Tudor market stalls, meeting the jester and watching the performance of Elizabeth I's favourite dance. Tudor May Day will be open from 11am until 4.30pm and while the event itself is free, normal admission charges will apply for the Hall itself. For more information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Audley End House and Gardens, Grand Victorian Travelling Show, 1st to 2nd May, 10.30am-5pm
Play Victorian games, learn fun circus skills, visit the travelling sideshow to meet its host of colourful characters and witness the wonderful wild west horse display at Audley End House and Gardens this bank holiday. Tickets for the event are priced at £18.80 per adult and £11.60 per child aged between five and 15 years, while members can receive discounted rates. For more information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.