Easter wouldn’t be nearly as fun for us if we didn’t do a National Trust Easter Egg Hunt. This year we were in Wales over the Easter bank holiday weekend so our treasure hunt was at Cilgerran Castle just outside Cardigan.
We’ve been members of the National Trust for a few years now and every year we say we should use our membership more than we do. Perhaps this year we actually will!
Cilgerran Castle is approximately 800 years old now and much of it remains, particularly the two round towers. I do love having a good old mosey around any National Trust properties, but while I like the complete buildings I really do enjoy wandering around ruins and imagining how they would’ve looked in their heyday.
The boys had a good look around although they didn’t go all the way to the top of the steps – these really should be approached with caution as they are very steep indeed.
The aim of the Easter Egg Hunt was to search the castle and grounds for posters and note down the letters from each one. Cross them off your list, spell out the remaining letters et voila – you’ve completed the task and you can take away your chocolate bunny!
While the kids were busy collecting their letters and getting very muddy, we also learned about Sir William Marshall. He lived in the castle, but more interestingly he was a brave knight, succeeding in many things of the knight variety. So taken with the tales of Sir William was Rowan that he decided to become the knight in question – if only in replica costume.
We had originally planned to do this year’s Easter Hunt at Llanerchaeron but unfortunately we couldn’t have taken the dog with us and she wasn’t allowed to stay in the Cottage alone, meaning we had to opt for Cilgerran instead. As it turns out, Cilgerran was a great choice!
We’re planning a few short trips in the motorhome in the coming months before we become a family of 5 so I hope we can visit a few more National Trust properties at the same time.
Do you have a favourite NT property or site?