Easter activities draw crowds to Holkham Hall

Easter activities at Holkham Hall'Mary Anderson 6 and Lesley Clarke ANL-150604-095303009
Easter activities at Holkham Hall'Mary Anderson 6 and Lesley Clarke ANL-150604-095303009
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A chocolate vegetable garden delighted visitors to the Holkham Hall estate during a packed programme of Easter activities at the weekend.

Arts and puzzles were also among the attractions as people took advantage of a fine bank holiday to flock to the site.

Easter activities at Holkham Hall'left to right Ryan McKenzie, James Neale and Brooke Baldwin ANL-150604-095231009

Easter activities at Holkham Hall'left to right Ryan McKenzie, James Neale and Brooke Baldwin ANL-150604-095231009

Marketing manager Laurane Herrieven said: “We had a good four days, an excellent start to the season. It was very well attended.”

Many of the activities on offer were based in the estate’s walled garden and included an art workshop, facepainting, games, puzzles and quizzes, plus the chance to burn off some of the Easter excesses with an eggs-ercise challenge.

Meanwhile, in the hall itself, visitors had the chance to win a three foot carrot made entirely from chocolate by guessing its weight.

The carrot was the centrepiece of a chocolate vegetable garden made by the Chocolate Deli at Walsingham.

Easter activities at Holkham Hall'Sam Groom 6 ANL-150604-095323009

Easter activities at Holkham Hall'Sam Groom 6 ANL-150604-095323009

The correct answer was a whopping 7.7 kilograms and Mrs Herrieven said of the winners: “They’ll be eating chococlate forever more.”

A new restaurant is currently being built on the estate and is expected to open early next year.

The estate’s next major event is the third annual Pedal Norfolk cycling festival, which runs from Saturday May 2 to Monday May 4.

Olympic cycling medallist Emma Pooley will once again be taking part.