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Spring Forward

30 Mar 2017

It's been a fantastic first few weeks of spring and Haddo's seems to be coming alive in the sunshine...

Even a quick walk around the park shows you that it's full of the sights and sounds of spring. There are Chiffchaff singing in the woods, we've had our first passing Osprey and the paths by the lake last week were full of toads, doing what toads tend to do at this time of year...

As well as the bulbs up on the terrace gardens there are plenty of wild flowers starting to show as well. Oxlips and Snakes Head Fritillary are just starting to blossom on the garden banks, and there's a carpet of soft, white Wood Anemones under the limes around the Scots Mile.

Secrets of Haddo

Haddo House reopens for guided tours on Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. There's a new kids' quiz trail as part of the tour and there'll be a chance to view the famous Haddo Madonna in the dining room, as well as all the other art and furniture inside the house.

For a taster of the interior of Haddo House then why not pop into our Secrets of Haddo photography exhibition in the Pheasantry. The images were all taken by the local Ellon Photographic Group on their visit to Haddo in February and give you a view of some parts of the house that you may not have seen before. 

Entry to the exhibition is free and will be open weekends throughout April usually from 11am-4pm. 

Tasty Treats

This spring we're also trying out a new pop up Cafe in the Park. This will be based at the Pheasantry as well and you'll be able to buy hot and cold drinks, sweets and home-made traybakes from the NTS tearoom. The cafe will be open 11am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (except Easter Sunday when there will be a tea tent provided by Ellon Rotary as usual). 

The main NTS tearoom will also be open 7 days a week from the 1st of April, as wil the NTS shop and toilets in the stables courtyard.

Easter Weekend At Haddo

Car parking tickets are still available for Easter Sunday. Passes cost £5 per car (entry is free for pedestrians and cyclists) and must be purchased in advance. 

You can buy your ticket online at the Haddo Egg Hunt event page here

If you can't make it to the Haddo Egg Hunt on the Sunday, the NTS/Cadbury Egg Trail runs right across the Easter weekend, and you can find full details here