Historic Homes; Ancient Monuments That Bring History Alive
Soho House Aston Hall Over the last three years Aston Hall and Park has undergone a pounds 12.5 million makeover. This fabulous listed Jacobean mansion with parks and gardens includes a new children's play area, new pathways, sports pitches and a restored Hall Stables Range with shop, cafe and activity rooms.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 12pm-4pm but closed on Aston Villa home match days.
www.bmag.org.uk/aston-hall Attingham Park An elegant 18th century mansion near Shrewsbury, the grounds include a deer park, riverside walks and shop which is open all year.
House tours are available from 11.30am-2.30pm at weekends (after March 14 every day except Wednesday).
There is a special Cadbury Easter Egg Trail running on April 4 and 5; tickets are pounds 2.50 each (on top of normal admission prices). www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attinghampark Baddesley Clinton Atmospheric National Trust property, this 15th century house is a wonderful piece of Elizabethan life in the heart of Warwickshire.
There are gardens to explore, priest's holes and a lakeside walk and nature trail.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-baddesleyclinton Ragley Hall Family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford, this stately home should have something for all tastes.
Tour the house and state rooms, walk among the gardens (the parkland was sculpted by 'Capability' Brown), tackle the adventure playground or kids' zone and then relax in the Lakeside Cafe.
www.ragleyhall.com Shakespeare Houses & Gardens Head for Stratford-upon-Avon and you can visit not one but five houses connected to the great Bard; (his mother) Mary Arden's Farm, Shakespeare's Birthplace, (wife) Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Hall's Croft (home to his eldest daughter Susanna) and Nash's House and New Place (where Shakespeare died in 1616).
Easter events include a family quiz entitled Shakespeare's Plays, Props & People at Hall's Croft (Mar 27 to Apr 11); The First Egg of Spring at Mary Arden's Farm - cake making, games, dancing, Easter egg trails, prepations for April 'fools' and a chance to see the newly hatched chicks.
There is an Easter Egg Hunt daily at Anne Hathaway's Cottage (11am & 2pm) - expert guided woodland tour including fantastical bug-hunting for children.
www.shakespeare.org.uk Soho House Home of industrialist and enterpreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809, Soho House has been carefully restored and features period room interiors with fine collections of ormolu, silver, furniture and paintings. …