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WWW.NTS.ORG.UK61?EVENTSSPRINGeventsSpotlightFINDERS EATERSThe Trust has teamed up withesteemed chocolatier Cadbury tobring Easter Egg Trails to 44properties over the Easterweekend. Sweet-toothedparticipants will go on chocoholiccapers through some of Scotland'smost scenic spots - from InvereweGarden in Ross-shire right downto the grounds of BroughtonHouse in Kirkcudbright. Buddingsleuths equipped with egg-le eyesand inquiring minds will be able tomake the most of the moment,and hopefully expend enoughenergy - both mental and physical- to merit their just desserts at theend of the trail. And, with allmanner of Trust properties joiningin the fun this year, it also makes agreat excuse to visit somewherefor the first time - whether it beBannockburn, Ben Lomondor the more genteelsurrounds of the likes ofEdinburgh's Georgian House.ABERDEEN &GRAMPIANCRATHES CASTLEHerbaceous Plant Workshop21 April, 1-4 Join the head gardener for tipson achieving maximum colourand effect in your herbaceousborder, with a session onlifting, dividing and growingplants. Booking essential.Adults only, £20. For details call0844 493 2166.DRUM CASTLEMad Hatter's Tea Party 6 May, 1-2Morris dancers, merriment inthe tea tent and mad hatcrafts -the scene is set for arare level of lunacy. Adults £4,concessions £2, families £10 -including castle admission.Details on 0844 493 2161.Musical Banquet 19 May, 7.30-9.15Musical treats from centuriespast, served up with anecdotesfrom bygone ages in thevaulted library. Enjoy historicinstruments and countertenorvocals -and meet the artists.Adults £14, children andconcessions £12. Find out moreon 0844 493 2161.Henry V9 June, 5-9.30The acclaimed outdoortheatre company Illyriareturns to Drum withShakespeare's stirring take onthe Agincourt era. Open at 5pmfor a 6.30pm start, while teaswill be served in the gazebofrom 5pm, and the outsidetables will be laden with crisps,biscuits and soup before theshow. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2161. ANGUSHOUSE OF DUNCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, noon-4The trail snakes its way throughthe garden of William Adam'sGeorgian masterpiece, offeringfine views of Montrose Basin,SPRING 2012

62SPRING 2012EVENTS?of Arran, local businesses, ForestryCommission Scotland and theCommunity of Arran SeabedTrust. Find out more by visitingwww.arranmountainfestival.co.ukor calling 01770 302244.Spring Birds Workshop27 May, 9.30-noon If you've ever wondered whatbirds talk about, you shouldcome along to this workshopwith bird expert Terry Southall,and find out more about themeanings of both resident andmigratory birds' twitters andtweets. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2154. AYRSHIREROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUMHighlight talksEvery Wednesday, 3The museum is hosting weeklyin-depth talks on a variety oftopics relating to the life andtimes of Scotland's greatestpoet. If you would like to booka specialist guide for your party,call 0844 493 2601 or e-mailburns@nts.org.uk. Tours cost £1per person in addition to usualadmission.Finding the Never Land7-9 April, noon-4The museum may be all aboutRobert Burns, but JM Barrie'sNeverland is the inspiration forthis Easter treasure hunt,sponsored by Cadbury. Seewhether you can find thefairies, pirates and otherfamiliar characters hidden allover the site. Free withadmission - please call 0844493 2601 to find out moreabout this event.Rambling Rosie's Saturday Stories14 April, 12.30 and 2Storyteller Rosie Mapplebeckwill lead you on a magical triparound Robert Burns's Alloway.Meet at the museum andexplore the Auld Kirk, BurnsMonument and Brig o' Doon.Free with admission - for moreinformation please call 0844 493 2601.although the children willprobably be more concernedabout cracking the clues andwinning an egg. There will alsobe face-painting and otheractivities on Sunday andMonday to add to theexcitement. £2 per trail. Usualprices apply for adults wishingto visit the house, but it's freefor children if they complete thetrail. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2144.ARGYLLARDUAINE GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 9.30-4.30By solving the clues you'll beled right round this impressiveseaside garden and, hopefully,an egg will await you at the endof the route. Trail is included inusual entry price. For furtherinformation please call 0844493 2216.CRARAE GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 10-4.15This trail takes you round thisstunning garden on the banksof Loch Fyne and, if you solveall the clues, you'll win aCadbury Easter egg. Trailincluded in usual entry price.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2210.BEN LOMOND7-9 April, 10-4.15Cadbury Easter Egg TrailFollow the trail around theBonnie Banks, at Ardess Lodge,for a chance to win an Easteregg. £2 per trail. For furtherinformation please call 0844493 2217.ARRAN BRODICK COUNTRY PARKArran Mountain Festival18-21 May, 9-5The chance to conquer Arran'smagnificent mountain tops in thecompany of the Trust'sknowledgeable guides. Thisfestival is organised inconjunction with the communityBORDERSPRIORWOOD GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 11-4Follow the trail around thefamous herbaceous borders andancient orchard of this Melrosegarden, and, if the clues aren'ttoo cryptic, you may just earnyourself a Cadbury egg. £1 pertrail plus usual entry price foradults. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2257.ROBERT SMAIL'S PRINTING WORKSCadbury Easter Egg Trail 6, 7 & 9 April, noon-5, 8 April 1-5Follow the trail around thegarden of this Victorianprinting works and, if you solvethe puzzle, you'll be rewardedwith a tasty Easter treat. Trail isincluded in usual entry prices.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2259.CENTRAL SCOTLANDBANNOCKBURNCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 11-4Bannockburn is going toexperience a new invadingarmy, only this time it won't bethe English, but a legion ofsuper-sleuths hoping to crackthe clues and take the ultimateprize - not the crown ofScotland but a Cadbury egg.Sunday and Monday will be