Sunshine attracts crowds to Easter at the Castle

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The largest Easter event on Arran also enjoyed the sunniest day of the year as crowds of families flocked to the Easter at Brodick Castle day on Easter Sunday.

The event organised by the Friends of Brodick Castle saw a record amount of visitors enjoying the sunshine, games, competitions and parades and – in conjunction with chocolate manufacturer Cadbury – the Easter egg hunt.

Families scoured the grounds of the historic country park in search of clues hidden throughout the gardens which, once all were located, allowed them to collect a chocolate treat.

On offer for parents were craft stalls to browse while younger children, and some adults, enjoyed the egg decorating competition. There was also an adult and a children’s tombola, along with various other fun activities, including duck fishing which earned children prizes.

With an equally liberal distribution of egg prizes, children and adults competed in the wacky races which attracted a huge crowd of participants and supporters. Included among the traditional favourites such as the three-legged race and the egg and spoon race was a dog race and a hilariously comical welly boot race where contestants had to synchronise their running with four others whose boots were attached to a wooden plank.

By early afternoon when the sun was at its highest the visitors congregated for the popular Easter bonnet parade which saw a wealth of entries ranging from egg themed bonnets to complete gardens which included entire farm menageries.

The fun-filled day was rounded off with the traditional and somewhat unusual duck derby which saw hundreds of balls being thrown down the sandstone steps of the castle with the one travelling the furthest winning a prize – which three year old Hazel Price won to her astonishment.

Easter fun at the Castle is the main fundraising event of the Friends of the Brodick Castle who, along with the Arran Ranger Service, work throughout the year to provide educational and informative activities all geared towards assisting with the preservation, maintenance and upkeep of the Brodick Castle and Country Park.