Spring days out at stately homes on the Greater Anglia network
As the days grow longer, there’s plenty to celebrate at East Anglia’s spectacular stately homes
From Tudor mansions to Palladian palaces, East Anglia boasts some of the country’s finest stately homes. And spring is when many of these magnificent piles burst into life.
Holkham Hall (www.holkham.co.uk) in Norfolk has a new exhibition opening in March, ‘Treasures and Trophies’, which promises a unique insight into the life of Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester.
In contrast, Norfolk’s Houghton Hall (www.houghtonhall.com) is handing over its State Rooms to modern artist Damien Hirst to display a new series of his dot paintings from 25 March – 15 July.
In Suffolk, meanwhile, green-fingered folk will want to visit the annual Spring Plant Fair at Helmingham Hall on 27 May (helmingham.com), which will host over 40 nurseries.
For new season natural delights, from 21 April to 7 May the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate) invites visitors to see newborn lambs and even live births at its Home Farm.