Ashridge House, Alice in Wonderland Easter Trail.

Ashridge House, Alice in Wonderland Easter Trail. Easter 2021, is another Easter that we couldn’t have planned! With the current Coronavirus pandemic, we were lucky that certain restrictions had been lifted in time for Easter activities. Although we have been National Trust members for a while, we still had not visited Ashridge House. We LOVE the estate and enjoy exploring the woodlands on a regular basis, so we were excited to complete the trail! For just over £20, for four of us, it was a nice treat to start the school holidays. With the rule of 6 or two households, we were lucky to spend the morning with George’s best friend and his family, making us a party of four adults, two 4 year olds and two 2 year olds – who all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. When we arrived at the house, for the first slot at 9.30, we were ushered into a small car park next to the entrance. It was obvious that they had restricted their numbers with only a few families in the queue in front of us. The lady who greeted us was bubbly and welcoming, checking our temperatures and talking to the children about the trail. We were given maps and were directed through the house to the gardens. The house is simply magnificent, and we can’t wait to return as soon as we can visit indoor venues. Chloe wants to move in, but I don’t think I could cope with the amount of cleaning! At the end of the corridor, there was a pocket watch to mark the start of the Alice in Wonderland trail. The children loved the gardens and enjoyed finding the ten clues. The clues were ‘decent’ clues too… huge objects that were well hidden but still easy enough to see. The Mad Hatter’s tea party and the White Rabbit were our favourites, but all the clues were well done. I won’t give too many away as I don’t want to ruin the surprise! You can take as long as you want to complete the trail. We were there over for an hour and a half, but it was freezing and snowed the whole time (bizarre as we were in t-shirts the day before!) At the end of the trail, the friendly staff asked the children what their favourite clues were and just couldn’t do enough for us! They gave the kids a little box filled with chocolate eggs to thank them for their visit. There are toilets and a café on site, the café is at the end of the trail but you can access it from the front of the house if you want a drink to take around with you. I highly recommend this trail and will definitely be attending Ashridge events in the future. We all agreed that we preferred the trail at Ashridge to the ones at Waddesdon as it was smaller and easier for our little ones to walk around – a lot less hilly. Thank you to Ashridge House for giving us such an enjoyable morning!