To ‘amuse’ your children this month you can take them on a treasure trail in the grounds of Queen Victoria’s former home, Osborne House. Youngsters are invited to follow a trail and complete a Victorian-themed word puzzle to claim a tasty prize.
The trail takes in some of the features on the outside of the house, on the terraces below and in the grounds nearby and you can make a grounds-only visit from Wednesday to Sundays throughout March. Osborne House is open for self-guided tours only on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of March – you can add the trail to a weekend house visit if you wish.
This could be the ideal way to keep your children ‘amused’ hunting out the clues, while you explore the beautiful gardens with their colourful spring flowers and trees and shrubs coming into leaf, and the amazing views down to the sea.
Normal admission prices apply for house tours: Adult: £11.50; Concession: £10.40; Child: £6.90: Family ticket £29.90 available). Gardens-only tickets are just £5 for adults, £4.50 for concessions, £3 for children and £13 for a family ticket. Tickets and tours are free for English Heritage members.
The visitor centre with café and introductory exhibition is also open in March. Osborne House fully opens for the 2012 season on Sunday April 1st.