What an eggcellent Easter at Traquair

Kids show off their home made Easter bonnets at Traquair.
Kids show off their home made Easter bonnets at Traquair.
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The region’s biggest Easter egg hunt proved to be a cracking day out for children of all ages at the weekend.

The Easter Egg Extravaganza event at Traquair House saw no child leave empty handed as more than 5,500 mini eggs were retrieved from their hiding places within the ground’s maze and walled garden.

Oscar and sister Ruby Moffat from Tweedbank at the Traquair Easter Eggstravaganza.

Oscar and sister Ruby Moffat from Tweedbank at the Traquair Easter Eggstravaganza.

With organised hunts and an egg scramble for the children, as well as competitions, Easter bonnet making and face painting, the event proved as popular as ever with families travelling from as far as Newcastle and Midlothian to take part.

And it was worth the effort as stilt man Michael Angelo entertained the crowds, lead the afternoon’s Easter procession and helped the children decorate the gigantic six foot egg.

Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquair, who organised the event, said: “The Easter Eggstravaganza has become quite an institution at Traquair having been the first Historic House to stage a mass Easter egg hunt in the Scottish Borders way back in 1989.

“We were delighted with how well the event went, despite the weather. The children seemed to take no notice of the rain at all and once they were into the maze carried on with their hunt regardless.

Ailsa and brother Innes Edgar of Peebles at the Traquair Easter Eggstravaganza.

Ailsa and brother Innes Edgar of Peebles at the Traquair Easter Eggstravaganza.

“The maze is always a perfect location to hide the eggs in the hedges and children absolutely love it!”

James and sister Charlotte Scott from Duns.

James and sister Charlotte Scott from Duns.

Caitlin Boyle from Pathhead with her winning Easter bonnet.

Caitlin Boyle from Pathhead with her winning Easter bonnet.

Henry and Arlo Whitnell with their home made Easter bonnets.

Henry and Arlo Whitnell with their home made Easter bonnets.

Stilt man Michael Angelo and the children.

Stilt man Michael Angelo and the children.