Have a splashing good time at Burghley House

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HISTORIC Burghley House takes on a magical feel for summer when the Festival of Surprises opens tomorrow.

Legends will spring to life for young visitors who can not only enjoy splashing around in 32 water feature in the Garden of Surprises but also become a Knight of the Round Table or even try to pull the sword from the stone.

Cleverly hidden behind a hedge in the sweeping grounds of the grand Elizabethan estate, the Tudor-inspired Garden of Surprises includes swivelling Caesar busts, a curtain of water and a mirrored maze. The two-week Festival of Surprises, which this year has a Magic, Myths and Legends theme, is tailor-made for fun in the school summer break.

The main events will take place over the weekends. King Arthur’s Realm, including King Arthur’s Quest - a treasure hunt around the Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden; a Bouncy Pole Joust; Maypole/Tudor dancing; Sword and the Stone – a terrific photo opportunity for would-be Kings attempt to pull the sword from the stone, will be on this weekend.

The Jester’s Fair with magic shows, walkabout entertainers, mini round carousel, bouncy assault course, and balloon modelling will be held in the gardens on Saturday and Sunday next week.

There will be face painting, barbecue and ice creams on both weekends.

Admission is free with a house and garden or gardens only tickets. Events are free for all season card holders.

For more information visit our website www.burghley.co.uk or telephone 01780 752451.