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Egg-cellent fun events held at Ford's of Oakham, Burghley House and Cutts Close in Oakham to celebrate Easter

Families took advantage of the Easter weekend sunshine to take part in some seasonal activities.

Fords of Oakham hosted a hunt on Friday and Saturday to raise money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

At their event there was also a competition to guess the number of eggs that the department store had used in their display.

Juliana White, retail director at Ford’s, said: “It was OK this year - it was a bit tough but everyone was out enjoying the fantastic weather.

“We did it a bit different this year as we aimed it at a high age group this year because there was a £50 voucher on offer this year for the toy department for guessing the amount of eggs in our display.”

Meanwhile, at Burghley House on Sunday, an Easter-themed treasure hunt was held around the Garden of Surprises.

Excited children followed treasure hunt clues to help them to solve a riddle and claim a chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny.

Parents also had their knowledge of Easter tested through a quiz, with afternoon tea in the Orangery Restaurant on offer as a prize.

Chris Duffell, marketing and communications assistant at Burghley House, said: “It was a record-breaking Easter Sunday for us.

“We had over 2,000 visitors in total to the house and gardens which was really encouraging and the weather played its part.”

“In terms of the Easter-theme treasure hunt, we gave away over 900 eggs to children.”

On Monday, in Oakham was the Cutts Close Easter egg hunt.

Coun Adam Lowe (Ind), chairman of the town council and mayor of Oakham, said: “It was an Oakham Town Council event organised by Coun Sally-Anne Wadsworth.

“Last year the event was pretty much rained off with only 30 eggs being handed out.

“This year the weather really made the day.

“ Sally-Anne used all 100 clue sheets and the children, with their families in tow, searched the park.

“ Upon completing the clues the children were rewarded with a cup of Easter eggs or an Easter bunny. “We estimated there to be over 400 people taking part between 11am and 1pm and the park was buzzing as whole families were involved.

“Coun Sally-Anne was supported by other councillors and their partners, however the recognition for another great event goes to her.

“Sally-Anne is also co-ordinating the Band Concerts again this year.”

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