It's spring again and Dyrham's fallow deer will soon be shedding their antlers. Always wanted that stately home look for your mantlepiece? Then this is your chance. Join me for an antler hunt at 10am sharp - it needs to be an early start as it's "finders keepers" and the park can get busy on a sunny day.
To manage your expectations a little I've been volunteering in the deer park for 3 years and have found only one antler (which a 7 year old boy beat me to) and my volunteer colleague has 3 but they are all left ones. But hey it'll be fun anyway and get you out of bed on a Sunday morning!
At about 11 we'll regroup and head over to the other side of the park to see the doe and fawn herd and visit the Saxon Camp at Old Lodge.
Finally, end the morning with a well earned cuppa in the Café or if it's nice why not bring a picnic. You're then free to explore the house and garden - or carry on hunting!
The NT website has this to say or find out more yourself at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park/visitor-information/
"Explore 270 acres (110 hectares) of ancient parkland, where a historic herd of fallow deer roams freely and magnificent trees and breathtaking views abound.
Inside the impressive mansion, built by hard-working civil servant William Blathwayt, discover fascinating interiors little changed in 300 years, as well as a rich collection that includes superb Dutch art and ceramics of the period.
Complete your visit with a relaxing stroll in the elegant West Garden with its splendid borders, idyllic ponds and wildflower orchard."
Gift Aid - Whole Property: £12.50 Garden and park only: £5.20
Standard - Whole Property: £11.20 Garden and park only: £4.60
NT members - entry is of course free (so why not join - hint hint).
This event will be on whatever the weather and it's just possible the deer will decide to shed their antlers late or early this year, so keep an eye on the comments - I can't control nature but I will let you know. Gates open from 9.45am so please arrive early.
N.B. sorry - no dogs allowed in the deer park or garden - the deer don't like them.