Easter re-opening for stunning Mansion

detail of Bathroom fireplaceFAMILIES can step back in time and enjoy a traditional Easter day out thanks to volunteers at Woodchester Mansion in Stroud.

After its winter slumber the stunning unfinished Mansion at Woodchester has re-opened just in time for the school holidays.

Immediately its supporters have swung into action with a Bank Holiday weekend of tours of the unique architectural gem, plus free seasonal activities for children.

Visitors can admire the stunning stone carved birds in the bathroom, and the ivy and oak leaves swirling on the ceiling bosses, before youngsters try their hand at crafts inspired by the building’s architecture.

ceiling boss in ChapelThere’ll be daffodil flower and mask making, plus face painting, for boys and girls with volunteer Sandie Clarke, a retired primary school teacher.  She’ll be helped to offer the kids’ creativity by retired headmaster Chris Taylor and others on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Woodchester Mansion offers a step back  in time to 1873 when the spectacular Victorian Gothic architectural construction was mysteriously abandoned. Its incomplete state therefore lays bare for all to see the top quality skills of its former stonemason builders.

The Mansion, which is also home to colonies of rare bats, lies deep amid Cotswold countryside and is this season newly offering cream teas amongst its enhanced refreshments menu.

Woodchester Mansion will now remain open almost every day until the end of October.

March 2015

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