Tenth Family Easter Egg Hunt To Be Held On Historic Pastures
Monday, Apr 14, 2014
A traditional family Easter egg hunt is taking place on Saturday 19 April on the historic Westfield pastures in Richmond.
This is the tenth year in succession that the hunt has been organised by local land charity, Richmondshire Open Spaces Appeal (ROSA) and it has now become a firm favourite in the town’s social calendar with well over two hundred people taking part in the event each year.
The event will be ongoing from 2-4pm and starts from the lay-by next to the allotments on Westfields. Each participant will receive a boxed chocolate egg when they complete the trail, which is included in the entry cost of £3. Light refreshments will be available.
The hunt was one of the first fundraising events held by ROSA – the fundraising arm of the Richmondshire Landscape Trust – when it was set up to raise money to buy a number of pieces of land under threat. The charity now owns and manages a number of pieces of land around the town for community use and still fundraises to maintain and enhance the different areas in its care.
Westfields is a large area of undulating pasture land that has spectacular views across the town towards the castle and was originally part of Richmond’s medieval three-field system. As well as Westfields, the Trust owns a further four areas of land around the town – Southbank, Sleegill, Jack King’s Wood and the Reeth Road Field
The event is being sponsored by another local charity, the Richmond Duck Club, so that entry costs can be kept to a minimum and as many people as possible are able to take part.
Event organiser, Veronica Robson, said: “The ROSA Family Easter Egg Hunt has become something of a local tradition and we have many people returning year after year. Some travel quite long distances to get here and the feedback we receive is that it is a much-loved and established part of many families’ Easter celebrations.
“In past years, it has always gone ahead whatever the weather and we have had great fun in sun, rain or - one year - even snow! ” she added.
Tickets are available in advance from Veronica Robson on 01748 824218 or Stuart Parsons on 01748 823456 or at the Castle Hill Book Shop or Tourist Information Centre in Richmond. They can also be bought on the day at the start of the event but previous years have regularly sold out before the end of the afternoon. All children must be accompanied by an adult.