OVER one thousand Easter eggs are being hidden around Dumfries House for a MAJOR hunt this weekend.

The popular Easter Egg Walk at Dumfries House this weekend will give people of all ages the opportunity to explore the estate’s woodlands, arboretum and walled garden while solving clues in the search for chocolate treats.

Hundreds of kids and their families are expected to embark on the adventure in pursuit of more than a thousand Easter eggs kindly donated by Marks and Spencer.

Tickets priced £3 per child are available from the Visitor Centre from 10am-3pm on Friday [tomorrow], Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors will be supplied with a map and clues in order to complete their conquest for confectionary.

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Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and the walk should take around an hour to complete.

Tania Bechelli, events assistant at Dumfries House, said: “Spring is a fantastic time to visit the estate as the flowers and trees begin to blossom, and our Easter Egg Walk proves particularly popular as it provides families with the opportunity to participate in a traditional custom for the time of year and to spend time together in beautiful surroundings.

“We are very grateful to Marks and Spencer for their generous donation of Easter Eggs. As with all of our commercial ventures here on the estate, the proceeds will be ploughed into the work of our charity The Prince’s Foundation.”

David Bates, regional manager at Marks and Spencer in Scotland, said: “We’re thrilled to be providing eggs for such a hugely popular event. We hope visitors to the house will have a great deal of fun trying to find every single one of them!”

Visitors to Dumfries House estate on Sunday April 21 will also be able to experience East Ayrshire’s only Sunday Market, which purveys fresh, local produce and will feature, for the first time, a ‘zero waste’ clinic allowing guests to bring in clothing and household items for repair.