Easter Sunday hedgehog hunt at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House

A parade of some of the prickly playfellows with hands-on helpers (left to right) Brenda Thorlby, Di

A parade of some of the prickly playfellows with hands-on helpers (left to right) Brenda Thorlby, Diane Parker and Brenda Donald - Credit: Archant

Hordes of hedgehogs emerging from their winter sleep are planning to shuffle back into hiding for one more snooze at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech.

“More than 50 friendly fluffballs of all shapes and sizes – some involved in activities such as gardening – are set to roll up and play hide and seek at the home of the co-founder of the National Trust at 7 South Brink, with a help from a team of volunteer stitchers and tweakers,” said press officer Peter King.

“During ‘Easter Hunt the Hedgehog’, on Sunday April 16, they will be tucked away in secret hidy-holes in each of the Birthplace House’s 13 display rooms. The outdoor types will hide in makeshift nests around the new Golden River Adventure garden.

“Primary school aged children are invited to crack this prickly seasonal puzzle. The winner – the youngster with the highest hedgehog count – will receive a large Easter egg. Smaller eggs and other prizes can be won by the other contestants.”

Admission is free for up to three children with each accompanying adult (£3.50).


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The Birthplace House opens its doors at 1pm, with last admission at 4pm.

“Young hedgehog hunters will have until 5pm to complete their task of snouting around,” added Mr King.

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