FAMILIES are invited to an animal-mad Easter event at Hartlebury, featuring furry friends and fun activities.

On Easter Monday, April 22, visitors can get up close to a host of animals including baby rabbits, chicks, chinchillas, skunks and corn snakes, and take part in ferret racing with the Heart of England Ferrets Association.

Younger visitors can look out for Hartlebury Castle’s very own Easter Bunny, have their faces painted, and follow the animal trail.

Throughout the holidays there are activities for the whole family to take part in including an Easter egg hunt over the weekend, and Easter crafts from Tuesday April 23 to Friday April 26.

Guests can also witness new the talking portraits in the Long Gallery, and take a stroll around the moat on a new walk revealing the grounds for the very first time.