A 2016 scarecrow: Why on earth isn't that bird scared? Perhaps it's not a crow...Scarecrows will once again be appearing all over Aldbourne this year as the village prepares for its Scarecrow Trail - taking place over the weekend of May 20-21. This will be a third annual outing for scarecrows - this time matching a new theme.
Building on the trail's successful track record, residents, community groups and businesses have come forward to create a fantastic array of scarecrows. This year's chosen theme is Fairy Tales & Musicals.
An egg hunt without chickens is one of the attractions organised by the National Trust in Avebury - poster at right. These hunts have been running since April 8 with help-yourself-timings between 11.00am and 4.00pm. As well as those Cadbury eggs, you can hunt for spring hares or get creative with craft activities. Call 01672 538036 for details.
The Great Lydiard Park Easter Egg Trail - Sunday, 16 April 2017 - 10.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm) £4 per child. (Parking charges apply.)
Faux Arts in The Parade, Marlborough have many arts and crafts opportunities for youngsters. Details on their website or 01672 512031.
Wiltshire Museum in Devizes is open Friday, April 14, Sunday, April 16 and Monday, April 17 from 12.00am to 4.00pm - and on Saturday, April 15 from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
On Wednesday, April 19 the Wiltshire Museum runs holiday activity sessions: Colourful Textiles - including felt making, bookmarks, pictures and plaited bracelets. Suitable for ages 11 and under - under 8s must be accompanied. £5 per child. Booking essential. Details and booking here.
Characters from the past - clues - prizes: English Heritage hosts an Easter Adventure Quest at Old Sarum - last day Monday, April 17 - 11.00am to 5.00pm. Free to members - non-members £4.80/£2.90.) Booking not necessary.
Studley Grange (near M4's junction sixteen) has Butterfly Wolrd, Farm Park and Craft Village. Tenrecs from Madagascar are their latest attraction. A Tenrec? It looks like a hedgehog but has gone down different evolutionary paths. Fascinating. And for children who like bending things - Studley Grange's resident blacksmith will be offering drop in sessions for children to try their skills. Details here.
For those who reckon they can tell one end of a horse from another, Friday, April 14 sees the Many Clouds Lambourn Open Day - renamed this year in honour of Many Clouds the Grand National winner who died at Cheltenham in January seconds after winning his second Cotswold Chase. He was trained by Oliver Sherwood in Lamborun.
The day-long event includes visits to many of Lambourn's famous training yards and in the afternoon a welter of events for all the family in the main arena. More details here.
For horse racing fans there is the famous Cazenove Capital Point-to-Point & Country Day at Lockinge (near Wantage): activities from 11.15am and first race at 2.00pm.
General admission is £25 per car (single occupancy £10) and pedestrians are £5 per person. Gates are open from 10am. Excellent viewing available from the hillside.
Back in the real and old world, Crofton's world famous beam engines will be in steam from Saturday, April 15 to Monday, April 17. A spectacle, a history lesson and a science lesson - or you can just sit and watch the canal traffic go by. And there is a cafe. Prices and opening times here.
And this is a Studley Grange Tenrec