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The theme is dragons at Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, this February half term, with lots of things to keep the whole family entertained.

One of Newarks oldest and most valuable pieces in the collection, Spike the dragon weathervane, has sat atop Newark house for over 500 years. From Tudor hunting lodge to the visitor attraction it is today, Spike has overseen all the changes.

Visitors to the country estate can spot shiny dragon eggs around the croquet lawn, find little crocheted dragons hidden inside the house, and learn more about Spike on the Special Spike trail. The trail is free with admission to the site.

Dragon activities at Newark will run from Saturday 11 February through till Friday 31 March.

Emily Poulter, Senior Visitor Experience Officer said, “were really excited to welcome families this February half term so that they can get to know this key figure in Newarks history. We know that Spike is a real favourite with children and families, and were keen to share more information about him.”

To find out more information about Newark Park, which is cared for by the National Trust, go to nationaltrust.org.uk/Newark-park