WE’RE really enjoying the spring sunshine at the moment, as are some early Easter visitors to the museum.

Some schools have already broken up for the Easter holidays, and as such the museum is bustling with visitors.

We’ve got free talks and walks through the holiday period so visitors can enjoy 20-minute talks at 2pm every day, on a range of subjects, depending on the specialist interest of our wonderful and knowledgeable museum assistants and volunteers.

You might get to hear about life and death in Haworth, learn about the Bronte servants, or the early years of the Bronte siblings. Each talk is unique!

On Wednesday April 24 instead of the talks we will be leading a guided walk up onto Penistone Hill (weather permitting!) to get a sense of the landscape which was so inspirational to the Bronte family.

And also on holiday Wednesdays we have our popular Wild Wednesday drop-in workshops. In the first workshop you’ll be able to make Easter bunny cards, and the second workshop continues the Easter theme with the opportunity to make beautiful Paper Easter Eggs – much healthier than chocolate ones!

All these activities are free with admission to the museum.

Spring also brings the return of our Late Night Thursdays, where you get to experience the museum after hours. These late nights occur on the third Thursday of every month, so our first this year is April 18 – just a few days before Charlotte Bronte’s 203rd birthday!

Visiting the Parsonage that evening will be characters who knew Charlotte well – Tabby, the Brontes’ faithful and long-serving housekeeper, and John Brown, the sexton and Branwell’s drinking partner – and they’ll be sharing their knowledge about life in the Parsonage with Charlotte and her sisters.

After 5.30pm admission is free to visitors who live in the BD22, BD21, and BD20 postcode areas and Thornton, birthplace of the Brontes. Last admission is 7pm.

Spring is also a fantastic time to experience our new audio experience, which features the poems of Emily Bronte set to music by The Unthanks.

The experience is free with admission to the museum – you simply pick up the audio equipment from the shop desk, where you’ll be given an easy-to-follow map, and then you head out in Emily’s footsteps up to Penistone Hill. You can book ahead via the website if you want to guarantee a particular time.

The reviews have been overwhelming positive, with plenty of visitors tweeting lovely comments, whilst The Guardian reviewer described it as ‘quite incredible’. High praise indeed!

And finally, we were all very excited last week when Frank Cottrell Boyce paid us a visit to discuss plans for the work he’ll be doing with us in the second half of the year.

Frank scripted the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and wrote the screenplay for one of my favourite films, 24 Hour Party People, and the more recent Goodbye Christopher Robin, and he’s also the author of the hugely successful children’s books Millions, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, and sequels to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

With those credentials, whatever Frank devises, it promises to be unique!