OUR FAVOURITE part of the garden at this time of year is the peaceful Wild Garden.

The thousands of flowers in here create a canvas of blue, yellow and white. You’ll see primroses, hellebores, narcissi, dogtooth violets and fritillaries amongst many others.

Throughout the gardens and grounds the trees are putting energy into bringing new buds to life, and very soon the trees will be covered in pink and white blossom.

Even though nature is at its busiest at this time of year, you don’t have to be. Rest easy on a nearby bench and enjoy the colours, sounds and sweet scents of spring. If you’d like to do a little more, then we have lots of events to join in with.

Every Monday from April 29 you can meet our gardening team between 2-3pm and tap into over 50 years of collective experience. Take a wander through the gardens and learn how you can combine good design and colour with wildlife conservation.

You’ll leave with inspirations for your own garden and hints and tips towards greener gardening. Along the way we’ll share with you how the gardens have evolved and grown over time.

From April 30 you can take a stroll along the herb border every Tuesday 2.30-3.30pm to discover the properties of herbs. Touch, taste, smell and find out about the culinary, medicinal and modern uses for herbs on these relaxed and interactive talks.

Booking isn’t needed for the garden or herb talks, but numbers are limited. We recommend arriving early for these popular events.

On May 18 we welcome back our enthusiasts to share their passion for coins, stamps and the history of money.

A collection of Roman and Victorian coins will take you back through history to explore how the value of money has changed over time. Count out the coins that you’d need to buy bread, an oxen, or pay a weeks rent in the Victorian period.

What was more expensive for tenant farmers living here in the 1840’s – food or rent?

See a collection of stamps from the Victorian period to the 1935 Silver Jubilee, and learn how the process of sending a letter has changed over time. The coins and stamps will be on display between 10.30am-4.30pm.

If you’re looking for family-friendly things to do this spring, then we’ve got lots to spark the imagination of the whole family.

We love natural play and have a wonderful outdoor experience for families, including a mud pie kitchen, den building area, hidden tunnels, wooden play equipment and space to let imaginations run wild.

East Riddlesden Hall is open Saturdays to Thursdays, 10.30am-4.30pm. General admission prices apply. Entry is free for National Trust members and under 5’s. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/east-riddlesden-hall or call 01535 607075.