Lions, witches and wardrobes at Arlington Court...

Joseph Bulmer

Children invited to follow a Narnia inspired trail at the National Trust property this autumn.

VISITORS to Arlington Court throughout November have been warned to beware the icy clutches of the Snow Queen as they set foot upon the estate’s new Narnia Trail.

Children are invited to explore the grounds of the Regency House near Barnstaple by following the plot of CS Lewis novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, recently introduced to new generations as a Hollywood blockbuster.

Arlington will be the setting for several vignettes taken from the book, from going through the wardrobe doors to discovering the White Witch in her snowy kingdom. A trail booklet - disguised as a ration book - will be full of clues to help adventurers follow the story.

There will be stickers and rubbings to collect, as well as a secret code to unlock a treasure chest for a special prize. Youngsters will be able to decorate their own crowns to become king or queen of Narnia.

The trail will be open during every weekend in November and the first weekend of December, costing �1.50 per child – but anyone who attends the launch on Saturday and Sunday, November 5/6 dressed as a Narnia character can take part free of charge.

From December 18-20 a special guest will be at Arlington Court in the form of Father Christmas. For more information call (01271) 850296 or visit

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