QUEEN Victoria is back on our TV screens with the drama series Victoria based on her life. Much of it is subject to conjecture as she didn't live in an age of digital recording although she did write letters and have photographs taken.

This season at Bowood House there is a fascinating display of items about the relationship between the Lansdowne family and the Queen who ruled Britain and its Empire for so much of the 19th century.

Curated by Cathryn Spence the objects include fancy dress costume, letters and personal gifts.

She said: "The third Marquis was there at Victoria's birth, her marriage and all the important times of her life."

Outside of the stately home the grounds of Bowood are one of the big attractions for visitors.

With the annual six-week season now set to start on Friday, April 19, members of the public can look to the Woodland Garden for an Easter outing and the most picturesque of family walks.

This is only the second time ever that Bowood’s 30-acre display of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas will be open for the four-day spring holiday, thanks to Easter arriving later and the garden coming into bloom earlier.

“It was as recent as 2017 when the garden first opened for Easter,” said Bowood’s owner, Lord Lansdowne.

He said: “From the blossoms on the blackthorn in the hedgerows to cherry trees in front gardens, the landscape is coming back into colour.

"At Bowood, our azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons are burgeoning with flower buds. If we escape the potential threats of hail, frost - and maybe even snow - 2019 looks set to be another magical year.”

Originally laid out in 1854 by the 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne, the Woodland Garden at Bowood - home to the Lansdowne family since 1754 - features some of the earliest known hybrids in the UK.