BILLED as the biggest egg hunt in the Borders, more than 1,000 visitors flocked to Traquair House for a fun-filled day on Sunday.

Teams of ‘Easter bunnies’ from Scotland’s oldest inhabited house were out early in the morning hiding around 6,000 mini chocolate eggs in the Traquair Maze for their Easter eggs-travaganza, before opening the gates for the budding egg hunters at 11am.

And all three of the hunts proved as popular as ever with families.

Several hundred children braved the cold and sometimes wet weather across the grounds in their quest for the tasty treats.

Now in its 18th year, the event included a range of activities for families, including musical instrument making, storytelling and face painting.

Youngsters also had the chance to get creative and join in with the communal decorating of a 6ft egg.

Over in the garden, there was an opportunity to get creative with some small egg painting The eggs for the activity were sponsored by Glenrath farms.

Tilly Jessep, Freya Forsyth and Corran Flannagan were the three who emerged as the winners.

Also at the event was extraordinary stilt man Michael Angelo, who entertained the crowds and led the Easter procession at 3pm which allowed everyone to show off their bonnets.

Catherine Maxwell Stuart from Traquair House said: “Despite the cold weather we were delighted by the turnout and it was good to see more people taking advantage of the house being open as well.

“There were many happy chocolate covered faces by the end of the day.”