There's been a lot of fooling around at Muncaster Castle in West Cumbria.
The International Jesters Competition is the centre piece of the popular Muncaster Festival, now in its 10th year. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
Five entertainers have competed to be crowned a fool at Muncaster Castle in West Cumbria.
The International Jesters Competition is the centre piece of the popular Muncaster Festival, now in its tenth year. Visitors were treated to stories in the castle's gardens.
Children will compete in a giant Easter Egg hunt at Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District today.
The events, which also include circus skills, magic tricks from a walkabout magician and Easter tales from a storyteller, kick off at 12.30.
The World Owl Trust say their current agreement with the estate managers is being terminated and unless they can negotiate new arrangements, they'll have to leave by May 2015.
The charity claims the new terms are not financially viable, but the estate say negotiations are ongoing and in tough financial times it's having to review the way the owl centre is run.
The Muncaster estate says it's willing to negotiate but the Trust says it's looking for new premises. Honorary President Tony Warbuton said: "the owl trust is looking for somewhere new to be based, we do not feel we are wanted anymore at Muncaster."
Peter Frost-Pennington who runs Muncaster Castle says there will always be a home for owls on their site.
But he says they have been forced to review the way the owl centre is run by the World Owl Trust due to a weak economy.
He added their aim is to continue having an owl centre at Muncaster that works in the best interest of the owls and visitors.
One of Cumbria's leading tourist attractions could be set for a new home.
The World Owl Trust claims potential changes to its lease could force it out of Muncaster Castle.
The castle says it wants to keep an owl centre, but needs to look at efficiency.
The winner of the 2013 Muncaster Fool competition will be announced later today.
The medieval castle near Ravenglass in Cumbria was the home of the original Tom Fool and launches a search every year for a new jester.
The castle is believed to be the only castle in the world which still employs a modern day jester.
The winner of the prestigious jester title will be awarded with beer for a year, as traditional Court Jesters were always paid in ale.
The World Owl Trust, which is based at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria, is urging people to grow their grass to help the Barn Owl. The population has plummeted in Britain due to a loss of habitat and the Trust say 'welly high grass' will help boost numbers. Hannah McNulty went to find out why.