20 + Best Easter Events East Midlands 2021

Welcome to our what’s on guide this Easter in the East Midlands in 2021. This includes events and attractions that are open in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Please check with the attractions that they are open and their events are running before you leave home. You will probably have to prebook tickets online in advance due to many places controlling the number of visitors.

The government’s road map currently permits gardens to be open. However, attractions with animals and theme parks (outdoor rides) aren’t permitted to open until the 12th of April (all going well, this is subject to change). From the 29th of March, the Stay at Home order ends. This means people will be free to go outdoors for non-essential reasons with the recommendation to stay local. Easter School Holidays vary across the East Midlands. I will include anywhere that reopens from the 29th March through to the 12th April, your school may not necessarily be closed. Below you will find ideas on where to visit/where will be open.

One thing we are certainly permitted to do is to go for a walk. For ideas on where to go for a family-friendly walk in Yorkshire please check out this post – 70+ Family Friendly Walks in East Yorkshire.

If you have an event or an attraction that you would like included please do get in touch. If you would like a larger, more detailed, event/attraction listing including photos please see this post. I also offer Facebook advertising to my large engaged audience.

Things to do Easter in the East Midlands 2021

Belton House – Lincolnshire

When? 1st – 5th April
Address: High Rd, Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW
Event – Easter Egg Hunts About – Embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities in the meadow, stableyards and garden. There’s no set route for the trail, which means you can explore each activity at your own pace. Trail packs £3 plus entrance ticket costs. FIND OUT MORE

Belvoir Castle – Leicestershire

When? 29th March – 11th April.
Address: Grantham NG32 1PE.
Event – Easter Activities. About – Discover our outdoor trails, solve nursery rhyme puzzles, meet our bouncy easter bunny and delight in our many easter themed family photo opportunities! FIND OUT MORE

Bluebell Dairy Ice Cream Farm – Derbyshire

When open? Reopening on the 12th of April
Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR
A Bit About – Their luxury artisan ice cream is made on their farm and all the milk comes from their own cows. They use both fresh milk and fresh cream. They have a range of 25 flavours and they develop these every year. Flavours include banoffee pie, cookies and cream, devilishly chocolate, sticky toffee fudge and so many more. Bluebells play park is an outdoor play area with climbing frames, swings and a sandpit. Plus go-karts, a bouncy pillow, animals and more. There are tables around the play area and picnics are also welcome in this area. FIND OUT MORE

Bolsover Castle – Derbyshire

When? 29th March to the 18th April.
Address: Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR.
Event – Easter Adventure Quest. About – Join us on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues and search for the dragon eggs on our quest boards as you explore our outdoor trail around the castle. Intrepid explorers who track down the hatched dragon will be rewarded with a chocolate treat as well as a certificate. £1.50 per child. FIND OUT MORE

Burghley House – Lincolnshire

When? Reopening outdoors 29th March
Address: Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY
A Bit About – The Garden of surprises has the most wonderful area for kids to splash in with lots of play fountains, cascades and mini-jets (shoes must be worn). The gardens here are really beautiful and there’s some oversize games to be found, a small grotto cave and a mirror maze. The sculpture gardens are vast and there’s plenty of wonderful sculptures to be found. Don’t forget to ask if there’s a trail on as it’s a great way of making sure you find everything. Kids will have a great time helping you to find everything. FIND OUT MORE

Calke Abbey – Derbyshire

When? 1st – 11th April
Address: Ticknall, Derby DE73 7JF
Event – Easter Egg Hunts About – Embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities in the meadow, stableyards and garden. There’s no set route for the trail, which means you can explore each activity at your own pace. Trail packs £3 plus entrance ticket costs. FIND OUT MORE

Chatsworth House – Derbyshire

When open? Currently open.
Address: Bakewell DE45 1PP.
A Bit About – The garden, car parks, estate farm shop and takeaway food shops are open. There has been no announcement as yet as to when the play areas and farm will reopen. FIND OUT MORE

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway – Lincolnshire

When? Reopening 12th April
Address: Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0AG.
A Bit About – The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways, and has been delighting young and old for over 70 years. Not only does the two mile return journey offer a relaxing way to enjoy beautiful views along the picturesque Humberside Coast, but our line also doubles as a transport link connecting Cleethorpes Promenade with our main station Lakeside (near Cleethorpes Premier Inn). FIND OUT MORE

Conkers – Leicestershire

When open? Reopening 12th April
Address: Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote DE12 6GA
A Bit About – Outdoor areas will be reopening first. Conkers is a wonderful back to nature day out. Outdoors you will find sand and water play, quirky playgrounds, a sensory trail, Fairy Labyrinth and a human-size rabbit warren with tunnels. You can hop on one of their regular train rides on the Conkerchoo II to the other end of the park. At the other end of the park, you will find the Playdale adventure playground which has plenty of play equipment for older children and a smaller area for young children. There’s a woodland walk to find a wobbly bridge, den building and more. FIND OUT MORE

Crich Tramway Village – Derbyshire

When open? Re-opening on the 12th of April
Address: Crich, Matlock DE4 5DP.
A Bit About – We are open for outside areas and limited tram rides from 12th April. On the site, you will find authentic shops, red lion pub, tea-room, street lamps and more. You can walk around most of the buildings. There’s also a small exhibition of mining equipment. At the top of the tramway village, I recommend getting off the tram and walking down through their woodland walk and sculpture trail. There’s plenty to find including some really unique sculptures, a mini maze and a playground at the bottom. FIND OUT MORE

Elsham Hall Country Park – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening on 31st March
Address: Brigg DN20 0QZ, Lincolnshire
A Bit About – Elsham Hall can be found near Brigg in North Lincolnshire. Make sure you buy some fish food in the shop. There’s a couple of lakes full of hungry and rather large carp. The geese and ducks are also rather partial to the food. We also found lots of peacocks wandering around which were rather partial to our lunch. Hand feeding peacocks has now been accomplished! We also had a couple of chickens next to us for lunch. FIND OUT MORE

Fantasy Island – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening on the 12th April
Address: Sea Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1RH
A Bit About – Outdoors rides opening from the 12th. There is a really good range of rides for young and old. They have some extreme rides including two roller coasters. Plus tame rides for youngsters and log flumes, an Ice mountain ride and runaway train for more adventurous children. I recommend you purchase a ride wristband which are sold according to height. This makes understanding which rides you can and can’t go on even easier as it’s all colour coordinated with signs in front of each ride. FIND OUT MORE

Gulliver’s Kingdom – Derbyshire

When open? Reopening outdoor rides 12th April for one week and the following weekend.
Address: Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG.
A Bit About – Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath is set into a hillside so it’s pretty steep getting up and down. Plan your day so you start at the top and work your way down. There are plenty of rides at this theme park which is mostly aimed at children over 4 years old. They do have some toddler rides but most require your child to be over 90cms. Rides include spinning barrels, Dino safari cars, mini roller coaster, pirate ship, 3 water rides and cycle monorail. There is even an aerial adventure included with your ticket with time slots throughout most of the day. If you want to get up to the top with little effort there is a fun chair lift and also a travelator. FIND OUT MORE

Gunby Estate – Lincolnshire

When? 2nd to 5th April
Address: Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS
Event – Easter Egg Hunts About – Embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities in the meadow, stableyards and garden. There’s no set route for the trail, which means you can explore each activity at your own pace. Trail packs £3 plus entrance ticket costs. FIND OUT MORE

Hall Farm Park – Lincolnshire

When? Reopening 12th April
Address: Caistor Rd, South Kelsey, Market Rasen LN7 6PR
A Bit About – Outdoor areas reopening on the 12th. Outside there is an adventure play area with a large wooden fort, wellie throwing game, child-friendly assault course and karts on a track. They also have a 9 hole crazy golf course and a woodland walk. Not to worry about little ones as they have a great under 5’s play area with more karts, play equipment, playhouses and more. They also have a few outdoor paddocks with more animals that you can feed. FIND OUT MORE

Hardwick Hall – Derbyshire

When? 29th March to 1st April
Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ
Event – Easter Egg Hunts About – Embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities in the meadow, stableyards and garden. There’s no set route for the trail, which means you can explore each activity at your own pace. Trail packs £3 plus entrance ticket costs. FIND OUT MORE

Hardy’s Animal Farm – Lincolnshire

When? Reopening 12th April
Address: Anchor Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1LZ
A Bit About – Outdoor areas reopening on the 12th. Highlights include the super friendly kid goats that roam free. You are allowed to feed them food bought from their shop. They also have tractor rides at no additional cost which run throughout the day. During the day they have petting times where you can stroke a rabbit or guinea pig. There’s plenty of animals to see on the farm including a very chatty African grey parrot and some very friendly geese and ducks if you pop by to feed them. Something a little bit different is their Pitchfork and Putt. For a £1 refundable deposit, you pick up a small football from the shop which you then hit around a 9 hole course and into the large holes using a, yes you’ve guessed it, pitchfork. You will also find pony cycles for small and older children plus ride-on tractors for £1. FIND OUT MORE

Heights of Abraham – Derbyshire

When open? Reopening 12th April
Address: Dale Rd, Matlock DE4 3NT
A Bit About – Cable car and hill top park reopening first. Your cable car ticket gives you a free right of way over the hilltop park including magnificent views, adventure playgrounds, woodland trails and more. FIND OUT MORE

Jubilee Park Outdoor Pool – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening 29th March
Address: Stixwould Rd, Woodhall Spa LN10 6QH
A Bit About – Jubilee Park in Woodhall Spa has a lovely large outdoor pool which is always a fabulous 29oC. There’s also a kids pool with a giant tap and a small slide going into the big pool. There’s plenty of space for sunbathing if we are blessed with nice weather. You must try the raspberry ripple ice-cream – it’s delicious! FIND OUT MORE

Kedleston Hall – Derbyshire

When? 2nd to 5th April
Address: Derby DE22 5JH
Event – Easter Egg Hunts About – Embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities in the meadow, stableyards and garden. There’s no set route for the trail, which means you can explore each activity at your own pace. Trail packs £3 plus entrance ticket costs. FIND OUT MORE

Matlock Farm Park – Derbyshire

When open? They are aiming to reopen on the 12th April.
Address: Jaggers Ln, Matlock DE4 5LH
A Bit About – Just outside the Peak District, Matlock Farm Park is a fantastic day out for little ones. Despite being located in livestock farming country, Matlock Farm Park is the only place in and around the Peak District where you can actually feed farm animals. But there’s more to Matlock Farm Park than just feeding the animals. There are no less than three outdoor play areas, pony rides and horse riding lessons, go karts, an indoor play area (which is currently closed due to COVID-19), as well as meerkats and wallabies to meet! FIND OUT MORE

Newstead Abbey – Nottinghamshire

When open? Currently Open
Address: Newstead Village NG15 8NA
A Bit About – Newstead Park, Formal Gardens & play areas are open to the public, in line with government guidance. Café kiosks (take away) are open with covid-safety measures in place, including contactless payment only. FIND OUT MORE

Pink Pig Farm – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening outdoors on the 12th April.
Address: Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE
A Bit About – Outdoors I would recommend taking a change of clothes as you can expect your kids to get dirty with plenty of sand and water-based play. There is a huge tractor play area with tunnels and a big slide plus another playground with a mud kitchen, two wooden toboggan runs, zip wire and more. Sadly you aren’t allowed to feed the animals at Pink Pig farm. To be fair there’s not many of them so this may be why. They do have petting sessions though where they bring out rabbits for a stroke. Pink Pig farm have tractor rides which is included in the admission price. FIND OUT MORE

Rand Farm – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening outdoors on the 12th April.
Address:
Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ, Lincolnshire
A Bit About
– Outdoors – There is a large outdoor play area with plenty of things to climb, swing and slide on. Next to this, there is a fun 9 hole themed crazy golf, a big jumping pillow, play huts and trampolines. Bigger kids will love the Skyrider. Kids can be harnessed on and ride high up. It also has a couple of really big tubes slides. In the warmer months, they have sledges to ride on down a wooden slope plus go-karts, archery and electric quad bikes. They also have electric tractors at £1 a go or you can even have a go on their rodeo bull for £1. You will also be able to go on tractor rides at Rand farm. FIND OUT MORE

Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park – Nottinghamshire

When open? Reopening outdoors on the 12th of April.
Address:
Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HX, Nottinghamshire
A Bit About
– Outdoor rides include a train ride through the park, a mini coaster, carousel, bumper boats, mini pirate ship and more. Other attractions include a climbing wall, an animal farm including lots of handling sessions, birds of prey, jumping pillows and a hedge maze. FIND OUT MORE

Rufford Abbey – Nottinghamshire

When open? Outdoors currently open
Address: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF, Nottinghamshire
A Bit About
– As well as the ruin of Rufford Abbey to explore there is often a family-friendly trail available to help you explore the park. Make sure you take some duck food with you and look out for the section of the river near the mill where you can watch cars drive through the water. The adventure play area has been recently upgraded with climbing nets, slides and tunnels. There’s a sand play area, zip wire and more. There are some lovely grounds to explore, including a maze and you may find some sculptures along the way. FIND OUT MORE

Springfields Adventureland – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening outdoors on the 12th April.
Address:
Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE
A Bit About
– Facilities include a fun JCB young drivers Zone. Which is a role-play area with ride-on JCB’s, along a track that even has a round-a-bout, pretend petrol pumps, shops and more. There’s even a little hill on the track. Also in this area, there’s JCB themed play equipment. Sessions are timed so make sure you book your one hour slot. Springy’s beach is an undercover sand and water play area. You might want to bring a change of clothes for this one. They also have Goldie’s gold mine where you can pan for ‘gold’ and Sky nets. This is a treetop village with some very fun nets high up in the trees. FIND OUT MORE

Sundown Adventureland – Nottinghamshire

When open? Reopening outdoors on the 12th April.
Address:
Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX, Nottinghamshire
A Bit About
– This is a theme park especially for children under 10 years old. It is a great first introduction to rides for young children and adults can join them on the rides as well. Located near Retford in Nottinghamshire and not too far from Lincoln. There are no height or age restrictions and a great variety of things to do. There’s plenty of family-friendly rides, most are based on a theme and aren’t especially fast. They have lots of huge outdoor playgrounds such as Angry birds and others themed on forts, towns, pirates and more. FIND OUT MORE

Tattershall Farm Park – Lincolnshire

When open? Reopening outdoors on the 12th April.
Address:
Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR, Lincolnshire
A Bit About
– Outdoors – As well as the big indoor animal barn they also have a lot of outdoor paddocks which you can walk around and feed animals such as goats, sheep and maybe even a Highland cow or two. There are some aviaries near here with lots of birds of prey, they sometimes fly them on one of their event days. The giant jumping pillows are great fun and their newest addition is a fun play adventure frame which is perfect for older kids. Also outdoors you will find sand pits, a child-friendly obstacle course, bouncy castle in good weather, instruments, games, zip wire and more. FIND OUT MORE

Tropical Birdland – Leicestershire

When open? They are hoping to reopen on the 12th April
Address: Lindridge Ln, Desford, Leicester LE9 9GN
A Bit About – Tropical Birdland is located on the outskirts of the village of Desford in Leicestershire. It is a visitor attraction that is dedicated to birds. They have many different species including parrots, macaws, toucans, hornbills and owls. Some of the birds are out of their cages during visiting hours. The parrot path is a great place to get up close to and interact with the birds. Watch out for the naughty jewellery stealing birds! They even have a chick room where you can view their newly born chicks (for the safety of the babies this can be viewed through a large window). FIND OUT MORE

Twin Lakes – Leicestershire

When? Reopening on the 12th April
Address: Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4FF.
A Bit About Only outdoor areas can reopen to start off with. Outdoors – There are some great outdoor rides including a Buffalo stampede rollercoaster, toboggan, Icarus sky flyer, Rumrunner ride, horse ride, pirate ship and more. Some rides have height restrictions. Other outdoor attractions include giant bouncy pillows, playgrounds, a boating lake, a themed Wild West play town, sandpits and much more. They also have animals, a bird of prey display and a summer season water park with slides, waterfalls and a paddling area. FIND OUT MORE

Twycross Zoo – Leicestershire

When? Reopening on the 12th April
Address: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX, Leicestershire
A Bit About – Only outdoor areas can reopen to start off with. Some of the wonderful animals you can expect to see are giraffes, zebra and penguins and a great number of primates. The zoo has a lot of apes, gorillas, monkeys and more with new enclosures being built for them all the time. Some of them are right characters and you can spend a long time watching the orangutans putting straw on their heads, the swinging gibbons and the chimpanzees playing together. Make sure you visit the lemurs during feeding time as this is the best time to see them. During the warmer months, there is a splash park at Twycross Zoo. They also have outdoor playgrounds which your kids can play on all year round. FIND OUT MORE

White Post Farm – Nottinghamshire

When? Open from 29th March for exclusive animal encounters only
Address: Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL.
A Bit About – It’s quite simple really, on booking, you tell us which animal you’d like to spend time with and we will make sure your time slot is packed full of interaction. FIND OUT MORE

Woodside Wildlife Park – Lincolnshire

When? Hoping to reopen on the 12th April
Address: Newball, Lincoln LN3 5DQ
A Bit About – If you are visiting Woodside Wildlife park with the view to just walking around it then you will be done in no time. But that’s not what this wildlife park is about. Yes, it’s small but there’s so much more to it and if you check out the what’s on board and join in with their daily activities you will easily have a great day out here. FIND OUT MORE

For other things to do this Easter why not check out our Events List for the West Midlands.


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