This is it! My guide to 30 plus of the best Easter events that are on this Easter in the Midlands. Covering Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. There are plenty of places to take a day out in these counties but these are the places with fun events on for the Easter holidays. All events are family friendly.
Please note – Most places also have senior, family and other ticket rates available. All prices and events may be subject to change. Please check their websites for opening times and days.
Where? – High Road Belton, Grantham NG32 2LW. Lincolnshire
What’s on – “Get hands on with fun filled activities running from Saturday 6 April through to Monday 22 April 2019.” With a range of activities such as nettle fest, creation station, demonstration station and a ranger station. Plus Cadbury’s have one of the famous Easter Egg trails at Belton house. “Cadbury Easter egg hunt, Friday 19 – Monday 22 April, 9.30am-4.30pm, £3per trail. Enjoy Easter fun at Belton House with the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt this school holiday.”
Entry costs – Belton House is a National Trust property so entry is free to members. You will still need to pay for the Cadbury Easter egg hunt. A house and grounds adult ticket is £16.50 and £10.50 for children. Under 5’s are free.
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Where? – Woolsthorpe Road, Grantham NG32 1PE, Leicestershire
What’s on – “Get egg-static this Easter at Belvoir Castle and Engine Yard, with exciting activities for all the family, including our fun-filled Nursery Rhyme Treasure Hunt. Plus chocolate egg decorating, face painting, a visit from the farm animals and a chance to see our incredible birds of prey in flight. The Easter Bunny and her friends will also be popping in! Our special Easter Afternoon Tea will be available at the Castle which will be full of Easter fun! When: 19-22April.”
Entry costs – An adult castle and gardens ticket costs £16.20 if bought online in advance. £8.10 for a child aged 4-16 and under 4’s are free.
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Where? – Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR, Derbyshire.
What’s on – Sat 6 – Sun 28 April 2019. “Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail through the gardens and around the Little Castle. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate and a sticker to prove it, and there’ll be a chocolate treat too! You can get questing at Bolsover Castle every day of the school holidays. It costs just £1 per child, and there’s no need to book.”
Entry costs – Entry is free to English Heritage members but you will need to pay for the easter quest (£1). An adult ticket without gift aid is £11.30 and £6.80 for a child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free.
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Where? – Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY, Lincolnshire
What’s on – Burghley house have a number of events on this Easter. With an Easter Treasure hunt on Sunday the 21st April. Plus Beastly boring tours from the 8 Apr 2019 – 18 Apr 2019. Easter craft workshops from the 8 Apr 2019 – 18 Apr 2019 and a tractor drive on Sunday the 14th of April.
Entry costs – Admission is free for Friends of Burghley and Annual Pass Holders to the Easter craft workshops and the Easter treasure hunt. Tickets bought for the events can be upgraded to an annual pass free of charge. An adult ticket is £17.00 online in advance and £9.00 for a child aged 3-15.
Where? – Bakewell DE45 1PP, Derbyshire.
What’s on – “Enjoy the Easter holidays at Chatsworth for a family fun day out in the garden, farmyard and playground. In addition to our daily activities in the garden and farmyard, we have lots on offer throughout the school holidays. More details will be available soon.”
Entry costs – A house, gardens, farmyard and playground ticket costs £24.00 for an adult and £14.50 for a child. You can visit the farmyard and playground for just £7.00 per person.
Where? – Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes DN35 0AG, Lincolnshire
What’s on – “19th – 22nd April 2019. Don’t be late for these very important dates! The Easter Eggspress returns for another fun filled Easter weekend! The Easter bunny will be hopping around Lakeside Station for customers to meet! All fare paying children will be in with a chance to take away a small chocolate egg if they take part in the popular Easter trail! There will be a two train service in operation across Easter weekend.”
Entry costs – An adult return ticket costs £5.00 and £4.50 for a child. These charges apply during their Easter eggstravaganza.
Where? – Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Ashby-De-La-Zouch DE12 6GA, Leicestershire.
What’s on – “Saturday 6th April to Sunday 28th April – Three Weeks of Adventures at CONKERS. Ranger Activities will be on every day and include: Orienteering, Bush Craft, Pond Dipping and Construction Derby. Story Time – In the Story Teller’s Hut everyday!. New Shows over the Easter Holidays!. Craft Corner – CONKERS Craft Corner will be open daily from 11 – 5pm for Paint a Pot and the New Fun with Wood where you can paint your own Bug Houses.
Entry costs – A standard adult ticket if bought online in advance costs £9.05 and £8.14. Children 2 and under are free.
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Doddington Hall – Easter Eggsploration – Lincolnshire
Where? – Doddington Hall, Doddington, Lincolnshire, LN6 4RU.
What’s on – “April 21, 2019 – April 22, 2019. Follow the Easter trail through the gardens of Doddington with Jolly the Unicorn over the Easter weekend. Explore the gardens and help Jolly the Unicorn find all of the rabbits to get your very own chocolate treat. You can also look forward to family fun on the Croquet Lawn and a choice between an I-spy trail or Easter fact-finding trail in the gardens.” “The Hall will be open from 7 April until the end of September every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 12pm – 4:30pm (gardens open from 11am, last admission at 3:30pm). House admission applies.”
Entry costs – An adult hall and gardens ticket costs £11.00 and £5.50 for a child.
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Where? – Easton Ln, Grantham NG33 5AP, Lincolnshire
What’s on – “19th, 21st & 22nd April, Open Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Monday. (CLOSED SATURDAY). See emerging spring bulbs across the cedar and mini meadows, in the woodland walk and beautifully displayed in pots dotted around the gardens. You may catch the last of the Hellebores too if you’re lucky! Bring the whole family along, follow the Easter Trail and feel free to bring along a picnic, if the weather is kind! On Good Friday we will open in aid of the National Garden Scheme and all admission fees will be donated to this wonderful charity.”
Entry costs – An adult admission ticket is £7.70 and it’s £3.50 for a child.
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Easter Weekend – Derbyshire
Where? – Wirksworth Station, Coldwell St, Wirksworth DE4 4FB, Derbyshire
What’s on – “Easter Event at Wirksworth Station. Party Workshops Family Circus. Ever fancied trying your hand at circus tricks? Returning to Wirksworth Station is the excellent Family Circus where there’s juggling, spinning plates, wire walking and much much more! They’ll teach you how to do it! There will be amazing fire performances at regular intervals throughout the day (sorry, you can’t try that bit!) You can take part for free if you have a Wirksworth and Duffield line Day Rover ticket it is just £2.00 for those just wishing to pop along and join in the fun!
Easter Egg Hunt – Our popular Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place around the station.
Entry costs – An adult day ticket costs £13.50 if purchased online in advance. A child ticket is £6.50 ages 5-15. Under 5’s are free.
Great Central Railway – Easter Holiday Trains – Leicestershire
Where? – Great Central Road, Loughborough LE11 1RW, Leicestershire.
What’s on – “Easter Holiday Trains – Tue 16th to Thu 18th, and Tue 23rd to Thu 25th April 2019. Easter Animal Fun. Over the Easter Half term we will turn the Great Central Railway into an animal lover’s haven. Come along and hang out with Elvis, Tula, Petal and Tiny Tim, we are of course talking about some wonderful fur, feathered and hairy animals. Bring your cameras with you as there will be lots of photo opportunities. Our excellent entertainer will be on the trains and come in fancy dress to be entered into best dressed competition.”
Entry costs – There are a variety of pricing options depending on which stations you wish to travel between.
Gullivers – Easter Family Fun – Derbyshire
Where? – Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG, Derbyshire.
What’s on – “You can enjoy a massive selection of rides, shows and attractions across our theme parks. We’ll have some very special appearances from the Easter Bunny as the park team provide amazing entertainment. Easter Weekend will feature… Games and Competitions, Entertainment on the main stage. The Easter Bonnet Parade and The Big Bunny Bounce.
Entry costs – An adult and a child ticket if bought online in advance costs £15.00. Under 90cms are free.
Where? – Gunby, Spilsby PE23 5SS, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – “Visit throughout the Easter weekend for Gunby’s annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts. This year lots of creepy-crawlies have left their eggs in the gardens. Can you find them all?. Visit on 19, 20, 21 and 22 April to take part in the trails. Collect a hunt sheet from the dedicated meeting point, find all the creepy-crawly eggs, solve the puzzle and collect your Cadbury Easter Egg as your yummy prize. There’s a fun tiger-themes kid’s trail in the house too.”
Entry costs – Easter Egg Hunts cost £2 per person on top of normal admission charges. There are no admission charges for National Trust members and under 5s. An adult standard ticket is £8.40 and £4.30 for a child.
Hardwick Hall – Easter Family Fun – Derbyshire
Where? – Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, Derbyshire
What’s on – “This Easter at Hardwick, spend the holidays taking part in the family activities, the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, a chance to see the ‘We are Bess’ exhibition in the Hall, walks, wildlife and plenty of fresh air and outdoors to explore. Times and availability of different activities and the We are Bess exhibition will vary. Check the What’s On listings on the website for more information.”
Entry costs – A standard adult ticket costs £7.50 and £3.50 for a child. Please note that parking is £5.00 per car.
Hardys Animal Farm – Easter Eggstravaganza – Lincolnshire
Where? – Anchor Ln, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1LZ, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – “Hop along to a fun packed itinerary of Easter activities!. Join in the spring madness of our Easter Eggstravaganza! Come and help collect the clues in our Easter Quiz; that cheeky Easter Bunny keeps stealing the Eggs from the chickens so we need your help to answer all his questions and win an Easter Egg!. Also, we’re running a competition for the best decorated (hard boiled!) egg, with prizes for the winners. The competition will be judged at 3:00pm each day in Haystacks Playbarn Cafe! You can buy your tickets online in advance for speedy admission, and our lowest prices!”
Entry costs – An adult ticket bought online in advance costs £8.00 and it’s also £8.00 for a child aged 3-16. Under 3’s are free.
Lincoln Castle – Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest – Lincolnshire
Where? – Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA, Lincolnshire
What’s on – “Saturday 6 – Monday 22 April. Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest. Join us this Easter for our Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest! Follow the white rabbit and seek out the clues to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddle and claim your chocolate reward. Be sure to open your chocolate bar with care as hidden inside 3 of the bars are 3 golden tickets! Each golden ticket holds a very special surprise – will you be one of our lucky winners? Admission: Inclusive in the price of a Castle day ticket/ Alice in Wonderland Easter Quest Ticket or £2 per trail. The trail is £1 to Lincoln Castle Annual Pass holders.” Please check out their website for other events on this Easter.
Entry costs – An adult ticket costs £13.50 and a childs ticket is £7.20. Under 5’s are free.
Lincolnshire Showground – Countryside Lincs
Where? – The main entrance to the showground at Gate 1, immediately off the A15. Postcode is LN2 2NA.
What’s on – Countryside Lincs “Back for its fifth year, Countryside Lincs returns to the Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday 14 April with a fun-filled and interactive day all about food, farming and the countryside. Meet producers, crafters, farmers and lots of animals all in one place to inspire young minds all about Lincolnshire’s heritage.
With a huge variety of activities in both our indoor and outdoor zones, Countryside Lincs is the perfect day out whatever the weather. We have eight different zones for children to explore including learning how to make and bake tasty local foods, getting hands-on with creative activities, meeting farmyard animals big and small and even having a ride around the Showground on our big tractor and trailer. In addition to all of this, we also have a packed ring timetable full of displays for you to enjoy.”
Entry costs – Advance tickets cost £7.00 for an adult and £4.00 for a child aged 5-16. Under 5’s are free.
Where? – Dickon Hill Rd, Friskney, Boston PE22 8PP, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – “Easter Trail is free to join in, each child will be given an Alice Trail to collect clues, make a word and claim their prize from The Rainforest Diner upon getting the correct word. Prizes only given to children up to the age of 15 years. Face Painting for children available Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April only. No prior booking necessary.”
Entry costs – An adult ticket is £10.95 and £9.50 for a child aged 3-15. Under 3’s are free.
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Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Easter Special
Where? – Station Rd, Ludborough, Grimsby DN36 5SQ, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – “Easter Special – Join in the Easter Egg Hunt. Children get free Easter chocolate on Sunday. ‘Greatest Showman’ circus-themed entertainment on Sunday and Monday. Trains run hourly 10.45am to 3.45pm each day.”
Entry costs – Ticket prices allow unlimited travel on day of purchase – £8 adults | £6 seniors | £4 children (under 3 free).
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Manor Farm Park & Woodlands – Easter Eggstravaganza – Leicestershire
Where? – Castle Hill, East Leake, Loughborough LE12 6LU, Leicestershire.
What’s on – “Join us for fun on the farm this Easter, from 6th to 28th April 2019. Throughout the school Easter Holidays, see our newly hatched chicks, join in our Easter hunt in the woodlands, ride Ernie the Milk Float, enjoy a day on the farm and spend time in the craft room making something to take home. Daily bunny breakfast, craft room. Easter Hunt at 2pm Monday to Friday; 2.30pm weekends and Easter Monday. Meet the Easter Chicks at 1.15pm Monday to Friday; 1.45pm weekends and Easter Monday.”
Entry costs – An adult ticket bought online in advance costs £8.50 for an adult and £8.00 for a child aged 2-17. Under 2’s are free.
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Where? – Markeaton Ln, Derby DE22 4AA, Derbyshire.
What’s on – Sat 13 – Sun 28 Apr. “Come along to Markeaton Park and pick up your Easter Egg Hunt Trail worksheet from the Mundy Play Centre Kiosk! Using the map to help, can you find all six Easter Eggs hidden around the park? Once you have complete your worksheet, hand it in at the Orangery Cafe in the Craft Village and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win Mundy Play Centre vouchers! Please note that opening times of the Ranger Kiosk and the Orangery Cafe are weather dependant.”
Entry costs – There will be a small charge for this trail.
Where? – Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, Derbyshire.
What’s on – “Visit us during Easter for a very special day out. There will be an Easter themed treasure hunt for all children, with a prize for each completed entry form on your return to Butterley Station.”
Entry costs – Entry cost unknown.
Where? – Normanby Hall, Normanby, Scunthorpe DN15 9HU, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – Peter Rabbit storytelling – “Stories begin at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm – please meet at the entrance to the Walled Garden Join us near the Rabbit family’s cosy burrow for the telling of Beatrix Potter’s classic story The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”
Activity session “Enjoy fun hands on activities based around the much loved ‘Tale of Peter Rabbit’. Get cosy in a burrow, explore collections of materials, find Peter, dig and rake just like Mr McGregor and explore, taste and touch some vegetables from his garden. The session will end with songs and rhymes and is suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is £4.50 per child (adults are free). Advance booking is required”
Entry costs – The cost of admission to Normanby is £7.00 per adult and £4.00 per child aged 5-16. Under 5’s are free.
Pink Pig Farm – Easter Bunny Bonanza – Lincolnshire
Where? – Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – “06 Apr – 22 Apr. Are you ready to go egg hunting? Visit the farm over the Easter break for our Bunny Bonanza event! What’s in stall? Meet our very own ‘bunny in blue’ and take a picture with him, egg hunt around the farm (WIN a family pass!), take part in various crafts & activities, enjoy themed food & drink (extra charge), plus lots more! Our much-loved tractor trailer ride & small animal handling will of course still be taking place for visitors to enjoy. Events such as Easter tend to be very busy, so visitors are strongly advised to pre-book tickets online to save disappointment nearer the time.”
Entry costs – An Easter adult ticket costs £4.99 and £7.99 for a child. Easter under 2 years old is £2.00.
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Where? – Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – 6th – 22nd April. There is no further information for this event.
Entry costs – A peak adult ticket costs £10.95 and also £10.95 for a child aged 2 and over. Under 2’s are free. These are the online prices. On the door tickets cost £1.00 more.
Where? – Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough LE16 8TH, Leicestershire.
What’s on – “Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019. Visit us on Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday and take part in our Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. Seek out the brightly coloured eggs which have been hidden in our magnificent gardens. Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. Once you have found the word you can claim your chocolate egg. To continue the fun, take part in our family quiz. If your little treasure hunters are still full of beans, they can help Wentworth find his wandering armour and earn a badge as Chief Griffin Assistant! The Castle itself opens from 1pm and Walkers House Restaurant will be serving a range of delicious meals throughout the day.”
Entry costs – An adult combined house and gardens ticket costs £12.00 and £8.50 for a child.
Where? – RSPB, Roads Farmhouse, Frampton Roads, Wyberton, Boston PE20 1AY, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – From the 6th April until the 22nd April there will be an Easter egg hunt at Frampton Marsh. “Discover the egg-citement of a nature reserve! Pop into our warm visitor centre to pick up the entry sheet, the follow the trail around the reserve on surfaced paths. Meet the wildlife that calls us home, and crack the clues about them. Finally, unscramble the overall answer to the trail to win a sweet treat! Please allow an hour for the trail. Sorry, no dogs. Reserve entry fees do apply.”
Entry costs – Price: £2.50 per child, RSPB members 20% off.
Rufford Abbey – Magical Spring Trail – Nottinghamshire
Where? – Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF, Nottinghamshire.
What’s on – “Dates:30 March – 28 April. Times:10:30 – 16:00 dairy. Join us for our Magical Spring Trail. Follow the map though our formal gardens to seek out our fun scenes of spring. Easter Bunnies, Spring flowers in bloom, chicks, spring lambs and lots of colour. Not forgetting your chocolate treat at the end!”
Entry costs – £2 per trail sheet.
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Sundown Adventureland – Easter Event – Nottinghamshire
Where? – Treswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX, Nottinghamshire.
What’s on – “6th April 2019 – 22nd April 2019. If you’re looking for the best ever East Event in Nottinghamshire for families, then our EGG-CITING EGG-VENTURE trail starts on Saturday 6th April and runs right through until 22nd April. 2019 tickets can be booked online or purchased at the gate on arrival and if you have one of our amazing Sundown Fun Passes this event is included just show us your pass upon entry!”
Entry costs – An adult and child over 90cm ticket costs £16.75 for general admittance. Children under 90cms are free.
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Where? – Sleaford Rd, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4LR, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – “In readiness for the Bank Holiday weekend the Cadbury Easter bunny will be dropping off his stash of chocolate prizes. Why not join the Easter Egg Hunt and see if you can find all the clues dotted around the Castle and grounds.”
Entry costs – The Egg Hunt costs £2 each, please note that normal admission applies (free entry for National Trust members). An adult standard ticket costs £7.50 and £3.72 for a child. Under 5’s are free.
Where? – Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR, Lincolnshire.
What’s on – Easter Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd. The great big easter egg hunt at 11:00 and 13:00. Join the Easter bunny for fun and games. The farm also has other events on over Easter. (not Easter themed).
Entry costs – An adult and a child ticket each cost £6.50. Under 2’s are free. I am unsure if the Easter egg hunt costs extra to an admission ticket.
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Where? – Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4SB, Leicestershire.
What’s on – “30th -31st March & 6th -23rd April 2019. On Saturday 30th March, you will be able to meet and greet the mischievous Peter Rabbit™. He will be making personal appearances on the Hub Stage at intervals throughout the day – don’t forget your cameras!”
“The UK’s Number 1 Easter Bunny’s Grotto! Travel through a land of chocolate heaven, take in the stunning views, smells and see the magic of the world of Easter, then meet the Easter Bunny himself and collect your special gift – choose from a large TY Plush or large Twinlakes branded Thornton’s Egg. Ever wondered where the Easter Bunny’s magic is made? You’re invited to Easter Bunny HQ this Easter to meet the friendly Eggsperts who control the production of the entire world’s chocolate eggs. The grotto costs only £6 per child and adults can accompany free of charge. All children receive a gift from the Easter Bunny.”
Entry costs – You will also need a park entry ticket which costs £16.00 for an adult and a child over 108cms. You can save 10% by booking online in advance. Children under 95cm are free and 95 – 108cms are £8.00.
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White Post Farm – Easter Festival – Nottinghamshire
Where? – Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL, Nottinghamshire.
What’s on – “Spring is fast approaching which means Easter will soon be here. Our extra special Easter Festival is on everyday throughout Notts half term (Saturday 6th – Monday 22nd April), and we can’t wait! From live births and sheep racing, to cuddles with newborn lambs and an Easter stamp hunt, there is so much to get stuck in to at the farm this Spring! Tickets are available to book now on our website, why not come along and join in the fun!”
Entry costs – An adult ticket if bought online in advance costs £9.85 for an adult and £9.45 for a child.
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Where? – Langwith Rd, Shirebrook, Mansfield NG20 8TE, Nottinghamshire.
What’s on – “Meet the Easter bunny and Alice in the magic woodland wonderland. Collect your eggs to Easter-themed music and have lots of fun. Face painting, glitter tattooing, bunny stuffing, free crazy golf. Plus animal encounters, arts and crafts, walk through our new wallaby walk.
Entry Costs – An adult and child ticket costs £5.99 each. Under 2 years are free.