30 Best Easter Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

For What’s On Over Easter in 2019 please check out my new post – 30 + Best Easter Events East Midlands 2019

It feels like only the other week that I was writing my what’s on over Christmas round up. That saying I had to go back 5 pages on my website to find the post! I’m not even sure it feels like Spring right now let alone Easter. I’m not seeing many signs of Spring yet! Are you? My time with Jamie feels even more limited now on the run up to him turning 5 and it not being quite so easy to take him out of school anymore. So I’m determined to make the most of our school holidays before September comes all too soon, no doubt. We already have a holiday to Bournemouth planned over the Easter holidays. I also want to fit in as many days out as we can, hopefully this list will inspire not just us but you as well.

Most of these activities are included in your admission price. Please see website links for further details. All events are subject to opening hours and weather cancellations, please ring or check their website before visiting.

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Belton House – Lincolnshire – Family Fun at Belton this Easter

“Enjoy a day out with lots of family activities running from Thursday 29 March through to Sunday 15 April 2017. Blue Peter’s, Peter Purves officially opened Belton’s outdoor adventure playground in 1978, and he’ll be returning this Easter to celebrate its 40th birthday party. (Thu 29th March). Join us for a full day of play with puppet shows, archery, children’s outdoor theatre, bushcraft activities, face-painting and more. Enjoy Easter fun at Belton House and join the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt between Friday 30 March and Monday 2 April. £3 per trail.”

We love Belton House in any weather. You can find out more over at Fun on a muddy day at Belton House, great day out for kids

30 Best Easter Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do
Belton House

Belvoir Castle – Leicestershire – Easter egg hunt

“Join us over the Easter Weekend for a magical trail through the woodlands of Belvoir castle. Search high and low to find your clues, maybe they’ll be beside the statue in the Rose Garden or maybe hiding in the Hermit’s Hut. Don’t forget to check the branches of the Handkerchief tree!”. From Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April.

Why not read our review for Belvoir? – Belvoir castle Leicestershire, day out review

30 Best Easter Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do
Belvoir Castle

Bolsover Castle – Derbyshire – Easter Adventure Quest

“Calling all valiant adventurers this Easter weekend! Join us on the hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off with an intrepid character from the past to crack the clues and claim your chocolate reward.” This activity is £1 extra each on the admission price. Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. 11am-4pm.

Find out why Bolsover castle is out favourite English Heritage property in Derbyshire: Bolsover Castle – Our Favourite English Heritage Property in Derbyshire

Bolsover Castle

Burghley House – Lincolnshire – Easter Egg Hunt and Easter craft workshops

“(Sunday 1st April) – The popular Burghley Easter Egg Hunt will once again be taking place in the Garden of Surprise, from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4:30pm). Follow the treasure hunt around the Gardens of Surprise and solve the riddle to claim your full size chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny.”

“Join us for drop in Easter Craft workshops and have a go at some ‘eggs’cellent crafts, from decorated eggs to Spring flowers. The workshops take place in the Sculpture Garden Classroom from 12pm to 4pm Monday to Friday (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday).”

Burghley House – Garden of Surprise

Butlins Skegness – Lincolnshire – Easter Holiday Breaks

“Spring Farmyard –  Spring has sprung and that means there’s lots of baby animals to meet in our Spring Farmyard. Come and say hello to donkeys, Rex rabbits, pygmy goats, piglets and goslings” “Easter egg hunt – The whole family can take part in our fun Easter Egg Hunt. Set off around the resort solving clues and once you’ve completed the hunt you will be rewarded with an Easter treat.” “Bonnie’s bonnet parade – Join Bonnie Bear in her Easter parade around the Skyline Pavilion. Show off your beautifully decorated Easter bonnets, have plenty of fun and enjoy dancing with Bonnie” and “Easter arts and crafts  We’ll be giving our arts and crafts sessions a special Easter theme on our Easter breaks”. During the Easter Holiday Breaks at Skegness.

Find out our 8 great reasons to stay at Butlins in Skegness – 8 Great Reasons to book a Holiday to Butlins Skegness

Butlins Skegness

Calke Abbey – Derbyshire – Easter at Calke Abbey

“Head over to the meadow to pick up your map, then follow the clues to point you in the right direction. A delicious Cadbury treat will be waiting for you at the end. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes place from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April, 11.00am to 3.30pm. The hunt costs £3 per child, and children must bring their adult along. There will be a shorter hunt available for younger children.

Chatsworth House – Derbyshire – Easter at Chatsworth

“Easter trail – A collection of spring-themed willow and wicker animal sculptures have been made specially for the garden this Easter. They are hidden in various locations – there’s a free explorer’s map to help you find them. Trails start from the garden entrances”. Plus face painting, horse and dray rides, musical entertainment, crafts, Easter bunny trailer rides (on selected days, see website for further details).

“Easter egg hunt – Easter weekend | Free timed tickets | 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm – Join the hunt for hidden mini foiled chocolate eggs – maybe you’ll find a golden egg to swap for a bigger one!”

Various activities (not on all days) Saturday 24th March until Sunday 8th April.

Cleethorpes light coast railway – Lincolnshire – Easter Eggspress

“The Easter Eggspress returns for another fun filled Easter weekend! The Easter bunny will be hopping around Lakeside Station for customers to meet on the 30th, 31st March and the 1st, 2nd April! There will be a two train service in operation across Easter weekend. 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! Normal train fares will apply.”.

Doddington Hall – Lincolnshire – Easter Eggsploration

“Join Jolly the Unicorn and friends for family fun on the Croquet Lawn and an Easter trail in the wild gardens. Help Jolly find all the white rabbits and claim your chocolate treat. Easter Sunday 1 April & Bank Holiday Monday 2 April, 11am-4.30pm. Included in garden admission.”

Doddington Hall

Elsham Hall Gardens and country park – Lincolnshire – Easter Bunny week

“Easter Bunny Week with the Easter Bunny & an Easter Egg Hunt, a lovely chance for families to get out and have some bunny fun during the Easter Holidays. 30th March until the 6th April.”

Easter Sunday 1st April & Easter Monday 2nd April – Entertainer, Feet First, entertains the families and children at Elsham”.

Great central Railway Loughborough – Leicestershire – Easter events

“Easter vintage festival – Get ready to step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn & Woodhouse station. There’s gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors. There’s also a real ale tent with live music on Friday and Saturday.” Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April.

“Easter holiday trains – Meet Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter on the platform at Loughborough station and the Easter Bunny  who will be travelling on the steam train at the Great Central. Meet the Easter Bunny departing at 10.00am, 12.00pm & 2.00pm who will be handing out sweet treats. Meet and greet session with Alice in Wonderland and The Mad Hatter – handing out small chocolate treats for all the children (1 treat per child) at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 13.30pm & 14.30pm” Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th March and Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th April.

Gulliver’s Kingdom – Derbyshire – Easter Family Fun

“Easter Weekend will feature – Games and Competitions, Entertainment on the main stage, The Easter Bonnet Parade and The Big Bunny Bounce”.

Hardwick Hall – Derbyshire – Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt

Over the Easter weekend, youngsters can join in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt along Lady Spencer’s Walk, in the garden or around the park and spot clues to win a delicious Cadbury Easter treat. It costs £3 per person to take part”

Lincolnshire Showground – Lincolnshire – Countryside Lincs 

“Back for its fourth year, Countryside Lincs returns to the Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday 8 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 seven 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.”

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Lincoln Castle – Lincolnshire – Conqueror’s Castle Easter Quest

“Celebrating the 950th anniversary of Lincoln Castle, junior visitors are invited to seek out the clues to building a Castle with chocolate rewards for all. Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April. 10:30am – 4:15pm.”

“King William makes a triumphal return along with his Court and baggage trayne. Meet the King on his royal progress to inspect his castle and hold an audience with visitors. With a full supporting cast of soldiers, civilians and musicians entertain the King with pastimes and merriment and also displays of military skills.” 31st March – 1st April.

Lincoln Castle Wall walk

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Easter cracker

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st March. Plus Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd April – Easter egg hunt plus there’s an Easter bonnet competition on Monday the 2nd April.

To find out more about this railway why not check out my review: A Ride on a Steam Train in Ludborough, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Market Rasen Racecourse – Lincolnshire – Family Extravaganza

The BDN construction Easter family extravaganza. Monday 2nd April “Our family extravaganzas offer entertainment for the whole family with brilliant competitive racing, a family treasure hunt, kids racing on the track, fun fair entertainment not to mention guest appearances at intervals throughout the afternoon from our characters”.

Find out what you can expect from a family fun day at Market rasen in my review – Family fun at the races – Market Rasen day out review

Market Rasen Racecourse – Family fun day

Matlock Farm Park – Derbyshire – Easter events

“TRICKSY THE DINOSAUR is the UK’s first female animatronic T-Rex! At an incredible 6ft tall and over 10ft long, Tricksy the Dinosaur blinks, roars and walks like a real dinosaur. She will be with us at Matlock Farm Park for around 3 hours. Tricksy LOVES meeting and greeting people- so bring your cameras!” Easter Monday 2nd April. Plus daily Easter egg hunts and other special events. Please see website for further information.

Midland Railway Butterly – Derbyshire – Easter Treasure Hunt

“There will be an Easter themed treasure hunt for all children, with a prize for each completed entry form on your return to Butterly station”. 27th March until the 8th April.

National Space centre – Leicestershire – Journey to Mars

“Over the Easter holiday period join our Mission Commanders as we journey to the “red planet”. Drop in to our ObserVRtarium, make your own LEGO mini movie and observe, classify and test a variety of space rock samples to search for evidence of line on another planet.” 24th March until 15th April.

National Space Centre

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln – Lincolnshire – Alice in Wonderland

30th March until the 7th April. “CBBC favourite, Christopher Johnson hops down the rabbit hole with Alice, played by Sophie Towns for a whimsical, enchanting tale perfect for the whole family.

With a laugh out loud script brought to you by Patric Kearns ( Dame Donna Kebab from Aladdin) as the magnificent Queen of Hearts, Ian Crowe as the larger than life Mad Hatter, Chris Hayes as ‘Twinny Dee’ and charming choreography from two young dance ensembles, the Top Hats and Pocket Watches. This heart-warming and uplifting classic makes the perfect family treat over the Easter break.”

New Theatre Royal

Pink Pig Farm – Lincolnshire – Mad Hatter’s Easter Egg-straviganzer

Come and join us for the Mad Hatters Easter Egg-straviganzer … Free Crème Eggs for all the kids, Easter Egg hunt, Baby Lambs, Our Assault Course will be out, The Queen of Hearts will be coming to visit us and you can pre-book your Mad Hatters afternoon tea!24th March until the 15th April.

Pink Pig Farm

Rand Farm – Lincolnshire – Easter Family Fun

“Lots of egg-stra activities over the Easter holidays from 30th March – 15th April including a ‘Who Done It’ Egg Hunt from 3rd April. Plus, over Easter Weekend get stuck in with Rufus Rabbit and enjoy a chocolate Egg Hunt, Easter Games and more

RSPB Frampton Marsh – Lincolnshire – Wild things

Have a cracking time this Easter! Follow the trail around the reserve for lots of fun activities. Plus, answer the trail questions and you will win Easter eggs! Sorry, no dogs. Please allow an hour for this activity. Entry charges applyThursday 29th March until Sunday 15th April.

Frampton Marsh

Rufford Abbey Country Park – Nottinghamshire – Easter Bunny Trail

“Come and join in the fun and take part in our Special  Easter Egg Hunt!  Follow the clues to find the eggs and receive a Chocolate Treat once complete. The trail will be open from 10.30am until approx 4pm daily and can be purchased from Visitors Reception. £2 Per Trail” 30th March – 15th April. Plus other events such as Punch and Judy and a children’s activity weekend. Please see website for further information.

Rufford Abbey

Rushmoor Country Park – Lincolnshire – Easter fun

I would like to update you however their website still shows last years Easter fun and not this years. If I notice the website update I will update on here. Come on Rushmoor! In the meantime why not read my review? 6 things you must do at Rushmoor country park, near Louth

Rushmoor Country Park

Springfields Spalding – Lincolnshire – Easter Family Fun

There is plenty on over Easter at Springfields retail outlet. From the 29th March until the 2nd of April there will be an Easter egg hunt. Plus you can meet the lambs, attend a children’s workshop and see even more animals in the mini farm.

Springfields is so much more than a retail outlet. Find out more in my review Springfields Spalding, So Much More than a Retail Outlet – Things to Do

Springfields Retail Outlet, Spalding

Sudbury Hall – Derbyshire – Easter events

“Join us on our Easter Holiday Trail – follow the clues set to take you on an activity adventure around Sudbury Hall’s grounds! Follow the clues and learn more about the animals around us. Reach the end of the trail to claim your chocolatey Cadbury prize. Plus Easter crafts”. Please see website for dates. Easter egg hunt runs from 20th March until 2nd April.

Sundown Adventureland – Nottinghamshire – Easter at Sundown

“Come and join us for an eggciting eggventure trail. Everyday from the 30th March until the 8th of April.”

We love Sundown for young kids, find out why in my review Sundown Adventureland – A Magical day out – Rides and so much more

Sundown Adventureland

Tattershall Castle – Lincolnshire – Cadbury Easter egg hunt

“Explore the Castle, spot the clues and claim your chocolate prize with our Egg hunt, in partnership with Cadbury. £2 per Egg Hunt (Normal admission applies). Please note-we have a limited supply of chocolate prizes, first come first served basis” 30th March until the 2nd April.

Tattershall Castle

Tattershall Farm Park – Lincolnshire – Great big Easter hunt

The Great Big Easter egg hunt. 11:00am and 13:00pm – Join the Easter bunny for fun and games. Sunday 1st April and Monday the 2nd April.

You can find out what we love to do at Tattershall farm park in my review: 8 Great Things To Do at Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire

Tattershall Farm Park

Twinlakes – Leicestershire – Eggstreme Easter + other Easter events

“Learn everything you need to know about being an Easter bunny and help spread the chocolate fun at Eggstreme Easter. A UK’s 1st! Travel through a land of chocolate heaven, take in the stunning views and see the magic of the world of Easter before meeting the Easter Bunny himself in the UK’s first and only Chocolate Easter Bunny’s Grotto (additional charge applies for children to enter the Bunny Grotto). All children will receive a LARGE chocolate Thornton’s egg or a build your own bear teddy”. 24th March – 15th April. Plus numerous other events (including Alice in Wonderland show), please see their website for further details.

Plus you can find out more about a day out to Twinlakes in my review: Twinlakes – Family Theme Park – Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire


Twycross Zoo – Leicestershire –  EggZooburant Easter

“Don’t forget to crack the games and puzzles in our special Easter Trail! We’re EGGstatic to welcome Paw Patrol and PJ Masks to Twycross this Easter. Subject to availability – Come and see ALL of your favourite characters from PJ Masks, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, on Friday 30th–Saturday 31st March 2018 and  ALL of the team from PAW Patrol, Chase, Rubble, Skye and Marshall, on Sunday 1st-Monday 2nd April 2018.

Why not check out our review: Top 15 things To Do and See at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

Twycross Zoo

Wheelgate Park – Nottinghamshire – Eggtastic Easter

“The Easter bunny has been very busy hiding thousands of Easter egg tokens around the park, which you can swap for your very own free chocolatey treat. Make colourful Easter souvenirs to take home to your friends and family with our Easter craft sessions”. 24th March – 15th April. Plus on certain days there are other special events such as Peppa pig, meet Rex the T rex, breakfast with the Easter bunny and more. Please see their website for further details.

Wheelgate Park

White Post Farm – Nottinghamshire – PJ Masks

“Owlette & Gekko from PJ Masks will be at White post farm on the 7th AprilAs with all our character events, the days will be hosted by Farmer Ant and George will the usual jokes, japes and games. Get your best PJ Masks outfits on and head on down to the farm where we are celebrating 30 years of free range fun!”

White Post Farm

I hope you enjoyed my round up post and I also hope that you have a great Easter whatever you do. Where’s your favourite place to visit at Easter? Please comment below we’d love to hear.

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