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What's On: Easter 2024

Updated: Mar 27

If you can’t find something you fancy doing on our eggs-traordinary Easter holidays list, we’ll eat our Easter bonnets! And if you find it useful, please share far and wide!

 

To help you navigate, we have separated the events and activities into the following categories:

 

 

We do the research so you don’t have to, but please note that we cannot accept responsibility for the quality or success of any event or activity.

 


CRAFTS


Crafty Saturday FREE

Alfreton Library

Sat 23 Mar & Sat 20 Apr

10.30am to 12.30pm

Free crafts suitable for all the family. No booking required.

 

Spring Kids Crafts

Denby Pottery Village

Fri 29 Mar to Sun 14 Apr (except Easter Sunday)

10am to 4pm

Spring-themed craft sessions at Denby Craft Studio. Option to add on the Easter Trail for £3 per child. Suitable for children aged 3+.

Tickets: £7

Book here

 

Meet and Make Dinosaur Craft FREE

Belper Library

Tue 02 Apr

2 to 3.30pm

Meet friends, make crafts, explore books. Aimed at children aged 5+.

Book in person at Belper Library or by calling 01629 533192

 

Wildlife Watch Eggs-Pert Craft

Rosliston Forestry Centre

Tue 02 Apr

2 to 4pm

Look at examples of real birds’ nests then try your hand at making your own – no glue allowed!

Tickets: £3 per child (under 3s free)

Book: rosliston@southderbyshire.gov.uk or 01283 535039

 

Easter Crafts

Belper Community Hall

Mon 08 Apr

10 to 11.30am & 12.45 to 2.15pm

A brilliant range of work stations for the children to create some fantastic Easter themed masterpieces. This year sessions are raising money for Libby’s Fund.

Suitable for 18 months to 11 years. Max. 2 children per adult. Bring your own apron/wear old clothes and bring a bag to take the artwork home in.

Tickets: £6 per child; free for under 1s

Book here for 10am

Book here for 12.45pm


Easter Crafts

Creative Arts Studio, Belper

Mon 08 & Tue 09 Apr 10am

12pm and 2pm

Other dates to be announced.

Themed paper and clay crafts for children aged approximately 6-9 years.

Tickets: £6

Book: Fb Creative Arts Belper


Strutt’s Farmyard Fun Family Activities

Belper Community Hall

Wed 10 Apr

10 to 11.30am & 12.45 to 2.15pm

Crafts including mobile sheep, stick scarecrows and fluffy chicks, and seed planting. Ideal for children aged 3-10.

Tickets: £4 per child

Book here


CLASSES AND CHILDREN’S EVENTS

 

Woodland Adventures for Kids

Shining Cliff Woods

Sun 24 Mar & Sun 21 Apr

11am to 2pm

Sundays were made for adventures so let your kids go wild in the woods! Drop off session for age 6+.

 

Easter Stay and Play

Kirk Ireton School

Mon 25 Mar

2 - 3pm

Friendly faces, lots of play activities, craft table and a snack. Suitable for under 5s.

Check Fb or email kirkireton@thevillagefederation.co.uk for more details.

 

TinyTalk Easter Taster FREE

Belper Library

Sat 30 Mar

11 to 11.30am & 11.45am to 12.15pm

Free TinyTalk class so you can try before you buy! Suitable for 0-2s, siblings and additional parents.

Book here

 

Alice in Wonderland Easter Adventure

Moorways Sports Village

Sun 31 Mar

11am to 12pm, 12 to 1pm, 2 to 3pm

Games with prizes, Easter egg hunt, soft play and meet Peter Rabbit and Friends.

Tickets: £10 over 1s; free for under 1s

Book here

 

Peter Rabbit Story Time

Bubble Inn, Colton in the Elms

Mon 01 Apr

2 to 4pm

Join Peter Rabbit to read some stories. Each child will receive a gift-wrapped book and a chocolate egg. They will also have a hot buffet and a drink, with donut desserts.

Tickets: £10

Book: 01283 899879

 

Sparks Arts Easter Holiday Camp

Lime Tree Conference Centre

Tue 02 to Thu 04 Apr

10am to 4pm

Three-day movie making holiday camp. Suitable for ages 5 to 14.

Tickets: £199.00

Book here


KidsQUAD: Minecraft Club

Derby QUAD

Wed 03 Apr

4.30 to 6.30pm

Drop-off session for 7-11 year olds. Express your creativity, make new friends and have fun at our Minecraft Club! In fortnightly sessions led by digital expert Ben Dawson, there will be something for beginners and experts alike!

Tickets: £10

Book here by Tue 02 Apr

 

Easter Tea with the Easter Bunny

Croots Farm Shop

Wed 03, Thu 04 and Wed 10 Apr

3.30 to 5pm

An afternoon for all the family. Enjoy fun-filled Easter crafts including Easter crowns and bottle feed a new-born lamb. You’ll be joined by the Easter bunny who has hidden lots of eggs to find. Enjoy your own special picnic platter including a chocolatey milkshake.

Tickets: child £20 (3-12 years); adult £1.50

Book here

 

Easter Woodland Family

Hopyard Wood, Kirk Langley

Tue 09 Apr

10am to 12pm & 1.30 to 3.30pm

Celebrate Easter Hopyard Wood style. Fun egg hunt games, toasted marshmallows and forest school activities.

Tickets: £16 child plus parent or carer; £7 sibling; £5 additional adult

Book here

 

KIDS’ PARTIES

 

Easter Party

The Spotted Cow, Holbrook

Thu 28 Mar

4.30 to 6.30pm

Egg-citing fun with DJ Hazza! Games, food and prizes to be won.

Tickets: £5 (under 1s free)

Book: buy tickets at the bar

 

Easter Fun Day

Erewash Museum

Fri 29 Mar

11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm

Easter party with Non Stop Kids Entertainment. Comedy magic shows, party games and a disco. Crafts, a trail and an Easter egg hunt around the museum.

Tickets: £3 per person

 

Children’s Easter Party

Ironville Church Hall

Sat 30 Mar

3.30 to 6.30pm

Easter games, Easter bonnet parade, hot dog, sweet cone, popcorn and an Easter egg for every child.

Tickets: £4 per child

 

Dinky Disco Easter Special

Déda

Tue 02 Apr

12pm

A mini rave for little ones and their grown-ups with DJs, dancing, crafts, smoke machines and disco balls. First 20 to book receive a complimentary ticket. All ages welcome.

Tickets: £5

Book here

 

Easter Pool Party

Moorways Water Park

Thu 11 Apr

10am to 3pm (90 minute sessions)

Atlantis inflatable, waterslides and a DJ playing party music.

Tickets: £5 under 5s; £10 over 5s

Book here

 

TRAILS AND EGG HUNTS

 

Stick Man Trail Opening Celebration FREE

National Memorial Arboretum

Sat 23 Mar (trail remains open after this date)

10am to 4pm

Be one of the first to help The Stick Man find his way back to his Family Tree on the new, mile-long self-led trail, featuring five carved characters and lots of activities to do along the way. Pay for parking.

More info here

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Rosliston Forestry Centre

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 3pm

Pick up a trail sheet in the shop. Find all the hidden eggs in the forest to receive your medal! Approximately 1 mile.

Trail sheet: £3

More info here

 

Carsington and Tittesworth Easter Trails

Carsington and Tittesworth Reservoirs

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 4pm

The Easter Bunny has left a trail of eggs and needs your help to find them all. Follow the trail to find all the eggs and answer the questions to collect a prize. Pushchair friendly.

Trail sheet: £3

More info here

 

Bunny Hop Trail FREE

Belper High Street

Fri 29 & Sat 30 Mar

10am to 3pm

Join a mini adventure around the town, helping the bunnies find their missing carrots, then share their Easter sweets. Pick up your free activity guide and map from Primsisters. Bunny ears encouraged!

 

Easter Egg Hunt FREE

Croots Farm Shop

Fri 29 Mar & Sat 30 Mar Apr

Using the free map (collected from the till in the Farm Shop), work out the clues, discover the eggs, then collect your free prize of a Cadbury’s Creme Egg.

 

Dinosaur Egg Trail

National Stone Centre, Wirksworth

Sun 31 Mar

10am to 2pm

Find the dinosaur eggs hidden on the trail plus gem panning and Easter activity packs.

Tickets: £5 for all three activities or available individually

More info here

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

Thornbridge Hall

Mon 01 to Tue 16 Apr

10am to 4pm

Easter egg garden trail with prizes, Easter crafts and competitions, tasty Easter treats, kids’ plant potting station and meet the animals - pet a Pigmy goat, piglet, sheep and maybe a lamb!

Tickets: (pre-book to save 20%) £6.40 adult; £3.20 child; under 3s free

Book here

 

MUSEUMS

 

PlayLAND FREE

The Level Centre, Rowsley

Until 12 Apr

10am to 5pm

New exhibition by Derby-based PlayLAB artist John Whall. A fun, interactive installation, PlayLAND brings the world of outdoor play inside Level Centre building, inviting you to play, sense and immerse yourself in a playful, relaxing world. Exclusive use of the installation for 45 minutes, for up to eight people. Free but booking required.

Book here

 

Our Derby

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Sat 23 Mar

1.30 to 3.30pm

The Goodey exhibition shares beautiful landscapes of Derby and the surrounding areas. Join artist, Tracey Meek, to create your own vision of Derby as a diorama. Suitable for families with children 4+.

Tickets: £5

Book here

 

LEGO® Castings

Museum of Making

Sat 23 Mar to Thu 04 Apr

10.15 to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.45pm; 1.30 to 2.30pm; 3 to 4pm

Cast your own LEGO style brick from molten Pewter. Learn the process of creating moulds and then experience our mini forge. Create your own brick ready to be made into a keyring, necklace or whatever bespoke idea you have. Suitable for ages 8+.

Tickets: £10

Book here

 

Easter Fun Day

Erewash Museum

Sat 30 Mar

11am to 3pm (every 20 minutes)

Chick handling plus crafts, a trail and an Easter egg hunt around the museum.

Tickets: £3

 

Easter Activities with Marion Adnams FREE

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Thu 04 to Thu 11 Apr

10.30am to 12.30pm & 1.30 to 3.30pm

Admire Marion Adnams’ ‘Into the Enchanted Country’ collection of work and make your own piece of surrealist art.

More info here

 

What If? Machine FREE

Museum of Making

Fri 12 Apr

10.30am to 12.30pm & 1.30 to 3.30pm

The What If? Machine is a celebration of making, creating, designing and building - come and marvel at the ingenious contraptions being created on the day and get involved in making its smaller but just as over-engineered cousin.

More info here

 

FARMS AND WILDLIFE PARKS

 

Easter at Peak

Peak Wildlife Park

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 5pm

Ready, set, hop! Easter trail, the Golden Egg Giveaway, Bluey and Bingo appearances, daily talks and animal feeds.

Book here

 

Zoodunnit?! Mystery Trail

Twycross Zoo

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 5pm

Become part of the eggs-ellent Zoo Crew and help crack the mystery of the missing Ecuadorian Amazon parrot eggs. Earn a Daring Detective pop badge. Keep your wits about you as you explore – the whole zoo is a crime scene and the animals and keeps are all potential witnesses or suspects!

Tickets: £24.25 adult; £17.95 child (3 – 17 years) Free return visits for 12 months.

Book here

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

National Forest Adventure Farm

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 07 Apr

10am to 5pm

Lamb feeding, magic shows, circus workshop, tractor rides, woodland trail, mega slide mountain, meet the Easter Bunny and get a chocolate treat.

Tickets: £15.99 (over 2 years)

Book here

 

Lambing Sunday and Animal Unit Open Day

Broomfield Hall, Derby College

Sun 24 Mar

11am to 3pm

Come along to pet new-born lambs and see all our other on-site animals including porcupine, wallabies, donkeys, meerkats and reptiles. Enjoy a great day out with family and friends.

Tickets: £14 family; £5 adult; £3 child (1-16 years); £2.50 parking

Book here

 

Professor Fudge and His Choccy Woccy Machine

Bluebells Dairy

Fri 29 Mar to Sun 7 Apr

10am to 5pm

Live show with Doc Choc & The Belgian Chocolatier, meet the Easter Bunny, see new-born lambs, fluffy chicks and rabbits and much, much more.

Book here

 

Easter Fun at the Farm Park

Matlock Farm Park

Fri 29 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 5pm

Come along for some fabulous farm fun! Meet and bottle-feed the Cade Lambs, join the egg-citing Easter Treasure Trail and enjoy watching sheep and ferret racing. Over the Easter weekend, join an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny and find the Golden Egg to win a prize. Good Friday: The Snow Sisters. Easter Sunday: Circus Skills and Bubble Fun. Easter Monday: Learn to be a Pirate! There’s also small animal petting, wallaby encounters, adventure playgrounds, soft play and various options for food and drinks.

Tickets: £14.95 adults; £12.95 child 2+                   

Book here

 

We’re Going on an Easter Hunt!

White Post Farm

Fri 29 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 4.30pm

Begin with story-time then head off on your Easter trail around the farm. Find the eggs, fill out your activity sheet and receive a treat. Easter craft activities as well as keeper talks and feeding.

Tickets: from £14.45 adult; £14 child (2-16 years)

Book here

 

ATTRACTIONS

 

New Season

Lea Gardens

Thu 21 Mar onwards

10am to 5pm

Over 4.5 acres of woodland footpaths showing over 650 different varieties of flowers creating a rainbow of colour. Light lunches and homemade cakes in the café.

Tickets: £7

More info here

 

Easter Eggstra (Please check social media for updates on whether trams are running)

Crich Tramway Village

Fri 29 Mar to Mon 1 Apr

10am to 4.30pm

Help Mr Rabbit to find all his friends and win an Easter themed prize - £1 additional charge.

Rabbit ear making, egg rolling, Easter shows each day and the chance to meet some real live rabbits and cuddly animals from White Post Farm. See if you can spot Mr. Rabbit around the Tramway Village! Tickets are valid for a year.

Tickets: £23 adult; £14 child (4-15yrs) pay once and return for 12 months

More info here

 

The Great Easter Hide & Beak

Cromford Mills

Fri 29 Mar to Mon 01 Apr

10am to 4pm

100 ducks are hiding at Cromford Mills. Help us round them up to claim your Easter prize. Family games and gem panning too.

Tickets: £5

Book here

 

Easter Train

Midland Railway Butterley Station

Fri 29 Mar to Mon 01 Apr

11am, 11.50am, 12.40pm, 2pm, 2.50pm & 3.45pm

Hop aboard the train and head through the countryside to Swan Junction where Mr B will be waiting for you to follow his Easter Trail. Children receive a gift from the Eater Bunny and adults get a free drink from Deeley’s Tea Room.

Tickets: £16 adults; £8.50 child (3-15 years)

Book here

 

Easter Weekend at the Heights

Heights of Abraham

Sat 30 Mar to Mon 01 Apr

10am to 4.30pm

Celebrating the fact that Queen Victoria visited the Heights of Abraham when she was a young princess, Easter weekend will be a regal extravaganza, perfect for princes, princesses and knights of the realm! Come along in fancy dress for a special Easter gift and a chance to win a golden Easter egg. You might just spot Queen Victoria herself! The cable cars, caverns, exhibitions, woodland walks, sculpture trail and gardens are open too.

Tickets: from £25 adult; £17.50 child; under 5s free

Book here

 

Derby River Boat Trips

Causey Bridge to Phoenix Green

Apr to Oct

Take a 45-minute cruise down the River Derwent to Darley Abbey and back. Learn about the River, the wildlife, Derby’s place in history and the exciting plans for its future via onboard audio commentary. Activities and challenges for children of all ages. Refreshments available.

Tickets: £8

Book here

 

MARKETS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Derby Easter Market

Chocolate Factory

Sun 24 Mar

10.30 to 3.30pm

30 high quality businesses, hot food and drink vendors, fully licensed bar, Peter Rabbit meet and greets, children’s play area (£2), build a bunny workshops (from £13) and free craft area.

Tickets: £3 for adults on the door; children free

 

Easter Fair FREE

Kirk Ireton Primary School

Sun 24 Mar

12.30 to 2.30pm

Raffle, tombola, games, books, cakes and refreshments.

 

Electric Daisy FREE

Bold Lane, Derby, DE1 3NT

Fri 29 Mar

11am to 10pm

The Community Garden's reopening with pizza, BBQ and donuts, live music and nature-themed kids' activities.


Alfreton Artisan Market FREE

Alfreton House

Sat 30 Mar

10am to 3pm

Food, drink, arts and crafts

 

Easter Event FREE

Imperial Rooms, Matlock

Sat 30 Mar

11am to 3pm

A Matlock Town Council event: Easter crafts, costume competition, an obstacle inflatable, magic show, hot and cold drinks and food.


The Making of Amber Valley FREE

Market Place, Ripley

Sat 06 April

11am to 2pm

A day of fun, making and live entertainment to celebrate 50 years of Amber Valley Borough Council.


Wirksworth Easterish Artisan Farmer's Market FREE

Wirksworth Memorial Gardens

Sat 06 April

9am to 2pm

70+ stalls, food drink, arts, crafts and live music.

 

NATIONAL TRUST

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Sudbury Hall

Fri 22 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 5pm

Alice in Wonderland themed trail where you must find the White Rabbit, play croquet on the lawn and many other activities. Nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg.

Trail sheet: £3

Standard admission prices apply

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Calke Abbey

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 07 Apr

10am to 4.30pm

Nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Two different trail options. No need to book. Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg.

Trail sheet: £3

Standard admission prices apply.           

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Ilam Park

Sat 23 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10.30am to 3pm

Ilam Park will be busy with bird-themed games and activities for all the family. Along the way, build a giant bird’s nest, measure your own wingspan, see how far you can fly compared to a swallow and much more. Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg.

Trail sheet: £3

Standard admission prices apply.           

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Kedleston Hall

Fri 29 Mar to Mon 01 Apr

10am to 3pm

Nature-inspired activities for the whole family. No need to book. Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg.

Trail sheet: £3

Standard admission prices apply.           

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Clumber Park

Fri 29 Mar to Sun 14 Apr

10am to 3pm

Collect your trail sheet from the Discovery Centre before heading out towards the Mansion Site and Front Field to begin your adventure. With a mini festival vibe, challenge your friends and family to a game of crazy gold and practice your aim on the coconut shy. Can you balance your egg on the spoon without dropping it or hop like a bunny in the sack race? Don’t forget to look for the fairies hiding in the trees! No need to book. Easter trail sheet, bunny ears and a chocolate egg.

Trail sheet: £3

Standard admission prices apply.           

  THEATRE AND FILM

 

Kung Fu Panda 4, Migration and Robot Dreams

Derby QUAD

Thu 28 Mar to Thu 11 Apr

Various days and times.

Book here


Spot's Birthday

Derby Theatre

Thu 04 Apr to Sun 07 Apr

11am and 2pm (50 mins)

Join Steve the Monkey, Tom the Crocodile and Helen the Hippo to say a big Happy Birthday Spot! Suitable for age 2+. Tickets: from £15 Book here


Chimpanzees of Happy Town

Mansfield Palace Theatre

Wed 10 Apr

11am

Meet Chutney the Chimpanzee who, with one small act of planting a seed, transforms the lives of the entire town of Drabsville, and teaches its inhabitants to celebrate their differences and make life more colourful along the way. A brilliant first concert for 3-7 year olds.

Tickets: £8 adults; £5 children Book here


Aladdin

St Anne's Church Hall, Ambergate

Thu 11, Fri 12 & Sat 13 Apr

7pm (& 2pm on Sat)

The Ambergate Players present their production of Aladdin.

Tickets: £6.50 adults; £4.50 children

Book by calling 07762 278146 or here


Milkshake! Live: On Holiday

Derby Theatre

Fri 12 Apr

12pm & 3.30pm (1hr)

Join your favourite Milkshake! friends on holiday with Dora, Pip & Posey, Blue from Blues Clues and You!, Milo, Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, for an all-new adventure!

Tickets: from £18

Book here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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