With the school Easter holidays looming, you may be looking for some fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Why not head to Derby, where you can find a whole host of Easter and spring themed activities, including egg hunts, theatre shows and farm days out?
Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt. Follow the Easter egg hunt trail around Markeaton Park’s sprawling 207 acre site. The hunt will run from April 1 to 16, and you can find a free map in the park or download one in advance. Nature-inspired activities for the whole family will take place around the beautiful gardens and parkland of National Trust’s Ilam Park. Complete the trail, which costs £3 per child, to earn a chocolate egg. Trails will also be taking place at Hardwick Hall and Calke Abbey. All events run from April 1 to 16.
Derby’s museums have a series of events for children this Easter. At Pickford’s House, in Friar Gate, there is a free minibeast safari taking place on April 6 from 10am to 12pm, while a Nature Creative session will be held on April 13.
The classic story of Robin Hood will be brought to life in a family-friendly show at the Derby Theatre, in St Peter’s Quarter, in the city centre. Robin Hood and The Major Oak will run until April 8. Meanwhile, the Northern Ballet will perform Ugly Duckling at Derby Theatre on April 11 and 12. The performance is tailored for young children experiencing their first taste of ballet.
A little further out of the city centre, you can join in the ‘Easter Eggventure’ taking place at Bluebell Dairy, at Brunswood Farm, Locko Park, from April 1 to 16. Visitors can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a sheep-themed show and can see the newborn lambs.
If you are looking for ways to burn off all those Easter eggs, then you could get out into the great outdoors for a walk and some fresh air. Explore the natural beauty of the Peak District, just a short drive from Derby city centre, and enjoy the scenery on one of its many breathtaking trails. Among the most popular is the Dovedale Walk via Hall Dale and Ilam, which takes in the famous Dovedale stepping stones. The circular Robin Hood’s Stride Walk has been created specifically with children in mind. There are trees to climb, a cave to explore and rocks to scale.
If you want to make the most of Derby’s Easter activities, then why not book a stay at one of Grand Central Apartments’ serviced apartments? These fully furnished apartments boast all the mod cons any family needs, including superfast Wi-Fi, a smart screen TV including Netflix and free on-site parking. With a fully equipped, modern kitchen, Grand Central Apartments provide the perfect base from which to explore all that Derby has to offer this Easter.