Things to do in the Easter holidays with the kids in the East Midlands 2021

With the Easter holidays looking a bit different this year and places starting to open up, we’ve put together some of our top ideas for things to do, outdoor activities and days out for the family this Easter, while some lockdown rules are able to ease.

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is one of the places able to open in time for Easter holidays!
Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is one of the places able to open in time for Easter holidays!

Please check the latest rules and individual websites on visiting areas that may be seen as outside your local area. These are mainly days out near Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton and Derby.

Many country parks, golf courses and outdoor sports activities are able to open, with some outdoor egg hunts too, so keep an eye on your favourite local parks to see if anything is open for you!

As soon as we find any more ideas or information, we’ll update this post, or let us know if you find anything you’d like us to share!

Kayak Explorer Day Trips, Let’s Get Lost

We could not be more excited for our kayak adventure this Easter with Let’s Get Lost – our first official adventure of the year!

We’ve booked a two-hour Explorer Day trip, starting at the Waterside Inn in Loughborough, and the best thing is that kids go free over Easter!

It is suitable for children age 5 and above, with one free child per paying parent on guided trips on the kayaks across the Easter weekend.

Bookings are filling up fast. Find out more here and look out for our full review coming soon!

National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham

We’ve lost count how many times we’ve visited the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, and so we’re really excited that they’re reopening their Mini Golf and Sky Trails this Easter!

We love our visits to the Nottingham Water Sports Centre
We love our visits to the Nottingham Water Sports Centre

Not only do you have the beautiful Holme Pierrepont Country Park to enjoy, but the activities at the Nottingham Water Sports Centre are fantastic for all the family.

The Sky Trail is suitable for children over 1m and adults too, with ropes, walkways and more 12ft and 24ft off the ground – a great day out with the family this Easter.

You also have a lovely 9-hole mini golf course that all ages can enjoy.

Mini golf at Nottingham Water Sports Centre
Mini golf at Nottingham Water Sports Centre

We’ve always loved our adventures there and can’t wait for the campsite to reopen again when restrictions allow too!

Tickets can be booked in advance – find out more about age/height restrictions and Covid measures, as well as book your tickets here. You can also read our full review here.

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

We could not be more excited to hear that the amazing Swadlincote Snowsports Centre will be able to reopen on Thursday 1st April, with activities happening throughout the Easter holidays.

Lily had a great time at Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

We had an incredible time last time we visited and so can’t wait to head back again! With snow tubing, tobogganing, snowsports and more, there really is something fun to do for all ages.

Places must be booked in advance, so check out their website here or our full review of Swadlincote Snowsports Centre here.

West Lodge Farm Park

For those who follow us, you’ll know Lily is one of West Lodge Farm Park’s biggest fans and the best news is that they can open their amazing walks and trails again from the 1st April.

We visited many times when they were able to reopen last year and we cannot fault their safety measures – we had a brilliant visit every single time. The staff are always so friendly, the animals are beautiful and every visit has been so quiet too.

Beautiful, peaceful trails at West Lodge Farm Park

What’s more, they’re promising a very special Easter trail too this year! They then hope to reopen the rest of the farm park again from April 12th.

Bookings open Monday 15th March so don’t miss out as places are limited!

Click here to find out more about West Lodge after reopening last year or book your tickets here.

Bawdon Lodge Farm

The beautiful Bawdon Lodge Farm has a lovely little Easter egg hunt running until 11th April (closed Easter Sunday).

With egg clues hidden through the woodland alongside beautiful woodland walks, it is a perfect place to visit for all the family.

Parking is just £1 and the trail is £4 including a little goody bag. You don’t need to book in advance, which made me nervous it may be busy, but even on Easter Saturday it was so spacious, so peaceful and such a lovely trip out.

Solve the clues to win your goody bag at Bawdon Lodge Farm

You can also get hot drinks and treats when there too. The trail is through woodland so off road pushchairs are recommended if you are taking one.

We can’t wait to see more trails and adventures at Bawdon Lodge Farm. You can find out more here

Blaby Golf Centre Crazy Golf

Blaby Golf Centre has confirmed they are reopening their Congo River Crazy Golf course when golf can restart from the 29th March.

We visited around 9.30am and it was getting busy with queues when we left at around 11am, so we would advise going early or late, however we had a fantastic time and would definitely be back.

Toilet facilities are available at the start and end so we would advise going before you start the course and you can also get coffee and cake too.

Visit their website to find out more.

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough is hosting an Easter egg hunt on the 4th and 5th April.

Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. After completing your booklet you can claim your chocolate prize.

Book your egg hunt at Rockingham Castle
Book your egg hunt at Rockingham Castle

There are a number of rigorous health and safety measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. The event has staggered entry times with limited tickets available to enable the correct social distancing protocols. Visitors can can book for a 2 hour visit from 10am.

Find out more and book your spot here

Gloworm Easter Trail Thoresby Park

Head to Thoresby Park from the 2nd – 16th April for the Gloworm Easter Trail.

The team have placed 6 eggs around the park with various questions on them. Complete the tail, answer the questions and check your answers in the play park!

Once you’ve completed the trail, why not head over to the Cafe for Coffee and a slice of cake with a free mini milk ice lolly or juice box for only £4.95. ☕️🍰

Lily loved the Gloworm summer trail at Thoresby Park too

Download the trail sheet here

What’s more, submit your sheet to the Gloworm team to win day tickets to the fantastic Gloworm Festival.

The trail is FREE OF CHARGE but parking charges at Thoresby Park will apply.

Bosworth Water Park

Bosworth Water Park has announced they’re reopening on the 29th March – great for the predicted heatwave too!

From the 29th March the following will re-open: Park and grounds for walks, picnics and recreation, the Blue Lagoon beach area, outdoor play areas, takeaway drinks and snacks, fishing and toilets.

Parking fees are £1.50 per car per hour midweek and £2 per car per hour weekends and bank holidays.

Beach days at Bosworth Water Park

Please remember you must keep to all social distancing laws, at present groups will be restricted to a maximum of 2 households or a maximum of 6 people from unlimited households.

Please also remember they will not admit persons under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a parent, please do not allow your children to visit alone during the Easter break, they will not be admitted entry.

Further facilities such as pedalos, crazy golf and overnight stays for self contained units (have your own toilets) etc will re-open on the 12th April and we will provide a further update near this time.

Check out our review of Bosworth Water Park last year here

National Trust Clumber Park

Visit Clumber Park for a family-friendly trail with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate reward at the end, from Friday 2 to Monday 5 April (whilst stocks last) 10am – 3pm. Price is just £3 per trail.

National Trust Clumber Park is a great place to explore
National Trust Clumber Park is a great place to explore

This nature-based sensory trail comprises 10 activities, with an activity sheet, pencil and chocolate egg reward. This year’s trail is taking place around Leaping Bar and through the Walled Kitchen Garden, before the grand finale along Cedar Avenue.

Find out more here

National Trust Calke Abbey

The Easter egg trail at Calke Abbey will be running from Thurs 1–Sun 11 April (while stocks last), 9.30am–4pm. 

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.

Calke Abbey: Many National Trust properties are open but tickets must be prebooked
Calke Abbey: Many National Trust properties are open but tickets must be prebooked

To get started, pick up your trail pack from the Ticket Office, which contains your Easter activity sheet and pencil. Don’t forget to collect your chocolate egg or allergen-free reward at the end of the trail (eggs must be collected by 5pm). Trail packs are £3 each.

Tickets are released every Friday, so you won’t be able to book your Easter visit until Friday 26 March.

Find out more here

Beacon Hill Country Park

We are huge fans of Beacon Hill in Leicestershire, but what sets it aside as a great day out is the lovely variety of things to do there.

You have the beautiful and accessible Labyrinth rhododendron trail, the accessible woodland trail as well as walking trails, sculptures, natural play area, wooden play area and a lovely café for take away too.

The accessible rhododendron Labyrinth at Beacon Hill
The accessible rhododendron Labyrinth at Beacon Hill

It can get busy at peak times but I really do recommend a visit if you’re nearby and looking for something to do for all ages.

Check out our full review of Beacon Park here

Belvoir Castle, Grantham

Head to Belvoir Castle for a magical Easter adventure from March 29th to 11th April, 11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).

Easter at Belvoir Castle

Discover their outdoor trails, solve nursery rhyme puzzles, meet their bouncy easter bunny and delight in one of their many easter themed family photo opportunities!

A Child’s admission ticket (£10) includes an Easter Gift Box with worksheet activities and a chocolate egg.

CHILD TICKETS (Age 1 – 16) – £10
Tickets can be booked here

Treasure Trails

You can take part in your own pirate adventure (or just a very special walk with the family!) with the fantastic Treasure Trails, available across the East Midlands, including Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

Treasure Trails are available across the UK and allow you to get outdoors and explore your local area.

Follow a self-guided Treasure Trail through the winding backstreets and hidden corners of villages, towns and cities around the UK. Crack the clues along the route to unlock incredible stories from the past and solve the mystery at the end.

Simply visit their website and select ‘Buy a Treasure Trail’ to find maps around your local area.

Middleton Hall Easter Trail

Not quite the East Midlands, but for those local to Middleton Hall / Tamworth, Middleton Hall is hosting an Easter trail. The trail is entirely outdoors, contact free and aged at children up to the age 12 (smaller children may need a hand from their adults to solve the clues!)

Middleton Hall & Gardens Easter Trail
Middleton Hall & Gardens Easter Trail

All children will receive a trail card to guide them through the activity and a prize at the end of their visit, such as a crème egg or chocolate bunny!

The gardens and grounds will be open for the Easter trail 11am-4pm from 31st March to Sunday 11th April, with the exception of Tuesday 6th April when they will be closed. The Hall buildings are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, however, the toilets will be open plus takeaway refreshments from our tea room.

Pre-booking is essential – find out more here.

Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our blog on things to do at home in the Easter holidays, including virtual events and more.

Check out the Learning Resources UK Digital Easter Egg Hunt here

Looking for spring and Easter crafts, gifts and resources? Here are some of our favourite small businesses and more for nature-filled fun activities

Looking to make your lockdown walks more interesting with the family? Check out our ideas here!

Learning Resources UK Digital Easter Egg Hunt
Learning Resources UK Digital Easter Egg Hunt

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