School’s out for the Easter break, which means it’s time to have some family fun. Fingers crossed we’ll all get a visit from the Easter bunny, armed with some delicious chocolate treats –but what seasonal events are happening around the county?
Well, we’ve taken a look at what’s going on at local attractions, and you’ll be pleased to know that there’s lots for you and your family to get involved in. From Easter egg hunts to meet-the-animal events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy over the next couple of weeks.
Here are some ideas of Easter events in Leicestershire that you could take part in ….
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Easter Egg-stravaganza! Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester
Take part in a bunny-themed children’s activity day. As well as bunny-themed craft activities, you can listen to spring stories and follow the bunny trail to find the egg. The event will run from 11am until 3pm on April 11.
Tickets £ 3 per child, on the door, or book in advance online here.
Easter Clay and Craft Creations-Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester
Enjoy a spring day in the grounds of Abbey Pumping Station. Explore the museum with its “flushing toilet” and check out the free’Easter Bunny and Friends Trail’.
Children can create a clay pine cone animal and decorate with natural materials they find. Then, make a bunny ears (or any animal ears) headband, out of card and decorate with crayons.
The event will run from 11am until 3pm on April 12. Tickets are £ 3 per child and can be bought on the day.
Belgrave Bunny Hop Easter Fun Day –Belgrave Hall, Leicester
Have fun in the woods and gardens, take a picnic, and wear your best Easter bonnet or bunny ears. Easter craft activities include bunny ear hats, mini basket for treats, and pictures to colour.
You could also take part in the garden trail, with famous rabbit characters and eggs from different animals to find. The event will run from 11am until 3pm on April 13.
The cost is £ 3 per child, and tickets can be bought in advance online here. You can also pay on the door (cash only).
Easter Fun –Haymarket Shopping Center, Leicester
Haymarket’s Easter event will take place on Thursday, April 14. Children will have the chance to get creative at a free Easter craft workshop making chicks, rabbits, eggs and Easter crowns.
A pair of fluffy Easter bunnies will be bouncing about giving out Easter treats and there will be comedy from Fairly Famous Family’s Strolling Gardeners. The green fingered brothers will make children bloom in giant plant pots and will entertain with their vegetable balancing skills.
The event is on between 11am and 3pm.
Easter Eggstravaganza –King Richard III Visitor Center, Leicester
From April 9 to 24, you’ll be able to enjoy Easter crafts and paint your own Easter egg in either a traditional or contemporary design. Or you could paint Richard III on to your egg. There are also traditional egg games to play.
Tickets prices are £ 10 adult (16 + Years) £ 5 child (5 – 15 Years) £ 25 family (2 adults and 2 children) £ 9 over 60s, student. You can book online via the website.
Easter Activity Trail –Belvoir Castle
Journey through Belvoir’s formal gardens, solving Easter activity puzzles along the way. You may even bump into the Easter bunny and his friends as you wander past the spring blooms, including tulips and camellias.
Once you have completed the outdoor trail, each child can collect an Easter egg prize at the end of their visit. (Dairy free alternatives will be available). An Easter activity trail worksheet and Easter egg is included in a child’s garden entry ticket (child) £ 8, adult £ 10). Under 4s go free.
The trail is now available, and will run until Monday, April 18. You can upgrade to a castle and garden entry ticket and take part in the free craft activities in the castle’s Old Kitchen and a free-flow tour around the State Rooms.
The Engine Yard will also be hosting an Easter Weekend Pop -Up Market, on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. Dogs are welcome within the grounds, but must be kept on leads at all times. Click here to visit the website.
Easter Egg Hunt and Afternoon Tea with the Easter Bunny –Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan
The Easter egg hunt at Bawdon Lodge Farm is now underway and is running until Sunday, April 24. It costs £ 5 per child (pay at the coffee shop counter) and includes a prize at the end.
There is no charge for adults. Car parking costs £ 1, which goes towards maintaining the National Forest woodland. Dogs are welcome inside and out on a lead.
Bawdon Lodge Farm is closed on Mondays and on Easter Sunday. You can also enjoy afternoon tea with the Easter Bunny at the farm. This will be available on Wednesday, April 13, 3-5pm and Good Friday, April 15, 3-5pm.
You will be able to enjoy a feast of mini sandwiches and savouries, sweet treats and a drink, before the Easter Bunny arrives with presents and a photo opportunity. The price is £ 30 for an adult and child afternoon tea –includes child present from the Easter Bunny. Add on £ 12.95 for an additional child afternoon tea and present from the Easter Bunny, and £ 17.95 for an additional adult afternoon tea.
There is free entry for babies (baby ticket does not include food or a present from the Easter Bunny). Book online via the website. If you want to be seated with another booking, call 01509 268080.
Easter Heist –1620s House and Garden, Donington le Heath
Rumour has it, Bugs Burg-Lar is back in Easter town and he’s trying to put together his Notorious gang –’Burg-Lar’s 11′ to pull off the biggest Egg heist around! Apparently, the usual suspects have been sighted around the 1620s gardens –so can you help to find them?
Pick up a sheet (£ 2 each) from the green hut. Normal admission costs apply to the site. The event is on when site is open, from Thursday to Sunday, 10.30am -4.30pm, between April 9 and 24.
On Tuesday, April 19, you can also join the White Rabbit for some egg-cellent crafts, hunts and games around the house and gardens. The cost is £ 4.50 per child and tickets can be purchased online here, or by calling 01455 290429.
Burglar Bunny Hunt –Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Center and Country Park, Sutton Cheney
The Easter Bunny’s evil twin Burglar Bunny has stolen a precious collection of goods needed to celebrate Easter and has hidden them around site. Can you help the Easter Bunny find them?
Pick up a sheet (£ 2 each) from the Ticket Office or Shop. The hunt will be on from April 9 to 24, 10am until 5pm.
Easter Vintage Festival and Easter Animal Fun –Great Central Railway, Quorn
Great Central Railway’s Easter Vintage Festival returns from April 15 to 18, and you’ll be able to step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn and Woodhouse station. There will be traditional steam gallopers and big wheels, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors.
There will also be a real ale tent with live music on Friday and Saturday.
Easter Animal Fun will take place from April 19 to 21. You’ll be able to hang out with animals including Elvis the giant Flemish rabbit, Tula the barn owl, Petal and Flower the skinny pigs and Tiny Tim the baby tortoise at this special event ..
You can also take a ride on the steam train, enjoy a mini funfair and see a Punch and Judy show.
For each of these events, a family ticket, including unlimited rail travel, costs £ 42 (2 adults, 3 children). Other tickets are available. Book via the website here.
Easter Hunt, Easter Bunny and more –Manor Farm Park and Woodlands, East Leake
You’ll be able to meet the Easter chicks and bunnies in the Animal Chat Room, watch the lambs out in the fields, complete the Easter scavenger hunt in the woodlands and visit the Easter Bunny to collect a treat.
Other activities include owl holding on selected days, the chance to explore the World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail in the woodlands and have fun in the indoor playbarn and outdoor playgrounds.
Tickets £ 11.50 child 2-17, £ 10.95 adult, need to be booked online in advance. Visit the website here.
Easter Fun –Windmill Farm Park, Kibworth
Take part in an Easter celebration at Windmill Farm Park.
The Easter Bunny has been caught up in a spring wind and lost all the eggs from his basket in the woods. There’s a prize waiting for anyone who helps him find them!
You can also help the farms to plant seeds in the new garden, join in egg rolling, sack racing and egg and spoon races. Plus, there’s the usual activities including bottle feeding the lambs, meeting the animals, cuddle corner, bouncing pillows and the award-winning indoor adventure play.
The Easter activities will be available from April 14 to 18. Tickets £ 8 adults, £ 12 children. Book online via the website here.
Eggstreme Easter –Twinlakes Park, Melton Mowbray
From April 2 to 24, you can visit the Easter Bunny’s grotto at Twinlakes. Travel through a land of chocolate heaven, take in the stunning views, smells and see the magical world of Easter, then meet the Easter Bunny himself, have the opportunity for a professional photo and then enjoy your free gift.
You can also join the Easter Bunny for breakfast on April 10, and join the Easter Bunny’s Boogie on April 13.
The Easter activites cost extra on top of the admission cost. Visit the website to book.
Military History Weekend and Easter Trail-Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park, Moira
Head to Moira for a weekend full of military history. Sir Francis Rawdon Hastings, the owner, and funder of the furnace, served himself in the American wars of independence, connecting the site directly to the military history of the world. The iron produced in the furnace’s short working life was used in the production of arms and munitions.
Re-enactors will be camping on-site from Friday until Sunday with the museum and boat open as normal.
For the little ones, there will be an Easter Trail on Easter Sunday, which can be purchased from the museum shop for £ 1.50 (including a reward at the end!)
Easter Egg Hunt –Market Harborough town center
Hosted by Vodafone Market Harborough, this free event will run from April 13 to 16. Simply pick up your map and instructions from the shop in The Square, or download from the website here.
Once you’ve found the eggs, visit the shop to collect your prize.