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22 egg-cellent Easter events

Mon Amie, Easter Wreath Making, Kibworth, 9 April

Using the best materials that the season has to offer, you will create a truly beautiful fresh Easter Door Wreath displaying all the joys of Spring. Louise and Julia will provide everything you need to make a stunning door wreath using fresh foliage and decorations. This three hour course covers step by step instructions – no experience is necessary and the results are always spectacular. 10am – 1pm. £45

The Barn, 29 High St, Kibworth Beauchamp, LE8 0HS

Easter Egg Cycling Trail, Sat 13 – Sun 28 Apr

The Easter Egg Trail on wheels goes between Normanton and Whitwell Taking you on a flat, gentle 8 mile route next to the water, there will be clues along the way. £1 donation which will go towards the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. There will be an Easter egg and certificate for all children who participate. Bike hire is available at our Whitwell and Normanton stores for both adults and children.

Giant Store Rutland or Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Normanton Car Park, Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8HD

Easter Wreath Workshop, Thrussington, Sun 14 Apr

Book a place for your mudlets for this exciting workshop run by the amazingly talented Kat from The Flower Plant, Syston. £18 per person from 2pm – 4pm. Places are filling up fast so call 01509 813 108 now to grab a place. Suitable for kids 7 years+.

Thurssington Village Store39 The GreenLeicester LE7 4UH

Brilliant Bonnets, Newarke Houses Museums and Gardens, Mon 15 Apr

Kids will get the chance to design their own fancy schmancy Easter bonnet and then join the Easter parade and have the chance to and win a prize for the best one, Plus, storytelling and an Easter trail. £3 for activities, refreshments available. T: 0116 225 4980. From 11am – 3pm.

Newarke Houses Museum, 6 Vaughan Way, Leicester LE1 5XZ

Easter Treasures Pottery Painting, The Guildhall, Tues 16 Apr

Paint gorgeous animals and Easter themed items with a little help from Polkadot Pottery. Choose from Easter eggs, bunny egg cup, bunny money box, chicken trinket box, Easter baskets and more. Session Times are 11am-12pm, 12.30-1.30pm 2-3pm. £10 per item. Advance booking recommended. To reserve your place please call 0116 253 2569.

The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, LE1 5FQ

Easter Fun, Haymarket, Leics, Weds 17 Apr

Enjoy our Easter Fun day with Creature Encounters fantastical bunnies Hopalot –  six foot, science-loving rabbits. There’s also comedy from Fairly Famous Family’s Strolling Gardeners brothers Bob and Tom – they both love their fruit and veg, but how did one brother grow so tall?! The green fingered twins will make children bloom in giant plant pots and entertain with their vegetable balancing skills, face painters and more.

Haymarket Shopping Centre 1 Kildare Walk, LE13 Leicester, United Kingdom

Wizard of Oz Easter Panto, Haymarket Theatre, Leics, Tues 16 Apr

It’s time to click your heels as Shone Productions take you over the rainbow in their fantastic production of The Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy and her cute dog Toto as they enter the wonderful land of Oz. During their travels down the yellow brick road they meet some lovely friends including a Scarecrow, Tin Man and a Lion. They travel together to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but this won’t be easy as the Wicked Witch is determined to stop them by any means necessary.

Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF

Easter Egggstravaganza at The Guildhall, Leicester, 18 Apr

Easter merriment and hoppy holidays at the medieval Guildhall. Lots of amazing Easter crafts to try and our Easter trail plus face painting. Come along in fancy dress – Easter bonnets bunny ears are welcome! 11- 3pm. £3 for activities, drop-in event. T: 0116 253 2569

Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, LE1 5FQ Leicester

Easter Eggstravaganza, Belvoir Castle, Sat 19-22 April

Get egg-static this Easter at Belvoir Castle with exciting activities for all the family, including the fun-filled Nursery Rhyme Treasure Hunt. Plus egg decorating, face painting, a visit from the farm animals and a chance to see our incredible birds of prey in flight. The Easter Bunny and her friends will also be popping in they’ve also got a special Easter Afternoon Tea will be available at the Castle which will be full of Easter treats.

Belvoir Grantham, Leicestershire, NG3

Easter Vintage Festival, Great Central Railway, 19 – 22 Apr

Step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn and Woodhouse station. There’s gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors and live music on Fri and Sat

Great Central Railway PLC, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Easter Holiday Craft Workshops, Rutland, Weds 17 and 24 Apr

Get ready for Easter and make your essential seasonal crafts – cards, baskets, headwear, masks and decorations (17 Apr). The following week kids can try their hand at crafts inspired by some of the national animals of Britain including lions, bulldogs, horses, unicorns, robins and of course dragons. Both days sessions are 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm. £2 per child All workshops are suitable for children 4-10 years accompanied by an adult. Due to limited space the sessions operate on a first come, first served basis.

Rutland County Museum, Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW

Afternoon Tea and Easter Egg Hunt with Alice, Brooksby Hall, Sun 21 Apr

Let the mudlets join Alice and The Mad Hatter for an unforgettable afternoon tea. On arrival you will be seated for an afternoon tea in our 16th century Old Hall and entertained by live musicians and your favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland. After your treat of sandwiches, cakes and scones the children will join Alice for an Easter Egg hunt. £15 per adult, £5 per child (under 9’s). Includes an afternoon tea, entertainment and Easter egg for each child. Sitting at 1pm and 3pm.

Brooksby Hall, Brooksby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2LJ, 01664 855262

Easter Monday fun day, the Pumping Station, Leicester, Mon 22 Apr

Lots of fun going on with a bouncy castle, food, drink, hidden eggs, live music and more -12-5pm. Free entry

The Pumping Station, Severn Trent entrance, Bradgate Road, LE7 7GB

Easter Fair, Woodside Animal Centre, Leics, Sat 20 Apr

Take part in this family-friendly event to help raise funds for the Woodside Animal Centre. With more than 40 craft stalls from around Leicestershire, there’s plenty of activities and lots to eat and drink. Traditional fair stalls including ‘Hook a Duck’ and there will also be a workshop to decorate your own Easter biscuit and an Easter Egg Hunt around the animal centre will have children learning about animal welfare and husbandry while having fun and earning some tasty chocolate. There’s also a professional Zentangle workshop, an Easter Bonnet contest and a baking competition. Adults: £1.50, children (ages 5-16): £1, and children under 5 go free. You can pay entry on the gate, or book in advance below. From 11am.

Woodside Animal Centre, 190 Scudamore Rd, Leicester LE3 1UQ

Easter Games, Kilworth House Hotel, Mon 22 Apr

Enjoy a tea featuring domino shortbread, draughts and chocolate chess and if you wish enjoy our outdoor garden games including croquet. Afternoon Tea £25 per adult. Child Under 12 £9.50 from the children’s tea menu or £25 for full afternoon tea.

Easter, Barnsdale Gardens, Oakham,

Come for a fun-filled family weekend! Everyone can paint an egg to help decorate our special Easter Tree and youngsters can have a cracking good time hunting for tokens to swap for a chocolatey Easter treat. Egg painting 12pm-4pm on Saturday, kids’ Easter hunt every day. Garden admission: adult £9, concession £8, child £5, family (2 adults + 3 children) £28.

Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AH

Conkers, Leicestershire, until Sun 28 Apr

Ranger Activities will be on every day and include orienteering, bush craft, pond dipping and construction derby. Story Time will take place in The Hut everyday and the Craft Corner will be open daily from 11 – 5pm for Paint a Pot and the New Fun with Wood where you can paint your own Bug Houses. Fun shows over Easter include Punch and Judy, Magic Tricks, Fudge & Co – Lollipop Ponies, Ras King & Lollipop Ponies, Bubble Pop and more.

Conkers, Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote DE12 6GA

Peter’s Turvey Tales, Beaumanor Hall, Monday 22 Apr

Take part in a games and activities alongside a traditional Easter egg hunt in the beautiful grounds of Beaumanor Hall. There will also be a Crazy Carrot Circus plays, there will be magical stories, magic and balloon modelling in the vegetable patch and more. Tickets available 10am-12.30pm, or 1pm-3.30pm session. Characters and activities will close from 12.30pm-1pm to allow for lunch and resetting of the activities.Places are available to book online via Eventbrite. There’s also an Easter Sunday lunch (adults £24.50, children £12.50) or a themed afternoon tea on Monday (2pm & 4pm, £21.95 per adult, £17.95 per child).

Beaumanor Hall

Apollo Easter, National Space Centre, Leics, until 28 Apr

Calling all budding astronauts! Enjoy an immersive full egg sized dome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Join the National Space Centre for a journey that, 50 years ago, landed humans on the Moon. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see this brand-new show. Want to get hands-on with science? Construct a Moon orbiter and build a lunar module and find the perfect landing site on a giant map of the Moon.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leics, LE3   

Katylou’s Forest Easter Egg Hunt, Tues 23 Apr

Fancy an afternoon in the forest? Come along to our Easter Egg hunt! Solve the clues, Find the eggs and work out the code!! Once completed, you’ll receive a chocolate egg as your prize. Only £4 per child! 1-3pm at Burbage Common! Come along any time between 1pm and 2.30pm to give yourself enough time to complete the hunt! Book here.

Burbage Common, LE10 3DD

Easter Bonnet Competition, Market Harborough, Sat 20 Apr

Attention mudlets -i t’s time to get crafty! Make a lovely Easter bonnet and have the chance to win yourself one of two shiny new bikes up to the value of £150.  Registration is from 10.45 in the main hall and will take place between 11am and 12.50pm. The lucky winners will be  announced at 1pm. For children 12 years and under.

Easter Hunt, Rockingham Castle, Sun 21 Apr – Mon 22 Apr

Hunt for the brightly coloured eggs which have been hidden in our magnificent gardens. Each egg has a letter, which makes up an Easter word. Once you have found the word you can claim your chocolate egg. If your little treasure hunters are still full of beans, they can help Wentworth find his wandering armour and earn a badge as Chief Griffin Assistant. Combined Grounds & Castle Ticket, adults: £12.00, child: £8.50, family: £32.50

Rockingham Castle Estate, Market Harborough LE16 8TH

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