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14 things to do for free (almost!) this Easter

Dragon hunting, bunny hopping, bottle-kicking (yes, it's a thing this month) and so much more to do over the Easter break for FREE or under a fiver!

Rutland Cycling Easter Dinosaur Trail, 2- 24 Apr

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Have a roarsome day out with the kids and cycle along the gorgeous Rutland Water, Follow the trail and find the clues to win a goody bag. You can purchase a £1 trail map from the Rutland Cycling store in Normanton or Whitwell.

Easter Weekend Pop -Up Market, The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle 16 April

The Engine Yard will be celebrating Easter Weekend with a Pop-up Market. Browse the handpicked range of stalls and pick up everything from fresh flowers, to foodie delights, gifts and crafts! Open from 10am – 4pm.

The Leicester Vegan Festival, 10 Apr

Photo by Roam In Color on Unsplash

If you’re considering turning vegan and want to know what all the fuss is about, head here! There will be over 70 stalls selling everything from salads to skincare, candles to cheese plus lots of food and drink to sample too. Tickets £5 and under 16’s go free. Get your tickets here.

Last Friday, LCB Depot, Leics 29 Apr

A delicious pakora wrap from Fresh Rootz via Last Friday

In keeping with the vegan theme, this month’s free street food-pop up will be themed around vegan food. There will also be live music but the foodie line-up is yet to be released so watch this space.

Cosmopolitan Arts Fest, Leicester, 9-10 Apr

During this annual arts fest, kids will get to stream and experience music, dance and spoken word from around the world, from cultural dance, funny poetry to some fantastic bands. There’s also a selection of live performances at the Clock Tower from midday. Free for all!

National Student Drama Festival (NSDF), Curve, Leicester, 9-15 Apr

The iconic festival for new theatre makers is back in town and every day 16-26 year olds and mature students, can watch shows, take part in workshops and dive into debates, discussions and masterclasses given by some of the best-known names in contemporary theatre. Come and see new art, new artists and join a new nation-spanning creative community and it’s all entirely free. See the full schedule here.

St George’s Festival, Leicester, 23 Apr

Pic via visitleicester.info

Taking place in the city’s Cultural Quarter, join in with the adventurous dragon hunt trail, play medieval games and dance around the maypole. Enjoy storytelling and puppet shows, arts, crafts, balloon animals, circus skills and more. Families will definitely love this one.

Bottle Kicking, Hallaton, 18 Apr

This 18th century tradition sees two villages, Hallaton and Medbourne battle it out for a keg of ale. The event attracts thousands of visitors every year and the ‘scrum’ can take upto five hours to finish. With no rules, so expect it to get messy and seriously competitive. Free to attend.

Guided Tours of Leicester Guildhall, Leics, April

Join a wonderful free tour guide and explore the history of Leicester’s oldest medieval building. Find out all about the characters who have passed through it’s historic doors and discover the role its played in the city’s history. Booking is essential.

Belgrave Bunny Hop! Easter Fun Day, 13 Apr

Photo by Eric Heininger on Unsplash

Take a picnic to enjoy in the garden before the kids get involved in Easter craft activities include bunny ear hats, mini baskets for treats, pictures to colour and more. There’s also a garden trail and don’t forget to get them to wear their best Easter bonnet or Bunny ears! £3 per child,

Magical Springtime, Guildhall, Leics 14 Apr

Take your little unicorn lovers to make their own Unicorn hat, a sparkling wishing wand and a magical scratch art picture. Don’t forget to join the trail and search for the unicorn. £3 per child.

Easter eggs and chicks workshop, Oakham Castle, 12 April

Photo by Sebastian Staines on Unsplash

Lots to get the kids involved in at the castle from making Easter-inspired arts and crafts including felt egg decorations, make chick cards, gift bags to fun masks. £5 per child but places are limited and booking is essential.

Bunnies, baskets and bunting, Rutland County Museum 6 & 12 April

Photo by Євгенія Височина on Unsplash

If you miss out on Oakham castle, head to the museum instead and make a selection of seasonal crafts here instead. Booking is not essential and it will be first come first served. £2.50 per child.

Make an Easter Bonnet, Harborough Museum, April 13

Kids can decorate their own Easter bonnet using upcycling crafty bits and bobs. Booking is essential. £1.50 per child.

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