What’s On locally this Easter? We know!
Slowly, slowly things are opening up. Here’s where to take the family locally over the holidays for a very welcome change of scene.
Can you see that? It’s the chocolatey hand of Easter, beckoning. Spring colours, burnished displays of marzipan, and children pinging off the walls with sugar. We’ve only just got the kids into school, and they’re about to be turfed right back.
Enough to drive a woman mad? No, actually: not with our life-saving list of local things to do. Read on for how to engage those lovable rotters in Leicestershire and Rutland this Easter break.
SOMETHING TO PET
Petting farms are back! Rutland Farm Park is hoping to reopen for Easter so children can meet Mac the lamb, plus Daisy and Hollie the Highland cows, as well as Barnaby the goat. Keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for all the latest updates and a definite opening date.
Also for littlies, the brilliant Stonehurst Farm in Mountsorrel is set to open on 12 April where you can see their spring lambs, Doris the donkey and more. Grab a takeaway coffee and cake from the tea room while the kids enjoy the fab outdoor play area.
If it’s bigger animals you’re after, Twycross Zoo will also be open from 12 April. Book now to see everything from giraffes to Sumatran tigers, turtles to chimpanzees and heaps more.
SOMETHING FOR SCIENCE BOFFS
The National Space Centre’s Discovery team is launching a brand-new online space club for kids aged 7-11 years over the Easter Holidays. Sessions will be 60 minutes and include talks, craft ideas, downloadable resources and more. Places are limited and each week the club will focus on a different subject linked to space science and exploration including Aliens and Life in Space.
SOMETHING FOR TEENS
Indie cinema, Phoenix is hosting a number of online courses including a two-week Introduction to Short Film course exploring its development and place within the industry.
Let the kids burn off some energy at Visit Conkers, Swadlincote. The outdoor adventure park includes a viewing tower, lots of adventure trails, mazes and a wobbly bridge too. Indoor areas won’t be open just yet.
Theme parks are also opening on 12 April (yippee!). If you don’t mind travelling a little further afield to find fun, head to Alton Towers, for David Walliams’ brand new Gangsta Granny ride, opening this spring, plus Cbeebies land if you have the little people in tow.
If the teens don’t mind the possibility of getting a little wet, Whitewater Ways are running paddle boarding sessions from 2-5 April. Book a morning (10am) or afternoon (2pm) slot and paddle board around Barrow upon Soar. Try kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes. Each session lasts 2.5 hours.
SOMETHING FOR COOKS
Get creative in the kitchen with Cooking Caterpillars. Jane Ritchie-Smith is planning on holding some online cookery classes for kids (and you!) over the Easter break for 3-11 year old. Expect to make anything from home made tomato pasta sauce, cakes, pastries and more.
SOMETHING FOR SWIMMERS
Stoney Cove and Race Hub are both reopening on 29 March just in time for the Easter break. Stoney Cove is a great one for families. It’s fully manned with a rescue boat on constant standby and qualified first aiders – handy if you’re not a confident swimmer. One hour open water swimming sessions cost £5 and they even offer sunset swims. Swimmers at Race Hub need to be NOWCA members to use the facilities.
SOMETHING FOR CRAFTERS
The Leicestershire Craft Centre are offering online half term classes which include art sessions and crafting sessions to make an Easter Egg Paper Garland and Sock Bunnies. The price includes a complete kit of materials so kids can join in with the live Zoom session and make everything together. The creative ladies from Crafty Sew and So have a beginners sewing class on 3 April where mums and kids can learn to make a cushion cover together.
Crafting and chocolate – doesn’t get much better than that! Barnsdale Gardens are hosting their annual Easter crafty weekend 2-5 April. Little ones can have a cracking good time hunting for tokens to swap for a chocolatey Easter treat or if they prefer, they can join in with a crafting session on Saturday.
SOMETHING FOR EGG HUNTERS
Lots of Easter egg-citement over at Rockingham Castle this half term from 4-5 April. Kids can hunt for the brightly coloured eggs hidden in the gorgeous green gardens. Find all the eggs, solve the puzzle and they can claim their chocolate prize. All tickets must be pre-booked online.
Meanwhile, Belvoir Castle are running Easter activities outdoors from 29 March- 11 April. Little ones can follow the trail through the woodlands, solve nursery rhyme puzzles, meet the bouncy easter bunny and more.
The Harbs Collective over in Market Harborough have put together an Easter Trail that you can enjoy from 27 March. Simply follow the trail and find the bunnies hiding in the shop windows. There’s also some more printable activity sheets that you can download here.
Whatton House, Loughborough are running an Easter trail hunt from 2-18 April. There will also be refreshments and hot food to take away on 2, 3 and 5 April. £5 per person.
Meanwhile, over at The Wycliffe Rooms, Lutterworth kids can meet and greet the Easter Bunny. Its free to attend and everyone will also get a small Easter egg (whilst stocks last). The coffee shop will also be open for takeaway.
Meanwhile, kids can try their hand at making tropical traybake and sausage casseroles with The Little Cook Club who run cookery sessions via Zoom. Classes run every Tuesday at 4pm and Saturday morning at 9.30am for little ones and classes on Friday at 4pm are perfect for older kids. Check both their Facebook pages for more information and booking details.