Things to do Easter weekend

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The chocolatey holiday is upon us! If you wish to take a break from the all the egg-devouring, try one of our great activities to keep you entertained this Easter in Nottinghamshire.

Head to Wollaton Hall from the 29th March to 1st April for some extra special crafts! Browse an array of stalls selling everything from sculptures to jewellery. While visiting, have a look round the hall, which houses the natural history museum, and then spot some deer in the grounds!

Philip Pullman’s classic children’s novel I Was  A Rat! Comes to the stage for the first time and you can catch it at Nottingham Playhouse through the Easter holiday. The gripping story is fill of music, comedy and fantastic physical performances. Catch this from the 26th March to the 13th April at the Nottingham Playhouse.

The Birmingham Stage Company proudly presents Roald Dahl’s amazing story,James and the Giant Peach at the Theatre Royal from the 10-14th April. If you’re looking for fruit-filled fun and wizzpopping wonders, then don’t miss this! Suitable for ages 4+.

To celebrate 20 years to the day since Nottingham Ghost Walks began, the tour on Easter Saturday will be offered at 1993 prices – just £3 for adults and £2 for children. Join Nottingham’s longest running tour, and see for yourself why it has remained so popular for two decades. Beware of haunted happenings along the way. Do you dare? Find it on the 30th March at 7pm.

Hop along to Framework Knitters’ Museum in Ruddington for an Easter bunny hunt on the 29th March. It’s FREE if you arrive with a bunny or bonnet! Hunt for the knitted bunnies who are hiding around the museum this Easter.

Join the National Trust Easter egg hunts at Clumber Park – follow the clues to uncover the trail, and win a special chocolate prize. £2 per child. 

Help the Nottingham Contemporary build an environment – real or imagined – in the huge space at Nottingham Contemporary art gallery over the Easter holidays (29th March – 14th April). Inspiration will be provided by the artworks in the galleries and the building.

Visit the Museum of Nottingham Life this Easter from the 30th March and 1st April, set into the cliffs below Nottingham Castle and home to items and artefacts depicting Nottingham life over the centuries.

The Tales of Robin Hood are at Nottingham Castle on selected Easter dates. On the 2, 6 and 9th April, you will hear stories of Nottingham’s most famous outlaw which have been passed on by minstrels and storytellers. Booking essential on 0115 915 3700.

It’s Dinosaur Week at Wollaton Hall & Park. How do scientists know what dinosaurs looked like when we only have their fossilised bones? Use your detective skills to reconstruct your own dinosaur on 3-10 April, at Wollaton Hall. For 4+ years.

Visit the picturesque Creswell Crags on the 8th April for an Astronomy Evening with award-winning astronomer Paul Money as he reveals more about the amazing night’s sky. Booking essential on 01909720378

Join the Easter egg trail from 1-7th April in the beautiful grounds of Newstead Abbey, former home of Lord Byron the romantic poet. Explore the rose garden, Spanish garden, walled garden and even Japanese garden on a search for Easter treats!

Follow an Easter Egg trail at the Workhouse in Southwell on the 30-31st March. Discover a pot of gold, claim your own chocolate treat and get your face painted too! Fun and educational , this is a not-to-be-missed family fun event.

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty building a bug hotel, designing a dream catcher or planting seeds in your custom-made pot on these family-focused craft days. Find this on 13th & 14th April at The Workhouse in Southwell.

Remember if you do venture out, send us pictures and comments (and Easter eggs if you’re feeling generous!) on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Posted on 28 March 2013
Featured author: Erin

Australian now calling Nottingham home. Piano playing, cake making, bicycle riding lady who loves travel.

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