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12 things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District this Easter

PUBLISHED: 16:47 05 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:23 12 April 2019

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As spring arrives, there's plenty to keep the family busy in and around Derbyshire; here is our pick of Easter events, activities and egg hunts to get you out and about

Bolsover Castle

At weekends from 6th April expert horsemen will give breath-taking displays of horses in training in the Riding School. Then admire the Little Castle, enjoy the wall walk and wander round the extensive grounds. There’s also an Easter Adventure Quest – a hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Solve the clues and claim a chocolate reward.

Castle Street, Bolsover, S44 6PR, 01246 822844

www.english-heritage.org.uk/bolsover-castle

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Buxton Pavilion Gardens 

In 23 acres of ornamental gardens you’ll find serpentine walkways, play areas, lakes and a miniature railway plus cafés, an art gallery, a theatre and a cinema in the striking Pavilion Arts Centre. Markets are held throughout the year and there’s a Bazaar on Easter weekend.

St John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE, 01298 23114 www.paviliongardens.co.uk

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Crich Tramway Village

From 15th to 18th, 12-3.30pm, there’ll be a variety of family craft activities in the Learning Centre to take part in. However, on 21st and 22nd, 10am-5.30pm, the popular World War II Home Front event returns with re-enactors, music, activities and vehicles from the era – and even a replica Spitfire. On 28th, the Citroën 2CV Car Club visits for ‘Drive it Day’. Then there’s the popular pub, woodland walks and workshop to visit.

Crich, Matlock DE4 5DP, 01773 854321 www.tramway.co.uk

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Carsington Water 

The Visitor Centre offers exhibitions, shops and cafés, then there are walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, playground and the sailing club. From 13th-28th pick up a trail leaflet and go in search of the missing Easter Bunny!

Carsington, near Ashbourne DE6 1ST, 01629540363   visitcarsington.co.uk/whats-here

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Caverns

Explore some of the country’s most spectacular subterranean sights below ground in Castleton. Journey by boat at Speedwell Cavern or venture into Blue John territory at Treak Cliff and Blue John caverns. Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WS

At Buxton Country Park, explore Poole’s Cavern with its fascinating stalactites, or stroll the woodland trails and climb to Solomon’s Temple. If you’re feeling energetic, test your head for heights at Go Ape with its zip wires and aerial walkways. 

Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

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Conkers 

At the heart of the National Forest, you can choose between 120 acres of woodland, an Activity Trail, 4D cinema and indoor play zone, and more! From 16th to 28th April there are daily ranger activities including orienteering, bush craft and pond dipping, and a craft corner.

Rawdon Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Swadlincote DE12 6GA, 01283 216633 www.visitconkers.com

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Creswell Crags

Take a cave tour, explore the limestone gorge and country park, and visit the museum and education centre to learn more about our ancestors.

Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop S80 3LH, 01909 720378 www.creswell-crags.org.uk

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Cromford Mills 

Start your exploration of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site here. It’s the birthplace of the modern factory system with a chance to meet founder Richard Arkwright and explore the shops and exhibitions.

On Easter Sunday and Monday there will be traditional horse-drawn trips along the Cromford Canal from Cromford Wharf at 11am and 2pm to see Leawood Pump in Steam – booking essential at www.birdswood.org. Leawood Pump House itself is open 21st, 22nd from 

12–4.30pm.

The nearby High Peak Junction Railway Workshops (DE4 5AA) will 

also be open on 20th, 21st, 22nd, 1am-3pm, while on the Saturday, 

20th, you can have-a-go at being a blacksmith on the historic forge and make a poker to take home. 

Mill Road, Cromford, DE4 3RQ, 01629 823256

www.cromfordmills.org.uk

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Denby and Crown Derby 

At Denby, not only can you learn about traditional skills and workmanship on a guided tour and try your hand at the potter’s wheel, there’s shopping a-plenty and a restaurant. On 13th and 14th there’s a Spring Market. Denby, DE5 8NX

Royal Crown Derby offers a retail shop, the 1750 Tea Room, a guided factory tour, and during English Tourism Week, 1st-6th April, there’s free entry to the Museum, which has one of the largest Derby Porcelain collections in the world.

Denby Pottery Village, Denby DE5 8NX, 01773 740899  www.denbypottery.com/denby-pottery-village

194 Osmaston Road, Derby, DE23 8JZ, 01332 712800 www.royalcrownderby.co.uk

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Heights of Abraham 

Travel by cable car to the top of the country park and you’ll find an excellent bar and restaurant with a spectacular view, show caverns and woodland to explore. Nearby there’s Gulliver’s Kingdom, a theme park for children aged 3–13, and the excellent Peak District Lead Mining Museum. Dale Road, Matlock DE4 3NT 

www.heightsofabraham.com

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Railways

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is the nine-mile, restored heritage line running steam and diesel trains between Wirksworth and Duffield – two great places to explore. Family Circus will be returning over the Easter weekend (Sat-Mon), teaching willing participants to juggle, spin plates, wire walk and much more! 

There’ll also be an Easter egg hunt around the station.

Wirksworth Station, DE4 4FB,  01629 823076

Midland Railway Butterley has two railway museums, a Victorian railwayman’s church, model railways and heritage train rides, plus a themed treasure hunt throughout Easter.

Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ

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Stately Homes

All Derbyshire’s National Trust properties – Kedleston, HardwickSudbury and Calke Abbey – will be celebrating the season with various activities and a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. 

On 7th April Calke Abbey is also hosting a Country Food & Drink Fair, celebrating local food that’s grown, raised, baked or caught within a 30-mile radius. There’ll also be nature-themed crafts and activities from 15th to 26th. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk for details of events at the different halls. 

Tissington Hall, near Ashbourne, is opening for guided tours from 22nd to 26th April. Call 01335 352200 to book. 

Haddon Hall is hosting its fantastic Artisan Market from 5th to 7th. There will be a guitar recital by Richard Haslam on 21st and from 19th to 22nd visitors to the Hall can try their hand at archery – open to all ages and abilities!

Renishaw Hall has an Easter Trail to offer visitors between 19th and 21st. 

Chatsworth, which opens for the season on 23rd March is celebrating Easter throughout the school holidays, from 20th March to 28th April, with daily activities across the garden and farmyard.

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