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

PUBLISHED: 15:47 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:44 16 March 2018

Bolsover Castle Photo: English Heritage

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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

Start your visit at this fairytale Stuart mansion in the Riding School, where horses perform dressage on selected dates, then admire the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the ruined terrace range, delight in the views from the wall walk and wander the extensive grounds which include a play area. From 30th March-2nd April, hunt for dragon eggs on an Easter Adventure Quest.

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

Make sure you bring your tin hat if you visit the National Tramway Museum from 1st-2nd April. The site will be turning back time to World War II with a Home Front theme. Expect wartime vehicles on show, themed entertainment and a range of vintage trams offering rides. There are plenty of places to eat and drink including a pub, tea room and old-fashioned sweet shop, plus woodland walks, a sculpture trail and a workshop gallery.

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

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Carsington Water 

Owned by Severn Trent Water, this large reservoir offers a great day out. In the Visitor Centre, an interactive exhibition explains the water cycle and how clean water makes it to our taps, whilst a variety of walking trails, a cycle hire, restaurant, shops, picnic areas, an adventure playground and sailing club offer something for everyone. Easter Bunny Hunt from 24th March-9th April. 

Carsington, near Ashbourne DE6 1ST, 01629 540363 visitcarsington.co.uk/whats-here

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Conkers 

An ideal destination in changeable weather, Conkers offers a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences at the heart of the National Forest. Check out 120 acres of woodland or take the 18-stage Activity Trail challenge or Vertigo Adventure with high and low ropes, zip wire and climbing wall. Indoors, there’s a 4D cinema, play zone and over 100 interactive exhibits. Easter fun from 24th March-15th April includes orienteering, bushcraft and pond-dipping activities, shows and an Easter Bunny Challenge.

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

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Creswell Crags

Few archaeological sites are more fascinating than this picturesque limestone gorge and country park. Its many caves have yielded Ice Age remains and are home to the only Ice Age rock art in Britain. Visit the brilliant Museum and Education Centre to learn more about our ancestors, take a cave tour or enjoy one of the many walks before relaxing in the café. Easter trail from 26th March-15th April.

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

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Denby Pottery Village

Comprising a restaurant with home, cookery, gift and food shops in a courtyard setting, the Village is situated next to the working pottery. Learn about Denby’s traditional skills and workmanship on a guided tour, watch demonstrations before having a go yourself and visit the museum to discover Denby’s 200-year history. Easter Craftroom Challenge on 30th, 31st March and 2nd April.

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

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Beginning at the historic market town of Wirksworth and terminating at Duffield, home to Eyes Meadow and a great range of independent shops, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway offers the chance to travel in style on a nine-mile, restored heritage railway line. Party Workshops Family Circus will descend on the Wirksworth Station on Easter Weekend, so you can try your hand at circus skills.

Wirksworth Station DE4 4FB, 01629 823076  www.e-v-r.com

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Kedleston Hall 

Kedleston’s pleasure grounds are one of the best surviving examples of an 18th century informal landscape whilst the hall, built in 1765, showcases Palladian and Neoclassical inspired architecture. Its interiors reveal a treasure trove of delights such as the State Floor and Lord Curzon’s Eastern Collection museum. Take the Easter trail (30th March-2nd April) and find knitted eggs to claim a prize.

National Trust, Kedleston, Derby DE22 5JH, 01332 842191 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston-hall

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Renishaw Hall

The spring gardens will be a cheering sight for visitors to Renishaw over the Easter weekend. An Easter trail is sure to keep children entertained while a visit to the hall’s museum will reveal the remarkable history of the Sitwell family who have lived here for almost 400 years. Gardens, café and museum open Wed-Sun (gardens closed 24th March), with Hall tours on Fridays (excl 23rd March). 

Renishaw, nr Sheffield, S21 3WB, 01246 432310 www.renishaw-hall.co.uk

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Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Venture into a mine, visit a Victorian school and reminisce over the toy collection in the museum before exploring the splendid hall, built as a showpiece for 17th century craftsmanship. In the Easter holidays, there’ll be craft activities and a Spring into Action trail around the grounds.

Sudbury, Ashbourne DE6 5HT, 01283 585337 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-hall-and-the-national-trust-museum-of-childhood

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Tissington Hall

Home to the FitzHerberts since 1609, the hall is situated in an estate village which includes a beautiful church, tea room and old-fashioned sweet shop. Explore gems such as the marvellous library and billiard room on guided tours from 2nd-6th April, or join a personal tour with Sir Richard FitzHerbert on 16th April.

Tissington, Ashbourne, DE6 1RA, 01335 352200 tissingtonhall.co.uk

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