Hop to it! Amazing Easter activities in Nottingham!

School’s out for Easter and there’s loads of exciting things for you to do in your 2 weeks and a day off! Here’s a few to get you started…

Theatre Royal

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – Live on Stage, Saturday 1 April, 1pm & 4pm; Sunday 2 April, 10am & 1pm

From the makers of Peppa Pig, comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage.  Join Ben, Holly and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter.  Tickets from £14 (discounts for children and families)


Heritage sites

What’s on at Green’s Windmill and Science CentreNottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard & Wollaton Hall and Deer Park??

Green’s Windmill and Science Centre

Windmills on a Stick, Saturday 1 April, 11am to 2pm
Make your own stick windmill and watch it blow in the wind.  For ages 3+.  £2

Easter Fun – Eggciting Easter Eggstravaganza, Friday 7 to Sunday 9 April, 10am to 3pm
Search for the hidden eggs during the Eggciting Easter Eggstravaganza.  Explore the site and win some amazing prizes.  £5

Make your own Easter-inspired cakes, Wednesday 12 April, 11am to 2pm
Delicious fun for children and adults.  For ages 3+.  £3

Bake your own Easter biscuits, Friday 14 April, 11am to 2pm
Which Easter-themed cookie cutter will you choose and will you save them for later or eat them straight away?  For ages 3+.  £4

Nottingham Castle and Brewhouse Yard

Experimenting with Colour, Saturday 1 April, 11am to 1pm
Come and experiment with colour with artist Jane Stockley.  See how colour changes when it is dripped, dipped or diluted.  Make textural surfaces to squeeze, rub or brush colour on.  Observe and play with the effects light has on colour.  Suitable for a range of ages.  Workshop is free but must be booked in advance and usual admission charges to the Castle apply.

Easter Egg-stravaganza, Saturday 1 April to Tuesday 18 April, 10am to 5pm
Help King Arthur and his knights find the missing dragon’s Easter eggs, £1, or help decorate the huge Easter egg at the Castle or drop in to Brewhouse Yard and adorn the Easter egg Victorian-style.  Usual admission charges apply.

Colour and Shape into Print, Saturday 8 April, 11am to 1pm
In this workshop led by artist Elaine Winter, you will use your drawings as the basis to make print-making stamps and then make a series of still life prints.  Suitable for accompanied children aged 8+.  Workshop is free but must be booked in advance and usual admission charges to the Castle apply.

Creativity with Clay and Colour, Saturday 15 April, 11am to 1pm
Ceramic artist Aimee Bollu will guide you in this hands-on clay workshop.  Create test tiles and effectively apply colour, marks and texture by scratching through layers of clay.  Suitable for ages 12+.  Workshop is free but must be booked in advance and usual admission charges to the Castle apply.

Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Daily tours of Wollaton Hall
Go behind the scenes on one of these guided tours, looking at the house from different angles:
12 pm – Prospect Room
1 pm – Tudor kitchen & Admiral’s bath
2 pm – Prospect Room
3 pm – Tudor kitchen & Admiral’s bath

£5 (under-fives free)

Dinosaur Easter Fun, Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 April, 10am to 4pm
Hands-on activities to entertain the children over Easter.  Pick up a dino egg trail and drop in to see the huge dino-themed Easter egg.  Wait to see what hatches at Wollaton this summer!


Libraries

Aspley Library

Where’s Wally? Easter activities, Monday 10 April, 2 to 3pm
Celebrate 30 years of Where’s Wally? with an Easter Wally hunt and more free activities suitable for all children.

Bilborough Library

Where the River Runs, Thursday 6 April, 10am to 10.50am A magical, high-quality dance performance for children aged 5+ and their families, telling the simple story of a brave adventurer trying to cross a river.  Booking advised.  £2 (accompanying adults free)

Bulwell Riverside Library

Recycled art workshop, Saturday 1 April, 10am to 12pm
Make mini-fish from recycled bags with artist Anna Roebuck.  Free
Where the River Runs, Thursday 6 April, 2.30pm to 3.20pm 
A magical, high-quality dance performance for children aged 5+ and their families, telling the simple story of a brave adventurer trying to cross a river.  Booking advised.  £2 (accompanying adults free)

Central Library

Where the River Runs, Friday 7 April, 10am to 10.50am 
A magical, high-quality dance performance for children aged 5+ and their families, telling the simple story of a brave adventurer trying to cross a river.  Booking advised.  £2 (accompanying adults free)

Clifton Library

Where the River Runs, Wednesday 5 April, 10am to 10.50am 
A magical, high-quality dance performance for children aged 5+ and their families, telling the simple story of a brave adventurer trying to cross a river.  Booking advised.  £2 (accompanying adults free)

Hyson Green Library

Where the River Runs, Friday 7 April, 2.30pm to 3.20pm 
A magical, high-quality dance performance for children aged 5+ and their families, telling the simple story of a brave adventurer trying to cross a river.  Booking advised.  £2 (accompanying adults free)

Meadows Library

Where’s Wally? Easter activities, Monday 10 April, 10.45am to 12pm
Celebrate 30 years of Where’s Wally? with an Easter Wally hunt and more free activities suitable for all children.

Sherwood Library

Where’s Wally? Easter activities, Tuesday 11 April, 2pm to 3pm
Celebrate 30 years of Where’s Wally? with an Easter Wally hunt and more free activities suitable for all children.

Sneinton Library

Where’s Wally? Easter activities, Wednesday 12 April, 2.30pm to 4pm
Celebrate 30 years of Where’s Wally? with an Easter Wally hunt and more free activities suitable for all children.

St Ann’s Valley Library

Where’s Wally? Easter activities, Thursday 13 April, 2.30pm to 4pm
Celebrate 30 years of Where’s Wally? with an Easter Wally hunt and more free activities suitable for all children.

Wollaton Library

Where the River Runs, Saturday 8 April, 10am to 10.50am 
A magical, high-quality dance performance for children aged 5+ and their families, telling the simple story of a brave adventurer trying to cross a river.  Booking advised.  £2 per child (accompanying adults free)


Parks

Broxtowe Country Park

Bat walk, Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm
Join this free evening walk to discover which bats are living in your local park.

Free ParkLives Activities
03/04/2017 Pitch & Putt Woodthorpe Grange Park 10am-3pm
03/04/2017 High Ropes Colwick Country Park 10-11.30am
03/04/2017 Canoe Rafting Colwick Country Park 12-1.30pm
03/04/2017 Mud Creations Broxtowe Country Park 12-2pm
04/04/2017 Pitch & Putt Woodthorpe Grange Park 10am-3pm
05/04/2017 Pitch & Putt Woodthorpe Grange Park 10am-3pm
05/04/2017 Den Building Broxtowe Country Park 12-2pm
05/04/2017 Canoe Rafting Colwick Country Park 10-11.30am
05/04/2017 High Ropes Colwick Country Park 12-1.30pm
05/04/2017 Play Park Launch Clifton Central Park  2-4pm
06/04/2017 Mud Creations Arboretum 1pm
07/04/2017 High Ropes Colwick Country Park 10-11.30am
07/04/2017 Canoe Rafting Colwick Country Park 12-1.30pm
07/04/2017 Outdoor games and activities Broxtowe Country Park 12-2pm
10/04/2017 Family Multi-games Stirling Grove 1-3pm
10/04/2017 Pitch & Putt Woodthorpe Grange Park 10am-3pm
10/04/2017 Canoe Rafting Colwick Country Park 10-11.30am
10/04/2017 High Ropes Colwick Country Park 12-1.30pm
11/04/2017 Pitch & Putt Woodthorpe Grange Park 10am-3pm
11/04/2017 Scavenger Hunt Woodthorpe Grange Park 1pm
12/04/2017 Pitch & Putt Woodthorpe Grange Park 10am-3pm
12/04/2017 High Ropes Colwick Country Park 10-11.30am
12/04/2017 Canoe Rafting Colwick Country Park 12.30-2pm
13/04/2017 Easter Bunny Hunt Forest Recreation Ground 11am

Leisure centres

All our leisure centres will be offering family swimming sessions and lessons during the holidays. Find out more about your local leisure centre here!


School’s Out

School’s Out returns from Monday 3 April to Thursday 13 April at Clifton Leisure Centre, John Carroll Leisure Centre, Southglade Leisure Centre, the Portland Centre and Minver Crescent Sports Hall for just £1 per day (plus an additional charge for swimming).
Activities, from 9am to 4pm, will include football, hockey, tennis, basketball, cricket, rounders, table tennis, dodgeball, arts and crafts.

Places can be pre-booked at all sites except Minver Crescent the week before by contacting the relevant centre:
Portland Centre0115 859 9968 (not Tuesdays)
Clifton, John Carroll and Southglade Leisure Centres 0115 876 1600


National Ice Centre

Ice skating seven days a week, Saturday 1 to Friday 21 April
There’s morning, afternoon and evening public skating sessions, morning parent and toddler sessions, afternoon family party sessions, evening club sessions and the famous Easter Sunday afternoon family foam party! Click here for more info!


Nottingham Contemporary

Photo booth family portraits, Saturday 1 April to Monday 17 April, 11am to 3pm
Families come in all shapes and sizes.  Share the things you love about your nearest and dearest in our family photo booth.  Free!


intu shopping centres

intu Broadmarsh

Kids’ Club, Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April 
Monday 3 April – channel your inner Half-shell Hero, make your own mask and join in the ninja games.
Tuesday 4 April – Shimmer and Shine with Genie Jen, who will be teaching genie magic, and make your own friendship bracelet.
Wednesday 5 April – create your own Monster Truck using mega blocks and make your own Blaze and the Monster Trucks number plate.
Thursday 6 April – make your own PAW Patrol mask and join in the fun and games.
Friday 7 April – make your own mask and join in the colouring station.
All free!

intu Victoria Centre

Kids’ Club, Monday 10 April to Friday 14 April 
Monday 10 April – channel your inner Shimmer and Shine to transform yourself into a mini-genie, with face-painting, hair braiding and the works.
Tuesday 11 April – come along to the pizza parlour and create a crafty pizza the Half-shell Heroes would be jealous of.
Wednesday 12 April – create your own Monster Truck using mega blocks, make your own driving licence and dress up in our Blaze and the Monster Trucks dress-up station.
Thursday 13 April – meet Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol.
Friday 14 April – to celebrate the Dinosaurs of China coming to Wollaton Hall this year, there’ll be a giant dinosaur roaming the centre.
All free!