VPDD Easter Rabbits

Easter events and things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Our round-up of eggscellent events and fun finds to keep you and your little ones entertained this Easter.

Join us as we look forward to Easter in the Peak District and Derbyshire on Sunday 31st March 2024! Keep reading for our round-up of eggscellent events and fun finds to keep you and your little ones entertained throughout the Easter holidays.

Easter Eggstravaganza at The National Forest Adventure Farm
23 Mar to 7 Apr

Come on down for some Easter fun at the National Forest Adventure Farm at Tatenhill, near Burton. Follow the woodland trail to meet the Easter Bunny and take part in brand new activities such as sand art, Easter shortbread decorating and egg-citing magic shows for all the family.

VPDD Easter National Forest Adv Farm

Tumble down the rabbit hole
29 Mar – 6 Apr

Discover the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Churnet Valley Railway this Easter and immerse yourself in Lewis Carroll's beloved book series. Encounter the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum, the Mad Hatter, and more. Enjoy a unique Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea experience, complete with entertainment, meet and greet opportunities, and photos with Wonderland's inhabitants. Pre booking essential.

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Easter Adventures at Conkers
29 Mar to 14 Apr

This Easter, Conkers at Ashby-de-la-Zouch has a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Discover a range of family-friendly craft and ranger-led activities, amphitheatre shows, the Conkachoo train and a 4D cinema! Every day in Easter, the hunt begins to find our Golden Egg, hidden somewhere new each morning by our very own Easter Bunny for one lucky family to find. Will it be you?

VPDD Easter Conkers

Easter Weekend at the Heights
30 Mar – 01 Apr

Enjoy a regal extravaganza at the Heights of Abraham, perfect for princes, princesses and Knights of the realm. Celebrate the fact that Queen Victoria visited the Heights as a young princess, and come in royal fancy dress for a chance to win Easter gifts.

Heights of Abraham

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Matlock Farm Park
29 Mar – 14 Apr

Spring is in the air at Matlock Farm Park, as they welcome new animal additions and look forward to many more! Along with piglets and Romeo the calf which visitors have enjoyed meeting, the next couple of weeks will see the birth of more fluffy chicks, ducklings and lambs. Staff will also be welcoming cade lambs, donated by neighbouring farms, which will require bottle feeding and lots of tender care.

Over the Easter holidays, visitors can enjoy daily 'Meet the Cade Lambs' sessions to learn more about their needs, have the opportunity to pet the lambs and watch them being fed. There'll be daily Easter treasure trails for families to enjoy and Easter weekend will see the ever popular Matlock Farm Park Easter Egg Hunts and exciting 'Find the Golden Egg' feature. With special events also on over the Bank Holiday weekend, featuring The Snow Sisters, Circus Skills Workshops and 'Learn to be a Pirate', as well as lots of fabulous interactive animal and playtime fun, there's a whole array of seasonal fun to be had at Matlock Farm Park!

Easter bunny new

Try your hand at Blacksmithing
30 Mar & 10 Apr

Forge days at High Peak Junction. Have-a-go at being a blacksmith on the historic forge and make a poker or toasting fork to take home and keep. Sessions on the 30th March and 10th April booking is essential. Visit the website for more details high-peak-junction-visitor-centre

VPDD World Heritage Day Blacksmith

Easter Adventures at Hardwick Hall
29 Mar – 14 Apr

Enjoy uncovering the different activity trail stations inspired by the creativity of the Hardwick collections, nature in the gardens & parkland, and good old-fashioned Easter fun - once the kids have raced from each activity, encourage them to plant a seed at the very last stop and pick up their prize! £3 per child (for both members and non-members).

VPDD Easter Chicks

LEGO Fun at Derby Museums
29 Mar – 14 Apr

Derby Museums have a whole host of activities for families this Easter from casting your own LEGO brick from molten pewter to trying your hand at surrealist art. For more details of timings and how to book visit the website.

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Easter Adventure Quest at Bolsover Castle
23 Mar – 14 Apr

Hunt for clues in the castle grounds, track down the Easter eggs and get rewarded with a tasty chocolate treat. You can take on the quest every day of the school holidays, and it costs just £2 to take part. From 6 Apr the kids can also get creative with master builders and help bring history to life with LEGO® bricks.

Bolsover Lego

Enjoy a Canal Cruise onboard Birdswood
30 – 31 Mar

Cruise along the Cromford Canal cruises onboard the Birdswood narrow boat. Trips restart this year on Easter Saturday and on Easter Sunday there is a special guided “Heritage” trip. All details can be found on the website birdswood.org/bookings/

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Dinosaur Egg Trail at Coombes Valley Nature Reserve
23 Mar – 7 Apr

Armed with the dinosaur’s explorers trail find the 7 dinosaur eggs hidden in the woods around our self-guided trail. Tell us where the eggs are and when you’ve found out which dinosaur laid which egg then pick up your reward from the visitor centre. £4.20 per child.

Dino Egg Trail

Easter Trails at Carsington Water and Tittesworth Water
23 Mar – 14 Apr

The Easter Bunny has left a trail of eggs and needs your help to find them all. Follow the trail to find all the eggs and answer the questions to collect a prize (non-chocolate alternative prize available). £3 per trail sheet.

Tittes Res

Cheadle Moon - Celestial celebrations, Museum of the Moon at St Giles the Abbot
5 Mar – 5 Apr

To mark the 80th anniversary of Mary Adela Blagg’s death, Mary lived her entire life in Cheadle and her groundbreaking work mapping the moon saw her become one of the first women admitted into the Royal Astronomical Society. The amazing touring moon installation by UK artist Luke Jerram will be installed in the nave of the church. Admission to Museum of the Moon is free of charge but tickets need to be booked in advance.

Cheadle Moon 1

Step back in time on a heritage walk through Belper
30 Mar & 4 Apr

Choose from 2 walks: 'From Conquest to King Cotton', 700 years of Belper history or a Family Friendly tour, 'Clocking on', where you’ll learn about the children’s role at the mill 200 years ago. All tours and heritage walks can be booked via the website belpernorthmill.org.uk

Belper Mill

Easter Adventures at Ilam Park
23 Mar – 14 Apr

Ilam Park will be busy with bird themed games and activities for all the family throughout the two week holidays. Make your way along the trail and find 10 bird inspired activities around the parkland. Along the way build a giant bird's nest, measure your own wingspan, see how far you can fly compared to a swallow, and much more.


Chesterfield 1940s Market
11 Apr

Shop in style at the Chesterfield 1940s Market this Easter. Enjoy 40s music, entertainment, exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress. Kalamazoo dance band will once again be back by popular demand performing throughout the day in New Square. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun!

1940s market dancing

Meet Bluey & Bingo at Peak Wildlife Park
3 & 4 Apr

This Easter Peak Wildlife Park welcomes Bluey and Bingo! Join these delightful characters for interactive story telling and activity sessions throughout the day. Tickets will be limited, so pre-booking is essential for both day tickets and annual membership holders*

Bluey Bingo

Easter Egg Hunt at Biddulph Gardens
23rd Mar - 14 Apr

Follow the fun family friendly activity trail through the garden filled with activities for young and older. Once you have completed the trail don't forget to collect your chocolate reward at the Easter tent. Normal admission prices apply. Admission tickets can be purchased at visitor reception before you buy your trail.

VPDD Easter Egg Basket

Easter on the Thornbridge Estate

Visit the beautiful Thornbridge Estate near Bakewell for an egg-citing Easter extravaganza. Over the two-week Easter holidays, from 29th March to 14th April, there'll be family fun and entertainment for all. The Carriage House will be transformed into an Easter Fun Zone so the whole family can delight in a whole host of activities. There will also be an indoor bouncy castle, a soft play area and a film club, plus arts and crafts tables, games and more. Get a 20% discount when pre-booking online.


Family Friendly Trails

Ladybower Reservoir Cycle Route

This scenic family-friendly cycling route takes you around part of Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District's Upper Derwent Valley.

Bakewell Children's Walk

This short walk takes you around the beautiful old town of Bakewell, with plenty of opportunities for adventurous kids to explore.

Whaley Bridge Town Trail

Take the time to find out more about the history of the town and the surrounding area. See how Whaley Bridge’s industry developed.

Peak District Children's Walks from Castleton

This 4 mile walk in the hills around Castleton is perfect for adventurous kids and their adults

Places to Stay


Peak District National Park Ranger Guided Walks

Join one of our series of guided walks with official National Park Rangers exploring wildlife, heritage and much more.


Bagshaw Hall, Lodge and Mews

A special opportunity to stay in elegant suites with original features in the historic HALL, or contemporary suites in the LODGE, or in a spacious 4…


The Ashford Arms

A lovingly restored historic 17th-century inn with bar, restaurant and rooms. Located in the picturesque village of Ashford in the Water


Bank Top Farm

Luxury 5* hot-tub cottages, Derbyshire Dales & Peak District, close to Ashbourne, Alton Towers & Chatsworth.

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