Top ten things to do in Derby this Easter holidays

Published: 8 April 2022

The In Derby Six characters.

The In Derby Six characters here to tell you about the upcoming Easter holiday family activities.

The Easter holidays are here, and the celebrations are in full swing around the city. There’s lots to do and see for all the family, so come along to one of our top 10 and join in the fun. Don’t forget your Easter eggs!

1. Easter Egg Hunt Trail

Hop on over to Markeaton Park for the Easter Egg Hunt Trail from Sat 9 - Sun 24 Apr. Simply download your map and EGGS-plore to win some Mundy Play Centre vouchers. Make sure to tag @_derbyparks in your Instagram photos.

2. Markeaton Park and Mundy Play Centre

While you’re at Markeaton Park, don’t forget to visit the Mundy Play Centre with pay and play activities. These include all the favourites such as Pitch and Putt, Footgolf, Canoes and the Bouncy Castle, as well as the fun-filled play area including The Adventure Galley pirate ship. The park is open daily during the school holidays between 10:30am – 4:30pm.
Activities are subject to weather conditions, visit the In Derby website for more details.

3. Easter Promise

Did you know that there are free children’s activities during Easter holidays? We are making this Easter EGG-cellent with free, fun holiday club activities for children with the Easter Promise. The fund provides activities, meals, and financial support for those who need additional support throughout the school holidays and beyond.
To find out more, ask your local school or visit the Easter Promise page.

4. St George’s Day Celebrations

Come celebrate the patron saint of merry olde England St George in Derby city centre on Sat 23 Apr. Working in association with Derby LIVELost Boys, FOLK3D and supported by St Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), to bring you a feast of family fun for St George’s Day including dance acts, a parade, craft stalls and storytelling.
See the full programme and schedule on the Derby LIVE website.

5. Derby Libraries

To support children’s mental health and wellbeing, Derby Libraries have teamed up with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Derby Parks to encourage children to discover the natural world and get out and about into our city parks over the Easter holidays. Families can visit Alvaston, Mickleover, Normanton or Riverside Library to access inspiring children’s book displays.
The titles are hand-picked by the library staff and celebrate and explore the natural world - from Benjamin Zephaniah’s beautiful rhyming Nature Trail to Dara McNaulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist. There are also nature spotting sheets from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for families to use in our city parks along with nature themed colouring sheets for children to take home.
Simply visit your local library and speak to one of the library staff members to find out more.

6. Family Track cycling at Derby Arena

Take the time to try something new this Easter with a Family Track cycling session at Derby Arena. For anyone aged 9 years and above, these sessions are the perfect chance to give this exciting sport a go! If track cycling isn’t for you, why not try a game of table tennis or badminton? Our Family Leisure Card is a great option to use for sessions like these and is available for up to two adults, with a maximum of five people. With the card, families can get up to a 20% discount.
See the Derby Arena website for details and to book your session now! 

7. Cycle Derby

Get the children active during the Easter holiday with Cycle Derby. From Learn to Ride sessions to get the little ones on their first two wheels, to holiday clubs for children 4 to 8 and 6 to 12 to build their biking skills – there’s lots of options. Plus, Cycle Derby will be running Track Days at Derby Arena during Easter including a Ladies Track Taser session.
All sessions must be booked in advanced through the Cycle Derby website

8. Springwood Leisure Centre

Parents can bring their little ones aged 0 to 6 years along for a fun session on the Bouncy Castle and Soft Play. Find out more visit the Springwood Leisure Centre page on the In Derby website and keep up to date with the Springwood Leisure Centre on their Facebook.

9. Derby Parks 

Reap the benefits of the great outdoors this Easter holiday with plenty of fantastic parks and open spaces right on our doorstep in Derby. Why not try out the Love Exploring app for a little walk on the wild side and see what you can discover?
Don’t forget to stop for a bite to eat or warm up with a hot drink in one of the many cafes located in Derby Parks, see the In Derby website for a full list of cafes and opening times.

10. Recycle your Easter packaging

Last but definitely not least, don’t forget to recycle your packaging after you’ve gobbled up your Easter Eggs, the cardboard, plastic and foil can all be recycled. Or why not reuse the cardboard and colourful foil and make some EGGS-quisite Easter themed crafts? See our A - Z of recycling and rubbish to find out more.
We hope this has given you a few ideas for the Easter holidays and whatever you and your family get up to, we hope you have a CRACKING Easter holiday! To keep up to date with holiday activities in Derby make sure to visit the In Derby holiday activities pages.
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