Nottingham offers lots to keep the family entertained during the school holidays

Whether you are more than ready to get out and about or not ready just yet, there’s lots to keep you busy in and around Robin Hood’s favourite city during the school holidays – including plenty that can be done from the comfort of your own sofa! 

The sunshine of the last few days has had us all dreaming of the better times ahead and yearning to get back to some semblance of normalityWhile it is important to stick to current guidelines to keep everyone safe, you won’t have to put the Easter fun on hold. 

Kinga Kapias, Marketing and Communications Manager at Visit Nottinghamshire, said: “As Nottinghamshire’s tourism and hospitality sector gradually opens up, it’s great to see some of our attractions planning safe and socially distanced events for families to enjoy this Easter. From outdoor Easter trails to virtual events, there are plenty of great options. We’d recommend that people check out the What’s On calendar for ideas and inspiration on events in Nottinghamshire all year round and support our local venues and attractions to help the recovery of our visitor economy.” 

Nottingham has lots to keep you entertained in April. We’ve lined up our top ten recommendations to get you started. 

          

  1. Easter Adventures with the National Trust. For younger members of the family – and the young at heart  Easter would not be complete without an Easter Egg hunt, and no-one does it better than the National Trust. Spring flowers, buzzing bees and tree-lined trails – Clumber Park has all the necessary ingredients. Follow the sensory-based trail, completing the 10 fun activities along the way then claim your chocolate treat at the end. Cost£3 – book online before visiting. More information: nationaltrust.co.uk. Easter trails available until the chocolate runs out!
  2. School of Beatbox workshop. April 6 10.30-11.30am, online. UK Championship beatboxer Danny Lawda has worked for 25 years as a recording and touring musician. His session will help children aged 8-12 years find their own unique beatbox voice by learning the sounds, skills and breathing techniques of this exciting art. Cost £5. For information and booking, visit: Lakeside Arts
  3. Go Ape in Sherwood. Get your Robin Hood on by swinging from branch to branch in the forest canopy of Sherwood Pines. With tree-top challenges ranging from hard to easy, 3km of zip-wires, trampolines and a Segway off-road safari, the whole family will find something they love. Prices vary and booking is essential. Open now. Information, prices and directions at: goape.co.uk  
  4. Virtual Magic Show. Duncan William will bring his 100% interactive show to your living room for 35-40 minutes of magic and mind-reading. Duncan has been performing as a magician for 15 years and does a truly spectacular show, Harry Redknapp said: “Unbelievable! I have never seen anything like that in my life!” For a sneak preview and booking information visit Duncan’s website: magicduncan.co.uk 
  5. Zero Plastic Picnic. Planning a picnic in this post-lockdown sunshine? How about a picnic where you take no plastic? Ocean Generation have launched a new campaign challenging everybody to a Zero Plastic Picnic. This feel-good, celebratory initiative aims to reduce the plastic waste from our outdoor gatherings, whether at the park or in your own garden. 

6. Virtually visit Nottingham Contemporary. This new way to take in past and present exhibitions is a surprisingly intimate and immersive experience – a private viewing without leaving the house. Get up close and personal with the artworks and linger as long as you like – only you will know! Highly recommended. More informationVirtually Visit Us 

7. Easter Family Fest. April 12-16, online and at The Nottingham Playhouse Theatre. This celebration of all things performing arts offers a packed programme of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. In a fun-filled week for the whole family, there will be sessions covering creative writing, drama, dance, storytelling, radio and singing, for ages 2 and up. Monday to Thursday, join in online, and Friday join the in-person sessions at the theatre. More information and booking: Easter Family Fest 

8. Wollaton Deer Park and Gardens. Escape to the country without leaving the city. This green haven is open every day with parking, toilets and café kiosks on site. Download an Adventure Trail Sheet or a Superhero Fun Activity Sheet before you go if your little ones need the encouragement or just park up, walk and disconnect from the city. Open at 9am, closing times vary. Park all day for £5. Further information available atWollaton Hall 

9. Inclusive Dance Workshop. April 7 11-11.45, online. This workshop is for children with additional needs aged 5 plus and is led by specialist inclusive dance teacher, Louise Kay. It is part of the wonderful year-round programme of activities run by Lakeside ArtsCost: £5 – booking essential. More information and booking: Dance Workshop 

10. Animal Encounters at White Post Farm. From April 12, groups of up to 6 people can enjoy getting up close with their favourite friends from the animal kingdom. Choose from fluffy bunnies, meerkats, goats, wallabies, reptiles, lambs and birds of prey. Cost for 45 minutes: £25 for a group of 6. Booking essential: Animal Encounters