The best things to do over Easter in Nottingham
With Easter looming large on the horizon, Nottingham’s array of attractions have any number of ways to keep both children and adults occupied during the holidays.
From the Elite League ice hockey play-offs to art exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, there is plenty for people of all tastes ages to enjoy.
If you are looking for things to keep the kids entertained there a wide range of Easter-themed craft activities for them to get stuck into. Wollaton Hall is a holding card-making workshop on March 29 while youngsters can make their own edible nests at Green’s Windmill on April 6.
And Erin Huckle from Experience Nottinghamshire, said many of the city’s other top attractions are also offering special events during the Easter break.
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She said: “Easter brings Nottinghamshire to life, and the long weekend makes for the perfect opportunity to welcome spring. In the city centre, Nottingham has plenty to do at popular attractions such as Nottingham Castle, Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and the Galleries of Justice.”
Erin says that the Easter holidays are also the ideal time to catch a show, with a wide range of theatrical productions playing in the city in late-March and early April.
She added: “Nottingham Playhouse will be hosting the UK premiere of Phillip Pullman’s, I was a Rat!, which promises to capture your sense of fun over the break or you can get your feet stomping at We Will Rock You, when it shows at the Capital FM Arena. But if you are looking for something more relaxed, enjoy a walk in the fresh air at Wollaton Deer Park, before visiting the Easter Craft Fair there.”
For more information on these events and our pick of the other top things to do in Nottingham this Easter check out the list below:
1. Create or buy Easter-themed crafts or discover dinosaurs...
Where: Wollaton Hall, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2AE, 0115 9153900.
Easter events: Craft Fair (March 29-April 1), Easter card making (March 29), Dinosaur Week (April 3-10) and Go Wild (April 10).
Open: Daily from 11am except card-making event, 12pm-1pm.
Price: Most events free. Card-making and Dinosaur Week activities £2.
Wollaton Hall is pulling out all the stops over the holidays with an eclectic range of events.
From browsing an Easter craft fair to discovering dinosaurs there is something for people of all ages to enjoy.
Creative kids can make their own Easter cards at a workshop on March 29 or construct bird-themed crafts during the Go Wild event on April 10. The day also includes a chance to find to come face-to-face with Wollaton’s feathered residents during a special wildlife walk.
For many the highlight of the holidays is set to be the Dinosaur Week where youngsters can follow in the footsteps of scientists by using their detective skills to reconstruct their own dinosaur based on only a few fossilised bones.
2. Hunt for eggs or make your own tasty Easter treat...
Where: Green's Windmill & Science Centre, Windmill Lane, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG2 4QB, 0115 9156878.
Easter events: Eggciting Easter Eggstravaganza (11am-3pm, March 29), Naughty Nests for Easter (11am-12pm, April 6).
Open: Thursdays to Sundays 10am-4pm.
Price: Admission to the museum is free, Eggstravaganza event £3, nest making event £3.
Promising an Eggciting Easter Eggstravanza, Green’s Windmill is the place to be for festive fun on Good Friday. As well as checking out the working mill and exploring the interactive science centre, visitors can try their hand at two different seasonal activities. Children can paint their own egg before turning super-sleuth to search for eggs dotted around the site.
On April 6, kids with a sweet tooth can put their culinary skills to the test by cooking up a delicious chocolate Easter nest.
3. Get crafty or use your detective skills to sniff out the Easter Bunny...
Where: The Museum of Nottingham Life, Brewhouse Yard, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 1FB, 0115 9153700.
Easter events: Craft-making events and Easter Bunny trail (12pm-3pm, March 30-April 1).
Open: First weekend of every month 11am-4pm.
On March 30 and April 1 the Museum of Nottingham Life is opening its doors for a weekend of family-friendly Easter activities. These including making your own crafts and exploring the attraction through its special Easter Bunny trail.
The museum is housed within five 17th Century cottages that tell the story of Nottingham’s past residents through the objects they made, used or owned. It will be open as usual over the Easter weekend.
4. Singalong with the king of kids TV Justin Fletcher...
Where: Capital FM Arena, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LA, 0115 853 300.
When: 1.30pm, April 12 and 4.30pm, April 13.
Price: From £13 to £29.50 - to book call 0843 373 300.
Unless you want to unleash a 21st Century version of Beatlemania for the under fives, whisper it quietly – Justin Fletcher is coming to Nottingham!
The CBeebies star is bringing a very special new interactive production to the Capital FM Arena on April 12 and 13.
Joined by an array of characters from his hit TV shows including Robert the Robot, Nana Knickerbocker and Lord Tumble, the award-winning entertainer will call on the audience to help him put on the greatest show ever.
So strap on your dancing shoes and get your voices in gear for a memorable afternoon of music, comedy and ‘rock-and roly-poly’ mayhem.
5. See the UK Premiere of Philip Pullman’s I Was A Rat...
Where: The Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF, 0115 9474361.
When: March 26 -April 13,
Price: From £8.50 - £13.00, family Ticket £40- to book call 0115 941 9419.
Combining adventure, fantasy and dark humour, I Was A Rat! promises to be the perfect production for a family trip to the theatre this Easter.
Appealing to people of all ages Philip Pullman’s gripping story is brought to life on stage for the first time in the UK using a marvellous mix of music, stunning physical performances and powerful images.
“I Was A Rat!” insists a scruffy page boy who turns up one evening on the doorstep of old married couple. But what is he now? A terrifying monster from the sewers? A fairground freak? Or just an ordinary boy a little ratty in his habits?
You will watch captivated as the story slowly reveals its connection to one of the most famous fairy tales of all time.
6. Discover the secrets of Robin Hood...
Where: Nottingham Castle, Castle Place, Nottingham, NG1 6EL, 0115 915 3700.
Easter events: Egg Painting (March 29), Robin Hood storytelling events and cave tours (April 2, 6, 9) spring planting (April 4 and 11).,
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays 10am-5pm.
Price: Entry: adults £5.50, children under 16 and concessions £4, family £15, under 5s free. Special events may have additional costs.
From egg-painting to subterranean tours uncovering the secrets of Robin Hood, there is plenty going on at Nottingham Castle this Easter.
You can also learn about the city’s most famous son through a series of storytelling events.
Led by the man himself and featuring minstrels and other characters each of the three events covers a different part of the famous outlaw’s life.
Other events during the holidays include spring planting sessions, chances to explore new trails and a day dedicated to the history of the castle itself.
7. Watch top class ice hockey or strap on your own skates...
Where: National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA, 0115 853 3000.
Easter events: Elite League ice hockey play-offs (April 6 from 1pm and April 7 from 12pm).
Public opening: TBC.
Price: Play-offs: adult weekend £74, concession £54, family £224. Saturday or Sunday only: Adult £40, concession £32 (all early bird prices up to February 28). Public skating £6 (plus £2 skate hire), under 5s, £2.50, family pass £25.
For a weekend of thrills, spills, fights and white knuckle sporting spectacle don’t miss the Elite Ice Hockey League play-offs.
Held at the Nottingham Ice Centre on April 6 and 7 it is set to be a thrilling finale to the end of the season with local side The Panthers looking to retain their title.
The action starts from 1pm on the Saturday with the first semi-final, followed by the second at 5pm. The following day the third/fourth place play-off kicks gets underway at 12pm before the end of season awards takes centre stage. But all of this is building up to the main event - the Elite League final at 4pm.
Public skating and courses will also be running during the holidays as usual.
8. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy...
Where: Various locations including Hockley, Bridlesmith Gate and the Victoria Centre.
Rated one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations and with more than 1000 outlets to choose from, Nottingham is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy over Easter.
If you are after cool independent shops then head to Hockley where recommended shops include Ice Nine for alternative jewellery, and Cow or White Rose for local fashions.
With brands like Kurt Geiger, Hugo Boss and Reiss, Bridlesmith Gate offers an array of chic boutiques while for high street names visit the Victoria Centre.
Throw in pedestrianised streets and fantastic cafes and bars and you have everything you need for a fabulous day’s shopping.
9. Explore the subterranean world beneath the city’s streets...
Where: City of Caves, Drury Walk, Upper Level, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham, NG1 7LS, 0115 988 1955.
Easter Events: TBC.
Open: Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm.
Price: Adults £6.50, children and concessions £5.50, family pass £17.50.
Underneath the streets of Nottingham lies a hidden world well worth checking out.
Accessed by the most unlikely entry point – The Broadmarsh Shopping Centre – you can explore a magical maze of sandstone caves.
Whether self-guided or led by an actor, the tours offer a whole new perspective on life in the city.
You will be taken on an archaeological journey under the cobbles of some of Nottingham’s most famous streets up through Drury Hill to find out how people lived in times gone by.
There will also be children’s activities running throughout the holidays.
10. Create a new world at Nottingham Contemporary...
Where: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB, 0115 948 975
Easter Events: Various including free children’s art activities
Open: Tuesday to Friday 10am-7pm Saturday and Bank Holidays 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.
As well as its usual packed programme of events and exhibitions, the Nottingham Contemporary is offering a fortnight of free events for younger visitors during the Easter holidays.
With the help of creative kids the Space area will be transformed into a brand new environment using a mixture of natural and manmade materials.
The children will be encouraged to draw inspiration from the gallery’s exhibitions that include works by by Piero Gilardi and John Newling.
There will also be a special family film screening on April 1 – details to be announced soon.