There's so much to do in Derby this Easter!

Six Character Easter Holiday Activities Sat 24 Mar - Sun 8 Apr

Wed 21 Mar 2018

Families can look forward to a fun-filled, action-packed week in Derby this Easter holidays at leisure centres, parks, libraries and venues.

Queen’s Leisure Centre has plenty on for those looking to get in the water. Family Splash sessions will be running throughout the holidays, giving families the chance to enjoy the pool through a fun and easy going session with floats and pool toys. Families can take advantage of the Family Swim Offer paying just £9 for a family of 4 to swim, saving £5.90 for each session!

Kids can have great fun at the pool party  every Tuesday and Thursday with music, floats and inflatables, and the chance to have fun with family and friends! For any families that just want to swim, there will be daily public swim sessions, our This Girl Can sessions on Mondays and Thursdays held for women and girls, and our new men only sessions on Mondays.

For other ways to keep kids active during Easter Springwood Leisure Centre has a full programme  of fun activities. On Monday 26 March kids aged 4 to 10 years can take part in a Giant Games Session, with games such as Connect Four, Tumblr Tower, Parachute, Twister, Race the Mat and more. For the younger kids Springwood has Bouncy Castle and Soft Play sessions on Thursdays from age crawling to 6 years kids.

Any children looking for something a bit different to keep them active over Easter will love Springwood’s Ninja Warrior style circuit session. On Friday 6 April children will have the chance to complete the fun and challenging obstacle course, trying time trials on their own and as part of a team. 

Movement gym sessions will be available for young people aged 12-16 at Derby Arena, Queen’s Leisure Centre and Springwood Leisure Centre. These sessions give young people the opportunity to use gym facilities for just £1.20.

Derby County Community Trust are offering the opportunity to attend multi-sport activity camps at Derby Arena, from Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 March, which is promised to be fun, educational and all within a safe environment. Ages from reception to year six children can grow and try new sports such as football, cricket and rounders in Derby Arena indoor courts. Pay £13.50 per day, or £35 for all 3 days in advance, or £15 on the day per day, or £42 for all 3 days.

Derby Arena is offering racket sports for half price throughout the holidays; families can book table tennis, badminton or pickleball courts for half the usual price. At Derby Arena on Wednesday 4 April from 7am to 11am families can enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the big screen, take part in a track session and enjoy food at Café 42 for the Commonwealth Games Glory day.

Keen cyclists, or those just getting on a bike, won’t be short of activities over Easter. Derby Arena will be running Youth Beginner Cycling sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays for young people aged 9 to 15 years to try out track cycling for the first time. Family Track Cycling sessions will also be running on these days for those aged 9 and over, for a chance for the whole family to get on the track. On Thursday 29 March 9 to 16 year olds can take part in Track Day, a chance to learn new skills for just £25. Cycle Derby will also be running Learn to Ride sessions on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March in Markeaton Park, for those just getting onto two wheels for the first time.

Not to be missed this Easter is Taking Flight Theatre Company’s You’ve Got Dragons. With two performances at the Guildhall Theatre on Wednesday 28 March this is a treat for all the family to enjoy this holiday for just £6.25 per ticket! Based on the popular children’s story, this delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons is a treat for the whole family. With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. You’ve Got Dragons features creative captioning, interwoven British Sign Language and audio description. As well as enjoying this incredible performance, children can enjoy the free craft activities that will be held in the Guildhall Theatre foyer between 12 noon and 2pm.

Families can also find plenty to do in the libraries across Derby. On Saturday 7 April families can attend a free Family LEGO Club at Alvaston Library. Babies and toddlers up to 3 years can enjoy free half hour sessions of music and rhymes at Rhymetime in libraries across Derby. Information on dates and times for each library can be found here.

There are plenty of ways for families to enjoy the spring weather this Easter in Derby Parks. From Friday 23 March to Sunday 8 April families can make the most of the Eventive Funtime Family Fun Park & Children’s Character Days at Markeaton Park from noon to 9pm every day. On Sunday 25 March they can come along to Markeaton Park to make an Easter Card and Bird Nest, at 11am followed by an Easter Bingo Walk in the afternoon at 1pm. 

Have a look at the full Easter timetable here.