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Events in Leicester this Easter

Published on Friday, March 23, 2018

THERE’S lots going on in Leicester this Easter, with a programme of events that will appeal to all ages.

  

As the schools close for the Easter break, it’s the perfect time to re-discover Leicester’s museums and open spaces, where you’ll find plenty of fun activities that won’t break the bank.

  

From today (Friday 23 March), all the fun of the fair will be in Abbey Park, as the Billy Bates Funfair returns for the school holidays.

  

Tomorrow (Saturday 24 March), the giant beam engines will be working at the Abbey Pumping Station as part of a Steam with the Team event. Admission to the museum is free, but anyone interested in a guided tour behind the scenes should book their tickets in advance. Guided tours – which are not suitable for young children – cost £5. For more information, or to book a ticket, call 0116 299 5111.

  

On Sunday (25 March), there’s a chance to explore Leicester Castle’s Great Hall and the city’s historic Magazine. Pop in free of charge between 11am and 3pm, or book a guided tour for £2.50 at the Visit Leicester centre on Gallowtree Gate.

  

Spotting the Easter Bunny will be easy this year because he’ll be dropping in to Newarke Houses Museum on Monday (26 March). You’ll also be able to follow the Easter Trail through the museum’s gardens and make bunny masks or Easter baskets. Eggciting Easter runs from 11am-3pm, with a small charge for craft activities.

  

On Wednesday (28 March), creative youngsters can paint their own Easter pottery at the Guildhall. Clay bunnies, sheep and Easter eggs can be decorated at the event, before they are sent away to be glazed and fired. Places at Polkadot Pottery must be booked in advance and prices start at £6 for an egg cup. Call the Guildhall on 0116 253 2569 to reserve your place.

  

Also on Wednesday, Belgrave Hall & Gardens hosts a Peter Rabbit Party, with crafts, trails and storytelling inspired by the classic tales of Beatrix Potter. Spring lambs and Shetland ponies will also be part of the event. Free parking is available, with a £3 charge for activities. For more information, call 0116 253 2569.

  

There’s an Easter Eggstravaganza at the Guildhall on Thursday (29 March). Pop in any time between 11am and 3pm for Easter crafts and face-painting. A small charge will be made for activities.

  

Good Friday (30 March) sees the return of Leicester at the Cross. Organised by the Diocese of Leicester, the event starts in Cathedral Gardens at 10am, continues in the new market square at 10.30am and concludes in Humberstone Gate from 11am.

  

Leicester Market’s annual Easter Bonnet competition will be judged on Saturday 31st March. Youngsters must register online in advance and bring their bonnets to Leicester Market for judging at 12 noon on 31 March. For more information visit www.leicestermarket.co.uk

  

On Easter Sunday (1 April), there’s the chance to pick up some hand-crafted gifts or locally-produced food at Leicester’s first Makers’ Market of 2018. The event – on New Market Square – runs from 11am to 4pm and will showcase local artists, designers and food producers.

  

Abbey Pumping Station hosts an Easter Railway Day from 11am on Tuesday 3 April. If the weather is nice, bring a picnic and enjoy the museum’s grounds. Admission is free of charge, but there’s a small charge for craft activities and railway rides.

  

Enjoy the spring-time blooms at Belgrave Hall & Gardens on Wednesday 4 April and celebrate Flower Power with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Fun activities will reveal the hidden powers of the flowers and plants that grow in your garden – and show you make your own flower hat and nature mobile. Flower Power runs from 11am to 4pm. Car parking is free but there is a £3 charge for craft activities.

  

On Thursday 5 April, the Guildhall will host a day of Glitter, Clay and Arty Play.

Bring a t-shirt to jazz up with sequins, or a jam jar to decorate with glitter, and enjoy an arty extravaganza for all the family. The event runs from 11am to 3pm, and there will be a £3 charge for craft activities.

  

At De Montfort Hall, Flashdance the Musical opens on Monday (26 March) and continues until 31 March – while Peppa Pig’s Adventures will entertain little ones on 4-5 April.

  

For more ideas for days out during the Easter break, go to www.visitleicester.info