Family fun at Belton this Easter

Visitors walking through the spring gardens at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Spring is finally here, it’s the perfect time to get the whole family together to discover the sights, smells and sounds of the season. Get hands on with fun filled activities running from Friday 3 April through to Sunday 19 April 2020.

Whether you’re after things to do with the kids or somewhere to shelter from the April showers, there’s plenty to get stuck into at Belton over the Easter holidays. 

Take Flight

Friday 3 - Thursday 9 & Tuesday 14 - Sunday 19 April, 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Make the most of the holidays and explore the parkland to discover more about Belton’s feathered friends. The Rangers will be on hand with a variety of activities and workshops to sweep you off your feet.

A swift departure, family trail, 9.30am - 4.30pm, £2 per trail.

Follow the journey a swift takes on their migration route through Europe. Pick up a trail sheet near Visitor Reception before searching for clues on the parkland route.

Swallows are fattening up for their flight to Africa
A swallow perched on a telephone wire
Swallows are fattening up for their flight to Africa

The Bird Box, 10am - 4.30pm, small charges may apply.

Book on to a workshop in the bird box tent:

Woodcarving, Friday 3 - Sunday 5 April.

  • Have a go at making a wood carved bird with the Wobbly Bodger and see how he makes his fan birds from the pole lathe.

Pottery painting and throwing, Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 April.

  • Drop by to paint your own pottery bird or book into a session to try your hand at the pottery wheel.
Throwing a clay pot on the pottery wheel
Throwing a pot on the wheel
Throwing a clay pot on the pottery wheel

Willow Weaving, Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 April.

  • Led by the local willow artist, Alison Walling (the creator of Belton’s 12 Days of Christmas in 2019), have a go at making your very own willow feather at one of her led workshops.

Falconry, Friday 17 - Sunday 19 April.

  • See the birds of prey on display throughout the day or book on to one of the handling sessions to get up close and personal with our feathered friends.
Arlington Court
A bird of prey held by a handler at an Arlington Court event
Arlington Court

Ranger station, 10am - 4.30pm, FREE.

Meet the Rangers who look after Belton’s Parkland, surveying the wildlife and keeping a record of the birds they see all year around.

Half-term fun in the Discovery Centre

Friday 3 - Sunday 19 April, 11am - 4pm.

Open every day of the school holidays, come along to discover more about wildlife at Belton with activities and crafts for all the family to enjoy. There’ll even be a chance to make a bird feeder, create a bird puppet or try your hand at feather art to take home. Small charges may apply.

Children’s University Passports can also be stamped here.

Eight Feather by Eliot Hodgkin 1960
Eight Feather by Eliot Hodgkin 1960
Eight Feather by Eliot Hodgkin 1960

Go on an Art Adventure

£4 per scrapbook.

Pick up a scrapbook and go on an Art Adventure around Belton House to gain your Discover Arts Award and receive a certificate. Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. It’s a fun way to find out about Belton House and some of the people who lived here.

Unwind with the relaxing power of watercolour
Someone doing watercolour painting
Unwind with the relaxing power of watercolour

Ranger pack adventures

Friday 3 - Sunday 19 April, 11am-4pm, FREE.

Explore Belton with a Ranger Pack this Easter. Borrow a pack from the Discovery Centre and simply return it at the end of your visit. Each pack comes with all the equipment that you need and shows the best places to take part in ranger activities. There are four ranger activities to choose from:

  • Create: be an artist
  • Explore: be a tree detective
  • Discover: be a twitcher
  • Discover: be a bug hunter
We're going on a bug hunt...
We're going on a bug hunt...
We're going on a bug hunt...

Friday '50 things' challenges

Friday 3 & 17 April, 11am - 4pm, FREE.

Join the play team in Belton's outdoor adventure playground as they challenge families to complete a different '50 things' activity each Friday during the school holidays.

As you head into the playground, turn left and follow the path until you see the bunting leading to the ’50 things’ station. This spring we’ll challenge you to:

  • No.44 Watch a bird on Friday 3 April
  • No.43 Help a wild animal on Friday 17 April

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Friday 10 - Monday 13 April, 9.30am - 4.30pm, £3 per trail.

Enjoy Easter fun at Belton House with the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt this school holiday.

Enjoy a Cadbury Easter egg hunt
Visitors enjoying an Easter egg trail at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Enjoy a Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Spring bulb planting

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April, 11am - 4pm, FREE.

Join the garden team to ‘have a go’ bulb planting and help add to Belton’s annual spring flower display.

Get closer to nature on a spring walk
Visitors walking in the garden in spring at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Get closer to nature on a spring walk

All aboard

Attention all passengers, collect a choo-choo loyalty card from Belton’s miniature train to receive your tenth journey free. Train tickets cost £1.50 per ride.

All aboard
Girls enjoying a ride on the train in the Outoor Adventure Playground at Belton House, Lincolnshire
All aboard

What’s more, when you enjoy a spring adventure at Belton House your support helps us look after this special place for everyone, for ever.

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us on Belton’s FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

All activities require grounds admission unless otherwise stated. National Trust members receive free house and grounds admission at Belton House.