Adventures in nature at Calke Abbey

Easter at National Trust Calke Abbey | Derbyshire

Hop into spring on Calke Abbey's family-friendly nature trail. Explore the parkland and find fun activities along the way, and don't forget to collect your chocolate treat at the end!

Easter adventures in nature

Date & time: The nature trail at Calke Abbey is open every day from 9.30am–4pm. 

Embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities in the meadow, stableyards and garden. There's no set route for the trail, which means you can explore each activity at your own pace. It's fun for all ages (adults included!), so if you've been cooped up for too long, hop along and unleash your inner child at Calke!

To get started, pick up your trail pack from the Ticket Office, which contains an Easter activity sheet and pencil. Trail packs are £3 each.

Don’t forget to collect your chocolate egg or allergen-free reward at the end of the trail in the Stableyards (eggs must be collected by 5pm).

Eat chocolate for a good cause

Kids of all ages (including adults) are invited to join the nature trail – but if you don't fancy it this time, you can still treat yourself and your family to a chocolate egg!

Every chocolate egg you buy supports vital conservation work at Calke, so you'd be helping us to look after this special place. How often do you get to eat chocolate for an egg-cellent cause? Hop over to the Ticket Office to treat yourself, and find baking inspiration for your leftover chocolate (a rare ingredient in many households). 

Book your visit

You don’t need to book the nature trail, but you will need to book your visit to Calke Abbey. To manage visitor numbers so that social distancing can be ensured for the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors, the pre-booking system still applies.

We are eggspecting to be very busy this Easter, so if you haven't booked, we can't guarantee admission. If we are fully booked, please help us to look after the local community and try booking for a different day – we're hoping to run the trail for 2 weeks, so there's plenty of time to take part. 

Booking will provide access to the property, not the Easter adventures in nature trail, which can be purchased on the day. Tickets are released every Friday, so you won't be able to book your Easter visit until Friday 26 March.

Family fun in the parkland

Calke Explore is open for outdoor adventures, including the natural woodland play area where kids can go wild in nature. If you’re planning to explore the outdoors, why not park at Calke Explore? There are toilets, a Changing Places facility, easy access to the Tramway Trail, and a refreshments kiosk for when the kids work up a thirst! We're even serving up a BBQ at weekends to get you in the spring spirit. 

Calke Explore is a 10–15-minute walk to the Stableyards. Please note that the badger sett is currently closed while social distancing measures remain in place. The children’s play area in the Stableyards also remains closed while we operate with a reduced team.

To find out more about what’s open and what to expect from your visit, this article has plenty of info about visiting Calke Abbey:  

Daffodils on the auricula theatre at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Get the most out of your day at Calke

Calke Abbey's parkland is open for local people to exercise in line with government guidance. Discover what's open, how to book, and what to expect from your visit here.

Can’t visit us this Easter?

If you're unable to visit this Easter, we've got plenty of activities you can try at home so you don't miss out on all the Easter fun. Follow the link below to keep the kids entertained.