Easter holiday fun at Calke Abbey

A family enjoying spring at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Whether you want to get outdoors and active or be creative indoors this spring, we’re running lots of Easter activities to keep the kids entertained during the holidays.

Easter holiday family fun

We’ve got lots going on in Squirt’s Stable and the Riding School every day of the school holiday, with plenty of nature-themed activities to keep the kids entertained.

The Riding School will be open from Mon 26 March–Fri 6 April, and Squirt's Stable will be open from Mon 26 March–Fri 13 April. Pop in from 11am to 4pm to join the Easter fun.

Explore the great outdoors

It's spring! The sun is out, and it's the perfect time to get outdoors and let nature blow away the winter blues. There are over 600 acres of parkland just waiting to be explored this spring, offering you and your family a breath of fresh air away from the crowds. 

Why not join our Tremendous Trees walk on Weds 4 April and learn about some of the amazing, ancient trees at Calke? We're setting off from outside the Ticket Office at 1.30pm for this family-friendly walk.

If you prefer to lead your own adventure, pick up a park map when you arrive to discover a range of trails to suit all abilites, or download a spring walk from our website to find the best adventures.

There are lots of trees to explore at Calke Abbey
A child exploring inside a tree at Calke Abbey, Derbsyhire
There are lots of trees to explore at Calke Abbey

A two-wheeled adventure

It's time to gets those bicycles out again! The recently extended Tramway Trail is the ideal route for beginner cyclists and family adventures – it's fairly flat and the 8km route can be tailored to make it shorter.

The Tramway Trail also makes a great walking route, taking you through parts of the wider estate you might not have explored before. Whether you're on foot of two wheels, or bringing your four-legged friends, the trail makes a great adventure in all weathers.

See new life at Calke

It’s lambing time at Calke and the rare-breed Portland lambs will be leaping around the Walled Garden for you to see.

With lots of different habitats around the estate, including woodland, wetlands and wide-open meadows, there are lots of places to find new life at Calke. Look out for signs of hidden wildlife as you explore the grounds.

See rare-breed Portland lambs in the Walled Kitchen Garden
Calke Abbey in Derbyshire welcomes rare-breed Portland lambs in spring
See rare-breed Portland lambs in the Walled Kitchen Garden

Uncover hidden stories

Don’t forget the house is open and bursting with strange and interesting objects! What can you find? What’s your favourite object?

This year, we're exploring stories of two of the women who lived and worked at Calke, as part of our Hidden Revealed theme. Step into the past and discover what life was like above and below stairs, then conclude your visit in the abandoned Servant's Hall.

The house is now open daily from 11am to 5pm. From 11am to 12.30pm you can explore the recently opened family apartments, then the main house opens at 12.30pm. With so much to see, you'll need to make a day of it!