Easter family fun at Calke Abbey

A family enjoying spring at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Whether you want to stretch your legs in the open countryside, enjoy endless playtime in the woods, or take part in nature-themed activities, we’ve got some great ideas to keep the kids entertained at Calke Abbey this Easter.

Take part in the Easter trail

This Easter, embark on a self-led adventure in the great outdoors, searching for nature-themed activities along the way. To find out more about this year’s Easter trail, follow the link below.

Calke Explore is open for adventures

It’s spring! The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors on a local walk with the family. With over 600 acres of parkland, there’s plenty of space to roam – look out for waymarked walks or download a route before you set off.

Why not begin your adventures at Calke Explore? Nestled in the woodland you’ll find a car park, café, natural play area and easy access to footpaths and walking routes.  

The Tramway Trail multi-use trail at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Enjoy outdoor adventures at Calke Explore

Find lots of opportunities to explore the outdoors at Calke Explore, open all year round.

Cycling for all the family

If you’re planning to bring the bikes, the Tramway Trail is the ideal route for beginner cyclists – it’s fairly flat, and the 8km route can be tailored to make it shorter.

The Tramway Trail is a multi-purpose, accessible route, taking you through parts of the wider estate you might not have explored before, including winding woodland, farmland and peaceful pasture. We recommend parking at Calke Explore if you’re hopping on the trail – it’s signposted off the driveway, just after the park admission hut.

Go wildlife spotting in nature

Spring is a delightful time of year for wildlife. It’s lambing time at Calke, and if you visit the gardens, you might spot the rare-breed Portland lambs bouncing around the walled kitchen garden. They’re so cute, you’ll want to take one home with you!

At Calke Explore, look out for the giant bug hotel and see what type of visitors you can spot, nestling in the wood.

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

Book your visit

To manage visitor numbers so that social distancing can be ensured for the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and the local community, the pre-booking system still applies. We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

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. 

Kids enjoying Mottisfont at Easter

Easter egg hunts this spring 

We're delighted that our Easter egg hunts are taking place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this year. Visit our main Easter web page to find out which National Trust places are running the trails, what nature adventures they hold in store and how to book.