Easter holiday fun at Calke Abbey

A family enjoying spring at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

It’s that glorious time of year again, when the sun begins to shine and the smell of fresh flowers fills the air. Whether you want to stretch your legs out in meadow, enjoy endless playtime in the woods, or get creative with nature-themed activities indoors, we’ve got lots of Easter fun to keep the kids entertained as you step into spring at Calke.

Please note that Calke Abbey is completely closed and all Easter events are now cancelled to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. Check the homepage for updates to opening arrangements.

Easter holiday family fun

Get your creative cogs working with nature-themed activities in the Riding School, or pop into Squirt's Stable, Calke's family activity area, for endless fun and games, open every day of the Easter holidays from Sat 4 April to Sun 19 April.

Squirts Stable is open from 10.30am–4pm, and the Riding School is open from 11am–4pm. A great way to keep the holiday boredom at bay, whatever the weather.

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 begin your adventures at Calke Explore? Nestled in the woodland you'll find a car park, cafe, natural play area and easy access to the Tramway Trail. Click the link below to discover Calke Explore.

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.

A two-wheeled adventure

It's time to gets those bicycles out again! The 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, including winding woodland, farmland and peaceful pasture.

Whether you're on foot, two wheels, or bringing your four-legged friends, the trail makes a great adventure in all weathers. It's also an accesible route, which means everyone can explore further afield. 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.

See new life at Calke

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.

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, and listen out for birdsong in the ancient trees.

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

Find unexpected surprises inside the house

Don't forget to pop in to the house this spring there's so much to see, you're bound to discover something new on every visit!

If you're bringing the family for a wander round the house, please help us to look after this special place by leaving large bags in the car, and be prepared to leave pushchairs at the entrance. We can lend you a baby carrier or hip-seat to make your visit easier. If you need assistance, the team in the ticket office will be happy to help.

When you spend quality time together at Calke Abbey, it means we can look after this special places for generations to come.