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 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.

Easter holiday family fun

Get your creative cogs working with our nature-themed activities in Squirt's Stable and the Riding School, open every day of the Easter holidays.

Squirt's Stable will be open from Mon 8 April to Fri 26 April (10.30am–4pm), and the Riding School will be open from Mon 15 April to Fri 26 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. 

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. Our friendly faces in the ticket office will be happy to point you in the right direction for a spring ramble.

Take a peaceful walk around the ponds at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Spring walks at Calke

Fill your lungs with fragrant spring air, listen out for birdsong in the trees and stretch your legs in over 600 acres of inspiring parkland.

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 – ask in the ticket office for more information.

See new life at Calke

Spring is a delightful time of year for wildlife. It's lambing time at Calke, and if you look carefully, you might spot the rare-breed Portland lambs bouncing around the paddock near St Giles church.

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

HumanKind at Calke Abbey

Don't forget the house is open and bursting with new stories this year, as we mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Harpur, the 'Isolated Baronet'. You'll experience Calke in a new light as we explore stories of isolation and loneliness, kindness and compassion, past and present, as part of HumanKind. Find out more about this exciting project below.

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