Family adventures this month at Ilam Park and Dovedale

Sheep and lambs in Ilam Park

Spring is arriving at Ilam Park and Dovedale and there are plenty of things for families to see and do this month, including the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt.

Family adventures this season at Ilam Park and Dovedale 

 

After the late snow, the signs of spring are now all around us and the Spring Discovery Trail will take you on a family friendly adventure in Ilam Park to discover lambs, spring flowers and at some stage the swallows will make their grand arrival at the stableyard in Ilam Park, where they will nest for the summer. Due to the recent snow and wet weather, the ground is still very wet and muddy so please wear wellies or suitable footwear when visiting this school holiday.

The Easter weekend is usually the busiest time of the month to visit, with the popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Families can explore the parkland and be rewarded with a chocolate treat at the end of the self guided trail. There is a shorter route for toddlers and prams, and dogs on leads are welcome to join in too.

Please note, due to snow, flooding and heavy rain in March, much of the land used for overflow car parking is not dry enough to allow us to offer additional car parking over the busy school holiday period, so there will be limited car parking available.

Spot sheep and lambs in Ilam Park
Sheep and lambs in Ilam Park
Spot sheep and lambs in Ilam Park

Have you ever crossed the famous stepping stones? A springtime walk in Dovedale offers the chance to spot birds on the River Dove, see fossils in the limestone rock and see lambs and sheep graxing the steep valley slopes. Dogs on leads are welcome. Many visitors choose to start their visit at Ilam Park and walk across the fields to Dovedale.

Climb up to the caves in Dovedale
Exploring caves in the Peak District
Climb up to the caves in Dovedale


Ideal for families and groups, the orienteering course at Ilam Park is available all year round, whatever the weather, and is a nice challenge for older children who enjoy exploring outdoors. Along the way you may meet sheep and lambs so dogs should be kept on leads when completing the course.

Tasty treats and hot lunches are served in the Manifold Tea-room at Ilam Park daily, and there are also drinks and snacks available in the stableyard for you to take away and sit in the gardens or parkland too. If it is warm enough, why not bnring along a picnic and have a springtime picnic?