What’s On In… April

Looking for an event to feature? Here’s our pick of the best events coming-up this month. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest details.


Ancient Egypt Season
Ferens Art Gallery
Until 18 June 2023
Free entry
Featuring two free exhibitions, the season will explore the beauty and mystery of ancient Egypt celebrating two of the greatest Egyptian discoveries of the last 200 years. The decoding of the Rosetta Stone in 1822, which unlocked our understanding of the ancient Egyptian world. Then one hundred years later, the discovery in 1922 of the almost undisturbed tomb of Tutankhamun which sparked a worldwide sensation.

Maritime City Guided Tours
Various dates
Free, check website for booking details
Explore Hull’s rich maritime history with a guided tour of the city centre and discover 800 years of seafaring heritage through the buildings, stories and people. Led by dedicated volunteers, who are accredited White Badge tours guides, the tours offer visitors a chance to learn more about Hull and how the city has been shaped by its past, present and future. Two tours are available, a two-and-a-half-hour trail, and a 90-minute version.

Family Easter Bunny Hunt
Hull Minster
Until 8 April 2023
Hunt down Easter bunnies and hear the Easter story told by children and the family groups. Explore the Minster and find all eight, decipher the clues and head to the shop to receive a prize. A mobile with a QR code reader is required. Open during normal Minster opening hours.

East-er Coast Exploration
The Deep
1 – 16 April 2023
Tickets: included in standard ticket entry (£19.75 adults, £15.50 children, 3-15 years, pre-booking required)
Join The Deep this Easter for an exploration of the local coastline, home to a wide variety of native species. There will be presentations with fascinating facts about fossils and jellyfish species, while youngsters can get creative by colouring in their own jellyfish or fossil magnets as well as hunt for clues to fill out a jellyfish trail sheet for the chance to win a prize.

Family Easter Bunny Hunt
Fruit Market, Humber Street
1 – 16 April 2023
The Easter Bunnies have escaped and are hiding in some of the shop widows at the Fruit Market.  Everyone who completes the trail will receive a small prize.

Minster History Tours
Hull Minster
4 April – 31 October 2023
Tickets: £5 per person
With links to famous fathers of Hull’s industrial and maritime merchant heritage, the Minster has played its part in local and national events. These stories are retold by tour guides as visitors walk through the Minster and the history of Hull.

Beer Festival
Hull Minster
13 – 15 April 2023
Tickets: £5 per person
This is a chance to drink some of the best beer from the local area and beyond as breweries runn their own bar, with five sessions over three days. Tickets include a souvenir glass to use and take away plus a beer guide. Food will also be available.

Hull International Choir Competition 2023
City wide
27 – 30 April
Twenty-seven world class choirs from 10 countries are set to present a festival of eclectic music across Hull. The first time the prestigious International Choir Competition has been held in the UK, 1,000 participants will come together to compete in choral competitions – much of which will be staged behind closed doors. But the choirs will also bring their special performances outdoors for everyone to enjoy as part of a ‘Friendship Concert’.



Cobwebs and Cream Teas
Burton Constable Hall
12 April  – 28 October 2023
Tickets: £24 adults, £16 children
An exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour, led by an expert guide, to  discover the cellars, attics, rooftops and everything else in-between. The ticket also includes access to the Grounds and Stables, plus a self-guided walk round the Hall, followed by a homemade scone served with clotted cream – and an option to upgrade to a full Afternoon Tea.

Easter at Burton Agnes Hall
1 – 16 April 2023
Check website for admission details
An Easter trail of eight boards will take visitors around the grounds of the Hall, solving clues and learning about the history of this seasonal celebration while exploring the extensive gardens. Find all the 25 hand carved and painted wooden eggs hidden in the woodland.

That’s not my egg: Easter Trail
RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve
1 – 30 April 2023
£3.50 per child
Many of Bempton’s seabirds are returning to the reserve after a long winter out at sea, but the wind has been playing tricks and all of the eggs have been muddled up, in this special Easter trail. Complete the trail and pick up your Easter activity pack from the welcome team.

Easter Adventures
William’s Den
1 – 16 April 2023
Admission: £12.45 (2 – 65 years), £10.45 over 65 year-olds
Among special Easter activities at this multi-award-winning attraction in the Yorkshire Wolds, featuring indoor and outdoor play adventures, are a ‘Celeggrity’ Egg hunt and chances to meet the Easter Bunny and run wild with the new Play Pioneers.

Easter Magic and Face Painting
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
5, 8, 12 April 2023
Included with normal admission: day tickets £9.50 adults, £7.20 children (3-15 years)
Join Mr Bubbles for an Easter-themed magic show for all the family, plus face painting by a professional face painter (£3 additional charge, cash only).

Medieval Jousting
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
9 April 2023
Included with normal admission: day tickets £9.50 adults, £7.20 children (3-15 years)
The ever-popular Medieval Jousting spectacular returns for 2023, featuring England’s number one jousting team, which will bring around 20 jousters and their horses, including the Black Knight and Sir Michael of York.

Race The Waves
Bridlington Spa and South Beach
20 – 23 April 2023
Free admission
A “one-off” event within the UK motoring calendar returns to the East Yorkshire coastal town of Bridlington. Most of the racing on the beach takes place on the Saturday and Sunday, but the entire festival of speed can be enjoyed free of charge by visitors.

Tulip Festival
Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum
22 April – 6 May 2023
Admission: £7.50 adults, £4.95 children (5-15 years)
With a kaleidoscope of more than 18,000 bulbs with over 130 varieties spread over nine acres of gardens, it’s no surprise that the annual Tulip Festival is always a popular event – and this year’s festival promises to be the most spectacular yet.



Easter Egg Hunt
Tattershall Castle
1- 30 April 2023
Admission: £10 adults, £5 children
Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, pencil, bunny ears and Rainforest Alliance Certified dairy or vegan and Free From chocolate egg.

Easter Adventures
Gunby Hall and Gardens
1- 17 April 2023
Admission: £9 adults, £5 children
An Easter egg hunt adventure throughout the grounds featuring family-friendly and Easter activities.

Enchanted! Magical Quest
Lincoln Castle
1-16 April 2023
Cost: £2 per child (entry to Lincoln Castle grounds is free. All other admissions apply).
Calling all Witches and Wizards! Lincoln Castle’s resident wizard has got himself in a terrible muddle over his new magical spell and needs help. Find the mythical creatures within the enchanted grounds, follow the clues, solve the puzzle and claim your reward.

Easter Chick Hunt
Grimsthorpe Castle
2-16 April 2023
Park and gardens admission: £9 adults, £4 children (5-16 years); trail £1
http://bit.ly/2W2lxtMJoin an Easter adventure with a Chick Hunt through the gardens. Each entry receives a prize.

Easter Adventures
Belton House
3 – 15 April 2023
Admission: £16 adult, £8 children
Spring into action this Easter, with a trail through the gardens, featuring 10 different activities, including following the animal footprints to work out who they belong to, taking on the rabbit racecourse, and going on an egg hunt.  The price of the trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.



South Gardens Opening
Until 16 April 2023
Admission: included with a House & Gardens or Gardens Ticket (from £9 adults and £7.50 children, 3-15 years)
Enjoy seasonal displays as the spring bulbs give an injection of formality into ‘Capability’ Brown’s sweeping vistas as the South Gardens, normally only glimpsed from the windows of the State Rooms, open for a limited time.

Easter Craft Workshops
3 – 14 April 2023
Admission: included with a House & Gardens or Gardens Ticket (from £9 adults and £7.50 children, 3-15 years)
Create your very own Easter Crafts to take home, with a different theme for each week.

Beastly Boring Tours
From 3 April 2023
Tickets: £14 per ticket (adult or child), which includes access to the House and Gardens for the rest of the day
Aimed primarily at 6 to 11-year-olds, costumed guides provide a tour like no other, revealing the grizzly gruesome, horrible history associated with Burghley and the people who lived there. Each child receives a Beastly Boring Burghley guidebook, full of fun facts, and game.

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
9 April 2023
Admission: included with a House & Gardens or Gardens Ticket (pre-booking recommended)
Taking place in the Sculpture Garden, hunt for clues and solve the riddle to claim a full-size Easter Egg from Burghley’s Easter Bunny.



Easter Egg Hunt
Biddulph Grange Garden
1 – 16 April 2023
Admission: £12 adults, £6 children
Follow the trail around the garden featuring 10 activity stations, which include potting a seed to take home, cloud spotting and welly wangling. Complete the trail to claim a chocolate prize. Easter Egg Hunt trails £3 each.

Easter Eggstravaganza!
National Forest Adventure Farm
1– 14 April 2023
Admission: £15.99 adults, £15.99 children, booking recommended
Easter fun on the Farm. Follow the woodland trail to meet the Easter Bunny, and take part in new activities for 2023, such as super sand art, Easter shortbread decorating and egg-citing family magic shows.

Dinosaur Explorers Trail
RSPB Middleton Lakes
5-16 April 2023
Cost: Trail sheets £3
Can you stomp and ROAR like a Dinosaur? Get closer to the dinosaurs this Easter and get out in nature for some prehistoric fun. Follow the trail at Middleton lakes, find the clues, and learn some Dino facts.

Staffordshire Moorlands Walking Festival
21 April – 1 May 2023
Most walks free
Walks to suit various abilities and interests all over the Staffordshire Moorlands. Ascend the renowned Roaches Rocks with views as far as Wales, enjoy the wildlife roaming heather filled moorlands, take in the beauty and tranquillity of local nature reserves, or simply stroll around Tittesworth Reservoir or Rudyard lake.

St Georges Day Extravaganza 2023
Tamworth Castle Grounds
22 April 2023
Free to attend
Tamworth’s popular St George’s Day extravaganza is back for 2023 with a new line-up of entertainment. Visitors can meet an animatronic ‘Ice Dragon and White Walker’, inspired by HBO’s award-winning series ‘Game of Thrones’, and watch the Grand Medieval Joust as St George competes with knights on horseback.



Spring Bulb Festival
Trentham Estate
Throughout April
Admission: £13 adults, £9.50 children (3-15 years)
Trentham has planted over a million bulbs for its annual Spring Bulb Festival, giving visitors an immersive and colourful experience as they walk through the gardens. As the months progress, Trentham Gardens will be highlighted with different colours and scents as a range of bulbs bloom. Get ready to see the main bulb displays in April with the Italian Gardens coming alive with tulips packed with fragrance, while the woodland meadows will also be carpeted with white wood anemones.

Step into Spring
World of Wedgwood
Various dates and prices
Among highlights are Hedgwood the Rabbit, collect a free trail sheet and follow the clues to find Hedgwood and his rabbit friends (l – 16 April); join in Play with Clay, one-hour sessions to get hands-on with clay and Easter pottery painting in the Decorating Studio.

Celebrate Spring
Emma Bridgewater Factory
1 – 16 Apr 2023
Sponge a spring design in the decorating studio (pre-booking required) or join in Easter drop-in activities, including Cuddle a Chick, a free drop-in activity (4, 5, 12 & 13 April), and a free Children’s Factory Trail.

The Great British Food Festival
The Trentham Estate
29 April – 1 May 2023
Admission: £14.50 adults, £9 children (3-16)
Returning once again to Trentham and showcasing the very best of Great British produce. This event features celebrity chef demos, an artisan market, street food stalls, bars, kids activities, crafts and gifts, baking competitions and live music plus lots more to enjoy.



100 years of Norman Thelwell
Mottisfont National Trust
Until 7 May 2023
Free with normal House admission (£16 adults, £8 children)
Mottisfont celebrates the legacy of one of Britain’s most popular cartoonists with a new, major exhibition for his centenary year. Over 70 works include Thelwell’s trademark ponies and other humorous illustrations, local landscapes, and sharp satire. Drawing on Thelwell’s autobiography, Wrestling with a Pencil, the exhibition will provide an intimate look at his artistic life, with early drawings and extracts from diaries on display for the first time.

Canoe Easter Egg Hunt
New Forest Activities
3-10 April 2023
Tickets: £36 adults, £24 children
Enjoy a fun filled Easter paddle along the Beaulieu River in stable ‘Canadian style’ canoes. Spend time taking in the stunning scenery of the river before disembarking for an Easter egg hunt with a twist!

Easter Holidays
1 – 16 April 2023
Admission: from £24 adults, £13 children (5 -16) booked in advance
Experience remarkable vehicles and meet colourful characters out and about in the attraction, plus Easter craft activities over the weekend of 7-10 April. And for anyone who has ever wanted to take a ride in one of TV and films most iconic cars, visitors can book a ride on a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction for a spin around the grounds (school holidays and weekends until October, Rides in Chitty cost £50).

Easter Arts & Crafts
The Watercress Line
3 – 16 April 2023
Admission: from £23.50 adults, £11.85 children (5-16 yars) booked in dvance
Take part in a range of Easter and Springtime themed craft activities available at the heritage rail line’s stations in Alresford and Ropley. As well as traveling up and down the historic line, where visitors can hop on and off at stations through the day, there is the chance to decorate an Easter card, make spring flowers from paper, create a design on a stone, learn how to make a colourful Easter chick, or make ‘bouncing bunnies’.

Hoppy Easter
Paultons Park
1 – 16 April 2023
Admission: from £41.75 booked in advance
Meet Bobtail Bunny and Betty Bunny at Paultons this Easter. Guests will be able to meet the cute characters, while the Park entrance will also be festooned for Easter with colourful giant Easter Eggs and Bunnies at every turn.


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    Trentham Gardens Spring Bulb Festival, Stoke-on-Trent

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    Hull's The Deep hosts East-er Coast Exploration 

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    Beastly Boring Tours return at Burghley House and Gardens

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    Canoe Easter Egg Hunt, Hampshire