A group of daffodils on campus.

Easter activities for children and young people

The Easter holidays are almost here, providing the opportunity for parents and carers to spend quality time with their children. In the current Cost of Living crisis, it can be difficult to find activities that are low-cost or free in and around Loughborough.

We have gathered some ideas that might inspire staff and student parents and carers with cheap and fun things to do in the area which are child-friendly, covering different interests and age groups.

Activities on our campus

  • Fruit Routes is an artist-led initiative, working with Loughborough University staff, students, and members of the local community to create an edible campus. You can enjoy Fruit Routes as a place to walk with family and use the foraging map to find fruit to harvest, which you can then take home to make simple meals and drinks using the recipe guide.
  • LU Arts: The University Choir is open to Loughborough University students, staff, and members of the public aged 16+. The Choir rehearses on a Monday evening in Cope Auditorium during term time from 7-9pm.

Holiday Clubs

If you need a helping hand with childcare over the holiday period, check out the different clubs below.

  • Radmoor Holiday Club is run by Radmoor Day Nursery and is based at Loughborough College, for children who are in Reception class up to Year 6. Previous Holiday Clubs have participated in various fun activities including pond-dipping, sports, and an Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Kings Camps is based at Loughborough Grammar School and runs during the Easter and summer holidays. You can book either individual days or full week places with the choice of over 30 sports and games for children aged 5-17.
  • Charnwood Holiday Activity Programme is running Easter Half-Term sessions including Archery, High Ropes, and Climbing for children aged 7-15.
  • PACE Youth runs a Thursday night youth group, a great place to chat and get involved in some fun activities. The group takes place at the NSC Arena for children in school years 6-11.
  • Leicestershire Holidays Together is an exciting program offering free holiday activity clubs, available for children aged 5-16 receiving benefits-related free school meals.

Arts and Culture

  • This April at Charnwood Museum, children can take part in creative activities such as Pop-Up Play and Badge Making. There are also other activities for children to enjoy at the museum including a variety of quizzes.
  • Mountview Care Home Easter Egg Hunt is taking place on 6 April, with games, prizes, refreshments, and a visit from the Easter bunny.
  • Easter Messy Church is a morning of crafts and exploring the Easter story, taking place 1 April at Elim Church.
  • Beaumanor Hall Spring Fair is taking place 15 April and 16 April. The fair will include an array of stalls full of crafted gifts and refreshments available all day.
  • The Jungle Book is showing at Loughborough Town Hall on 12 April. Immersion Theatre are reviving their critically-acclaimed musical adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling family favourite, filled with original music, audience interaction, and comedy.
  • Pinder’s Circus will be presenting an action-packed show at Southfields Park, Loughborough from 8 April-10 April.
  • Emmanuel Church Lunchtime Concert is taking place 20 April, two pianos will be on the stage and the programme includes music by Mozart and Rachmaninov.

Nature and Outdoor Activities

  • Manor Farm Park & Woodlands is running an exciting Easter program 3 April-14 April where children can meet Easter chicks, rabbits and visit the Easter bunny to collect a treat.
  • Easter Bunny Trail is running from 31 March–16 April at Loughborough Town Centre. Nearly 30 local businesses are participating in the trail, each hiding their own special named Bunny within their premises for visitors to find.
  • At Beacon Hill, you can take a gentle walk whilst children can enjoy the Natural Play Area, where timber grown within the park has been used to construct a log train, a hazel maze, log towers, and various sculptures.

A list of other country parks in Leicestershire can be found online.

We hope there is an activity taking place that you will enjoy, and we wish you all a great Easter break if you are taking time off.