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There's lots happening in and around Nottingham this Easter for all the family.

Listed below are some of our favourites, along with some great money saving tips. Our attractions calendar lists day by day everything that's happening in the holidays.


An excellent theme park for young children offering a range of indoor and outdoor activities all year round whatever the weather.

It is an Easter Eggstravaganza this year at Wheelgate Adventure Park, Mansfield!!! Join Bugsy the Easter bunny for an action packed Easter, family fun day throughout the Easter holidays.

Admission is £11.99 per person but annual passes are available for just £35.99 per person offering excellent value, particularly as Wheelgate is open all year round. For children between 95cm and 108cm, toddler annual passes are just £22.99. You can also get a combined pass giving you free entry to Twinlakes too, for £59.99. Babies and toddlers up to 95cm are FREE.

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Nottingham CastleNottingham Castle

Nottingham is a city that is rich in history and right at the very centre is Nottingham Castle - a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, which offers spectacular views across the city.

During the Easter holidays, they are running trips along the canal and out onto the River Trent to provide some excellent educational fun, where you will discover items from the Museums collections, including recent archaeological finds.

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Cinema On A Budget! Cinema On A Budget!

If it's a rainy day or you are looking for something less strenuous, both the Odeon Mansfield and Cineworld Nottingham offer excellent value kids films throughout the school holidays and also every weekend throughout the year.

These specially selected films are on every day throughout the holidays. Odeon Mansfield charge just £2.50 per child and adults are completely free (with a paying child), meaning a family of 4 can go for just £5! Cineworld charge just £1 per person. Odeon Mansfield also has a large free car park right outside.

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Football CoachingFootball Coaching

Do your kids dream of growing up to become the next David Beckham or Wayne Rooney?
If so, both Nottingham Forest & Mansfield Town are running football courses throughout the Easter holidays which have been designed to provide professional coaching to children aged from 4 up to 14 years old.

You can leave your kids here all day, which can be a cheaper alternative to holiday childcare and also offer the kids a fun day out.

With fun competitions, small side games, skills coaching and lots more exciting activities forming parts of the action, these football courses promise to be great fun! 

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Making It! Discovery CentreMaking It! Discovery Centre

The Making It! Discovery Centre is celebrating its 10th birthday this year and has created a number of attractions designed to allow families to come and celebrate with them throughout the Easter holidays.

Between the 2nd & 13th April they have lots of exciting things going on at the centre, such as Easter Egg hunts and if your birthday happens to be in April too, bring some proof of age down and if you’re under 16 you will be allowed in for free!!

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Twycross ZooTwycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is nearly 50 years old and has a reputation throughout the world for being one of the leading homes for Chimps.

Throughout the Easter break, the discovery team will be running daily workshops to give children the chance to get close and personal with some of the friendlier Zoo animals, along with the opportunity to take part in Easter egg hunts and learning tips on how to save the world!

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Rufford Abbey Country ParkRufford Abbey Country Park

Would you like to come face to face with ferocious Norman warriors? Watch a smart Regency recruiting party practice musket firing? Chat with Victorian ladies of fashion, and learn how Tudor folk cooked a meal. From an Elizabethan puppet show to a World War Two concert party, there's plenty of fun for everyone at Rufford Abbey Country Park.

The creative amongst us will love the drop-in workshops running over the Easter holidays which will allow you to have a go at making a commemorative mug or plate to feature in the exhibition or to help make bunting triangles to decorate the gallery.

This varied park includes the ruins of a medieval monastery, a contemporary craft centre, gardens, woodland walks, children's play village, sculpture trail, and a lake. We have lots of special events too. Bring the family for a relaxing and inexpensive day out.

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Twinlakes has an excellent outdoor waterpark, with loads of slides and water fun for the kids. They've also thought of the adults too with as number of sunbeds available around waterpark.

Admission is £15.49 per person but annual passes are available for just £41.95 per person offering excellent value, particularly as Wheelgate is open all year round. For children between 95cm and 108cm, toddler annual passes are just £24.99. You can also get a combined pass giving you free entry to Twinlakes too, for £59.99. Babies and toddlers up to 95cm are FREE.

There are character days such as Peppa Pig and Bob The Builder throughout the year and a range of additional activities throughout all school holidays.

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During Easter, kids of all ages will find countless hours of fun at Snibston.

With attractions ranging from a fascinating colliery tour with former mine workers who describe in gritty detail what it was like to work in a mine, to a brilliant Easter egg hunt throughout the galleries, all the way to a retro gaming night, where the bigger kids amongst us can step back in time to play some classic games from the past 35 years!

Snibston is comprises an interactive museum, historic colliery railway, outside play areas and a Country Park and nature reserve, all located on the site of the former Snibston Colliery and as the region's largest interactive museum, Snibston showcases Leicestershire's science, technology and design collections, including major innovations in transport and engineering history.

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Galleries of Justice Galleries of Justice

Based at Nottingham's old courthouse and gaol, The Galleries of Justice are one of Nottingham’s premier attractions for visitors to the city and residents alike.

There are many ways to explore the Galleries of Justice museum, with free exhibitions, audio & performance led tours and a themed café. A series of events have been planned to take place over the Easter period and from following the true stories of two of Nottingham’s youngest inmates and discover the wretched conditions they faced in this notorious County Gaol to taking part in making a convict paper chain for display in our Convict Ship exhibition, you will be delving into the world of crime and punishment in Nottingham!!

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Funky Pots Funky Pots

If you would like to design to excellent Easter gifts, Funky Pots in West Bridgford is just the place for you.

This contemporary pottery painting & craft is a fully air conditioned, professional studio you can paint your own pottery while enjoying delicious refreshments & lunches from their fully equipped cafe.

Every day from the 31st March until the 15th April there are courses running which will allow you and your family to do something creative together over the Easter holidays.

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Chatsworth HouseChatsworth House

There is always something new to see and do at Chatsworth House and Farmyard & over the Easter period is certainly no different!

Whether it is coming face to face with our collection of farm animals, see how the farm is run and enjoy adventurous fun in the playground, take part in one of our Easter egg hunts in the farmyard whilst keeping your eye out for the Easter Bunny or making some spring themed crafts in the Farmyard, you are guaranteed to have a great time over Easter at Chatsworth.

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Easter Events Calendar

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Easter Discounts & Deals

1) Alton Towers – 25% discount for advance booking

From March 24th the Alton Towers Theme Park is open with two new fantastic attractions - Nemesis Sub-Terra and Ice Age : The 4D Experience! Book online now for best priced tickets:

Book individual and family tickets online:

Book 7 days in advance to save £10.50 per person - That's a 25% saving off the on-the-day price.

Alternatively book 2 days in advance to save 10%.

Exclusive Early Ride Time on selected attractions - 1 hour before other guests.

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2) Up to 75% off theme parks with Tesco Clubcard

Spend Tesco Clubcard points in its Deals Brochure (you'll have to do a manual search for Sea Life, Madame Tussauds, The Dungeons, Longleat and Diggerland) and on some theme parks you get four times the vouchers' face value to use on tickets, eg, £5 worth of vouchers is worth £20.

Where? Nearly 200 days out are on offer, including the following theme parks:

  • Alton Towers
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Camelot
  • Chessington
  • Drayton Manor
  • Diggerland
  • Legoland
  • Lightwater Valley
  • Longleat
  • M&Ds
  • Madame Tussaud's
  • Oakwood
  • Sea Life
  • The Dungeons
  • Thorpe Park
  • Warwick Castle

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3) Drayton Manor Park - 2 4 1 tickets

Drayton Manor Park's 2012 Main Season has begun!! From massive thrill rides like Apocalypse, Maelstrom and Shockwave to the Magical Thomas Land and the 15 acre Drayton Manor Zoo, home to over 100 species from all over the world! Drayton Manor really is the perfect day out for all the family. Please submit details above to download your 2 for 1 voucher. We hope you have an amazing visit to Drayton Manor.

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4) Merlin Annual Pass

With a Merlin Annual Pass you can enjoy a year’s entry to 25 of England’s top attractions, including The Alton Towers Resort, THORPE PARK, Warwick Castle, SEA LIFE centres and more... there’s something to do for everyone – every day!

What’s more, we've teamed up with VisitEngland to offer 25% off individual and family Standard Merlin Annual Passes when you buy online before 22nd April 2012.

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5) Twin Lakes Theme Park Annual Pass

Purchase your Annual Passes online and receive 13 months unlimited use of the park for the price of 12 months. INCLUDES ALL SPECIAL EVENTS DAYS, Terms and conditions apply.

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6) Wheelgate Theme Park Annual Pass

Purchase your Annual Passes online and receive 13 months unlimited use of the park for the price of 12 months. INCLUDES ALL SPECIAL EVENTS DAYS.

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7) Gulliver’s Kingdom Annual Pass

Enjoy the freedom and fun of visiting your favourite Gulliver’s attraction as many times as you like and take advantage of a whole host of passport perks.

You can choose to visit all of our attractions for one great price with a Gold Passport or your favourite one attraction with the Silver Passport.

Purchase our Splashzone Saver Pass and you can enter Splashzone at a reduced rate.

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8) Nottingham Forest - £10 tickets

Supporters are reminded tickets for Nottingham Forest's next home game - against Bristol City on Saturday, April 7 (kick-off 5.20pm) - are now available, with tickets in The Brian Clough Stand costing just £10.

The Reds are expecting a bumper crowd on Easter weekend as they go in pursuit of three more valuable points.

All adults, seniors and under 18s wishing to sit in either the upper or lower tier of The Brian Clough Stand will be able to purchase tickets for just £10.

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