There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained during the Easter break, with a host of special events and activities planned across the county.
Here’s a round-up of what’s planned:
*Great Castle Easter Trail, 25 March – 10 April. Live re-enactments and performances will take place throughout the Easter holidays at historic Lincoln Castle, where visitors can discover 1,000 years of history right where it happened. Visit www.lincolncastle.com for opening hours and admission charges.
*Come and See Papercraft, Friday 25 March (10am – 4pm). Come and see our tutor Max produce beautiful items of paper craft on an Easter theme. Using easily sourced papers, new and recycled, Max creates simple yet stylish ideas for a range of uses and occasions. You’ll get to see her at work, and maybe be inspired to book onto the drop-in craft day on Easter Sunday or one of our full day courses. Entry is free.
*Spring Crafts: Make and Take Away, 29 March - 1 April and 5 April - 8 April. Celebrate the season of spring and enjoy making bird’s nests, jewellery, baby animal masks, flowers and more. £2 per activity. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied with an adult. No need to book. Tickets available from the castle shop and East Gate ticketing on the day of visit.
*Early Years Springtime Fun, 29 March - 31 March and 5 April - 7 March (10am - 12pm). An exciting morning to share with lots of spring-themed activities for young ones. Help make blossom for the 3D trees, learn about baby animals, make paper flowers and more. Please book in advance, places are limited. Suitable for ages 2-5. £6 per child with one free accompanying adult.
*Victorian Prison Backpacks, 1 April. Take on the role of Governor, Matron, Surgeon or Prisoner as you tour the prison with your backpack of props. Write in the journal, wear the hat, check the cells and more. Suitable for ages 7 – 11. Subject to availability during opening hours.
*New Discovery Centre Family Activities. In addition to the current hands-on family activities, visitors are invited to test out life as a prisoner in two replicated cells of the Discovery Centre of Victorian Male Prison.
The famous William Clarke’s Dog will once again be on permanent display together with the true story and a related family activity. Usual opening times.
*Eastival: A Festival of Arts, 23 March – 10 April. The Collection will be joining the Drill Hall, LPAC and Terry O’Toole Theatre for a fabulous festival of arts events and activities for children. Visit www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/eastival-2016 for the full line-up, which includes:
*Ancient Britain Day, Wednesday 30 March (10am - 3.30pm). A free family fun day suitable for all ages with activities related to all things prehistoric, from the Ice Age to Iron Age Celts. Entry is free, with optional craft activities for £1.
*Maori Day, Tuesday 5 April (10am - 3.30pm). Celebrate both Maori culture and Lincolnshire’s links with New Zealand, with a chance to learn a traditional Haka. Entry is free, with optional craft activities for £1.
*Eastival Family Films. The Collection will be showing a variety of family films every day throughout Eastival – all for free. For full details of film screenings contact the venue or pick up a flyer at the reception desk. Tickets will be available from 12 pm on the day of the film from the reception desk. Free Admission.
*Easter Story time, 31 March (11.15am). Join The Collection for an interactive and engaging storytime, guaranteed to delight the little ones. Suitable for babies, toddlers and small children under 5. Entry is free.
*Easter Crafts, 2 April (12pm – 3pm). Celebrate Easter with The Collection’s drop in Easter craft activity afternoon suitable for children age 5+. An ‘egg’cellent time for creative young children. Crafts cost £1.
*Easter Story time, 7 April (11.15am). Join us for an interactive and engaging storytime, guaranteed to delight the little ones. Suitable for babies, toddlers and small children under 5. Entry is free.
*Easter Egg Challenge. There are 10 Easter eggs hidden at The Collection, The Drill Hall and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre find the eggs, complete the picture challenge at any of the three venues and you can use the whole week to complete it. Rewards will be available at all the venues.
Gainsborough Old Hall:
*Easter Hunt, 25 March - 11 April. Lord Burgh’s lambs have escaped their pen and have run amok in the Hall. Follow their woolly trail to locate the flock, and claim your prize.
*The Medieval Household, 2 & 3 April. See the Old Hall brought to life with re-enactors going about the daily tasks of a 15th century manor house.
*Easter Friday Fun Club, 25 March (10am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm). A great new club for families, offering exciting and fun crafts. Make a rabbit-shaped goody bag and Easter goodies. Just £1 per child, with accompanying adults free (admission to club room only). Visit www.gainsborougholdhall.com for further details on opening hours and admissions charges.
Museum of Lincolnshire Life:
*Easter Egg Trail, 25 March to 11 April (10am – 4pm, last admission 3.30pm). Come and try the family Easter egg trail as you search for eggs and clues around the museum. £1 per trail, with a prize for every one completed.
*Sweet Nostalgia, 6 April. That special day when the traditional sweetshop pops up in Commercial Row for you to buy all those childhood favourites of yesteryear.
*Bags of Fun, 7 April (10am - 3.30pm). A family craft workshop making bags, weaving baskets and filling them with fun creations. Free entry, with a £1 charge for crafts. Visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/museumoflincolnshirelife for further details on all the museum has to offer.