Things to do in the Easter Holidays

Date: 24th February 2017
Published by: Andrea Paterson

Wondering how to entertain the children during the school holidays?

Here are a few ideas ......

Mess Around Messy Play *** Events at Bollington Library *** Crafts at Riverside Park ***Swimming *** Great Shakes Theatre Company *** National Trust Easter Egg Hunts *** Easter Hunt at Teggs Nose *** Easter Explorer at Teggs Nose***Big Bug Hunt at Teggs Nose***Lambing at Blaze Farm *** National Trust Easter Egg Hunts *** Drop-in craft sessions *** FamilyDrop-in craft sessions *** Craft clubs and art classes for children between the ages of 6-12 *** Art & Craft workshops aimed at children aged 11-16 *** Jodrell Bank *** Easter Multisports Courses at Club AZ *** Macclesfield Activity Centre *** Moorland Adventure Activities *** Other ideas ***

Bollington Library

Palmerston Street Bollington

April events at Bollington.

Easter Chick Library Hunt, Saturday 1st April to Saturday 22nd April. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lego Club, Tuesday 4th April. Bollington Library’s Lego Club is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 4pm to 5pm. Suitable for primary school aged children. Free, but places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Story and Tea for Adults, Thursday 6th April 2pm – 3pm. Join us for reading and refreshments and share your love of books. Free, all adults welcome.

Children’s Book Club, Friday 7th April 3:45pm – 4:45pm. Suitable for children aged 7 and above, please call 01625 378266 for more information. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Extra Lego drop-in session, Saturday 8th April 10am-12noon. Suitable for primary school aged children. Free, but places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children’s Easter Crafts, Wednesday 12th April, drop in from 1pm – 4pm. £1 per craft, suitable for children aged 3 and upwards. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

IT courses: Bollington Library is offering free one hour online IT sessions for beginners in April.

Regular weekly events: Story Time at 10am on Tuesdays and Rhyme Time at 10am on Wednesdays and Fridays. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, these sessions are free.

Tel 01625 378266 or

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Swimming at Bollington Health & Leisure

Information about public swim times can be found here Easter Swimming Times can be found here

We are now taking bookings for our elite swimming crash course which will take place over the Easter holidays, from Monday 10th April – Thursday 13th April 2017.

These crash crash courses are for children who are in stages 1-6 and for toddlers (3 years+), the lessons are 30 minutes each day and taught by our swimming teachers.

The cost of the course is £25 for the 4 days, please contact reception to book or for further information.

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Mess Around Messy Play Bollington Civic Hall

Come along and play on Thursday 13th April at Bollington Civic Hall.

Spring into our Eggstravaganza party where your little chicks can have some messy Easter fun with egg rolling, Easter rice and feathers. Or explore nature at its messy best with gloopy ducks, bunny tails, and spaghetti bird nests. Of course no Easter party would be complete without a classic Easter egg hunt. So get prepared to get messy and have fun, and leave the cleaning up to us!
The event is suitable for children aged 6 months (or sitting unaided) to 5 years old. What makes us special is everyone is welcome to join in including older siblings up to the age of 10, who can participate in the Big Kids Create & Make Corner which include Arts, Crafts and Junk modelling activities to keep them busy!

As well as all the usual mess we will also have a visit from one of our mascots to keep the party in full swing!

£10 (siblings £5.50)

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Great Shakes Theatre Company

Easter Half Term 10th-14th April 2017 Bollington Arts Centre

The potential of all children is boundless. Fire the imagination, engage the emotions and effortless learning takes place.

This is a week-long course for children (8 and up) and young adults. After getting to know each other through bonding games, the children are introduced to the play that they will be putting on. The week incorporates acting exercises, theatre games and a rehearsal process culminating in a stage production for parents and friends.

Booking essential on 07429 443765 or by email

Course costs £115, £95 concession for second child

For more information please visit

National Trust Easter Egg Hunts April 14th-17th unless stated otherwise

Hare Hill Follow our self-guided Easter Egg trail to find the clues and solve the puzzle. What's more, all Eggsplorers will receive a delicious chocolate Cadbury Egghead at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will help support special places like Hare Hill for future generations to explore.11am - 4pm

Trail Map costs £2. Admission charges apply

Lyme Park

Head to Lyme for an Easter adventure, intrigue and of course, Cadbury's chocolate! Follow the trail around the garden and discover the stories of Lyme explorer Thomas Legh. Can you solve the clues to get your Cadbury chocolate treat at the end? Entry into the garden to follow the trail requires a garden ticket which is free for National Trust members. For non members a garden ticket is £7 per adult and £3.50 per child. There is an additional charge for the Easter Egg hunt of £2 per trail sheet.Admission Charges Apply Website.

Quarry Bank Mill

Take part in this year's trail (£2) to get your chocolate Egghead. Admission charges apply.

Also at the Mill

Spring holiday fun April 3rd - 13th

Get creative with textiles in the mill. Have a go at weaving a basket, braiding a friendship bracelet or help to create a rag rug on our peg loom at this event exploring all things textiles.

Dunham Massey (30th March - 18th April)

Spot fairies in the trees, look for the troll under the bridge and let your little ones imaginations run wild on this magical trail around the garden. £2 per trail. Don't forget to get your tickets from visitor reception before heading to the garden. Admission Charges Apply

Little Moreton Hall

Tackle our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt for clues that springtime is definitely here and get a Cadbury chocolate bunny reward. £2 per trail map. Admission Charges Apply Back to Top.

Teggs Nose Country Park Easter Hunt

Saturday April 1st to Sunday April 23rd

Ranger Martin’s Easter Eggs have been stolen! Can you help him find the wildlife that has taken them and collect their names? Buy a map from the Tegg's Nose Tea Room for 50p, and get searching around the top of the park.

Each map purchased entitles you to 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg's Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail.

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Easter Eggsplorer at Tegg’s Nose Country Park

Tuesday April 11th

Join Nature Stuffto learn all about nature in springtime. Make your very own bird's nest and collect Easter eggs, to take home, on the ‘Signs of Spring Treasure Trail’. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home

Car parking charge / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 .

Children must be accompanied by an adult / Wildlife Walk – Event / Refreshment stop, opportunity for refreshments
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Easter Crafts at Riverside Park

Wednesday April 12th

Join the Bollin Valley Rangers on an afternoon of Eastery fun for the under 10’s. Making crafts with natural materials that we will find whilst on a wander down into the valley. Booking and payment in advance is essential.

Cost £4 per child.

Information: 01625 374790
(Ideal for families and accompanied children / Children must be accompanied by an adult / Places limited - please book in advance / Please leave your dog at home / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Especially suitable for 5-10 year olds / Full accessibility - level or ramped access. Accessible toilets available. Back to Top

Big Bug Hunt - at Teggs Nose

Wednesday April 12th

Join Nature Stuff for an action-packed, hands-on invertebrate investigation. A close-up look at life in the undergrowth. Wellies recommended. Booking and payment in advance is essential. Cost £6.50 per child.

Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Meeting point: Tegg Nose Reservoir car park, Holehouse Lane, Langley, SK11 0NB (SJ945718)

Information: 07870804413 or visit

(Places limited - please book in advance / Please wear suitable boots and clothing / Please leave your dog at home / There is a charge, payable in advance, for attending this event / Suitable for children between the age of 5 and 10 / Partnership event / Children must be accompanied by an adult) Back to Top.

Lambing at Blaze Farm

“Blaze Farm Lambing Season 2017".
The lambing shed will be open from Saturday April 1st till Monday April 17th – 10am-5pm (closed Monday 3rd & 10th April). Admission is £1.50 per person, all ages.

Enjoy fresh snacks and a cup of tea or coffee in the tea rooms. Sample the many flavours of our home-made Hilly Billy Ice-Cream which is made from milk fresh from the farms own cows. Take some home for the freezer!! Note - sorry but we don’t accept credit/debit cards as payment methods – it's cash or cheque only! On the A54 between Congleton and Buxton. SK11 0BL. More infomation from the website Back to Top.

Join us at

The Old Sunday School for a fun

drop-in craft session.

No booking necessary!
Full details below:

Easter ‘Hare-ing’ Around
Wednesday 5 April: 1.30-3.30pm

You’ve heard of the Easter Bunnies, well these are their faster cousins! Make your own fantastic hare inspired artwork.
£3 per activity pack, no need to book

Potato Print Art
Wednesday 12 April: 1.30-3.30pm

Instead of throwing potatoes like the rioters in 1812, use them to create some colourful art to take home!
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West Park Museum will be hosting

a drop-in craft session

Drop-in Crafts:

Egyptian Amulet
Tuesday 4 April: 2-4pm, family drop-in
Be inspired by Marianne Brocklehurst’s Egyptian collections and make your own amulet to take away.
£3 per activity pack
King Tut’s Tomb
Tuesday 11 April: 2-4pm, family drop-in
The Egyptian Pharaoh King Tutankhamun had a fabulous tomb and mummy case filled with all things gold and shiny. Make your own recreation of his last resting place to take away.
£3 per activity pack

No booking necessary!

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Over the school holidays the Macclesfield Silk Museum runs a variety of crafts and art classes.

All Craft Clubs can be booked over the phone on (01625) 612045 and cost £6.50.

Booking is essential as there are limited places available

craft clubs and art classes for children between the ages of 6-12 .

Now you see it…
Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April: 10am-12.30pm
Take an adventure into camouflage and create some fantastic ‘now you see it’, ‘now you don’t’ artwork!
£6.50 per child, 6-12 years. Booking essential. Call 01625 612045

workshops aimed at children aged 11-16.

Mandala Making
Thursday 7th April 2016
Children aged 11+ can discover 'mandalas' and create intricate mandalas to take home inspired by Buddhist monks. Website

Each session runs 12.30pm-3.30pm and costs £6.50. Places can be booked on (01625) 613210

Family Drop In Crafts Worshops - no need to book:

Weave an Easter Egg Basket
Thursday 6 April: 1.30-3.30pm, family drop-in

Use some silk weaving techniques to create your own decorated Easter
baskets – you may be lucky and find some eggs to put inside.
£3 per activity pack

Full of the Joys of Spring
Thursday 13 April: 10.30-12.30pm, 1.30-3.30pm, family drop-in

Join in with this inspiring craft session creating your own Spring collage
out of recycled materials.
£3 per activity pack

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Visit Paradise Mill and step back into 1930's industrial Macclesfield. Take a tour with one of our knowledgeable tour guides and discover a typical day at the Mill. See 26 restored Jacquard looms and watch as they weave their magic!

Please be aware that entrance to Paradise Mill is by guided tour only - tours run 11.45am, 1pm and 2.15pm (Monday to Saturday) and 1pm and 2.15pm on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Due to regulations we can only take a certain number of people on tours in Paradise Mill. We often have large groups visiting us and it is best to check which tours are available before planning a visit. Back to Top.

Jodrell Bank

Easter holidays: The Black Holes Science Show! Free but normal admission applies

3rd – 17th April
(weekdays only, inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30

Black Holes are some of the weirdest and scariest objects in the universe… But, they are also one of the most misunderstood! Find out more about them in Jodrell Bank’s Black Holes Science Show, including how they are made, what would happen if you fell into one, and how astronomers find them in space!

Full of fun experiments and interactive demonstrations, Jodrell Bank’s impressive live science shows are perfect for all the family and entry is included with general admission.

Admission can be booked in advance online here and Science Show places can be reserved by phoning 01477 571766

Make a Quasar at Jodrell Bank!

3rd – 17th April
(weekdays only, excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday)
10:30 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 4pm

Quasars are among the brightest, and most distant objects in the universe! They are young, energetic galaxies which existed in the early universe. They shoot out intense jets of radiation, powered by supermassive black holes at their centre which are pulling in matter. In this drop-in session, you can create your own model of a quasar, plus learn how radio observations (including Jodrell Bank’s early experiments to link radio telescopes) led us to find out more about these remarkable objects!

FREE with general admission

Admission can be booked in advance online here

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Macclesfield Activity Centre

MAC is open during the half term holidays. They are based on Goodall Street. SK11 7BD.

Tel 01625 569556

Please see their own website for opening hours or like them on Facebook

Main activity is roller skating.

Skating costs £5 per session plus £1 for skate hire

Sessions last 1 hour and 45 minutes starting at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm (and 6pm Fri, Sat).

If you’re not confident on the rink, though, don’t fret—they also have table games like table tennis, table football, air hockey and pool. No need to pay extra to play on them, either!

Please note that children from 4-11 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult for the duration of their stay! Those under the age of 4 will not be permitted to skate!
After all that excitement, you’ll need a sit down at the café. Drown your sorrows in a cold drink and a snack if you lost and celebrate with one of their delicious snacks and a cold drink if you won!

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Multisports Courses at Club AZ

ClubAZ - Mulberry's and Hulleys at AstraZeneca
These are very popular multi-sport camps for boys and girls aged 4-14. ClubAZ Mulberry's is in Alderley Edge and ClubAZ Hulley's is in Macclesfield. Both camps have been excellently attended for the past two decades.

Places are limited, based on a first-come first-served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The course starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. As multi-sport suggests, the children will partake in a huge variety of sports and fun games. There will also be inflatables, crafts and loads more exciting activities. Below are the dates for courses at AstraZeneca for the current year.

5 DAYS = £90.00
4 DAYS = £75.00
3 DAYS = £60.00
2 DAYS = £40.00
1 DAY = £20.00

Easter Camp 2017

Monday 3 April - Friday 7 April

Monday 10 April - Thursday 13 April

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Tuesday, 29th March to Friday, 1st April

Moorland Adventure Easter Kids Activity Club –

A great way to experience some varied exciting activities in the countryside with local experts Moorland Adventure!

Based at Tegg’s Nose Country Park, each day focuses on different activities and it will give you a taste of adventure! Suitable for anyone between the ages of 8 and 16. Booking and payment in advance is essential

Week 1

Day 1 – Monday, 3 April – Archery and Orienteering
Day 2 – Tuesday, 4 April – Bushcraft and Environmental Art with Anne Humberstone (International Artist)
Day 3 – Wednesday, 5 April – Climb and Abseil
Day 4 – Thursday, 6 April - Cave and Scramble
Day 5 – Friday, 7 April - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 5 days for a reduced price of £150. BOOK

Week 2

Day 1 – Monday, 10 April – Archery and Bushcraft
Day 2 – Tuesday, 11 April – Climb and Abseil
Day 3 – Wednesday, 12 April - Cave and Scramble
Day 4 – Thursday, 13 April - Challenge Day (Abseiling, Climbing, Orienteering and Problem Solving)

Cost £35 per day or sign up for all 4 days for a reduced price of £120. BOOK

Activities run from 9.00am to 4.00pm but to allow for maximum flexibility, you can drop off your child from 8.30am and collect at any time between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks with you each day or you can purchase a packed lunch option (including sandwich, drink and snack) from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room for £5. Breakfast and afternoon snacks are also available to purchase from the Tea Room before and after the activity club sessions.

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Other Ideas:

Please get in touch if you are organising any childrens activities during the school holidays.

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