Your round-up of Easter bank holiday and half-term activities

Easter activities providing fun for all the family are taking place across the area over the bank holiday weekend and half term.

In Stamford an Easter egg hunt has been organised by Barnaby and Libby Staniland to raise money for the Histiocytosis Research Trust in memory of Oliver Scholes, who died last year aged two.

About 30 Easter eggs will be hidden in shop windows in Stamford town centre, each displaying a letter. To be in with a chance of winning a prize, entrants will need to find all the letters and rearrange them to create a message.

The prizes are a £25 John Lewis voucher, a selection of Easter eggs and a cuddly toy.

The eggs will be displayed in shops from today until Monday, April 8.

Entry sheets cost £2 and will be available from the Mercury office in Sheep Market; Bubble and Squeak in High Street and the tourist information centre at Stamford Arts Centre in St Mary’s Street.

Entries must be returned to the Mercury office or to 63 Kesteven Road, Stamford,by 5pm on Monday, April 15.

In Stamford the arts centre is hosting the Lincolnshire One Venues Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday for 12 to 25 year olds.

There will be a whole programme of gigs, workshops and activities organised by and for young people, starting with Film in a Day workshop 11am to 5pm on April 2 run by Blueprint Film Foundation.

Directors of tomorrow of ages will get a chance to make, create, direct and edit a film.

From 2pm to 5pm Jem’s Hip Hop will be choreographing a street dance routine and from 11am to 1pm there will be a stage combat workshop, costing £3. The combat class is for people aged 16 and over.

From 2pm to 4pm an acoustic guitar master class will be held by Tommy Loose.

Suitable for intermediate-advanced guitarists and you will need to bring your own guitar.

At 7.30pm a festival gig is being organised by students of New College Stamford featuring new acts ranging from soft acoustic to pop and punk.

On Wednesday artist Ivan Liochev is hosting an all-day drop-in workshop, as part of the International Collaborative Drawing Project. The session runs from 11am to 6pm and is free.

Zest Theatre is running a workshop from 11am to 5pm giving young people the chance to write, produce and perform their own short play to be performed at the venue from 6pm. Artist Emma Fay is holding a body and face art workshop from 11am-2pm and from 2.30pm to 3.30pm she will be sharing the secrets of theatre make up.

On Tuesday and Wednesday Wildcats Academy in Castle House, St Peters Hill, Stamford is running a two day Stomp Musical special, where children learn to make music with various different objects. On Friday, April 5, there will be a Moshi Monsters day, on April 8 there is an Angelina Ballerina session and a Footloose and Flashdance dance workshop on April 9.

A Pop Party with lots of singing, dancing and games throughout is being held on April 10. An Easter party is running on April 11 where children get to take part in many Easter theme activities.

All sessions run from 9.30am to 4pm with extra hours by arrangement.

For more information or to book go to or call 01780 762000.

Sports Xtra is organising a wide range of activities in Stamford and Oakham during the Easter holidays. These activities are open to children aged five to 11 and run between 9.30am to 4pm.

At Queen Eleanor School, in Stamford, Sports Xtra will be running Spy Xperience on Tuesday, Detective Xperience on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dance Xperience on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Friday Sport Xperience will be running.

Next week at Catmose Sports Centre, in Oakham Spy Xperience is being held on April 8, Dance Xperience and Sport Xperience on April 9.

Visit for more information.

An Easter egg hunt will be taking place at Burghley House on Sunday.

The Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden will host the annual Easter egg hunt where youngsters can discover a trail of clues hidden among the water features, moss house and mirror maze and meet the Easter bunny.

Those who complete the trail and solve the clues get a chocolate treat.

For full details and to book online tickets, visit or telephone 01780 752451.

The Deeping Shopping Centre is holding an egg hunt over the holiday and is looking for keen eggs-plorers to see how many coloured eggs they can spot in all of the centre’s store windows.

Once youngsters have counted all the eggs they can, they need to head to the either Paper Kisses or Deeping News with an adult and tell a member of staff how many eggs they have found and leave their contact details.

Each correct entry will be entered into a prize draw and the first three entries picked out win a selection of Easter treats from the centre’s Co-op and Paper Kisses.

The hunt will run from tomorrow until Tuesday.

Craft activities for children will be running today at The Priory Church, in Church Street, Deeping St James. Following a church service at 9.30am the children will then move to the Church Hall where they can do craft and cooking activities. There will also be a group art project.

For more information call Andrea on 01778 344926

A Big Bunny Hunt is taking place in the woods at Sacrewell Farm from today to April 14.

The Big Bunny Hunt costs £3 per child and will be running every 10 minutes over the Easter weekend and every 20 minutes from then on. Sacrewell Farm is open from 9.30am to 5pm every day.

At Stapleford Park a special Easter Sunday lunch with egg decorating, face painting and an exciting egg hunt around the estate will be taking place.

To book a lunch reservation call 01572 787000.

Easter Sunday is the first day of Rockingham Castle’s summer season. On Sunday and Monday a hunt is taking place around the gardens, where masses of fluorescent stars can be found and exchanged for chocolate eggs.

Barnsdale Gardens is running garden trails to follow and an egg hunt every day from today to Easter Monday.

Special eggcellent tokens all around the gardens, find one and collect your a free chocolate treat.

One Touch Football is holding football camps in Stamford, Bourne and Deeping St James for boys and girls aged four to 14.

The Stamford session is running from Tuesday to April 10 at Empingham Road playing fields, Thursday and Friday, April 5, at Bourne Recreation Group and Deeping Leisure Centre on April 8 to 9 from 10am to 3pm.

First session £12, £10 per day after. Visit

John Clare Cottage in Helpston is holding an Easter trail on Tuesday, traditional bonnet making session on Wednesday and artificial flower making session on April 10. Sessions run from 2pm and 3.30pm, costing £4 per child. Call 01733 253330.

Tomorrow at The Salvation Army in Manning Road there will be an Easter coffee morning from 10am to midday with seasonal hot cross buns and cakes.

On sale there will be bric-a-brac, jewellery, books, and other items.

An Easter egg trail will be taking place around Langtoft on April 6 from 10am to 4pm. Entry £1 and all entrants receive an Easter Egg.

Not All Bad will be running a holiday club with sports, crafts and team building fun at Bourne Youth Centre, week days, excluding bank holidays from today until April 12 from 9am to 4pm for children aged eight to 12. The cost is £14 per day or £60 per week. To book call 01529 240340.

A Movie Makers film workshop for children aged eight to 16 is taking place at Witham Hall School from Tuesday to Friday and April 8 to April 11 from 10am to 4pm.

Book now at

There is a host of activities planned for the school holidays at Uppingham School’s summer school.

There are courses for children and adults ranging from sports and science to arts and crafts, baking and bridge.

For more details call 01572 820800 or go to or e-mail summerschool