IF the sun is shining then entertaining the kids during the school Easter holidays is an easy task.
But should the weather fail and you’re tearing out your hair, here’s our guide to activities and events across East Lancashire and beyond for the next two weeks.
Tuesday, April 3
Brockholes, Wild Families, 1pm to 3pm, also Tuesday 10 and Friday 13. Activities have included den building, boat regattas and spell casts to make the most of natural play. £3 per person, families £10. Booking advisable.
Easter craft workshops Museum of Lancashire, Preston, until Friday, 10.30am and 1.30pm. Two-hour workshops to make bunny ears or lamb masks or decorate an egg.
Wednesday, April 4
Brockholes, Wildside School Holiday Club, 9.30am to 4pm. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Outdoor Adventure Club, for children aged 8 to 14. £12.50 per child, booking advisable. Also, Toddle Together, 11am, is a one-hour walk of the reserve with two walk leaders on buggy friendly footpaths. No need to book.
Don Bank’s Afternoon Music Hall, Darwen Library Theatre, 2pm. One for the grandparents, with music and comedy from the good old days. Tickets £2.50.
Cirque Du Soleil, Manchester Arena, until Saturday, April 7. Tickets £50 from 0844 847800.
Thursday, April 5
Easter Fair, Witton Park, Blackburn, opens today at 2pm then until Sunday, April 15, 11am to 9pm. It’s back with rides and attractions for all the family to enjoy. Car parking is available at the Astroturf car park and on Tower Road.
Panto Revisited, Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 7pm. One-off fundraiser for the theatre’s roof appeal featuring stars from Thwaites annual pantomime, including Darren Langford (Hollyoaks), Sally Naden (BBC Radio Lancashire), Anthony Batey (Pop Idol) plus Eggheads CJ De Mooi hosting a quiz. Box office 01254 685500.
Friday, April 6
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, also Monday, 12.30pm to 4pm. Drop-in craft sessions, no need to book. Normal admission charges apply.
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, also Monday and Tuesday Easter egg trail, £1 per child in addition to museum entry.
Botown, Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 7.30pm.
Bollywood’s answer to The Commitments, for those who like 1960s soul or Bollywood grooves. Tickets £15 from 01254 685500. Broadway in Blackburn, King George’s Hall, also tomorrow, 7.30pm.
An evening of music and dance starring lead West End performers. Tickets cost £20 adults, £17.50 concessions from 0844 847 1664.
Saturday, April 7
Easter Egg Hunt, Museum of Lancashire, Preston, also Easter Sunday. Win seasonal chocolate prizes.
Sunday, April 8
Hoghton Tower, Traditional Easter egg rolling, 2pm to 4pm. Decorate your own and roll to a trumpet fanfare. The House will be open for tours from 11.30am. £4 per person to include egg-rolling, gardens & car parking.
Brockholes, Easter trail, from 11am. Collect the clues, solve the puzzle and win a chocolaty surprise.
Easter Eggstravaganza, Samlesbury Hall, 11am to 4pm. Punch and Judy, Merlin the Magician, face painting and more. Take in the food and craft fair on Easter Sunday too. Adults £4, children £3.
CBeebies Live! Reach To The Stars, Manchester Arena, 2pm and 5pm, priced from £15 for adults and £12.50 for children from 0844 847800. See Mister Maker, Robbie Rotten, Justin Fletcher, PC Plum, Andy Day, Katy Ashworth and more live.
Monday, April 9
Easter Eggstravaganza, Samlesbury Hall, also Easter Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Punch and Judy, Merlin the Magician, face painting and more. Take in the food and craft fair on Easter Sunday too. Adults £4, children £3.
Treasure At The Tower, Hogton Tower, 11am to 3pm. A family fun day with treasure hunt for Macmillan, where you can discovering fascinating facts about the Tower and its history, and to win prizes.
Admission £8 adults, concessions and children £6. Brockholes, Wild About Easter, 11am to 4pm. Great activities indoor and out to entertain the whole family. No need to book.
Diversity, Manchester Arena, 7.30pm. The Britain’s Got Talent winners bring their biggest UK Arena tour to date to the North West. Tickets from £21.50 on 0844 847800
Tuesday, April 10
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, until Friday 13. 10.30am to noon. Easter-themed crafts. Booking is required – £2 per child.
Mini-beasts, Museum Of Lancashire, until Friday.
Spring-themed craft workshops working with with mini-beasts and spring flowers make a funky bookmark or decorate a bag. £1 per child to for craft sessions. Ages four to 11.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, The Lowry, Salford Quays, various times until Saturday. Fresh from the West End, this delightful family show, packed with magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.
Tickets £9 to £12 from 0843 2086000.
Wednesday, April 11
Brockholes, Wildside School Holiday Club, 9.30am to 4pm, also tomorrow. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Outdoor Adventure Club, for children aged 8 to 14. £12.50 per child, booking advisable.
Thursday, April 12
National Clown Theatre, Darwen Library Theatre, 1pm. Bucketfuls of laughs and gallons of fun with traditional slapstick, magic, circus acts, prizes and surprises. Tickest £6 adults, £5 concessions from 01254 706006.
High Jinx Magic And Circus Roadshow, Burnley Mechanics, 1.30pm. Magic Circle young magician of the year and Tricky TV’s Michael Jordan takes you on a thrilling journey of magic and illusion with interactive panto-style comedy and your favourite music. Tickets £7.50 from 01282 664400.
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, 6.30pm to 9pm. Hotpots, Shuttles and Song - an evening of live music, song and dance, weaving demonstrations and a traditional hotpot supper. Call 01282 412555 to book, £9 for adults and £7 for concessions.
Much Ado About Nothing, Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre, also tomorrow, 7.30pm. Shakespeare's witty comedy is brought to life by young people from the Civic. Tickets £5 from 01254 398319.
Friday, April 13
The Stones, Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 7.30pm. All the energy of a live Rolling Stones concert from this ‘serious tribute’ act. Tickets £16 from 01254 685500.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 7:30pm. Enjoy a sports-themed programme, with familiar tunes including Chariots of Fire. Tickets £15 from 0844 847 1664.
Saturday, April 14
Brockholes, rare breed chickens and ducks, plus Deadly Scene Investigation, also tomorrow, 11am to 3pm. Meet some unusual feathered friends, and deduce who’s eaten who in the family crime activity (£1.95 for investigation pack).
Clitheroe Chic Vintique Fair, St Mary’s Centre, 10am to 4pm. Stands selling fabulous antiques, silver and small furniture stand alongside those selling modern gifts, vintage jewellery, old fashioned sweets and vintage clothes.
Entry £1. The 15th Lancashire Food Festival, Accrington Town Hall, 10am to 3.30pm, also tomorrow. More than 50 of the county’s top foodies will be on hand to tempt you.
Meet ex-Coronation Street star Sean Wilson from the Saddleworth Cheese Company in the cookery theatre today, and see Jean Christophe Novelli in action during demonstrations tomorrow. Entry £1, demonstrations £8, various times. Titanic Cruise, Foulridge, 1pm.
Join the Canal Cruises crew to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a cruise and three-course meal, replicating the second class menu from the ship on that fateful day. Tickets £19.95 from 01282 844033.
Titanic Centenary Concert, Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre, 7.30pm. East Lancashire Concert Band presents A Night To Remember.
Tickets £5 from 01254 398319.
Sunday, April 15
Farmers’ Market. Hoghton Tower, 10am to 2pm. House open and Merchant of Hoghton Farmers’ Market 10am to 2pm. Admission £1 per car to market, house tours cost £8 for adults and £6 for concessions and children.
Colne Orchestra – Titanic Centenary Concert, The Muni, Colne, 7.30pm. Guest musician Jonathan Evans-Jones - who played Colne-born bandmaster Wallace Hartley in the 1997 film Titanic - will be on the violin.
Tickets £10, under 16s £1 from 01282 661234.
Monday, April 16
KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL!