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Don’t miss our hugely popular, fun events at Easter, Halloween and Christmas – lasting memories to be made…


Friday 29th March - Sunday 14th April

Spring is in the air and it's such a special time at Matlock Farm Park. Nearby farms donate their cade lambs which need lots of dedicated care, in the form of bottle feeding and some gentle nurturing.

Visitors can learn about these lambs at our cade lamb sessions, watch them being fed and get involved in gentle petting - lovely photo opportunities. Children can also follow an Easter Treasure Trail every day of the Easter school holidays.
Of course, Easter wouldn't be Easter without the very jolly Easter Bunny who makes an appearance morning and afternoon from Good Friday to Easter Monday to help with our famous Easter Egg Hunt, with sweet treats available for children involved. Over this weekend, there's also our Find the Golden Egg feature at the park, with a super prize to be won. There's all the usual fun of the farm park with sheep racing, small animal handling, wallaby encounters, meerkat feeds, ferret racing and more!
On Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, we will also be joined by external entertainers - check out our What's On page before you visit!
Easter fun
Halloween fun

Get involved in some spooky goings on at Matlock Farm Park!

Come and walk along our spooky trail in our woodland and see some familiar Halloween characters at different prop sets - don't worry - it's fun, not scary! Don't miss our Ghoul Games as you wander! We'll have friendly characters too to interact with in the woodland and around the park, even providing some broomstick flying workshops! We'll have friendly live characters too to interact with in the woodland and around the park.
Of course, there'll be our Pumpkin Patch which you can pick up a token for, and children with their grown-ups can grab a wheelbarrow to explore the patch and pick their favourite pumpkin - carve it here at our carving stations or take it home with you!
Witch Wendolyn will be running her craft workshops every day for little ones to make lovely keepsakes and if you keep your eyes peeled, you may even be lucky enough to catch sight of the Headless Horseman late afternoon, just as the light fades…
There will be all the usual animal delights of Matlock Farm Park including Sheep Racing, Small Animal Petting, Meerkat Talks, Wallaby Encounters & Ferret Racing, as well as our daily Pony Rides* for children. There's lots of opportunity to play too, including our fabulous covered Enchanted Hamlet multi-zone play area, marvellous indoor playcentre The Rainforest and outdoor Jumping Pillow!
Who’s coming?

*small charge applies for pumpkin and for pony rides. Pumpkins subject to availability.


Breakfast with Santa

Have Breakfast in style in our cafe as Santa Claus joins you at your table to get you into the festive mood! He'll have a lovely chat with you during breakfast and is sure to know all about his special diners! Santa will provide a special early Christmas present to children dining and of course he'd love to have photos taken.
At the end of Breakfast, it's time to sit with Mrs Claus in her parlour as she reads a very special Christmas Story. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the farm park's facilities.

Autism Friendly Santa Sessions

Come to see Santa for a special, more relaxed experience and at a pace suited to your loved one. Book a specific time slot to avoid crowded areas & noise and meet with our friendly staff member first to discuss how we can provide the most memorable experience. All children are welcome at our regular Matlock Farm Park Christmas experience, however these sessions will be lively and busier and include other Christmas encounters and activities. The Autism Friendly Santa Sessions are designed for loved ones who require a calmer, shorter experience.

Santa's Grotto!

Write a letter to Santa, see if you're on Santa's nice list at the Naughty or Nice O'meter and meet the Big Man in Red in his beautiful, cosy grotto! Children can tell Santa Claus all of their Christmas wishes and they will receive a special gift as an early Christmas present! More information to follow...

Also available at Christmas time:

Festive pony rides*
Christmas Carol Singing
Crafts in our barn
Christmas Treasure Trails

*small charge applies

Christmas fun
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Did you know we sell gift vouchers...

Why not treat someone to a gift voucher for Matlock Farm Park...

Picnics are welcome for visitors to consume at outdoor picnic tables around the park.

Please note, food obtained from outside the farm park cannot be consumed inside our Cafe or Rainforest Coffee shop, except in the case of baby food for little ones in high chairs.