Plenty planned in park this Easter

There’s lots to do in Hall Leys Park this Easter as the centenary celebrations keep coming thick and fast.

Hall Leys 100, the plan to stage 100 events in the park throughout the year, has dozens of fun things in store over the next few weeks.

First up there’s a bug hunt on Thursday, April 21 from 3pm to 5pm. Billed as A Bug’s Life in Hall Leys Park, people can make a bug box to take home. Booking is essential through Jo Stanistreet on 01773 841566.

Then on Friday, April 22, Matlock Park Bowls Club will be offering another taster session between 2pm and 4pm to welcome people of all ages to try their hand at Crown Green Bowls. Bowls will be provided free of charge and guests are asked to wear suitable flat soled footwear.

On Thursday, April 28 from 3pm to 5pm look out for a communal picnic and the opportunity to make a length of bunting to put up at home to celebrate the Royal wedding. Book through Jo Stanistreet on 01773 841566.

People can celebrate the Royal wedding on Friday, April 29 with a band concert and another communal picnic. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day.

A fundraising toddle had been planned for Saturday, April 30, but this has now been cancelled.

However, after a successful event this weekend, there will be another opportunity to try orienteering on Wednesday, June 15 from 4pm to 7.30pm.

There will be a specially designed course set up in the park for children and there are courses going out to Pic Tor for the older and more adventurous.

The taster sessions coincide with plans to develop an orienteering club night in Matlock. Details about the club are available on

The centrepiece of the Hall Leys 100 celebrations will be the actual centenary day – Thursday, June 23 – and the Hall Leys 100 organisers are keen for all residents to put forward their ideas as soon as possible to Catherine Rawas on 01629 583042.