There is lots of fun to be had over Yorkshire this Easter!
If it’s family fun you’re after, then look no further than York. There’ll be free activities galore at the York Easter Family Festival!
York Chocolate Festival will be returning for the full four days as part of York’s Easter celebrations with a chocolate market, demonstrations and workshops, and, of course, you can discover why Easter and chocolate have long been associated, with York’s Chocolate Story exclusive themed tours, open daily from 10am.
The Little Vikings Easter Activity Tent, will be in Parliament Street with face painting, Easter crafts, drama classes, storytelling and more. From Friday 7 to 24 April, there will also be a children’s funfair and on the Sunday, the Shambles market will be transformed with a fun bunny trail, where families can enjoy street food in the new Shambles Food Court.
There will be a tractor and a children’s petting zoo with pygmy goats, guinea pigs, a miniature donkey, a Shetland pony, alpacas, lambs, chickens and rabbits, on the Friday, Sunday and Monday.
Little ones will be able to try out a mix of pedal powered vehicles too.
Families will be able to purchase a trail card and follow a map around York, solving puzzles along the way. Participants will receive a chocolatey treat from York Cocoa House and one lucky winner will take home a scrumptious York Cocoa House chocolate egg. The trail cards are available for £3 from the York Information Centre.
The Drax Dome in Parliament Street will tell the story of renewable energy, provided by the UK’s largest power station Drax, near Selby. If interested you will be able to book a tour of the power station itself, which is open 7 days a week and free to visit.
Don’t forget to visit newly reopened Jorvik too – it is always a fabulous day out for all the family!
There are lots of other Easter Activities throughout Yorkshire. Here are a few ideas to fire your imagination !
Golden Egg Hunt – Fountains Abbey
Sshhhhh...there's a tiny golden egg hidden somewhere on the estate and it's your job to track it down! Search high and low but you must keep its location a secret once you've found it. Team up with your family and friends for this challenging treasure hunt.
Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt - RHS Harlow Carr
Enjoy Easter at the garden with lots of activities, from stories and Easter crafts to amazing birds of prey demonstrations, plus the delicious Lindt Bunny trail! Follow the clues to lead you to a delicious treat for your best Easter ever!
Over the Easter weekend, the Easter Bunny will be hopping in for a visit and they’ll also be joined by some special Easter babies
Easter Eggsplorers - Kiplin Hall
A strange new creature has been seen in the Kiplin Woods! Using special 'Eggsplorer' packs, search the woods for clues to help track it down. The best solution wins a great, big egg and there are lots of little eggs for runners-up.
Easter Trails and Activities – Raby Castle
Visit the Raby Castle Gardens for three days of Easter Fun for the children. Collect a sheet to follow the Easter Treasure Trail and be rewarded with a tasty treat at the end! Make Easter crafts to take home, plus face painting and giant games on the lawn
Easter Egg Trail and Hunt – Burton Agnes Hall
Children are invited to take part in an Easter trail around the magnificent grounds of the Hall, solving clues while exploring the extensive gardens. Once the conundrum has been solved, every child will receive an Easter treat.
There are puzzles to solve and games to play, while in the craft tent children can get creative with colouring. Excitingly, there is a giant golden egg to find, which the Easter Bunny has hidden somewhere in the grounds!
On Easter Sunday and Monday, children are invited to join the Easter Bunny and search for some of the many thousands of chocolate Easter eggs that are hidden in the Hall’s woodland.
The stunning gardens and grounds also offer a magnificent yew tree maze (perfect for letting off steam), giant board games including chess, draughts, quoits, snakes and ladders and hop scotch, while the Children’s Corner is the perfect place to relax and spot butterflies and bees emerging to enjoy the spring flowers.
Easter Market - Scampston Walled Gardens
To celebrate the Easter Bank Holiday, Scampston Conservatory will be hosting a craft and produce fair in the Conservatory. There will be lots of unusual gifts and hand-made creations to buy
Easter Eggspress - North Bay RailwayThe railway is having an Easter Eggspress Treasure hunt for the kids with prizes