What's on at Easter

Written by: Elmtree Press

Easter Fun

There’s lots of Easter fun to be had this weekend, ranging from Easter Egg Hunts to Craft Days and exhibitions.  Wrap up warm (snow is forecast!) and take yourself out and about. If you have children, or can borrow some, then you are guaranteed a great weekend!

Spring has sprung at Hull’s award-winning aquarium The Deep, and it’s time to learn about new life in the oceans. Hear about the different eggs laid by some of our most popular residents, including sharks, rays, turtles and penguins. Plus take part in their fun-filled family crafts and an activity trail.

Follow the themed trail through Thorp Perrow Arboretum for lots of Easter fun. There is lots of Easter themed crafty fun for little ones too, and lots of friendly animals to visit and feed.

Hop along for an outdoor adventure at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this Easter! It’s a wild stitch up! Have a go with a needle and thread to create your own leaf or flower on hessian in Swanley Grange.  Use your map to help Brother Thomas find all of his escaped willow farm animals. They’re hiding in corners of the abbey. Find them and claim your chocolate prize! Pick up a trail in the abbey. Alternatively Bring your hard boiled eggs for an egg rolling competition on the abbey green. How far will yours go? Competition will start at 2pm. Be careful if it is horrible weather though as some events might be cancelled. It is still a fabulous place to explore though, especially in the snow!


Opening on 24th March, the Garden Rooms at Tennants are celebrating the work of much loved Dales artist Fred Lawson with a new exhibition. This exhibition, to mark the 50th Anniversary of his death, will bring together over 60 works loaned by local collectors, celebrating Lawson’s evocate images of the Dales and beyond. 


Follow Mother Shipton’s Easter trail and meet characters from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. As you walk through magical woodland props and characters will bring the story of the mischievous bunny to life. Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure quiz sheet. Hop skip and jump through Mr McGregor’s Marvellous Easter garden. Fun for all the family every day from Monday 26th March to Sunday 15th April.

What about an Easter Egg hunt with a wartime theme?

Hey Little Hen! When when when? Will you lay me an egg for my tea” This was the first line of a popular war time song written by Ralph Butler and Noel Gay in 1941. (They also wrote The sun has got his hat on and Run Rabbit Run).It referred to the fact that as eggs were rationed during the war, people were encouraged to keep their own hens in the hope of supplementing the meagre ration. As part of its Easter holiday activities, Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum at Malton, North Yorkshire will be running a free to enter wartime themed Easter Egg hunt over the holiday period.


Nick Hill, manager of the museum said: “Whilst we want visitors to have fun finding the eggs that will be hidden all round our site, we also want to provide them with a little bit of history whilst they are hunting. During wartime, real eggs were in very short supply and were therefore rationed.” As well as the Easter Egg Hunt, there will also be a number of wartime Living History demonstrations taking place on Saturday and Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. They will include 1940’s washing, cooking and hair dressing, Air Raid Precautions, the life of a Land Army Girl , the life of a Prisoner of War and a wartime Easter Sunday Church service. 

Don’t forget to enjoy a spot of remedial Easter shopping! Amongst all the lovely Easter Eggs and scrummy things, we have noticed beautiful felted items at the Pyramid Gallery. Easter eggs are gone in a heatbeat but an Easter duck, hen, wren or honey bear is for ever! What a fabulous gift they would make. Made by artist , Dinny Pocock you can find them at the Pyramid Gallery, York. You need to get there before me though because I want them all!!! 

Don’t forget that Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land are now open  and the Forbidden Corner opens on the 29th.  A trip to any one of these ensures a day out to remember! Have a great time whatever you choose to do!