We’ve teamed up with Dalesman, the best-selling Yorkshire magazine, to bring you a comprehensive guide to what’s on across the region this Easter time. Whether you’re looking for fun activities for the family or rest and relaxation, there’s plenty to choose from in God’s Own County.
Bolton Abbey, near Skipton – Easter Egg Hunt, April 3-6
In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the annual egg hunt at Bolton Abbey starts at the Cavendish Pavilion, following the riverside path into Strid Wood. Follow the trail to find the clues and crack the Easter code. Then you can visit the Easter Bunny in her wooden hutch in the woods to claim a chocolate prizes! The path is pram and wheelchair friendly so all the family can join in. Explore the rest of the estate, following the woodland and riverside paths, taking in the Abbey ruins and trying your luck with the stepping stones across the River Wharfe.
York Chocolate Festival – April 3-6
York has a long and illustrious history in chocolate, as home to famous chocolate making families Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Cravens. Favourite treats Smarties, Chocolate Orange and Kit Kat were dreamt up in the city! The annual chocolate festival includes a chocolate market, chocolate trails, demonstrations, historical talks and plenty of tasting opportunities! The Lord Mayor holds an Easter Egg Hunt starting from Yorvik Viking Centre on Easter Saturday. Join the York Walls Chocolate and sweetie walk for chocolate inspired history and places of note on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And there are chocolate master classes including Easter egg moulding and chocolate bar designing at the York Cocoa House (booking required).
Newby Hall and Gardens, near Ripon – Easter Family Fun Day, April 5-6
Join the Easter Bunny and friends for a fun trail through the magical woodland at Newby with an Easter egg prize for all children! Make a day of it at Newby Hall which is one of Britain’s finest Adam houses. The extensive 25 acre award winning gardens offer plenty of spots for a picnic or a rest, whilst the adventure playground, water play features, miniature railway and swing boats provide a real slice of wholesome family fun.
Castle Howard, near York – Easter Fair and Farm Friends, April 4-6
It’s Easter with an old fashioned feel at Castle Howard. The house hosts a traditional fairground featuring all the favourites – a carousel, big wheel, coconut shy, hook-a-duck and candy floss. Be prepared to be amazed by ‘WonderPhil’ the magician and meet Molly the rabbit who will be walking the grounds. At the mini-farm you can meet animals including rabbits, ducks, lambs, mini-pigs and even some creepy crawlies if you’re brave enough! Together with an Easter egg hunt and crafts this is a lovely family day out – and that’s before you’ve got started on the main house and grounds complete with adventure playground.
Burton Agnes Hall, near Driffield – Easter Egg Hunt and Trail, April 1 -12
The magnificent grounds of this architectural gem are a wonderful place to follow an Easter trail, find the clues as you go to solve the puzzle and receive an Easter treat. There are games to play, a craft tent for Easter colouring plus find the giant golden egg that the Easter bunny has hidden somewhere in the grounds. On Easter Sunday and Monday the Easter egg hunting steps up a notch, children are invited to scour the Hall’s woodland for some of the thousands of chocolate Easter eggs that have been hidden! If that’s not worn you out, try the yew tree maze or spot butterflies and emerging bees in the Children’s Corner.
Sledmere House, near Driffield – Easter Trail and Lambing, April 3-6
The Easter Trail takes you around Sledmere’s dynamic grounds, finding clues to complete to claim a prize! The gardens and parkland provide a stunning backdrop to the trail, bursting with colour from spring daffodils and tulips. On Easter Sunday and Monday there are Easter Lambing events where you can see the newly born lambs and take part in their feeding. Children’s crafts, a bouncy castle and lawn games for all the family promise to make this a great day out.
Kirklees Light Railway, near Huddersfield – Easter Eggspress, April 3-6
Climb aboard Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Engine this Easter and help the Easter bunny find all his food! Take the Easter ‘Eggspress’ to the station at Shelley where you will meet the Easter bunny who needs your help finding all the food he’s dropped in the playground there. He’s also hidden some very important golden eggs and if you find one there will be an extra special prize. Take part in the Easter craft activities to decorate a bonnet, basket or egg, compete in the egg and spoon race and enjoy the adventure playground and children’s entertainer.
North York Moors National Park – Easter Trail, April 3-6
National park centres at Danby and Sutton Bank have Easter Trails to follow. Use the map to find the ten hidden eggs and claim your tasty Easter treat! The centres have various bookable events for children of all ages over the Easter holidays. Take a look at their website for more details. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway will also be running over Easter weekend if you fancy sitting back and basking in the warm spring glow of some of the UK’s most naturally beautiful scenery.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, near Harrogate – Gold Bunny Hunt and Easter Family Fun, March 28 – April 12
The inspiring gardens at Harlow Carr are a wonderful day out for young and old. Hop through the garden on the trail of the giant golden bunny, following the clues to a delicious treat. Through the holidays there will be indoor craft activities and outdoor workshops for all ages. For younger children there are also storytelling sessions of garden adventures and garden creatures. Over the Easter weekend the Easter bunny himself will be visiting in person to check on all his bunny friends in the garden. With plenty of picnic spots, Betty’s café and restaurant and the fabulous tree house in the woods, this is a great place to say hello to spring.
For further listings of events in the Yorkshire region over the Easter period visit www.dalesman.co.uk.