Easter in York 2018: Our guide


From egg hunts to festivals, steampunk to dinosaurs, there’s loads going on in and around York for families this Easter. Take a look at our guide for the highlights, and whatever you do, make sure you come along to the York Easter Family Festival to see a brand new children’s show! It’s free and we’d love to see you.

Enjoy an egg-citing Easter at Nunnington Hall with Borage the Bunny and his scarecrow pals. Borage has been busy building a host of scarecrows to protect the garden’s spring seedlings from pesky birds. Can you help to keep them at bay? Join the hunt to discover each nature loving scarecrow to claim your Cadbury chocolate
Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York
30th March to 15th April 2018, 10.30am to 5pm
£2 per hunt in addition to admission price
Hunt for dragon eggs by cracking clues and solving puzzles as you explore the grounds and gardens of these amazing English Heritage properties. A historical friend will be on hand to help with a riddle, and there’ll be a chocolate reward for champions. 30th March to 2nd April, 11am to 5pm.
Scarborough Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Whitby Abbey
30th March to 2nd April 2018, 11am to 5pm
Normal admission price
Wonderful WonderPhil returns to Castle Howard this Easter for a family magic workshop and daily magic show (booking essential). You can also enjoy an Easter Egg hunt with a twist around the gardens: several birds have lost their eggs and it’s down to the intrepid egg-splorers to help reunite them. Look out for wildlife along
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
24th March to 15th April 2018
Normal admission price; extra for magic shows (book online)
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, join in the ever popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to get a chocolate prize. There are also fun activities on selected days (check the website for details). Get your green fingers going and help plant a veggie patch – you might eventually taste your creation in the restaurant! Go
Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York
24th March to 15th April, Tuesday to Sunday (and bank holiday Monday), 10.30am to 5pm
Normal admission price, plus small charge for egg hunt
Discover springtime games in the beautiful garden at Treasurer’s House, right in the city centre. Why not play a game of croquet in the shadow of York Minster? Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, follow the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt upstairs and downstairs in the house to crack the code for a chocolatey treat and
Treasurer's House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL
30th March to 2nd April 2018, 11am to 4pm
Normal admission price, plus £1.50 per trail
Use your map to help Brother Thomas discover all his escaped willow farm animals, hiding in the corners of the abbey. Find them and claim your chocolate prize! 30th March to 2nd April, 11am to 4pm, £2.50 per trail in addition to admission price
Fountains Abbey, Ripon HG4 3DY
30th March to 2nd April 2018
£2.50 per trail in addition to admission price
Join the Young Friends of Rowntree Park to follow the clues and discover the secret hiding place of the Easter Bunny to collect your chocolate egg. It’s £1 per child to take part. 29th March 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Rowntree Park. Visit the Young Friends of Rowntree Park website for more details.
Rowntree Park, Terry Avenue, York YO23 1JQ
29th March 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm
£1 per child
Hop down to Harlow Carr and hunt the famous gold bunny. There’ll also be storytelling with the madcap garden detectives, Easter crafts and birds-of-prey demonstrations. Visit over the Easter weekend to see real bunnies, lambs and goats. 30th March to 16th April 2018, 10am to 4pm
RHS Harlow Carr, Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB
30th March to 16th April 2018
Normal admission price applies
Enjoy a weekend of fantastic falconry at Rievaulx Abbey: discover how priests, bishops and monks broke their vows to go hawking and how hunting with birds of prey made money for the abbey.  Stop by the medieval-style hawk house to see the birds of prey up close and catch falconry displays throughout the weekend too:
Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley, York YO62 5LB
30th March to 2nd April 2018, 12 noon to 4pm
Normal admission charges
Between Good Friday 30th March and Sunday 15th April, join in the Egg Hunt in Dino Dig.  Find an egg in the sandpit and then swap it for a free egg themed treat to eat. Every day of the Easter school holidays you can join in the Easter Zoo Trail around the award-winning animal collection.  Complete
Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX
30th March to 15th April 2018
Normal admission prices
Join the Easter egg hunt, watch lambing live, see the baby animals, watch the Magic Hatter’s Easter show and enjoy all the usual Piglets fun. Don’t forget to hop on the tractor to the play baaarn, where you can enjoy pizza from the pizza parlour too.
Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
24th March to 15th April 2018
Normal admission price
The York Easter Family Festival is back, making York city centre the place to be for families throughout the Easter bank holiday weekend. Head to Parliament Street from Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April where you’ll find the Little Vikings tent playing host to a brand new Easter show for children. We’re welcoming all families to join us in The Hunt
Parliament Street, York
29th March to 2nd April 2018
12 hand painted ceramic eggs will be hidden in 12 shops along Bootham & Gillygate throughout the Easter holidays. Pick up an entry form from Rainbows and follow the clues to hunt them down. All entries will be placed into a prize draw and 1 lucky winner will receive an Easter basket full of goodies kindly donated
Bootham and Gillygate York
26th to 30th March
50p donation
The dinosaurs are coming to York, and we couldn’t be more excited! Head to the Yorkshire Museum from Saturday March 24th to discover the world of Jurassic Yorkshire at this major, not-to-be-missed exhibition (that will be opened by Sir David Attenborough, no less!). Yorkshire’s Jurassic World will combine significant collections and the latest technology to
Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York YO1 7FR
From 24th March 2018
Normal admission prices
There’s a cracking chocolate adventure coming up in York this Easter courtesy of our friends at York’s Chocolate Story, and you could come along with your family! This popular event at The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall returns with a fun new show, Easter activities and chocolate! It takes place from Friday 30th March to Saturday 7th
York's Chocolate Story
30th March to 7th April 2018
£9.95 child, £4.95 adult
Discover more about the history of Easter traditions and enjoy demonstrations of hot cross buns using Victorian recipes– you might even get to try some! There’ll also be Easter crafts and an Easter trail throughout the museum where you might even win a sweet treat (50p per trail).
York Castle Museum, Tower Street, York
24th March to 8th April 2018
Adult £9.09/under 16s free
Find the flowers all around the gallery and draw them to fill your empty vases: pick up the trail when you arrive and collect a sticker when you show us what you’ve done (included with entry). Head to the studio where you can sew, draw or fold frogs and flowers inspired by flora and fauna
York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York
24th March to 8th April
£7.50 adult/under 16s free
This Easter, the Little Mermaid is swimming to York Theatre Royal from 4th to 7th April 2018. This is a show with a difference: this radical feminist re-imagining sees the classic tale transposed to the 1950s. Beneath the waves is a world of gender fluidity and fluctuating identities. While the Little Mermaid longs to rise and
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York
4th to 7th April 2018
Adult from £16, child £12
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