It’s Easter, which means eggs! From a city-wide bunny search to egg hunts in the gardens of spectacular stately homes, there are some cracking Easter activities going on in and around York this year. Get outdoors, meet baby animals, spot some spring flowers and, if you’re lucky, fill your baskets with chocolate! Here’s our pick of the best.
You’d be hopping mad to miss the Great York Bunny Search. Grab a trail map from the Visit York Information Office (Museum Street) and see if you can find all 26 individually designed rabbits hiding in the windows. It’s free to take part and a great way to see the city.
April 2nd to 23rd 2019
This explosive new British musical, with soaring vocals and spectacular street dance, stars Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (The Greatest Dancer) and Seann Miley Moore (X Factor). It’s Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’ and her classmates look a bit scary. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, as
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York
16th to 20th April 2019 (no show Good Friday)
From £18.50 (family ticket available)
Join the Easter Bunny is visiting York for an incredible Easter egg hunt experience, with amazing games, unforgettable stories and the chance to meet colourful characters as they work to find the missing chocolate eggs. Starting outside York’s Chocolate Story in King’s Square, you’ll follow the characters to the beautiful surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers
York's Chocolate Story King's Square, York YO1 7LD
15th to 22nd April 2019
Egg-splore the Castle Howard grounds this Easter on an egg hunt like no other! The Castle Howard bunnies have lost their eggs around the grounds and you need to help find them. Collect a prize from the Boathouse once you have reunited the eggs with the bunnies! Over the Easter weekend (19th to Monday 22nd
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
Saturday 13th April 2019 to Sunday 28th April 2019
Fall down the rabbit hole this Easter with four weeks of family fun at Lotherton: get lost in the new Wonderland Village, follow the white rabbit’s trail and get creative with kooky crafts. Join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (every Wednesday during April) and enjoy Flamingo fun in the Nestbox Education Centre. Look out special
Lotherton, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
30th March to 28th April 2019
Hop down to William’s Den for lots of Easter fun, from a traditional egg and spoon race to the exciting Egg Hunt Challenge! Show off your dance moves with The Bunny Bop, get stuck into craft activities and why not to pin the tail on the bunny? Enjoy themed food and drink at the Kitchen
William's Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, Brough HU15 2LS
April 6th to April 22nd 2019
Flamingo Land reopens on 6th April, with over 100 rides and attractions for children of all ages. But it’s not all about the rides – there’s lots of fun to be had at the zoo, too. You can even make a real family adventure of it by staying over at the holiday village!
Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX
Celebrate the life of our feathered friends by following the trail and discovering all the clues to work out their life story. Spring has sprung but Mother Bird has lost her eggs. They’ve been scattered all over the abbey and garden and she needs your help finding them. Can you find all her eggs, food
Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Saturday 30 March to Sunday 28 April 2019
As nature bursts into life, bring all the family together for a fun filled Easter at Beningbrough: spot the first signs of spring and join in the ever popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt over the Easter weekend (£2 per person). There are nature-themed escapades on selected days, from planting a patch to hunting for bugs
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 April 2019, 10.30am - 5pm (Closed Monday 15 April)
Stick on your bunny ears and follow the Easter Bunny’s trail to find the flowers, animals and mythical creatures that live at Treasurer’s House. You might just receive a chocolate prize! Don’t forget to head to the beautiful garden where you can play springtime games too. Normal admission charges plus £2 per Easter trail.
Treasurer's House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL
Saturday 13 to Monday 22 April 2019, 11am – 4pm
Hop on down for a great garden adventure with The Rhyming Rabbit this Easter. Keep your eyes peeled for the Rhyming Rabbit on a hop about the garden trail and enjoy craft activities too. Why not enter the competition to win a huge Bettys egg while you’re there? Activities vary daily. Normal garden admission applies.
RHS Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB
30th March to 29th April 2019
Join in with some cracking Easter activities, from the egglympics to egg races, Easter crafts and some great competitions. Visit during the Easter weekend to join the Easter egg trail and see if you can spot the Easter Bunny!
Cliftongate Business Park, Wigginton Rd, York YO32 2RH
13th to 28th April 2019
From Saturday 13th April, join Captain Compost and Lieutenant Leafmould on their crusade to save the Nunnington soil. Follow the trail to discover if they know how to defeat Colonel Chemicals from contaminating the earth and win a chocolate treat (Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, £2.50, available until Sunday 28 April). From Friday 19th to Monday
Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, North Yorkshire, York YO62 5UY
13th to 28th April 2019
Hop along to Mother Shipton’s during the Easter holidays for a cracking time: follow the trail, help Little Bo Peep find her sheep, meet bunnies Betty and Clover and you might just receive a chocolatey treat. While you’re there, don’t miss the petrifying well and the cave itself. Run off energy at the adventure playground
Mother Shipton's Cave, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough
Monday 1st April to Sunday 28th April daily, open 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Enjoy the bigger, better Easter egg hunt, lambing live, meeting the baby animals, the Magic Hatter’s Easter show, chicken flappin’ (the mind boggles!) and all the usual Piglets farmyard fun, from trailer rides to adventure playgrounds. Don’t miss the indoor play barn either.
Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
30th March to 28th April 2019