Take a look at the most eggciting events going on in and around York during the Easter holidays 2022, from egg hunts to lambing live and storytelling in the woods. Whether you want to go on the trail of a chocolate prize or would like to explore a brand new adventure playground, there’s lots of exploring to be done. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily inspiration too.
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Easter egg masterclass at York’s Chocolate Story Enjoy some choc-tastic crafting of stunning Easter products while sampling some of the finest chocolates with a chocolatier-led masterclass. It’s perfect for all of the family as you get to create and take home your very own handmade Easter treats. Hot chocolate, egg decorating, piping activities and more included. Recommended age 6+ with an adult.
9th to 18th April 2022, 11am and 3pm – Visit the York’s Chocolate Story website
BRICKSLIVE at York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum Head to York Castle Museum this Easter (9th to 24th April) for ‘Castles of the Future’, in partnership with world-renowned BRICKSLIVE! Explore York Castle Museum, be inspired by the historical surroundings and then dive into the 2×4 metre brick pit and create your own dream castle. ‘Castles of the Future’ is included in general admission to York Castle Museum, making it a perfect day out for the whole family! Or head to the Yorkshire Museum on 16th and 17th April, where you can build your very own Easter bricks chick or bunny to take home! Find out more and book now at York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum.
Easter at Mother Shipton’s Hop along to Mother Shipton’s during the Easter holidays for an EGG-CEPTIONAL time! Follow the Bunny Door Trail and look out for giant eggs, CRACKING photo opportunities and fascinating Easter scenes throughout the beautiful woodland. There’s something for the whole family at England’s oldest tourist attraction, including the birthplace of the Yorkshire prophetess Mother Shipton, the incredible petrifying well, a large children’s adventure playground (access is subject to weather conditions), and a museum and gift shop.
Every day from Saturday 2nd April to Sunday 24th April 2022 – booking is essential – www.mothershipton.co.uk
Experience Easter Trail at York Minster
Collect an Experience Easter Trail and explore six interactive stops around the cathedral to learn more about the Easter story. The stops include the chance to decorate a paper spring flower to take home inspired by the Minster’s Easter Garden.
Wildlife Detectives at Castle Howard Together with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, this Easter join Castle Howard for a new Wildlife Detective Trail around the gardens. Get lost in the canopy of the Ray Wood trees and uncover the beautiful creatures of the muddier parts of the grounds as you explore Castle Howard against the backdrop of the changing seasons. You’ll be provided with a trail map and an explorer pack as you venture to different stations across the estate. Each will reveal activities and clues as you discover the wandering wildlife getting ready for spring! Free with a valid grounds ticket. Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA – castlehoward.co.uk
Easter egg masterclass at York Cocoa Works Make your own chocolate Easter egg in the chocolate manufactory at York Cocoa Works. Working with your preferred choice of their milk, white or dark chocolate, made at the Chocolate Manufactory, you will learn how to temper chocolate, work with chocolate egg moulds and assemble your beautiful Easter Egg masterpiece
Selected dates in April – booking is essential – Visit the York Cocoa Works website
Easter trail at Woldie’s Lavender and Nature Farm This Easter, Woldie Willow has a special easter trail to follow. From the willow warren rabbit tunnels to the giant spider’s web, find all the animals in their habitats, spot the hidden eggs and crack the code to win a prize. Set in 12 acres of lavender, wildflowers and woodland in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds, there are lots of nature activities and games for families to enjoy.
9th to 24th April 2022 – Visit the Woldie’s Lavender and Nature Farm website
Spring family fun at Harewood
Harewood is a fantastic family day out with plenty to do and see this Easter, just 35 minutes from York. Explore the adventure playground and woodland wonderland, skip over the stepping stones, see the exotic birds in the Bird Garden and meet the animals in the Farm Experience. There’s a new exhibition, Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters, too. 9th to 24th April 2022 – Visit the Harewood website
Piglets Easter Egg-stravaganza
As well as a new indoor play area, Magic Hatter shows, lambing live and plenty of outdoor play opportunities, Piglets Adventure Farm has a new indoor play area too. That’s on top of a massive Easter egg hunt. 2nd to 24th April 2022 – Visit the website
Easter Story Telling with Barnaby Knibbles and Madam Coco Souffle at Northwood Trail
The fairies have played tricks and Madam Coco Souffle needs the help of the audience to undo the fairies’ tricks and save Easter. Interactive storytelling and chocolate, what could be better? Northwood Trail, Buttercrambe Moor Woods, Buttercrambe, York, North Yorkshire, YO41 1AP – Selected dates and limited availability – Visit the website for more info
See the engines at the National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum is one of the best family-friendly attractions in York, with plenty of hands-on activities for children. And it’s free too! Pre-booking is required. Open daily; visit the website.
Check out the new Plotters’ Forest at Raby Castle
The Plotters’ Forest is a bespoke children’s play area to the north of Raby Castle nestled in the magical Christmas tree plantation. From stargazing decks to towers and tunnels, high-level walkways and three-storey forts in the forest, this incredible space offers an imaginative playground for all ages to enjoy. The new attraction has purpose-built areas for toddlers, with mini turrets and lookout decks. Visit the Raby Castle website for details
Play a round of wizard golf
Head to The Hole in Wand in York’s Coppergate Centre and have a go at wizard-themed minigolf at the city’s newest attraction. It’s great fun and good value, too. Visit The Hole in Wand website to book
Go for a spring walk
Spring is the perfect time for a family walk: see the flowers in bloom, keep an eye out for butterflies and enjoy some fresh Yorkshire air. Take a look at our guide to the best places for a family walk in and around York for inspiration for all ages and abilities.
Easter at The Bar Convent
This Easter break, join the Bar Convent and get creative in the ‘Kids Crafts Corner’. Don’t miss the special storytelling session with author and composer Karen Langtree on Monday 11 April at 11 am. There’s an Easter word search, puzzles and more!
April 9th to 23rd 2022 (excluding Sundays and 15-18 April) – Visit The Bar Convent website
Do the Little Vikings I Spy Trail
Recommended by The Sunday Times, the free Little Vikings I Spy Trail is one of the best ways to explore York on foot with children. Collect a map from the Visit York Information Centre or click here to download it from our website.