Easter

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Discover York’s sweet past at York Castle Museum

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Keen on KitKats? Sucker for a Smartie? You might know what they taste like, but how much do you know about their history? This Easter, delve into the delicious history of some of the world’s most iconic chocolate and sweets at York Castle Museum’s new exhibition Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past. Discover how the Georgians, Victorians and Jacobeans satisfied their sweet tooth, check out the spectacular fizzing sweet machine in the Toy Gallery and find out what’s cooking in the working Chocolate Factory where you can see what it was like to work in York’s famous factories. The exhibition is on

York Easter Family Festival: What’s on in the Little Vikings Activity Tent!

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The York Easter Family Festival is back this Easter bank holiday weekend, and we’re excited to be bringing back the Little Vikings Activity Tent with our friends at Visit York. Head to Parliament Street (outside M & S) between 10am and 4pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday, and join in with some great free kids’ activities from some of the best activity providers in York. There’s something special for pregnant and new mums on Good Friday, too. Also happening over the weekend in around Parliament Street is a funfair, petting zoo and the wonderful York Chocolate Festival. Every day we’ll

Go on an underwater Magical Quest at York Easter Family Festival!

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Get ready to swim through the oceans with Magical Quests at York Easter Family Festival this Easter bank holiday weekend! Magical Quests North will be in the Little Vikings Activity Zone on Easter Monday and will be taking children on an underwater adventure full of active games, bubbles and songs. Feel free to drop in at any time: the adventure starts every half an hour between 1-3pm.  The sessions are most suited to children aged 3-8 but all ages are welcome; session are free and no special equipment is needed except your imagination! Magical Quests North provides themed children’s parties

The JORVIK Viking Centre is back this Easter!

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Think you know the JORVIK Viking Centre? Think again. York’s world class Viking attraction opens its doors to visitors again on April 8th after a multi-million pound reimagining, and it’s going to be better than ever. All traces of the devastating floods of 2015 are gone, replaced by new gallery experiences, the change to get closer to Viking history using cutting edge new technology, and even a updated ride to take you back in time. Hop aboard the new improved ride to experience the sights, sounds and infamous smells of the Viking Age. You’ll be transported back 1000 years to

Learn to code with York Maker Hub this Easter

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While they might be tempted to spend the Easter holidays hunting for, and scoffing, chocolate eggs, kids from 8 to 18 could spend a few days learning to code with York Maker Hub. It’ll definitely be better for their teeth (and their brains)! York Maker Hub’s popular coding sessions are back and this Easter, children will learn to code, create and build something they wouldn’t have thought possible in a fun, easy environment. Beginners will get to grips with Scratch or learn how to program and wire up the circuit for a line following vehicle, while those with more knowledge

Easter Farm Fun at Castle Howard

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Nothing says Easter like cute fluffy animals, and that’s just what you’ll find at Castle Howard over the bank holiday weekend. Get up close to your favourite farmyard friends at the mobile petting zoo: there’ll be a miniature pony, micro pig, rabbits, guinea pigs, alpacas, goats and more. But don’t hang out with the friendly farmers all day long – there are scarecrows to find! Hunt in the giant straw bale and share your scarecrow selfies.  Before you leave, head off into the gardens on the Easter trail to round up the animals that have wandered too far from the

Hunt the gold bunny on the Lindt trail at Harlow Carr this Easter

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Join the hunt for the Lindt gold bunny at Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate this Easter. Successful detectives will receive a special gold treat at the end of their adventure. There’ll also be a range of Easter activities including storytelling, crafts, visits from the Easter bunny himself and birds of prey demonstrations. Visit the website for times and dates. Garden trail, 1st to 23rd April – Harlow Carr Gardens, Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB – rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Piglets

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From 8th to 23rd April, little egg hunters can take part in a fab Easter egg hunt at Piglets Adventure Farm. Find hidden chicks around the farm, grab an egg from each one and then receive a special treat. While you’re there, don’t miss lambing live, baby chicks and the Magic Hatter’s comedy magic. That’s on top of the usual great outdoor activities, new bale play barn and Piggy Pizza Parlour. 8th to 23rd April 2017 – Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York YO32 9ST – pigletsadventurefarm.com

Bonnets, bunnies, scarecrows and a Cadbury trail at Nunnington Hall

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Nunnington Hall has it all this Easter: scarecrows, vegetable planting, a bonnet contest, family races and even a Cadbury egg trail. The Easter bunny has been spotted in Nunnington’s gardens, trying to gobble up all of the spring crops. Embark on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to help the Nunnington scarecrows find where he’s been hiding and claim your chocolate prize. On Sunday 16th April and Monday 17th April, help to build more Nunnington scarecrows to keep the Easter Bunny at bay. Get hands-on with spring vegetable planting and create your own miniature scarecrow to take home. Throughout the day,

Egg rolling competition at Fountains Abbey

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We’ve finally found the perfect competition for people who can’t manage to boil an egg without it going rock hard (that’ll be us then). Yes, it’s the annual egg rolling competition on the abbey green at Fountains Abbey! Bring your boiled eggs and see how far yours will go. A plain old egg is fine, but if you get artistic and turn it into something creative, why not enter the egg decorating contest? Bring your creation along ready for a very special long eared guest to see! There’s also a Cadbury egg hunt to embark on (runs 1st to 23rd

York Easter Family Festival is back! Fun, free activities for kids this bank holiday

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Forget your staycation and cancel your flights: for family entertainment this Easter, look no further than York! Yes, York Easter Family Festival is back and we’re delighted to be working with our friends at Visit York to be part of it again. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend we’ll be setting up camp in Parliament Street and hosting a full programme of free kids’ activities that you can drop in and try, just like last year but with some new additions. It’ll run from Good Friday to Easter Monday from 10am to 4pm (11am to 4pm on the Sunday) and

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