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


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 and children can come along and enjoy:

Easter Farm Fun at Castle Howard


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

Discover York’s sweet past at York Castle Museum this April


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 opens at

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


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