Looking for fun things to do in or around York this Easter? Whether it’s egg trails, egg hunts, egg rolling, bonnet making or just a good old fashioned day out in York or beyond that you’re after, here’s our top pick. Let us know what you get up to, visit the Little Vikings Kids’ Zone at the York Easter Family Festival if you can, and see what we’re up to by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
York Easter Family Festival
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. Try a Rugbytots session, get stuck into some drama with PQA, enjoy creative storytelling with Hoglets, get crafty with Minty Events, go on a magical quest with Magical Quests North, bring your baby for a massage (co-ordinated by Avocado Events) and lots more. Watch our website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest.
Little Vikings Activity Tent, Parliament Street, York – Good Friday to Easter Sunday
Farm fun at Castle Howard
Meet some furry and fluffy friends at Castle Howard over the Easter bank holiday weekend. There’s an Easter trail too, and you might just win a prize! While you’re there, take a trip to the adventure playground and have a ride on the land train. It’s a full family day out.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA – Friday 14th April 2017 to Monday 17th April 2017, 10am to 4pm
Have a sweet time at York Castle Museum
We can’t think of a more family-pleasing exhibition than one that’s all about sweets! That’s what York Castle Museum has to offer from April1st onwards, and it sounds fab. 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.
The exhibition opens at York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York YO1 9RY on 1st April 2017
Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Piglets Adventure Farm
8th to 23rd April 2017 – Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York YO32 9ST
Bonnets, bunnies, scarecrows and a Cadbury trail at Nunnington Hall
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.
Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt available Friday 14 April to Sunday 23 April, 10.30am- 5pm – normal admission charges apply (Small charge for Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and some craft activities) – more information on the Nunnington Hall website
Medieval Marvels at the Yorkshire Museum
Meet a medieval character to learn about life behind the walls of St Mary’s Abbey, create stunning ‘stained glass windows’ and discover the history behind medieval feasts. Meet a monk or medieval lady to find out about their lives, find out about medieval foods and create your own ‘stained glass’ from coloured cellophane (all daily, 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm).
The Yorkshire Museum – 8th to 23rd April – more details here
Hunt the gold bunny on the Lindt trail at Harlow Carr
Garden trail, 1st to 23rd April – Harlow Carr Gardens, Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB – rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr
Easter egg hunt and egg rolling competition at Fountains Abbey
The annual egg rolling competition on the abbey green at Fountains Abbey sounds great fun. 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 April).
Fountains Abbey – 17th April 2017 from 1.30pm – Normal admission charges apply (additional £2 charge for Cadbury trail) – More details on the Fountains Abbey website
Picture Perfect at York Art Gallery
Dress up in the costumes of characters in the paintings and follow a trail to find them and then collect a sticker (50p per trail). Visit the fabulous Studio between 10th and 21st April (11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm) to dress up as your favourite gallery character then create a story about them.
Embark on the Cadbury trail at Beningbrough Hall
Over the bank holiday weekend, take on the Cadbury egg hunt, decorate an egg and challenge yourself with egg and spoon races at Beningbrough. The gardens are at their best too, with daffodils galore. Little ones can grab a bike or trike to expore on, and no trip’s complete without a visit to the adventure playground. Don’t forget there’s lots to do in the hall, too.
Cadbury trail from 14th to 17th April – 10.30am to 5pm – Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD – £2 per trail in addition to admission charge – nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough
Flip’pin Fantastic Fun at The Deep
Have a turtley amazing time at The Deep this Easter to celebrate the arrival of two new Loggerhead sea turtles. Learn about the new residents in the Endless Ocean presentations throughout the day, and even make your own turtle in the family craft area. See the newly refurbished Lagoon complete with a wide array of new fish and find out how the display was created in the ‘Meet the Mangroves’ presentations.
The Deep, Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP – 10:00am April 1, 2017 – 6:00pm April 23, 2017 – more details here
Embark on a Cracking Chocolate Adventure at York’s Chocolate Story
Kids can can immerse themselves in a chocolatey adventure with York’s Chocolate Story this Easter on one of their popular walking tours. Taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, children will join Egbert on a quest to find his lost Easter eggs and defeat Sheldon the wicked stoat who is on a mission to steal Easter! The adventure starts at York’s Chocolate Story daily at 11.30am and 2pm on the dates below, and will make its way to the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. Tours will take place on 8th and 9th April and daily from 13th to 17th April.
Medieval Mayhem at Eureka!
Eureka!, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE -1st to 23rd April 2017 – 10am to 5pm – eureka.org.uk
Join the Easter egg trail at Stockeld Park
Join the Giant Egg Hunt at Stockeld Park’s popular Easter Adventure: find the hidden eggs around the Enchanted Forest using your forest map and you’ll be in with a chance to win a giant egg. It’s not all about the eggs – the outdoor roller rink, maze and go-karts will also be open.
8th to 24th April – 10am to 6pm – Stockeld Park, Wetherby LS22 4AN
Free Easter activities at York Designer Outlet
Join Betsy bunny for a host of free Easter craft activities in the bunny school inside the south entrance between 11am and 4pm. On Tuesday 11th April – Make delicious chocolate bunny cookies; Wednesday 12th April – Decorate your own Easter egg cup; Thursday 13th April – Bunny mask making; Tuesday 18th April – Design your own Easter popcorn pots; Wednesday 19th April – Make a bunny puppet and tell your own bunny story, and Thursday 20th April – Decorate your own Easter mug.
Children’s Easter Matinees at City Screen
- Friday 7th, Tuesday 11th and Thursday 13th: Trolls (U)
- Monday 10th & Wednesday 12th April: Ballerina (U)
- Friday 14th, Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th April: Moana (PG)
- Monday 17th & Wednesday 19th April: HOP (U)
Egg trail at The Balloon Tree
Join in the Easter Egg Trail at the multi award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop at Stamford Bridge from 8th – 23rd April, 9.30am – 4.30pm every day. Children will learn about the various fruit and vegetables grown on site as they take a walk around the farm, following the ‘wabbit’ and answering the clues as they go. Don’t miss the play area while you’re there, with the digger, tower & slide, tractor and climbing frame. Enjoy a delicious home-baked hot cross bun in the brand newly extended cafe and sit in the landscaped cafe garden with a cuppa, where you can relax and still keep an eye on the kids while they play. £3 children, £1 adults. Visit www.theballoontree.co.uk or call 01759 373023 for more info.