What to do in Yorkshire for Easter
PUBLISHED: 19:14 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:20 05 April 2013
If you're going to shell out on some Easter fun, here are a few tasty ideas
The Easter bunny gets around at bit, doesnt he? He must have a very fast car on standby at all times to make it to every event hes booked to appear at. Either that or he has an ingenious underground warren with tunnels leading to all four corners of the county.
But whatever his mode of transportation, hes going to be making his presence known in Yorkshire throughout the Easter weekend leading woodland trails, rolling eggs down hills and generally putting on a show for children with their faces painted chick-yellow.
If you want to catch up with him on his travels, here are a few suggested destinations for you to hare along to.
Jousting Tournament at Royal Armouries, Leeds
Experience the thrills and spills of live jousting with a three-day tournament at the Royal Armouries from March 30th to April 1st.
Knights in full armour will battle on horseback throughout the weekend in an authentic display of medieval jousting, with a final clash of the tinny titans at 3pm on Easter Monday.
0113 220 1999; armouries.org.uk
Eggcellent Easter Fun at Kilpin Hall, Northallerton
There will be fun for all the family at this intriguing Jacobean hall from March 29th to April 1st, with egg hunts, mask-making, craft activities and an Easter hat competition. There will also be a display by North Yorkshire Vintage Machinery Society on Easter Sunday from 10am.
When youve had your fill of chocolate, you can tour the eclectic house, mooch in its ornamental garden, stroll along its woodland and lakeside walks or have a cuppa in its award-winning tea room.
01748 818178; kilpinhall.co.uk
York Chocolate Festival
Yorkshires historic capital city is synonymous with chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that its hosting a four-day festival celebrating the sweet stuff from March 29th to April 1st.
It will focus on local artisan chocolate makers and skilled chocolatiers who stock Yorks restaurants, shops and hotels with the most delectable cakes, pastries, chocolates and desserts.
There will also be a Chocolate Market showcasing quality creations as well as chocolate tastings, workshops and specialist insights into the history, technology, development and future of the industry in the city.
Spring Festival at Thwaite Mills Watermill, Leeds
Celebrate spring on Easter Sunday with seed-planting, face-painting and environmental activities. You can also have a go at making butterfly wings, learn how to grow your own vegetables, meet the Easter bunny and join in a spring treasure hunt.
If you still havent had your mill fill, why not pop along to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills for a bunny hunt (March 29th to April 14th) or a steam day with Jack the 100-year-old loco (March 29th to April 1st).
0113 276 2887; 0113 263 7861; leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries
Robin Hood at Eureka, Halifax
Join Robin Hood and his merry men (and a few women) and test your ability to survive outlaw life in Sherwood Forest at the national childrens museum from March 28th to April 14th.
There are also hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children aged 0 to 11 to learn about themselves and the world around them through play and discovery.
01422 330069; eureka.org.uk
Walking With Dinosaurs at Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
You wait 65 million years to see a dinosaur and then a whole herd turn up at once! Global Creatures in association with BBC Worldwide are bringing their award-winning arena spectacular back to South Yorkshire following its sell-out run in 2009.
There will be nine performances from March 28th to April 1st for you to get your over-sized T-Rex teeth into. So why not join the seven million people in 206 cities worldwide who have seen this 10 million spectacular?
0114 256 5656; motorpointarena.co.uk
Milkshake! Live at The Spa Bridlington
If youre not familiar with Milkshake! you obvious dont have a child under five (or have ever met one). This Channel 5 childrens strand is ridiculously popular, so prepare for a mini-stampede at Milkshake Live! Come out to play! comes to Bridlington on Easter Saturday.
Starring presenter Amy (childrens TV stars dont tend to have surnames) and some of the channels favourite characters, including Little Princess, Noddy, Roary and Fifi, this new show is sure to have children singing and dancing in the aisles.
01262 678258; thespabridlington.co.uk
Toy Stories at York Castle Museum
Rediscover some of your favourite toys in this brand new long-stay exhibition. From bikes and computer games to Lego and beautiful handmade dolls, there are toys on show from the last 150 years.
You can have fun together in an exciting castle-inspired play area, head off on the rainbow teddy bear paws trail for children around the museum or let your teddy ride Edwardian Gilligans Galloping Carousel, an authentic childrens roundabout that was once popular on the streets of Castleford.
01904 687 687; yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Easter Eggstravaganza at Temple Newsam House, Leeds
Follow the clues through the house in an Easter egg hunt with a difference (you might actually learn something) on March 29th to April 14th (closed April 8th); visit the new-born animals on the farm (closed April 8th); make your own Easter bonnet with the Mad Hatters from March 30th to April 4th); or create a special Easter bed bug to take home with you from
April 9th-11th. 0113 336 7461
Eggcellent Easter at Bolton Castle, Leyburn
They obviously like a bit of a yolk in Leyburn if their Easter week of eggciting egg hunts, eggstravagant egg decorating and eggstaordinary bonnet-making is anything to go by.
The castle one of the countrys best-preserved medieval strongholds is hosting a range of family-friendly events from March 31st to April 12th.
01969 623981; boltoncastle.co.uk
Easter Trail at Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Bridlington
Nothing says Easter like a cavorting colony of Humboldt penguins. These fabulous endangered creatures are among the most popular residents at Sewerby Hall & Gardens and will be putting on a waddlingly good display in their newly-refurbished pool throughout the Easter holidays.
Other animals to watch out for include the delightful African pygmy goats, llamas from South America, Temmincks tragopan (you can say that again) and endangered Laysan teal.
01262 673769 eastriding.gov.uk/sewerby