School Holidays & Special Events York

Easter Holidays

Easter Holiday Dates in York 2019 – Saturday 13th April – Sunday 28th April 2019

Easter School Holidays in York – Things to do with your kids. Events, activities, family days out, free things to do, childcare & clubs. It’s all covered – York Mumbler

Please check with individual schools as dates may differ slightly from these depending on teacher training etc. and are also subject to change

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Acklam Farm Stays Lambing Experience

Our pregnant mother sheep will be giving birth to their baby lambs, it’s a special time of year and an experience not to be missed!

Our 1 hour sessions involve:

Feeding the lambs
Possible sighting of birth
And a cup of hot chocolate!

Sessions will be running at 3pm on the following dates in April:
Saturday 13th April
Monday 15th April
Wednesday 17th April
Friday 19th April
Saturday 20th April
Sunday 21st April

Prices are £10 for an adult (16+) and £6 for children (3+). Children under 3 years of age go free. Full payment is required at the point of booking.

Places are limited to 10 people per session, so book in advance on:
T: 01653 658281 / 07846 269 128
Manor Farm, Thrussendale Road, Acklam, Nr Malton. YO17 9RR

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens – Easter Activities 2019

Saturday 13 – Sunday 28 April, 10.30am – 5pm (Closed Monday 15 April)

Romp through the gardens looking for signs of nature waking up from its winter slumbers. Can you find the baby animals as you go? Pick up a new trail through the gardens for the holidays.

Help a plant grow – Tuesday 16 & 23 April 11.30am & 1pm
Put your green fingers to the test and help plant a vegetable patch in the garden

Tiny things trek – Wednesday 17 & 24 April 11.30am & 2.30pm
Join a member of the gardening team on an exploration of life’s littlest things. Book on the day.

Discover what’s in a pond – Thursday 18 & 25 April 11.30am & 2.30pm
Leave your waders at home but grab a net to see what might be living in the wildlife pond in the American garden.

Easter weekend with Cadbury – Friday 19 – Monday 22 April 10.30am – 4pm
The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt returns over the bank holiday weekend with a new trail to follow and a chocolatey treat for your efforts. The trail sheet costs £2 with each one getting a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Artrageous! – Easter weekend and Friday 26 April, 12 noon – 3pm in the Hayloft Room (access by stairs only)
Have a go at an Easter themed craft activity and once you’ve created your masterpiece, why not enter it into the competition for your chance to win a prize. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at 3pm to pick her favourite.

All activities are free of charge (except for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt). Normal admission applies.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027


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Bish Bash Pot – Easter Activities

We also have an Easter hunt up and down Walmgate. More info to follow!

Bish Bash Pot, 64 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL
T: 01904 654114


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Castle Howard – Easter 2019

Saturday 13th April 2019 to Sunday 28th April 2019

Egg-splore the Castle Howard grounds this Easter on an egg hunt like no other! The Castle Howard bunnies have lost their eggs around the grounds and we need your help to find them. Collect a price from the Boathouse once you have reunited the eggs with the bunnies!

This trail, along with Castle Howard’s high-energy adventure playground, boat trips on the Great Lake (weather permitting), rides on the land train and delicious ice cream make for a great Easter day out!

Included in standard admission, book your admission ticket HERE.

Don’t miss our Easter Weekend Fairground Rides!

Castle Howard is celebrating Easter with good old-fashioned fun for all the family, from Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April, a traditional children’s fun fair including a train ride and swing boats.

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333


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Castle Howard Fun Fair

Castle Howard is celebrating Easter with good old-fashioned fun for all the family, from Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April.

We will be hosting a traditional children’s fun fair including a train ride and swing boats and join our giant Easter egg hunt to win prizes.

These activities, along with Castle Howard’s high-energy adventure playground, boat trips on the Great Lake (weather permitting), rides on the land train and delicious ice cream make for a great Easter day out!

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333


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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal – Easter Fun 2019

Hop, skip and swing your way into a full day out for Easter this year. Pick up the bird detective trail (Saturday 30 March – Sunday 28 April) from the admissions team to discover about the life of a baby bird on this interactive family trail. Listen closely by the bird hide and see which birds you can hear singing away, find eggs from lots of different birds, add to a giant nest and discover all sorts of feathers as you follow the trail around the estate. Hop along to Swanley Grange to make your very own lavender bag (Saturday 30 March – Sunday 28 April) to keep your clothes smelling fresh and floral, just like the monks would have in medieval times. On select dates Wednesday (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th April) you can make a bird feeder to keep your fluttery friends well fed in your garden at home, too.

Come along for an action packed Easter weekend. Look out for signs of spring on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (Friday 19 April – Monday 22 April) to win your chocolate prize. Search high and low for the elusive golden egg but shhhh, if you find it don’t tell anyone else! Let us know and you could win a behind the scenes tour as a prize. Bring your hardboiled egg and join in with the egg rolling competition on the abbey green. The fastest three eggs will win a prize from each age group so get boiling!

Zip your way through the play area on the zipline, swing as high as you can on the swings and spin round and round on the roundabout before indulging in a well earned cup of tea in the new visitor centre restaurant.

For all events details and timings please see the WEBSITE

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Minskip Farm Shop – Unique Lambing Experience

6th – 28th April
10:00am and 3:30pm daily

Join us for an incredible Lambing Experience this Easter.

We are excited to announce that we will be offering the unique opportunity to spend one-on-one time with our little baby lambs this Easter holidays!

You will be able to:

Spend time with the lambs inside their pen
Bottle feed them
Skip and jump with them
Feel their super soft wool
Learn about where their mothers are and what a pet lamb is
Take as many pictures as you want
Make memories for a lifetime

Book your place HERE – the cost is 5 pounds per person and places are strictly limited.

Our lambs can’t wait to meet you and your little ones…

Minskip Farm Shop, Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, YO519HY



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Mother Shiptons – Easter Activities


Monday 1st April to Sunday 28th April

Hop along to Mother Shipton’s during the Easter Holidays for a hoppingly fun time. Follow the trail and on your way, help Little Bo Peep find her sheep! You can also meet bunnies Betty and Clover and solve puzzles and clues for a chocolatey treat.

See lots of little chicks and decorate an egg (small extra charge) in our Easter cabin.

The park will be transformed creating an engaging and interactive Easter event suitable for all the family. Every day from 1st to 28th April, open 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).

You will also see the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and gift shop and museum. For discounted tickets book online HERE.

Mother Shiptons Cave, Knaresborough


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Murton Park – Easter Eggstravaganza 2019

Visit this Easter holidays for lots of fun for the whole family. Sunday 14th April there will be lots of sheep and lambs to meet at the ‘Story of Wool’ day. Throughout the two week school holiday ( Sat 13th – Sun 28th April) there will be self-led craft activities inside and the Easter trail which will take you through the site and if completed will earn children a chocolatey prize.

Easter bank holiday weekend (Sat 19th to Mon 22nd) is one of the best times to visit with loads going on, you can meet the Easter Bunny, Vikings and cowboys! To finish of the holidays there is the WWI day on Sunday 28th which you can meet some First World War Soldiers and learn about some of the stories you may not have heard about before.

You can walk around the 16 acre site seeing reconstructed historical buildings, farming museum galleries (which have been updated to be more child friendly), meet the animals (many of which born this spring!), play on the playground, visit the café and more…

To find out more details look at the events page on our website and follow us on social media. Hopefully see you all there for lots of Eastery fun!!

T: 01904489966


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RHS Garden Harlow Carr – Harrogate – Easter Activities


30th March – 29th April

Hop on down for a great garden adventure with The Rhyming Rabbit at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this Easter.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Rhyming Rabbit on a hop about garden trail and enjoy craft activities based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks and brought to you in association with Macmillan Children’s Books.

Children can get their creative juices flowing and create rhymes for our Rhyming Tree, enjoy storytelling and rhymes with the Garden Detectives, make rabbit hand puppets and watch birds-of-prey demonstrations. Over the Easter weekend, there’s a chance to meet the Easter Bunny himself as well as real-life versions of some of the book’s best-loved animals. The Rhyming Rabbit Hop About Trail starts on 30 March.

Activities vary daily. Normal garden admission.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, HARROGATE, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB


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School Holiday Care & Clubs

Don’t forget to visit the Mumbler holiday care & clubs page if you are in need of childcare over the Easter Holidays:

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Sheriff Alpaca Walking Experience

Wednesday 10th and 17th April 2019

Come and take one of our lovely Alpacas for a walk through our Organic farm. The walk will take you through fields and woodland and will give you a unique opportunity to get to know and love these wonderful creature. We’re taking booking for the Easter holidays – £20 per adult and £5 per child, for more information visit the website, for group booking discounts please contact us.

Alternatively if you would just like to meet the alpacas and learn a little about them (no walking, cuddling instead!) then why not book to go at 3pm on either Wednesday. (30minutes) £5 per person.

Sheriff Alpacas run walks all year around so if you would like to book a spot please contact Sheriff Alpacas.

They are also organising children and adult parties and bespoke experiences!

Gift vouchers also available

Goodness Farm. Sheriff Hutton Road. Strensall. YO32 5TP
T: 01904 533192


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Smile Cafe Pocklington – Easter Trail

Pop in to the Smile Cafe at The Mile this Easter holidays. There is an Easter trail to complete around the play area, find the clues and receive a chocolate lolly. Plus Easter colouring inside the cafe. All free for children to do, runs 8th to 26th April 2019.

Also for younger children under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area within the cafe with double slide, mats and building toys, plus an outdoor play area with climbing frame, swings and ride-on toys. There is also a quieter seating area in the farm shop for older children and families. Check out the new cafe menu too!

The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington.
T: 01759 305420 (Jo)


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Springtime Live – Farming Fun For Families

Tickets are now sale for annual family farming event, Springtime Live, which will be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Saturday April 13 2019.

From mini tractor rides to live entertainment, once inside all activities and workshops are FREE. This fun family day out celebrates farming, food and the countryside. Children can also get close to farm animals from chicks to lambs, piglets to calves, goats, sheep and alpacas.

There will be stage show entertainment throughout the day including Mr Bloom from CBeebies and his band. Ripon Farm Services have donated mini tractors which youngsters can ride around an indoor circuit, there will also be an outdoor bike track, climbing wall, Tractor Ted Bouncy Castle and Digger Den.Youngsters can also hold and learn about chicks thanks to Eggucation, there will be reptiles and bug encounters, forest crafts and a Poppets Theatre Workshop with PQA (Pauline Quirke Academy).

Due to the popularity of Springtime Live, entry is by advance ticket only and can be purchased either online here or in Fodder, the Showground’s farm shop and café.

Springtime Live will be at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, on Saturday April 13, from 9am to 4:30pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children or a family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) for £27.


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St Nicks’ Easter Planting & Egg Hunt

Sat 13th April 2-4pm starting at St Nicks Environment Centre

Prepare for Easter by enjoying a school holiday event for the whole family. Help plant wildflowers in St Nicks nature reserve and make crafts with Eco-Crafters at this special egg hunt. The event is kindly supported by Hungate York Regeneration and there will be prizes for all children taking part. You may like to bring a couple of pounds for refreshments and extra crafts materials.

Free entry, donations welcome. Booking is not required to take part in the event but please register interest via Eventbrite so we can ensure enough crafts materials and prizes for all.

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue YO10 3ST

T: 01904 411821


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Stockeld Park – Easter Adventure 2019

30th March – 28th April

Come and join us at Stockeld Park this Easter for some Eggstra Special Events!

Daily Giant Easter Hunt in the Enchanted Forest
Hatching chicks – help the ‘Hatch-it Team’ with their fluffy new arrivals: 1st – 4th & 8th – 11th April
The Easter Circus – roll up, roll up for the Greatest Show! 13th – 22nd April
The Songbugs Easter Show – 30th & 31st March, 5th, 6th, 7th & 12th April
Lambs in the paddock – daily

Don’t forget the a wonderful Enchanted Forest, Adventure Playgrounds, Interactive Play, Roller Skating Rink, Electric Scooters through the forest, a huge Yew-Tree Maze and Woodland Laser Tag arena. Indoor jumping pillow, plus Peddle go karts, large inflatable slide, outdoor jumping pillow, and our Buccaneer Boats on the lake, and MORE!

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN
T: 01937 586333



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The Deep – Easter 2019 – CSI Seashore

Runs 30th March – 28th April 2019.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

This Easter join The Deep’s special agents as they take a trip to our native coastline to find out what can be uncovered at the seaside. Help the team solve the crimes as they go and you might even earn a CSI badge of your own! Lend a hand in our interactive presentation at 11.30am and 3.30pm, follow Inspector Sharky’s trail (available all day) and make your very own sand art (charge applies for our craft activity).

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on the WEBSITE.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)
T: 01482 381000


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The Grand opera House – The Sound of Music

Friday 12th – Sat 20th April (Matinee shows on Saturdays)

The Sound of Music – York Stage Musicals

A 60th anniversary production – This all-time family favourite will be presented with the usual style and energy York Stage are renowned for. A stellar cast will tell the story of Maria and the Captain and their ever changing surroundings in Austria as the Nazi’s advance and anschluss becomes inevitable.

York Stage Artistic Director, Nik Briggs, is pleased to announce he will be bringing a new production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s brilliant musical to York, to celebrate the show’s 60th Anniversary.

BBC Radio York favourite Adam Tomlinson picks up the baton as MD once more after treading the boards himself in our 2017 production of Rock of Ages. Adam has previously been Musical Director for York Stage with our productions of Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Grand Opera House, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW
T: 0844 871 7615


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The Web Adventure Park – Easter Eggstra Crazy Activities

Join us for lots of eggstra eggciting activities over the Easter holidays (13th to 28th April) including: Space hopper races, Fun eggylypics, Easter crafts, Competitions as well as an Easter egg trail and our Easter Bunny over the Easter weekend!

Our new activities team will organise, entertain and excite children for a maximum fun-time for all. All this is included in the usual admission price!

Adventure Passes are also available throughout the holidays so combine all this indoor and outdoor fun with a go on Wired High Ropes – great value at £12.50 for an adrenaline fuelled adventure day!

Guaranteed fun whatever the weather- follow us on facebook or see our website for the full activity plans!

Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH
T: 01904 692221


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Treasurer’s House – Easter Activities

Follow the Easter Bunny’s trail to find flowers, animals and mythical creatures that live in Treasurer’s House and claim a prize. Soak up springtime and play garden games on the lawn in the shadow of the Minster or get creative with Easter themed crafting in the house.

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will run from Saturday 13 – Monday 22 April, 11am – 4pm. Normal admission charges apply plus £2 per trail.

Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL
T: 01904 624247


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York Theatre Royal – In The Willows

This Easter, don’t miss this explosive new British musical for all the family. With soaring vocals and spectacular street dance, In the Willows stars Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (The Greatest Dancer) and Seann Miley Moore (X Factor).

It’s Mole’s first day in ‘The Willows’. Her classmates look a bit scary. Surely Mr Badger will look out for her, as streetwise Rattie, rich kid Toad and cheeky Otter teach her the ways of The Riverbank. But when Toad gets locked up for joyriding, and the Weasel Clan break into his (lily)pad, it becomes just a matter of time before Chief Weasel reveals Mole’s dark secret…

From Metta Theatre, the award-winning company that bought you Jungle Book and Little Mermaid, this classic story is brought leaping into the twenty first century, featuring spectacular street dance choreographed by the award-winning Rhimes Lecointe (Associate choreographer for Zoo Nation).

With ballads, beats, and backflips, this fresh new musical will be fun for the whole family.

Every performance is fully BSL interpreted and audio described
5 stars “Theatre at its best. Drop everything and go and see it!”


Dates: Tue 16 Apr – Sat 20 Apr (no performance Good Friday)
Time: 7pm, matinees 2pm Thursday & Saturday
Ticket Information: From £18.50 | Family tickets available
Age Recommendations: 6+

York Theatre Royal, St. Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD
T: 01904 623568

Butterflies Chocolate – Easter Chocolate Making Workshop

Friday 12th April – Pocklington Scout Hut, Burnby Lane, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QD
Monday 15th April – Wilberfoss Community Centre, 16 Main Street, Wilberfoss, York, YO41 5NN

Become a chocolatier for the morning! Children will decorate an Easter egg and make a chocolate lollipop. There will be treats to dip in pots of melted chocolate, & chocolate creations to take home. Recommended ages 4-14.
Pre-booking required. 10am – 12 £16

T: 07960 747511

Carlton Towers – Easter Sunday Lunch 2019

21st April 2019

Our sumptuous Family Easter Sunday Lunch is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face…
Enjoy a scrummy 3-course seasonal meal followed by Tea or Coffee and Petit Fours.
Price includes a trip to the newborn lambs where children will find a chocolate treat!

Carlton Towers, Carlton, Yorkshire, DN14 9LZ
T: 01405 861662

Family Yoga Easter Special

24th April 10am – 11.30am

Ideally suited to 4 year olds up, but all ages welcome. Bringing together traditional yoga, play and discovery. Perfect for spring chickens and Easter bunnies! Pre-booking essential, limited places. Don’t forget a snack for our break! £15 for 1 adult + max 2 children (Add ons available).

York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road York YO24 4EY
T: 07929318574

Lightwater Valley – Easter Days Out

Saturday 6th April – Sunday 28th April 10.00am – 4.30pm

Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon will be open for the Easter Holidays from Saturday 6th – Sunday 28th April. With over 35 rides and attractions, suitable for all ages as well as entertainment and farm animal meet and greet.
Tickets: Over 1.3m £25 / 1m – 1.3m £17 / Under 1m £10 / Under 3’s FREE

Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT
T: 01765 635321

Little Bites Cookery – Easter Session

Little Bites Cookery presents
NEW parent and child classes each month (suitable for 2.5 – 9 yrs approx)
A great intro to cooking and perfect recipes for little people.

* Sunday 14th April (10.30 – 12pm) Derwenthorpe, York
– we will be making vegetable samosas and a dip.

Please contact Penelope on m: 07768207839 or visit our website under bookings.

National Railway Museum – Easter 2019

Get on the footplate of Flying Scotsman and make your own paper version of the iconic green locomotive this Easter. All your favourite family activities, live demonstrations and explosive science shows return along with steam rides in South Yard.

Find out more on our website or call 03330 161 010 (Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00).

Reading Fairy Easter specials

Wednesday 17th April
Reading Fairy Easter specials- Easter themed interactive storytelling session with songs, phonics and games.
9.30am 3-4 year olds
10.30am 1-2 year olds
11.30am 2-3 year olds
1pm Mixed age family session 0-5 years

Costa Coffee Haxby- community room
T: 07739961391

Rowntree Park – The Very Legendary Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

It’s back! This popular fun family event is lots of fun for kids of all ages! Follow the clues to discover the secret hiding place of the Easter Bunny to collect your chocolate egg. Find us by the bridge near the cafe.

Rowntree Park, York

The Great York Bunny Search

2nd – 23rd April

Includes the great bunny search and lots more family fun.
Find the 26 hidden bunnies across York.
The trail maps will be available to collect from the Visitor Information Centre (1 Museum Street). Alternatively it can be downloaded online via the visit York website.

Various locations across York

York Chocolate Festival 2019

19 – 21 April

Includes a chocolate market.

More details TBC

York Model Railway Show 2019

20 – 22 April

A must for any train enthusiasts in the family!

York Racecourse, York