Easter Holiday in York 2020
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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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!
This is a really difficult time for everyone, so we hope we can bring some cheer by doing Instagram live streams from the lambing sheds. Follow our Instagram page Acklam_Farm_Stays HERE for live updates. We will confirm in advance the time we’re going live.
Stay safe and stay at home, unless you’re a key worker, in which case, we’re sending you as much good energy and hugs as we can physically muster (during the lambing season) to transmit to you… Alice
4th – 19th April 2020 inclusive
10am – 5pm (Last Entry 4pm)
Find the Frogs at Askham Bryan Wildlife Park
Find the frogs at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park this Easter. We’re celebrating amphibians all holiday, with themed events and talks:
– Find the Frogs Stamp Trail
– Fun Frog Arts & Crafts
– Pond Dipping
Come and learn about our fabulous frogs, explore our amazing arboretum and get closer to all our incredible creatures.
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, York, YO23 3FR
Join us at Castle Howard for an outdoor Easter adventure like no other from 4th – 19th April.
Pick up a trail sheet from our Ticket Office and join us on a woodland trail…
Bird eggs come in different shapes and sizes and birds protect their eggs in different ways – with help from their friends, the Skelves! Pick up a trail sheet from our Ticket Office and join us on a woodland trail to help the Skelves on their eggcellent mission!
This trail along with Castle Howard’s high-energy adventure playground makes for a great Easter day out!
Easter activities are included within a Gardens Ticket, click here to book yours now.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak – The House will not open as planned on 21st March and will remain closed until further notice. The grounds and adventure playground remain open as normal.
We have loads of family friendly attractions, parks, days out ideas etc. in our year-round ‘Days Out’ area here.
Click on the image if you want to have a look around.
We’ve listed 50 great family friendly walks HERE – based on the distance from York so you don’t have to travel far if you don’t want to!
We let you know which are buggy friendly and dog friendly too as well as details on any costs, parking and how long (roughly) each one takes.
Glorious Chocolate at York Mansion House
Delicious Chocolate Trail
Throughout the Easter Holidays, little ones are in for a delicious adventure with our Chocolate Trail! Running through the whole house, this self-guided walk through the Mansion House’s chocolate history will unveil York’s tastiest secrets, and the stories of the people who made our favourite treat what it is today.
Answer questions, solve puzzles, and explore the smallest cellar and largest Hall; and don’t forget to stick around for dressing up and cooking demonstrations!
Running through the whole holiday, our Chocolate Trail is free with admission, and as always, York residents are entitled to 50% off. No booking required.
Easter Egg Decorating Workshops
4th, 6th and 7th April
This Easter, York-based master chocolatier Ashley McCarthy is coming to York Mansion House, and bringing his incredible creativity with him. In the State Room, be taken through the art of decorating hand-made Easter Eggs, in a delicious chocolate of your choice: from dark to vegan, and everything in between. This is a wonderful opportunity to treat a loved one, or just keep your creation for yourself (we know you’ll want to…!).
Settle into the beautiful State Room, find out more about the Mansion House’s unique chocolate heritage, and get gloriously chocolatey. Tickets £12, and booking required – BOOK HERE
York Mansion House, St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 9QL
Come to our farm this Easter have a really special experience with our lambs! Unlike larger farm experiences, we limit our group sizes and offer you the opportunity to sit with our lambs for as long as you like, to feed them, stroke them, learn about where their mothers are and what makes them special. Children and adults will love this experience, which allows true interaction and real time with the lambs, and the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like!
You can also try our new amazing Farm Kitchen – Yolk Farm – the world’s first egg restaurant on a free range hen farm, with lots for little people to do!
4th – 19th April 2020
10:15am and 3:30pm daily
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 Road, Boroughbridge, YO519HY
Easter Holidays 2020
Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Please note, as car parking is limited tickets are only available online, with pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
Want a change of scenery from your local park? HERE are are some great parks and playgrounds in York for you to explore this school holidays.
Let us know HERE if you know a great one that you think we should include.
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April 2020: Easter Family Fun – The Secret Garden
Head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate this Easter to celebrate the launch of the new STUDIOCANAL film The Secret Garden starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters, in cinemas this Easter. This much-loved family favourite will be brought to life on site with an exciting garden trail in search of six hidden keys (until 3 May). Visitors of all ages can explore a new ‘Secret Garden’ featuring exotic and large foliage plants surrounded by sheltering yews, decorative arches and climbing plants.
Throughout Easter, there will be a host of activities for all ages, from animal mask making and forest school workshops to birds-of-prey demonstrations and stories with the Garden Detectives. During the three weekends of the Easter holidays, visitors can join in a range of wellbeing activities, including family yoga sessions and wellbeing walks. Activities vary daily so please check the website for details
Normal garden admission.
Don’t forget to visit the Mumbler holiday care & clubs page if you are in need of childcare over the Easter Holidays.
The Mile is a farmshop, gift shop and campsite in Pocklington with a great cafe, Smile Cafe. For younger children under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area within the cafe plus an outdoor play area (in good weather). There is also a quieter seating area in the farm shop for older children and families.
This Easter school holidays they also have:
Free Easter trail outside in the play paddock, free chocolate treat for all completed entries
Come inside for Easter colouring in the café and a special selection of Easter cakes and snacks
Paint a pot in the café and take it away on same day or join in with our Build a Bear activity (please book to reserve a table for these)
Runs daily 4th – 19th April 2020.
If you live locally why not walk or cycle up now the weather is improving! Or, if you live further afield and want to use The Mile as a base, the campsite is open all year round.
Smile Café Seasonal opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am-3pm (with hot drinks and snacks in the quieter café area until 4pm), Sunday 9.30am-12.30pm.
The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington.
SPILMANS OPENS FOR EASTER
Meet the Easter Bunny at Spilmans, and visit our Easter Garden full of easter eggs!
Children aged: 2 – 6 years
Price: £3 per child
Dates: 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th April 2020
Start Time: 11am OR 1pm OR 3pm * Hunt duration is 25 mins.
Meet and greet the Easter bunny and collect your easter basket to hunt for your eggs. Learn how to hop like a real bunny… with a lesson from the Easter Bunny himself. Then hop along to the Easter Garden where you will hunt for eggs among pretty flowers, eggs, chicks, wendy houses and lambs and chickens grazing in our pretty paddock.
THIS IS AN OUTISDE EVENT AND WELLIES AND WATERPROOFS ARE RECOMMEND
Why not stay for lunch? Book our Children’s Easter Tea Party to enjoy in the cafe afterwards £12.50 PLUS FREE ENTRY INTO GARDEN AND PLAY IN OUR NEW PLAYBARN!
Book lunch online at
11.45 & 13.45 Easter Tea Party times
@12.50 per ticket including a visit from the Easter Bunny and free play and Easter Garden entry.
**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**
Spring into fun this Easter holiday 2020 at Stockeld Park as they open their gates for the Easter break with a jam-packed schedule of activities that the whole family can enjoy!
As it’s Spring, the days are getting longer and the sun is (hopefully) beginning to shine, so the ice rink will transform into a Roller Skating Rink, the Buccaneer Boats are back on the beautiful lake in the heart of the Enchanted Forest and the Pedal Go Karts are back for you to enjoy!
Some special and exclusive events this Easter at Stockeld Park include the brand new Wonka’s Easter Panto show, Stockeld’s Easter Farm, Lambs in the Paddock, Hatching Chicks and not to forget the famous giant Easter Egg Hunt that will have the whole family searching the beautiful parkland for!
Along with these exciting events, Stockeld Park will also have outdoor inflatables, indoor inflatables and crafts, the Laser Adventure and you can’t forget about the magical Enchanted Forest, the Maze and the 5 large Adventure Playgrounds!
There’s endless fun to be had for all the family this Easter holiday at Stockeld Park!
Pre-book online HERE and quote: MUMYORK for an extra 10% discount!
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.
Monday 6 April- Saturday 18 April 2020
Celebrate Easter at the Bar Convent with cracking card-making, an eggs-ellent egg hunt and a special storytelling session with a local children’s author.
Mini nests have appeared in our eggs-hibition! Find all the nests and see how many eggs you can count to win a tasty chocolate treat and make your own home-made card to wish your family and friends a ‘Happy Easter’.
On Tuesday 7 April,10:30am-11:30am, author and composer, Karen Langtree, leads a family-friendly interactive Easter storytelling session of her new book Heaven’s Big Secret through two very small and curious angels, Alfie and Alia.
Plus: Spring into gardening this Easter and plant your own sunflower or runner beans using seeds from our secret garden, discover how Easter was celebrated here at the convent from as far back as the 18th century with special displays in the Hidden Chapel and Exhibition and don’t miss a visit to our award-winning café for some traditional Easter favourites.
Activities are included in admission to the exhibition. Adults: £5, Children (6-15): £2, Under-6s: Free, Family Tickets (2 Adults and 2 Children): £10 Plus One Extra Child: £1.
Please note: The Bar Convent is closed over the Easter bank holiday.
Join us this Easter, 4th to 19th April 2020, and discover new life in the oceans, learn about the different types of eggs laid by some of our residents including sharks, turtles and penguins.
Don’t miss our fun family presentations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily in Endless Oceans where you can learn how parents make decisions when laying and caring for their eggs, experience egg development and care through interactive activities and find out more about our involvement in breeding programmes around the world.
Pick up a trail sheet at the entrance, look for the clues around The Deep then draw the correct animal inside the right egg. Post your completed trail in the box at the entrance turnstile to be in with the chance of winning an egg-cellent prize. Stop by Craft Corner between 11am and 4pm for family craft activities, choose from turtle, shark and penguin.
Plus see over 5,000 animals including sharks, rays, turtles, penguins, jellyfish and more!
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 Deep’s website. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000.
2020 information to follow
Don’t forget we list all the one off events throughout the holidays on the York Mumbler Events Calendar.
Click HERE to see what other family friendly events are happening.
York Theatre Royal have two fantastic shows for kids this Easter 2020.
In the Main House: The Twisted Tale of Hansel & Gretel (6-8 April)
“A fabulous family show” What’s On Magazine
A brand new take on the much loved classic fairy tale. Join our extremely fussy storyteller and his mischievous mockingbird friend on their adventures, as they travel deep into the forest and encounter an array of characters including a wicked witch, an eccentric chef and Hansel and Gretel themselves. Our storyteller is intent on relating the traditional tale – but his cast of actors has other ideas, adding in unexpected songs and creating new characters including a very feisty duck! Full of live music and family fun. For ages 5+.
Tickets from £15. Tickets and further information HERE.
In the De Grey Ballroom: SLIME (Wed 15 April)
A squishy, squelchy show for the very young.
Enter Slug and Caterpillar’s world and sit in a giant garden to SQUISH, SQUELCH and PLAY your way through this hilarious, surreal show for 2-5 years and their families, told with a handful of words and lots of SLIME.
“I urge anyone with a child under 5 to get a ticket to SLIME.” Audience Feedback Tickets and further information HERE
Yorkey Dads are launching their latest fantastic initiative this Easter – this time for dads with their daughters & sons. Working in association with Complete Life Fitness, it’s a fun fitness initiative which will run in every school holiday this year.
This is completely FREE to attend and is for children aged 11+ and their dads.
It is running on the following dates this Easter holiday 2020:
· 7 & 9 April
· 14 & 16 April
Click ‘more info’ for the dates for the rest of the year.
2020 info TBC
Flying Scotsman Comes to York
1 – 21 April 2020
10:00 – 18:00
The world-famous locomotive is back on display in York.
Flying Scotsman will be on display at the museum for three weeks inside our exhibition The Flying Scotsman Story in North Shed, after a busy start to the year hauling passenger tours.
A special platform allows access to the cab for everyone, including wheelchair users and little ones in pushchairs.
T:03330 161 010
Over Easter Holidays kids eat free (excluding Easter Sunday), with one free kids meal per adult main course ordered! No need to book, but it is recommended.
Come and enjoy some countryside – there’s lots of signposted walks right near us and just a 20 minute drive from York centre!
The Stone Trough Inn, Kirkham Abbey, York, YO60 7JS
2020 information TBC