23 Things to do with the Kids at Easter in Yorkshire 2023

Easter in Yorkshire – Are you looking for inspiration for what to do with the kids over Easter in Yorkshire?  

There are Easter egg hunts and fun things to do all over the county.


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Lightwater Valley

North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT

25th March – 1st May 2023

EASTER DAYS OUT AT LIGHTWATER VALLEY.  With over 35 rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, you will find mega adventures around every corner!

Dino-Roar Adventures this Easter

This Easter experience roar-some adventures at Lightwater Valley. With tons of dino fun for the whole family to enjoy, you won’t want to miss it! 

Meet & Eat 

Come along and meet the newest member of the Lightwater family, REX the Valleysaurus! REX, Ebor’s friendly-ish cousin enjoys nothing more than eating (sorry meeting) guests…but beware if he’s hungry it maybe a close encounter!

Crazy Cave Man UV PUPPET Show 

Join us in Bedrock (the Show Barn) for some pre-historic adventures! Laugh, sing, and join in as our stone-age puppets take to the stage! A yabba dabba doo time is certainly guaranteed.   

Dino Facepainting 

Which dinosaur do you want to be today? With FREE daily face painting on the park you can choose to be super cute or super scary! 

Dino Egg Painting 

Paint your own Dino Egg in our Young Fun Workshop and take your creation home with you. Twice a day, 10am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3pm, next to the Show Barn.

REX’s Story Trail 

We all know Rex’s favourite meal is PEOPLE! But he is also quite partial to a good old full English breakfast! Problem is cooking isn’t a T-Rex’s strong point so Rex needs your help to find all the ingredients he will need for an epic breakfast. Find all the ingredients on our NEW digital interactive adventure trail to win an Easter dino treat. 

Have a look at our Review of Lightwater Valley.


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Mother Shipton’s

Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD

Saturday 1st April to Sunday 16th April, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4pm)

Hop along to Mother Shipton’s during the Easter Holidays for an EGG-CEPTIONAL time!

Nestled within our enchanting Easter Village tons of CRACKING surprises are waiting to be found. Follow the Bunny Door Trail through our BLOOMING beautiful woodland and watch it come alive with the colours of Spring. Be sure to look out for giant eggs and see if you can find all the charming Easter scenes and EGG-CEPTIONAL photo opportunities along the way. You might even get to meet the Easter Bunny himself!

Hop along to visit Tumbleweed the Gardener in his Potting Shed where you can plant your very own seeds of Spring! Plus, Daisy Maisy the Storyteller will be waiting to welcome you for some whimsical Easter stories.

Don’t forget to share your EGG-CELLENT photos with us on social media using the hashtag #mothershiptons to be in with the chance of winning prizes and free tickets!

There’s something for the whole family at England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction, including the birthplace of the Yorkshire Prophetess Mother Shipton, the incredible Petrifying Well, a large children’s Adventure Playground (access is subject to weather conditions), and a Museum & Gift Shop.

Scrumptious ice cream is available to purchase as well as hot dogs, sweet and savoury treats, take-away coffee, tea, hot chocolate and refreshments from our lovely vintage-style kiosks in the middle of the woodland walk.

There are plenty of picnic benches and scenic views. Dogs on a lead are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground for a picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd.


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Burton Agnes Hall

Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB

From 1st April to 16th April 2023

From 1st April to 16th April, children are invited to take part in an Easter egg hunt with a difference. There are 25 huge, scaled-up, hand carved and painted wooden eggs hidden in the woodland and the task is to find them all.

An Easter trail of eight boards will take you around the magnificent grounds of the Hall, solving clues and learning about the history of this seasonal celebration while exploring the extensive gardens. We’ll also give you a little pouch of chocolate eggs to start you off setting your own egg hunt, if you’d like to.

Have a look at our review of Burton Agnes Hall.


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Castle Howard, York

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Castle Howard usually run Easter events but at the time I am writing this their website has yet to be updated.  However, it’s always a great place to take the kids!

“A day out with the children at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Join a cheeky gang of Skelves on a journey into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.

For centuries the Skelves have inhabited a secret world, over the water from Castle Howard, causing mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interacting with birds and protecting wildlife. Now they have become curious about the humans that visit and want to explore and play with them.

Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.

There’s no age restriction, just a brave restriction!”

Have a look at our review of Skelf Island at Castle Howard.


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Harlow Carr

Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB

Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April 2023

Hop on down to RHS Garden Harlow Carr this Easter.

The giant Easter egg hunt

Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April
10am–5pm, daily, in the garden

Explore the garden searching for the supersized Easter eggs, including some decorated with brand new competition-winning designs.

Once you’ve found all the eggs, you’ll be rewarded with a free chocolate treat from PLAYin CHOC – organic, vegan, free from main allergens and ethically made in the UK.


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Credit: RHS / Lee Beel – Copyright: © RHS


Flamingo Land Theme Park

Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX

The theme park will be fully open again ready for Easter – although I can’t find any info yet on the site!

Have a look at our review of Flamingo Land


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Whistlestop Valley, Huddersfield

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ

Fri 7 April – Mon 10 April 2023

Looking for something extra special for your trip to Whistlestop ValleyWe host a wide range of events and experiences all year round for both children and adults to enjoy


Join us for the EASTER EGGSPRESS on Fri 7 April – Mon 10 April 2023 & get ready for ALL of this:

🚂 Return steam train ride (25 mins each way)
🐰 Meet & greet with the Easter Bunny at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
🦆 Rides on the Clayton Flyer miniature railway
🛝 Outdoor adventure playground
🦘 Jumping pillow
🧩 The Shed indoor toy area
🍕 Delish food from The Firebox

Once the steam train has taken you to Shelley, all this awaits you with our Whistlestop Wonderland characters:

🥄 See if you can beat the White Rabbit in an egg & spoon race
❤️ Enjoy a round of croquet with the Queen of Hearts
👒 Make an Easter bonnet with the help of The Hatter
🔎 Will you be able to find all the March Hare’s clues in their Easter hunt?

NOTE: we’ll also be open 1-6 April & 11-16 April for Big Adventures & Little Adventures (excludes dates for Easter Eggspress, which is a special event).



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William’s Den

Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS

1st -16th April 2023

Everyone loves good old fashioned Easter activities, William’s Den! So for Easter we are so egg-static about our events, which will of course have an exciting William’s Den twist!

The Easter Adventures are just around the corner! Grab your Tickets now. 

This year is set to be our best one yet with lots of eggcellent things to do and new friends to meet.

You are welcome to arrive anytime from 10 am onwards to play outside & inside all day. Your Ticket includes access to all Adventure play areas and the Woodland Walk. Plus,

  • The Celeggrity Egg hunt
  • Meet the Easter Bunny
  • Run wild with our new Play Pioneers
  • Design in Carrot Corner
  • Build a Bear* & make a friend for life – *payable separately
  • Indoor & Outdoor fun and adventures

To gain entry to William’s Den, please purchase a General Admission Ticket for every member of your party, including any children under the age of 2. 

Important Notice: We prefer payment by card as we are a cashless facility.

Homecooked food at William’s Pizzeria & Coffee Shop is available and freshly made from scratch, so it’s not fast food, but it’s food worth waiting for.

Have a look at my William’s Den review and video here.



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York’s Chocolate Story

3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD

Dates: 3rd – 9th April 2023

Time: 11am & 3pm
Duration: 2 hours
Price: £25 per person

BOOK HERE to guarantee a spot

Choctastic crafting of stunning Easter products while sampling some of the finest chocolates with our chocolatier-led masterclass.

Join our master chocolatiers where they will teach you the secrets of chocolate making as they guide you through decorating the perfect Easter egg. You’ll make exquisite chocolate truffles and learn techniques to try at home.

Perfect for all of the family as you get to create and take home your very own handmade Easter treats.


  • Egg decorating
  • 6 chocolates to decorate and take home
  • Signature Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Piping activities

T & C’s: Only available during the dates above. Recommended for 6 years old or over. Please note all children must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

Have a look at our review of York’s Chocolate Story.




National Railway Museum

Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ

From steam rides to storytelling, the National Railway Museum has lots of hands-on fun for the whole family. FREE entry.


The Rocket at The National Railway Museum


Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD

Saturday 1st – Sunday 16 April 2023, 10am – 6pm.

Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family. The trail takes place between 1 – 16 April 2023, from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm, so come along and explore the beautiful gardens of Beningbrough. Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, pencil, bunny ears and Rainforest Alliance Certified dairy or vegan and Free From* chocolate egg. *Suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergies.

All participating National Trust places have created their own unique trail with nature and play at the heart. Grab your raincoat and sun cream…because, well, it is Yorkshire, and head into Beningbrough’s gardens to discover the 10 trail points.

Can you wander along the wiggly path? Are you brave enough to sniff the smell wellies? Have a go at hopscotch and try skipping around the stakes to name just a few of the activities you’ll face on your way.

There’s also the wilderness play area, restaurant, and shop to add to your family day out. Or bring your picnic blanket if the weather is kind.

The hall and galleries remain closed for ongoing conservation work, however the Easter adventures are not affected.

Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do with the kids at Beningbrough Hall.


Beningbrough Hall


Sledmere House

Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG

Saturday 1st April to Sunday 16th April 2023 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Come along and see if you can spot all the fluffy tails popping up around the gardens and grounds.

Our fluffy tail trail is running all through the Easter Holidays.

Keep your eyes peeled for any signs of the Easter Bunny and his friends as they hide around the grounds and gardens these Easter holidays. See if you can spot their fluffy tails as they lead you on a special adventure to collect clues for your activity booklet, when you’ve found them all, come back to the Ticket Office to claim your prize.

Enjoy the whole day with us visiting the rare breed animals in the Conservation Farm Park, have a play in the adventure playground, have a spot of lunch in the Coach House Cafe and finish off with a browse around the shops. We offer free parking and dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds, gardens and farm park.

Normal grounds and gardens admission applies – book your tickets online now.

Have a look at our review of Sledmere House


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Piglets Adventure Farm Park

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

1st-16th April 2023

Daily from 1st-16th April get ready for non-stop egg-citement, entertainment, and activities for all ages! With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to enjoy all the fun and adventure of the


Join our famous ‘Great Easter Egg Hunt’ with a special prize for all successful egg-splorers and a brand NEW over 6’s challenge!
Set eyes on Spring’s sweetest arrivals – we’re expecting a flurry of new babies and our animal team will be on hand for lambing live with 20 mummy ewes due – you can even try your hand at bottle feeding newborn lambs!

Bo Peep returns with her hilarious Panto Show and The Magic Hatter will be here with some magical surprises up his sleeves!
Complete your day with outdoor adventure including the reopening of The Beach, Pink Barrel Train Rides and hop aboard the Tractor Trailer ride to discover even more fun in our Indoor Play Barn!

Have a look at our review of May-Hem at Piglets.

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Stockeld Park

Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN

2nd – 24th April 2022 – The Easter Adventure

Join us for endless family fun and adventures with lots of special Easter touches adding ‘eggstra’ magic to the park! Don’t miss our new Rainbow bunny hunt, and magical Golden ticket panto!

During the Easter Adventure you can meet the Easter Bunny!

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance on the forecourt at various times throughout the day. When meeting the Easter Bunny himself don’t forget to pose for a photo with him!

Tickets for the Easter Adventure will be on sale from 5th March. Meeting the Easter Bunny is included in Easter day passes.

Have a look at our reviews of Stockeld Park in Summer and Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure.


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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE

Children’s Museum, Halifax

Eureka, the National Children’s Museum usually run Easter themed events.




Easter Holidays at Temple Newsam

1 – 16 April

Celebrate the school holidays at Temple Newsam! We’ve got two weeks packed full of trails and family fun crafts across the estate. Find our feathered friends hidden around the house and be sure to explore the brand new Outside In exhibition! It’s also a wonderful time of year to meet our new arrivals at Home Farm. Come face-to-face with our springtime babies, from little lambs, to piglets, chicks and loads more!


Thwaite Fun Day

7 April 10am – 4pm (last admissions 3pm)

Join us for food, activities, and family fun at Thwaite Watermill this Easter. Our Easter fair is back with food and craft stalls to enjoy, along with egg decorating and an Easter trail. Keep an eye out for the Easter bunny who will also be making an appearance! We will be joined by Lion Learners for animal handling during the day so you can get up close to real Easter bunnies and other critters on your visit.


Leeds City Museum – Teeny Tiny Animal Trail

1 – 16 April

Find the miniature 3D models of some of our favourite animals in the museum. Where are the panda, sloth and their friends hiding? Free family trail, suitable for playgroups and holiday club visits too.


Leeds City Museum – Kids Crafts – The Animals Wild Escape

4, 5, 6 April 10am-12pm

Get crafty in the main hall of the museum. We’re venturing into an imaginary world of museum animals trying to escape the display cases. Maybe you’ll create a sneaky snake, a boisterous bumblebee or an agile otter? On the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be creating pictures of animals as they try to escape the museum cabinets…. Free, drop in between the times advertised. If you’re a holiday club/playgroup please get in touch by email to let us know you’re visiting.


Kirkstall Abbey Silly Sheep Round Up

1 – 16 April

Bring along the whole family for a baa-rilliant Easter Holiday activity at Kirkstall Abbey. The Cistercian monks who lived and worked at the Abbey in its heyday loved their sheep and so do we. But our sheep don’t just come in white – look around the ruins for rainbow, gingham and polka dot flocks! See if you can spot them all in this fun family trail.


Leeds Industrial Museum Easter Holiday – Wildlife Explorers

1 – 16 April

Come to Leeds Industrial Museum and see if you can spot the wildlife that has wandered into the mill. Take part in this fun family trail around the museum this Easter.


Leeds Industrial Museum Wet Felting Workshops

12.30 pm – 3.30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during the Easter Holidays.

Come and take part in a wet felting workshop at Leeds Industrial Museum this Easter. Be inspired by the nature surrounding the museum and make your very own felt wildlife to take home! Drop in.


Wild about Lotherton

1 – 16 April

Go wild this Easter and follow our little explorer trail around the museum, Wildlife World, gardens, and grounds. Take part in crafts at our dedicated activity stations where you can explore your senses, help wildlife, make dens and embrace nature! Don’t miss our exhibitions in the hall where you can uncover the history of the Gascoignes in Homes of the Gascoignes, and discover Cotton Connections in the fashion galleries.




Also look at my other round ups for different times of the year, Things to do in Yorkshire with the kids at February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer Holidays, October half term and at Christmas. Interested in Easter?  Have a look at this post about Easter Traditions around the world.