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Crafts, Baking and Days Out: Our Ultimate Guide for Easter Family Fun

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March 2023
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Easter will soon be here and there are so many ways to celebrate as a family

From egg hunts to getting crafty, and baking delicious bunny cupcakes, we've rounded up everything you'll want to make and do this Easter.

Spring In Your Step

The top Easter events taking place in the North East and Yorkshire, to put a spring in your step.

Belsay Hall & Gardens Belsay Hall & Gardens

Belsay Hall & Gardens
1st–16th April
Visitors to Belsay Gardens are in for a feast of colour during spring. Take part in the Easter Adventure Quest, exploring the gardens to hunt for clues and challenges, and discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race. Track down the eggs and you’ll be rewarded with an adventurer’s certificate and tasty chocolate treat.

Beamish Beamish

7th–10th April
Head to the living museum of the North as they celebrate the traditions of Easter. From hot cross bun baking in Herron’s Bakery, to traditional food displays at the 1940s farm, as well as Easter card making in the Masonic Hall, there are lots of egg-cellent activities taking place at Beamish over the long Easter weekend.

William’s Den William’s Den

William’s Den
1st–16th April
Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS
Kids will have a cracking time taking part in the Easter adventures at William’s Den. There are all kinds of egg cellent activities taking place such as an egg hunt, design in carrot corner, running wild with the Play Pioneers and the chance to Build a Bear. Plus, they can make new friends including the Easter Bunny!

Cannon Hall Farm Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm
1st–16th April
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT
Spring’s the best time of year at Cannon Hall Farm. With lambs due to arrive just in time for the holidays, make sure you pay a visit for the very best chance to see a live birth. Daily activity in the roundhouse means you can share the action of lambing season with your family, as well as provide education and entertainment for younger visitors.

Sweet Alternatives

Easter Hunts don’t have to include chocolate and sweets. For something a bit different, swap the treats they’re hunting for spring gifts, games and trinkets

Chalk eggs

Chalk eggs, £3.99 JoJo Maman Bebe, Morpeth and York

Green Toys Little Gardener’s Kit

Green Toys Little Gardener’s Kit, £18.99 John Lewis & Partners, Newcastle and Leeds

Chick puzzle

Chick puzzle, £10.99 Adventure Toys, Northallerton

Easter lamb card, £3.95 Baby at the Bank, Corbridge

Daisy earrings

Daisy earrings, £135 Georg Jensen at Berry’s Jewellers, branches regionwide

Bunny with daffodil

Bunny with daffodil, £20 Penny Pieces, Ponteland and Melanie’s Florist, Tadcaster

Daisy ring

Daisy ring, £45 David Summerfield, Metrocentre and Chester-le-Street

Craft Masters

Whether you decide to make spectacular Easter bonnets, decorate hard boiled eggs, or even design your own spring wreath, Easter is a great time for kids to get creative

Young girls painting pottery

Paint Your Own Pottery
Every Tuesday–Sunday
Wheelbirks Farm, Stocksfield NE43 7HY

Based in a beautiful barn in Stocksfield, at Canny Crafty you can select from a wide variety of items before painting them in your choice of Easter or spring design.

Spring Paper Wreath

Spring Paper Wreath Workshop
15th March
Gateshead Central Library NE8 4LN

Join local artist Cath Campbell as she shows you how to make a paper wreath using colours and papers inspired by spring.

Easter Egg Mould

Easter Egg Making Workshop
Throughout April
La Chocolatrice, 4 Commercial Road West, Coxhoe DH6 4LD

Visit the La Chocolatrice studio for an Easter egg making workshop, where you’ll make and decorate two eggs and their speciality ‘bunny in the bath’.

Felt Easter Chicks

Easter Chick Felting Workshop
25th March
Station Yard, Richmond DL10 4LD

Spend an afternoon needle felting Easter decorations at The Station. It’s a fun way to spend time with family and friends, whilst also learning a new skill. There’ll be various Easter chick designs to choose from, but limited spaces are available so book yours fast.

Rough painted pottery

Paint Your Own Pottery
Open every day
Jackrabbits Pottery, Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 4BA
Painting pottery is a great way to spend a couple of hours being creative, and at Jackrabbit’s Pottery you can choose from a huge range of items before painting them in your choice of Easter or spring design.

Easter eggs in basket

Easter Egg Masterclass
1st, 6th & 8th April
York Cocoa House, 10 Castlegate, York YO1 9RG
Budding chocolatiers are invited to make their own chocolate egg this Easter. Working with milk, white or dark chocolate made onsite, you will learn how to temper chocolate, work with egg moulds and assemble your beautiful Easter masterpiece.

Eggs-ellent Decor

Add an element of fun to your home with these adorable Easter decorations

Egg decorations

Egg decorations, £10 Marks & Spencer, branches regionwide

Easter wreath

Easter wreath, £39.99

Wooden bunny bunting

Wooden bunny bunting, £6.99 Ginger Ray, stockists regionwide


The Best Bakes

From hot cross buns to carrot cake, or anything topped with mini chocolate eggs, baking is not only a fun way to spend the afternoon as a family, it is also a good way to get your children following instructions, practising their reading skills and brushing up on their maths. We’ve got an Easter Bunny cupcake recipe perfect for the occasion.

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