Crafts, Baking and Days Out: Our Ultimate Guide for Easter Family Fun
Easter will soon be here and there are so many ways to celebrate as a family
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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, £3.99 JoJo Maman Bebe, Morpeth and York
Green Toys Little Gardener’s Kit, £18.99 John Lewis & Partners, Newcastle and Leeds
Chick puzzle, £10.99 Adventure Toys, Northallerton
Easter lamb card, £3.95 Baby at the Bank, Corbridge
Daisy earrings, £135 Georg Jensen at Berry’s Jewellers, branches regionwide berrysjewellers.co.uk
Bunny with daffodil, £20 Penny Pieces, Ponteland and Melanie’s Florist, Tadcaster
Daisy ring, £45 David Summerfield, Metrocentre and Chester-le-Street davidsummerfield.co.uk
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
Paint Your Own Pottery
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 Workshop
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 Making Workshop
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’.
Easter Chick Felting Workshop
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.
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 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.
Add an element of fun to your home with these adorable Easter decorations
Egg decorations, £10 Marks & Spencer, branches regionwide
Easter wreath, £39.99 lights4fun.co.uk
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.