Castle Howard Easter Weekend
Castle Howard are putting on some good old-fashioned family entertainment for Easter with traditional fairground rides and the Great Easter Egg Hunt. The Castle Howard bunnies have lost their eggs, and if you find them all you’ll be rewarded with a prize to be collected from The Boathouse. With their high-energy adventure playground, boat trips on the Great Lake and rides on the train, it’s the perfect family day out.
An Archaeological Easter
Forget chocolate eggs, dinosaur eggs are in this Easter. Become an amateur palaeontologist for the day with The Alnwick Garden’s Easter dinosaur adventure. Follow the dinosaur egg hunt around the Garden, try your hand an dino-crafts, and see Tiny the (massive) Dinosaur at the street theatre – be warned, unaccompanied or unruly children may be fed to the dinosaurs.
A Mad Hatter of an Easter
Fall down the rabbit hole this Easter with Lotherton Hall’s Mad Hatter-themed Easter fun days. Get lost in the Wonderland Village, follow the white rabbit's trail and get creative with kooky crafts. If you’re lucky enough to still be off on Tuesday you can meet the Easter Bunny, and Wednesdays are for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Easter Weekend and Chocolate Workshops
The whole family will be entertained at Raby Castle this weekend, with the Miniature Growing Castle Gardens Workshops and Children’s Castle Tours, as well as the ‘Where Is My Baby?’ trail in the Walled Garden where you have to locate the adorable baby animal photos to win a prize. And chocolate-lovers won’t want to miss the workshops hosted by master chocolatier and chef David Greenwood-Haigh Fih to make your very own luxury bar of chocolate.
Royal Armouries International Jousting Tournament
Something very exciting is happening at Leeds Royal Armouries Museum this Easter bank holiday, with their International Jousting Tournament. The competition will take place over the weekend, culminating on Easter Monday with a spectacular mêlée – not to be missed.
Easter Egg Hunt
Help the Easter Bunny find his lost eggs around the Walled Garden at Wynyard Hall. The trail takes around 40 minutes, but then feel free to explore the beautiful grounds more fully. Don’t miss the Edible Garden and the Woodland Walk in the sun this weekend.
The Rhyming Rabbit Hop About
Hop on down for a great garden adventure with The Rhyming Rabbit this Easter at RHS Harlow Carr. Keep your eyes peeled for the bunny around the garden, and engage in cute crafts based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, make rabbit hand-puppets and see bird-of-prey demonstrations. You can even meet the Easter Bunny, and keep a lookout for the golden carrot for your chance to win a giant Centenary Imperial Easter Egg from Bettys worth almost £500.
Easter Beer and Food Festival
The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield, are hosting a fun-filled Beer and Food Festival with out-there Easter activities such as barrel racing and egg jarping (where you try to smash your opponent’s hard-boiled egg with your own). Indulge in some sweet treats with the pop-up Easter bakery on Saturday too – Earl Grey hot cross buns anyone?
Easter on Swinton Estate
Easter on Swinton Estate is all about the food – visit the Swinton Cookery School for half-day Easter cookery classes for kids, get crafty in the Bivouac café bistro (with plenty of chocolate), and sit down to a hearty Easter roast on Sunday. There’s also the nature trail around the Druid’s Temple in the woodland, which will be perfect for the glorious weather expected this weekend.
Beauty and the Beast
Who says pantos are just for Christmas? Not us! Playhouse Whitley Bay are putting on a spectacular panto production of Beauty and the Beast on Sunday and Monday – don’t miss Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona, X-Factor’s Lauren Platt and everyone’s favourite fox, Basil Brush in this laugh-a-minute production.