York Easter guide 2018 – What’s on where for the school holidays

York's Chocolate Story are ready to entertain you with A Cracking Chocolate Adventure. Photograph: Antony Chappel-Ross
23 Mar 2018 @ 11.20 am
| Entertainment

There’s chocolate, shopping, chocolate, history, chocolate, dinosaurs – did we mention chocolate?

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

Chocolate heaven

A Cracking Chocolate Adventure

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Mar 30th-April 07th, 11.30am-2pm daily

£9.95 (child), £4.95 (adult)

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An eggzellent Easter adventure for children organised by York’s Chocolate Story. Gr-egg and Yolko will take children on a hunt from Kings Square to the beautiful Merchant Adventurer’s Hall to recover all the lost Easter eggs.

This is a stand-alone event especially created and run by the attraction’s award winning team. It will take place entirely outside, so clothing suitable to the weather is strongly recommended. Recommended for children aged 4-8.

Women And Confectionery

A story of pioneers

York’s Chocolate Story

Daily from 10am (last tour 4pm)

Adult £12.50, child £10

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Since the confectionery industry began, women have played a major part in shaping it. From Mary Tuke – who created a successful cocoa business against all adversity and paved the way for companies such as Rowntree’s – to Mary Ann Craven, made famous for her humbugs and French almonds. This new exhibition tells the stories of those pioneering women that had a profound effect on industry, confectionery and the wider world.

York Chocolate Festival Market

Parliament Street

Mar 29th-2nd April


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Bigger and even more delicious than in previous years the chocolate festival welcomes 30 craft stalls to York streets. Stroll around and pick up mouth watering bites such as chocolate churros, pies or liquors. Fascinating demonstrations and free tasting demonstrations will be thrown into the mix too.

York Easter Family Festival

Children get stuck in to the York Chocolate Festival

Parliament Street

Mar 29th-April 2nd


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York’s Easter Festival returns for the third year running with plenty of family fun – including…

Free pantomime
Step inside the Little Viking marquee to see The Hunt of the Magical Chocolatey Chick. Become a chocolate detective and solve all the clues on a virtual tour around York with the Easter bunny. Make sure to defend your treats from the Evil Egg smuggler.

This interactive show for all ages will be running five times a day.

The Food Factory
Get stuck in with a family cookery session. Roll up your sleeves and make anything from pasta and ice-cream to cheese and bread. There will be a small charge to cover the cost of ingredients.

The Great Bunny Search
Hop around the streets of York and peer in its shop windows to find the hidden bunnies! Just pick up a map from York Information Centre and when you’ve located all 26 bunnies, have a cup of tea!

As an additional incentive Make it York and York Teaching Hospital are offering a whopping prize of a family trip to Disneyland Paris if you complete the conundrum and leave your contact details on the form.

Family events

Jurassic World hits the Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire’s Jurassic World

Yorkshire Museum

Daily from Mar 24th @ 10am-5pm

£7.50, children free with a paying adult

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This major new exhibition takes us 150 million years back this Easter! Discover coral reefs, deep oceans and Alan the Sauropod Dinosaur. A Jurassic trail will also be available so bring your field notebooks.

York Castle Museum Easter Fun

York Castle Museum, Eye of York

26 Mar-April 15th

£10, children free with a paying adult

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Visit Castle Museum over the Easter break to see how Victorian Hot Cross buns are made (and have a nibble yourself) and make your very own Victorian Easter card designs. An Easter egg trail including clues round the Museum will also feature.

Easter Craft Fair

Clifton Explore

mar 24th @ 10am-1pm


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Pop along to this craft fair and discover a wide variety of handmade gifts, cakes and a lucky prize dip.

Easter at Beningbrough Hall

Egg and spoon fun at Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall

Mar 30th-April 2nd @ 10.30am-4.30pm

£6.90-£13.80 plus £2 per trail

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Follow the trail around the beautiful gardens to herald the beginning of spring and win a Cadbury’s chocolate prize. Other activites include an egg and spoon race and an Easter themed craft activity in the Hayloft Room.

Treasurer’s House Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Minster Yard, York

Mar 30th-April 2nd @11.00 am-4.00pm

£4.50-£9.00 plus £1.50 per trail

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Hop through the house and along the trail to solve the Easter Bunny’s clues. A Cadbury’s reward awaits you at the end. Also pop into the downstairs cafe to make an Easter bonnet.

York Art Gallery Spring Time Marvels

Exhibition Square, York

Mar 24th-April 15th

£6.81, children free

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Get crafty at the gallery this Easter sewing, drawing and folding spring inspired flora and fauna. Alternatively, pick up a trail sheet and fill the empty vase with flower sketches inspired by the gallery’s art work.

Hot cross bun chocolates

yorks-chocolate-story-logoLearn about the history of chocolate and Easter at York’s Chocolate Story. In the shop, there are handmade Easter eggs, hot cross bun chocolates and Easter bars (milk, white and dark chocolate bars covered in mini Easter eggs!). Learn more here

York Minster Easter family activities

York Minster

Mar 23rd-April 15th


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Follow the activities around the Minster to learn more about the Easter story. On April 4th 10 am-3.00pm join in making chocolate birds nests and decorating Easter biscuits to take it home in a special box.

Murton Park Easter Eggstravaganza

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, Y019 5UF

Mar 31-April 2nd @ 10am-4.30pm


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Whether you want to visit a Wild West town or Dark Age Viking Village, there’s plenty to see at Murton park this bank holiday weekend. The Easter bunny will also be paying Murton a visit on Easter Sunday to take chocolate loving children on an egg hunt!

Trains and planes

Fun for all ages at the National Railway Museum. Photograph: NRM

Easter Family Fun at the NRM

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road

Mar 24-Apr 15 @ 10am-6pm

Free entry

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The NRM has engineered three weeks of Easter fun at the museum, including a treasure hunt, steam loco rides and hands-on fun.

The White Rabbit Trail at the Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington

April 1st-April 2nd

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An Easter egg trail with a French twist! Follow the questions celebrating the centenary of the creation of the RAF and collect a white chocolate rabbit at the end.

Model Railway Show

York Racecourse

Mar 31st-April 2nd @ 10am-5pm


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Boasting over 100 trade stands and 40 working models this is the North’s premiere event of it’s kind.

Historical highlights

Flour power – Holgate Windmill. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Living History at Barley Hall

2 Coffee yard, Barley Hall, York

Mar 28th-April 4th @12 pm-4 pm


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An historic character will lead you round the hall and show you life in the late-medieval and early Tudor period.

Holgate Windmill Easter Trail

Windmill Rise, Holgate, York

April 2 @ 11am-4pm

£3 per adult £1 per child

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Explore the oldest five-sail windmill in the country. Clamber and climb round it’s Easter trail. Follow the clues to win a prize!

Eden Camp’s WWII Living History Easter

Eden Camp, Near Malton

Mar 31st-1st April


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Get up close and personal with History as WWII renacters take over the sight during the bank holiday weekend. An Eden Camp Wartime Easter Egg Hunt will also be taking place for much of the Easter break.


Living North Homes and Garden Fair

York Racecourse

Mar 23rd-25th @ 10am-4pm

£7 and under 12s go free

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A huge interior and spring shopping event that also boasts a large food hall for a respite while shopping.

Shambles Food Court Market

Shambles Market, York

Mar 29th-April 2nd

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Shambles Food Court will be hosting a spring time petting zoo this Easter. Furthermore there will be a carousel and plenty of sweet treats available at the market.

Further afield

Castle Howard. Photograph: visityork.com

Easter Adventure at Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road

Mar 28th-April 16th @ 10am-6pm


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Featuring large playgrounds, an outdoor roller rink, maze, go karts and, plus some eggstra Easter events

Easter at Castle Howard

Castle Howard Estate York YO60 7DA

Mar 24-Apr 15 @ 10am-4pm


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Family magic workshops, Easter egg hunts and craft activities are being laid on at the grand house and grounds.

Egg hunt at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall, near York, YO62 5UY

Mar 30-Mar 31


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Bunny has been up to his old tricks again trying to gobble up all the vegetables in the organic garden. Can you help by completing the garden hunt?