Vale of Mowbray's Guide to Easter in Yorkshire
We can never get over how diverse our beloved county is – with a wealth of landscapes (the Moors, Dales, cities and seasides) there comes an array of activities that will suit everyone! As we lead up to Easter, we’re excited for family fun and having time to spend with friends. In preparation, we’ve been researching some amazing events and activities we can do over the Easter period. We’ve let you in on our favourites…
York Chocolate Story
Easter and chocolate are intrinsically linked in many peoples mind – so this one’s for them. The York Chocolate Story is brilliant; you can discover the stories behind all the greatest names in chocolate, learn about the process of chocolate making and learn the art of the chocolatier. It’s amazing to be made aware of the history of chocolate in York; the city not built on coal, steel or wool as other British cities were; but chocolate. Currently, there’s an exhibition on women in the confectionery industry over the centuries and how they’ve shaped it. As foodies, we’re pretty excited about the idea of a city built on chocolate, a must visit we feel.
Easter egg hunts
It wouldn’t be an Easter activities round up without an Easter egg hunt or two! The Great Studfold Easter Egg Hunt is in the Yorkshire Dales in Upper Niddledale. Promising a magical outdoor experience we like the sound of starting at large willow nests and discovering gold rabbits and Easter surprises. They let you know that with the stunning scenery, you’ll want to bring a picnic to enjoy it – so remember to take along a pack of Vale of Mowbray pork pies and some accompaniments!
At Stockeld Park, you can enjoy finding hidden golden eggs around the park using the map and be in with the chance of winning a giant Easter egg. With giant character eggs roaming around, this sounds a great day out for families!
With all the new farm life around the Spring period, the Easter egg hunt at Boston Park looks a really good event! Search animal trails for eggs, have a wander own the nature trails and meet the Easter bunny. There will be Easter crafts, face painting, trailer rides plus you can go lamb feeding and hold a chick!
One event we’re really looking forward to is Lambing Live at Birchfield Family Dairies. Pet lamb feeding will be held at 11am and 2pm everyday. At the busiest time of the year for a farm, the breeding sheep will be in the sheds ready to give birth – so you might be lucky and see a lamb being born! A real treat, we’ve heard amazing reviews of Birchfield Farm, so it’s one we’ll definitely be making a visit to over Easter!
An Easter Break
There’s so many places you can escape to in Yorkshire. Whether you’re wanting glamping or a luxury hotel, there’s something for everyone and every budget.
If you fancy a family glamping holiday under the stars, have you thought of going to Humble Bee Farm in Flixton near Scarborough. The giant bell tents and wigwams make a great cosy base and during the days, is there anything better than exploring the moors and seaside? We’re thinking fish and chips by the sea and a pork pie picnic on days out on the moors – with fresh air and family fun, what more could you want!
For a luxury break, try Rudding Park Spa and Hotel, just outside of Harrogate. The spa is new and you’ll be able to really rest and unwind here – from the infinity pool stretching out into their garden to the incredible treatments. It’s an indulgent break and afterwards you can golf or eat in the many restaurants – the activities here are all amazing. Perhaps even catch a movie in their private theater or have afternoon tea in the orangery!
Yorkshire in Bloom
Oh we’re fans of Yorkshire in the spring! The Tulip Festival at Burnby Hall and Gardens looks a beautiful event – for seven years straight, they’ve won the Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award and are a must see for all! The estate is just in Pocklington and has upper and lower lakes plus nine acres of woodland and garden to explore. The Victorian Garden is something we’d love to visit – along with seeing the ornamental bridge.
Getting out in the countryside
With the weather hopefully being brighter than we’ve seen so far in Yorkshire this year and the days getting longer, we’re excited to get back outside! Swapping the sofa for fresh air, whether you’re an avid cyclist or enjoy strolling through the Yorkshire Dales, time spent out in our stunning countryside is never time wasted, especially if there’s a cosy pub visit promised at the end of the walk…
One such pub walk is the Malhamdale – one of our favourite areas; the route begins at the public car park in Malham Village, with the 400 steps up to Malham Cove, it’s probably best to not visit the Lister Arms pre-walk. Cross the Gordale Bridge and marvel at the limestone pavement and views for miles. Head over to the Gordale Scar waterfalls and have a little picnic here to break up the 4.5 mile round journey – make sure you’ve got some water in your backpack and a pack of yummy pies!
Once you’ve finished your treats, head over to the woods of Janet’s Foss, before you make it to Malham’s best pubs – The Buck Inn and The Lister Arms.