Romp through the gardens looking for signs of nature waking up from its winter slumbers. Can you find the baby animals as you go? Pick up a new trail through the gardens for the holidays.
Help a plant grow – Tuesday 16 & 23 April 11.30am & 1pm
Put your green fingers to the test and help plant a vegetable patch in the garden
Tiny things trek – Wednesday 17 & 24 April 11.30am & 2.30pm
Join a member of the gardening team on an exploration of life’s littlest things. Book on the day.
Discover what’s in a pond – Thursday 18 & 25 April 11.30am & 2.30pm
Leave your waders at home but grab a net to see what might be living in the wildlife pond in the American garden.
Easter weekend with Cadbury – Friday 19 – Monday 22 April 10.30am – 4pm
The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt returns over the bank holiday weekend with a new trail to follow and a chocolatey treat for your efforts. The trail sheet costs £2 with each one getting a Cadbury chocolate prize.
Artrageous! – Easter weekend and Friday 26 April, 12 noon – 3pm in the Hayloft Room (access by stairs only)
Have a go at an Easter themed craft activity and once you’ve created your masterpiece, why not enter it into the competition for your chance to win a prize. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at 3pm to pick her favourite.
All activities are free of charge (except for the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt). Normal admission applies.
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027
Keep your eyes peeled for the Rhyming Rabbit on a hop about the garden trail and enjoy craft activities based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks and brought to you in association with Macmillan Children’s Books.
Activities vary daily. Normal garden admission.
Children can get their creative juices flowing and create rhymes for our Rhyming Tree, enjoy storytelling and rhymes with the Garden Detectives, make rabbit hand puppets and watch birds-of-prey demonstrations. Over the Easter weekend, there’s a chance to meet the Easter Bunny himself as well as real-life versions of some of the book’s best-loved animals. The Rhyming Rabbit Hop About Trail starts on 30 March.
Daily, 30 March to 29 April:
The Rhyming Rabbit Hop About Trail
Hop about the garden on a daily garden trail in search of animals from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.
Hunt the Golden Carrot Competition
A golden carrot has been hidden in the garden. Use clues to guess its whereabouts and post your entries in the competition post box for the chance to win a giant Centenary Imperial Easter Egg from Bettys worth almost £500 – that’s 5.8kg of Grand Cru Swiss Chocolate.
Rhyming Tree (13–29 April only)
Create a rhyme and hang it on our Rhyming Tree in the Learning Centre.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday (outside of Easter weekend):
Head to the Learning Centre between 10.30am–12.30pm and 1pm–3pm to make your own rabbit hand puppet.
Storytelling and Poetry Workshops with the Garden Detectives
Enjoy tall tales and rhymes with the Garden Detectives 11am, 1pm & 3pm in the Learning Centre.
Create a bunny plant pot and plant it up with bunny tail grasses. Take it home and watch it grow! Sessions from 11am–3pm in the Learning Centre.
See a birds-of-prey demonstration on the Main Border at 11am and 1pm
Easter Weekend only (Friday 19 to Monday 22 April)
Meet the Easter Bunny
Pop to the garden from 11am to 2pm and see if you can spot the Easter Bunny on your trip around the garden…who knows where he’ll be hiding?
Visit our farm near the Bath House between 11am and 3pm and meet rabbits, lambs, goats, ducklings and more.
Make bunny masks in the Learning Centre from 10.30am–12.30pm and 1pm–3pm.
Hop, skip and swing your way into a full day out for Easter this year. Pick up the bird detective trail from the admissions team to discover about the life of a baby bird on this interactive family trail. Listen closely by the bird hide and see which birds you can hear singing away, find eggs from lots of different birds, add to a giant nest and discover all sorts of feathers as you follow the trail around the estate. Hop along to Swanley Grange to make your very own lavender bag to keep your clothes smelling fresh and floral, just like the monks would have in medieval times. On select dates you can make a bird feeder to keep your fluttery friends well fed in your garden at home, too.
Come along for an action packed Easter weekend. Look out for signs of spring on the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt to win your chocolate prize. Search high and low for the elusive golden egg but shhhh, if you find it don’t tell anyone else! Let us know and you could win a behind the scenes tour as a prize. Bring your hardboiled egg and join in with the egg rolling competition on the abbey green. The fastest three eggs will win a prize from each age group so get boiling!
Zip your way through the play area on the zipline, swing as high as you can on the swings and spin round and round on the roundabout before indulging in a well earned cup of tea in the new visitor centre restaurant.
For all events details and timings please see the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbey
This Easter youngsters can indulge their love of fairies and pixies while hunting for eggs at Studfold Adventure Trail in Nidderdale.
At the start of the trail children will be given a sheet with 17 nature-related clues. As they romp through the grassland and woods they discover the answers in the large willow nests filled with brightly coloured eggs.
Along the way they can count gold rabbits and discover where springtime fairies and pixies such as Primrose, Hazel and Bluebell stay by finding the 10 new miniature fairy doors in logs as well as visiting the permanent fairy community in the woodland village of Two Stone Wishes.
Go karts, ride-on mini tractors and den building activities are also lined up and families can make the most of being outdoors by bringing their own picnic or pre-ordering one from the Nidderdale Way Café at Studfold.
Admission is: £6.50 per adult; £5.50 per child with free entry for under 3’s. There’s an extra 50p per child to receive an Easter surprise.
For more information including staying overnight in the tranquil surroundings of Studfold’s camping and caravanning site www.studfoldtrails.co.uk
Rolling eggs down a grassy bank has been a custom for hundreds of years – traditionally the eggs were wrapped in onion skins and boiled to give a marbled effect. The winner is the roller whose egg goes the furthest or arrives at the bottom of the hill intact!
The Easter Family Fun activities run Monday-Friday, 15th-19th and 22nd-26th April, 11am – 3.30pm in the Ripon Workhouse Museum. Admission to the activities is included in the usual Museum admission prices. Punch and Judy will be on the Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the Easter bunny will make an appearance on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Win a Family Pass to Ripon Museums by posting photos of your decorated Easter eggs on Facebook
Over the Easter holidays we will be creating some Easter craft, embarking on Easter egg hunts, playing games, creating natural art, den building, cooking, learning some bushcraft skills such as natural fire lighting and simple woodwork techniques as well as plenty of opportunities for free play, getting muddy and enjoying ourselves!
Kilburn Woods, Thirsk
To book: https://www.yorkshireforestfolk.co.uk/holiday-club/ or contact Sophie on 07815 775934