Discover the perfect Easter getaway with our guide to family friendly activities in the Yorkshire Dales
Explore the charming Yorkshire Dales and all its fantastic family friendly activities it has to offer this Easter. We have handpicked a collection of egg-citing experiences in the Yorkshire Dales that will bring joy and lasting memories to families of all ages, from Easter egg hunts to farm animal encounters.
On Easter Monday, get ready for some fun and games with the Easter Fun Day at The Gamekeeper's Inn in Threshfield, near Grassington. Search the gardens to find all the Easter clues and take home a chocolate Easter egg!
After the hunt, children will enjoy a buffet lunch followed by fun-filled party games and a disco where they can dance the afternoon away with their friends.
There's lots of great fun to be had over at the Easter weekend at Thornton Hall Farm in Skipton!
On Saturday 8th April, hop over to Easter Street for an exciting Easter Egg-venture, join the Thornton Hall gang for the Easter EGGstravaganza live show, and keep your eyes peeled for all the hidden letters throughout the park to win a prize. You can enjoy all this plus soft play, rides, farm encounters and more!
For an Easter adventure with a unique twist, head to Skipton between Friday 31st March and Sunday 16th April to join in with the Augmented Reality Easter Egg Hunt!
Follow the digital trail using a mobile app and search for the Easter egg hunt posters. Scan the poster and watch the 3D egg magically appear in front of your eyes! Collect all the eggs and be entered into a prize draw.
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You won't want to miss the Great Studfold Easter Egg and Fairy Hunt at Studfold Adventure Trail in Harrogate. From Saturday 1st April until Sunday 16th April, pick up a clue sheet and then discover brightly coloured eggs, count the golden rabbits and meet the famous Studfold spring fairies and their woodland friends. You can learn all about what life is like as a fairy, make a wish and plant it in the fairy wish garden!
This spring, treat the whole family to an Easter adventure at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Ripon, North Yorkshire from Saturday 1st until Sunday 16th April.
Explore the beautiful gardens, make your way along the Easter trail and find lots of nature inspired activities for the whole family to enjoy. You'll also enjoy a chocolate egg at the end!
If you're looking for an action packed day of egg-citing Easter activities, be sure to make a trip to the Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Piglets Adventure Farm in York between Saturday 1st and Sunday 16th April.
Join the famous Easter Egg Hunt and win a special prize, meet and bottle feed the farm's new spring arrivals, watch Bo Peep's Panto or The Mad Hatter's magic tricks, and complete your day with a train ride or tractor trailer ride! And if the weather isn't great, there's always lots more fun to be had in the Indoor Play Barn.
Come along to Skipton Town Hall this Easter for junk modelling fun and create your own chocolate making machine inspired by the world of Willy Wonka! Then get yourself comfy on the big bean bags while you watch the classic 1971 family favorite Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Starts from 1pm on Good Friday, 7th April.
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Dance your socks off at the Easter Silent Disco! Hop over to Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 8th April in your best Easter fancy dress and dance along to 3 different channels of music.
There are 2 sessions throughout the day – 10am to 11:30am or 2pm to 3:30pm.
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There's nothing quite like the Easter Trail at Bolton Abbey, starting Saturday 1st April until Sunday 16th April. As you wander through the ancient Strid Wood, you'll find some eggs-traordinary bunnies hiding amongst the trees. Once you have completed the trail, why not take the trail sheet home and enter the ‘Design a Bunny’ competition? The winner will see their bunny design brought to life in the 2024 Easter Trail and receive a Bolton Abbey Season Ticket!
If you have children aged 10-18 years who love to get crafty and creative, come along to the Easter Art Club at Skipton Town Hall on Monday 3rd April.
Sessions will take place from 10am to 12pm then 2pm to 4pm for young people to try out new art and craft techniques and make new friends. The team will guide you step by step to make some egg-citing Easter items to take home with you.
Image source: Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
For something eggs-traordinary this Easter, don't miss the Dino Eggstravaganza at Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway on Sunday 9th and Monday 10th April.
You’ll be greeted by the dinosaurs and their keepers at Bolton Abbey Station, then they’ll travel along with you to meet the giant Dinos at Embsay Station. Don't miss the 15 minute show followed by some photo opportunities with the dinosaurs, eggsellent fun including a Dino Egg Hunt and a fancy dress competition!
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a stunning circular route through woodlands and glens, with incredible views and a well defined footpath. This trail is just over 4 miles long, around the mid way point you’ll find a grassy area that is perfect for a picnic, including a great view of Thornton Force, the most famous and spectacular waterfall on the trail. From here you’ll hike up into the hills, where you’ll usually find an ice cream van at the top to keep the kids motivated!
The enormous estate of Bolton Abbey, just outside of Skipton, makes for a perfect day out with something for all the family and spectacular views at every point.
Explore the incredible Gothic ruins of the Priory, have a picnic by the gently meandering River Wharfe and walk along the many woodland and moorland paths. You’ll also find a variety of local produce in the restaurants and cafes, and unique gifts in the gift shop.
From Skipton, this woodland route follows the canal down to Skipton Castle Woods. This is a great family friendly walking route takes 1 hour to complete. You can pack yourselves an Easter picnic or stop by any of the cafes in the centre of Skipton.
West Burton Falls is a waterfall on the Walden Beck, also known as Cauldron Falls because of its spectacular plunge pool, just a short walk from the idyllic village of West Burton. This is one of the more accessible waterfalls in the Dales, with a pleasant beckside path leading to a great viewing spot for the main waterfall.
Perfect for family holidays with your furry friends, Dalesgate Lodge is the perfect escape for pet friendly holidays in Wharfedale. Dalesgate Lodge sleeps up to 6 people with a double bedroom, second bedroom - which can either be 2 single beds or 1 double bed - and a pull out sofa bed, plus a fully fitted kitchen giving you the option to eat in or dine out.
The quaint and traditional cottage Netherside Barn is nestled in the Wharfedale Valley, with spectacular private surroundings. You'll enjoy a great night's sleep in the three stylish bedrooms, make lasting memories in the spacious and sociable living area, and catch the morning sunrise from the comfortable bean bag chairs overlooking the picturesque countryside, a perfect place to spot deer and other local wildlife.
An ideal place for an Easter break with the whole family - four legged friends included! The Gamekeeper's Lodge is a spacious and welcoming hideaway in the Wharfedale woodland, sleeping up to 5 guests with 2 en suite bedrooms and a pull out sofa bed. You'll find a fully equipped kitchenette and your very own outdoor picnic table you can stay in, eat out or dine alfresco.
The Oak Lodge is a luxury two bedroom, two shower room lodge complete with a modern spacious living area, leading to a balcony with picturesque views of the Wharfedale valley.
Whether you're looking for an Easter weekend retreat or a longer break over the school holidays, Oak Lodge is perfect for couples, families and friends looking to relax and unwind in the Yorkshire Dales.
Abeautiful and relaxing hideaway for the whole family, the newly redecorated Brazengate Lodge offers a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms - a spacious double and a twin room - and two shower rooms. Step out onto your private sheltered patio and you'll enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Wharfedale woodland and even spot some local wildlife.
If you're thinking of a romantic glamping break, the Easter bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse. The Woodland Glamping Pods at Long Ashes Park are the perfect cosy hideaway. Whether you're looking for a hiking holiday or you prefer to relax and unwind, you'll enjoy the luxury of these self contained woodland pods which feature their own kitchenette and shower room.
Formerly a gamekeeper’s cottage, The Gamekeeper’s Inn in the heart of Wharfedale offers guests cosy corners, the best local ales and hearty homemade food. The pub is also home to 11 unique and stylish en suite bedrooms, from standard rooms and family rooms up to luxury honeymoon suites, perfect for a relaxing break away in the Yorkshire Dales for couples, friends and families.
Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just 5 miles from Skipton, with around 10 acres of greenery overlooking the Yorkshire hills. There’s lots for your little ones to do, from feeding and stroking the farm animals to playing hide and seek with your friends in the straw maze.
Hesketh Farm's annual Easter Trail takes place around the farm park, running from 1st April to the 16th April. Join in the fun searching for the hidden eggs to collect your edible prize!
At the award winning Thornton Hall Farm in Skipton, you can experience exciting animal encounters, take a Safari Ride to the Deer Park, and enjoy some delicious food in the diner while the little ones burn off their energy in the Play Barn.
If you can't make it to the Easter Eggstravaganza, come along for the Spring Farm and Soft Play, including farm tours and activities, bottle feeding, animal petting, pony grooming and a mini magic show.
Get ready to make some new farm animal friends at Piglets Farm Adventure Park! You can stroke the rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks, see the new spring piglets at The Piglet Maternity Ward and bottle feed the baby lambs too. After all the farmyard fun, hop on board the tractor and trailer ride to the Indoor Play Barn for hours of great fun, or if the weather is good you can play some crazy golf, race the pedal go-karts or tackle the Olym-Pig Assault Course outside.
We hope our curated list of family friendly activities has inspired you to make the most of your Easter holiday. With a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and luxury, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Happy Easter, and may your family create lasting memories in the stunning Yorkshire Dales!