Happy end of term Folks! There are two weeks of Easter Holidays ahead, here are some ideas for things to do, along with a price guide, if you’re looking for ways to fill them!
Lightwater Valley is opening up with four new attractions for younger children this Easter.
New attraction Jumpin’ Jacks! is a huge bouncy pillow for all the family to enjoy as they clamber, leap and bounce upon this giant inflatable, measuring 46ft long by 33ft wide.
Flying Nellies is an exciting new ride for younger visitors taking them into the air on a magical elephant, while the Mini Sand-Diggers offer kids all the fun of playing with sand without getting their hands dirty. Finally Lightwater Valley has a brand new interactive adventure playground too.
You can read more about taking younger children to Lightwater Valley on my blog post Lightwater Valley Theme Park, with Younger Children – A Review It is a great day of fun for the Small People, but it’s not cheap at £87.50 for my family of five! ?
RHS Gardens Harlow Carr
Keep the kids happy with the Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt! The garden trail is running all over the two week holiday and every entry completed will received a FREE mini gold Lindt bunny!
There’ll also be a chance to meet the Easter bunny over Easter weekend from 14-17th along with some Easter baby bunnies and lambs, plus get involved with Easter crafts!
On the Tuesdays the Garden Detectives will be holding story time, Wednesdays there’ll be craft workshops and Thursdays there are birds of prey flying displays.
So loads to enjoy, for our family of five it’d be £29.95 or £64.50 for an annual pass.
Open Gym Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Let the Smalls run off some steam, bounce on trampolines and swing from bars at Harrogate Gymnastics Club Open Gym sessions. £5 per child.
Monday 10th April, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, aged 5-9 years, 2:45 – 3:45pm, aged 10+ years
Friday 21st April, 10:45 – 11:45am, aged 5 – 9 years, 12:00 – 1:00pm, aged 10+ years
Stockeld Park is a great fun day out and you get to enjoy being outside all day, the Smalls love playing on the different play equipment!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es8RvHdyREw&w=560&h=315]The Enchanted Forest with Adventure Play Areas
• The Maze
• Inflatable Zone
• Roller Skating
• Go Karts
• Farmer Foster’s Play Area
• Indoor Play Area
• Craft Area
• Free Car Park
For our Family of Five it’s priced at £58.50 for the day.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is on from 11am to 3pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April. More details can be found on their website. It costs £2 per trail.
During the Easter Holidays you can meet Dorothy and her friends at Mother Shipton’s.
The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). for more information visit www.mothershipton.co.uk
This works out at £26 for the day for our family of five.
Hesketh Farm Park
Hesketh Farm Park is always a winner with mine, as the fresh air and freedom to run around it affords them is perfect! It’s always a great day out as you can tie it in with a trip to Billy Bobs Ice Cream Parlour too!
Hesketh Farm Park have their Spring Lambs to see and enjoy feeding and also an Easter Trail on around the farm. Along with the usual fun of the tractor ride, the indoor and outdoor activities with the play equipment and a chance to see all the animals of course!
This costs our family of five £29 for the day.
Thornton Hall Country Park
Thornton Hall Country Park is a new one on us, is the other side of Skipton from Harrogate and would probably take around an hour of travelling in the car to reach. They look to have lots of fab Easter events on though including, a Trolls, Wizard of Oz and Peter Rabbit experience days!
Regular price entry to enjoy the farm animals and play equipment works out at £31.50 for our family of five. There are additional costs for the ‘event days’.
Bolton Abbey have a great event on over Easter; they’re holding an Easter trail through the woods, which is totally free to enter! And the Easter bunny will also be making an appearance over Easter weekend from 14th to 17th April. For more details check out their website.
There is a £10 charge to park at Bolton Abbey.
Newby Hall and Gardens
Mine LOVE to go to Newby Hall – the combination of the water feature, boat swings, pedalos, miniature train and adventure playground always make for happy children! We’ll probably get a season pass again this year as it’s such good value and means we can go more often for shorter times right through the summer holidays too.
On Easter Saturday and Sunday there are lots of activities for the whole family, courtesy of the wonderful characters from Make a Wish Events. Meet the Easter Bunny and his friends as you solve clues through the woodland walk…there may even be chocolate at the end of it! Activities are included for free with a gardens only ticket. A day pass is £44 for our family of five and a season pass is £105 (meaning you only have to go three times to make it worth your while).
FREE things to do!
There are also loads more ideas on my really popular post Six lovely things to do in Harrogate, with kids, for free (…or very cheaply)