8 things to do in Yorkshire this Easter
After what felt like a winter worthy of Game of Thrones’, spring has finally sprung. The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the long Easter bank holiday is right around the corner. What better way to spend your Easter break than exploring the beautiful countryside, rich history, and vibrant culture of Yorkshire? This incredible region is home to two national parks, a vast number of historical sites, bustling towns and cities, fantastic nightlife and mouth-watering food. The people are pretty great too.
To help you make the most of your time off, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to go and things to see in Yorkshire this Easter.
Hebden Bridge Duck Race
The Hebden Duck Race is all you need to warm your quirky Yorkshire cockles. Every year a swathe of up to 10,000 yellow rubber ducks make their way down the river, attracting eager spectators from far and wide. With a variety of entertainment, including children’s rides, charity stalls and music, it’s a truly inimitable way to spend Easter Monday. Tickets are just £1 each, available online and from various local shops and pubs. There are lots of prizes to be won, including a holiday!
The Forbidden Corner
Self-styled as the ‘strangest place in the world’ the Forbidden Corner is certainly unique. It is a wild labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, paths and statues with something unusual to discover around every bend. Initially created as a private folly by Colin Armstrong O.B.E it was opened to the public in 1994 and has been popular with families looking for something different ever since. Pre-booking is essential, check out the website for more information.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay is an ancient seaside town with more history than your average beach resort. Not only is it one of the best places in Britain to find fossils, it also has an exciting smuggler’s past. Today, this busy town proudly celebrates both its unique heritage and natural beauty. From ghost walks and fossil roadshows, to outdoor adventures on the trailway and games on the beach; there is a lot to see and do here. One day won’t be enough to take it all in.
Malton, the Food Capital of Yorkshire
Malton can offer you bread, beer, ice-cream, pasta, pizza, cake, curry… so if you’re a foodie then this is the place to be. This historic market is a little on the sleepy side, but its picturesque market squares are undeniably charming.
The Talbot Yard Food Court is home to a number of Made in Malton food producers, including Bluebird Bakery, Roost Coffee Roastery, Food 2 Remember and Groovy Moo Ice Cream, making it possible to spend the afternoon on this stretch alone!
Salt’s Mill, and Saltaire World Heritage Site
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire is a model village built in 1851 by Titus Salt (yes, he named it after himself). The village surrounds Salts Mill, a textile factory which was once the largest in the world. Now Salts Mill is a retail centre and art gallery housing works by local artist David Hockney. Stunning Italianate-style architecture, independent shops and fantastic restaurants are just some of the reasons why you should pay a visit.
The Gin Garden
One for the grown-ups, the Gin Garden is where weary travellers head after a long day exploring Leeds. Situated within the New Ellington Hotel, the bar is a haven for gin lovers. Bedecked with plants and an artificial grass floor, it’s a relaxing yet cosy space. But that’s not the only reason to visit. Behind the bar you will find more than 140 varieties of gin and eight types of tonic. If that number seems a bit daunting, talk to an experienced member of staff who will create a G&T just for you.
Easter Tournament at the Royal Armouries
The Royal Armouries museum is one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire. No more so than at Easter when it hosts its annual medieval jousting tournament. Taking place between 8th and 17th April this year, the tournament brings the thrill and excitement of this historic sport to life. Music, minstrels, pomp and pageantry are all promised on what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Feast your eyes on spectacular sculptures and beautiful nature at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Described by Lonely Planet as “The art world’s equivalent of a safari park,” the nearly 500-acre estate is a huge open-air art gallery. Discover more than 50 sculptures by world-renowned artists on the sprawling Bretton Estate. The park also includes a bookshop and cafe.