Best Family Days Out for the Easter Weekend

By Leeds Credit Union

With the exception of Christmas, Easter is arguably the UK's favourite public holiday - spring is in the air, the weather's improving, there's chocolate as far as the eye can see and, if you're lucky enough to live in Yorkshire, there's a huge variety of things to do to keep the whole family entertained.

Here are our suggestions for some great Easter days out in and around Leeds.

Bunny egg hunt

If your kids are worried that their Easter egg hunting skills are a bit rusty, give them some practice ahead of the big day with this city-wide adventure.

Taking place from Friday 8th to Monday 18th April (excluding Easter Sunday), the hunt begins at the Easter Bunny Egg Garden outside Victoria Leeds on Sidney Street where participants collect a map containing clues that need cracking to uncover the locations of a dozen giant eggs hidden around the city.

The aim is for kids to find them all and draw the eggs' unique designs onto their maps. Then, when they return to the Easter Garden and show the completed maps to the event team, they'll receive treats for their efforts. There's even an Easter-egg themed selfie machine!

Victoria Leeds, 44,Victoria Gate, Vicar Lane, Leeds. LS2 7AU.

Medieval Easter

For history-loving kids or those looking for something different to traditional bunny exploits, the Royal Armouries' Medieval Easter is an egg-scellent alternative.

Themed around the famous War of the Roses - the 15th century civil wars between adversaries from York and Lancaster for control of the throne - Medieval Easter will give visitors the chance to examine some of the ancient weapons used on the battlefield, watch a horse show reenactment of Richard III's last stand and enjoy the International Jousting Tournament, where knights on horseback from around Europe fight it out for the coveted Sword of Honour.

Taking place from now until Monday 18th April, Medieval Easter is free to enter.

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds. LS10 1LT.

Abbey House Bunny Fun

Leeds' Abbey House Museum gives guests the opportunity to experience Victorian life through events and exhibitions and this Easter, the house has been taken over by bunnies!

With rabbits of all colours, shapes and sizes skipping down the museum's famous Victorian streets and bunnies at work behind the bar, mischief is the name of the game. Kids will love trying to spot them all before taking a picture at the selfie station and delving into a free goodie bag packed with fun activities to try at home.

Families can join in the bunny fun from now until Monday 18th April. Entry to the house is free with the price of admission to the museum. Hop to it!

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds. LS5 3EH.

Easter at Temple Newsam

Easter weekends are all about egg hunts and the one on offer at the always popular Temple Newsam is up there with the best.

With decorated eggs hidden all over both the house and farm, there's a whole lot of exploring for kids to do. Once they're finished they can take part in one of the Easter workshops, creating their own clay Easter egg cup or gift wrap inspired by the house's interior before heading outside to the farm where lambs, calves and, of course, chicks can't wait to meet your little ones.

Running until Saturday 23rd April, the egg hunt is free with the price of admission, while workshops cost £5 each.

Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds. LS15 0AE.

Easter at This Green Moon

If you've never heard of - or visited - This Green Moon, you're missing out on one of Yorkshire's most picturesque days out. With stunningly maintained ancient woodland, winding pathways and beautiful flora and fauna, it's a truly unique outdoor venue. 

This Easter, on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April, there are two Easter activities available. First, a performance of The Sorcerer's Apprentice - a fantasy tale full of magic, fun and wonder that's suitable for kids and adults alike - that takes place under a tipi canvas in the middle of the woods. Next, take a trail through the forest on a ghostly whodunnit? mission that will have everyone scratching their heads and laughing out loud. The perfect day out for adventurous and energetic families.

This Green Moon, Swillington Organic Farm, Coach Road, Leeds. LS26 8QA.

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