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Family Event, Fri 14 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

York Easter Family Festival

York Easter Family Festival


If it’s family fun you’re after this Easter, then look no further than York. There’ll be free children’s activities galore at the York Easter Family Festival!

York’s Chocolate Festival will be returning too for the full four days as part of York’s Easter celebrations with a chocolate market, demonstrations and workshops.

In Parliament Street you’ll find the Little Vikings Easter Activity Tent, with face painting, Easter crafts, drama classes, storytelling, dance classes, forest school classes and computer coding. New inside the tent this year, is a sand art activity, running all day from Friday to Sunday. For two weeks from Friday 7 to 24 April, Parliament Street will come alive with a children’s funfair and Sunday will see the Shambles market transformed with a fun bunny trail, where families can enjoy street food in the new Shambles Food Court.

Adding to the Easter eggcitement, Ripon Farm Services will be bringing a tractor into Parliament Street and a children’s petting zoo (Friday, Sunday and Monday) will bring pygmy goats (and their adorable kids), guinea pigs, a miniature donkey, a Shetland pony, alpacas, lambs, chickens and rabbits.

Offering an immersive 360 degree cinema experience the Drax Dome in Parliament Street will tell the story of renewable energy, provided by the UK’s largest power station Drax, near Selby. The film covers aspects of the national curriculum in an inspiring way and staff will be on hand for anyone interested in booking a tour of the power station itself, which is open 7 days a week and free to visit.

From renewable energy to pedal power, a mix of pedal powered attractions will be arriving into the city for the first time, including pedal powered Scalextric, a pedal powered velodrome and a junior track, where little ones can try out a variety of vehicles.

Families can also follow a new Chocolate Easter Trail, to support the Lord Mayor’s charities. All you need to do is buy a trail card for £3 at the Visit York Information Centre, follow the map to locations across the city and solve puzzles along the way. Each participant will receive a chocolatey treat, generously donated by York Cocoa House and one lucky winner will take home a scrumptious York Cocoa House chocolate egg.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 14 - Mon 17 Apr 2017



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