Issued by:  Visit York
Issue Date:  Monday 15 April 2019

  • The Great York Bunny Search - 2 – 23 April
  • York Chocolate Festival – 19 – 22 April
  • Easter Egg Hunts across the city and beyond

Only five days left until Easter comes to York. Beginning this Friday (19 April), York will be celebrating its chocolate heritage with York Chocolate Festival. The city lays claim to being ‘Britain’s Home of Chocolate’. It was once home to two of the country’s most famed chocolatiers, namely Rowntree’s (now Nestlé which still produces millions of Kit Kats in York every day) and Terry’s (remember the Chocolate Orange?). Over the past few years, there’s also been a revival of chocolate making by independent artisans in the city and there’s even a downloadable walking trail to discover more about the city’s chocolate making credentials.

The Great York Bunny Search (2-23 April), organized by Make It York, sponsored by York’s Chocolate Story, has returned once again this year and will continue until the last day of Easter. Visitors and residents can explore York’s historic streets, seeking out brightly coloured ceramic bunnies hidden in shop windows.  All the bunnies have been decorated by local artists and businesses and each will have its own quirky design.  There’s even a chance to take home your favourite by bidding for it online at  Proceeds will go to the York Teaching Hospital Charity.

Paul Whiting, Head of Visit York, a part of Make It York, said: “You would be hopping mad to miss out, so dust off those detective skills and find them all!  We hope everyone will enjoy all the egg-cellent special events and experiences on offer across the city this Easter at our visitor attractions, shops and restaurants.”  You can collect a free copy of the Great York Bunny Search at the Visit York Information Centre, 1 Museum Street and the map is also downloadable online at

At the York Chocolate Festival on Parliament Street (19-22 April), you’ll be able to sample tasty treats and pick up some chocolate making tips in the demonstration tent.  

More sweets will be on offer at Shambles Food Court, where little ones can join in an Easter egg trail.  And at the petting farm real life fury friends will be making a special appearance too.

York’s Chocolate Story will be putting on a host of events including the Easter Bunny’s Chocolate Egg Hunt, Chocolate Easter Egg Masterclasses and a fully immersive Easter Tour. Intrepid explorers can also hunt out hidden eggs at Treasurer’s House, Castle Howard, York Designer Outlet and Beningbrough Hall.

The ultimate place for bagging up some Easter treats, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York will be hosting fun for all the family this Easter.  Families can keep children entertained with the bunny hunt across the centre. Collect your sheet from guest services and join us in the search for six hidden bunnies. If all six bunnies are found children will win a delicious chocolate treat from Lindt. They can also enjoy an Easter activity sheet to design in their own Easter egg and a brilliant Easter themed word search.  Meanwhile little ones can join in the Townhouse Mouse Quest at Fairfax House, have hours of fun on York’s Minster’s special Easter trail or follow the bunny trail at Holgate Windmill.  ENDS

For further information please contact:
Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Communications – Visit York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852

Notes to Editors:

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.

Make It York
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

York’s Key tourism facts:
6.9 million visitors annually  £564 million total visitor spend   19,000 jobs