The Guide – Easter Holiday Special

Hello and welcome to the special Easter edition of The Guide, a list of handpicked ideas of things to do and places to go over the holiday break….

Enid Blyton exhibition, Scarborough Art Gallery, March 26th – June 26th

Hands up who didn’t want to be part of the Famous Five? All those adventures, midnight feasts washed down with lashings of ginger beer. The first ever major exhibition celebrating the life and work of children’s author Enid Blyton opens this weekend at Scarborough Art Gallery. Created by Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, there will be lots of exhibits on public display for the first time, revealing Blyton’s creative imagination and the events that shaped her life and stories.

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Mystery, Madness and Midnight Feasts – Enid Blyton exhibition, Scarborough Art Gallery, March 26th – June 26th, free with annual pass (£3.00, under 18s free)

Daffy Caffy & Daffodil Walk, Farndale, March & April – September

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It was most famously Wordsworth who sang their praises over in the Lakes but Farndale can also boast one of the best displays of daffodils – their golden bobbing heads carpeting every river bank and field along The Daffodil Walk. Half way along this 3-mile round walk you’ve got the family-friendly The Daffy Caffy, which opens for the daffodil season through summer. It’s a welcome pit stop at the end of the walk serving up teas, coffees, bacon butties and cakes. Park up at Low Mill Car Park (YO62 7LF)

Daffodil Walk, Daffy Caffy, Farndale, open every day in March and April, then Fri – Sun May to September.

York Easter Family Festival, March 25-28th

A brand new family friendly Easter Festival for the bank holiday weekend with an activity tent in Parliament Street with drama activities, reptile handling, kids’ yoga, vintage fairground rides and a chocolate market (well, it is Easter folks, and on the sweetie front that means lots of c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e).

York Easter Family Festival, Parliament St and various locations, March 25th-28th, Fri, Sat, Mon 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Castle Howard Easter Fair, March 26th-28th

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Easter egg hunts and a chance to meet Molly the Rabbit at Castle Howard’s Easter Fair as well as traditional fairground rides.

Castle Howard Easter Fair, March 26th-28th Entrance fee

Beningborough Hall, National Trust, March 25th-28th

Egg hunts, egg and spoon races and egg decorating at Beningborough Hall. Enjoy a Willow Hare Workshop teaching you all the skills of creating small willow creatures.

Beningborough Hall, National Trust, March 25th-28th, National Trust membership or admission fee

The Eggsplorer Challenge, Scampston Hall, Scampston, March 25th – April 10th

An Easter egg hunt around the grounds of Scampston Hall.  Also pineapple crafts on April 5th and a guided tour about Capability Brown (March 31st, £2) taking in the vistas he created. Lovely walk here for kids around the Cascade Circuit, very nice café in the walled garden.

Scampston Hall, Scampston, March 25th – April 10th, £2 per child

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, Helmsley Arts Centre, April 3rd

Roll up, roll up! And prepare to be entertained by a caravan of curios, creatures and its crew of mysterious misfits. The show at the Helmsley Arts Centre is a touring production from Les Enfants Terribles and is packed with Vaudeville, circus, puppets, dance, music and magic.

Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, Helmsley Arts Centre, April 3rd, 2.30pm, £6 child, £9 adult

Scarborough Jail Tours, March 30th & 31st, April 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th

Didn’t think you’d be spending your Easter hols in prison, did you? Well, you might feel like that by the end of the hols, but if you have survived then head over to the coast for this one-off open day event – behind bars. Scarborough Jail is open for tours this holiday giving you the chance to take a peep inside this Pentonville-style prison which was used as a film set for Screwed in 2010.

Scarborough Jail Tours, Dean Road, Scarborough, March 30th & 31st, April 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11am & 2pm, £5.00. Booking on 01723 374753. ages 7+ with adult supervision.

Pop up Village Market, Brompton by Sawdon, March 27th

Have you noticed how popular pop ups are these days? They are literally popping up all over the place. This Pop up Village Market in the pretty village of Brompton by Sawdon is a brand new monthly market featuring home grown, handmade and vintage stalls. It’s easy to pass through Brompton by Sawdon on the A170 to Scarborough without stopping to enjoy its charms. It has lots of historical links; William Wordsworth (talk about pop ups, he keeps popping up today too) married in All Saints Church and aviation pioneer George Cayley lived here too. Enjoy teas, coffees and cake back at the market including Easter treats.

Pop up Village Market, Brompton by Sawdon Village Hall, Brompton by Sawdon, March 27th, 1pm-4pm

And something to look forward to…

York Open Studios, April 15th, 16th & 17th. Preview at the Blossom Street Gallery, Micklegate, York, March 22nd – April 24th.

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The annual York Open Studios is almost upon us when hundreds of local artists throw open their studio doors to give us a glimpse of their work. The Open Studios takes place next month but in the meantime Blossom Street Gallery in Micklegate is once again holding a Taster Exhibition to give you the chance to preview the artists taking part in the event.

Preview Taster event, Blossom Street Gallery, Micklegate, March 22nd – April 24th, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Weds & Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm

York Open Studios, various locations around York, April 15th, 16th & 17th 

I hope this has given you lots of ideas and I wish you all a very Happy Easter however you decide to spend it….

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