Easter Holidays Round-up

Originally published on Weds 30 March 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1185

Haxby Scarecrow Festival
Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May

The scarecrows of Haxby near York have been a fixture in the village for the past five years, and now locals have ensured they’re back for another outing this Easter. Organised by the Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church, there’ll be five different trails of varying lengths, with a large number of scarecrows to be seen (there were 182 last year!). It’s all for a good cause – this year, the church is raising money for Phambili ngeThemba, a South African organisation working in impoverished townships, in addition to local causes around the region. You can find out more information – and register your scarecrow – at www.haxbyandwiggintonmethodistchurch.org.uk.

Skipton Waterway Festival
Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May

Over 100 canal boats will be making their way to Skipton as the picturesque Yorkshire Dales town hosts its annual Waterway Festival. The Leeds-Liverpool canal which runs through the town will be transformed into a menagerie of craft stalls and art exhibits, with music, dancing and comedy acts throughout the weekend. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to take a look round the colourful narrowboats – you could even take a ride in one too!

Bridlington Royal Wedding Celebrations and Easter Treasure Trail
Monday 25 April

Bridlington’s Old Town is a quaint area of cobbled streets, quirky shops and historical relics – including a set of stocks! It’s an ideal place for not one, but two events taking place in the town this Easter: a treasure trail, and a Royal Wedding party. There’s bound to be plenty of local stalls and entertainment too – but don’t get too carried away, or you could end up in those stocks!

Bridlington Easter Hockey Festival
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 April

For the last 67 years, Bridlington has held an annual Easter Hockey Festival, a 7-a-side tournament for both men and women. Held on grass pitches, the men play for three days (Easter Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the women play for two (Saturday and Sunday). This year’s event is scheduled to be held at the Bridlington Astro Centre, a new facility at Bridlington School. There’s food, a bar and family entertainment too – so why not check it out?

Graves Park Easter Dash, Sheffield
Sunday 24 April

Had one Easter egg too many? Splashed out a bit too much at the end of Lent? If you think you’re up to it, you can join hundreds of others in a 5-mile run around Graves Park in Sheffield on Easter Sunday. Once part of the ancient Norton Estate, there’s been woodland at Graves Park since the age of William the Conqueror – nowadays there’s also tennis courts, a café and an animal farm to be found in the grounds. All money raised from the run will be donated to The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity – plus, all runners get an Easter egg!

Easter Lambing at Whirlow Hall Farm
Thursday 21 April

Spring is in the air, and that means that lambs are on the way! Come and see the newborn lambs at Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield – there’ll be talks from the keepers, pony riding sessions and a craft fair. Plus, stick around for some food (hopefully lamb won’t be on the menu). Visit www.whirlowhallfarm.org for more information.

Hebden Bridge Easter Duck Race
Monday 25 April

Sadly not real ducks – rather those of the bathtub variety. Hundreds of yellow little rubber ducks will be released from St. George’s Bridge at precisely 3.15pm. A bit like a raffle, you can ‘buy’ a duck, all of which will be numbered. The first ducks to cross the finish line downriver will be noted down and the winning ducks will be ‘crowned’ 45 minutes later. Fingers crossed!

While you’re there – check out the rest of Hebden Bridge, there’s tons of independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants – plus there’ll be live jazz, charity stalls and face painting – something for everyone!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Easter Fun Trail
Saturday 23 – Monday 25 April

Take a wander around the magnificent Yorkshire Sculpture Park this Easter – there’s works to be discovered from Henry Moore, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and many more. Set in 500 acres of rolling countryside, Yorkshire Sculpture Park has attracted thousands of visitors since opening in 1977, and it’s often while wandering around that you might chance upon an unexpected sculpture in an unusual place. Plus, there’s a stream, a lake and two indoor galleries to explore while you’re wandering!

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