Home to historic houses, family-friendly museums and one of Europe’s largest urban parks, the city of Leeds offers plenty to see and do. Whether you’re planning a spring date or looking for ways to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays, here are some exciting events taking place this Easter.

Follow an Easter Trail at Skelton Grange Environment Centre (Families)

Skelton Grange Environment Centre is hosting an egg-citing outdoor trail for families this Good Friday. Children will be able to wander through the centre’s woodland and gardens, passing a campfire along the way as they search for treasure. At the end of the trail, they’ll then be able to swap their trove for a chocolatey Easter surprise. There’ll be crafts and other activities to take part in and the cafe will be serving hot drinks and food – all to raise money for a worthy cause. Skelton Grange is located in south Leeds, near the M1 and M621, and has free parking. Those wanting to travel sustainably can also cycle here on the Trans Pennine Trail.

11am- 2pm, Friday 29th March
£7.50 + booking fee per child, accompanying adults and babies under 18 months go free

Learn to Pair Chocolate and Wine at Radisson Blu (Adults)

If you’d like to indulge in a decadent and grown-up chocolate tasting experience this Easter, look no further than Radisson Blu. The art deco hotel in The Light is offering a fantastic Chocolate and Wine Pairing event, run by the experts from the Yorkshire Local Wine School. You’ll sample eight different varieties of bean-to-bar chocolate from artisan chocolatier Michel Cluizel, known as the ‘Goldsmith of Chocolate’. You’ll then learn how these can be paired with a selection of six wonderful wines from all around the globe.

7pm, Thursday 28th March
£37.50 per person

Watch a Mediaeval Joust at the Royal Armouries (Everyone)

Housing one of the world’s finest collections of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries promises a fascinating and fun-filled day out for visitors of all ages. This Easter, the museum is open every day with a Medieval-themed schedule of events including combat demonstrations, live performances, battle stories and have-a-go activities. Over the bank holiday, the Armouries will also host an International Jousting Tournament, in which knights from the UK, France and Italy will compete against one another in a spectacular battle for honour and trophies.

23rd March – 14th April
Free entry

See The Little Prince at the Carriageworks (Everyone)

“Has a sheep on a star eaten a rose?” If that sounds silly then you might be like the King and the Business Man on their lonely asteroids, forgetting that the most important things can only be understood with the heart.’ This April, the Carriageworks Theatre will bring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s children’s classic ‘The Little Prince’ to life with a stunning new theatrical adaptation by Lyngo Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre. Actors will use music and mesmerising puppetry to tell the much-loved tale of a pilot, an alien prince and a search for true happiness, which is recommended for audiences aged 5+.

8th-10th April
£15 (standard), £10 – £12.50 (concessions)

Make a Living Spring Wreath at Archive (Adults)

If you’d like to spruce up your home decor in preparation for Easter, Archive is hosting a workshop where you can learn how to craft your very own living spring wreath. Local florist Bracken & Moss will show you how to use flowers and foliage to create your design on a willow base. You can also choose to incorporate bulbs, which will continue to grow on your door and can later be planted out in the garden where they’ll bloom again year after year. All tools and materials are included and you can enjoy a hot drink and Easter treat while working on your wreath.

11am-1pm, Saturday 23rd March
£45 per person

Have a Prehistoric Discovery Day at Stump Cross Caverns (Everyone)

Located near Pateley Bridge, a 55-minute drive from Leeds, Stump Cross Caverns can be enjoyed whatever the weather as you venture deep underground into a world that existed even before dinosaurs roamed the earth. These well-preserved caverns are filled with remarkable rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites, which formed 500,000 years ago and sparkle under UV light. Above the ground, aspiring palaeontologists can also hunt for fossils and from the end of March the gem sluice will be back. This provides a fun, hands-on experience that’s suitable for everyone. Collect your bag of mining rough and pan it through a series of trays to reveal beautiful gems that you can take home.

23rd March – 7th April
From £16 per person

Find Out About Eggs at Leeds Discovery Centre (Families)

If you’ve ever wanted to delve into the intriguing world of oology – the study of eggs – Leeds Discovery Centre is running a family workshop where curious youngsters can learn the answer to the question ‘what is an egg?’ The centre’s collections include eggs from cuckoos, penguins, sharks and even snails. Come along on the 3rd April to find out all about these natural marvels and take part in themed craft activities.

10am-12pm/1pm-3pm, Wednesday 3rd April
Free entry

Explore Fabulous Food and Fancy Feasts at Temple Newsam (Everyone)

Our ancestors certainly knew how to throw a feast and Temple Newsam’s latest exhibition is all about fabulous food from the past. Over the Easter holidays, the impressive stately home will be decked out for dining with tables filled with delicious historical dishes. Visitors will also be able to take part in crafts and activities, follow trails through the house and visit the rare breed animals at Home Farm.

23rd March – 14th April
£9.50 (adult), £4.20 (child aged 2-15), under 2s go free and discounts are available for various cardholders

Go on an Easter Adventure at Tropical World (Everyone)

Situated in Roundhay Park, Tropical World’s small zoo is a delight for animal-lovers young and old. Here, you’ll find all kinds of unusual creatures, from pygmy marmosets and meerkats to frogs, butterflies, birds and more. This Easter, you can find out about egg-laying mammals with a twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt. Simply collect your trail sheet and set off on a journey through the rainforest canopy, mangroves and desert, hunting for hidden eggs and learning amazing animal facts along the way. You can also listen to daily keeper talks in Creature Corner, or pick up a tasty treat from the café.

23rd March – 14th April
£8.40 (adults), £4.20 (child aged 3-15), under 3s go free

Enjoy Afternoon Tea and a Walk Around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Everyone)

Featuring more than 80 contemporary sculptures set in a stunning 18th-century landscape, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park offers art fans the perfect excuse to spend some time in the fresh air. This Easter, you can spot spring flowers and baby animals in the parkland while following the YSP’s Easter Bunny Trail. The new Little Wild Wood play area and activity space will also be open in time for the holidays. On the 31st March, the cafe in the light and airy Roger Evans Auditorium will be celebrating chocolate with an indulgent chocolate-themed afternoon tea. This will feature a feast of homemade chocolate treats, sandwiches and savouries, which can be accompanied by unlimited Yorkshire tea or filter coffee, or made extra special with a glass of prosecco. A children’s option is available.

Park opens every day throughout the holidays with Easter Afternoon Tea on Sunday 31st March.
Park entry: £9.50 (adults), under 18s go free
Afternoon tea: £23.95 (adults), £11.95 (12 and under)

Images – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, @bracken.and.moss,