West Yorkshire is a county with cultural cities, charming market towns and beautiful countryside. From discovering history and art, to making the most of the outdoors, here are some of the best Easter activities in West Yorkshire.
Diggerland Yorkshire in Castleford is a great choice for a day out with children during the Easter holidays. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 14 years old, this theme park has both indoor and outdoor activities, including rides, JCB diggers, dodgems, go karts, and much more.
Visit a brewery
If you’re looking for a more grown up day out this Easter, one of the best things to do in West Yorkshire if you’re a beer enthusiast is visit a brewery. The county is home to many great breweries that allow you to get behind the scenes and learn more about the production process. Saltaire Brewery in Shipley has become a popular independent real ale brewery since it started in 2006. Join a guided walk and try some of their best brews. Quirky Ales in Horsforth has a microbrewery where you can create your own beer and take it home with you. Head to Leeds to learn about Northern Monk Brew Co’s award-winning beers and take on a tutored tasting.
Royal Armouries Museum
The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is home to the National Collection of Arms and Armour. The museum is an incredible display of over 75,000 objects from all around the world. Discover weaponry used in the Ottoman Empire, the armour that was worn by the Japanese shoguns and the guns used in the Wild West. The museum often hosts exciting events such as live combat demonstrations during the Easter holidays, so keep an eye out on their website for more details.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
This open-air gallery near Wakefield is a display of modern and contemporary art by British and international artists. Set over 500 acres of Bretton Hall parkland, the gallery has an ever-changing exhibition programme. There are around 80 sculptures and installations in the open-air gallery, with further artwork in the indoor exhibition spaces. Yorkshire Sculpture Park often holds events and activities such as interactive walks, sculpting workshops and stone carving courses, as well as children and family activities.
This village near Bradford was once home to the Brontë sisters. You can learn more about the literary sisters at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. If you prefer to get outdoors, there are tons of spectacular walks on the surrounding moors. Haworth is also an excellent shopping destination and its picturesque cobbled High Street is full of independent shops and boutiques, as well as cafes and artisan bakeries. Kids will love visiting the old railway station to watch vintage steam trains go past – you can even hop aboard and journey to the Edwardian Oakworth station.
Hardcastle Crags is a woodland valley north of Hebden Bridge with over 15 miles of footpath. The walks take you through woodland and into the upper valley where you’ll have panoramic views over the moorlands. The area features rocky ravines, peaceful streams and pretty waterfalls. On your walk you’ll also see the 19th century Gibson Mill, a former cotton mill which has been turned into a visitor centre. You can take guided tours to learn more about its history and how it has become environmentally self-sustaining. Hardcastle Crags was the site of the Blake Dean Railway and although this was disassembled in 1912, the foundations of the railway is still visible on one of the trails.