Image of painted eggs representing Easter at the Heart of Yorkshire

Explore at the Heart of Yorkshire this Easter and find a whole host of things to do, activities, events and entertainment on offer, for the whole family. From the district’s many fun-filled nature trails to egg hunts, axe-throwing and delicious food, the Selby District is packed with lots of fun things to see and do.

We’ve rounded a few things up for you, so you can enjoy spending some time together and explore our fabulous district this Easter.

Happy ‘Eggsploring’!

1. Family Fun Day and Easter Car Show at The Motorist

The Motorist Easter 2022 family fun day is running on Monday 18th April, from 9am to 4pm and everyone is welcome!

The event includes face painting, ice cream van, bouncy castle*, Easter crafting, bunny pom poms, egg designing, Easter egg hunt**, decorations, themed bakes in the café and more. (*weather dependent **booking required). £10 per child, adults free.

The Motorist Classic Showroom and Cafe

2. Egg Egg Trail and All You Can Eat Buffet Breakfast 

The Easter Bunny has already visited The Crooked Billet in Saxton to help plan their Easter Egg Trail on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April! Book in for his ‘All You Can Eat Buffet Breakfast’ & Easter Egg Hunt – there are spaces available at: 9 am, 9:30 am, 10 am, 10:30 am or 11 am. £10 per person (all children will receive an Easter egg!)

Call directly to book your space.

3. Eat your way through Easter Sunday

Treat the whole family to a bunny-approved Easter Sunday Lunch at The Drovers Arms in Skipwith – they have an ‘egg cracking menu’ for you to enjoy! With a choice of two, or three course, tables reservations are highly recommended.

A pork dish, with crackling, served at The Drover's Arms in Skipwith

4. Outdoor Market at Carlton Towers

Head to Carlton Towers for their Bank Holiday weekend Outdoor Market, with a great selection of stalls, Bar/BBQ & Woodfired Pizza served all day, The Stables at Carlton Vineyard will be open for either takeaway or pre-booked Afternoon Tea, Spectra Entertainments will be providing music throughout and Athens Street Food will be in attendance too.
17th & 18th April. Open 10-4pm.

5. Kinsmen Activity Centre

Get the Teenagers away from their phones this Easter and head on down to the new Kinsmen Activity Centre for a completely different day out, with – Axe Throwing, Archery, Air Rifle Range and more! Must be pre-booked.

6. Easter Fayre and Egg Hunt

Birkin Tea Rooms and The Ice Cream Shed present their first family Easter Fayre, including Easter Egg Hunt, Local Craft Stalls, Face Painter, Children’s Activities, Food & Drink, Ice Cream and Yummy Easter Treats. Friday 15th & Saturday 16th April, from 10am – 3pm. Free admission.

The Easter Bunny has also visited and an ‘egg-cellent’ Egg Hunt is available at Birkin Tea Rooms throughout the school holidays from 10am- 3pm on Friday the 8th of April until Sunday the 24th of April  (please note, they’re closes on Monday’s & Tuesday’s). Tickets are £3.00’s each and you do not need to book.

7. Alpaca Trekking and Easter Lambs

Give the kids an experience they’ll never forget at Elmet Alpacas and Tearoom. Spring has definitely arrived with lambs, chicks, alpacas, goats, sheep waiting to meet you. Trek with the alpacas, meet all the new-borns, enjoy fresh homemade baking and, if your visit coincides with feeding time, you might even be able to bottle feed the lambs.

Booking is essential.

Elmet Alpacas and Tea Room, Sherburn in Elmet


8. Easter Egg Trail, Family Activities and Guided Tours at
Selby Abbey

Join in with Selby Abbey’s free Easter Egg Trail, biscuit decorating, crafts and games at the start of the Easter Holidays.

Whilst you’re there, have a go at completing the family activity trail too and explore hidden features through quizzes, drawing activities, puzzles, and spotting games. The trail is £1 and available to collect from welcome desks.

Join them for a tour of the Abbey, with one of their brilliant tour guides on Saturday 16th April 10.30 to 11.30. You will discover hidden gems and hear fascinating stories of the past. Meet at the west door at 10:30. No booking needed.

9. Selby District’s Green Spaces

Enjoy the outdoors and the many green spaces of the Selby District. Complete one of the waymarked trails at Skipwith Common, spot herons and kingfishers at Barlow Common Nature Reserve, marvel at the beautiful wildflowers at Brockadale Nature Reserve, enjoy some pond dipping at Fairburn Ings, or simply take in the beauty of the viaduct and weir, as you wander along Tadcaster’s Riverside.

Wooden marker for the nature trail at Barlow Common

10. Flying Fun at the Heart of Yorkshire

With thermals unique to our area and large expanses of arable land, one of the best ways to see the Selby District is from the air, as you fly from Sherburn, Church Fenton – or glide from Burn.

Or, if you prefer, you can enjoy watching the flying action from the ground! Families are welcome to visit Sherburn Airfield to watch the aircraft from the viewing garden, let the kids play on the playground & have a bite to eat in the café. The Maltings at Digby’s is Sherburn Aero Club’s café, restaurant and bar situated inside the main clubhouse with panoramic views of the airfield.

There’s plenty of flying action for you to see at Leeds East Airport too and the family friendly Fenton Café serves delicious homemade dishes, with fantastic flying murals inside – and a large outside deck, perfect for viewing all the action of the airfield on a sunny day.

Picnic benches and outdoor space by the restaurant at Sherburn Aero Club