Easter has arrived, the weather’s… OK, and it’s time to get out and gorge yourself on the many wonders of York.
Here are five YorkMix picks to get you started. And not all of them are about food. Honest.
1. York Chocolate Festival
What is Easter all about if not chocolate? Ditto York. And now the two have come together to create one sweet, glutinous, gluttonous celebration. Created by York’s premier chocolate historian, and owner of York Cocoa House, Sophie Jewett, the first York Chocolate Festival features a chocolate market on Parliament Street, workshops and tastings in the marquee on St Sampson’s Square and even a choccy-based tour of York Minster!
2. Chocolate – York’s Sweet Story
Naturally enough, the city’s newest attraction is fully involved in the festival. Opened this month on Kings Square, York’s Sweet Story reveals all about the Rowntree and Terry dynasties, how chocolate is made, and promises plenty of sweet treats along the way.
3. Easter market
Parliament Street will host the city’s annual Easter Crafts and Food Fayre this weekend. More than 60 stalls are selling everything from handmade jewellery, pottery and ceramics and candles, to wooden toys, soft furnishings, herbs and photos. Naturally they’ll be lots of good grub (besides chocolate) on sale too.
4. Clifford’s Tower and trail
This is always a good time to visit the remains of York’s Castle, with the daffs in full bloom. And the view from the top of Clifford’s Tower is well worth the climb. Your kids might also enjoy the York Clifford’s Tower Spy Trail, a printed tour with plenty of activities en route. Your mission: to find and destroy Baron Ivor Grudge’s dastardly shrinking device…
The Osmonds Up Close And Personal
They may be a little greyer than we remember from their chart-topping heyday, but the Osmonds still have that showbusiness twinkle. As part of their biggest ever UK tour, they stop off at the York Barbican on Easter Saturday, April 7. They promise to perform classics such as One Bad Apple, Down By The Lazy River, Let Me In and Love Me For A Reason to Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – the 1972 number one from Jimmy.