Roll up, roll up… York’s first Easter Family Festival is here!

Roll up, roll up… Some vintage fun at the fair. Photograph: Richard McDougall
24 Mar 2016 @ 3.00 pm
| Entertainment

All the fun of the fair, the joy of chocolate and a host of free activities for the kids – that’s the line up for York’s very first Easter Festival.

Running on the four days of the bank holiday weekend, and co-ordinated by Make It York, the festival is all about traditional fun and games.

It gives people of every age an opportunity to emerge from behind their screens and have some fun IRL.

So what’s on? Roll up, roll up…

York city centre

Good Friday, Mar 25, to Easter Monday, Mar 28. The funfair runs till Apr 11

Free

More Easter holiday ideas in our What’s On guide

The funfair

All aboard… Photograph: Lunchbox Events
All aboard… Photograph: Lunchbox Events

Vintage fairground attractions, from Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, will be offering fun for children at St Sampson’s Square.

These include a beautifully restored train ride and old favourites such as Hook a Duck and Muffin the Mule.

Street food suppliers will sell tasty treats all along Parliament Street and there’ll be fun games and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Activity tent

The Tread the Boards  performing arts academy will be in the activity tent
The Tread the Boards performing arts academy will be in the activity tent

Organised by the marvellous Little Vikings team, the activity tent is outside M&S on Parliament Street.

There are ongoing activities like face painting, viking crafts and a colouring competition to win a £100 Fenwick voucher.

The Jorvik Group will also be on hand with Viking activities and York’s Chocolate Story will have chocolatey games to get involved in.

Punch And Judy will be making guest appearances too.

And there are different planned activities running through the four days, including dance and drama, children’s rugby (definitely not just for boys), kids’ yoga adventures, storytelling, forest school with a twist and arts and crafts.

Here’s the timetable. No need to book, just drop in…

Good Friday

Time Host Details
10am-10.25am Tatty Bumpkin Yoga-inspired adventures with simple yoga movements, story and music for 3 to 5 year olds
10.30am-10.55am Tatty Bumpkin Yoga-inspired adventures with simple yoga movements, story and music for 4 to 7 year olds
11am Reptile Rangers See and learn about a range of cool reptiles
Noon Rugbytots Rugby-inspired sessions for kids (10-15 minutes long), perfect for active girls and boys aged 2 to 5
1pm Pauline Quirke Academy Comedy & drama sessions for kids aged 6 to 9 (approx)
2.30pm Tread the Boards Dance, drama and singing sessions for kids
Easter Saturday

Time Host Details
10am-noon Pauline Quirke Academy Comedy & drama for kids aged 10 to 12 (approx)
Noon Tread the Boards Dance, drama and singing sessions for kids
2pm Rugbytots Rugby-inspired sessions for kids (10-15 minutes long), perfect for active girls and boys aged 2 to 5
3pm Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance Street dance for kids aged 5 to 7 years (approx)
3.30pm Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance Street dance for kids aged 8 to 11 years (approx)
Easter Sunday

Time Host Details
11am En Pointe Dance Demonstration aimed at all ages
Noon Tread the Boards Dance, drama and singing sessions for kids
1.30pm-3pm Pauline Quirke Academy Poppets session for kids aged 3 to 5 (approx)
Easter Monday

Time Host Details
10am Bushbabies Forest school (with a twist) for kids aged 2 to 6 (approx)
11am Reptile Rangers See and learn about a range of cool reptiles
Noon Rugbytots Rugby-inspired sessions for kids (10-15 minutes long), perfect for active girls and boys aged 2 to 5
1pm Pauline Quirke Academy Film & TV session for kids aged 6 to 12 approx
2pm Tread the Boards Dance, drama and singing sessions for kids

York Chocolate Festival

Chocs away! Photograph: York Cocoa House
Chocs away! Photograph: York Cocoa House

York’s Chocolate Festival returns as part of the Easter celebrations with a chocolate market and demonstration marquee on Parliament Street.

York Cocoa House will be setting up their Little Chocolate Factory in the festival demonstration tent each morning offering free Easter Lollipop making to festival goers.

Shambles Vintage Market

Some of the items for sale by stallholder Francis Comerford
Some of the items for sale by stallholder Francis Comerford

Sunday will see the Shambles market transformed into all things vintage and biking enthusiasts should love the display of vintage lambrettas, motorbikes, a vintage VW camper and jeep.

And adding to the vintage theme there’ll be songs from nostalgic singer Gina Rose, performing four sets throughout the day. Stalls will include vintage china, vinyl, furniture, clothing, cupcakes as well as recycled clothing.