School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays are here and things are feeling positive! Lots of children have been back in school for a few weeks now, spring has arrived and there is hope on the horizon as some of our favourite place to visit are reopening. 

This Easter why not try our Easter Egg Scramble – a trail left by the Easter Bunny around Ripon! You could also complete our Spring Bingo sheet while you are out and about enjoying the (hopefully) glorious weather!

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Fountains Abbey

Covid-19 Update:

To help you have a safe visit, they’re asking everyone to book in advance to access the abbey and water garden. 

Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.

Be sure to have a playground adventure. There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Have a well-earned sit down with a seasonal meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, tuck into tea and cake with a lakeside view at Studley tea room or a sweet treat at Mill Café*

If there’s still oodles of energy left visit the deer park. Admire the views down to Ripon Cathedral and see if you can spot the deer. There are three different types from small fallow deer to the largest of them all: red deer.

There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.

Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

*Due to restrictions Mill Cafe is currently not open to sit in.  Limited take away available.

01765 608888

Book online

You’re invited to a very important date this Easter at Mother Shipton’s!

Humpty Dumpty and his storybook friends are all here for an EGGCITING event sure to put a SPRING in your step!

Join us down the rabbit hole and discover the whimsical Wonderland trail where you will see plenty of CRACKING photo opportunities and fascinating Easter scenes throughout the beautiful woodland. From a giant vegetable garden to Humpty Dumpty’s house, you’d be as MAD as a RABBIT to miss this!

27th March to 18th April, booking essential.


Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

 01423 864600

The Easter Egg Scramble!

An Easter trail around Ripon City Centre – The Easter bunny has left a hidden message around Ripon!

Find the eggs in shop windows and unscramble the letters to reveal the hidden Easter message and claim your prize!


Download you trail sheet now! If don’t have access to a printer you can collect a trail sheet from either Cathedral View Cafe, Oliver’s Pantry, Caffe Tempo, Ripon Pet Shop or North Street Fisheries.

The Easter Egg Scramble – Trail Sheet

Please ensure you are following social distancing guidelines and national restrictions. If entering one of the businesses to collect a sheet or sweets please wear a mask where possible.


Don’t forget to share your photos of the trail with us on social media using #EasterEggScramble or tagging us on Facebook or Instagram!


Curious About Ripon

Have fun (re-)discovering Ripon, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks – a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air.

Easter at Thorp Perrow

Our Easter trail will run daily from the 27th March – 18th April, pre booked tickets are required via our website. The trail can be purchased on the day
We are currently open daily 10am to 4pm, with the playground open and our tearoom operating a delicious take-away service

Love Science – Easter Egg-strvaganza

Live online workshop from Love Science!

We supply the kit so its totally hassle free, workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Wednesday 31st March 10.30am or Friday 9th April 2pm

Chick launchers, exploding Easter eggs, chromatography eggs, plus MORE Easter experiments!

£15 inc delivery

Contact Emma on 07912 201060



Nidderdale Way Cafe

We open again on 27th March-school holidays & weekends. Pop in for takeaway breakfast, snacks, drinks or Brymor icecream!

Please contact Julia on 07791447110 if you need any catering- celebrations, special occasions and I will endeavour to help!


Stockeld Park – Wetherby

Sun Parlour Cafe – Ripon Spa Gardens

Perfect for a coffee and lunch whilst enjoying Ripon Spa Gardens.

New owners Richard and Tracy plan to reopen the café doors officially on 26th March for takeaway drinks, sandwiches, cakes and ice cream!

Plus the new and improved crazy golf course is back!


The Hutts Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

Enjoying the great outdoors is good for the brain, body and soul.

And the outdoors don’t come greater than Yorkshire’s award-winning Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park.

We re-open once more on April the 2nd.

We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy our sculptures in safety – our spring blooms within acres of space – and our brand new Fairy Door Trail in tranquillity.

Pre-booking tickets is essential – so buy online today at Himalayan