Easter wreath with chicks and daffodils
Decorated Easter eggs in a cardboard carton
Man in Hat with yellow pom pom chicks suspended from it.

Easter Activities

The last few days have felt like spring. Hurrah!

That said, we can’t quite believe that it is Easter this weekend.

Easter is a lovely time to visit the Long Barn. We tend to book up quickly so if you are interested in staying for Easter in 2025, don’t leave it too long. We already have 4 dates booked in April 2025, but the weekend of 20th April is still currently available. As Easter falls later in 2025, the clocks will have changed to summer time. So a perfect time to visit with friends and family.

There’s lots to do in the North York Moors this Easter.  Here are some of our recommendations.

Daffodil Walk

We’d never seen wild daffodils growing until we moved to Appleton. The famous place to walk to see the daffodils is in Farndale. The pluses are that it’s a very accessible stroll with the Daffy Café, a popular place to stop for a break. Or check out the lovely Farndale Store. The minus is that it is very popular, and can get very busy.

Our recommendation is the walk from the door down through the woods from the Long Barn. Hell Bank Woods are a hidden gem and the daffodils are looking spectacular this year. We have both digital and paper maps in the Long Barn for you to use to explore this lovely walk.

A tray of hot cross buns
Twin lambs with ewe with blue marking
Daffodils flowering in wood

Easter Lambs

The lambs are starting to arrive in the North York Moors; our neighbours in Spaunton are busy with lambing at the moment. The lambs on the common arrive slightly later in the year. If you stay with us, we’ll let you know the best places to see some spring lambs.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Steam trains, trails, craft sessions and story telling; there is lots to do with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. They now even have a Station Stories app that you can download that lets you explores the history of Goathland and Grosmount stations.

Yarm bombers display showing tent and dog.
Yarn bombers showing sea side scene
Yarn bombers showing knitted sea side scene

Easter Egg Hunt

Lots of places have easter egg trails. Whitby Abbey have an Easter Adventure Quest.  Castle Howard have an Easter animal trail with a chocolatey prize. And Scampston gardens have a Easter bunny trail. The Easter bunny is clearly busy, as he’s also putting an appearance in at Helmsley Walled Garden.  Both the North York Moors centres at Danby and Sutton Bank have lots of easter activities on for children.

Chocolate Treats

If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you’ll know that we love Florian Poirot. We highly recommend a visit to his shop in Malton where you’ll find Easter treats like such as his chocolate eggs and limited edition macarons.

Thirsk Yarn Bombers

Not exactly Easter, but we love the Thirsk Yarn Bombers latest display with the theme of “HOLIDAYS”. Worth a stop off in this market town to admire their creativity and knitting skills.

We hope that you have a very happy Easter where ever you are spending it.