Egg-stra special Easter fun at host of super attractions

The lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

South Yorkshire families are set for an egg-stra special Easter as top attractions across the region and further afield plan a host of fun-packed events.

From donning your pith helmet for an adventure at Eureka!, to hunting for Easter eggs in the stunning Wentworth Castle Gardens, there is plenty to keep youngsters occupied this holiday.

Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum

The award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one venue springing to life for Easter. All are welcome to come along to the UK’s number one walkthrough wildlife adventure this Easter to see the new homes of the park’s meerkats and mongooses – complete with rocks and termite mounds.

There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained from the Easter trail over the bank holiday weekend, to retail therapy in the park’s new shops in the Safari Village.

Also, don’t miss out on the park’s new attraction – Zoom, the super slide barn. This is one for all the family and it’s so addictive you’ll want to go more than once.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a 10-minute drive from junction three off the M18, close to the M1 and A1M at Branton, near Doncaster.

Quality crafts at the home and garden fair at Making It!

Quality crafts at the home and garden fair at Making It!

It is open every day from 10am to 6pm, with last entry at 5pm.

There are loads of animals to see from lions, tigers and leopards to meerkats and baboons.

* Avoid the queues and save money by booking online at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

There’s also a cracking programme of events at Sheffield Industrial Museum Trust’s venues across the city.

Spring has officially arrived at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and people are encouraged to go along to see what’s new as the attraction progresses with its exciting new Heritage Lottery-funded project.

On Sunday, April 20, Easter comes to Abbeydale with a family egg trail and on May 10 and 11 it hosts the annual gathering of traditional crafts and skills.

You can see grinders, smelters and forgers at work, along with Sheffield makers demonstrating their craft.

Over at Kelham Island Museum, families can follow the Wheels Trail around the galleries in celebration of the forthcoming Tour de France Grand Départ. The Melting Shop will be open all throughout the holidays, as will the cafe and shop.

Shepherd Wheel, in Whiteley Woods, is open every weekend and Bank Holiday Monday. Go and see the waterwheel and machinery in action and find out more about the grinders who worked at this historic site over the centuries.

* For more information, admission prices and opening times of all sites visit www.simt.co.uk, call 0114 2722106 or follow @KelhamIsland or www.facebook.com/kelhamislandmuseum.

In the market to make home and garden quality

The Making It! Discovery Centre is celebrating the return of spring with a quality home and garden market from April 18 to 21.

The weekend is set to be a real hit for families, with free entry to browse a variety of craft and garden stalls, watch live demos, take part in children’s Easter egg hunts and enjoy great food and drink.

Throughout the weekend, the attraction’s interactive galleries will also be open to the public to teach children about how things are made. It all makes for a fun, hands on day out with plenty of exhibits to play with.

Visitors can claim one free admission to the galleries on presentation of the advert printed on this page.

Normal admission charges apply and full details can be found on the Making It! website.

In addition to the fun and games at the home and garden market, children are also set for a treat every day from now until April 17. There will be all sorts of egg-citing craft workshops, including the chance to decorate an Easter egg and make a card.

* To find out more about what’s on offer at this Mansfield-based attraction, visit Making it discovery centre or alternatively call 01623 473200.

Saddle up for pony lessons

Get up close and personal with some furry friends at the Easter holiday pony mornings at Moorwood Equine.

The horseriding school, at Moorwood Farm in Stannington, is offering kids a cracking alternative Easter treat in the great outdoors – 30-minute lesson with a qualified instructor for just £20.

They will also get stable management and horse care training, along with a light lunch.

Parents are not required to remain on site so mums and dads can also enjoy a free morning for themselves during the holidays.

Or if the weather lets you down this Easter, how about trying one of the great indoor activities at Valley Centertainment?

The leisure park, off Broughton Lane in Sheffield, is a great destination for bowling, laser quest, cinema and mini golf.

And if all of that tires you out, it has a whole host of top-notch restaurants to fill hungry bellies.

* Find out more at Valley Leisure