Spring is almost here and Holiday at Home has a guide for the perfect Easter holiday in North Yorkshire!

Let's take a look at what Holiday at Home recommend doing to entertain the whole family this Easter…

Easter Bake Off...

Why not give your friends something to talk about and take your Easter holiday at home baking to the next level with one (or all) of these Easter showstopping baking projects; fun for the whole family.


Hot Cross Buns

One a penny two a penny Hot Cross Buns! Follow master baker Paul Hollywood’s recipe this Easter, made juicy with golden sultanas, fragrant with cinnamon and sticky with apricot jam.

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Easter Brownies

Easter provides an excuse to eat as much chocolate as possible and if you love chocolate, then these ooey, gooey brownies with Cadburys Crème Eggs in the middle and op top are for you!

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Simnel Cake

Whip up this fool proof traditional fruit cake recipe, topped with golden marzipan for your Easter holiday at home baking treat for the whole family.

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egg hunt
easter egg hunt family friendly

Creative Crafts...

Easter is a peak time for crafts with the family. Of course, there’s one craft that almost every family will participate in: decorating Easter eggs. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You can also create all sorts of colourful flowers, welcoming wreaths, and sweet bunnies and chicks.

We have rounded up the best Easter craft ideas for the family so festive that the Easter bunny couldn’t miss it if he tried, these colourful crafts will bring sunshine to every corner of your home. (Since you will be spending a lot of time at home, you might as well go all out.)

Egg Carton Spring Chicks

Recycling takes on a new, adorable meaning with these chicks. After making a delicious Easter brunch, save the empty egg cartons for a fun Easter craft for kids.

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Paper Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms bloom only briefly, but these tissue paper versions will last all spring.

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Embroidery Hoop Bunny

Make some Easter wall decor with two embroidery hoops and colourful fabric. Don't forgot a cotton ball for a fluffy tail.

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Colour Me In...

Make your Easter more colourful with this printable image of Brompton Lakes, ideal for entertaining kids and for adults looking to relax. Drag and drop the image on to your desktop and get colouring!

Brompton Lakes colour sheet

Green Fingers (little and big)...

Springtime is the perfect time to enjoy some fresh air and get outdoors and enjoy your garden, listen to the birds singing, watch the leaves changing colour and see plenty of animals beginning to wake from their winter sleep.

Here we have top tips from Pete, Holiday at Home’s chief gardener with a checklist of what maintenance to do in your garden this Easter weekend to enjoy the rewards when we can have our friends and family round – this is the time for mulching, sowing and repotting and the perfect activity for children to enjoy with their parents this weekend.


Deadhead and Prune

Don't forget to deadhead early spring bulbs – but don’t chop back the leaves for at least six weeks after flowering. Hard-prune bush roses back to 30cm, cutting back to an outward-facing bud and hydrangeas, cutting back the old stems to a healthy shoot lower down.

Weed, Mow and Mulch

Remove weeds, then mulch beds and borders with shredded bark or compost to help stop them returning. Protect young perennials, such as hostas, with organic slug pellets. Pay more attention to the lawn, too. Start mowing your lawn each week if the grass isn’t wet.

Plant and Sow

The most important task in March is probably sowing. Seed heads of perennials and place ‘grow-through’ supports in position. Plant summer-flowering lily bulbs in a hole three to four times their height. Sow hardy annuals to fill gaps in immature beds and borders. Replace the compost in container plants and top-dress with slow-release fertiliser.

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