Spring is here, and so are the Easter holidays! So, as you gear up for an extra long weekend you might be eager to use the time wisely for some fun, exercise, culture and entertainment. Here is a list of activities and places to visit for inspiration, let us know if you go to any of them and if you enjoyed it.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park picture by Flickr user artq55

Yorkshire Sculpture Park picture by Flickr user artq55

1. Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Just one mile from junction 38 on the M1 this beautiful park hosts sculpture from some of the world’s most famous artists. With a permanent collection and seasonal changing exhibitions there is much to see as you walk through the grounds. Currently there is a Joan Miro exhibition and also sculptures by Jem Finer, Anthony Caro and Marica Farquhar. Free entry but parking charges apply.

2. Tintagel Castle Easter Trail – Find the missing eggs on this trail around the Cornish castle and be rewarded with a prize! English Heritage Members: Free, Adult :£5.70, Child (5-15 years):£3.40, Concession: £5.10, Family:£14.80

3. Mother Shipton’s Cave – See the only petrifying well in England! Mother Shipton was believed to be a witch that prophesised events such as the Great Fire of London and the defeat of the Spanish Armada, she lived in Knaresborough near the well and so her story is intertwined with this strange place which turns objects into stone. There is a whole park to explore with children’s playground, tearoom, gardens and of course the petrifying well spring where you can watch everyday objects slowly but surely turning to stone. Adult: £6.00, Senior Citizens: £5.00, Child: £4.00, Under 4’s: free, Family: £18.00

Mother Shipton's Cave picture by Flickr user Auz

Mother Shipton's Cave picture by Flickr user Auz

4. Irwell Sculpture Trail – Winding its way from Bacup to Salford Quays and featuring over 70 artworks by locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists this trail is a great free day out. You can do the whole walk or just sections of it, go to the website to plan your journey!

5. Snibston Discovery Park – Leicestershire’s largest interactive museum, Snibston showcases the region’s science, technology and design collections, including major innovations in transport and engineering history. A great and educational day out for the kids. Adult: £7.50, Child: £5.00, Under 3’s: free, Family of 4 (max 2 adults):£22.50

6. Glasgow Science Centre Egg Drop Challenge – Design a casing for your precious Easter cargo (a real egg) and see whether it protects or encourages a splat when dropped from on high! This is one of many fun activities to get involved in over the weekend, you could spend a whole day there and never get bored! Science Mall ticket price – Adult: £9.95, child/concessions: £7.95

Glasgow Science Centre 1 picture by Flickr user Jordanhill School D&T Dept

Glasgow Science Centre 1 picture by Flickr user Jordanhill School D&T Dept

 

7. Eureka! – The national children’s museum near Halifax is another educational, interactive and enjoyable place to visit and especially welcomes visitors over school holidays such as these. It is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and this weekend invites visitors to explore the ‘commotion in the ocean’ exploring the seven seas with mermaids and pirates! Voted the UK’s number one hand’s on museum by The Independent in 2011 you can’t go far wrong. Adult: £9.95, Child (3+) : £9.95, Toddler: £3.45, Babies (0-11 months): free

8. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – Situated in Gateshead, BALTIC hosts a programme of changing exhibitions of new and innovative contemporary art across four galleries. Currently showing are immersive video installations by Elizabeth Price, utopian structures by Andrea Zittel and highly conceptual artwork by On Kawara.