Family fun for the holidays at Mercer Art Gallery and Royal Pump Room Museum

Two weeks of fantastic family fun are on offer at the Mercer Art Gallery and Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate this Easter.

The two attractions, just a few steps away from each other, are hosting a range of activities to keep youngsters busy – and happy – over the school holidays.



There is a special Easter trail to complete, taking in exhibitions and displays across the two sites.  A prize will be awarded for completing each venue’s section but there’s chocolate if you complete it at both venues!

And on Thursday 7 April today’s youngsters can find out what the ipad and Xbox of their parents’ and grandparents’ generations were, as the gallery gives them a chance to be a toy curator for the day, getting their hands on replica and modern toys to make their very own museum display.

The session also includes a trip to the nearby Royal Pump Room Museum to see the toys on display there.

The ‘Be a Toy Curator for the Day’ sessions are on Thursday 7 April, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. Booking is recommended as these fun events are always extremely popular.  The cost is £3 per child and under 8s must be accompanied by a grown up.

The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate
The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate

Find out more about events and opening times at the gallery at www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery



The Easter trail is running throughout the North Yorkshire school holidays.

At the Royal Pump Room museum the trail will enable youngsters to explore the story of Harrogate as a premier spa town, find out about old spa treatments – some more pleasant than others! – and enjoy scientific investigations in the popular Ancient Egypt exhibition.

More details about the museum, including opening times and admission prices are at www.harrogate.gov.uk/royalpumproommuseum

Be a Toy Curator for the Day’ sessions are on Thursday 7 April, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm
Be a Toy Curator for the Day’ sessions are on Thursday 7 April, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm

There are also special Easter activities taking place at all of Harrogate Borough Council’s leisure centres, pools and community centres over the school holidays.

All the details can be found at www.harrogate.gov.uk/sportandleisure


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