Eggs-actly as you please this Easter

Daffodils around Hartshead. (d04041109)
Daffodils around Hartshead. (d04041109)

EASTER 2011 is as late in the year as it can possibly be so there’s a good chance of fine sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Whether it’s a family picnic in the park, an Easter lunch, a trip to the coast or a woodland walk, there are a host of ways to get out and about and make the most of a few days’ holiday - without spending a fortune.

The extended break is a perfect excuse to get together with loved ones or to get out an about in the great outdoors.

Calderdale is blessed with some stunning parks and open spaces - and Brighouse, where Wellholme Park has something for everyone, is no exception. Famous for its spectacular floral bedding displays, the park offers acres of open space set against the stunning backdrop of natural woodland and Clifton beck.

Visitors can enjoy a drink and snack in the cafe and take part in bowling, tennis, skateboarding and, new this Easter, try their hand on the crazy golf course. Near at hand is the new Brighouse swimming pool and fitness centre and there is a user-friendly play area with scramble net and climbing frame.

Further afield families are being invited to join the St George’s Day fun at Halifax Piece Hall on April 23 from 10am. Organised in conjunction with Halifax Voluntary Youth Organisations, the event will offer the opportunity to try abseiling, street surfing, cycling, keep fit and a host of other activities.

Near to Brighouse Shibden Hall is hosting an ‘Easter eggstravaganza’ on April 24 - an afternoon of traditional Easter holiday activities including art and craft, bunny hunt, egg decorating and an egg rolling competition offering fun for all the family. Also on April 24 there will be an Easter egg hunt at People’s Park, Halifax.

On April 28 crafty kids will be able to enjoy an afternoon of Easter-related activities at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse. The event starts at 2pm and is free to families.

The many excellent pubs and cafes in the area will be serving up traditional Easter lunches - a perfect chance to relax with the family over good food and in good company. These days many pubs have outdoor eating areas and play areas for children so there’s no need to miss out on the sunshine.

For many, Easter is the perfect opportunity to catch up on a spot of gardening - and garden centres and nurseries will open their doors to cater for those with green fingers who want to snap up some bargains and inject some colour into their borders.

And if the sun does shine there may even be the opportunity to have a barbecue!