Effortlessly explore West Yorkshire this Easter with MCard

21 March 2023

If you’re wondering how to keep the kids entertained this Easter without spending a fortune, help is at hand. With Spring in full swing, we have put together some great FREE or low-cost destinations and events across West Yorkshire all accessible by bus or train.

For teenagers getting out & about with mates

Travelling has never been easier for under 19s in West Yorkshire with a simplified fare structure across all West Yorkshire buses. Under 19s can make bigger savings when buying bundles of 3, 5 or 10 and pay from just £2.25 for a MyDay bus ticket, a day’s travel on any bus, any day, any time. MCard tickets give you unlimited travel on any bus or train across West Yorkshire so if you fancy an adventure, you can hop from one event to another all on the same ticket.

Best ticket for family travel is the family DaySaver

Children under 5 travel free and there are other tickets for families or groups, easy-to-buy from the comfort of your sofa or on-the-go through the MCard Mobile app. All you need to do is activate the ticket when you need to travel.

What’s not to like? So, get out there and make the most of the Easter break!

National Science and Media Museum

The National Science and Media Museum explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies - inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. You can get hands on in the state-of-the-art Wonderlab, filled with live experiments, thrilling shows and more than 20 mind-bending exhibits. Located in the heart of Bradford city centre, the museum is easily accessible by bus or train as it’s just a short walk from Bradford interchange. Admission to the National Science and Media Museum is also FREE!

By bus: 5 minute walk from Bradford Interchange.

By train: 5 minute walk from Bradford Interchange and a 15 minute walk from Bradford Forster Square station.


Easter Trail at Nostell Priory, Wakefield 

Enjoy an easter inspired day out in nature at Nostell Priory. The Easter trail has 10 earthly inspired activities that are dotted along the paths of the gardens and woodlands of the Priory.

Taking place from 1-16 April , the price of the trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end.

By bus: Nearest stop – Nostell Priory Gates, Nostell – Services: 485, 496

By train: The nearest Rail Station is Fitzwilliam, which is 2 miles away with buses 496 to Nostell Priory

Commotion on the Ocean at Eureka

Located right next door to Halifax train station, A visit to Eureka! is unique, interesting and FUN for all the family and a fabulous MCard day out this Easter. Eureka! is a great, inclusive family friendly interactive museum and its best suited for children aged 0-11.

By bus: 5 minute walk from Halifax Bus Station.

By train: Opposite Halifax Rail Station.


Teeny Tiny Animal Trail at Leeds City Museum

A great free activity taking place across the Easter holidays from the 1-16 April, Leeds City Museum have got pandas, sloths and all sorts of cuddly creatures hiding around the museum to track down and find.

By bus: Nearest stop – Woodhouse Lane Merrion Centre – Services 1, 1A, 1B, 6, 27, 28, 56, X84

By train: 10 minute walk from Leeds Rail Station

Let’s Investigate Eggs at Wakefield Museum

Explore egg related objects in the museum’s collection. There’s lots to learn, ranging from super science to social history. Taking place on Thursday 6 April, the session costs £2.50 and offers you the chance to also decorate your own jazzy egg cup and take historical recipes home to make together.

By bus: 8 minute walk from Wakefield Bus Station.

By train: 2 minute walk from Wakefield Westgate Rail Station.


Easter Holidays at Temple Newsam

Celebrate the school holidays at Temple Newsam. Two weeks packed full of trails and family fun crafts across the estate. It’s also a wonderful time of year to meet the new arrivals at the onsite farm as well as come face-to-face with the springtime babies, from little lambs to piglets.

By bus: Services 19 and 19A run to Whitkirk, 1 mile from Temple Newsam.


Xscape Yorkshire

Xscape is the ultimate family day out destination with a variety of fun-fuelled activities, places to eat and outdoor sporting brands to shop.

From urban climbing, laser tag and adventure golf to skiing, sledging and riding the skycoaster, Xscape is bursting with all your favourite pastimes as well as something a little more adventurous. Guaranteed non-stop fun for everyone. Located at Junction 32 on the M62, Xcape is easily accessible by bus and is just a short walk from Glass Houghton Station. 

Medieval Easter at the Royal Armouries

Head to the museum this Easter for a full programme of activities inspired by the Middle Ages. Taking place from the 1-16 April, events include warrior showcases, hands on history with sword wielding and archery and even a jousting tournament.

By bus: The following service lines have routes that pass near Royal Armouries, Leeds: Leeds Dock stops 74, 110, 140, 141, 168, 444 and 446

By train: 15 minute walk from Leeds Rail Station


Huddersfield Literature Festival

The annual award-winning festival is back from the 23 March – 2 April, with lots of family friendly events across a diverse programme. With many free and low-cost events, including some with stage text live subtitling, the festival promotes accessibility for under-represented audiences and performers. Most Festival events are held in town centre venues with some in outlying areas.

By bus: 5 minute walk from Huddersfield Bus Station

By train: 9 minute walk from Huddersfield Rail Station


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