A few weeks ago I received an email inviting us to review a ‘Breakfast with the Easter Bunny’ event at Wyevale Garden Centre in Shelley, Huddersfield. I’ll be upfront in saying that whilst it’s wonderful to be invited to review family days out such as this, I wasn’t so sure about this one- simply because I have never really made a thing about the Easter Bunny. I mean, Easter for us has always been based (albeit loosely) upon the religious aspect with a family meal on Easter Sunday, with a chocolate egg thrown in for good measure. I also wondered if Gabriel, age now 6 almost 7 would be too old for such an event? But after having a look at the garden centre’s information page about the event, it looked pretty sweet and so I decided to give it a whirl.
To cut a long story short, I’m glad we went as we all enjoyed it. It was actually a really lovely morning and both children loved the Easter Bunny. Xanthe of course, is too young to understand anything but she seemed to like the surroundings all the same. Wyevale garden centre is based in Shelley, Huddersfield, easy to locate using Google Maps and it’s a fairly large, equipt-with-almost-everything-you’ll-ever-need type of shop, including some lovely gifts and some even more lovely garden furniture that we swooned after. The restaurant is situated at the rear of the shop and is large, bright and houses some of the tastiest looking cakes I’ve ever seen! The childrens’ area is bright and colourful and upon arrival for this specific event we were greeted by the lovely and friendly host ‘Alice’ (non other than direct from Wonderland ) which was a nice touch.
Once shown to our seats we were promptly confirmed our breakfast pre-orders. The kids then set about colouring in and attempting the Easter puzzle sheets they had been left on the table, these activities kept them both entertained and were age appropriate. It wasn’t long before we were served our breakfasts; Myself and the kids had Vegetarian breakfasts (Veggie sausages, fried eggs, beans, hash browns tomato and mushrooms) Jake chose the standard Full English (Sausage, bacon, eggs, tomato, hash browns and mushrooms) and we were all impressed. As a Vegetarian it’s good to be served some decent veggie sausages as an alternative rather than just a few additional spoonfuls of mushrooms etc. The food was piping hot and nice quality too.
Once the food orders had been cleared,the kids were invited to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt, at this point there has been no sign of the Easter Bunny and I had to admit I was wondering where he was? I needn’t have worried, sure enough he appeared, hiding around a corner during the hunt and all the kids cheered upon finding him. It was super sweet and the kids learned facts about bunnies on each station, alongside collecting a chocolate egg for their bags! They also collected a sticker and on return back to the restaurant, they were able to exchange a fully completed card for a gift, which was a beautiful sheep cuddly toy (Keel branded!) and both Gabriel and Willow were pleased with these, naming them Spring and Summer respectively.
After the hunt, we settled down to decorate some egg-shaped Easter cookies. Again we were presented with cookies, icing pens and decorations. The kids really enjoyed decorating these and Alice even gave us some pre cut foils to wrap them up in, to ensure a safe journey home.
Our group was small, about three families and so the event was intimate and stress free. It works out about around £40 for a family of four to attend the event that lasts approximately 1.5 hours which although is not cheap, if you take into account the breakfast included and the UNLIMITED tea and filter coffee, it’s actually extremely reasonable! Overall we all enjoyed the morning, it was something a little different and the garden centre have certainly considered the aspects of the event carefully, with an eye for detail within the set up, learning tools, the food served and accessories provided for the activities so if you’re local to the area with kids under 7-8 I’d wholeheartedly recommend it!
Points to note…
*Full payment is required at the time of booking and the event is available to book online or in the centre, however advance notification is required if you or any of your party have specific dietary requirements. Vegetarian options available, please enquire with your local centre for more details. All food is prepared in a traditional kitchen and may contain traces of nuts or nut products.
*Sessions last around 90 minutes and are subject to change and/or cancellation. Suitable for children between 3–8 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of 1 adult per booking.
For further information, or to book a session call Pennine Wyevale Garden Centre on 0844 686 5297 or visit their website
*DISCLAIMER: I was offered complimentary tickets for the event. All words and opinions are my own, for more information please see my Disclosure Policy, located in the top menu of this blog*