The daffodils are out and the weather (might) be improving so it must be Easter!
Here are just a few things to keep you busy in Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale over the Easter weekend 2010
Handel's Messiah comes to Bradford Cathedral this Easter
Good Friday, Friday 2 April
HANDEL'S MESSIAH (Pts II and III)
Bradford Cathedral Choir performs Handel's Messiah (Pts II and III) at 7pm on Good Friday.
It is Handel's most famous work - first performed at Easter 1741 and probably one of the most popular choral pieces ever known which includes, of course, the Hallelujah Chorus which is a great favourite for many people.
Part II chronicles Christ's passion, resurrection and ascension and Part III is based primarily upon events from the Book of Revelation.
This performance is part of a programme of services for Holy Week and Easter. Entry is free.
For more details please contact the Cathedral Office on 01274 777720 or visit
the Bradford Cathedral website
Saturday 3 April
EASTER BONNET COMPETITION
An Easter bonnet competition and 7ft high bouncing bunnies are some of the egg-citing happenings at Wakefield Market on Easter Saturday.
Customers are being invited to make their own stylish headgear and model it in the market hall at noon. Judging will be carried out by the market's resident millinery expert, Norma.
There are three categories: up to six years, 7-12 years, and 13 and over.
Visitors should also keep a look out for two giant bunnies walking on bouncy stilts. They will be touring the market from time to time giving away Easter treats.
Children will be able to enter an Easter colouring competition. Anyone who wants to take part should look out for the event in the main hall.
Wakefield, Ossett and other markets across the district will be open as usual on Good Friday.
Out and About
Victoria Tower at Castle Hill opens its doors to visitors again this Easter
Saturday 3 April - Monday 5 April
VICTORIA TOWER OPENING
Visitors to Castle Hill in Huddersfield this Easter will be able to enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the landmark Victoria Tower.
The tower opens its doors for the first time this year on Saturday 3 April - Monday 5 April between 1230pm and 430pm.
Admission charges are £1.30 adults, 60p children and £3 for a family ticket. There is free admission for Kirklees Passport holders.
To find out more about Castle Hill and its long history,
Friday 2 April - Saturday 3 April
BINGLEY FINE FOOD FESTIVAL
Bingley Market Square
This year's Bingley Fine Food Festival brings flavours from all over the world to the town's Market Square for Easter.
Nearly 30 stalls will bring a whole array of speciality foods from every corner of the world alongside traditional Yorkshire fayre.
Mediterranean smells such as olives, feta cheese and paella will mix with the aromas of Asian favourites such as curries and chutneys.
There will also be more traditional dishes for sale such as hog roast, pies, pickles, fish, venison and game.
The sweet-toothed will be able to browse around the patisserie and the sweet, toffee and chocolate stalls.
There's lots of Easter fun going on at Shibden Hall in 2010
Sunday 4 April
EASTER HOLIDAY FUN
Join the celebrations in our traditional Easter holiday activities including art and craft, bunny hunt, egg decorating and an egg rolling competition.
Fun for all the family. Included in the admission price of Shibden Hall.
The celebrations at Shibden are from 1pm - 4pm.
For more information about admission prices and opening times, visit
the Shibden Hall website
Bowling Hall Road
A walk through time is on offer at Bolling Hall in Bradford this Easter.
The Relic Trail shows visitors objects that tell a story of the hall and the history that surrounds it.
The event is inspired by the CBBC series 'Relic: Guardians of the Museum.'
For more information,