A fun, family-friendly and interactive museum, Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family. Come along to one of the many family sessions in the school holidays or pop in with friends for a trip down memory lane.
Step back in time and wander through the enchanting streets, shops and houses and experience life as a Victorian. On the ground floor visit Stephen Harding Gate, the 19th century equivalent of a modern high street for some old fashioned retail therapy. In the back streets, see the home of the window washer woman or pop into the Sunday-School. On the first floor, see the Childhood and Community Galleries along with the changing programme of exhibitions.
The adjoining Gatehouse Café is Kirkstall Abbey’s original gatehouse and still features dramatic Cistercian archways and intricately detailed gothic windows. Serving coffee, cake and lunch options, the café is a great spot to take in the views of the abbey and relax after exploring the Museum.
Visit in the school holidays for themed activities, trails and creative sessions. Keep an eye on the website to find out what’s coming up and plan your next visit.
Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH Tel: 0113 3784079
Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.
Be sure to have a playground adventure. There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.
Have a well-earned sit down with a seasonal meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, tuck into tea and cake with a lakeside view at Studley tea room or a sweet treat at Mill Café
If there’s still oodles of energy left visit the deer park. Admire the views down to Ripon Cathedral and see if you can spot the deer. There are three different types from small fallow deer to the largest of them all: red deer.
There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.
Gulliver’s Valley Resort is one of the UK’s newest theme parks having opened in 2020. Discover rides and attractions designed for children aged 2 to 13, located next to Rother Valley Country Park in South Yorkshire. Enjoy a giant selection of adventures as you travel through multiple themed areas including The Lost World of Living Dinosaurs.
Tickets start from just £20pp* and Gulliver’s Valley is open every day throughout the summer… there’s so much to look forward to in the Yorkshire sunshine!
Want to enjoy theme park entry with your short break? Look no further than Stay & Play packages! Gulliver’s Valley is home to the Megalodon Lodge, Western Cabins, Princess Suites and more terrifically themed accommodation units… you can find a perfect room for any adventurer!
There’s plenty of indoor attractions at the heart of Gulliver’s Valley. Discover interactive play areas, YooHoo Playzone and many more family activities within the main indoor complex.
And don’t forget to make memories down at the mini-farm. Meet all your favourite farmyard animals and even take Llamas, George and Dave, on a woodland walk!
Book at least two days in advance to save even more on your Gulliver’s Valley adventure. There’s free parking and special offers popping up throughout the year.
Mansfield Road, Rotherham, S26 5QW
A whole day of adventure – Summer at Harewood
There’s so much to explore at Harewood, no two visits will ever be the same!
+ Discover our new Treehouse Sylvascope, part of our Radical Acts: Why Craft Matters exhibition that will get the family talking about sustainability and the environment
+ Huge Adventure Playground
+ Woodland Wonderland playspace – a maze of willow-woven tunnels and sculptures to explore
+ Stretch your legs and get amazing views on the Three Parks Walk, following the Lakeside path all the way round to the Walled Garden – or hop on the Chain Ferry!
+ Follow winding paths and skip over the stepping stones in the Himalayan Garden
+ Marvel at the penguins, flamingos, parrots and lovebirds in the Bird Garden, and say hello to the animals in the Farm Experience
+ Take in the stunning collections of art and furniture in the Georgian House
Wherever you go, there’s delicious food and drink to enjoy – have lunch at the Courtyard or Terrace Café, or grab a snack in the Bothy Teahouse or one of our kiosks.
All activities are free for Members. Family membership is just £105 for a year – upgrade to Membership within 7 days of your visit and we’ll take your day ticket off the price! Our loyal Members are vital to keeping Harewood, a charity, up and running. Find out more at harewood.org/membership.
Pre-booking is advised. BOOK TICKETS HERE
Set deep in the tranquil Yorkshire countryside is a hidden gem waiting for you to discover.
Rich in wildlife, winding woodland paths, cooling water ways and unique land art, the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park near Ripon has 45 acres of gardens, arboretum, lakes and over 80 sculptures …. a log cabin tearoom & horsebox full of tasty treats with a woodland playground for kids.
Enjoying the great outdoors is good for the brain, body and soul and it doesn’t come much better than this wildlife havenfor a family summer day out. The little ones get free entry to the garden and can enjoy searching out all the Fairy Doors hidden around the garden; wildlife spotting with our butterfly explorer guide and stumbling upon the collection of quirky sculptures dotted all over the park – and maybe even discovering the Himalayan Yeti’s home!
• Kids Go Free (Under 16 years)
• Dogs welcome on leads
• Entrance tickets to be booked online
For everything else you’ll need to know about visiting this summertime visit the website.
Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, Grewelthorpe, Nr Ripon, HG4 3DA
Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf?
Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.
Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?
At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!
After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.
Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.
Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.
With an updated ride experience and state-of-the-art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000-year-old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy. Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.
At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even a fossilised Viking poo! Dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts. Ask them what a Viking would have had for tea or if they had to do homework after school!
Plus, new for 2022 one of the largest hoards ever found in the UK, has arrived at JORVIK. Discover over 200 pieces of silver rings, hacksilver and coins of Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Arabic origin.
Book now at jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk
Explore one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey boast historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery.
Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre tells you more about the lives of the 12th century monks and contains the touch table, a unique catalogue of images of the abbey from the 18th century to the present day.
Family activities and trails are run throughout the year from the Visitor Centre check out the website for more details. Visit the shop and have the opportunity to buy unique and bespoke products.
Kirkstall Abbey is directly across the road from Abbey House Museum, this is a great opportunity to make a day out for all the family.
Markets are held at the end of each month March – October, showcasing local producers, makers and creatives in the beautiful setting of the abbey cloister.
Located in the heart of the city, Leeds City Museum is a treasure trove of six galleries and home to the Leeds Tiger and Nesaymun, the Ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Discover the natural world in the Life on Earth gallery with centuries-old fossils, extinct animal bones and stunning specifies from around the world. The Collector’s Cabinet holds some of our more curious objects and how they came to Leeds from the 1700s to the present day. You can also explore different cultures from across the globe inside the World View gallery.
On the first floor of the Museum you will find the Leeds Story galleries, telling the history of our city from the very first archaeological finds to incredible inventions and how Leeds has been shaped throughout the years. In here you will also find our regularly changing community displays which are co-curated with different groups of people.
The Ancient Worlds gallery tells the story of ancient civilisations including Rome, Greece and Egypt. Find out the amazing ways in which people lived and worked, the stories they told through art and objects, and how their discoveries informed our view of the world today.
The Museum also has a relaxing café serving a great range of good value food and drinks to enjoy.
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH. Tel: 0113 378 5001
Once the largest woollen mill in the world, today Armley Mills tells the story of Leeds’ rich industrial heritage.
Closed Mondays. Admission applies. Visit the website for opening times and prices.
Discover Lotherton, a country estate, historic hall and Wildlife World zoo.
The expansive grounds and gardens are lovely walking spots, with or without four-legged companions. Each season brings new surprises including wild garlic in the spring, a sea of colourful blooms in summer in the formal gardens and stunning autumnal colours later on in the year.
The two playgrounds mean there’s plenty of space for running about and letting off steam, with zip wires for older children to enjoy.
The evolving zoo, Wildlife World, is a real highlight and visitors can see the Humboldt penguins splash and swim in their pool. Other colourful characters include Arthur the tapir, porcupines and a flamboyance of pink flamingos. New for 2021 is the Nocturnal House with a kinkajou, armadillo and more!
To discover the history of the estate step inside the former home of the Gascoigne family and wander the rooms. A fascinating collection of artworks and objects fill each room and tell the story of its former residents and the community around them. The Museum is also home to an annually-changing exhibition on the first floor.
The traditional stables area courtyard is where you’ll find the Stables café serving a range of lunch options, cakes and ice creams.
To make the most of Lotherton there is an annual membership available which means regular trips, invitations to exclusive events and behind-the-scenes updates straight to your inbox.
All visitors, including members, require a timed ticket to visit the estate between 9am – 4pm, book online here. Children under 5 can visit for free.
Calling all coding fans… visit MathsCity this summer to unlock hours of cryptic fun with over twenty interactive coding activities and crafts.
An exciting highlight to this mathematical playground is the brand-new Cipher Wall – a large, digital arcade-game with tonnes of secrets messages to solve on a giant LED screen. Your mission is to decipher each animal code to cross them off the spotter’s guide – can you beat the levels to find them all?!
Unlock secrets on the Scytale and Grille Cipher or create your own mysteries for friends and family to de-code by writing hidden messages or drawings with ‘invisible ink’ using UV pens and lights.
You can also have fun with morse code, prime numbers, and special red filter glasses, as well as getting the chance to test out new coding prototypes.
For the crafty code-breakers out there, you can make your own code wheels and Scytale strips to encode your messages like the Romans. Take them with you as a souvenir and develop your code-breaking skills at home!
> BOOK TICKETS ONLINE AT WWW.MATHSCITY.CO.UK
Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.
The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!
The park has several scenic picnic areas, a coffee and ice cream kiosk, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.
Themed events run during school holidays. For more information about family events visit our website.
Please check the website for up-to-date opening times and any unforeseen park closures. Open weekends in March and daily from 29th March – 31st October 2021.
In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!
Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.
Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!
In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!
Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!
Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!
For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit www.stockeldpark.co.uk
Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.
Stump Cross Caverns is an ancient natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales. As well as the caves, they’ve also got a cinema, cafe, time out private dining pod, shop and visitor centre on site. They are located on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington and open seven days a week (9am-6pm). They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for latest offers!
The caves and shop are open daily from 9am-6pm and The Time Cafe serves delicious hot and cold food and drink from 10am – 5.30pm.
You can rent our cinema for your own private viewing – only £6 per person. We have hundreds of movies for you to choose from or feel free to bring your own! Order from the Time Cafe and we’ll serve it straight to your chair! The ultimate movie experience!
There is a brilliant fairy trail to keep little ones entertained whilst down the caves – as well as a huge outdoor sandpit to search for old dinosaur bones!
For something a little special, why not rent out our Time Out Pod for private dining with some spectacular views.
We have late night openings for UV Thursdays – where you can enjoy self guided UV tours of the cave from 4pm – 6pm.
We also have the Stumpy Van serving delicious ice creams – weather dependent!
Something for all the family – even the dog is welcome!
Explore Temple Newsam house, enjoy a picnic in the grounds, have fun in the adventure playground or meet the animals on the farm. Don’t miss the special school holiday and seasonal events throughout the year. Accessible site. Cafe & toilets facilities.
House Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am -4pm, Home Farm, Daily, 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays during term time and bank holidays)
Admission charge for house & farm. Pre-booking now required.
Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7461.
The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.
You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!
Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.
Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.
The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.
The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.
There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.
You can book your magical potions experience online
9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ
Discover the charm of Thwaite Watermill, set on an island of its very own, hidden away in the south of Leeds. Sandwiched in between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire, this beautiful heritage site has much to explore.
Step back in time and discover what life was like at Thwaite House, a Georgian Grade II listed building packed full of vintage treasures. Experience water power in action and find out how solid rock was turned into paint and putty. Explore the nooks and crannies of the huge mill space and look out for live demonstrations in the engineer’s workshop.
We are situated in stunning riverside surroundings which are home to many local species from plant life to mini mammals. See how many you can spot by following the nature trail, taking a stroll along the canal and stopping off to enjoy a picturesque picnic. Read more here.
No booking required, drop in events. Admission fee applies. Free for Under 5s. Suitable for toddlers.
Read our recent review here.
Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds LS10 1RP. Tel: 0113 378 2983
Spend a Summer Day at Woldies Lavender & Nature Farm
Tranquil yet packed full of activities for young and old to enjoy together, an ideal day out for all the family.
Explore nature in a unique way among lavender, wildflowers and woodland.
Complete the 5 missions to become a Nature Hero
Find the bees secret code in Woldies Bees & Friends Garden
Woldies Lavender & Nature Farm
Nature Gardens, Trails & Play
Wintringham, Malton, YO17 8HW
Car Park: Plenty of car parking, charges apply
Amenities: Cafe, toilets and adventure playground next to the Visitors Centre
Large country park that is great for walking, children’s biking and picnics. It also has a children’s adventure playground and The Room on the Broom trail. You can purchase activity packs from the Visitor’s Centre for £2. From the centre you’ll follow the trail, find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and have fun doing activities along the way.
At the visitor’s centre you can hire running buggies and bikes for the whole family including bike trailers for the tiniest!
Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2EB. Tel: 01924 303980
Car Park: Pre-booking is required for all cars. National Trust members park free.
Amenities: Cafe, toilets, adventure playground
Just eight miles north of York is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens, sprawling parkland and hands-on art galleries.
Whether it’s swinging from heights or climbing the wall up the pyramid tower in the popular wilderness play area, fun and games on the lawn, borrowing a bike to ride around the gardens or dressing up as royalty in the hall, Beningbrough is a fantastic family day out.
Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD Tel: 01904 472027
Car Park: Pre-booking is required for all cars. £10 per car.
Amenities: Cafe, toilets at numerous locations.
Enjoy a picnic, build sandcastles have a little paddle in the river or simply relax and take in the view of the Priory. The 60 stepping stones offer a fun and challenging experience, but there is a bridge offering a safe and dry passage. There is a large beach area popular with visiting families. Seasonal events take place throughout the year, including the famous Welly Walk (end May – November). Read our review here.
There are various walks, all routes can be viewed here.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX. Tel: 01756 718000
Car Park: Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non National Trust members, car parking charges £6 for 4 hours, £9 per day.
Amenities: Toilets and catering facilities are located 550 metres from the car park, baby-changing facilities
Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.
There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks.
Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW. Tel: 01423 780688
Gardens & Playground now open
A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.
Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.
Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.
Covid-19 update: Pre-booking required.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648333
Child Friendly Leeds have been consulting with children and young people in Leeds to find out what they would like to see on a city centre map. They have helped to co-produce an amazing map with lots of useful features and activities to do in our amazing city!
Clifton Park in the heart of Rotherham is a wonderful place for the whole family. With parks, gardens and sport, rides and games and even an amazing museum, Clifton Park has everything you could need for the perfect day out!
Clifton Park has 2 car parks:
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including the Grand Father Oak play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and walking and cycling trails for all.
Admission free, just pay to park (£9 per car)
Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT. Tel: 01751 460295.
DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure allowing kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ & discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
With four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times. We also do birthday parties, perfect for children aged 4-9.
Open Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)
St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN. Tel: 01904 615505
Eureka! is a unique place for families to visit, where children aged 0 to 11 are inspired to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and – above all – having fun. Accessible site. Cafe, toilet facilities & shop.
Closed Monday’s Term Time, check website opening times before visiting.
Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. Tel: 01422 330069
This popular park is renowned for its wonderful gardens, popular tea rooms and circular lakeside walk. Ideal for a family walk, scooter/pushchair friendly (on paths) and a great place to feed the ducks, play ball games and have a picnic
Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 8BQ Tel: 0113 261 0374
Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in Britain.
Visitors can enjoy exhibitions of contemporary art, rare Bird Garden, Farm Experience and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens to explore.
Be part of the living history and visit Harewood House. All visitors (including under 5s) will need to pre-book tickets.
Leeds Art Gallery reopened its doors (Autumn 2017) following the extensive refurbishment of the original Victorian roof and renovation of the Central Court. For the first time in a generation, visitors can see the stunning glass ceiling that has been transformed into a new gallery.
FREE ENTRY AND NO BOOKING NEEDED.
Find out more information about your visits here.
Family friendly workshops run throughout the year.
The Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience, packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays. Explore the wonders of Science and Technology in the four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire & Water! Splash in water, operate real JCB’s in Earth, marvel at a tornado made of fire and even explode a rock face! Magna is a coats-on experience; set in the old Templeborough steelworks, The Big Melt and Face of Steel offer an exciting journey into the world of steelmaking.
Magna Way, Rotherham, S60 1FD Tel: 01709 720 002
Discover 300 years of history and over 1 million objects that changed the world in the UK’s largest railway museum. Explore opulent carriages of the royal family including Queen Victoria and her ‘Palace on Wheels’ in Station Hall. Watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, discover previously unseen artwork, papers, reports, photographs, and small artefacts at the Search Engine research centre and blow off some steam in both the indoor and outdoor play area.
Opening times: 10am – 5pm daily. Closed 24, 25, 26th December.
NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Explore the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. The museum aims to inspire our scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more.
The galleries and exhibition spaces help illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television and the team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination.
Three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre—showcase the magic of moving images
Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0844 856 3797
Newby Hall is a great Yorkshire family day out with plenty to do for children of all ages. The Adventure Garden has swings for toddlers through to climbing frames and bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats for the older children. Get wet in ‘Tarantella’ dancing water play area by William Pye! (Take swimmers & a towel!) You can ride a miniature train through the gardens for a small extra cost.
Open March- September. You can take a picnic (there is cafe as well) and there are traditional ice cream shops.
Ripon, HG4 5AE. Tel: 01423 322583
Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children, including the Craggle Top Tree House, Log Maze, Logness Monster and the giant Woodland instruments.
• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs
Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel: 01423 565418
A little known, and very scenic, route from Granary Wharf to Leeds Dock. Jump on board one of the yellow water taxis, for a 15 minute trip down the canal, from the train station to the Royal Armouries Museum.
Mon – Fri: 7am-7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm
£1 per person, per journey.
Children 5 and under travel free.
Cash and card (including contactless) payments accepted.
Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park.
Within the grounds there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on an informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around.
There is a small outdoor play area in the grounds and they do run tours of the castle specifically aimed at children over 5yrs.
Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY. Tel:01423 770152
Covid Update: Currently open Wednesday and Saturdays 1-5pm
Rodley Nature Reserve is designed to bring wetland wildlife back into the Leeds area.
Lots of activities for families: quiz trail guide, pond dipping (April – Oct), mini beast hunt, bird watching, moth trapping….and if the weather should spoil itself colouring sheets and quizzes are available in the Education Room at the Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and most Bank Holidays from 10am until 4pm.
Rodley Nature Reserve, Moss Bridge Road, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1HP. Tel: 0113 2040441
The Royal Armouries is home to the United Kingdom’s national collection of arms, armour and artillery. Look out for special seasonal & school holiday events. Free entry. Family friendly. Accessible site. Cafe & toilet facilities.
Royal Armouries, Leeds, LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999.
Through nine interactive galleries go on a journey of discovery to explore the incredible world of medicine. Travel from the Victorian age to the present day to explore the fascinating world of surgery and find out how breakthroughs in science have changed all our lives for the better.
Exciting family activities take place at weekends and during every school holiday. Car park and cafe.
Tickets are for 12 months unlimited visits), under 5s are free.
Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN. Tel: 0113 244 4343
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!
Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, DL8 4TJ Tel: 01969 640638
The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth. Regular special events & kids art sessions. Cafe, shop, outdoor play area. Free. Closed Mondays.
Our exhibition ‘Through Our Eyes’ is an interactive, multi-media exhibition following the lives of sixteen Holocaust survivors and child refugees who made new lives in Yorkshire. Visitors will see poignant personal photos of the survivors and their families and their original artefacts and documents, together with an original prisoner uniform and other artefacts from the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora.
The exhibition is suitable for those over 10 years of age. For those studying the Holocaust or interested in local and global history the exhibition is a must-see.
Contemporary art centre with galleries, learning studio, workspaces for creative industries, restaurant and bar, in the heart of Leeds’ South Bank. Special events and school holiday activities.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ. Tel: 0113 320 2323
Yorkshire’s first and the biggest in the UK, designed to offer an amazing and adventurous new way for both children and adults to play in the high trees. You are completely surrounded by 3m high walls of netting which means you are always safe. Includes 2000m2 of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made out of netting, fun for young and old!
Signs towards Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Stainley, HG4 3HT. Tel: 01539 447186
The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.
There is a kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.
The park also offers pitch and put, crazy golf, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.
At the top of the Gardens lie the Pine Woods.
Valley Gardens, Harrogate HG1 2SZ
William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. Children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.
Special events and activities in the school holidays.
William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS. Tel: 01430 47223
On a nice day, there isn’t a much better way to see the beautiful city of York than walking around the walls.
Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars.
The walls go most of the way around the city, just having to get down to street level a couple of times. Not strictly buggy friendly but I know many who have managed it fine. Always a friendly visitor or local on hand to help!
Closed for 2020.
York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country.
With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled full family day out. Opens mid July, check website for exact timings
Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT. Tel: 01904 607 341
Bring your family to Visit England’s quality assured visitor attraction, and discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate. Unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself.
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD. Tel:01905-541441
This place has a great outdoor play area with wooden structures and indoor barn area for those having the full dining experience. Separated out into under and over 9 year olds, and just £3 per child entry, the bigger kids can enjoy high adventure, whilst the little ones can take it more gently in their own play space. Brilliant 1950’s style parlour serving sundaes, breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs, coffees, cakes & all sorts!
Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU. Tel: 01756 711826
The Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton, a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. Also Danelaw Living History, Derwent Valley Light Railway, Nature Trail, Livestock, Playground.
CLOSED FROM 1ST NOVEMBER UNTIL EASTER(Except for Santa Specials)
York YO19 5GH Tel.01904 489966
The only one of its kind, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, experienced and enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.
West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG. Tel: 01924 832631