If you fancy a day out over the summer holidays we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ ideas either within Ryedale and the Coastal area or within an hours drive (ish?!). Hopefully, the amazing weather will continue over the holidays but if not, we’ve also included indoor activities too.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy and hobgoblin sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. The intriguing Fairy and Hobgoblin Museum displays what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy and hobgoblin artefacts.
The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
Spellbound at Skelf Island: Tales of the Tawny Owl 29th July – 4th September
Join the Skelves for a spellbinding summer of adventure at Castle Howard. The Summer solstice is past and it’s a time when the Skelves magic is strong, whisking families away on their very own adventure in the woods. Join Rowan, the Skelves’ healer and potion-maker, as she tells the story of how she forged a bond with a very special Tawny Owl on an adventure to capture the healing power of the sun! Then discover for yourself the world of the Skelves’ Wild Wood where play and creativity await you!
This summer, experience the best adventure playground in Yorkshire, complete with treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets, and climbing equipment will be brought to life with theme activities during the holidays.
You can access Skelf Island and Castle Howard’s themed summer activities with a valid Gardens and Grounds ticket.
Sledmere Maize Maze and summer fun returns for the summer holidays from 25th July to 4th September 2022, 10.00am – 5.00pm.
The fantastic Sledmere maize maze is back this summer holiday for even more fun and adventures.
Come and explore the 4 acres of maize maze and enjoy the activities in the play paddocks such as Frisbee golf, footpool, sandpits, footgolf and more, there are also designated picnic areas and lots of free parking available.
This years summer adventure takes you all the way through the Maize Maze, Farm Park, Grounds and Gardens to complete tasks and quizzes in order to win your adventure stickers. Book your combined ticket for a full day of family fun!
Take a trip with City Cruises – with some EXCLUSIVE Mumbler discounts!
Our Sightseeing Cruises are fun for ALL the family, you’ll have a great view of the city and our captains will share parts of the history of our ancient city and the immense impact the River Ouse has had on its development!
Or how about being the captain of your very own boat? With our Self-Drive Boats, you’ll receive full instructions on how to operate the boat along with our safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for children.
Activities for families during the Summer 2022 School Holidays:
Tales, Trails and More! – Every Thursday from 4 August to 25 August at Danby Lodge National Park Centre Join us every Thursday during August in the grounds of Danby Lodge National Park Centre for a fun packed day of stories, trails, arts, crafts and more. A mixture of free and payable activities to keep the whole family entertained. Free event, no booking required. 10:30 am until 3:30pm
Woodland Finders Trail – Monday 25 July to Sunday 21 August at Danby Lodge National Park Centre Collect your bag and head out in search of nature’s treasures. No booking required for the Woodland Finders Trail. Cost: Adult: Free (with child) Child: £5
Tree-Shirts – 11th August, 10.30am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm. Learn to identify some of the trees in the grounds, then print on a ‘Tree-shirt’ to take home.
The fun doesn’t stop there! There’s also a climbing wall, adventure playground, picnic area, café and gift shop. A great family day out awaits!
Superheroes of the world unite as Stockeld Park prepares to open for Summer! They don’t want to miss out on all of the fun so look out for the likes of Spiderman, Thor, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hulk and Iron Man as you enjoy all that our Enchanted Forest has to offer! You can also head into the magical maze to take on the superhero quiz! The Superhero Summer will be open from 23rd July – 5th September.
Don’t forget to stop by the Superhero Academy Show. Lead by Sargent Sirius and lead astray by Captain Shenanigans, Join the world-famous training duo and graduate a real-life hero! Filled to the brim with family fun and silly humour, this 30-minute show is jam packed with audience participation! Tickets for the Superhero Academy Show are £2pp, babes in arms are free
Adventure Park tickets grant you access to:
Batman Meet and Greet
Superhero quiz in the maze
Farmer Foster’s Playground
Teepee Encampment Playground
Tangle Tree Climb Playground
Woodsands Cove Playground
Spider’s Lair Playground
Pedal Go Karts
Cafe and outdoor catering outlets
The Playhive opens on 23rd July. Add even more fun to your day by visiting the Playhive! Select an Adventure Park & Playhive ticket to get access to the Adventure Park and the Playhive.
Summer fun starts here! The Web offers so much for all ages, whatever the weather! Our amazing value all inclusive ticket allows you to play in our huge playcentre – the biggest indoor play area in York, splash in our water play and paddle in our pool, meet our lovely animals in our animal park, make sandcastles, bounce on our two bouncy pillows, pedal our tractors and bikes, ride as many times as you want on our twelve fairground rides, play golf and watch our Amazing Magic shows! Everything is included so you can relax knowing that don’t have to say no!
Scheduled events start with our first two weeks “Summer Starts Here Festival!
We will start with the opening of our new ride – The Vortex – guaranteed laughs but maybe for the braver ones! Two magic shows and a family game show with Dazzling Darren and Friends. The Reptile Roadshow will be here with the Ranger Christine, which will offer two educational “creepy crawlies show” – come meet snakes and spiders, lizards, tortoises and other small creatures!
Scheduled animal talks with our team, fun sports games on the field and lots of other games and crafts. A great way to start the holidays!
The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH
Dalby Forest, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect place to escape, relax and adventure
Home to 8,000 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest.
A visit to Dalby will uncover many magical things such as The Gruffalo orienteering course, Superworm trail, some of the very best mountain biking trails and endless stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest, get the adrenaline pumping at Dalby Activity Centre or test your nerve and swing amongst the trees on their Go Ape courses.
Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.
From the 23rd July come and have a boogie at our famous daily foam parties, discover the bigger and better Beach with a huge sand and water play area, venture down the cliff side slide and up and down the rock scrambles. Visit the fairies along the Fairy Tale Trail, adventure through acres of corn in this year’s Maize Maze. Take the Tractor and Trailer ride up to the Play Barn and of course don’t forget to come and meet all our wonderful animals at our daily “animal encounters” petting sessions! Piggy Poo ice cream and pizza is always good to keep little tummies full too for an extra special treat!
Don’t forget – all tickets must be pre-booked online, unless you’re a Member.
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST