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.
1. Northwood Trail
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy 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. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. 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.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Please note, as car parking is limited tickets are only available online, with pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
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.
For centuries the Skelves have inhabited a secret world, over the water from Castle Howard, causing mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interacting with birds and protecting wildlife. Now they have become curious about the humans that visit and want to explore and play with them.
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.
There’s so much going on this year with fantastic new events such as the Maize Maze and Summer fun activities in the Paddocks, along with treasure hunts, adventure kits and different things to do every day, let us keep you and your little ones entertained throughout the summer holidays.
Explore the Farm Park and meet our gorgeous rare breeds animals, help out with regular animal checks, feeding and grooming. See daily schedule.
Use one of the ‘Adventure Kits’ to find Sledmeres hidden treasures around the grounds and gardens.
Find your top ten favourite things to do at Sledmere
Picnic and play in the grounds
Climb, swing and slide in the Spotty Pig Adventure Playground.
Runs 20th July – 1st September 2019. It’s going to be a turtle-y awesome summer here at The Deep, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Get hands on in our very own ‘turtle hospital’ where youngsters can get up close with a giant turtle (a cuddly one, of course) and find out what it takes to look after our flipper-ed friends. Learn all about turtle anatomy and even help the team carry out a turtle health check. Inspect their eyes, nose and mouth, as well as checking their flippers and shell then report back to us on your vet examination form.
Take part in the turtle trail and find out about more about the species that live all around the world and the challenges they face. Enjoy interactive presentations from our guiding team at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and get your face painted in Craft Corner from 11am to 4pm. Plus we will be giving you the chance the put your questions to our Turtle Keepers via our Facebook page each week. So get your thinking caps on! Visitors to the turtle hospital will also receive exciting discounts in the shop, so it’s the perfect time to take home your own cuddly turtle to care for!
The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer.
One of the largest natural sports lakes in North Yorkshire, we offer a range of fun, relaxing and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. You can challenge yourself, learn a new skill or make a splash! Nestled in picturesque countryside, we are just off the A170, near Wykeham.
Have a go at kayaking, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board or learn to sail, take a dip and go for an open water swim or take a peaceful trip on one of our electric mini ships or pedalos.
Get away from it all on our 2.5km all-terrain walking and cycle track around the lake (FREE to use) whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. Take a bike ride along one of our cycle tracks or wind down with a relaxing walk whilst taking in the picturesque views. We are dog friendly too so bring yours along! Please note all dogs must be kept on a lead to avoid disturbing nesting birds and wildlife.
Finish off your day with a blast on our ever popular Aquapark, with some of the largest inflatable slides, climbing walls and trampolines in the region.
Family friendly cafe on site offering a selection of hot and cold food and drink. Enjoy the view and a cup of tea even if not partaking in any activities. All welcome.
FREE PARKING, FREE ENTRY, #YOUONLYPAYTOPLAY
Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU
In addition to our usual main attractions such as the Enchanted Forest, Giant Maze and all of the magic they hold within, we also have the following special events, exclusive to the Summer Adventure!
Adventure Week with the Stockeld Rangers – 20th – 28th July Family Sports Challenge – We are looking for the BEST family in Yorkshire – could that be you and your tribe!? Date tbc. Visit from the Wetherby Fire Engine – 27th & 28th July Stunt Mania – Bike & Quad stunt show! 3rd & 4th August: 1pm & 3pm shows Stockeld ROX – Tribute Music Festival – Show starts at 2pm Sunday 25th August – Taylor Swift – Bruno Mars – Spice Girls Monday 26th August – Ariana Grande – Ed Sheeran – Little Mix
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN
Pre-book online HERE for the best price and quote: MUMRYEDALE for an extra 10% discount!
7. Beningborough Hall
A little inspiration for the summer holidays at Beningbrough.
The scene is set, summer is here, and the children are ready to head out and about whatever the weather. Enjoy summer days at Beningbrough with a fun filled holiday programme this August.
Mondays – become a garden apprentice and learn a new skill with the gardening team
Tuesdays – head to the hall for some bug busting with the conservation team
Wednesdays and Fridays – go ‘artrageous!’ designing your own garden and inventing your own creature in the hayloft
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August – celebrate all things Yorkshire from culinary delights to art activities
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August – rejoice the mighty bee with talks, crafts and tastings
Climb the pyramid tower, pick up an explorer backpack or dress up as lord or lady of the hall, there are activities inside and out, come rain or shine.
We’re open every day 10.30am – 5pm. All the activities are free and normal admissions apply.
Our unique family run Lavender Farm has evolved over the years to provide an amazing day out for all the family.
Our Giant Games Maze, Nature Trails, Mini Foot-Golf, Mud Kitchen and Giant Sandpit, Mini and Junior Timber Trails, nature quiz and seasonal activities will ensure there are lots to keep the whole family entertained.
Take a ride on our Miniature Railway, enjoy the wildflowers and inhale the intoxicating aroma of the lavender.
NEW FOR 2019!
Season Tickets to enable you to enjoy the farm all season long and get 10% off in our tea-room!!!
Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own grand designs play Den.
Willow Warren – play, run, hide!
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.
9. Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery & Woodend
Families can get close to real minibeasts, hunt for treasure, create art and architecture and take part in many other fun and creative activities at Scarborough Museums Trust venues the Art Gallery, the Rotunda Museum and Woodend this coming summer school holiday – and (with one low-cost exception) they’re all free!
A wide range of exciting workshops and activities for children from two to 12 will take place at the Rotunda each Tuesday and Thursday, the Art Gallery each Wednesday, and Woodend each Friday for six weeks from 24 July to 30 August.
Closed Mondays | Open Bank Holiday Mondays Rotunda Museum Vernon Rd, Scarborough YO11 2PS 01723 353665
Scarborough Art Gallery Closed Mondays | Open Bank Holiday Mondays The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW 01723 374753
Woodend Open every day 9am-5pm The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW 01723 384500
UNMISSABLE SUMMER FAMILY FUN AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM
NEW for 2019, explore The Beach at Piglets Adventure Farm! From 20th July – 1st Sept, Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun, with amazing magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, you won’t want to miss it!
Grab your swimwear and sunhat as Piglets Adventure farm is bringing the beach to you this summer! Splash your way through 2 acres of sand and water fun, take a selfie in the giant deck chair, climb Truffles Lifeguard tower and laze in a hammock. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a delicious ice cream or milkshake at Beach Bites café. Plus, enjoy a full day of family fun and hire your own private Beach Hut!
The fun doesn’t stop there, get foam fever as you boogie on down with end of day Foam Parties daily, watch hilarious Pig Racing in the Pork-shire Hurdle, soak friends in Water Wars and explore the Maize Maze challenge- will you make it on to the leader board? Plus all the normal fun!
Open 20th July – 1st September. Piglets, Nr York, YO32 9ST