Glimpse a Victorian vision of life in a country house. Brodsworth Hall was built and the pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. It survived with remarkably few changes until taken on by English Heritage in 1990. The gardens have been restored, and the faded and worn interiors gently conserved, telling the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here. Wander around this beautiful Victorian country house, roam the gorgeous gardens, stop for tea in the tearoom, and discover the children’s play area.
Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7XJ
This romantic castle with stunning views over Conisbrough, inspired Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe and still fires the imagination today. With floors and roof restored in the lofty circular keep you can fully appreciate the magnificence of the original 12th century building. Delve into the medieval world of Lord and Lady de Warenne, and enjoy the grassy areas around the castle walls for games and picnics.
Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 3BU
If you’re looking for a fun family day out why not head to Hornsea Freeport. There are 2 great children’s attractions there, along with the usual range of shops and discount outlets.
Discover Beach Cove, the fantastic play experience at Hornsea Freeport. Swing, slide, zip, bounce, climb, dig and twirl in the AWESOME outdoor activity park… and explore the AMAZING soft play zone indoors. Time for a break? Relax in the Rockpool Café and terrace overlooking the play areas.
Head into Bugtopia, the hands-on tropical nature attraction featuring Huge Bugs, butterflies, birds, spiders, and MORE! INCREDIBLE leafcutter ants have arrived at Bugtopia too!
For more info visit their website here.
Distance from Helmsley: 37 miles
Once the childhood home of Richard III, you can relive the Castle’s illustrious history and unlock the deeds of its great owners. Although roofless, extensive remains of the fortified palace still survive, making Middleham a fascinating castle to explore.
The exhibition highlighting the castle’s most notable personalities
Fantastic views of Wensleydale from the viewing platform
The beautiful 15th-century replica of the Middleham Jewel
The remains of the oven and horse mill in the castle grounds
Castle Hill, Middleham, North Yorkshire, DL8 4QG
0196 962 3899
England’s most important, best preserved and most accessible of the ten medieval Carthusian houses (charterhouses) in England.
The individual cells reflect the isolation of the monks who live as hermits, each occupying his own cell and coming together in the chapel only for the nocturnal liturgical hours, Sundays and feast-days. They are silent order, and their diet is strictly vegetarian.
Entrance is via 13th-century manor house containing an exhibition and two newly restored arts and crafts rooms.
Staddle Bridge, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3JG
With its breath taking views of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond Castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire. The castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England it is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain. Learn all about the castle’s past in the interactive exhibition before taking a peaceful stroll round the secluded Cockpit Garden. The castle’s fun and exciting events programme will give you the perfect chance to enjoy live action events and don’t forget to bring a picnic.
Tower Street, Richmond DL10 4QW
Medieval monarchs recognised Scarborough as an important fortress that guarded the Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough’s port trade, and the north of England from Scottish or continental invasion.
Scarborough dates to a 4th-century Roman signal station, one of several on the Yorkshire coast. Prominently located on the headland at the cliff top, to warn of approaching hostile vessels, and took advantage of a natural source of fresh water which became known as the “Well of Our Lady” The castle grounds are reputed to be haunted – by three ghosts, among them a Roman soldier. English Heritage promises to take you back to these times which a great weekend in August.
Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
Phone: 01723 372451
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!
Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.
Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.
The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.
Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts and crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.
Perched high on a cliff, it’s easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of ‘Dracula’. English Heritage promise to re-enact the famous story this summer over a series of weekends:
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Phone: 01947 603568
William’s Den is a new and unique ‘indoor meets outdoor’ adventure attraction. It will give children of all ages the chance to connect with nature and get active, play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn – both inside and out.
William’s Den includes a bespoke wooden crafted sensory play zone, bridges, tunnels and climbing nets. This will be linked to an expansive outdoor play area with trees, water play, discovery zones, unique play structures, den making materials and space to just run free.
William’s Den is set on a hill in the Yorkshire Wolds, within easy reach of the M62.
Wold Hill, North Cave HU15 2LS
Ryedale Mumbler Review
Mumbler recommended Oct ’17 “It’s an awesome indoor and outdoor play centre made entirely out of natural resources with fantastic water features. There is a large picnic area but also a restaurant which serves 15 different salads. Pizza out of a stone oven, a meat dish and ice-cream from St.Quentin’s Dairy. The kids were able to take part in a potion making workshop included in their entry and you get 10% off if you book online.
Great toilets – I recommend taking wellingtons, a towel and a change of clothes.”
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a brand new visitor attraction in the beautiful historic arboretum at Askham Bryan College. Daily scheduled animal talks. Café/picnic areas.
Open during weekends and school holidays.
“We really enjoyed it, lots of space, a playground, reptiles and animals. Better on a nice day and good to take a picnic.” HG, ’17
“I just want to recommend Askham Bryan wildlife park for a lovely day out. I went today with my grandson and he had a wonderful time seeing all the animals and listening to the talks given by the wardens. They were all so friendly and he loved touching the tortoises. Under 3’s are free too.” JS, ’17
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
We aim to provide you with a unique hands on farm experience for children and adults, holding and feeding animals.
‘Wooly Jumpers’ is an indoor adventure play area, much stronger and more durable than most soft play areas. It is overlooked by a café.
Go Karts and Roller Races.
New Baby & Toddler Club
Monday to Friday 10 – 12
Included: The daily activity, access to the baby/toddler play room, drinks/snack and playbarn.
£5 per child, free adult with each full paying child. Half price siblings. £2.50 for additional adults
Monday: Meet our small animals
Tuesday: Stay and play
Wednesday: The pony experience
Thursday: Themed story time
Friday: Farm Experience
Open Monday-Sunday 10.00am until 5.30pm
Big Sheep Little Cow Farm Attraction, The Bridge, Bedale. DL8 1AW
Telephone: 01677 422125
Mumbler recommended JB August ’17 “Great place to take the grand children with age range 2 – 14 years!”
Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP.
Open daily from 28th March to end of October but an access the parklands all year round
Magnificent stately home in the middle of the Peak District. House to view, great gardens for children with trails, maze and water features, parklands and river for paddling. Farmyard situated next to the house has several animal barns, animal handling and good outdoor play areas.
Diggerland Durham, Langley Park, Co. Durham, DH7 9TT
0871 22 77 007
Open weekends only 1st March to 2nd November plus weekdays in all school holidays and daily 27th June to 6th September.
Approx 2 hours drive from Malton is this unique day out. Lots of rides and activities all based on diggers. Need good weather as it only has a small indoor area. Can be pricey as everyone over 1 metre pays full price so look out for offers (20% Mumbler Offer) but a very enjoyable day out
Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW.
0871 22 77 007
Open weekends only 1st March to 2nd November plus weekdays in all school holidays and daily 27th June to 6th September.
Approx 1 hours drive from Malton is this unique day out. Lots of rides and activities all based on diggers. Need good weather as it only has a small indoor area. Can be pricey as everyone over 1 metre pays full price so look out for offers (20% Mumbler Offer) but a very enjoyable day out
Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. 01422 330069
Open term time Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-4pm (5pm Saturday & Sunday), open daily in school holidays 10.00-5pm
Pay once and enjoy free unlimited visits for a year with our annual pass
Approx 1 hour 30 mins drive from Malton is this interactive children’s museum. Great family day out, lots of interactive, hands on exhibits for children that are fun and educational
Falconry UK is set in a beautiful country garden and gives you a great chance to experience the excitement and thrills of falconry.
There is also a chance to handle some of these amazing birds after each display.
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske, Thirsk, YO7 4EU
The Abbey ruins are laid out in a grassy bowl – perfect for kids to run around! There are small rooms to explore and a stream flows past on one side. Fountains Mill is a hands-on museum where you can try your hand at milling and see what life was like on the site many years ago. There are beautiful water gardens, follies, woodland to explore and a visit to the deer park is highly recommended. The new playground is fantastic with a zip wire, rope nets, bridges and climbing walls.
Cafes for lovely cake and tea or bring your own picnic and enjoy the setting.
Fountain Abbey, Ripon, HG4 3DY
Free with National Trust membership (non-members, Family: £29.50, Child: £5.90 Adult: £11.80)
Approx 1 hour 30 min drive from Malton.
FREE entry but it is recommended to book via the website in advance.
Wonderlab & Museum open daily: 10am – 6pm
Wonderlab live shows run daily: 10am – 4pm
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. BD1 1NQ
On the A661 between Leeds and Harrogate, LS22 4AN (approx 1 hours drive from Malton)
Open daily 10am-6pm on 28th March to 19th April, 23rd May to 31s May, 15th July to 7th September.
Magical place set in beautiful woodlands, indoor and outdoor adventure play.
Treswell Road, Rampton, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX.
Open daily from 10am (February 14th to November 1st), open again throughout December for Christmas at Sundown.
Approx 1 hours 30 drive from Malton is this fantastic day out for young children. Has great small rides, adventure lands and indoor and outdoor play areas.
Bowness-on-Windemere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX. 0844 504 1233
Located in the southern Lake District, a fabulous attraction for children, especially those who love Peter Rabbit on Cbeebies! Walk through areas with all the characters, including outside in Mr McGregors garden.
“This is a lovely day out, my children loved it!” SJ ’17
Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 4EQ. 01909 569416
Open daily, weekdays 10am-4.30, weekends 10am-5.30.
Approx 1 hour 30 drive from Malton. Lots for children to do – some of the animals include lemurs, meerkats, otters, crocodiles, owls, snakes, and now dinosaurs! Also indoor and outdoor play areas including the Realm of Camelot
Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 1DF
Open daily 10am-6pm (10am-4pm in the Winter)
About 1hr 10mins drive from Hull with lots of free parking, Roundhay is a massive park with lots of open space, a lake and playground. Tropical World is across the road and has areas where you can walk amongst the butterflies and birds, a meerkat enclosure, aquarium, reptiles, bats and more. Nice cafe and shop too