Days Out Ryedale

Days out further afield

In line with Government guidance on COVID-19 and the recommendation to avoid gatherings and crowded places, many of our local family days out are looking at closing to the public. For any of the listings on here please check with the venue if it is open or closed before attending.

I am endeavouring to keep the listings as up to date as possible but please check with venues first, thanks for your understanding at this crazy time, Team Mumbler.

Featured Listing

Brodsworth Hall

Distance from Malton: 57 miles



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
01302 722598

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Conisbrough Castle

Distance from Malton: 64



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
01709 863329

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.
Don’t Miss
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

Distance from Helmsley: 25 miles



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
01609 883494

Murton Park is a must-experience, one-stop Living Museum for those who love to create memories that can span the eons of time. Perfect for all generations and crafted to especially engage the young. Murton park is not only a remarkable open-air museum experience like no other, it is much more and also plays home, and host, to some of the best known and most accomplished historical re-enactment Societies in the North of England. Look out for the special events held throughout the year when groups like the cowboy Trail Blazers Western Re-enactment society, Jorvik Viking Re-enactment society or Jorfor’s Hall Early Medieval Re-enactment and Living History Group, take up residence at Murton Park. With our own museum, railway, animals, playground and Living History sites – we have something for everyone.


Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF

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Richmond Castle

Distance from Helmsley: 45 miles


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
01748 822493

Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637

Open Tuesday to Sunday

Renovation project of the 18th century stable block at Sledmere has created state of the art kitchen, extended café, multipurpose function rooms, newly refurbished farm shop, visitor reception, & WC’s.

House, grounds, farm park and adventure play area all now fully open. They have put many Covid procedures in place, including limited tickets online bookings here (Click Here to Book)

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5.00pm (also open bank holiday Monday). Dogs are always welcome, we just ask they are kept on leads.

Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 236637.  For more info and to book tickets please visit their website here.


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

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.

01937 586333
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Alton Towers

Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB.
Approx 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Malton, has a hotel to make a longer visit.
Excellent theme park, lots of rides and areas to explore (although more suitable for older children). Cbeebies land is ideal for very young children but there are big queues at peak times

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

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
01904 772270

Big Sheep Little Cow

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
Activity timetable
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!”

Chatsworth House & Estate

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

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 but a very enjoyable day out

Diggerland Yorkshire

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 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

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

01845 587522

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

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)

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PG. 01925 444888
Open weekends only from 21st March (plus daily in school holidays), Wednesday to Sunday from June 3rd, daily in July & August, weekends only in September and October. Closed from November except for Christmas special days.
Located in Matlock Bath, approx 2 hour drive from Malton.  A beautiful part of the Peak District, the town is worth a visit too (a bit like Scarborough without the sea!).
The best young child’s theme park Mumbler has been to, lots of rides all aimed at under 5s. Various lands to explore, rides and activities. Built up a steep hill so hard to get a pushchair round.

Lightwater Valley

North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT. 08717200011
Open from 10am, check website for days open and closing times
Large theme park with areas suitable for all age children, including Birds of Prey Show

Peppa Pig World at Paulton’s Park

Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL
Open weekends in March, daily from April – November. Located near Southampton so need to visit as part of a holiday.
Fabulous day out. Peppa Pig World is exactly like the TV show and amazing for children, kept in beautiful gardens with good small rides. The rest of the theme park is also suitable for young children, only a few rides are too big for under 5s. Well worth a trip if you are near the area, ideal for 2-5 year olds.

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle is beautifully situated on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea and Scarborough.

All the main outdoor areas will be open as usual, but to secure everyone’s safety the indoor museum space will remain closed. Take away food and drinks for you to enjoy. Toilets will be open.

You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets are available to book now. Members tickets are free but you still need to book.

Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
Phone: 01723 372451


Science & Media Museum

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

Stockheld Park

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.

Sundown Adventureland

Treswell Road, Rampton, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX.
01777 248274
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.

Swithen’s Farm

Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0BT.  0113 282 8828
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm and bank holiday Mondays
Animal barns, indoor play area, cafe and farm shop

The World of Beatrix Potter

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

Thomasland at Drayton Manor Theme Park

Near Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW. 2 hours 30 drive from Malton.
Excellent theme park and zoo for all ages. Thomasland is full of rides ideal for under 5s, very realistic to the books/TV show. Large zoo and outdoor dinosaur walk and playground. Main theme park has a variety of rides from big thrill rides for the grown ups and fun rides for children, plus train ride and boat trip on the lake. Good selection of food outlets, all reasonably priced and all selling meal kids boxes and snacks.
Themed hotel on site to stay in is good quality and has large outdoor park for children.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre

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

Tropical World at Roundhay Park Leeds

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

Wheelgate Theme Park

White Post, Farnsfield, Newark, Notts, NG22 8HX. 01623 882773
Open daily from 10am.
Located in Sherwood forest aprox 1 hour 50 minute drive from Malton. Great theme park for young children. Lots of small rides (all suitable for under 5s), large outdoor play areas, indoor play zone and animals

Whitby Abbey

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’.

All the main outdoor areas will be open as usual, but to secure everyone’s safety the indoor museum space will remain closed. Take away food and drinks for you to enjoy. Toilets will be open.

You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets are available to book now. Members tickets are free but you still need to book.

Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Phone: 01947 603568

William’s Den

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS. 01430 472230.

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. A unique environment, inside and out, where 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.
Also run lots of special events and activities both term time and in the school holidays.

Ryedale Mumbler Review

For more information please call 01430 472230

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Brockholes Lane, Branton, Doncaster, DN4 6TB (off the M18 junction 3). 01302 535057
Fantastic day out for the family. Large wildlife enclosures including lions, giraffes, leopards and polar bears. Walk through enclosures to get up close to the animals