An example of early gothic architecture, it inspired the design of the famous York Minster rose window. The Museum displays colourful interpretation panels together with archaeological finds from the site, giving the visitor a fascinating insight into monastic life in Yorkshire. Lovely café and tea rooms, Byland Abbey Inn with 3 letting rooms and great for lunch/afternoon tea.
For all enquiries relating to The Byland Abbey Inn please telephone 01347 868204
Byland, Coxwold, YO61 4BD
Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park.
Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin.
Why not also visit Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey nearby – the perfect stop on any family day out, or if you’re out walking or cycling.
There are some lovely events coming up over the summer:
Outdoor Theatre: Twelfth Night
Fri 7 Jul
Join us for an unforgettable evening of theatre under the stars. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors, performing highly imaginative and vibrantly musical Shakespeare plays. We’re delighted to welcome them to Helmsley Castle, for an atmospheric performance of Twelfth Night. Bring your blankets and picnics and join us for a memorable summer’s evening.
Helmsley under Siege! (Online tickets)
Sat 12 – Sun 13 Aug
Muskets and cannon roar, swords clash and drums beat, as the forces of Parliament attempt to wrest control of mighty Helmsley Castle from the determined Royalist Garrison. Experience the action as it unfolds during the day, and visit the troops of both sides as they prepare for the coming assaults.
Handy long stay car park behind!
Peagreen Pottery is a paint your own pottery studio in the beautiful market town of Malton. We have a large range of pots to paint from dinosaurs to unicorns, mugs, plates and bowls, something for all ages and abilities, even jugs and vases for granny.
Your kids will love being creative with our selection of paints, brushes, sponges and stamps. Prices are all inclusive and start from just £6. Whether it’s a fun day out or creating a gift for mummy, they can be entertained for hours being little artists.
After they’ve had lots of fun, finished their masterpiece and just possibly left a lovely mess (which you don’t need to worry about), leave it with us to dry and glaze. They will be excited to see their artwork all bright and shiny within 7 days.
Parties: book exclusive use of the studio on a Sunday for parties of 8 or more. Prices start from £10 per head. You can bring your own food and we’ll also create a special gift for the guest of honour to remember their visit. Evening bookings are also available for any purpose just ask!
Pickering Castle was used by medieval Kings as a hunting lodge, holiday home and stud farm. It is situated on the edge of Pickering, a lovely market town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
The gift shop is really nice, local brews, ciders and spirits as well as helmets and swords for sale. The lady in the gift shop was lovely with the children. Parking is very handy.
Castlegate, Pickering. YO18 7AX
Telephone: 01751 474989
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio is a well established pottery painting studio in the heart of York on the corner of Bootham & Gillygate. Parking is available on Bootham Row, just behind the shop. Bus stops are near by as is the Rawcliffe Park & Ride stop.
We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils and sponges you need to help your little one get creative. All aprons and tools are provided. Ladies Nights are also available for grown ups! No need to book simply just pop in. Your item will be ready to collect in 1 week or a few days if visiting. Alternatively we can post your items.
We specialise in baby footprints on to ceramics and years of practice have enabled us to successfully get the perfect print on to most items. 3D plaster outprints and clay imprints are also available, provided with a handmade wooden box frame.
We are a 2016 & 2017 award winning children’s party venue. A ceramic painting party is lots of fun and each child will have their own personal gift to remember the occasion by. Party food can also be provided.
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio
15-17 Bootham, York YO30 7BW
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries. There are some fun things to look forward for the Children this summer, including:
Stories and Sword School
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jul, Sat 5 & Sun 6 Aug, Sat 12 & Sun 13 Aug, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Aug, Sat 26 – Mon 28 (bank holiday) Aug, Sat 2 – Sun 3 Sep
Join us this summer as our performer runs fun activities for children. The monk in residence will share stories from life at the Abbey and encourage young visitors to get test their skills in Sword School
Yorkshire Abbey Season
Sat 23 – Sun 24 Sep, Sat 30 Sep – Sun 1 Oct
This September, enjoy a programme of events at some of Yorkshire’s greatest abbeys and priories. At Rievaulx come and witness fantastic displays of falconry.
Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, YO62 5LB
Phone: 01439 798228
Outdoor Theatre: Jane Eyre Sat 8 Jul
Young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors and meets enigmatic Mr Rochester. So begins this most unforgettable of love stories. When a secret from the past returns to haunt them, can Jane and Rochester’s passion survive the forces that might tear them apart forever? Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents one of the greatest romances of English literature. Bring your blankets and picnics for an unforgettable evening of theatre under the stars.
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.
Hands on History – Medieval Sat 22 – Fri 28 Jul, Sat 29 Jul – Fri 4 Aug, Mon 7 – Fri 11 Aug, Sat 12 – Fri 18 Aug, Sat 12 – Fri 18 Aug, Mon 21 – Fri 25 Aug, Sat 26 Aug – Sun 3 Sep Join us during the school holidays at Scarborough Castle, where the Hands on History crew have a range of medieval activities for you to try. From dressing up and craft activities, to dancing and sword fights – there’s something for everyone!
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.
Roman Scarborough (Online tickets) Sat 5 & Sun 6 Aug March up to Scarborough Castle this weekend and prepare your charges to experience the most popular sport in roman times – chariot racing. Your little Roman soldiers can have a go at becoming a mighty horse in our chariot racing, who will win the race and rule the Castle? Experience Roman life, witness cavalry demonstrations and fascinating displays of falconry.
Scarborough at War (Online tickets) Sat 19 & Sun 20 Aug Remember Scarborough! Discover history from both World Wars at Scarborough Castle this weekend. Learn about the 1914 bombardment of the castle and experience living history in our WWI and WWII zone. Children will be able to take part in interactive activities.
Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
Phone: 01723 372451
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays 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. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass 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 half way round open in peak times. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food. The Deep is also fully accessible for people with disabilities.
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 your Day Plus Pass 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, crafts and face painting 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:
Dracula Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jul, Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jul, Sat 5 & Sun 6 Aug, Sat 12 & Sun 13 Aug, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Aug, Sat 26 – Mon 28 Aug, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Sep Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. To truly understand Bram Stoker’s gothic icon, you need to watch his tale performed live in the setting of the writer’s inspiration, Whitby Abbey. Take in the gothic splendour of one of the most atmospheric abbeys in England, as three actors bring the famous story of Dracula to life before your eyes. Move throughout the abbey with the high-energy actors as the story unfolds. Promenade performances suitable for all the family.
Hands on History: Seafarers Mon 24 – Fri 28 Jul, Mon 31 Jul – Fri 4 Aug, Mon 7 – Fri 11 Aug, Mon 7 – Fri 11 Aug, Mon 14 – Fri 18 Aug, Mon 21 – Fri 25 Aug, Tue 29 Aug – Fri 1 Sep Hear tales from life at sea, including Whitby’s most famous seafaring captain James Cook. Have a go at sea themed crafts and learn navigational skills to help you get home after a great day at the abbey.
Magical Travelling Circus (Online tickets) Thu 17 – Sun 20 Aug Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town! This summer we’re pitching a Big Top at the Abbey. Step inside and enjoy the curiosities of a travelling show and marvel at the skills of circus performers, in this amazing setting.
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Phone: 01947 603568
Where the Victorian period is brought to life.
Summer Opening (Apr-Sept): 10:00am – 5:00pm
Beck Isle Museum
Sewerby Road, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ER. Telephone 01262 401736
Open daily 1st April – 30th September 10am – 5pm
Miniature village set in beautiful gardens with 200 model buildings and 1000 model characters. Look out for the humorous and unexpected – you may miss something the first time around! The land train from Sewerby to Bridlington stops off here.
Family £10.00 (2+2)
Open 1st April until 30th September 10:00 to 16:00
Covert Lane (Park Rose), Carnaby, Bridlington, YO15 3QF.
Open daily 30th March – 27th September, 10.30 – 5pm
Lots of animals to see and birds of prey demonstrations
The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF. 01759 307125
Open daily from March 21st 10.00am -5.30pm
Large gardens to explore with children’s activities on the way round. Huge lake with large fish to feed. Also a museum and good cafe which has children’s toys.
Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB. 01262 490324
Cafe, shops and gardens open daily 11.00-5pm (4pm November to March), Hall open April 1st to October 31st.
Stately home, gardens, woodlands, playground and cafe
Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England, the 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breath taking landscape in Ryedale.
The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland (with children’s trails) as well as formal walled garden and children’s adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.
The Boathouse is a lovely place for an ice cream, tea and cake – near the playground too!
Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
Open daily from mid January – 23rd December 10am – 5pm.
Modern World War II history museum to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the frontline and homefront
With 900 years of history to discover, a visit to Helmsley Castle is the perfect activity for a fantastic day out!
Set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Rye within the picturesque town of Helmsley there is fun for all the family including a dressing up box..
Long stay car park nearby
Castlegate, Helmsley 01439 770442
Visit a time when Vikings ruled the land at the world famous JORVIK Viking Centre. Explore the excavations that unearthed the Viking-Age city of Jorvik and discover what this amazing archaeology can tell us about the Vikings. Nearly refurbished and re-opened in 2017.
Open Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm) in the summer and 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm) in the winter. Adult: £10.25 Child: £7.25 Conc: £8.25.
Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
Tel: 01904 615505
A visit to Malton Museum helps visitors to understand how the past has shaped the two towns we see today.
The current exhibition, Malton Goes to Market, provides information on the towns’ Prehistoric, Roman, Medieval and more recent past. The exhibition contains ‘hands on’ activities for younger, and older, visitors.
Entry to the museum and exhibition are free. Our family workshops are £1 per person.
36 Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AB
Thu-Sat: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Season: 15th April – 28th October
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 0844 815 3139
Open daily 10am-6pm. Located next to York Railway station so a good place to get the train from Malton to or there is a car park across the road from the museum (£9 for parking but you can park all day and get the land train from here into York city centre)
Great day out for children. Large display of trains and old steam engines some of which children can get on, historic station, activities, outdoor play area and miniature train, good cafe.
Runs from Pickering to Whitby over 24 miles of beautiful Yorkshire Scenery.
Old fashioned steam engines running through beautiful countryside, can jump on and off at various villages.
Regular special events for children.
Nunnington Hall is a country house. The river Rye, which gives its name to Ryedale, runs past the house, flowing away from the village of Nunnington.
Lovely gardens to burn off some energy, take a rug and have a picnic.
Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
There’s lots to see at Ryedale Folk Museum. Wander through our expansive Museum site including pretty cottage gardens, traditional cornfield, atmospheric historic buildings and find out how people have lived, worked and played in our area since pre-history.
Under 4s free and when you buy your adult ticket it’s an annual pass.
1 April to 30 September – 10am – 5pm
1 October to 3 December – 10am – 4pm
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA
Phone: 01751 417367
“Great place to take the kids, so much space to run around, tractors and some animals for them to see too.” SD 2017
Under 5s get free entry.
A Scamp (the Mole) Explorer pack is available from the Ticket Office. Discover our fairy trail in the woodland and their magic. Tie your wish to our wishing tree! There are plenty of hedges and hiding places making it a fun day out. Picnics are welcome and you can fly your kite in the 80 acre ‘Capability’ Brown parkland
The Garden Café is well equipped for children.
Scampston, YO17 8NG.
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP. 0871 4232110
Open daily from 10am
Various enclosures of sealife to see including turtles and penguins. Also play area, mini golf and soft play
Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 01262 673769
Open daily March 28th to September 27th. Estate open dawn till dusk, opening times of house, gardens, zoo, golf and playground vary.
Large parklands with deer to spot, hall and gardens to explore, zoo with a variety of animals, mini golf, cafe and shop. Cafe is quite narrow for getting prams in.
Skidby, HU16 5TF (follow the brown signs from the A164).
Open daily 10.00-5pm
Working windmill. Museum with children’s activities inside the windmill and old machinery in the courtyard.
Also a good playground and cafe in the courtyard
Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637
Estate open from April 3rd to December 20th
Historic house, gardens and park to explore.
Lovely café and newly refurbished play park.
Open seven days a week!
Nov to Feb: 10am – 4pm last entry 3pm
Mar to Oct: 10am – 5pm last entry 4pm
Closed: Dec 25th, 26th, & Jan 1st
Children (5-15yrs): £5.00
Family Ticket (2+2): £24.00
Family Ticket (2+3): £28.00
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PL
Tel: 01845 524234
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
Set within ½ mile from the Wolds Way Walk, surrounded by mature woodland, on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. Wolds Way lavender it is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit.
Ride the Wolds Way light Railway located at Wolds Way lavender.
The opening of a giant games maze has been popular with visitors of all ages.
Lavender tearoom is the perfect place to take a break and sample the home made Lavender scones which are receiving rave reviews!
Phone: 01944 758641
Elvington, York, YO41 4AU. 01904 608595
Open daily 10.00-5pm. From 10th November 10.00-4pm
At the top of the A1079 just before you reach York is this great air museum, lots of exhibitions, historic planes and vehicles set on a large site
A beautiful 120 acre garden! Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows whilst letting the children run. Lovely cafe with home-cooked food.
The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY
Phone: 01653 648598