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
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!
Scale the steep steps of Clifford’s Tower’s ancient mound and enjoy stunning panoramic views.
From the wall walk, you’ll experience unrivalled views of the Minster and the city. In the distance you can even see as far as the Yorkshire Wolds and North York Moors.
Clifford’s Tower is the largest remaining part of York Castle. Standing on top of a mighty castle mound raised by William the Conqueror. Once the greatest royal fortress in medieval northern England, inside you’ll find centuries of history.
Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA
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.
Handy long stay car park behind!
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.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
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
Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun.
Aptly named an adventure farm, scramble up the Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, tackle the Olym-Pig Assault course, race friends on pedal Go Karts, bounce high on Big Pigs Pillows and jump aboard the Trailer Ride or pink Barrel Train. Not forgetting the Giant Sandpit, Bale Play Baaarn, Crazy Farm Golf and explore the Farmyard Trails.
Get close to farmyard cuties too. You might even see piglets being born in The Piglet Maternity Ward. Plus, stroke and cuddle bunnies and guinea pigs, hold the cutest baby chicks ever, brush the resident Kune Kune pigs (they love this) and even milk a cow. All in all, you’ll find a whole day of fun waiting for you.
And with so much to do you’ll need a bite to eat! Serving delicious snacks, sweet treats and refreshments, there’s plenty of choice. Little ones can even enjoy The Piggy Pen, small soft play corner in Piglets Coffee House.
The special events timetable is second to none. Over Summer there’s extra entertainers, Pig Racing, new Fairy Tale Trail, daily Foam Parties and not forgetting the amazing Pumpkin Festival for October half term. Take a ride on Santa’s Sleigh for the magical Christmas event, it’s one to remember.
Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Jan but open exclusively in December for their Magical Christmas event).
Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.
Call 01904 499700 or visit the website
Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries.
Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, YO62 5LB
Phone: 01439 798228
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
Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637
The Grounds, Gardens, Stables, Café, Shops and Play Park open all year round 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. CLOSED MONDAYS (except bank holiday Mondays)
Visit The Spotty Pig Play Farm, home to some of the rare breeds kept on the estate. Staff on hand to introduce you to all the animals. Lovely adventure play ground where the kids can let off steam
Embrace the fresh Yorkshire air and time together in this magical setting. Stockeld Park opens its beautiful parkland throughout the school holidays with fun for all the family including February, Easter, Spring, Summer, Halloween and Christmas events.
Take a walk in the Enchanted Forest and let the children (and adults!) burn off some energy in the Adventure Playgrounds. Whizz around the forest on Electric Scooters! Get lost in the big Yew Tree Maze or try out your skills on the ice/roller skating rink – now under cover so you can get your skates on whatever the weather! (Ice/Roller – season dependant). There is Interactive Play, a huge Yew-Tree Maze and a Woodland Laser Tag arena too!
Fabulous events such as the Circus, Concerts, and Interactive Themed Workshops take place throughout the year, suitable for kids of all ages. Finish off your visit to the delicious café and gift shop.
“We had an amazing day at Stockeld on Sunday! Inflatables inside, crafts, ice skating and all the parks! Was great! A full day out. (Referring to Feb half term 18 events).” Mumbler SR, Feb 18
“Stockeld Park is brilliant and you don’t need to book. It’s got loads for little ones to do too, that’s where we will be off ” Mumbler LMB, Feb 18
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333
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
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.
Open DAILY from 30th March until 29th September.
Wolds Way Lavender
Zog is a loveable, if somewhat clumsy dragon at Dragon School who is always striving to win a golden star. Zog is learning lots of essential dragon skills at school including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses! Forestry Commission England are now inviting children to step into the forest classroom to learn lessons just like Zog, including how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey!
As well as winning gold stars along the self-led trail, there will be reveal panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens in their activity pack. Available to buy for just £3 the activity pack will also include a Zog mask, activity sheets a pencil and stickers.
Further details of trails and free downloadable activity sheets are available from www.forestryengland.uk/zog
Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT
Where the Victorian period is brought to life.
Summer Opening (Apr-Sept): 10:00am – 5:00pm
Beck Isle Museum
Farm, wildlife sanctuary, café.
“ I have been twice with my 22 month old and she loves it. Can feed the animals and pet some, play in the sand pit & bouncy castle and there are swings and climbing frames too. Well worth a visit in my opinion.” SR recommended 2017
“We had a great time at the family run farm which had a climbing area, sandpit, football nets, inflatables, including an inflatable cow you could milk, all with the added bonus that we could sit and see the children on most things, it was very secure.” AW recommended 2017
“My 3 year old loves it – lots to do and it’s great as a parent as you can see it all from one place, so good if your watching more than one. Small cafe does lovely food but plenty of picnic tables if you want to take your own food. There’s also an indoor education room with colouring, jigsaws and books if it comes a shower.” LH recommended 2017
Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD
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
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
‘Experience the sights sounds and smells of life on the Home front and the Front Line, all set in the original buildings and grounds of a prisoner of war camp. A great value, day out for all the family. Quizzes running throughout the year and junior assault course (weather permitting). Dog friendly.
A great venue for a visit in wet weather as our displays are mainly indoors.
Café, gift shop and ample free parking.’
Eden Camp, Malton, YO17 6RT
Telephone: (01653) 697777
Currently Winter Opening only.
Thrilling Theme Park withwhite knuckle thrills as well as a great choice of junior and family rides including the dinosaur themed Dino-Stone Park have a dinosaur theme and the Peter Rabbit play ground.
Award winning zoo. With 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds, you can enjoy an amazing view of the animal kingdom. A variety of Keeper Talks and a sea lion and bird show are included within your admission.
Kirby Misperton Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX
0800 40 888 40
Enjoy five tranquil acres of flowers, fruit and vegetables at Helmsley Walled Garden.
Produce from them and the Kitchen Garden go into the delicious dishes made in the Vine House Café.
Adult entry is £7.50 per person
Children under 16 have free entry
Visit this beautiful fully accessible garden in the North York Moors.
Dogs are welcome.
Helmsley Walled Garden, Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH
T: 01439 771427
Hornsea Freeport, Rolston Road, Hornsea, HU18 1UT. 01964 534211
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!
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.
10 February – 31 March: 10am – 4pm
1 April to 30 September: 10am – 5pm
1 October – 2 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
“What a wonderful setting to enjoy a day out, so much to do and explore. Keep an eye out for the events” SJB 2017
Opens Spring 2019
Scampston Walled Garden and Parkland is a fabulous place for the whole family to explore. Discover a natural play area, search for Scampston’s fairies in the woodland and take part in the brand new Nature trail in the parkland. Picnics are welcome and you can fly your kite in the 80 acre ‘Capability’ Brown parkland The Garden Café is well equipped for children and offers a children’s menu.
Under 5s get free entry.
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. The grounds are also open in the off-season free of charge, with a small charges for the house and zoo. Cafe is quite narrow for getting prams in.
Large parklands with deer to spot, hall and gardens to explore, zoo with a variety of animals, mini golf, playground, cafe and shop. Specifically for children are:
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
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, 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
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
Come and see our unique Lavender Maze, Gardens, Giant Games and much much more including fallow deer!
Enjoy a coffee and or snack at EJs Tea Room
Open daily in the Spring
Free admission to shop, plant nursery & tea room
Admission charge to Gardens (Adults £3, Children £1.50, Senior Citizens £2.50)
Call us: 01653 648 008
Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York YO60 6PB