Days Out Ryedale and Thirsk

Things to do on a Rainy Day

Agility is York’s first indoor obstacle course fitness park. We offer a range of classes for all age groups and sessions to suit everyone. Click here for our schedule. The park consists of a ninja warrior obstacle course. ninja gym and toddlers classes and two gym studios providing a huge range of activities and training sessions for toddlers, pre school, juniors, high school and adults. With a large café and bar on two floors we cater for a wide range of parties, functions, events and group sessions.

Agility is the perfect place for your child’s birthday party. Fun on the course, grip socks, food and drink included. Prices start from £13.95pp.

Bespoke packages for any occasion, corporate events and team building days can be catered for email for details.

01904 948416
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Why not get creative in the kitchen with your little ones. Check out the Recipes under the Parents header. There are fun recipes like play dough and salt dough as well as things to eat.

If you have any recipes you would like to share with fellow Mumblers, please email for inclusion on the website.

Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf?

Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.

Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?

At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!

After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.

Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.

Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.

This Christmas at The Hole In Wand you can get a Mulled Wine or Mulled Mead for £3.99 with a FREE Mince Pie, York’s most magical festive offer in the Coppergate shopping Centre after Wizard Golf or as you wonder on by🍷

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Let your imagination run wild as you immerse yourself in a whole new world of make believe. Step into Jack’s Mini Village and you will immediately be transformed into Village Life where you can become any number of different people – a baker – a stylist – a builder – a doctor, and many more besides.

The size and level of detail will amaze you, from the Mini Village credit card (which each child gets to keep) to the “working” checkout counters, washing machine and ovens, to the awesome ice cream van. Check out the Interactive Village Map on our website to learn more about the 14 different play settings.

Suitable for pre-walkers up to children who love to play pretend in style! Full seating area available to sit and have tasty snack and maybe a delicious coffee made with a barista coffee machine.

Jack’s Mini Village is located on the first floor above Jack in the Box Soft Play. The soft play area has 3 different awesome zones – large gated baby area, toddler play frame and large junior play frame – we have something for everyone with our exciting slides, interactive ball pools and captivating sensory areas, we even have an interactive game floor. There is also a huge menu with lots of tasty, freshly made food.

Open 7 days a week – see our website for opening times and prices. Online booking is essential for guaranteed entry. Separate bookings are required for Jack’s Mini Village and soft play, but combi tickets are available.

Annie Reed Road, Beverley, HU17 0LF. 01482 880091

Pottery Painting Studio in the heart of York!

Rainbows Ceramics is a well established pottery painting studio just 2 mins from York Minster. Perfect for a day trip to York! We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils and paints you need to help you all get creative. We are situated on the corner of Bootham and Gillygate with parking available on Bootham Row. All items need to be fired so will be ready to collect after 1 week. Posting is also available for a small cost.

Baby Prints
Pop in and paint your baby’s footprint on ceramics and create a perfect keepsake. 3D Clay and Plaster prints presented in a beautiful handmade frame are also available.

Children’s Parties
We are an award winning party venue so if the little ones fancy some pottery painting fun with their friends either in the studio or at home please do give us a call. Please log on to the website for current party packages and info.

Mention Ryedale Mumbler for 10% off (excluding parties & evening bookings)

Rainbows Ceramics
15-17 Bootham
YO30 7BW

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Discover an amazing underwater world.

Parent & Toddler Ticket – £16

  • Best value off peak ticket
  • Adult entry + toddler (aged 5 and under)
  • Dive right in to the mesmerising wonders of the ocean with your little fish, whilst the bigger fish are at school
  • Only available Monday to Friday during school term-time

There is so much to see at SEA LIFE Scarborough! Dive in and you’ll discover:

  • Penguin Island – Head outside and meet the cheeky colony of Humboldt penguins that reside on Penguin Island and get closer than ever before as you make your way through their walk-through home
  • More than 2500 creatures – Dive into an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey to the ocean depths as you discover amazing creatures at this unique indoor and outdoor attraction
  • Tropical Ocean Tunnel – Take a stroll through the incredible 200,000l Ocean Tunnel and be mesmerised by the incredible beauty that lives within. You might even come face-to-fin with Blacktip Reef Sharks
  • Rainforest Adventure – Immerse yourself in a world of creepy crawlies, lurking lizards and curious critters. Come just centimetres away from Green Tree Pythons and be mesmerised at the incredible colours of Poison Arrow Dart Frogs

Annual passes available for £40.

Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP

01723 373414
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The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.

You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!

Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.

Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.

The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.

The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.

There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.

You can book your magical potions experience online

9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ

01904 692192
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The Week Junior have launched an “activity hub” with loads of FREE resources for kids. There is something for everyone with activities, easy to follow recipes, games, colouring, exercises and much more
Great for a rainy day….

We have written a blog with suggestions as to what to do on a rainy day at home (mainly using stuff you have readily available)….HERE

Welcome to Wild at Heart Hideaway! A community hub on the outskirts of Driffield supporting and enhancing early years development. Anybody can utilise our Hideaway through a huge selection of classes, courses, and daily sessions.

Our sessions included Come and GLOW for both under 12months or mixed ages, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Playdough Dreams and Themed Play Sessions.

We offer a home from home environment where parents and little ones can come, play, glow, connect and relax. We have two rooms to move freely between. The first being our tranquil Nest; a cosy, comfortable environment with lots of resources for little ones to enjoy. The Nest is also where we hold our Baby Yoga, Baby Massage and Playdough Dreams sessions. The second room is The Nook A.K.A the GLOW room. With lots of new, specialist equipment for 2024 this room really is something special and is guaranteed to stimulate the senses.

All of these sessions can be booked through our website and up to date news and photographs can be found on our social media pages @WAHhideaway.

Hope to see you there. Ready, set, GLOW…!

Wild at Heart Day Nursery, Four Winds Court, Market Weighton Road, Driffield, YO25 9LH

01377 258698
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Beck Isle Museum

Opening Times 2024

25 March – 2 November
Monday- Thursday and Saturday 10am-4pm (site closes at 5pm)

Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653

Bridlington Leisure World

Leisure Centre in Bridlington with:

  • 25 metre six- lane swimming pool.
  • 13m x 7m learner pool with a moveable floor.
  • Splash Zone to include waterplay features and two interactive water slides connected to the learner pool.

Leisure World, Promenade, Bridlington YO15 2QQ
01262 606715

“Lovely pool with lots to entertain the kids. Not too expensive either. The designated times worked well for us, prevent you staying too long. Climbing wall is really fun! Café is nice as well.” SF ’17

Captain Barney’s

Soft play, café, party and events space with Play Village and Role Play area. They hold regular weekly activities including preschool, breakfast and after school clubs.

Open 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays for private bookings.

14 Railway Street, Malton, YO17 7NR
01653 228128

Captain Barney’s, Malton

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • Sunday – closed for private parties & events

Role play world allows children to get lost in their imagination and have great fun. The indoor soft play and outdoor play area (open subject to weather)

Captain Barney’s, 14 Railway Street, Malton YO17 7NR
01653 228128

Ideas for a Rainy Day

Do you have any good ideas as to what to do on a rainy day or know of a great place to visit on a rainy day in or around Ryedale?  If yes, please tell us about it here so we can add it to the list.

Jorvik Viking Centre

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.

Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
01904 615505

Kemps General Store

Going on holiday, a long journey or need entertainment for a rainy day? Stop by to see our collection of card games, activity books, and lots more for rainy days and long journeys. Lots of ideas and things to help entertain kids!

Kemps General Store, 11 Market Place Malton YO177LP
01653 693577

Local Libraries

A trip to the library to choose a children’s book is a great activity to do for free. Below is a list of all the libraries in our area. Many libraries also run children’s activities, see our weekly listings for the latest info.

  • Harrogate Library – Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 1EG. 01609 536658
  • Helmsley Community Library – Town Hall, Helmsley, YO62 5BL. 01609 534553
  • Kirkbymoorside Library – Church House, 7 High Marketplace, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AT. 01609 534557
  • Malton Library – St. Michael Street, Malton, YO17 7LJ. 01609 534565
  • Norton HIVE and Community Hub – Commercial Street, Norton, YO17 9ES. 01609 534552
  • Pickering Library – The Ropery, Pickering, YO18 8DY. 01609 533624
  • Thirsk Community Library – Meadowfields, Chapel Street, Thirsk, YO7 1TH. 01609 534589
  • Easingwold Community Library – Market Place, Easingwold, York, YO61 3AN. 01609 534584

Malton Museum

Re-opening 8th April 2023. A visit to Malton Museum helps visitors to understand how the past has shaped the two towns we see today.
Entry to the museum and exhibition are free.

36 Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AB
01653 691262

National Railway Museum

Located next to York Railway station. Great free 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. Also run regular school holiday activities for children. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ.

Palace Cinema – Malton

A family owned and run cinema showing the latest release films.

Palace Cinema, Chancery Lane, Malton, North Yorkshire. YO17 7HW
01653 600008

Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Various enclosures of sealife to see including turtles and penguins. Also play area, mini golf and soft play. Open daily from 10am-4pm (11am in Winter)

Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP. 0871 4232110

Science & Media Museum

Approx 1 hour 30 min drive from Malton. FREE entry but it is recommended to book via the website in advance. Open daily 10am – 5pm.

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. BD1 1NQ

Stockeld Park – Wetherby

Stockeld Park is a unique all-weather family attraction located near Wetherby in North Yorkshire. Filled with family fun, outdoor activities for children, a fun adventure park and a brand-new indoor play centre – just to name a few! The whole family will have a wonderful time on this fab day out!

Stockeld Park is now open EVERY weekend throughout the year, and also seasonally throughout the school holidays!

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.

The Deep

The Deep is home to spectacular animals including sharks and stingrays, the UK’s only pair of Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical reef fish, Loggerhead sea turtles a colony of Gentoo penguins, and much more to keep all ages entertained.

FREE return visits for 12 months with their Annual Pass.

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 1TU. 01482 381000.

The Kirk Theatre, Pickering

A variety of productions by Pickering Musical Society and films.

The Kirk Theatre, Hungate, Pickering, YO18 7DL
01751 474833

The Little Play Company, Seamer

The Little Play Company Seamer is a Role Play Centre for Children, with ten play areas packed with props and costumes, allowing children to act out adult jobs and scenarios, whilst having tonnes of fun too.

Book online or give them a call on 01723 313243

59 Main St, Seamer, Scarborough YO12 4QD

The Ritz Cinema, Thirsk

The Ritz cinema is one of the oldest continuous run cinemas in the UK, having first opened to the public in 1912. Since 1995 the cinema has been run by a dedicated team of volunteers, the cinema aims to bring recent film releases to a rural town at affordable prices.

16 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS
01845 524751

The Secret Realm

Indoor soft play area with junior, toddler and baby areas.

5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Rd, Scarborough, YO11 3YS
(01723) 586665

The World of James Herriot

Explore James Herriot’s fully-restored 1940s home in Thirsk. See the car he drove, step into the TV set, try your hand at being a vet, plus so much more including interactive games for Herriot fans of all ages. Open 7 days a week, 9.30am-4.30pm in summer, and 9.30am-3pm in Winter.

23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PL

Tel: 01845 524234

Twiggy’s Play

Twiggy’s is a play centre located in Thirsk for under 10’s based on the Yorkshire countryside. Open every day.

Unit 2, Concept Business Park, Allendale Road, Thirsk YO7 3NY
01845 523553

York Designer Outlet Undercover Adventure Playground

Covered adventure play area located near the East Entrance of York Designer Outlet. Let the kids slide, climb and crawl around. Food outlets and toilets available inside the designer outlet.

St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York,YO19 4TA