School Holidays Ryedale and Thirsk

February Half Term

School holiday ideas across Ryedale for February Half Term. What’s on for families and children locally in Malton and Norton, Helmsley, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Thirsk and surrounding villages. Making family life easier.

Baby Valentine Specials. Bookings Open!

Would you like to celebrate the overwhelming love that you have for your baby on their first Valentine’s Day? Then come and join us at Baby Sensory Ingleby Barwick, Northallerton & Thirsk for our Baby Valentine Special.

We will be enjoying lots of gorgeous bonding time, using our white parachute, lots of lights, bubbles, and balloons. It is a gorgeous session not to be missed, with lots of keepsake photo opportunities.

Thursday 15th February 2024: Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-13 months

Friday 16th February 2024: The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-6 months,

With Gemma

07793 763419
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Bawtry Paintball Fields is Europe’s biggest outdoor activity centre, voted Europe’s Best, and the UK’s highest rated on Trip Advisor with over 1500 5-Star reviews!

Looking for a family day out, an awesome birthday, stag or hen party, or a fantastic team build event – BPF has something for everyone. Our lovely little café serves hot and cold food and drinks, ice cream and slush all day, so you can stay fuelled and relax in one of our picnic areas between activities.

Attracting groups of all ages from 6yrs+, BPF offers a huge variety of outdoor activities in the beautiful 720 acre woodland setting of Bawtry Forest. Activities include; Target and Zombie Archery, outdoor Laser Combat, Rifle Shooting, Tomahawk Axe and Knife Throwing, Junior ‘low-impact’ Paintballing, a 53ft Climbing Wall, Paintball Mini-Tank Battles, a huge Tree-Trek and Zipline Park with 50ft leap-of-faith, and of course regular Paintballing. BPF is also home of the infamous Predator!

Our award-winning paintball and laser combat game zones are like something out of a Hollywood movie. Props include real Lynx, Wessex and Huey helicopters, 42 ex-MOD armoured vehicles, tanks, castles, and a tree-top fortress.

All activities can be booked online at, or call our friendly team on 01302 868841

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Enjoy a fantastic family day out during the Easter holidays at Castle Howard. Take part in the Easter Animal Trail for children, and embark on an animal adventure around the Gardens; step into the magnificent House which reopens on the 29th March; and indulge in seasonal delights and Easter treats in our cafes and shops.

Skelf Island Adventure Playground, open daily

Embark on an adventure at Skelf Island Adventure Playground, the perfect place for young explorers to let off steam and explore the great outdoors. Navigate rope bridges, whizz down slides, discover ingenious treetop nests and don’t forget the zip wire.

Explore the Estate

With vast parkland to explore, there’s plenty to see as you wander through the Estate as the beautiful signs of spring are beginning to appear, a great way to reconnect with nature and blow away the cobwebs.


Dogs on leads are welcome

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

01653 648333
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Saturday 30th March 2024, 10am – 3pm
Join us for an Easter fundraising event for Karl’s Ride Of Their Lives campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Easter Egg hunt that is suitable for children under 7 and the train will be running for children and adults alike – everyone loves a ride on the Cedarbarn train, the James Cook.
The Easter Egg hunt costs £3 per child and the train ride costs £2.50. Huge thanks to High Oaks Grange for sponsoring this event. The event will run between 10am and 3pm. No tickets are necessary – just turn up and have fun!
Lovely play area to enjoy.
Please call us on 01751 475614 to check that it is running if the weather’s not great.

Enjoy lunch in the Café – to book telephone 01751 475614

Cedarbarn, Pickering. YO18 7JX

01751 475614
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Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th February 2024

Funny, magical and wondrous, folk classics Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin and others from the Brothers Grimm are presented here in the acclaimed poet Carol Ann Duffy’s enchantingly fresh adaptation, with a beguiling and playful dramatisation by Tim Supple.

Join our very own SJT Youth Theatre groups for an adventure through some of the most famous stories ever told.

Perfect for children ages 8+ – (or really brave 7 year olds!) – and their families.


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With over 8,000 acres of forest to explore, Dalby Forest is the perfect place to spend some quality family time in the great outdoors. The team at Dalby have put together some fun-filled activities to keep the whole family entertained.

So, pack up your picnic and enjoy a low-cost day in nature!

  1. Easter Scavenger Hunt – Collect your sheet from the Visitor Centre information point, then head into the play area to see how many eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden around the forest. Return your sheet for an Easter treat!
  2. Easter Egg Ornament Craft – Pop into our Visitor Centre, visit the crafting table and follow our handy guide to make your very own Easter Egg Ornament.
  3. Women in Forestry Exhibition – Learn about the history of Women in Forestry and how their efforts shaped the future of our forests. Entry to the exhibition is free. Find the art space in the Courtyard, Low Dalby. Open daily from 8am – 4pm
  4. Gruffalo Party Trail – Join in the celebrations! The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday this year. Can you us help find his missing party items? Pick up your pack for just £4 from our Visitor Centre information point, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure. Inside you’ll find:
    • kraft bag to colour in
    • party headband to wear
    • party trail activity leaflet
    • stickers
    • pencil and crayon
    • keepsake sew-on Gruffalo Party patch
  5. Gruffalo orienteering trail – try our fun, navigational challenge at Dalby Forest using a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood. Bonus if you spot the Gruffalo hiding in the trees!
  6. Grandfather Oak playground – Swing, climb, hide and spark their imaginations at the Grandfather Oak playground! Test your climbing skills on this fun playground with so much for the mind to explore. Hide away in our wooden teepees, clamber on the climbing frame or make your way round the playground and find your joy in the wildplay area.
  7. Go Ape Treetop Adventure – Built for the whole family, this is the ultimate tree top experience of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale in Dalby Forest. The perfect high ropes course for kids as well as mum, dad and the grandparents!
  8. Life on two wheels – Get started or tune up those cycling skills with training courses for little legs, hosted by our Bike Hire partner, Dalby Forest Cycle Hub!

With themed trails, adventure play areas, natural play, safe off-road cycling and lots of space to create your own woodland palace, your local woods and forests are the perfect place for a family day out, fit for a king!

Please note that barbeques and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

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North York Moors Dark Skies Festival 9th to 25th February 2024

Did you know that the North York Moors National Park is one of just seven locations across the UK which is recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve? The low light pollution makes this a fantastic area to enjoy the night sky and see sights that aren’t visible elsewhere.

The North York Moors Dark Skies Festival, takes place from the 9th to the 25th of February! This extraordinary event is designed for the entire family, offering a myriad of after-dark adventures to ignite your sense of wonder.

Enjoy captivating night walks, delve into the mysteries of star gazing and unleash your creativity through crafting and nighttime photography. For an unforgettable getaway, consider an overnight stay to enhance your Dark Skies Festival experience.

Find out more about the Dark Skies Festival Programme here.

01439 772738.
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Open daily from 10th February to 18th February 2024!

Calling all mini explorers, little adventurers, soon-to-be scientists and their grown-ups! The Feb Fun Adventure is back this half-term at Stockeld Park!


Watch Sublime Science in the Stockeld Park theatre, visit the Playhive, zip around the ice-rink, explore the Enchanted Forest and get lost in the Meteorology Maze!

And that’s just the start of the fun!

Tickets can be purchased via Stockeld Park’s website NOW!

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

01937 586333



February 2024 Half Term!


Get ready for a fun family day out at Harrogate Indoor Funfair @ The Great Yorkshire Showground. HG2 8NZ.


Saturday 10th Feb through to Sunday 18th Feb 2024.  Morning sessions 10am-1pm, afternoon 2pm-5pm.

With jaw-dropping rides and amazing inflatables for all ages, Harrogate Indoor Funfair offers all the fun of the fair in an indoor, climate-controlled and family-friendly environment.

There is also a cafe and baby changing facilities for families on-site.

There is free parking at Yorkshire Event Centre including priority parking for blue badge holders.

The number 7 and X70 buses stop at Sainsbury’s on Wetherby Road, around one mile from the entrance.

Tickets on the door will be limited. We recommend booking online to avoid disappointment.

Riding wristbands can be purchased online for £12.99 – they will be available on the door for £14.99 subject to availability, so booking in advance is strongly urged. Riding wristbands grant access to the event, and to each ride inside – with the exception of food and games stalls. Spectator tickets for adults not wanting to go on the rides are £5, and babies carried in arms enter for free.

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Sun 11 February, 2.30pm: Tiny & Tall Productions (formerly Tessa Bide Productions) and Soap Soup Theatre – The Selfish Giant 

Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her huge snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out, and so she hides, safe and quiet in her peaceful, icy home. Outside the towering walls of her enormous garden, the world has been changing and there is very little green left. One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever.

Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show.

Suitable for children aged 3 years up. Running time 55 minutes.


Wed 14 February, 7.30pm: Wonka (PG)

Based on the extraordinary character at the centre of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

1hr 56mins

Wed 14 February, 10 am – 12 noon & 1pm – 3pm: Out of This World Safari – Creative Workshop 

For ages 6-10 years

Let’s take a magical adventure through art exploration and bring your very own Safari to life. Join Nicola in this exciting mixed media workshop where you will reimagine your very own out of this world Safari taking inspiration from our wonderful planet and its endangered species.

Through the wonder of illustration learn how to draw and paint your favourite animals with hidden characteristics complete with magical decoration and details.You will leave the workshop with your very own magical masterpiece to take home with you.


Sat 17 February, 2.30pm: Wish (U)

Wish will follow a young girl named Asha who wishes on a star and gets a more direct answer than she bargained for when a trouble-making star comes down from the sky to join her.

1hr 35mins

For full details and to book tickets visit or call the box office on 01439 771700.

01439 771700
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Are you a Wizard, Serpent, Unicorn or Basilisk? Come to the Hole in Wand to play 9 magical holes of Wizard golf this Easter to find out.

Each player will be placed into one of our four houses. Wizards possess wisdom and use their knowledge for the common good, whilst those with cunning and a darker side will be in our Serpent’s house. Unicorns are elusive, mysterious and untameable and if you are an indomitable warrior with a potentially destructive nature, you will be picked as a Basilisk. After conquering 9 holes of Wizard Golf, you will be presented with the signature potion of your magical house.

23rd March – 14th April 2024.

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14-16 Coppergate Walk, York

01904 623505
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🐑❤️ Book now for Lambing at Spilmans this February half term!

Various dates in February 2024

Book now for your chance to experience farming life and see what lambing time is like at Spilman’s Farm this February half term:

Running Dates February 10th-11th, 15th-18th, 22nd-25th 2024

  • 100 Expectant ewes
  • Lambs are born every day
  • Meet the farm animals including rare breeds, alpacas, goats & poultry.
  • Live farmer talks
  • Fun Facts and Q&A with the farmers!
  • Fun sheepy crafts
  • On-site car parking.
  • Lots of lovely photo opportunities
  • Hot and cold food served, plus drinks


Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk YO7 3NB

07754 857284
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Wednesday 14th February 2024

2 performances (11am & 2pm) with craft sessions before each performance. Tickets are available from The Milton Rooms

The much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it…

Join us for a fun, family-friendly magical adventure where fate and love triumph all! Led by a cast of professional opera singers and musicians we invite you to an interactive and relaxed concert where singing and movement is encouraged. Experience the magic of opera, storytelling and music, whatever your age!

The Milton Rooms, Malton


Chuck and the Beanstalk

Monday 12th February 2pm – 4.15pm at Whitby Pavillion – BUY TICKETS HERE

Wednesday 14th Febuary 2pm – 4.15pm at Scarborough Spa – BUY TICKETS HERE

Thursday 15th Febuary 2pm – 4.15pm at Birdlington Spa – BUY TICKETS HERE

Come along and experience this truly magical family show as Jill attempts to escape the gaint and find her way home with a little bit of help from our lovable Panto Fairy and the village chorus, who will be dancing all the way to a happy ever after. Can they outwit the evil Giant and help save the day by bringing home the loot.

A show not to be missed that will have the whole family enthralled in Magic Mike’s biggest Production!

01723 371603


Visit the National Railway Museum this half term for a guaranteed fun-filled day out, whatever the weather!

New activities in Wonderlab
Visit our new space designed for families, Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery. Be awestruck at the live science shows and play on the 18 interactive experiences, all designed to get children to test, experiment and improve just like engineers do.
PLUS, there are new activities, especially for February half term, all about shapes and angles. Bubble Geometry and mini origami trains will keep all the family entertained.

Activities will run from 12-25 February. Book Wonderlab tickets here.

Big News: Flying Scotsman is back!
The most famous locomotive in the world returns to the museum. See the much-loved locomotive for FREE, with access to the footplate and entry to the cab. Book free museum admission tickets here.

Looking for something a bit different? Be swept away by the magic of the most famous locomotive in the world with the Flying Scotsman VR Experience. It takes you on a journey through time and around the world to discover the extraordinary story of Flying Scotsman as you have never seen it before. Find out more and book tickets here.

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Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th February 2024 10.30am – 4pm

Travel back to 1924 this February half term and see if you possess the skills to gain employment as a servant for the Fife’s here at Nunnington Hall.

The year is 1924 and the Fife family has tasked their Butler, Mr Pickcott, with hiring several new positions suitable for a country lifestyle. They are currently in need of a new housemaid, footman, lady’s maid and oddboy. If you visit during the February half term, you may have the opportunity to secure employment. However, the question remains: do you possess the skills and meet the requirements necessary to fulfil the responsibilities of the desired positions?

A house trail in the form of a CV guides visitors through the various roles performed by household servants in 1924 and is the perfect indoor activity for all the family this half-term. There are several activities that form the trail, including ironing, dusting the bannisters, cross stitch and flower arranging.

Booking not required. Entry to the event is FREE but normal admission applies.

Nunnington Hall, YO62 5UY

01439 748283
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High-energy bouncing, ball sports and battles have finally landed at Oxygen Activeplay, York. Bringing the latest in jump fun, ideal for the whole family.

Oxygen Activeplay is more than just trampolines. It’s a high-thrills universe where the experience comes first – whether you’re a parent or child. Come for the state-of-the art facilities and stay for the party vibes, featuring interactive sessions with our hero team.

Not only that, but we’re the place to be if you want to host the birthday party of a lifetime! With four different party options; Classic, Jumptastic, Ultimate and Toddler, there’s something for everyone.

A brand new facility with so much to offer, including:
Open Bounce Trampolines
Parkour Area
Inflatable Park
Interactive Sports Pitch with AirTrack
Airbag Jump & Trapeze
Baby and Toddler Soft Play
Climbing Features including cargo, ladder & totem poles
Strike Arena

Going to a standard Activeplay session can be a challenge for jumpers on the autism spectrum, or with sensory or learning disabilities. With this in mind, our weekly Peaceful Play sessions are specially designed to be all the fun of Activeplay, specially catered to those who need a calmer environment.

And last, but certainly not least, on the first Friday of every month it’s Neon Night at Oxygen Activeplay. Join us for an illuminating evening filled with jumping, games, dancing to a live DJ, unlimited squash and a hotdog, competitions and glow sticks to take home from 6.00pm – 8.00pm, for jumpers aged 5 and over.

Look out for special themed nights too, sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know about events and offers. We can’t wait to see you there!

Clifton Moor Centre, Hurricane Way, Rawcliffe, York, YO30 4XU

Clifton Moor Centre, Hurricane Way, Rawcliffe, York, YO30 4XU

020 8050 1315
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Enjoy the Freedom without the Worry

Pickering Dog Field consists of 2 x 1 acre sized fields called Florence Field and George Field.  Each one offers dog owners the space to let their dogs exercise off the lead, with sole use of the field for their booked slot.  Each field is “drive in” has the benefit of a shelter with a bench and optional obstacles such as jumps, tyres, tunnel and a balance beam.  Appointments are booked online, last 50 minutes and cost £7.

Children are welcome with adults and dogs. They can bring a football too or enjoy a picnic whilst the dogs play.

Opposite Tofts Lane, Malton Road, Pickering, YO18 8EA

07734 958539
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We’re back open with a baaa-ng for February Frolics this Half Term from 10th – 18th February 2024!  Get ready for a day out packed full of fun for the whole family.  We have 15 expectant mummy ewes ready to give birth this February Half Term. Watch and learn from our animal team as they deliver and care for the new arrivals and have a go at bottle feeding our lambs in sessions daily located in our undercover Animal Barn. Make sure to hold on tight, as they are very hungry!

She’s behind ewe! We have a very special guest joining us with  her friends, yes that is right Bo Peep is back with her hilarious pantomine show “Bo Peep’s Lost The Flock…the sequel”, at 12pm and 2:30pm throughout February Half Term.   Don’t be sheepish – there will be lots of audience participation and a chance to meet and green Bo and all her friends!

Take a Tractor-Trailer ride along to our Indoor Playbarn.  Your little piggies will have bundles of fun whizzing down our brightly coloured drop slide, digging for victory on wooden JCB diggers and racing their pals on Pedal Tractors. Take in the fresh February air and discover plenty of outdoor adventure this Half Term! Jump as high as the sky on Bouncing Pillows, take a ride on our Pink Barrel Train and see if you can complete our Olym-pig Assault Course in record time. Don’t forget to visit our furry friends as you wander along our Farmyard Trail too!

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01904 499183
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  • 2024 TBC

9¾ Shambles, York

01904 692192
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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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Rainy Day Ideas

Fossil Handling with the Rotunda Geology Group
Tuesday 13 February
10.30am – 12noon and 1.30 – 3pm
Rotunda Museum

Find out about dinosaur footprints and ancient fossils in hands-on sessions with our expert geologists.

Free. No need to book, just drop in.
More details on the website HERE

Sharing The Love
Wednesday 14 February
10.15am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Scarborough Art Gallery

Create your own Love Hearts to send a message with friend. Use printing stamps to make a heartfelt message.

Free. No need to book, just drop in.
More details on the website HERE

My Little Dino Book
Thursday 15 February
10.15am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Rotunda Museum

Use ink stamps to fingerprint create a ‘designer dino’ in your own little handmade book. Imagine what it eats, where it lives and how many times it might go to the loo!

Free. No need to book, just drop in.
More details on the website HERE

  • *All activities are free unless otherwise stated, but adults require an Annual Pass to enter.
  • A £3 Adult Annual Pass allows entry to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum. Entry to both venues is free for under 18s.
  • Drop-in, no need to book. At busy times numbers may be limited for the safety and comfort of visitors.
  • Suitable for children aged 5 – 11, although younger and older children may enjoy them too.
  • Children must be accompanied at all times.
  • Disclaimer: Please note events can be subject to change at short notice.

01723 384500
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Saturday 10th Feb – Sunday 18th Feb
10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Half Term Scavenger Hunt – Pick up clue sheet as you arrive and see what you can find around the Parkland, Gardens and Farm Park!

Enjoy a fun activity for the whole family this February half term, and take part in our Scavenger Hunt!

You need to be on the lookout and explore all areas of Sledmere to try and spot as many of our features as you can around the Parkland, including within the Walled Garden and the Rare Breed Farm Park! Some are trickier to find than others!
Usual Parkland, Gardens and Farm Park admission applies – just pick up a clue sheet and pencil at the Ticket Office on arrival.

Normal grounds and garden admission applies – FREE to Sledmere friends members.

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February: Childrens Willow Weaving
Timeslots from 10.20am until 3.20pm
Have a go at willow weaving and make a fish to take home!
There’s an opportunity this February Half Term at Sledmere for children to try out a new skill and learn how to willow weave with a 20 minute workshop with Janice Burley (Down 2 Earth).
Pre-book onto a time-slot and head to The Orangery at Sledmere where Janice will show you and your child what to do and then you can get weaving!
Take home your finished fish which can either be pushed into the soil in the garden or a plantpot, or hung from a piece of twine!
Usual Parkland, Gardens and Farm Park admission applies.
Tickets: £6.00 per child
Capacity is limited to just 5 children per workshop.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum ratio of 3 children to 1 adult.

Snowdrop Trail – Wednesday 7th February onwards
10.00am – 5.00pm
Into early February we will welcome the arrival of our stunning display of snowdrops and winter flowering bulbs.

Collect a map from our Ticket Office that will show you where to find the best displays of our stunning snowdrops and winter flowering bulbs.

Dogs are always welcome, we just ask they are kept on leads.

Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG

01377 236637
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Get 15% off with the code RYEMUMBLER15 

Join us this February half-term for all-day adventure play – with added science fun from Dragons’ Den winners Sublime Science and our Play Pioneers!

  • Be wowed in a half-hour show from professional science fun folks Sublime Science.
  • Jaw-dropping tricks and spectacular experiments, bubbles, smoke & flying things galore!
  • Unlock your child’s curiosity about how things work with hands-on experiments led by our Play Pioneers.
  • Make a paper-plate balloon car*
  • Test your paper aeroplane skills*
  • Get competitive in our family-building challenge
  • William our Mascot will be joining us too!

*some activities may vary slightly depending on availability.

You are welcome to arrive anytime from 10 am, we’re open until 4 pm! Your day out with us also includes:

  • Access to playing in our specially crafted Indoor Play Den where we’ve brought the outside inside, with streams, rainfall, stepping stones, rope bridges, sand play, climbing structures and a huge real treehouse just waiting to be explored!
  • A kids’ dream playscape made of wood and trees. This is not soft play!
  • Access to all of our Outdoor Adventure play areas overlooking the Yorkshire Wolds.
  • Including den building areas, tyre swings, zip wires, a huge sandpit, a hidey house & slide.
  • Discover the treehouse, hide in mountains & molehills, or make mud pies
  • PLUS, a half-hour jaw-dropping show by Dragons’ Den winners – Sublime Science!

Get 15% off with the code RYEMUMBLER15 

BOOK NOW to start this February half-term with a bang! And don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience!

Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS.

01430 472230

Beetle Bank Farm

Re-Opens Saturday 10th February 2024

Keep a look out for details on our upcoming events for Animal Antics Week, starting February Half Term Monday 12th February! Including our feathered friends from Gosling Raptors joining us on Monday 12th February between 11am and 3pm.

Opening hours 10th February – 1st March 2024:
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm
Weekdays: 9.30am-4pm
Tuesdays: CLOSED

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, Murton. York. YO19 5XD

01904 488 796

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens – February Half Term

Open every day for half term, 10 – 18 February 2024, and free to National Trust members and under-fives.

Grab a free winter trail following two friendly dogs around the garden to become an Awesome Architect. Covering all ages.

Great play areas, den zone and much more.

Dogs are welcome in most areas of the garden, but please keep them out of the play area for everyone’s enjoyment.

Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD

01904 472027

Burton Agnes Snowdrop Spectacular

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, YO25 4NB. 01262 490324.

Wander through a wonderful blanket of snowdrops in our woodland walk. Runs Saturday 3rd February 2024 to Sunday 25th February 2024, from 11am to 4pm daily. The playground is open for everyone to enjoy.

Garden admissions apply.
Burton Agnes Hall Members do not need to book

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

Colour & Light at York Minster

7th – 25th February 2024 6pm – 9pm

‘Colour & Light’ returns to provide a fabulous projection experience for the whole family, illuminating York Art Gallery during the dark evenings of winter!

✨The projection will play every 10 minutes, between 6-9pm daily and viewers are invited to stay for as many showings as they wish.

✨ No booking is required – this is non-ticketed, free event

York Art Gallery Exhibition Square York YO1 7EW

Colouring Sheets – Valentines Cards

Something to do over half term week…Print off and colour in these lovely cards and send them to your family for this Valentines Day at home!

You can download and print off all 4 designs by clicking here.

Creepy Crawlies, Web Adventure Park – February Half Term

A full day of fun, whatever the age, whatever the weather!

The indoor play is the biggest in the York area, offering play zones to suit all ages and stages, with many huge slides and exciting climbs, a ninja course for the older children to test strength and agility, even a baby sensory area for our little visitors!

Our rides have reopened for the new season – wander outside and have unlimited goes on our 12 rides, all included in one ticket!

Walk down the park to meet and feed our animals.

9:30am to 6:00pm

Web Adventure Park, Creepy Crawlies, Wigginton Road, York
01904 692221

Curious About Walks – Ryedale

Have fun (re-)discovering the area, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with Curious About Walks – quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks.

Curious About Walks are a safe fun and affordable way to get outside for some fresh air for a couple of hours in the holidays. They are a low cost, inclusive, participatory activity where everyone can have a role, following directions, finding the answers to our addictive clues, matching pictures and reading snippets about the history of the city and the people that have shaped it.

Visit their website to buy the printed booklet.

EVM Tennis Camp

Half term Tennis Camp at West Tanfield

10am – 2pm

£30 per person

Contact Ellie to book: 07966889295


February Half Term at Flamingo Land

Saturday 10th to Sunday 25th February 2024 and selected weekends in March.

Visit our award winning Zoo from just £19.50. There’s lots to do, including visiting our award-winning zoo as well as enjoying our playgrounds, several rides for younger children, keeper talks and much more

Kirby Misperton Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX
0800 40 888 40

Helmsley Library – February Half Term

LoveScience and Mini Boffins fun-filled science workshop

Friday 16th February 2024 – 10.30am – 11.30am 

FREE – booking is required

Suitable for ages 5 – 11 years

Town Hall. YO62 5BL
Phone: 01609 534553

JD Football Academy Holiday Camp

13th – 15th February 2024, 9am – 3pm

Year 1 to Year 8

£18 per day

Sharow Cricket Club


JORVIK Viking Festival

12th until 18th February 2024

See hundreds of Vikings march through the city, try your hand at Viking crafting or make your very own Viking poo!  There’s something for the whole family at JORVIK Viking Festival.

Family-friendly and kids’ ticketed events, prebooking recommended/necessary:

  • Berserker Bootcamp (Suitable for ages 5-12 only)
  • Poo Day
  • Loki: A Bad God’s Guide with Louie Stowell (Suitable for age 7-11 years)
  • Family Crafting
  • The Viking Games
  • Festival Finale – a story-telling spectacular – a great end to your Norse-filled week at JORVIK Viking Festival.

PLUS there will be the usual FREE family friendly events:

  • March to Coppergate
  • Encampment
  • Arena (this year there will be music performances)
  • Best Dressed featuring Best Beard (new event – all welcome to enter, beards can be naturally cultivated or homemade!)

Find out more and book tickets on the Jorvik Viking Festival website

Malton Library – February Half Term

Saturday 17th February 2024 10.30am – 12pm

Family Collage Workshop with local artist Denise Doggett

Age 6 upwards. £2 per family. Booking is required

Malton Library, St. Michael Street, Malton

01609 534565 



Murton Park – February Half Term

Celebrate kindness this February half term at Murton Park!

Join us for a week-long event that promotes kindness. Discover tips and tricks to spread positivity and engage in heartwarming activities. To end the week of fun there’s a party including a bouncy castle and traditional games.

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF

01904 489966

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – February Half Term

10th – 18th February 2024

Join us for more than just a train ride as we embark on a week of discovery, learning, and family fun. Craft sessions, storytelling, activity sheets and signal box demonstrations. Free Entry.

Join us as we proudly showcase 46100 Royal Scot. Step back in time and witness the power and elegance of this iconic steam locomotive against the stunning backdrop of the North York Moors National Park. Departing from Pickering at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm.

Pickering Station, Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ

01751 472508.

Norton Hive Community Library

10th – 17th February 2024 

  • Tuesday 13th to 15th 10.30am – 12pm: Colouring competition
  • Wednesday 14th 10.30am – 12pm: Lego and Jigsaws. 2pm – 4pm ALSS Family Crafts.
  • Thursday 15th 10.30am – 11am: Storytime and songs. 2pm – 4pm Lego and Colouring

Norton Hive, Commercial Street, Norton. YO17 9ES

Rural Arts, Thirsk – February Half Term

Venture down to the Enchanted Forest this February half term.
Craft and sculpt your very own masks and trinkets to bring to our children’s performance, The Nosy Little Troll!
Tuesday 13th February 2024, 10.30am – 12pm – Whimsical Felt masks, Ages: 2+
Thursday 15th February 2024, 10.30am – 12pm – Painted Fairy Houses, Ages: 2+
Friday 16th Febuary 2024, 2.30pm – The Nosy Little Troll, Ages: 3-8

The Courthouse, Thirsk

Tickets via Rural Arts website
01845 526536

Sewerby Hall – February Half Term

Sewerby have FREE entry to their grounds and gardens, including the play area, throughout half term.

The zoo is open, if you want to go in admission is £4/adult, £3/child. Half term Zoo activity – Meet the Hoof Stock, 16th February 2024, 11am & 1.30pm. Come along and meet our Donkeys, Llamas or Goats. Young children are to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Meet at the education hub located in the centre of the zoo. No need to book, just turn up.

Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ED. 01262 673769.

Song Writing Workshop

We are inviting all 7-13 year olds to take part in FREE a Song Writing Workshop 1pm on 3pm on Saturday 10th February 2024 at NYMR, Pickering.

As part of our workshop your child can help to form a piece for the Ryedale Festival Community Song Cycle 2024.

For more information please do get in touch on  07845 878642.

York Leisure Centre

For swimming there’s a 6 lane, 25 metre swimming pool, as well as a shallow learner pool and toddlers splash pool perfect for gaining water confidence and swimming lessons.
Alternatively why not have a game badminton in our Sports Hall, or challenge yourself in the Clip N Climb arena. 
Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, York YO32 9AF
01904 403900