School Holidays Ryedale and Thirsk

May Half Term

The Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe look forward to welcoming you through its doors. The cafe is serving a new Spring menu with seasonal specials, along with all the delicious home baked cakes and children’s menu. Outdoor seating in the lovely garden setting that is dog friendly.

The farmshop is open daily so come and get stocked up with tasty local meats for your BBQ and super-fresh vegetables and salads to accompany any mealtime. It is also asparagus season so get it while its super-fresh and super delicious!

Find them: Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB

01759 373023
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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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30th May to 4th June 2023 – Multiple performances (no performance 3rd June).

This summer we are delighted to be bringing the beautiful tale of The Secret Garden to life with a promenade performance in the incredible grounds of Birdsall House.

Follow Mary Lennox as she defiantly explores her new home Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, finding her cousin, new friends and the most beautiful Secret Garden on the way.

This is a promenade performance.


Birdsall House, Birdsall, Malton. YO17 9NU

01653 917271


Saturday 27 May-Saturday 3 June 2023

There’s so much for all the family to do and enjoy at Beck Isle Museum. Learn about bumblebees and honeybees as you explore the museum searching for bees. Try your hand at traditional games in our old-fashioned pub, dress up to do the Victorian laundry and create your own Victorian toy to take home with you. Don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy at our Beckside location. All activities included in the admission price.

Wednesday 31 May 11am-3pm – Day Trips and Dip Pens! Family Fun

Let your creativity run wild as you imagine your dream day trip. Then design your own picture postcard and practice writing your message with dip pen and ink. Explore our new exhibition High Days and Holidays, try our tricky trails and traditional games and then relax by the beck with a picnic. Included in admission price.

Opening Times
April 11- October 29 Monday-Saturday:
10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Last admission 1 hour before closing

Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653
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Join us down on the farm this May half term for some serious farmyard fun!

Come cuddle Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and chicks. Grab a bag of animal feed and say hello to all our friendly animals.

We have a full calendar of events this half term including:

    • Game On York – Dean and his inflatable games.
    • Gosling Raptors – Sarah and her beautiful owls.
    • Rugby Tots – Rob and his crew with fun exercises for children of all ages.

To name just a few – please see website for details of times and dates.

There’s plenty to do on the farm. We have a big petting barn, toy tractors, playhouse, sandpit, zip wire, two adventure playgrounds, football, bouncy castles (weather permitting) and 28 acres to roam.

Feeling peckish we have a cafe serving hot and cold food and delicious cakes. All our food is locally sourced and home cooked and we serve real ice cream.

We’ll see you all down on the farm this May Half Term!

Closed Tuesdays.

Murton York YO19 5XD

01904 488796
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Lots of activities happening during 2023 May Half Term from 27th May to 4th June 2023:

Daily Crafting sessions on Skelf Island:

Mermaid Peg Doll Making, 11am – 12pm. Make your own mermaid peg doll!
Crocodile Puppet Making, 1pm – 2pm. Make your own crocodile puppet!

These activities are recommended for children aged 3+ years and must be booked in advance. Each ticket is a crafting session for one adult and up to two children as a joint activity. Ticket-purchasers must also purchase Grounds or House and Grounds tickets for the day of their visit. All children always remain the responsibility of the accompanying adult. Crafting sessions will take place at Skelf Island.

Free activities included with Admission tickets:

Pirate Crafting Adventure drop in sessions daily between 11am – 3pm. Make your own Pirate Hat and add your artwork to our Treasure Map! You are a pirate captain of the ship The Golden Bounty. After a fierce battle at sea, you lost your hat. Can you design and make yourself a new one for your next adventure?

Camp Wilderness – 29th May 2023. A host of free activities for all the family to enjoy. Please note that this activity is not suitable for those under the age of 6 years old. Families can book onto a slot which will allow up to 4 people to embrace activities that include tomahawk throwing and archery.

For centuries the Skelves have inhabited a secret world, over the water from Castle Howard, causing mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interacting with birds and protecting wildlife. They’re curious about humans too and want to explore and play with them. Join them in the treetops of Yorkshire’s most magical adventure playground, Skelf Island.

Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets, and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.

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

01653 648333
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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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Now there’s a new way to take a look into the past as you explore North Yorkshire’s County Town, guided by the ‘Discover Northallerton’ app in the palm of your hand.

Discover more about the heritage of Northallerton and uncover hidden stories of fascinating people, places and events that shaped this historic market town through the centuries.

With 2 trails, there is loads of fun to be had!

‘Autumnfest trail with the Mowbrees’ enjoying the sights as we watered Tinker Mowbree’s veggie patch near the phone box, threw conkers in Applegarth Park, searched for treats hiding in pumpkins in Zetland Street, and danced with the twins, Violet and Spike Mowbree, by the pedestrian crossing!

‘Portals into the Past’ entitles the second trail, which is packed with information about the history of the town and we had chance to have a little look, but would love to return another day to take in the details of the trail.  Here you can uncover Northallerton’s hidden stories of fascinating people, places and events, including the Town Hall and Shambles, the Rutson Hospital, Register House, and the original site of Northallerton Grammar School before it moved to Grammar School Lane and then became Northallerton College.  This would be a great trail for schools to use as part of a local history project.

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Half Term Family Fun at Helmsley Arts Centre.

Mummies (PG) – Wednesday 31st May 2023, 2.30pm

Mummies follows the fun adventures of three ancient Egyptian mummies who live in an underground secret city, hidden in ancient Egypt. The trio includes a princess, a former charioteer, and his younger brother, along with their pet baby crocodile. Through a series of unfortunate events, the mummies end up in present-day London and embark on a wacky and hilarious journey in search of an old ring belonging to the Royal Family, which was stolen by the ambitious archaeologist Lord Carnaby. Adult £8, U16 £5.50. Please note under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult

Wonder Walls – Saturday 3rd June 10am – 12pm

This is absolutely the workshop for you if you want to design, paint, decorate, weave and construct a wall hanging that has such a YOU vibe. It’s all about making something as wonderfully unique and brilliant as you. We’ll use wood, paint and textiles in this super creative, chilled workshop and you’ll leave with something you’re so proud to hang on your wall. £10 including refreshments. Age 11 – 17

The Munch Mission – Sunday 4th June 2023, 2.30pm

Join Agents Kahlo and Dali of the Company of International Artists to solve a sneaky art heist. Chase leads, decipher clues and interrogate suspects to retrieve the missing artwork in this globe-trotting adventure. Playable family theatre full of mystery, nods to film noir and a broad streak of quirky comedy. £8 child / £10 adult. Age 6+

For more information or 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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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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Daily activities for May Half Term from 27th May – 4th June 2023.

Lunar Circus Featuring Fatt Matt – Guess who’s back, back again – Fatt Matt’s back, tell all of your friends! It’s been a few years, but our favourite Aussie has acrobatted his way from down under to be with us! Roll up for two spectacular shows with gravity-defying tricks (12:00pm and 2:30pm) every day this Half Term in our Big Top Tent.

Animal Encounters – We’ve got some exciting new Animal Encounters lined up for you throughout May Half Term with 5 sessions each day. Our gorgeous guinea pigs and bouncing bunnies are ready to meet you, so give them lots of soft strokes and a gentle pats and don’t forget to take some adorable photos.

Let’s Go To The Beach – Our Beach is the perfect spot to cool off and spend a few hours exploring interactive features and our huge expanse of sand! Your little piggies will love to splish and splash through our jets and dams, whizz down our Cliffside Slide and build the biggest sandcastles.

Indoor Play – Get an adrenaline rush whizzing down our drop and wave slides, race your pals on our pedal tractors and climb aboard our wooden JCB diggers.

Outdoor Adventure – Take a swing at our Crazy Golf Course, ride on our Pink Barrel Train with your pals, complete the Olym-Pig Assault Course and jump for joy on our Bouncing Pillows.

Delicious Food & Drink – Pizza from our Piggy Pizza Parlour, a yummy Piggy Poo ice cream from our Ice Cream Parlour or a barista style coffee and a light bite from our Trough Café. We’ve got something on offer to suit every appetite and you’re never too far from a delicious refreshment!

You can book through the website unless you are an annual member (annual members no longer need to book)!

Piglets Adventure Farm is located 15 minutes from the centre of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.

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

Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June 2023, 10am – 5pm. Get ready for a right royal knees-up at our Kids Rule events this May half-term. Join us in the grounds of Scarborough Castle to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation with merry monarchs, hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun. Book online and save 10%.

Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY

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Saturday 27 May – Sunday 4 June 2023
Join us during the school holidays for family fun, including free activities, workshops and crafts.

Family Trail
Everyday during the holidays
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm

Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum

Pick up a FREE trail and experience the venues in a different way. Suitable for children aged 5 – 11.


Tuesday 30 May Fossil Handling with the Rotunda Geology Group
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.


Wednesday 31 May – Printing the Seaside
10am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Scarborough Art Gallery

Come and create your own sunny seaside print inspired by our ‘Day at the Seaside’ Junior Open Exhibition.


Thursday 1 June – Hypnotic Historic Pots
10am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Rotunda Museum

Go crazy with clay and make your own historical or present day artefact to take home!


General Information
Children must be accompanied at all times.
*All activities are FREE with an Annual Pass and U18s go FREE, unless otherwise stated. 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. Keep checking our website and social media for updates.

Drop in sessions, no need to book.

Children must be accompanied at all times.

Disclaimer: Please note events can be subject to change at short notice.

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Sewerby Hall and Gardens have a great programme of family events for the 2023 May half term, 27th May to 4th June:

Rusticus Adventures: 27th May & 3rd June – Wind in the Willows, 29th May – Viking, 30th May – Knights of the Round Table, 1st June – Wonderland Adventure

Zoo Activities: 27th May & 3rd June – Meet the Hoof Stock, 28th May – Penguin Hat and Talk Workshop, 2nd & 4th June – Orange Fat Balls

Wildcats: 28th May – Mini Beast Hunt, 2nd June – Card Making, 4th June – Extinct Creatures

Plus: 31st May – Magic Shows and Face Painting, 1st June – Active Coast: Creature Create Event, 4th June – Craft Fair & East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club: Spring Gathering

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is also on display in the House.

Find out more on the Sewerby website here. Follow Sewerby on facebook here for more updates. Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ED. 01262 673769

Tuesday 28th May 2024 2:30pm

“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…”

But The People’s Theatre Company do!

And now you can too, as they bring the world’s best loved nursery rhyme to life just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pam Adams’ bestselling book.

In this enchanting stage adaptation, aliens from a distant planet have crash-landed on earth and need our help to get home. But there’s a problem. Their rocket runs on stories, not fuel, and only the greatest story in the universe will be enough to save them…

With a captivating combination of live action, animation and puppetry, this magical re-telling of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly is sure to surprise and delight children and nostalgic adults in equal measure.

From £8

STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE, Westborough, Scarborough. YO11 1JW

01723 370541
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27th May to 4th June 2023.

The Spring Swashbuckle Pirates’ Adventure

Here comes the sun and all the fun at Stockeld Park this spring, get your pirate fancy dress ready and let us entertain you! Spend the day hunting down the hidden passwords in the enchanted forest, laughing through the magical maze, flexing your creative muscles during arrrrts and crafts and boogieing down during the pirate party dances. Catch all these activities and more around the park throughout the spring adventure.

Don’t forget about ‘Scout’s about’ – Our tree-rific park mascot will be popping up to meet you all too!


Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

01937 586333
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Pirates at Whitby Abbey –  27th to 29th May 2023, 10am – 5pm. Ahoy, me hearties! Set sail for Whitby Abbey this summer and get ready for a spectacular adventure on the high seas. See some of history’s most famous pirates fight it out at close quarters, and listen to them tell their tales of booty, bounty and barnacles. With shows, demonstrations and hands-on activities, there’ll be plenty of piratical fun for the whole family – whether you’re a scallywag, a salty sea dog or a lily-livered landlubber.

Kids Rule – 30th May to 4th June 2023, 10am – 5pm. Travel back in time and meet characters from the past at our Kids Rule events this May half-term. Join us at Whitby Abbey for pirate themed hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun.

Book online and save 10%.

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, YO22 4JT
01947 603568

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Nature Rangers: Tuesday 28th May 2024 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Indoor and outdoor activities to explore the arboretum and learn about the plants and creatures that we share it with. There will be a chance to experience planting and crafts, plus walking, collecting, and exploring the grounds for minibeasts. There will be hands on activities, so bring a bag to take your creations home with you. We recommend bringing a packed lunch or plan to eat at the Arboretum Café.

Our Nature Rangers Day is suitable for children aged five to eleven. It costs £15 to attend. Booking is essential. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring outdoor clothes and footwear

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY

01653 648598
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AD Fitness Camp

May half term fitness camp with AD Fitness, 28th and 29th May

Age 5-13 and 10+

Queen Mary’s School, Baldersby Park, Thirsk

£42 per day/£80 for both, sibling discount available

Use code: MAY5 for 5% discount

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens – May Half Term

May Half Term 2023

Come out to play in Beningbrough’s gardens with a brand-new free nature trail, 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ and all the usual places to adventure.

Open every day and free to National Trust members and under-fives.

Launching for the holidays is Who’s hiding in the trees? At first glance, trees may appear to be quiet and peaceful, but in fact they are full of life – hidden between the branches, in hollows, or even under the bark.

Visit on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May for outdoor storytelling.

It’s time to get arty on Wednesday 31 May with mini-owl decorations to make and take home.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
01904 472027

Burnby Hall May Half Term

31st May 2023, 11am – 3pm. The Magic Hatter and Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Come along with your favourite cuddly toy and bring a picnic. Take the teddy trail and see the bears’ picnic display in the Stumpery. Magic shows from the fantastic Magic Hatter in the marquee. Children’s games with Martin in the Aviary Garden.

Burnby Hall Gardens, The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF 01759 307125

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

Helmsley Library May Half Term

Tuesday 30th May 2023, 10.30am.

Join us for a FREE interactive performance of the Slingsby Serpent, a local folklore tale updated for younger audiences. Perfect for younger families with children aged 3-7 years (lasts 30-40 minutes). Booking essential, please call 01609 534553

Helmsley Library, Market Pl, Helmsley, York YO62 5BL

Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool

Opens May 27th 2023 

Yorkshire’s only 25m heated open air pool. A charity providing affordable outdoor swimming and a ‘holiday atmosphere’ to our local community and many visitors. Nestling in the North York Moors National Park, our 25m open air pool is in the heart of the countryside. Free parking and there is a children’s playground adjacent.

Baxton’s Sprunt, Helmsley, YO62 5HT
Phone: 01439 408010

Howsham Mill

Check back for May 2023 update

Howsham Mill, Howsham, YO60 7PA

07880 341 914

Malton Library – May Half Term

Saturday 27th May 2023 11am

Join us for a FREE interactive performance of the Nunnington Dragon, a local folklore tale updated for younger audiences. Perfect for younger families with children aged 3-7 years (lasts 30-40 minutes). Booking essential, please call 01609 534565

Malton Library, St. Michael Street, Malton

01609 534565

Murton Park May Half Term

Join us for a nature-inspired May Half Term from 27th May to 4th June 2023, take part in a scavenger hunt around the park every day during half term, free with an annual pass.

27th to 29th May 2023 – The Trailblazer Cowboys will be in town. Plus, the Derwent Valley Light Railway will be offering train rides all weekend. Both activities are FREE with a valid annual pass.

27th May 2023 – Come and watch a sheep shearing demonstration (time TBC)

29th May 2023 – Trainmaster Yorkshire are coming to play! Book your tickets here

31st May 2023, 10.30am – 12.30pm – Listen to the story of the The Hungry Caterpillar, followed by a caterpillar inspired craft session. Crafts are £1 per person.

2nd June 2023 – Come and decorate a bird box or butterfly house for £2 per person, then take them home to see which visitors they attract.

4th June 2023, 10.30am – 12.30pm – A nature inspired Lego club. FREE with a valid annual pass

Murton Park, York


National Railway Museum – May Half Term

May 2023 TBC. Entry to the museum is free.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
033 0058 0058

North Yorkshire Water Park

Offers a range of watersport activities including aqua park (including one for Toddlers (Splash Kingdom), stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, open water swimming, sailing, canoeing. Plus walks, cycle track, cafe and a relaxing environment. Free parking, free entry, you only pay to play.

Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome.

Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU
01723 865052

Nunnington Hall May Half Term

27th May to 4th June 2023, 10.30am – 5pm. Join garden tours to explore the many different plants and flowers that flourish in the grounds, and embark on a nature trail to meet the curious insects that share our green spaces. In the exhibition space, ‘British Wildlife Photography awards’ will be on display which celebrates up-and-coming photographers of the natural world.

27th – 28th May 2023 – Nature at Nunnington, where visitors will have the opportunity to meet some very friendly animals and learn all about them. Lion Learners, North Yorkshire Bat Group and Pickering Hedgehog Rescue are just a few of the stalls visiting with their furry friends. There are plenty of activities to get involved with such as river dipping, and insect-finding.

Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
01439 748283

Pickering Library – May Half Term

Saturday 27th May 2023, 1pm – 2pm – The Nunnington Dragon. An interactive story performance for children based on a local folklore tale. Aimed at families with children aged 3 – 7 years. Booking required 01609 533624

Pickering Library, The Ropery, Pickering

Playdale Farm

Lots to do for younger children including farm animal barns, indoor playbarn, outdoor playground and sandpits, tractor rides, cafe and picnic areas.

Closed Fridays during term time

Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3AT
01723 586351

Ryedale Folk Museum May Half Term

Meet the Re-enactors on 27th May and 28th May 2023, 10am-4pm. Take a trip through time this weekend and take in the scents and sounds of an historical encampment. Explore the camp and experience the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life in bygone times.

Also daily throughout all of May is Merrills Month of May! Merrills is a two-player game that dates back hundreds of years Visit the Museum during May, to learn how to play the game around the site.

On Tuesday 30th May 2023, 11am – 1pm & 1.30 – 3.30pm you can meet previous Museum Curator, Martin Watts, who’ll be leading a family-friendly Merrills activity day.

Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA
01751 417367

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

May 2023 half term activities at Sutton Bank:

  • 29th May, 10am – 4pm. A Taste of Yorkshire – Crafts, food and drink, and some music and Morris dancing. Free entry, dogs welcome on a short lead.
  • 1st June, 11am – 3pm. The Wild Wild Quest – Help us find what lives in our grounds. Free to participate.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH
Call 01439 772738 for more information.

Thirsk Community Library May Half Term

Thursday 1st June 2023, 10 – 11.30 am. Come along during the May half term break to learn how to make an underwater scene. This is free, but please book a place in advance, call 01609 534589, email: or call in the library.

Meadowfields 1TH, Chapel St, Thirsk
01609 534589

Wetwang Scarecrow Festival

Wetwang Scarecrow Festival 2023 will take place over 4 days, 1st to 4th June 2023.

The Village Hall will be open daily from 10am to 4pm where refreshments, maps, merchandise and more will be available. Come along and have a fun family day out!

Large, annual scarecrow hunt around the village of Wetwang.

Southfield Road, YO25 9XX

01377 236572

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