School Holidays Ryedale and Thirsk

Summer Holidays

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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Summer Family Fun

10 July – 2 September

Come rain or shine you’ll find lots to keep the whole family entertained at Beck Isle Museum. Explore the museum as you solve our summer trail, take part in craft activities and play traditional games. Relax in our sunny courtyard with a drink or bring a picnic to have by our beautiful beckside. Included in admission price.

Time Travellers

11-3pm Every Tuesday from 25 July until 29 August 11-3pm

Looking for something different to do in the holidays? Why not visit the museum and try your hand at one of our drop-in activities inspired by our amazing collections. You’ll also find tricky trails, traditional games, craft activities and a beautiful picnic spot by the beck. Fun for all the family.Included in admission price.

Tuesday 25 July 11-3pm Victorian Wash Day

Dress up and join Molly the laundry maid in this hands-on activity to find out what life was like before the invention of the washing machine. They’ll also be the chance to see how we used to make butter and when you’ve finished all the hard work why not have a play with some of our traditional old toys. Included in admission price.

1 August 11-3pm Get Crafty

Families can enjoy working together to create a hand quilled card or they can learn the skills needed to recycle scraps of material to make a rag rug. Included in admission price.

8  August 11-3pm Weave Away!

Create a simple mat from recycled scraps or a paper basket as you learn simple weaving techniques. Suitable for all ages. Included in the admission price.

15  August 11-3pm Bee Inspired!

Follow our bumble bee trail around the museum, spot real bees in our bee garden, learn how we make honey and try our tricky bee quizzes. Then bee inspired to create your own bee print. Included in admission price.

22 August 11-3pm Dip Pen Postcards

Create a beautiful postcard of your dream day trip and then practice using a dip pen and ink to write your message. Included in admission price.

29 August July 11-3pm  Victorian Wash Day

Dress up and join Molly the laundry maid in this hands-on activity to find out what life was like before the invention of the washing machine. They’ll also be the chance to see how we used to make butter and when you’ve finished all the hard work why not have a play with some of our traditional old toys. Included in admission price.

Pack a picnic and join us at the museum to explore the past! Craft, games and trails for all the family!

Opening Times
Monday – Saturday until 29 October
10am-4pm last admission
Site closes at 5pm

Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653
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Join Beetle Bank Open Farm for some Family Fun in the Summer Sun!
🐍31st July ~ 4th August ~ Summer Safari Week.
5-day long Summer Safari Adventure, come and meet our more elusive animals including spikey Pygmy Hedgehogs, Fluffy Chinchillas and Scaly Reptiles.
🐦7th August ~ 11th August ~ Wildlife Workshop Week.
Give Wildlife a helping hand and join us for a 5-day long wildlife adventure. Get creative with a little piece of nature to take home with you, design and paint you’re very own Bug, Bee, Butterfly or Birdhouse or make some scrumptious snacks for our Garden Friends.
🤸14th August ~ 18th August ~ Family Fun Week.
Burn off that Summer energy and make some family fun memories to remember with multiple activities each day to keep even the most active kids entertained for hours!
🏕️18th August ~ 20th August ~ Beetlefest, Family Camping Weekend!
Spend a weekend down on the farm, enjoy the farm facilities and a few exciting extras too including a good old sing-along from Karl Mullen a local pianist, children’s entertainers DJ Barry and Professor Fiddlesticks then Reach for the stars with a visit from York Astronomy Society each night to observe the sky above.
🎨21st August ~ 25th August ~ Build a Scarecrow Week!
Let’s get creative and Build your very own Scarecrow to join in The Scarecrow Parade! All you need to bring are some old clothes and your creative mind!
🏆26th August ~ 28th August ~ Scarecrow Parade!
Join us from the 26th to ~ the 28th of August and make your vote count! Vote for your favourite creation that the customers from the week have made!
Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York YO19 5XD

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Visit Castle Howard and make special summer memories with our beautiful architecture, rich history, and stunning landscapes as your backdrop. This summer is the perfect time to visit the House, Gardens, and award-winning Skelf Island Adventure Playground.

History and art
Step into the 300-year-old Howard family home and be immersed in history and beauty. Take in the showstopping Great Hall, sweeping Long Gallery, and sublime arts and crafts Chapel. Visitors can book a guided tour, or use the digital guide, narrated by Nick Howard, to discover Castle Howard’s stories. See the moving People We Love contemporary art installation in our Chapel.

Family adventures
Skelf Island, Castle Howard’s legendary Adventure Playground, is named after the historic site Castle Howard sits on, Henderskelfe. Set on an island and reachable by a rope bridge, the Playground is a web of ingenious treetop nests in the woodland canopy connected by slides, nets, and climbing equipment.

Glorious green space
The Gardens are a spectacle in the summer, from the lakes home to Yorkshire wildlife, to the Walled Garden and Ray Wood. The Walled Garden is a beautiful place to stroll; laid out in the early 18th century as kitchen garden, today part of the garden is still given over to vegetables, but the remainder of the area has been transformed into a garden of roses. An enchanting woodland garden, Ray Wood holds an impressive collection of plants from around the globe, including nearly 800 species of Rhododendron.

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Welcome to Circus Rio 2023 where you leave your cares at the door and lose yourself in our jam-packed Brazilian Rio Carnival circus show suitable for the whole family! We have an outstanding international cast of world class artists all ready to wow you with their amazing skills.

Direct from Brazil we have Charlleny Campello who will mesmerise you high up in the big top with her beautiful breath-taking aerial silk performance. Spinning into the ring is our wild west duo Angelika and Gena. Jonathan De Lima Esbano will have you watching through your hands as he shows you his daredevil knife throwing skills. Adela Pazaran, Queen of the ladder, shows her spectacular balance and strength. Plus the Globe of Speed and our very own Team Brazil riders! Our riders reach speeds of up to 55 mph and experience around 4G’s as they ride around the globe in this terrifying but exhilarating gravity defining act.

No carnival would be complete without the sounds of Brazilian rhythms and the sights of the samba dancers and of course the amazing clown escapades of Kirubin who is guaranteed to get the fun and laughter fully loaded throughout the show with his comedy and tricks for all the family.

What are you waiting for, don’t miss out and come and join the biggest and best party down at Circus Rio in Bridlington all summer long! Daily shows from Monday 24th July till Friday 1st September 2023.

Friday Saturday & Sunday ALL SEATS £6.99 (Exc Ringside). Children under 2 go FREE. Don’t miss out book today.

Learn new skills, have hours of fun, and make new friends; join us for some Summer fun with Dalby Forest Cycle Hub.

All courses are led by British Cycling qualified trainers.

Kids Summer MTB Sessions: 2.5hrs – £25pp

  • Two sessions: 7-10 years and 10 to 16 years old.
  • Our course for young riders is designed to give them the correct methods to develop their riding.
  • Max. ratio 1:10
  • Recommended for beginner and intermediate riders.

To book 7-10: CLICK HERE 

To book 10-16: CLICK HERE 


Learn To Ride: 1.5hrs – £30pp

  • Aimed at children aged under 10 years looking to learn the basics of riding a bike independently.
  • If your child doesn’t have their own bike, one can be borrowed from us, FREE of charge.
  • Book your session and then ring us to reserve a bike – we will need your child’s age and height.

To book: CLICK HERE 


Young Riders: 2.5hrs – £25pp  

  • Aimed at 10 – 16 year olds already able to ride a bike.
  • They may be looking to develop technique and confidence to ride MTB trails at Dalby.
  • Max. ratio 1:8.
  • Recommended for beginner and intermediate riders.
  • Prerequisites: A mountain bike, helmet and some experience of mountain biking at blue grade

To book: CLICK HERE 

Please note that all riders must wear a suitable helmet. NO HELMET – NO RIDE. All prices are plus booking fee.

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub
The Courtyard
Low Dalby
YO18 7LT

01751 460585
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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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2023 Activities at Danby Lodge National Park Centre:

21st July to 10th August, 10am – 3pm. The Magic of Nature Trail. Have you heard the magic of nature? The spells of the old oak tree or the chanting of the Robin? Follow our trail around the grounds and reconnect with the magic of the natural world. £3, drop-in no booking required, please check visitor centre opening hours.

26th July, 10.30am – 12pm. Trails & Tales: The Bumble Bear. Fun, themed activity sessions for all of the family including a trail, storytelling and nature themed crafts. £6.00

26th July, 1.30 – 3pm. Wildlife Club: Bee Boxes. We get busy today exploring the world of bees and making a BUZZ box to take home. Booking required Suitable for 7-12 year olds £10.00

28th July, 10am – 1.30pm Getting Outside – Helmsley. Level 3 (4 miles) Helmsley is a beautiful, market town bordering the southern end of the North York Moors.

2nd August, 10.30am – 12.30pm. A Ghostly Walk? – Guisborough Priory. Level 3 (4 miles) This stroll along a former railway track, across fields and back to Guisborough via priory ruins reveals echoes of the past.

2nd August, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm. Adventure Day: Family Bushcraft – A family session to try our hands at exciting bushcraft skills. Make shelters, explore camouflage and learn how to make fire. £7.00

3rd August, 11am – 12.45pm & 2pm – 3.45pm. Mask making and storytelling: Becoming Fox. Becoming Fox – performing artist Bidi Iredale will take you on a journey into the natural world through performance, poetry and storytelling. Age 7+. Adults £2.50, child £7.50.

9th August, 10.30am – 12pm. Trails & Tales: Caught Up. Fun, themed activity sessions for all of the family including a trail, storytelling and nature themed crafts. From £6.00

The fun doesn’t stop there! There’s also a climbing wall, adventure playground, picnic area, café and gift shop. A great family day out awaits!

Danby Lodge National Park Centre, YO21 2NB

Photograph credit: Dependable Productions.

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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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July 29 – August 6

East Riding Libraries are delighted to announce a varied and exciting programme for the Children’s Festival of Words, which will be back with live events this Summer 2023.

The main festival will run from Saturday, 29 July to Sunday, 6 August, and there will also be activities and events throughout July, August and September. Tickets are available here now.

New for this year will be events in support of Beverley Pride, taking place on Saturday, 5 August at Beverley Library. Families can join drag queen Regina Sparkles for Drag Queen Storytime, listen to author LD Lapinski as they speak about their book, ‘Jamie’, and even hear from East Riding Libraries staff in their storytimes that celebrate everything unique about you!

Puppets, Plays and Storydays are back again with an interactive and energetic retelling of Michael Rosen’s fantastic story, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ A classic children’s story, this event will be touring around libraries in the East Riding, starting at North Bridlington Library on 29 July and finishing at Beverley Library on 6 August. During that time, it will also be stopping at Hessle, Haltemprice, Pocklington, South Cave, Willerby, Goole, and Market Weighton.

As well as this, Star Wars artist, JAKe, will be joining East Riding Libraries for a series of ‘How to Draw Star Wars’ workshops, where young padwans can become drawing jedis. With sessions taking place across the East Riding, JAKe will show you how to draw your favourite characters from the Star Wars universe, including Droids, Wookies, Bounty Hunters and more.

To find out what other exciting events are happening at your local East Riding Library, please visit the website here.

This year Forestry England are taking some time to celebrate their fantastic cycling offer at Dalby Forest. Cycling is one of the key activities at Dalby and they already have really brilliant, well established cycling trails and facilities, and something for everyone when it comes to navigating the forest on two wheels.

As well as keeping children physically fit, research has shown that cycling can bring about a feeling of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.

The NEW Forest Rider pack has been designed to challenge children to complete a series of off-road rides, to help build their confidence and to enjoy the fantastic network of trails the nation’s forest have to offer. Aimed at children aged 7-11, the Forest Rider pack will encourage children to get out and about on their bikes in the forest and be safe and responsible forest riders!

In your pack, you will find:

o A logbook to record your rides

o A cool Forest Rider neck buff

o Pro cycle skill cards to help you be the best forest rider you can be. These include QR codes which, when scanned, will take you to videos teaching you how to do the tricks

o Stickers and activities

o The chance to solve a puzzle to enter a prize drawer to win £350 Halfords voucher, a family experience with Go Ape, a Forestry England Membership and more!


Packs are £5 from the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, or £6.50 if bought online. You can find more information here:

You can find more information here

Calf to Cow present – The Jabberwocky & Other Nonsense

Wednesday 30 August 2023, 6.30pm (garden opens at 5.30pm)

LEWIS CARROLS The Jabberwocky & Other Nonsense at Helmsley Walled Garden

Beware the Jabberwock! The jaws that bite, The claws that catch! Run for your life! Save yourself! AHHH!

The village of Pokeytin is under threat. Their crops and cows disappear in the night. Mrs Dodos’ washing has been pinched from the line and Mr Walrus can’t find a single oyster! Who is to blame? Why the Jabberwocky of course!

Calf 2 Cow present this hilarious new adaption of Lewis Carrol’s (Alice in Wonderland) famous poem The Jabberwocky. Join them as they tell the tale of our young hero from Pokeytin, armed with their vorpal sword, brave the journey to take on the fierce Jabberwock, knock his head off and save the land! Huzzah!

But is this monster really as bad as those old locals make out?

Expect the Calf 2 Cow treatment of silly multi-rolling, kicks and trips, live floor-stamping rock n roll, water buckets, sweaty actors and a giant dragon puppet, breathing actual fire! We hope.

Grab your Jubjub bird, and your best mad hat, and prepare yourself for the belly-laughing quest of a life time. This is the Jabberwocky as NEVER seen before.

One for all ages.

Running time: 1 hour 15mins plus interval

Bring your own picnics, blankets, cushions, and camping-chairs and join us on our outdoor adventure at Helmsley Walled Garden. Come prepared for the weather – the performance will continue come rain come shine!


And new to Events at the Garden, the Vine House Café will stay open and run it’s café menu until 30 minutes before the start of the show. Bar will be open for alcoholic & soft drinks as well as teas & coffee, which can also be ordered for any intervals. Vine House Café picnics are also available to pre-book and take into the garden. Choose from a buddha bowl, a picnic pack-up, a kids lunch box or a scone with jam and cream. You’ll get a basket and rug to enjoy your picnic and to be returned when you’re ready to go. These must be pre-booked up to the day before.



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Set deep in the tranquil Yorkshire countryside is a hidden gem waiting for you to discover. Rich in wildlife, winding woodland paths, cooling water ways and unique land art, the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park near Ripon has 45 acres of gardens, arboretum, lakes and 90 sculptures... a log cabin tearoom & horsebox full of tasty treats with a woodland playground for kids.

• Kids Go Free (Under 16 years)

 Dogs welcome on leads

• Entrance tickets must be booked online

• Open Wednesdays – Sundays until 29th October 2023

Summer Holiday Adventures 26th July – 3rdSeptember 

The Great Yeti Hunt – daily 10am – 4pm

The young Yeti has got lost in the garden; can you help find him? Join in the hunt for the Yeti around the garden, can you find what he’s doing?    

Art Attack – daily 10am – 4pm

Get arty and join us creating a giant Himalayan Doodle. Can you spot who is hiding in it?  

Garden Ranger Activities – Thursdays at 11am – 12.30pm on 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August

Join the gardeners and become a Garden Ranger with adifferent drop-in activity taking place each Thursday – from Butterfly Safari & Cloud Bathing, Pond Dipping, Bird Hide Building and Music Making.

Gurkha Day – 29th July

Come and enjoy this fundraising charity day with a variety of Gurkha themed activities including the intriguing Kuri Dance.

Activities taking place between 11am – 3pm include:

• Kuri Dancing Demonstration at 12.30
• Doco Dash Races at 1-2pm – could you be a Gurkha?
• Tibetan Prayer Flag Making
• Creating soundscapes with the Himalayan Signing Bowl
• Join in the Yeti Hunt
• Get creative on the giant Himalayan Doodle

Green Man, Green Dragon Interactive Storytelling – 2nd Aug

Green Men have long been the guardians of the natural world, remembered in carvings and stories, but what happened when one met a dragon? Join storyteller Dragonellaon a walk round the gardens as she shares a little-known tale of how two magical creatures formed great friendship to protect the wonder of the natural world. Booking essential.

Tour price £5 per child (includes their garden entry*)

1- hour interactive timed tours at 10.30am, 12 noon & 2pm (suggested ages 4 to 10-year-olds)

Children must be accompanied by an adult, normal entry applies for adults

*Book tour & entry tickets from our website:    

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Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, Grewelthorpe, Nr Ripon, HG4 3DA

01765 658 009
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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.

💜 Quote YORK MUMBLER for a complimentary premium upgrade saving £2.00 per person! 💜  Quote YORK MUMBLER at Admissions on arrival to get an upgrade there and then.

14-16 Coppergate Walk, York

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Meet a Viking at the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre!

Take the little ones to discover York’s Viking legacy this summer. Hop aboard a time capsule to 10th century York, and take in the sights, sounds and even the smells – including rotting fish and cabbages – of the Viking Age city. There’s even one Viking to spot on the toilet!

Dig deeper into the Viking story of York by getting close-up with a rare collection of 1,000-year-old-artefacts whilst talking to friendly Viking hosts. Did Vikings have summer holidays? Or go on trips to the beach? Chat to the Vikings of Coppergate to find out more!

Silverdale Hoard

If you were a Viking going into battle and needed to hide your silver, what would you do? Bury it!

Uncover one of the largest ever found in the UK – the Silverdale Hoard at JORVIK Viking Centre. How many pieces of silver can you count when you visit?

Pre-booking advised. For ticket prices and opening times please visit the website

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🗓 Opening dates:

  • 🗓 October   7th – 8th
  • 🗓 October 14th – 15th
  • 🗓 October 21st  – 31st

⏰ Open 10am – 5pm daily

📍 Kemps Farm, Barton Le Street, Malton, YO17 6PP

Great activity for the whole family, open from the 7th October. Wheelbarrows provided on arrival, simply pick your pumpkins in the field where they’re grown and enjoy the farm experience. Visit our brand new spooktacular tipi, enjoy some refreshments on site and pose for plenty of photo opportunities!

Pumpkins of all shape, sizes and colours available. Prices ranging between £1.50 to £6 per pumpkin.

Well behaved dogs welcome (on a lead).

Glebe farm, Barton-le-Street, Malton, YO17 6PP

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The national Summer Reading Challenge, coordinated by The Reading Agency, is run in 95% of UK public libraries. With around 800,000 children aged 4-11 taking part, the Summer Reading Challenge is the biggest national reading initiative. It runs in libraries throughout the summer holidays, with incentives, activities and events designed to create a real buzz around children’s reading. The challenge is simple – to read six or more library books over the summer.

How do children sign up?
Children or their parents/carers can enrol at the Library by filling in a registration card.

What books can the children read?
The Summer Reading Challenge is designed for children of all reading abilities aged 4 to 11. They can read any books they like – fact books, stories, joke books, picture books – it’s up to them. Audio books count too. As long as they are borrowed from the library, they all count.

Ready, Set, Read!

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about games and sports. Children will join our fictional team (and their animal mascots!) as they use their skills to weave their way through a summer obstacle course.

Developed in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge will celebrate play and participation, encouraging children to engage in games and sports in any way that best suits them.

Ready, Set, Read! will showcase how reading can be active and engaged, and can itself involve teamwork and community.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure programme for children. Taking place annually, the Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays.

There are loads of lovely events going on in the local libraries so do get involved.

Helmsley Library Summer Activities

Norton Hive Summer Reading Challenge

Malton Library Summer Activities

Pickering Library Summer Activities

Links to the individual events can be found on the North Yorkshire Libraries Facebook Page

Mission Out is a brand-new access all activities family day out where children, recommended age 6 to 14 years, can experience active entertainment and epic challenges in the great outdoors!!

Mission Out is an Access all Activities adventure park – you have all day access to all our attractions with no extra charges. Adults can even have a go too! Explore our thrill-seeking active zones including The Tower Jump Pillow, The High Ropes, The Assault Course, The High Bank Slides, The Adventure Golf Course, The Lake and much, much more!




Tingley Garden Centre, Thorpe Lane, Tingley, Leeds WF3 1SL

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🎶 All time favourite of MOOsical fun with farmer Sarah!
🐮Craft stations from newborn to 8 years old
💜 Special guest appearance 👀 (wonder who this could be 🤔)
Mixed Moo recommended for siblings or friends with different ages of children from 6 months to 8 years old, older children are welcome!
Baby Moo from newborns to pre walkers.
Different themes each week
Week 1; 9th, 10th, AUGUST!
Week 2; 16th & 17th AUGUST!

Moo Music with Sarah 07528789782
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It’s time to start getting excited for summer! At Murton Park, there will be craft activities, and Living History and Teddy Bear story time sessions EVERY week – plus so much more – making it the perfect spot for a summer full of fun!

Who’s ready to join us?

To see a full list of activities visit the website here.

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF

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Visit the National Railway Museum for a day out like no other!

Not only do we have icons of the railway and thousands of railway related objects, we also have Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery a special interactive experience for families and the Flying Scotsman VR Experience, where you can see the famous locomotive’s story come to life around you.

See amazing rail vehicles including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive and climb aboard the Japanese ‘bullet train’.

 Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery, our brand-new interactive experience for families opens 27 July 2023.

Enter a world of endless possibilities and play your way through 18 mind-bending challenges, testing your engineering skills together. Step into the human wind tunnel, launch a rocket and build big, there’s so much to explore! Be amazed by our explosive live shows, and discover science in action with our explosive live experiments.

Ready to experience the extraordinary? Book tickets and find out more

Flying Scotsman fans will love the new virtual reality experience we have on offer. See the story for Flying Scotsman come to life around you, feel the heat of the engine and feel the rumble of the loco as it comes into a station. See the trailer and book tickets.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

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Summer Information

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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Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September 2023

Join us down of the farm this Summer for a Summer of Adventure! We start the summer with our “Fairies and Trolls” event from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 6th August.  The Makeover complete, our mystical fairy’s would like to welcome you to their home but watch out for those pesky trolls!  Two shows daily where you can “earn your wings” and come and meet the greet the fairies from our trail!

Next up is our Dino Adventure from Monday 7th August to Sunday 20th August.  Get your little explorers ready for our new Gem Mining and Dino Dig at the beach.  On stage every day there will be “The Rapture Show!” and watch out those Dinosaurs will be wandering around the park doing lots of meet and greets!  Its going to be Rooooarrrrrsome!

Finally we finish our summer of adventure with “Show Time” Fatt Matt and his Lunar Circus are back with wonderful work shops that your little ones can join!  Learn how to juggle, spin plates and lots more!

Throughout the whole summer we will be doing our Animal Encounters sessions daily where you can meet our baby goats, baby chicks, baby piglets and some our bigger animals like our sheep!  We will be holding 6 sessions daily so don’t miss out!  The Maize Maze has gone Jurassic and you will have to find the fossils if you dare!  And of course it would not be summer at Piglets without our daily “Foam Party on The Farm” every day at 4pm – each year it just gets better and better!  Learn the Piglets dance and get ready to cool off at the end of the day!  Just remember to bring a change of clothes!

If you want to visit each event then why not take up our Piglets Summer Pass offer!  Visit as many times as you would like over the Summer for only £25 per person.  Valid from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September 2023.  Limited availability to get one soon!

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

01904 499183
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Planet Circus OMG! Proudly presents The Greatest Variety Show on the Planet!

Daily shows from Wednesday 19th July till Sunday 10th September on Filey Road, Scarborough, YO11 3NX

New this year we have the beautiful Jenny Glowacki on her Cloud-swing combining some amazing static and swinging trapeze skills, along with Iran and his highly skilled juggling act who brings his debut act to the UK! Timea is Hungary’s finest foot juggler, in her unique act she performs foot juggling in a beautiful harmonic way that will leave you breathless. Krisztian, from Hungary will wow you with his German wheel act accompanied by the beautiful Kelly – an extremely talented and on point artist. The wheel of death will be spinning high in the roof of the big top with Victor and the sensational Emilia Pavlov doing their usual terrifying but exhilarating tricks. We have the talented Bulgarian duo Stefaneli bringing their fascinating quick-change act into the ring, along with their sensational spaceship performance which will float through the air and stun spectators as they watch in amazement. The Globe Of Speed is back which always has you on the edge of your seats, including our incredible FMX team hitting speeds of 70mph above your heads!

As seen on TV Britain’s Got Talent, Live at the London Palladium, Channel 5, ITV, CITV and BBC!

Children under 2 go FREE (child to sit on parent’s lap)

FRIDAY SATURDAY & SUNDAY – All seats £7.99 (exc Ringside)

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Doors open 45 minutes prior to showtime and seating is allocated on arrival, please bring or show your e-ticket/booking confirmation to the door staff upon arrival.  For accessible seating inquiries call 07563 727 206.

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Pumpkin Patch open 7th – 8th, 14th – 15th, 21st to 31st October 2023

Lace up your boots, slip on your gloves and head out into the fields of rambling vines to pick the perfect pumpkin. Knobbly ones, wrinkly ones, different shapes and sizes, there is a bountiful supply of shiny pumpkins, quirky gourds and lumpy squashes. Whether you want to carve a ghoulish face, make a delicious pie or decorate your house with unusual gourds. There is an ideal pumpkin for everyone.

We can’t wait for you to join us for Pumpkin Picking this October at POP UP PATCH We’ve got lots of fang-tastic activities for you to enjoy and some spooky specials at The Café.

Free to enter & no booking!
All Hallo-queens and Pump-kings welcome

A charming cafe is on site. From delicate pastries to rich, moist cakes, the cafe boasts an impressive selection of super tasty sweets. The cafe also serves a variety of delicious drinks, ranging from freshly brewed coffee to refreshing fruit infusions. It is the perfect spot to relax and savour the delights of the Pop-Up Patch.
Pop Up Patch 🌻🥔🌽🎃
Westfield farm, Sutton on the forest YO61 1EN York

07943 748520


  • 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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Enjoy the Freedom without the Worry

Ryedale Dog Field is an enclosed two acre field offering dog owners the space to let their dogs exercise off the lead, allowing users the sole use of the field for their booked slot. Booking the field gives the user exclusive access to the area for their allotted time of either 30 or 60 minutes.

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

Manor Farm
YO17 6QJ
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Ryedale Vineyards is a family run business and one of the most northerly commercial vineyards in the United Kingdom. All aspects of wine production from pruning to harvesting to pressing, fermenting, bottling and labelling are carried out by hand in our converted cow byre. Regular tours and tastings are available.

This summer they have two Folksy Theatre productions suitable for children and their families. These include a pie and pea supper

Friday 21st July 6pm – Ugly Duckling – Tickets available from

Tuesday 29th August 6pm – Merry Wives of Windsor – Tickets available from

Sunday 30th July 2023​ – Yorkshire Day Events 

  • Suitable for all the family
  • Open Day with cream teas, and tastings
  • Help us celebrate Yorkshire Day with Bilsdale Silver Band and Minster Strays Morris Dancing
  • FREE Event no booking required 11am until 4pm
  • Dogs welcome on leads

Farfield Farm, Westow  YO60 7LS 

01653 658035
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Scampston’s famous fairy godmothers are back with Fun Activity Days to keep the children (and grown ups) entertained and out of trouble!

We have a Pirate Trail running in the Grounds from the 26th July until the 3rd September, offering an interactive and fun activity for all the family throughout the summer holidays.

Dressed in your pirate attire (if you wish) follow the clues around the grounds to claim your prize!
We have two trails running simultaneously so children of all ages and abilities can get involved!

We have Activity Days throughout the Summer with a different theme each session run by our resident fairy godmothers:

  • ‘Crowns & Coronets’ Sun 23rd July
  • ‘Dinosaurs’ Friday 28th July
  • ‘Pooey Tales’ Friday 18th August *By Popular Demand!!*
  • ‘Our World’ Wednesday 23rd August
  • ‘Animal Antics’ Friday 25th August

The sessions will consist of games, crafts & storytelling and are hugely popular with the children and adults alike!

Sessions are £3.50 per child (Usual admission fees apply)

Scampston, YO17 8NG

01944 759111
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Summer 2023 at the Rotunda Museum:

  • 25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd August, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Fossil Handling with the Rotunda Geology Group
  • 27th July, 10am & 2pm. Carboniferous Creepy Crawlies (crafts)
  • 3rd August, 10am & 2pm. Permian Coral Wreaths (crafts)
  • 10th August, 10am & 2pm. Chomping Clay Crocs (crafts)
  • 17th August, 10am & 2pm. Jurassic Jet Time
  • 24th August, 10am & 2pm. Paddling Plesiosaur Plates (crafts)

Summer 2023 at Scarborough Art Gallery:

  • 26th July, 10am & 2pm. Dance and Doodle. Get groovy outdoors in our under 5s movement workshop with Lisa Chapman.
  • 2nd August, 10am & 2pm. Mystery in the Museum. A crime has been committed in the Gallery and we need your help to solve it! Join Rusticus Theatre as the plot unravels in this interactive theatre performance.
  • 9th August, 10am & 2pm. Seascape Painting. Get messy with paint and create your own expressive seascape inspired by our collection to take home and display.
  • 16th August, 10am & 2pm. Shell Tiles. Make and take home your own clay fossil tile using materials found on the beach past and present.
  • 23rd August, 10am & 2pm. Sensational Seaweed Collage. Cut, stick and paste to make your own seaweed inspired tactile collage!

*All activities are free unless otherwise stated, but an Annual Pass is required to enter. Entry to both venues is free for under 18s. A £3 Adult Annual Pass allows entry to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum.

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
Rotunda Museum, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2PS

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The Scarborough Spa Orchestra Teddy Bears’ Picnic family concerts are happening this summer on Sunday afternoons at 2pm for 7 weeks from Sunday 30th July until Sunday 10th September 2023. They take place in the Spa Suncourt Enclosure, and if it rains, concerts will be in the Grand Hall… we will not cancel!

These concerts are aimed at introducing young children to music and musical activities. There will be a different programme of fun family favourite music for each concert, and all the instruments of the orchestra will be introduced and demonstrated each week.

Maracas, drums and tambourines will be passed out in the second half of the concert so that  everyone can play along with the Scarborough Spa Orchestra too!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic concerts with the Scarborough Spa Orchestra will return this summer,

A great opportunity for everyone to get involved- sing along, play along and dance along with the Spa Orchestra.

Don’t forget to bring your teddy bears along for an afternoon of musical fun! Don’t worry if the weather is wet, we simply move inside!

Tickets are £5 or £8 for one adult and one child.

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Sewerby Hall and Gardens have a great programme of family events for the Summer 2023. Starting 22nd July, regular activities during the 6 weeks holidays include:

  • Mondays to 28 August – Rusticus Encounters: Smuggler!
  • Tuesdays to 29 August – Rusticus Woodland Creatures Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days!
  • Wednesdays to 30 August – Magic Shows and Face Painting (£3 per person).
  • Thursdays to 31 August – Rusticus Wonderland Adventures: Meet the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts
  • Saturdays to 2 September – Rusticus Adventures: Creatures of the Wild Wood
  • Sundays to 3 September – Punch and Judy Shows with Professor Dan.

At various times over the Summer will be Wildcats activities and Zoo activities, including meet the keeper, meet the hoof stock, willow fruit kebabs, and orange fat balls. There are also lots of special events:

  • Summer Family Fun Day on Thursday: 27 July, 10.30am-3.30pm. A day of outdoor fun and learning. Including inflatables, multi-sports and fitness sessions from the Active Coast Team and East Riding Leisure Bridlington, cycling, volleyball, land art, and giant bubbles. Plus the NHS, Bridlington Library, RSPB, RNLI.
  • Yorkshire Day: 1 August – A whole day celebrating all things Yorkshire, including Morris dancing.
  • There are several car rally’s:
    • The Yorkshire Morgan Car Club event on Sunday, 6 August
    • The East Yorkshire Morris Minor Owners Club rally on Sunday, 20 August
    • The East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club Summer Gathering on Sunday, 27 August.

Rounding off the summer will be BRICKLIVE : Animal Paradise from 26 August to 24 September, featuring 15 animal statues in a new wildlife kingdom around the gardens, made up of over 500,000 bricks.

Standard admission charges apply. For more details visit their website here. Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ED. 01262 673769.

01262 673769
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Sledmere Maize Maze and Summer Fun is here for another six weeks of holiday fun and adventures!

OPEN ALL WEEK, from Wednesday 26th July to Sunday 3rd September, 10am – 5pm, come and enjoy getting lost in the Maize Maze, finding clues with your activity leaflet, lots of summer fun games and activities in the Paddock, plus there are also designated picnic areas and free parking available.

Why not stay and play all day and complete all of the Sledmere summer challenges with a combined Maize and Grounds ticket, giving you additional access to the spacious grounds including beautiful gardens, Rare Breed Farm Park, our amazing adventure play area, the Coach House Café, all rounded off with a delicious ice cream from The Pantry!

Maize Maze is free for Sledmere Friends Members!

Book Maize Maze Only or Combined Maze and Grounds tickets here:

Sledmere House, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637.

01377 236637
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July 22- September 4 2023

MUMBLER EXCLUSIVE – 15% off ALL Summer weekend and Summer Adventure tickets at Stockeld Park using code: SUNMUM23
Get ready for a day full of fun in the sun at the Summer Adventure at Stockeld Park!
Open every weekend now and EVERYDAY from the 22nd July – 4th September… Make sure to not miss out on the adventure of the summer, at one of Yorkshire’s leading adventure parks!
But what will the Summer Adventure offer?
  • Anytime & Fixed Playhive access
  • Underwater themed adventures
  • Outdoor Inflatables
  • Pedal Go-Karts
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Ride-on Tractors
  • Access to the Enchanted Forest
  • Access to the Magical Maze
And so much more!
It truly is going to be a Summer to remember! 🌞
Tickets for the Summer Adventure and Summer weekends can be purchased via Stockeld Park’s website BOOK NOW

01937 586333
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Embark on a summer adventure in York, where a world of captivating attractions and thrilling activities awaits!

Discover the wonders of York Minster, with a packed schedule of family-friendly events and activities designed to engage young explorers in the medieval Minster. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of iconic locomotives at the National Railway Museum, and explore over 200 years of railway history that shaped our world. Delve into York’s darkest past at The York Dungeon, and experience 2,000 years of intriguing history through sights, sounds, and even smells. Sail along the River Ouse with City Cruises York, with a variety of trips from sightseeing cruises to self-drive boats suitable for the whole family. Go on a journey through York’s rich history at the York Castle Museum, where you’ll encounter recreated Jacobean dining rooms and the renowned Victorian Street, Kirkgate.

Make your journey into the city hassle-free by taking advantage of York Park & Ride. With free parking available at all sites, it’s a convenient and cost-effective option. What’s even better, an Adult Return ticket costs just £3.60, and up to three children can travel for free!

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York Pass

Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced rider, our cycle trails give you access to miles of bridleways, roads and tracks across the North York Moors.

Our cycle trails use a mixture of natural and man made trails similar to those found in a purpose built trail centre. Using the same style of trail marking, the mountain biking trails available are:

  • Cliff – family friendly 3 mile ‘green’ circular off-road cycle trail, mostly level, part of which follows the famous cliff edge.
  • Fort – 7.5 mile ‘blue’ trail with 361m ascent/descent (70% stone, 30% natural surface) runs out past the site of the Iron Age fort at Boltby Scar. A shorter loop of 5.5 miles avoids the ascent/descent and is suitable for families. The Fort route also includes part of the Cliff Trail along the cliff edge.
  • Drovers – add a little more distance and variety without increasing the difficulty on the ‘blue’ 10 mile figure of eight trail which passes High Paradise Farm for refreshments.
  • Paradise – a 17-mile ‘red’ trail for experienced mountain bikers, through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the National Park. Expect a few technical features and a steep climb or two.

We also have two purpose-built all-weather cycling tracks: a pump track offering the thrills of riding a loop of banked turns and rollers; and a family-friendly cycle trail that doubles as a cyclocross track for some competitive events during autumn and winter. The family cycle trail, a 2.5km figure-of-eight, provides a longer and wider start to the existing Cliff Trail enabling families to ride side-by-side through woodland, as well as providing better access for those using adapted cycles such as handcycles.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre
North York Moors National Park, Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EH

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01845 597426
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Summer 2023 school holiday activities at Sutton Bank National Park Centre TBC

The Magic of Nature Trail – 21st July to 10th August 2023, 10.30am–3pm. Follow our trail around the grounds and reconnect with the magic of the natural world. From £3.00

Bloody Battles Trail – 5th & 6th August 2023, 10.30am–3.30pm. Learn about the past battles and etch your markings on your sword. For all the family. From £5.00

Back to our Medieval roots – 6th August 2023, 10am to 4pm. A day of Medieval activities at the Centre. Free.

Slithery Snake Trail – 11th August to 28th September 2023, 10.30am–3pm. Unearth the secret of an adder’s life in a slithery trail around the grounds. From £3.00.

Please call 01845 597426 for more information

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

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All Creatures Great and Small

22 July- 3 September

During the summer school holidays there’s loads of see and do at the grand and glorious estate of Temple Newsam. There’s plenty of outdoor activities from bat walks to plant potting in the Walled Garden and loads of indoor fun for drizzly days or a little escape from the summer sun. Don’t forget to check out the many play bays located throughout Temple Newsam House. There’s plenty of summertime trails to get involved with and special event days too!

Temple Newsam Road, Leeds. LS15 0AE

0113 336 7460



Spend quality time together with a day out at Woldie’s this summer

NEW Foot Golf Course Challenge your friends and family and test your skills on the new obstacles on Woldie’s NEW AND IMPROVED foot golf course!

Woldie’s Nature Mission Complete the 5 missions to collect your stamps and get your nature hero sticker! BOOKLET INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION

The Big Butterfly Count is back 14th July – 16th August 2023 Count butterflies with Woldie and help with national butterfly conservation!

Plus family favourites:

  • Miniature Railway
  • Willow Maze with Giant Games
  • Den Zone and Fort
  • NEW Nest Swing
  • Sand Play and Kitchen
  • Timber Trail Play
  • Foot Golf and Pool
  • Bird Hide
  • Nature Gardens
  • Giant Observation Bee Hive
  • Sculpture Trail
  • Woodland Trails
  • Lavender and wildflowers
  • Nature and Carp Ponds


Woldie’s Teahive Takeaway serves delicious coffees, cold drinks, sandwiches, salads, snacks, cakes and ice creams. Picnic bags and meal deals available.

A day out for all the family to enjoy together
Family of 4 £36
Family of 5 £45

Dogs welcome

Don’t miss Woldie’s membership! Visit as many times as you like this season, plus there’s the option to upgrade your ticket on the day of your visit.

Nature Gardens, Trails and Play

Wintringham, Malton, YO17 8HW

01944 758641
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The Yorkshire Arboretum offers 120 acres of peace and tranquillity in the heart of North Yorkshire. Experience exceptional natural beauty, a botanically diverse tree collection, sweeping vistas and wildflower meadows. The Arboretum Café serves delicious home-cooked food using locally-sourced ingredients – open all day. Dogs welcome, with an 11-acre off-lead area.

Nature Rangers Day (booking essential, suitable for aged 5yrs and above. £15 per child, must be accompanied by an adult – Adult admission free.)

  • Wednesday 26 July 2023 – Plants and Growing
  • Thursday 31 August 2023- The creatures in our environment

Indoor and outdoor activities to explore the arboretum and learn about the creatures we share it with. There will be hands on activities to do, so bring a bag to take your creations home with you. We recommend bringing a packed lunch or money for lunch in the Arboretum Café.


Pond Dipping (Drop-in session – no booking required)

  • Tuesday 1st August   – 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm

Come and dip for creatures/invertebrates in our lake with our education team. Look for the creatures that hide in the water plants at the edge of our lake.


Mini Beast Hunt (Drop-in session – no booking required)

  • Tues 15th August – 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm

Look for and identify mini beasts with our education team. Identify creatures that hide under logs and stones.


Bat Fest (Drop-in session – no booking required)

  •    Sat 19th August

Bat information display; local bat expert Q&A, Bat finger puppet making, Bat mask making, colouring sheets.


DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR RED SQUIRREL ENCLOSURE – a chance to see our very own Red Squirrels in their new habitat.

Have you done our Sensory Trail? Ask at our Front Desk for more information.

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, YO60 7BY

01653 648598
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Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta is well known for being the ultimate weekend of sensational live music, family entertainment and hot air balloons. This year, they have announced some incredible artists including Sam Ryder, Ella Henderson, Toploader, Blue, Joel Corry, Diversity, Sister Sledge and many more.

This family festival will also host some popular children’s entertainers too – including Andy & The Odd Socks, YolanDa’s Band Jam, Brainiac Live, Justin Fletcher, Dick & Dom and Cosmic Kids Yoga.

Included in each ticket will be entry to the event to watch these sensational live musicians, the family roller rink, the ravertots big top, children’s arts & crafts tents and the arena entertainment – including Stunt World, Dingle Fingle Comedy Car the BMX Show and all balloon related entertainment (weather permitting.)

Balloon pilots travel from across the country (and some from Europe) to attend this festival. They are hoping to have a mass balloon launch on every evening of the event, and a picture-perfect night glow performance on the first three nights of the event too

Held over Friday 25th – Monday 28th – this weekend is not to be missed out on. Use code: MUMBLER25 to get 25% off the price of your tickets.

01904 202761
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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens – Summer Holidays

National Trust property. Families can let off steam in the wilderness play area or see what’s on offer in the school holidays. Refuel in the walled garden restaurant or brewhouse or grab something to take away as you explore. Choose from plants and an extensive home and garden range in the shop.

Dogs on a lead are welcome except in the restaurant, walled garden and wilderness play area

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

01904 472027

Burnby Hall Gardens Summer Events

Children’s activities in the 2023 summer school holidays at Burnby Hall:

  • Big Butterfly Day Performance Event: 22nd July, 11am – 3pm
  • Punch and Judy Day: 26th July, 11am – 3pm
  • Crafty Tuesday: 1st, 15th & 29th August, 11am – 3pm
  • Creative Music Workshops: 2nd & 16th August, 12.30 – 3pm.
  • Knights of the Round Table: 9th August, 10.30am – 3pm.
  • Hercules – A Theatre Production for the Children: 11th August, 6.30 – 8.30pm
  • Things That Fly: 23rd August, 11am – 3pm

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

Cedarbarn PYO

Farm shop, café and miniature railway situated between Pickering and Thornton le Dale, open 7 days a week.

Pumpkin 2023 season is officially open. Sadly no carving this year 

Cedarbarn Farm Shop, Thornton Road, Pickering. YO18 7JX
ORDERS 01751 475614

Eden Camp Summer Activities

Summer 2023 activities:

Join in with one of our children’s workshops covering themes of – Evacuation | Rationing | Tack Biscuit making | POW Crafts!

🪖 Take in a Daily Tank Talk in the Heritage Hall from 1pm until 3pm

✏️ Pick up one of our brand new Children’s activity booklets filled with games and quizzes along with our new stamp trail and scavenger hunt

🤸‍♀️ Let off some steam in our fabulous Eco friendly adventure play area!

🗺 Explore the Huts and take in the sights, sounds and smells of WWII

⭕️ Take part in the traditional games placed around the site

26th – 27th August, 10am – 5pm. Living History Weekend.

Eden Camp, Malton, YO17 6RT
(01653) 697777

Flamborough Fire Festival

Planned for summer 2024 – details to follow 

Bring the whole family to this fun and flame filled night. There’ll be Fireworks, Fireballs, a Viking Battle, and a Strongest Viking Competition! Wear your best Viking clothes, enjoy food and drink in Ragnar’s Encampment, and join the Viking Torchlight Procession to welcome the Spirits of the New Year!

Children 15 and under free, adults in FULL viking costume free. Festival ticket £10, ticket+torch is £15.

Mereside, Flamborough. YO15 1LA

Helmsley Library Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Tuesday 4th August 10.30am – 11.30am
Love Science – Science Sports Challenges (booking essential)
Friday 11th August 10am – 12pm
North Yorkshire Rotters – Smoothie Bike
Wednesday 30th August 10.30am – 11.30am
Love Science – Prehistoric Adventures (booking essential)
Explore the Jurassic Era uncovering fossils, erupting volcanoes and learn how the dinosaurs disappeared.
Suitable 4-11 year olds

Town Hall. YO62 5BL
Phone: 01609 534553

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

Kirbymoorside Summer Fair

Join us for lots of fun!

3rd August 2024

10am – 4pm

Free entry

Kirbymoorside Memorial Hall

Kirkbymoorside Library Summer Activities

Summer Reading Challenge starts 15th July 2023, sign up 9.30am-12.30pm.

For more info call 01609 534557 or call into the library.

Church House, 7 High Market Pl, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 6AT

Lightwater Valley Summer Events

Summer 2023 events at Lightwater Valley:

  • Rex’s Summertime meet and greet
  • Free facepainting
  • Character meet and greets
  • Ebor’s Summertime dance off
  • Ebor’s Summertime Circus Show

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT
01765 635321

Malton Library Summer Reading Challenge 2023

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, Malton Library is holding these FREE events:

28th July, 10.30am-12.30pm –  NY Rotters Smoothie Bike, 4-11yrs
4th August, 2pm –  Digitally themed games and activities 4-11yrs
11th August, 11am –  Tom Palmer’s Football Reading Game 7-11yrs
18 August, 10.30am-12pm –  Serena Partridge Make your own kit bag
22nd August, 2.00pm – Draw along with Liz Illustration session ‘Human Beans’ 5yrs+upwards

Booking is essential for the above workshops, call 01609 534565 to book.

Malton Library, St Michael St, Malton YO17 7LJ

Malton Museum Roman Festival & Events

The Roman Festival will be a celebration of all things Roman, and is a family fun day on the site of Malton’s Roman Fort with themed activities for children.

  • Sunday 23rd July 2023, come and celebrate Roman life in Malton and Norton at the second Malton Museum Roman Festival! Tickets must be booked in advance, £20 per family.
Include live action demonstrations from our Roman Cavalry, plenty of children’s activities from mosaic making, wax tablet drawing, ‘archaeological digs’, as well as being able to dress up as an Ancient Britain or a Roman Soldier – and more! For the grown ups. we will also have our ‘mini-museum’, chance to meet some amazing historical authors, and local history groups!
Open from 10:30am to 3:30pm this will be an action packed day of fun for the whole family at the site of Malton’s Roman Fort – Orchard Fields, Old Malton.

Malton Museum, 36 Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AB
01653 691262

Monk Park Farm Summer

Monk Park Farm are open 7 days a week until the 4th September 2023.  Over Summer you can take part in Calf Bottle Feeding, Pig Racing, Sheep Snuggling, plus Foam Partying, Pillow Bouncing, Train Riding, Kart Driving, Barrel Riding, 2 Play Areas and then Refuel in The Hungry Monk Cafe. Tickets are discounted if booked online.

Monk Park Farm, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG
01845 42 11 24

National Centre for Birds of Prey

The National Centre for Birds of Prey is the largest collection of these amazing birds in the north of England. A huge collection of owls, eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures and more are housed in spacious aviaries on our 12 acre site. The trained birds are flown for our visitors daily either indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. Picnic tables are provided and the parking is free. Visitors are able to access the Parklands surrounding Duncombe Park for free. Open 7 days a week.

Flying Demo times From 24 March – 31 October 2023: 11.30am, 2.00pm, 4.15pm

Duncombe Park, Helmsley. YO62 5EB
Phone: 08447 422 035

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Get your Big 50 ‘Bucket List’ booklet when you collect tickets at the Booking Office at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, tick off as many Bucket List items as you can over the Summer 2023 School Holidays and visit an NYMR Shop to collect your Top Fan or Super Fan badge. £45 adult annual pass, kids go FREE.

Pickering Station, Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ

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

Norton Hive Summer Reading Challenge 2023

As part of the Summer Reading Challenge, Norton Hive is holding these FREE events:

26th July – Kickboxing, 3 age groups – 3-5yrs/ 6-11yrs/12+, 11.00 – 14.00
03rd August – Angela Kales Digital Games, All Ages, 13.30 – 15.30
05th August – Table Tennis – All Ages, 12.00 – 15.30
12th August – Boardgames – All Ages, 12.00 – 16.00
15th August – Table Tennis – All Ages, 12.00 – 15.30
16th August – Lego Competition – All Ages, 13.00 – 16.00
17th August – Skateboarding, 3 age groups 3-5yrs/ 6-11yrs/ 12+, 11.00 – 14.00
21st August – Gardening Day, All Ages, 10.30 – 13.00
22nd August – Boardgames, All Ages, 12.00 – 14.00
24th August – Lego Competition, All Ages, 13.00 – 16.00
31st August – North Yorkshire Rotters Smoothie Bike, make a refreshing drink with your own leg power! All Ages, 14.00 – 16.00

All events free of charge. Apart from Digital Games and NY Rotters, all other events should be booked in advance on 01609 534552

Norton Hive Library, 86 Commercial St, Norton, Malton YO17 9ES

Nunnington Hall Summer Holidays

Children’s book illustrator Georgia Cowley brings her fun and colourful ‘Let’s Draw’ exhibition to Nunnington Hall, which is hands-on and perfect for young artists and storytellers! Running from Saturday 15th July – Sunday 3rd September 2023, the exhibition includes a fun ‘illustrators’ studio’ space, a reading hub and an interactive gallery to share your work alongside Georgia’s original illustrations. It’s about making drawing fun and playful!

Alongside this, there’ll be the opportunity to get involved with a range of sport and play activities in the garden and grounds. These will include self-led archery, badminton and yoga.

Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
01439 748283

Pickering Library Summer Reading Challenge

Get Ready for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which starts on 15th July 2023. This year’s theme is sport, and Pickering Library will have a table tennis table set up for the start of the challenge, a character hunt, as well as lots of exciting new sports themed books to choose from.

Saturday 15th July – Have a go Table Tennis

Saturday 22nd July – Have a go Table Tennis

Thursday 17th July 10.30am – 11.30am- Learn to Knit – booking required

Thursday 3rd August 10.30am – 12pm – Crafting with Serena Partridge – booking required

Thursday 10th August 10.30am – 11.30am – Digital day with a games theme

Friday 18th August 10am – 11am – North Yorkshire Rotters Smoothie Bike

Thursday 24th August 10.30am – 12pm – Crafting

Pickering Library, The Ropery, Pickering YO18 8DY
01609 533624

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

Ravenscar Visitor Centre Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt on the Cleveland Way – Sunday 27th August 2023, 10:30am until 2pm. Follow a Treasure Hunt on part of the Cleveland Way, using one of our GPS units to guide you on your way. Discover hidden boxes along the way, each containing rubber stamps to help you create your own ink stamped masterpiece! The walk is about 2 miles long following the Cleveland Way on the “Town that never was” route and will take about 2 hours to complete. Arrive anytime between 10.30am and 2pm to start your journey.

Cost: £5 per family and £20 refundable deposit for the GPS unit. There is no booking required, just turn up to take part. Dogs are permitted, but on a short lead please. Not accessible by wheelchair.

Visitor centre, Ravenscar, Scarborough, YO13 0NE. For more information please call 01439 772700.

Ryedale Folk Museum Summer Activities

  • New Victorian childhood trail to help you explore the Museum.
  • Can you locate the nursery rhymes hidden around the Museum?
  • Activities on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, 10am – 4pm. Take a trip through time this weekend: meet the reenactors and take in the scents and sounds of their historical encampment.

All activities are free, included in the price of your museum admission. Best suited to families with children aged 4 and above.

Our tractor play zone is open as usual all summer, play house in a converted gypsy caravan, or enjoy traditional games at the schoolroom.

Normal admission charges to the Museum apply, or visit for free if you bring your valid Ryedale Folk Museum Annual Pass.
Wheelchair accessible. Dogs on leads welcome.

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

Scarborough Castle Summer Activities

Activities for families during the Summer 2023:

Knights Tournament, 25th to 27th July 2023, 10am – 5pm.

Legendary Joust, 8th to 10th August 2023, 10am – 5pm.

Pirates! 22nd to 24th August 2023, 10am – 5pm.

Standard admission applies, book online and save 10%.

Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY. 01723 372451

Thirsk Library Summer Reading Challenge

Come along on 15th July 2023 to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge and see the lots of free activities that will be on offer over the Summer. For more information call 01609 534589

Meadowfields 1TH, Chapel St, Thirsk

Thornton Le Dale Summer Events

Summer 2023 Activities in Thornton le Dale:

  • Scarecrow Festival – 2023 TBC. The theme is ‘Any children’s TV programme character from 1952 to today’
  • Thornton le Dale Show – 9th August 2023. A packed programme of events to suit all ages including animals, music, fancy dress, dog show plus much much more. Free parking. For more info call 01751 476500

Whitby Abbey Summer Activities

Every weekend 22nd July to 28th August 2023, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. Gain a whole new perspective on Bram Stoker’s gothic story, and watch his legendary tale performed live in the ruins that inspired him this summer. Performed by the fantastic Time Will Tell theatre group, you’re sure to be transported into the iconic story of Dracula.

Standard admission applies

Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

York Bird of Prey Centre – Summer Holidays

Open for bird display!

York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833 214

York Chocolate Story – Summer Holidays

York’s Chocolate Story is open daily for tours throughout summer. Special events including Family Masterclasses and Outdoor Chocolate Tasting Tours are also happening throughout the holidays.

Open daily from 10am – pre-book tickets online.

York’s Chocolate Story, Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD

01904 527765

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