10 Ideas for Family Days Out After Christmas in and around Yorkshire
If you’re looking for ideas to get out of the house and for the kids to burn off some energy once the Christmas celebrations are over, we have listed our ‘Top Ten’ day trip ideas which an easy drive of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey. We have included indoor and outdoor activities in case the weather isn’t great and there are ideas for all ages.
The magical Winter Illuminations will be lighting up the Enchanted Forest and the Snowflake Maze will be open for you to explore! Why not see the Winter Illuminations from a different view by taking to the 1.2km Nordic Ski route! The ice-skating rink will also be open after Christmas and the rink is covered, meaning you can whizz around the rink in any weather! There is also all the normal fun to be had in the many adventure playgrounds, with something for all ages.
Open until 6th January 2020, 10.30am-8.30pm (*Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, shuts at 7pm New Year’s Eve and opens 1pm New Years Day).
Pre-book online HERE and quote: MUMSCARBOROUGH for an extra 10% discount! (Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.
Visit our brand new Turtle Rescue Centre where you can rescue your very own interactive turtle, and make sure you head over to our walk-through penguin enclosure where you can learn to waddle with our adorable penguins literally at your feet!
With over 1,000 incredible creatures in over 50 indoor and outdoor displays including Yorkshire’s only Seal Hospital, there is fun to be had for the whole family on a trip to SEA LIFE Scarborough!
Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 01262 673769
Naughty Elf Trail runs until 5th January 2020.
Follow our naughty elf trail by downloading the Love Exploring app from Apple Store or Google Play for free. Use the app to explore hidden games and guided trails, and find surprises all around the Sewerby Estate. Find out more on the outdoor walks page.
Estate open dawn till dusk, opening times of house, gardens, zoo, golf and playground vary. The grounds are also open in the off-season free of charge, with a small charges for the house and zoo. Cafe is quite narrow for getting prams in.
Large parklands with deer to spot, hall and gardens to explore, zoo with a variety of animals, mini golf, playground, cafe and shop.
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover. Great play area for children, walking and cycling trails for all. Cafes and bike hire centre plus Dalby Activity Centre, Go Ape and Forest Segway .
@ShauntheSheep, Lu-La and characters from the brilliant new film A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon film have arrived in Dalby forest for a brand new interactive glow trail! Perfect for children aged 6 years plus.
Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.
The House prepares for a grand masked ball inspired by the Venetian Carnival to be held in the Long Gallery spectacularly adorned as the Grand Canal. Amongst the sumptuous decorations and awe inspiring costumes, a troupe of travelling players prepare festive entertainments for the guests. These ebullient, mischievous characters – Harlequin, Colombine, Pierrot and the Zanni Clown are part of the famous Commedia dell Arte who became the much-loved characters of the pantomimes that remain one of our best beloved Christmas traditions. A magical immersive experience that will embody the spirit of the season in true Castle Howard style.
It is easy to spend a full day here as you soak up the jovial atmosphere, enjoy an array of indulgent winter warmers across our catering outlets and of course visit Skelf Island for lots of fun.
Enjoy the swimming pool and slides for ONLY £3.50pp
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) for only £12, or if you have a child aged 0-2 years they can swim for FREE
(Please note there are some scheduled early closures due to private events, so please call 01653 668127 to check)
Tie in with a visit to the theme park too. Choice of junior and family rides open as well as the Peter Rabbit play ground, plus of course the award winning zoo. With 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds, you can enjoy an amazing view of the animal kingdom. A variety of Keeper Talks and a sea lion and bird show are included within your admission.
With over 5,000 animals to explore there is loads for families of all ages to explore at The Deep! Explore the seas of the past, present and future in the fun-packed interactive shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. You can get crafty too and make your own 2020 calendar.
Running until 5th January 2020, 10am-6pm. (*Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
William’s Den is a unique and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore an amazing play structure that brings the great outdoors inside. Children can play, explore, run, climb and build dens! Check out the Mumbler Review here for more info and pictures.
(*Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve open 10am-4pm)
William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.
At McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York until 5th January 2020.
Glide gracefully on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink, with a 30ft high sparkling Christmas tree as its centrepiece. This magical setting makes for the perfect family fun day out, both on and off the ice.
Step inside the cosy alpine-themed, apres-skate café overlooking the ice rink, where you can warm up after your session on the ice or simply sit back and watch the skaters glide past. Sip mulled wine, indulge in the best hot chocolate in town and feast on hot dogs, toasties and sweet treats.
Enjoy thrilling vintage funfair rides including the dodgems
Tackle those Christmas wish lists at York Designer Outlet where you’ll discover all your favourite brands for up to 60% less, all under one roof plus with FREE parking, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland really does have something for everyone.
SKATE, PLAY, SHOP, DINE AT YORKSHIRE’S WINTER WONDERLAND!