Generations of the Howard family have welcomed visitors to Castle Howard, one of the great palaces of Europe, for over 300 years and today we extend this warm welcome to your family.
There’s acres of fun to get lost in and lots of wildlife to discover. If the kids want to let off some steam, they can escape to Skelf Island, our legendary Adventure Playground named after the historic site Castle Howard sits on, Henderskelfe. Throughout the school holidays, they might encounter the faerie-like creatures that live in the canopies and crooks of Skelf Island. Known as Skelves, they’re a friendly and curious bunch that loves to play!
The whole family can explore history at Castle Howard, whether that’s through the meandering corridors and great halls of the House or outside in the beautiful eighteenth-century Walled Garden, or in the many monuments you’ll uncover on your walks around the Grounds.
Mums, dads, grandparents, and carers can take a breather in our café outlets, with the Boathouse Café situated next to Skelf Island, meaning you can still keep an eye on the kids! Or seat yourself in the Fitzroy or Courtyard Café for a delightful lunch. You’ll also find our Farm and Gift shop and Garden Centre on-site too – there really is something for everyone!
“One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime” The Telegraph, 2018
Castle Howard is open every day, please check our website and social media for the latest updates and opening times.
Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry England, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover.
Great play area for children, accessible walking and cycling trails for all.
Cafes and bike hire centre.
Dalby Activity Centre, Go Ape and Forest Segway is also here.
Adderstone Field is fantastic for kids.
Superworm Trail with more details HERE
Staindale Lake is great for picnics.
£10 per car in summer, £5 in winter
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy and hobgoblin sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. The intriguing Fairy and Hobgoblin Museum displays what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy and hobgoblin artefacts.
The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
The woodland kitchen serves organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
I took my 7 year old granddaughter and 3 year old grandson to Northwood during the school holidays on one of the days that I was looking after them. It was such an easy day out – a nice drive through the countryside and straight forward to find from the instructions, easy to park and find our way in and I felt very safe and relaxed going around the trail with the two of them. The woodland was absolutely magical, both of my grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it and so did I. It was lovely to go around together and spend the time making memories in somewhere so peaceful and enchanting.
I’d highly recommend this as a day out for other grandparents to do while looking after their grandchildren.
Mumbler User who visited Easter 2022.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
Join us again on the farm for a new season of farm filled fun and play!
What will you do first?
Visit our wonderful animals in the animal barn, the Piglets Maternity Ward is a must see to get up close and watch the new born piglets nestling into mum! Listen to our animal handlers talk about how we look after all our furry friends! Jump for joy on the bouncy pillows, we have a dedicated bouncy pillow just for the under 5’s that all toddlers love! Find where the fairies live down the Fairy Tale Trail.
Take a tractor and trailer ride up to our re-vamped Indoor Play Barn. Adults can grab a coffee and a snack whilst the children get to play on our super new play equipment. The Indoor Play Barn is perfect for when the weather is a little chilly. Scramble over our Olym-Pig Assault Course or take a swing at mini golf. For all the budding little farmers there is the tractor driving area and Dig and Play sand construction zone.
There is so much to see and do here during the week at Piglets!
Don’t forget to look out for our special events during the school holidays also!
Book on line www.pigletsadventurefarm.com
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, Strensall YO32 9ST
York’s Premier Trampoline Park, Winner of the Small Visitors Attraction of the year 2020 by Visit York. Bounce, Flip and tumble over 100+ trampolines. You can test yourself on our assault course or jump off the heights of mount Enzo into the giant Air Bag.
Family Packages available, for the whole family to enjoy the park together and Toddler Sessions now for ages 1-5 yrs. Don’t forget the ever-popular fitness session on a Wednesday evening, where you can bounce yourself fit.
On Thursdays at 5pm the Park is transformed into a haven for individuals with additional needs, we have designed a session in partnership with local charities, professionals and parents to ensure each individual’s needs are met.
Parties now available for ages 1- 101!!!! Build your own Party package including 1 hour of trampolining madness where the party can go wild in the ultimate house of bounce. Followed by a delicious selection of food from our 5* Refuel Café.
Bespoke packages available for corporate events and team building activity days. Email for details.
Look forward to seeing you soon!!!!
Sewerby Hall and Gardens offers a great mix of heritage, interactive trails, play features and best of all, the zoo. Be entertained in the zoo with the friendly penguins, pygmy goats and Eccy the parrot, who is always keen to chat. Relax in the Walled and Rose Gardens and be amazed by the giant monkey puzzle trees in the Pleasure Gardens. Check out the new events with Rusticus during school holidays on our website. Don’t miss a freshly baked scone and cup of tea from the Clock Tower Café – it certainly is a great day out for the whole family. Book your tickets today and find out more on our website.
The world-renowned exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will be on display at Sewerby Hall and Gardens between 7 May – 17 July 2022, to accompany the exhibition there will be lots of extra family events. Find the full list and details on Mumbler here.
Dogs welcome in most of the outdoor areas, but must be kept on a lead. There is a designated section in the cafe for dogs.
Brand new Sledmere Coach House Café!
Renovation project of the 18th century stable block at Sledmere has created state of the art kitchen, extended café, multipurpose function rooms, newly refurbished farm shop, visitor reception, & WC’s.
House, grounds, farm park and adventure play area all now fully open. They have put many Covid procedures in place, including limited tickets online bookings here (Click Here to Book)
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5.00pm (also open bank holiday Monday). Dogs are always welcome, we just ask they are kept on leads.
Sledmere House, Driffield, YO25 3XG. 01377 236637. For more info and to book tickets please visit their website here.
In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!
Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.
Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!
In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!
Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!
Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!
For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit www.stockeldpark.co.uk
Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.
A fantastic trampoline park situated in the heart of East Cleveland, it’s a great day out whatever the weather. There are a range of sessions available to accommodate a variety of ages, abilities & needs. They also do parties.
Milhome Avenue, Skelton Industrial Estate, Skelton, TS12 2LQ
Open 6 Days a week, 10am-5pm (Closed Fridays) Due to re-open early May 2022, please check with them for up to date info.
Miniature village set in beautiful gardens with 200 model buildings and 1000 model characters. Look out for the humorous and unexpected – you may miss something the first time around! The land train from Sewerby to Bridlington stops off here.
Sewerby Road, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ER
Award winning family owned animal park, wide variety of animals to see such as donkeys, alpacas, meerkats, rabbits…and several different kinds of birds, as well as reptiles. There are Meet the Meerkats and Bird of Prey Experiences. There is also a weekly Keeper club for children, allowing them to find out what it’s like to be a Zoo Keeper. African Plains and South American Animals coming soon. Gift shop on site and children’s play area.
Open daily including weekends and bank holidays 10.00 – 5pm, last entry 4.30pm.
Covert Lane (Park Rose), Carnaby, Bridlington, YO15 3QF. 01262 673653
Hall, gardens and gift shop open every day 11am until 5pm. With a fabulous adventure playground, enchanted woodland village, giant board games, willow dens and a trail to follow, children will find so much to amuse and inspire here!
Dogs on leads are welcome in most outdoor areas.
Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB
Farm shop, café and miniature railway situated between Pickering and Thornton le Dale.
PYO Strawberries have started for 2021.
Miniature Railway is weekends only 10am – 3pm. During the summer holidays, the railway will be open 7 days a week.
Cafe & Shop open 7 days a week.
Cedarbarn Farm Shop, Thornton Road, Pickering. YO18 7JX
ORDERS 01751 475614
Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates, and home to the Duncombe family.
Located in Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, the estate boasts over 450 acres of spectacular gardens, parklands and nature reserve.
The parklands can be accessed for £1 and the gardens are chargeable too. However the parklands are free for visitors of the National Centre for Birds of Prey.
Many family events throughout the year.
Lovely play park near the car park for the NCBP which is free.
Address: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, YO62 5EB
Tel: 01439 770213
‘Experience the sights sounds and smells of life on the Home front and the Front Line, all set in the original buildings and grounds of a prisoner of war camp. A great value, day out for all the family. Quizzes running throughout the year and junior assault course (weather permitting). Dog friendly.
A great venue for a visit in wet weather as our displays are mainly indoors.
Café, gift shop and ample free parking.’’
Eden Camp, Malton, YO17 6RT
Telephone: (01653) 697777
Falconry UK is set in a beautiful country garden and gives you a great chance to experience the excitement and thrills of falconry.
There is also a chance to handle some of these amazing birds after each display.
Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske, Thirsk, YO7 4EU
Thrilling Theme Park with big rollercoasters for older kids as well as a great choice of junior and family rides, including the dinosaur themed Dino-Stone Park, and the Peter Rabbit play ground. They are also an award winning zoo, with 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds. Host regular events during school holidays.
Kirby Misperton Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX
0800 40 888 40
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID19 – HOPING TO OPEN EARLY AUGUST
Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park.
Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin.
Why not also visit Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey nearby – the perfect stop on any family day out, or if you’re out walking or cycling.
Handy long stay car park behind!
If you’re looking for a fun family day out why not head to Hornsea Freeport. There are 2 great children’s attractions there, along with the usual range of shops and discount outlets.
Beach Cove – Swing, slide, zip, bounce, climb, dig and twirl in the outdoor activity park… and explore the soft play zone indoors. Time for a break? Relax in the Rockpool Café and terrace overlooking the play areas. Open every day 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Bugtopia – the hands-on tropical nature attraction featuring Huge Bugs, butterflies, birds, spiders, and more! Incredible leafcutter ants have arrived at Bugtopia too! Open every day.
Hornsea Freeport, Rolston Road, Hornsea, HU18 1UT.
Hutton-le-Hole is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, about seven miles north-west of Pickering. Hutton-le-Hole is a popular scenic village within the North York Moors National Park.
‘We used to go to Hutton-le-hole as kids. Fab little streams to play in. Best in the summer months to take a picnic’
LH March 2017
“Visit Hutton le Hole on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors for a lovely family day out.
Bring a picnic and have a paddle in the pretty beck that runs through the village. There’s parking, a pub and shops selling ice cream. One of our favourite places!”
Mumbler Recommended SC ’17
Stimulating role play area where young children can explore, play and learn whilst having fun. The village scene includes a number of different buildings, eg. they can be fire fighters and then the next they can pop next door into the cafe and make tea for their friends.
A baby area is a safe and secure environment for babies to freely explore without the hustle bustle of the older children.
Coffee shop for the grown ups
Monday – Sunday: 09:30AM – 17:30PM
Unit 26, Hartlepool Workshops, Usworth Road, Hartlepool TS25 1PD
(01429) 597 879
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 from 1st February until 24th December
Duncombe Park, Helmsley. YO62 5EB
Phone: 08447 422 035
Runs from Pickering to Whitby over 24 miles of beautiful Yorkshire Scenery.
Old fashioned steam engines running through beautiful countryside, can jump on and off at various villages.
Regular special events for children.
NT Nunnington Hall, Garden and Tea Garden are NOW OPEN
Wednesday – Sunday
10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)
PRE BOOKED tickets are recommended but walk ins also welcomed if we have space.
Please park and head to Reception.
Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID19 – HOPING TO OPEN EARLY AUGUST
Why not take the beautiful walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx? It takes approximately an hour then you can enjoy well deserved refreshments in the café.
Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries.
Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, YO62 5LB
Phone: 01439 798228
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000.
William’s Den is an exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. Outside, children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting.
William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS
Discover nature gardens, trails and play at Woldies Lavender & Nature Farm. In a beautiful 12 acre setting of lavender, wildflowers and woodland you will find nature activities, miniature railway, den zone and games for all the family to enjoy together.
A new exciting addition is the Bees & Friends Garden. Make your way through the honeycomb to the giant observational bee hive, become a pollinator and pollinate the giant flower, help Woldie Willow track bumblebees and find out how honey is made.
Woldies Lavender & Nature Farm
Just of the A64 between Malton & Scarborough
A beautiful 120 acre garden! Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows whilst letting the children run. Lovely cafe with home-cooked food.
The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY
Phone: 01653 648598
Come and see our unique Lavender Maze, Mediterranean Dry Garden, Sensory Garden, Purple Patch Garden, Themed Gardens, Stream Garden, The Wibbly Wobbly Way, Bog Garden, Natural Wild Flower Grassland Meadow, probably Yorkshire’s largest Snakes and Ladders, The Lynne Goodwill Memorial Garden, Sculpture Park and much much more including fallow deer!
Terrington, York YO60 6PB
01653 648 008