School Holidays Scarborough & Whitby

Summer Holidays

Grounds and Skelf Island are open with restrictions in place. You must BOOK ONLINE prior to going

Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England, the 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breath taking landscape in Ryedale.

The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland (with children’s trails) as well as formal walled garden and children’s adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.

The Boathouse is a lovely place for an ice cream, tea and cake – near the playground too!

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



01653 648333


COVID19 restrictions in place – Due to the changing nature of the situation, visitors to always check our website for the latest info.

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 has the Enchanted Wood and the Gruffalo Trail which are also fantastic for kids.
Staindale Lake is great for picnics.
£9 per car in summer, £5 in winter

Dalby Forest
YO18 7LT
01751 472771


The Great Yorkshire Maze is a brand-new attraction for all the family nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.

We have a field full of fun with nine acres of maize plants and never-ending paths to explore in the Yorkshire Rose Maze, and for younger adventurers there’s the two-acre Scarecrow Mini-Maze.

The Vintage Funfair offers thrills for adults and children alike aboard the 1930s Speedway, Dodgems and Chair-o-plane, while the Hush Hush Train ride and Swing Boats will delight the little ones.  Test your skills at the game stalls and win a prize every time!

For some competitive family fun and more prizes have a go at Football Darts, then enjoy live entertainment in our Big Top with a cuppa and cake, a Berry Best Ice Cream or a barbecued bite.

So come and explore The Great Yorkshire Maze, just off the A64 in Sherburn, midway between Malton and Scarborough!  There’s a lot of fun to be had in the field!

The Great Yorkshire Maze will be open every day from 22 July to 6 September 2020, from 10am to 6pm with last admissions at 4.30pm.

ADULT £10.95
CHILD (ages 3-15) £9.95
BABIES (2 and under) Free
FAMILY OF 3 £28.50
FAMILY OF 4 £38.00
FAMILY OF 5 £47.50


Ticket price includes:
TWO RIDES PER PERSON AT THE VINTAGE FUNFAIR (choice of Dodgems, Speedway, Chair-O-Plane, Hush Hush Train or Swing Boats).

Game Stalls and Football Darts (to include a prize every time) £3 per person.
Additional Funfair rides £3.

Disabled and Carers 50% discount: We offer half price admission to anyone in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and their carer. Please bring proof to the Box Office. Blue Badges are not accepted as proof.

NHS Staff and Care Workers: We offer half price admission to NHS staff, Care Workers and their families. Please bring proof of employment to the Box Office.


At Sherburn, midway between Scarborough and Malton, just off A64.
Postcode: YO17 8QL
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All Public Health England COVID-19 guidance followed
Maze paths allow for 1m social distancing
Hand sanitisers at entrance and funfair rides/stalls
Rides/stalls cleansed after each use
Perspex screen used at food cabin
All staff wear masks and regularly use hand gel
Visitors are advised to wear masks on funfair rides


Piglets Adventure Farm are excited to welcome visitors back from 1st August, when they reopen for unmissable Summer Fun!


What will you do first? Visit The Beach to sit back and relax whilst your little piggies explore acres of sand and water fun, you can even hire your very own Beach Hut* for the day. Reach for the sky on the Bouncing Pillows, have a swing at crazy golf or meet lovable furry friends! Discover the Farmyard Trail to see adorable alpacas, cute curly tailed pigs and perfect ponies. Plus, get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky you might see one being born!


With 20 new fairies to find, don’t forget to follow the magical Fairy Tale Trail through the woods. Enjoy a well-earned refreshment, from fresh Sourdough Pizzas to the famous Piggy Poo Ice Cream in the Ice Cream Parlour, or why not pack a picnic?


Please Note: Due to government guidelines Piglets Adventure Farm will be reducing the amount of visitors on site. Tickets are limited and MUST be booked online in advance by visiting


Piglets Adventure Farm is open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm.

*Extra charge for booking a beach hut. Visit to find out more.

Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.

01904 499700

RE-OPEN 12th APRIL 2021! Saturday to Wednesday each week. 

Cafe is takeaway only and the indoor play barn remains closed until lockdown restrictions ease. 

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

No need to book for normal visits.

Read our review HERE

Killerby Grange, Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3TL

01723 586351.

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Rainy Day

Summer Explorer Quests

Download the trail sheet from the website in advance or pick one up on site

Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY

01723 372451
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Sledmere House & Grounds

Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637

Open Tuesday to Sunday

From the 13th April – • The rare breed farm park • Wagoners special reserve museum • East Lodge holiday accommodation • The Adventure play area opens •
From the 18th May – • The grand opening of the newly renovated Coach House Cafe
All going well, the final restrictions should be lifted on the 21st June which mean Sledmere House will finally be reopened for pre-booked tours from 22nd.

They have put many procedures in place one being the limited ticket online booking (Click Here to Book)




Sledmere House, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG.

Saturday 25th July to Sunday 13th September

Sledmere maize maze and summer fun returns BIGGER and better for the 2020 summer holidays.

Come explore the 4 acres of maize maze. Can you help farmer Cob to find all of his missing farm machinery and save this years harvest.

Your Maize Maze ticket includes other summer fun activities in the paddocks such as mini golf, footpool and footgolf.

Additional charges apply and we ask for you to book your staggered arrival time prior to your visit online at

Ticket prices are:
Adult Maize only Online Price – £5.00
Adult Maize On The Gate Price – £5.50
Child (3-16) Maize Online Price – £7.00
Child (3-16) Maize On The Gate – £7.50

You can also buy combined tickets to save money on entry into grounds, gardens, farm park and adventure play area.
Adult Combined Online Price – £12.00
Adult Combined On The Gate – £13.00
Child (3-16) Combined Online Price – £10.00
Child (3-16) On The Gate Price – £11.00

Friends members and under 3’s – Free

You can buy Sledmere friends membership online now for 12 months free entry and other offers and discounts.

We’d just like to let you know that we’ve achieved the official industry standard mark ‘Good to Go’ for visitors attractions to show that we are fully following the government guidelines to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

01377 236637

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Swim Safe

FREE outdoor swimming and safety sessions for 7 – 14 year olds.
Several sessions each day
Book your session in advance at
Take part, have fun, stay safe

Currently no confirmed sessions due to COVID19

Children love swimming outdoors, but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is very different to swimming in a pool. Swim safe offers a unique oppourtunity for children aged between 7-14 year olds to learn how to keep themselves safe when swimming outdoors and what to do if they get into trouble.
Take part in a fun, interactive practical Swim Safe session at North Bay, Scarborough and learn all about how to stay safe by the sea.
Each hour long session is completely free and included safety advice provided by qualified lifeguards and up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with accredited swimming teachers.

Visit to book your place or visit us on the day

With Swim England and the RNLI

Summer Explorer Quests

Download the trail sheet from the website in advance or pick one up on site

Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

01947 603568

Nature Themed Gardens, Trails & Play at Wolds Way Lavender & Nature Farm

Pre Booking required.

Enjoy the outdoors together at the Beautiful Lavender & Nature Farm, with seasonal activities ensuring lots to keep the family entertained.

Help Woldie Willow with his Butterfly count, bee keeping and bird spotting.

Weave through Woldie Willows Living Willow Maze.

Miniature railway, Football golf, Giant games, Timber trail, Den zone Building, Giant sandpit and much more!

New for 2021

Now serving a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes & tray bakes. Variety of Coffee’s, Tea’s & Hot Chocolates.


Free Parking. Gift Shop & Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Tel. 01944 758641

Open DAILY (10am – 4pm)

Wolds Way Lavender
Wintringham, Malton
YO17 8HW

Just of the A64 between Malton & Scarborough

01944 758641


Active Coast Events

Active Coast offers activities designed to explore, join in and enjoy the iconic East Yorkshire coastline. In Bridlington, they have a fun packed programme running throughout the 2019 summer holidays. They have some regular weekly sessions happening in July & August, and they are as follows:


For more information call 01482 395320/678255

AirTime Trampoline Park

Great fun whatever the weather.

Range of sessions available to accommodate a variety of ages, abilities & needs, including our General Sessions (Air Fun) and Fitness Sessions (Air Fit) as well as sessions dedicated to Tots (Air Tots), Families & those with Additional Needs (Air +).


Milhome Avenue,  Skelton Industrial Estate,  Skelton, TS12 2LQ
 01287 653179

Crafty Creations Cafe

OPEN 20th MAY 2021

Paint a pot and try other crafts at the Crafty Creations Cafe, a place fun for all ages and all weathers.

We offer you a range of coffee and teas and why not treat yourself to a slice of cake. Coffee not your thing, don’t worry we also have milkshakes and soft drinks.

Many of our crafts including Acrylic painting of pots can be taken with you once complete or we can post them to you when they have been glazed and fired.

4 Eastborough, Scarborough, YO11 1NW

01723 364419

Eden Camp

‘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

Ento-Sleuthing in South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough

Go on an insect adventure with this #GardentoGarden workshop for young people and families.

More details HERE

Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park

OPEN with restrictions in place.

Lovely place to visit with the children. Educational and well organised with well stocked café.

Scarborough Road
Filey YO14 9PG

01723 514439

Fluid Concept

Learn to surf on one of the safest beaches in the UK.

Surf lessons and paddleboard lessons available.

The Spa Complex, Scarborough YO12 2HD
01723 354263 or 07891 094976

Free Family Entertainment at Peasholm Park

There are dinosaurs on the loose in Peasholm Park! All through Summer 2020 we’ll have dinos roaming the park. Grab your mobile phone and take your children along to play our Augmented Reality Dinosaur Safari. The Love Exploring app is free to download

Free entry to the park

Peasholm Park, Columbus Ravine, Scarborough YO12 7TS

Hidden Horizons – Fossil Hunting

Join in for a fossil hunting trip at Cayton Bay, Reighton Sands, Runswick Bay and Boggle Hole. We do suggest wellies or stout footwear and a bag or bucket to put your finds in. As part of your ticket you will receive a FREE Beach Finds Guide.

All sessions 1 hour 30 mins long

Tickets: Booking essential
Adults: £10
5 – 16yrs: £7
Under 5s: FREE
All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

For more information call: 01723 817017

Hull Museums Summer Activities

Hull museums are holding a variety of Free events this 2020 Summer Holiday. All are free, just drop in:

  • Details TBC

For more information call 01482 300300. Wilberforce House, HU1 1NE. Hull Maritime Museum, HU1 3DX. Hands on History Museum, HU1 1RR. Hull and East Riding Museum, HU1 1NQ.

Libraries – Summer Reading Challenge

The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge is vitual

Contact your nearest library to sign up. More details here


Living Seas Centre

Details TBC

Seashore Wildlife Week in the Discovery Room – Come and learn about all the wildlife living in our rockpools.

Hands on activities and displays all week! Free to visit.

Living Seas Centre
North End, Flamborough, Bridlington, YO15 1

MonsterHero Safari – Scarborough, Whitby, Filey, Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea

MonsterHero Safari is a high street experience where families are tasked with hunting down 10 monster superheroes, displayed in public windows, and learning their names, origin stories and powers. Children will delight in spotting the cute, colourful characters when they spot all 10 they can download a free e-book with the characters first team-up adventure. Trails have been set-up in towns across the Yorkshire Coast, including Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea.

Recently we have seen the power of ‘experience trails’ as people look for activities to do safely with their families. Rainbows and teddy bears displayed in residential windows have become synonymous with the lockdown. MonsterHero Safari works by utilising contactless NFC technology and QR codes, without the need for players to download or sign up to anything. The safari consists of 10 vinyl window characters, with embedded NFC tags that mostly independent retailers will host.

To take part simply:

1. Tap any character decal with your phone to unlock the little monster to get started
2. Learn their names, stories and powers and find out where the next is hiding
3. When you’ve found them all you will unlock your very own ebook!

Families will be able to start the safari by tapping or scanning any of the characters and simply donating whatever they can. To launch this activity Yorkshire Coast BID will be providing 1000 games completely free, to boost participation and build momentum.

For families on the safari, they will be able to engage with the experience by tapping each character’s belly and learning their names, stories, and powers. Younger children will delight in spotting the cute and colourful characters in window corners and older (and grown-up children) will engage by learning more about them.

All the trails are live now and will be running until the end of September 2020.

North Bay Railway

Railway OPEN with restrictions in place. Regular trains running. Book tickets via the website. 

Historic seaside miniature railway, offering a wide range of attractions including the Sky Trail (closed – end of June opening), Water Walking Balls (closed – end of June opening), Boating Lake (open – pedalos £5 (seat 4)) and Historic Water Chute (open – £3 (2 goes)). Operating trains since 1931, taking passengers for around ¾ mile from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills stations, offering beautiful views of Scarborough’s North Bay. 100% wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Dogs are welcome (£1.50) but must be kept on a short lead.

Railway Opens weekdays 10.40 a.m. (timetable varies over the summer – please see website)
Adult Return £4.50
Child Return £4.00 (under 2 years free)
Adult Single £3.50
Child Single £3.00

Burniston Rd
Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 6PF

01723 368791

North Yorkshire Water Park

One of the largest natural sports lakes in North Yorkshire, we offer a range of fun, relaxing and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.

2.5km all-terrain walking and cycle track around the lake (FREE to use) whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings.

Dog friendly – Please note all dogs must be kept on a lead to avoid disturbing nesting birds and wildlife.

Have a go at kayaking, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board or learn to sail, take a dip and go for an open water swim or take a peaceful trip on one of our electric mini ships or pedalos.


Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU

Peasholm Park, Scarborough

Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE.

There are dinosaurs & fairies on the loose in Peasholm Park! Grab your mobile phone and take your children along to play our Augmented Reality Dinosaur Safari and Winter Fairy Fun. The Love Exploring app is free to download

Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough YO12 7QZ
01723 500954

Planet Circus OMG

Open all Summer

Weekdays 4pm & 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 2pm & 4.30pm

FREE Carpark

Filey Road YO11 3NX
Book via 07563 727206

Scampston Hall & Gardens

Under 5s get free entry.
A Scamp (the Mole) Explorer pack is available from the Ticket Office. Discover our fairy trail in the woodland and their magic. Tie your wish to our wishing tree! There are plenty of hedges and hiding places making it a fun day out. Picnics are welcome and you can fly your kite in the 80 acre ‘Capability’ Brown parkland
The Garden Café is well equipped for children.
Scampston, YO17 8NG.

Scarborough Art Gallery

OPEN with safety measures in place – Entry will be FREE throughout July, open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Scarborough Art Gallery houses the borough’s permanent collection of fine art, as well as having regular events for children, especially during the holidays.

Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays | Open Bank Holiday Mondays

Scarborough Art Gallery
The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW
01723 374753

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle is beautifully situated on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea and Scarborough.

All the main outdoor areas will be open as usual, but to secure everyone’s safety the indoor museum space will remain closed. Take away food and drinks for you to enjoy. Toilets will be open.

You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets are available to book now. Members tickets are free but you still need to book.

Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
Phone: 01723 372451

Scarborough Footgolf

“The best game ever invented!”

Open daily 10am – dusk

For all ages

Killerby Lane, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TP

Phone 07519 189411

Sewerby Hall

Between Saturday, 27 March and Sunday, 11 April 2021, the gardens, café (takeaway-only, no seating available), play area and toilets will be open, and admission prices will reflect the limited offer.

Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 01262 673769

The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre is our historic visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, near Danby. From the doorstep, you can see pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, historic buildings – all basking in glorious peace and quiet. Home of the National Park’s Education Service.

Enjoy a big breath of moorland fresh air and soak up the sweeping views. It’s an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors.
There is loads to do here and it is absolutely FREE.

The Moors National Park Centre
North York Moors National Park, Lodge Ln, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB

Whitby Abbey

Perched high on a cliff, it’s easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of ‘Dracula’.

All the main outdoor areas will be open as usual, but to secure everyone’s safety the indoor museum space will remain closed. Take away food and drinks for you to enjoy. Toilets will be open.

You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets are available to book now. Members tickets are free but you still need to book.

Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Phone: 01947 603568

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Roar and Snore Campsite

Escape to the great outdoors this Summer

Experience a traditional wild camping escape in the heart of nature at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Campers of all ages can enjoy an unforgettable fun family night (or two) under the stars. Get special rates for park tickets and book an after-hours safari tour.

Phone (01302) 535057  (Ext 76)

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Ln, Branton DN4 6TB