The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) – Riding the Hogwarts Express

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) – So September has blown in and the leaves are beginning to take on their Autumnal hue. What better way to welcome the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness than taking the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade Station? (Otherwise known as taking a trip on the heritage steam engine on the … Read more

Gardens, Bikes and an Adventure Playground – Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall is a 15 minute drive from the outskirts of York. The gardens are lovely and a pleasure to wander through. Look out for the greenhouse which houses a really old grapevine (I was told how old and have now forgotten and Google isn’t helping!). In that greenhouse there is paper and pencils that … Read more

Toys, Prisons and High Jinks at Castle Museum York

It’s been many years since I have been to the York Castle Museum, so I was glad to return recently and take my children. Hubby was not so keen and it took a bit of persuasion that it would be a good idea. I think he had been traumatised as a child by old fashioned … Read more

A Sweet Day Out at York’s Chocolate Story

York Chocolate Story

Now, straight off, let’s just say, I love chocolate. So what better place to visit, umm, what better place to take the children than York’s Chocolate Story? It’s an attraction that is a clever mix of theatre, museum and audience participation. [singlepic id=210 w= h= float=center] Guided Tour The experience began in a darkened room (watch the … Read more

Energi Trampoline Park York – Active Kids!

Trampoline park for kids - York

Yesterday we visited Energi Trampoline Park for the first time. It’s an amazing place, and the kids were very excited to visit. It’s in a huge building and it’s full of both trampolines on the floor and at bounce-able angles against the wall. [singlepic id=199 w= h= float=center] Different Zones Towards the back of the … Read more

Activities for Kids at the York Designer Outlet

Let me start this off by saying that I hate shopping with my two. It’s not that they are terribly behaved in shops or anything (well not terribly, yeah, ok, they aren’t that great…). It’s just that I can’t concentrate and they ruin my shopping Zen.  That said, we had a surprisingly fun visit to … Read more

Treetop Nets – a Unique and Exhilarating Day Out!

Exhilarating! That’s the word that sums up Treetop Nets, Yorkshire near Lightwater Valley. Our day began with a friendly safety talk by Nicola, one of the Treetop Nets team. She gave us the low down on net etiquette (not the www kind!). When we had been instructed (basically – be considerate of others and don’t … Read more

Lunch with Little Ones? Try The Ginger Cow Company.

I love trying new places and this week we visited the teashop at The Ginger Cow Company near Everingham. It’s about 10 minutes from the A1079 at Hayton, unless you are chatting and forget to direct the driver in the right direction…!  They describe it as an ‘an idyllic Yorkshire Farm Experience’ and they are … Read more