Family days out in Yorkshire – I am lucky to live in a fantastic place where there are so many fabulous family days out in Yorkshire to enjoy with the kids! Have a look at the list of the days of with kids below that I have compiled of things to do in Yorkshire, I’ve added in the links to all the places we have reviewed too if you want to know more in detail, see photos or get advice to make the most of your day.
Ten Pin Bowling
We have two ten pin bowling alleys in York. Ten Pin has been in place for many years whilst Hollywood Bowl opened in the summer of 2020. As well as bowling both have a cafe and arcade.
See our review of Hollywood Bowl here on our other site ‘Things to do in York’.
Puttstars Mini Golf
Puttstars Mini Golf opened in the summer of 2020 and the first time York has had a mini-golf of this size. It’s very modern with great technological scoring and cool holes to play. There are three 9 hole courses, an arcade and cafe bar.
See our review of Puttstars here on our other site ‘Things to do in York’.
A new maze has opened this year, just for the summer from the 22nd of July to the 6th of September. The Great Yorkshire Maze can be found at Sherburn, between Scarborough and Malton, just off the A64. “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, and the Game Stalls offer a prize every time! For some competitive family fun and more prizes have a go at Football Darts, then watch some live entertainment in our Big Top. And after all that enjoy a cuppa and cake, a barbecued bite or a Berry Best Ice Cream from our food cabins. ”
Play it VR is a virtual reality games venue in York. Up to 6 people can play at once and the experience is out of this world! Absolutely perfect for birthday parties too.
Have a look at our review of Play it VR here.
We recently had my son’s birthday party at Rock Up in Hull. They have 26 climbing walls that are 8m high! They don’t need any experience and are on a safety harness. There are things for the younger ones to do there too, like soft play so they don’t miss out on the fun.
Have a look at our review of Rock Up Hull here.
Castle Howard is a fab place to visit at any time of year and a brilliant place to go in Yorkshire with kids. They have seasonal activities all year round. We have written an overall review of Castle Howard with kids, and have also reviewed their brand new adventure playground Skelf Island.
Scampston, North Yorkshire
Wolds Way Lavender have really been developing their family friendly offering and have a great maze, land train and laswn games. It’s a great family day out.
Treasurer’s House is a National Trust property in the centre of York, right next to York Minster. The house itself is a quirky eclectic mix of styles and the gardens are a beautiful oasis is the middle of busy York. Usual National Trust fees apply to the house, but the gardens are free to enter.
Have a look at our review of Treasurer’s House.
If you are looking for adventure, check out Go Ape’s site for their exhilarating Tree Top Adventure or the Segway Trek. Once they have finished there, there is an adventure playground at Dalby and a cafe, or you can take your own picnics or barbecues.
Have a look at our review of Go Ape at Dalby Forest here.
This is a brand new attraction about 15 minutes East of York. Set in a hundred acres of woodland, the Northwood Trail is an enchanted walk around fairy houses with surprises around every corner. There is maze around halfway around and a play area and den building site at the end of the walk.
Have a look at our review of the Northwood Trail here.
The Deep in Hull is a fabulous, modern and slick aquarium. There are loads of interactive exhibits for the kids, not to mention they have Gentoo penguins! It’s reasonably priced and somewhere you can return to as many times as you like the same year for free.
Have a look at our full review here.
As well as skiing and snowboarding Snozone near Castleford so family fun sledging sessions. It’s brilliant, 45 minutes of snowy fun running up the slope and sliding back down!
Our full Snozone review is here – including tips on how to make the best of your visit.
There is loads to do at Xscape Castleford from the cinema, to crazy golf, Snozone, laser quest and soft-play. If you are looking for things to do with kids West Yorkshire – have a look at our review of Xscape Castleford.
We recently visited and reviewed Volcano Falls Adventure Golf.
The Camp Hill Estate has a fabulous looking adventure playground and high ropes course. You can also book a quad bike session, foot golf or a segway woodland tour. We visited recently and you can read what I thought about the woodland segway tour here.
Temple Newsam is a beautiful place to take the kids in Leeds. There’s a stately home, cafe and farm and acres to explore.
See my full review and photos here.
The new inflatable theme park in Beverley, East Yorkshire.
Have a look at my review and video here.
Alpamare is a large waterpark in Scarborough. There are two heated (hot!) outdoor swimming pools, a kids splash area, wave pool and four huge waterslides. Great for the summer or winter as the outside pools are heated to 35 degrees (not too far off hot tub temperatures!). There is a cafe on site too.
See our full review of Alpamare here.
Ok, this one is at quite a specific time of year, but there are other things to pick at other times of the year too. My children love strawberry picking and can happily cost me a fortune with their huge baskets (so watch that!).
There are lots of places around Yorkshire for Strawberry picking, and I have made a list for you!
A Day on the Beach in Yorkshire
If you are looking for things to do in Yorkshire with kids we are spoilt for choice! Yorkshire has many stunning and varied beaches. From Whitby, to Scarborough and Bridlington. Free days out in Yorkshire, family beaches.
Ten Pin Bowling is always fun and particularly good if the weather is not great!
Have a look at our review of the Hollywood Bowl in Leeds.
The Kilnsey Park Estate has a nature walk, animals and family fun fishing. Set in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales near the overhanging Kilnsey Crag.
See our full review of Kilnsey Park Estate here.
Jorvik Viking Centre is a must see place to visit in the centre of York. Travel back in time to see what York was like as a Viking settlement.
Have a look at our full review here.
If you are looking for a fun, scary and entertaining time, consider York Dungeon. Right in the centre of York, it’s perfect for older kids and teens (and adults of course!).
Have a look at my review of York Dungeon here.
William’s Den includes a 475sqm play barn and extensive outdoor play – including a 50metre zip wire, den making area and ‘mountains and molehills’ space for kids to run, jump and roll around freely. It’s fab and completely worth a visit.
Have a look at my William’s Den review and video here.
From their website: ‘Cannon Hall Farm is officially the best family day out in Yorkshire after being named Best Large Visitor Attraction in the White Rose Awards. There’s a reason why we’ve won multiple awards – and why we have been called the perfect family day out. Come and visit our family owned farmed in the rolling pennine foothills and spend the day admiring the scenery, the animals and letting the kids run off some steam in our amazing play areas.’. Have a look at this great review of Cannon Hall Farm.
Looking for things to do in Yorkshire with toddlers? Let off steam in the fields, go wild in the adventure playground, have fun in the sand pit or ride on the tractors and play with the inflatables. We predict two things: you won’t be bored and you’ll sleep well tonight!
York Maze is brilliant and a fantastic day out, we love it there and go every year. With a huge maize maze, bouncy pillows, giant slides and brilliant shows, it really is one of the best family days out Yorkshire.
Lovely peaceful gardens set around a large lake with water lillies and carp that you can feed. They have a children’s playground, cafe and run children’s activity days throughout the summer.
Have a look at our review of Burnby Hall Gardens here.
The Forbidden Corner, near Leyburn, North Yorkshire
The Forbidden Corner has to be one of my favourite places in the world, for it’s wonderful quirkiness! It combines mazes and puzzles into something really unique.
See our review of The Forbidden Corner here.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a wonderful heritage railway. Used in the Harry Potter films and the Heartbeat series, NYMR is a fab day out.
York Castle Museum is a fab day out with the kids and so much more than your average museum.
We have reviewed York Castle Museum here.
Things to do in Yorkshire – Harewood House
Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in Britain. For families there is an amazing adventure playground for slightly older children and penguins to watch being fed!
Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West, Huddersfield
Open every weekend & daily during school holidays.
Spend a day out with Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains! With a fleet of unique steam and diesel locomotives, adventure playgrounds, picnic areas, a miniature railway, cafe, tea room and the glorious scenery of the South Pennine Foothills, it really is a fun day for all the family. Special Events take place throughout the year – see www.kirkleeslightrailway.com for more info.
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Free days out in Yorkshire, Family friendly parks
We love a day in a park- just pack a picnic and have a lovely relaxed and free day out. One of the many free days out with kids Yorkshire.
Aysgarth Falls is perfectly situated to visit the superb waterfalls on the River Ure, the National Park Centre can also point you in the direction of other lovely walks in the area taking in the surrounding woods or heading up to the lovely villages of Carperby or Aysgarth. Next to the Centre is the Coppice Café which serves a great selection of drinks and meals largely made with locally-sourced ingredients.
If you are looking for things to do with kids in yorkshire, then this is a brilliant place for them to bounce and let off steam to their hearts content!
See our review of Energi Trampoline Park, York here.
With 400 acres of moorland and rocks to explore, there are plenty of activities for families and adventurers of all ages to keep themselves occupied. See this great review of a family day out at Brimham Rocks.
Treetop Nets near Ripon is unlike anything you have done before, it’s a truly fab energetic day out! With nets strung high in the trees!
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Lightwater Valley, Ripon
Head out on an adventure to Lightwater Valley and discover a world of rides and attractions for a fun-filled family day out in Yorkshire!
New attractions for 2021!
Enjoy an exciting expedition through the NEW Go Safari area! Step aboard the Savannah Express on a journey through the African wilderness. Leap for joy on Kangaroo Jump before flying high on Elephant Flight and the Monkey Drop rides. Then head over for a flight aboard the Hot Air Balloon ride.
Also new this year is Treetop Trails, formerly Treetops Nets. This much-loved attraction takes adventurers on a net walk through the tree canopy high above the park, and will now be included as part of the park’s admission price.
As well as new rides, come and enjoy Lightwater Valley’s young family favourites, including Little Dipper, Carousel, Skyrider, the Lady Bird rollercoaster, Splash Falls and many more.
Take a peaceful glide around the lake aboard a Swan Boat, and see the park from a whole other angle on the Lightwater Valley Express train.
Get behind the wheel and practice your steering on the Vintage Car ride, fly through the sky on Pirate Swinger,and make your own adventures in the indoor and outdoor play areas.
There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to know which ride to run to first!
Please check the website for opening times, prices, school holiday entertainment, and Covid-19 FAQs. In order for Lightwater Valley to control capacity to the Park, please pre-book your tickets online in advance of your visit.
Have a look at our review of Lightwater Valley (Frightwater Valley!) at Halloween.
Flamingo Land Theme Park, Malton
Flamingo Land – another brilliant family friendly theme park on our list of things to do in Yorkshire.
Places to visit in Yorkshire
York’s Chocolate Story, York
This is a lovely visit to do if you are in York for the day. Learn all about the history of chocolate in York and make your own chocolate bars. Lots of chocolate tasting throughout the tour to keep the kids amused.
Have a look at our review of York’s Chocolate Story.
Eureka! Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire
Eureka is the National Children’s Museumand has special events on all year round. Another one of our great days out in Yorkshire,
Creepy Crawlies is a huge softplay and outdoor adventure playground in York.
See our review of Creepy Crawlies here.
National Railway Museum, York
Another one of our brilliant free family days out. From steam rides to storytelling, we’ve got lots of hands-on fun for the whole family.
Beningbrough Hall, York
Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire. It’s a lovely relaxed day out. They’ve recently rebuilt their adventure playground and it has something for kids of all ages. They also run events over the kids holidays.
Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do with the kids at Beningbrough Hall.
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Sledmere House is not too far from where we live, so we are regular visitors. The Gardens and Grounds, Café and Farm Shop will be open for you to have a wander and pick up some tasty treats.
Piglets Adventure Farm Park is a fabulous place to visit just outside York.
Have a look at our review of May-Hem at Piglets.
Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire
Burton Agnes Hall is a hidden gem. A large Stately home, woodland walk, maze, garden games, cafe and farm shop.
Have a look at our review of Burton Agnes Hall.
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Stockeld Park is one of my favourite family days out in Yorkshire. There will be a roller or ice rink as well as the Enchanted Forest and the Maze. The Indoor play area will also be in place to let the kids play while you have a cuppa.
I’m including this one as it’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit but never quite managed. Lots of Herriot related memorabilia, as well as the restored 1940’s house, and a ‘farrier’s workshop’. I am secretly hoping Miss H will become a vet one day!
Looking for something a bit different? DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
Have a look at our review of Jorvik Dig.
Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
I love the look of Mother Shipton’s Cave, with it’s famous prophetess and petrifying well.
Monk Park Farm, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
A varied collection of both Outdoor and Indoor Feeding Areas where you can see such as lambs, sheep, goats, calves, cattle, pigs, ponies, donkeys, horses, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, albino wallabies, deer, ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs – and playgrounds to boot!
Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
The more I read about this fabulous sounding adventure farm park, the more I want to go!
Big Cow, Little Sheep, Bedale
Another fab looking farm park that we are hoping to visit this year!
We love the maze and treehouse at RHS Harlow Carr. I’ll be reviewing it at some point soon!
Family days out in Yorkshire
Also look at my other round ups for different times of the year, Things to do in Yorkshire with the kids at February half term, Easter, May half term, Summer Holidays, October half term and at Christmas.
Rain stopping play? Have a look at my list of ideas for places to go on a rainy day in Yorkshire.