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Family Days Out in Yorkshire with the Kids – 45+ Ideas!

Family Days Out in Yorkshire with the Kids – 45+ Ideas!

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 advise to make the most of your day. 


Castle Howard, York

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.  

Have a look at our review of Castle Howard with kids and our new review and video of Skelf Island.

Skelf Island Castle Howard

Wolds Way Lavender

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.  

Read our full review here.

lawn games in the maze at Wolds Way Lavender


Swinton Bivouac Woodland and Walking Festival

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019

Swinton Bivouac near Masham will play host to a brand new Woodland & Walking Festival on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019.  Aimed at families, walkers and nature lovers of all ages, the festival will offer an array of alfresco activities in and around the woodland at Druid’s Temple from stone carving and willow weaving to foraging and forest bathing, orienteering and outdoor yoga.

Visitors will be entertained throughout the day by live music at Bivouac Café Bistro, falconry displays and art workshops, alongside an all-day BBQ and woodland refreshments in the Druid’s Plantation. Other activities include mountain biking at Swinton Bivouac, a choice of 10 walking trails with scenic picnic spots on the wider Estate, ArtisOn craft tent and forest school sessions.  Entry to the Woodland & Walking Festival costs £10 per car (includes entry for all passengers) with additional charges for ticketed events. Entry is free for residents of Swinton Bivouac and all dogs are welcome. Open from 10am – 4.30pm.


Treasurer’s House, York

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.


Go Ape Dalby Forest

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.

Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape Dalby Forest


Northwood Trail Fairy Sanctuary – Enchanted Woodland Walk

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.

Northwood Trail near York

The Deep Aquarium, Hull

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.

The Deep - family day out Yorkshire


Sledging at Snozone at Xscape in Castleford

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.

Snozone Xscape Castleford Sledging Review

Xscape Castleford, West Yorkshire

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.

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf at Xscape Castleford

The Camp Hill Estate, near Bedale, North Yorkshire

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.

Segways on the Camp Hill Estate

Temple Newsam Leeds

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.

Temple Newsam Leeds

Inflata Nation, Beverley

The new inflatable theme park in Beverley, East Yorkshire. 

Have a look at my review and video here.


Alpamare Waterpark Scarborough

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.

Go Strawberry Picking!

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!

Strawberry Picking Yorkshire

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. 

We have reviewed both Fraisthorpe Beach in the Summer and the Winter and Rock-pooling at Filey Brigg. 


Things to do with kids in yorkshire

Hollywood Bowl Leeds

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.

things to do in Yorkshire

Kilnsey Park Estate

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

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.

York Dungeon, York

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, North Cave, East Yorkshire

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.

Beetle Bank Farm, York

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! 

kids day out Yorkshire

York Maze, North Yorkshire

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.

They are only open during the Summer and at Halloween – we have reviewed both!


Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington

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 Burby Hall Gardens here.


days out with the kids in Yorkshire


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.

Things to do in Yorkshire - Forbidden Corner

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), North Yorkshire

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.  

We reviewed NYMR here.

Things to do in Yorkshire - NYMR


York Castle Museum, North Yorkshire

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 for more info.

Family Days out Yorkshire

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.

We have reviewed the park at Dunnington, near York and Jubilee Park in Fangfoss, near York.  

family days out in Yorkshire


Energi Trampoline Park, York, North Yorkshire

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.

Things to do in York - Energi


Treetop Nets, Ripon, North Yorkshire

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!  

See our review of Treetop Nets, Ripon here.

family days out Yorkshire

Things to do in Yorkshire


Lightwater Valley, Ripon

Lightwater Valley – a fantastic family friendly theme park in Yorkshire.

Have a look at our review of Lightwater Valley (Frightwater Valley!) at Halloween.

things to do with kids in Yorkshire


Flamingo Land Theme Park, Malton

Flamingo Land – another brilliant family friendly theme park on our list of things to do in Yorkshire.

Have a look at our review of Flamingo Land with Younger Kids and our review of Flamingo Land at Halloween.

days out 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.

York 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, York

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.

FREE Entry!

The Rocket at The National Railway Museum


Beningbrough Hall, York

Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire.

Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do with the kids at Beningbrough Hall.

kids days out Yorkshire


Family Days out Yorkshire

Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire

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.

Have a look at our review of Sledmere House


family friendly days out in Yorkshire

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, York

Piglets Adventure Farm Park is a fabulous place to visit just outside York.

Have a look at our review of  May-Hem at Piglets.

Piglets Adventure Farm Park York


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.

whats on in Yorkshire for kids

Family Activities Yorkshire

Stockeld Park, Wetherby

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.

Have a look at our reviews of Stockeld Park in Summer and Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure.



The World of James Herriot, Thirsk

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!


Jorvik Dig, York

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!


Harlow Carr, Harrogate

We love the maze and treehouse at RHS Harlow Carr.  I’ll be reviewing it at some point soon!


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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.

Also, do have a look at my Things to do with Kids in Manchester and in Guildford posts.

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3 thoughts on “Family Days Out in Yorkshire with the Kids – 45+ Ideas!”

  • So many great days out to be had. Some I’d forgotten about, some I’d forgotten existed and others we visit often. One of our favourites is The Deep. Mostly because you pay once and then can return as much as you like in one year for free. We visited York this year too and had a lovely weekend away. I do love Yorkshire….especially the coast.

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