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Family Days out in Yorkshire with the Kids – 30+ Ideas!

Family Days out in Yorkshire with the Kids – 30+ 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.  

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.

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A Day on the Beach in Yorkshire

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. 


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.

Hollywood Bowl Leeds

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.

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! 

Beetle Bank Farm

York Maze, North Yorkshire

York Maze is brilliant and a fantastic day out, we love it there and go every year.  They are only open during the Summer and at Halloween – we have reviewed both!  Ideal family days out Yorkshire.

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.


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 (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.


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.



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.

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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.  We have reviewed the park at Dunnington, near York and Jubilee Park in Fangfoss, near York.  One of the many free days out with kids 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.


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.

Xscape Castleford, West Yorkshire

There is loads to do at Xscape Castleford from the cinema, to crazy gold, skiing, laser quest and softplay.  If you are looking for things to do with kids West Yorkshire – have a look at our review of Xscape Castleford.


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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.


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.



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.

Have a look at our review of Castle Howard


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, 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.

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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.


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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


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.



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.


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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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.  It’s on my ‘must visit’ list to review this year!


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!


The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire

Fantastic aquarium in the heart of Hull.  (Not bad cafe too!).


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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

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

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