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10 things to do with the kids on a summer holiday to Yorkshire!

Don’t worry about hearing the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ this summer holiday, there’s lots to do in Yorkshire to keep children (and the rest of the family) happy.

Take a look at our guide to 10 things to do with the kids this summer:

#01 Explore a historic house

10 things to do with the kids this summer holiday

Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard

Yorkshire has more than its fair share of historic country houses, abbeys and castles to explore. Popular choices include Harewood House where children can feed the penguins and Castle Howard where there’s an activity sheet to follow. Both come with adventure playgrounds too!

Historic Yorkshire Stately Home

Other options include Burton Agnes Hall in the Yorkshire Wolds (everyone will love the giant games) and Bolton Castle in Wensleydale where you can watch bird of prey displays.

10 things to do with the kids this summer

#02 Search for fossils on the beach

The 36-mile stretch of North York Moors coastline is both beautiful and fascinating, filled with cliff-top walks, beautiful beaches and pretty fishing villages.

Hunt for fossils on the beach at Sandsend

It’s also known as the dinosaur coast so it’s a great place to go fossil hunting too.

Hunt for fossils on the beach at Robin Hoods Bay.

Kids will love ‘hunting for treasure’ on the beaches at seaside villages like Sandsend and Robin Hoods Bay and you can then call for a cuppa in one of these pretty villages.

#03 Discover dinosaurs at York Museum

If fossil hunting whets your appetite for discovering more about the dinosaurs, the new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum could be right up your street.

Discover dinosaurs at Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire’s Jurassic World includes VR headset technology, a life-size plesiosaur and the remains of the largest sauropod dinosaur every find in the UK.

#04 Catch a steam train from Pickering to Whitby

Spot a NYMR steam train

If you’re kids love trains then why not treat them to a ride on a real-life steam from Pickering to Whitby. Not only will they experience the sights of the North York Moors countryside from a heritage steam train but you can then spend the day at Whitby!

Take a boat trip from Whitby Harbour

Fish and chips by the sea is always a winner with everyone!

#05 Meet the meercats at Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Everyone loves a Meerkat after a particular well-known advert – they are just so cute and cheeky! The Meerkats on Meerkat Island are just one of the attractions at Thorp Perrow Arboretum.

Thorp Perrow

There’s also Owls, Wallabies and Pygmy Goats to greet plus a woodland inspired Adventure Playground to burn off some energy.

#06 Go for a bike ride at Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest Cycling

The magnificent Dalby Forest has more than 8000 acres of woodland to explore and there’s lots of walks and cycle rides to try from easy to more challenging. There’s lots for everyone to do in Dalby Forest including a Highway Rat Activity Trail, Gruffalo Orienteering and even Go Ape.

Dalby Forest

There’s no need to bring your own bike if you fancy tackling a cycle trail – you can hire them from the Dalby Forest Cycle Hub.

#07 Get wet at Alpamare Water Park in Scarborough

Kids will love a trip to Alpamare Water Park in Scarborough!

The fabulous Alpamare Water Park in Scarborough has taken inspiration from The Alps (hence the name Alpamare) with a choice of 4 slides, an outdoor garden pool, wave machines and wave machines.


Kids can ride the thrilling Black Run while you relax in the Infinity Pool or scenic gardens!

#08 Enjoy yourself in Yorkshire’s natural playground

Yorkshire's natural playground

Brimham Rocks is deservedly one of the UK’s most loved natural attractions and everyone must visit it at least once in their life.

Brimham Rocks Nidderdale

The dramatic rock formations are great for exploring and climbing on before picking your ideal spot for a picnic. Explorer backpacks are available which include lots of activities to try.

#09 See what you can find at Forbidden Corner

You never know what’s lurking behind the corner at this magical Yorkshire Dales attraction. It could be anything from a maze to a giant cat.

Family-friendly attractions in Yorkshire

What will you discover at the Forbidden Corner?

The Forbidden Corner near Middleham is a fabulous family day out in Yorkshire. This 4-acre garden includes secret chambers, underground tunnels and strange happenings. It’s best not to know too much but start exploring and see what you can find.

#10 Go back in time at Ryedale Folk Museum

Explore 4000 years of history in the beautiful setting of Hutton-le-Hole. The Ryedale Folk Museum is an open-air museum with a collection of houses, cottage gardens and historic buildings.

Family-friendly Yorkshire Attraction, North York Moors

There’s more than 20 buildings in total over 6 acres so plenty to see and do. Afterwards you can get an ice cream from the Forge Tea Rooms and Ice Cream parlour and enjoy it by the river.

This is just a small selection of family-friendly activities to try in Yorkshire this summer. Has your favourite made our list? Let us know in the comments section.

A Haven in Kirkbymoorside is a 3-bedroom family-friendly holiday cottage.

A Haven in Kirkbymoorside is a 3-bedroom family-friendly holiday cottage

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