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
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!
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.
#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.
It’s also known as the dinosaur coast so it’s a great place to go fossil hunting too.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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
Brimham Rocks is deservedly one of the UK’s most loved natural attractions and everyone must visit it at least once in their life.
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.
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.
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.
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