Stuck for ideas? Then why not take the kids' for a day out in Yorkshire.
Yorkshire is home to some fantastic places that will inspire great days out for all ages.
With plenty to kleep children (and adults) entertained, get out and about in Yorkshire and start to make memories of a lifetime. If your looking for something new to do, then Yorkshire is the place to be.
York's CHOCOLATE Story - Learn to taste chocolate like a professional, reveal chocolate's exotic origins, uncover the stories of the families who brought chocolate to York and the people of York who made sweets loved all around the world.
Eureka! The National Children's Museum in Halifax features over 400 interactive exhibits which inspire children aged 0-11 to learn about themselves and the world around them through imagination, play and discovery. Voted Number One in The Independent's 10 best hands on museums 2011.
National Railway Museum, York. A fun day out for all the family at the National Railway Museum in York. Discover 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Marvel at the record-breaking Mallard, watch engineering work in progress, see locomotives moving on the turntable or let off steam in the outdoor play area.
Creepy Crawlies in York has fun activities for the kids including the netted climbing forest, den building construction zone, sensory gardens, jungle bridge and animal zone!
Xscape, Castleford, Yorkshire's ultimate entertainment destination, find us at J32 off the M62 for amazing activities including our 175m real snow slope, indoor surfing, Laser tag, Bowling, Cinema, Aerial assault courses, Soft play, Shops, Bars Restaurants and more
DIG, York. Grab a trowel and dig to see what you can find in DIG's specially designed excavation pits.
Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire, nr. Malton. If you are looking for adrenaline-fuelled thrills, there is a sensational collection of extreme rides, including the latest roller coaster Hero that puts visitors in a flying position before swooping them around a track, and creating the sensation of zero gravity flight. In addition there is a great choice of junior and family rides.
Encounter the exotic and experience a wild family day out at Tropical Butterfly House! Get close to free-flying butterflies and birds, as well as friendly, free-roaming farm animals. Meet the residents of Meerkat Mansion and Prairie Dog Camp, along with snakes, birds of prey and creepy crawlies in unforgettable Animal Encounters daily.
Heeley City Farm - a relaxing slice of the countryside in the heart of Sheffield where you can meet friendly animals, play in our under 8's Playground, enjoy healthy vegan and vegetarian food in the Farm Kitchen, browse our peat-free Garden Centre and learn about how to save energy and live more sustainably.
Scarborough SEALIFE & Marine Sanctuary gives you astonishing close views of everything from the humble starfish to mighty sharks. You can now see turtles and seals too.
Studfold Explore, Discover and Learn Trail The trail has been designed with primary school aged children in mind. It encourages children to be aware of their natural surroundings in an innovative and exciting way.
Lightwater Valley in Ripon is simply bursting with 175 acres of action-packed adventures, from the dark and a mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack to the dizzying heights of Whirlwind, a typhoon of screams that twist even the bravest of soul.
York Maze, One of York's most popular summer attractions will be open once again in July ready to baffle visitors with its' new design. Carved out of an amazing 1.5 million growing maize plants York Maze is thought to be the largest maze in the world!
Copley Maze, Pontefract, the Fun Park is 10 acres in size which is massive (you could fit 8 full size football pitches or 2700 cars in 10 acres) and the Largest Cow In GB is 6 Acres, 'that's a whole lot of cow'. The Maize grows to 9 ft tall, you can learn all about the crop maize by following the How Does It Grow heading.
National Emergency Services Museum, The museum is located in one of Yorkshires first purpose built combined Police, Fire and Ambulance Stations dating back to 1898. This amazing building houses over 45 vehicles relating to the worlds Emergency Services from Horse Drawn Fire Engines to Ambulances and from Police Cars to Mines Rescue!
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, voted one of the best train rides in the UK, this really is a fun day out for all. Step back in time and enjoy a train ride through the heart of Bronte country - The Railway Children.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, you can enjoy a fun an exciting day out for all the family, with 18 miles of stunning scenery through the National Park. Be transported back to an era when magnificent steam engine ruled the railways and relive the magic of Harry Potter and Heartbeat with a visit to Goathland.
York City Sightseeing, Never short of things to do in York - let City Sightseeing show you the Museums, restaurants and fantastic shopping opportunities. From outstanding educational museums such as the National Railway Museum to a gentle cruise along the River Ouse, York offers plenty of things to do catering for all ages and interests to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
York Dungeon Exciting, scary and fun - delve into York's bloody history at the York Dungeon. We know that when it comes to history - the horrible bits are the best. Experience live actors, dramatic history and special effects... are you brave enough to face 70 minutes of York's dark past?
Stockeld Park, Wetherby, discover the Magic at Stockeld Park, open during school holidays, Stockeld Park hosts inspirational seasonal events which include the Summer Adventure with a host of fun filled family activities, such as The Enchanted Forest with its themed play areas, Buccaneer boats on the Lake, go-karts and roller skating. The 'award winning' Christmas Adventure. Offering Ice skating, Nordic skiing, the Illuminateds Enchanted Forest, a huge snowflake maze, Santa's Grotto, a Christmas shop and Woodland cafe. Altogether a fun packed schedule of special events and activities.
Mother Shipton's Cave is Visit England's oldest visitor attraction! Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the Park's natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton's birthplace and her amazing story. Free seasonal children's quiz is set amongst the 12 acres of parkland in Knaresborough, running parallel to the popular River Nidd. Be part of the magic yourself by making a wish in our world famous Wishing Well, as well as enjoying 4 scenic picnic areas, our museum, tea rooms and 2 adventure playgrounds. Dogs are welcome throughout the estate. Suitable for all ages.
Hop along to Grass Hoppers Outdoor Adventure Playground at Tong Garden Centre for proper outdoor fun. Have a bounce on the jumping pillows, zoom down the zip wire, play and dig in the giant sandpit, glide down the slides, drive around the race tracks and much more!
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Situated just outside Skipton in Yorkshire, the railway runs 4 miles between the award winning station at Bolton Abbey and Embsay station built in 1988. Many special events are held each year including visits from Thomas the Tank Engine on the Easter, Spring Bank and August Bank Holiday and Santa at Christmas.
The Civic, Barnsley, A mutli-purpose theatre and art gallery based in Barnsley, The Civic presents world-class accessible performances and exhibitions throughout the year, to audiences in the heart of South Yorkshire.
North Bay Miniature Railway Travel on Britain's most historic seaside miniature railway running for 3/4 mile through the North Bay at Scarborough, with spectacular views of Scarborough's North Bay, historic headland & Scarborough Castle.
Kilnsey Park, Skipton is a family visitor attraction in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Spend a day and enjoy fishing, the nature trail including red squirrels and orchids, and a Dales meal or cream tea in their cosy café/restaurant. Seasonal events and treasure trails mean that there's always something going on.
YorkBoat Guided River Trips, escape the city rush and enjoy York from a different perspective whilst their friendly team guide you along the beautiful River Ouse. Its a great day out for all the family.
Keelham Farm Shop, visit the award-winningFarm Shop in Thornton, Bradford. As they're based on a working farm, they're passionate about sourcing local produce and are well-known for providing great tasting, fresh and affordable food, sourced directly from over 250 Yorkshire producers and farmers. For the family to enjoy there's a fun Animal Croft with pigs, chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep and lambs, suitable for all ages.
The Works Skatepark Charity, Leeds, West Yorkshire covers 25,000 square foot and boasts professional and bespoke ramps.The skatepark is used for BMXing, Skateboarding, Rollerblading and Scooter Riding. They have complete beginners to pro riders using the park on a daily bases.They work closely with schools, youth groups and extended services where they aim to help get children back into exercise whilst having fun through learning or improving with different non-traditional sports. The skatepark often plays host to events, demos and film premiers starring the biggest names in BMX, skateboarding, inline skating and scooter riding.
Wolds Way Lavender, Set within ½ mile from the Wolds Way Walk, surrounded by mature woodland, on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit. Our family run 12 acre site is currently planted with over six acres of lavender ranging from rich hues of purple to the purest white.
Get hands on with history in York Minster, one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world. Discover secrets and surprises with the hands on interactive activities in the 2000 year journey through history in Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft. Walk in the footsteps of Romans and step inside the life of one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world, discover treasures and stories about the people whose lives make up the past and present of York Minster. Get up close to newly conserved medieval stained glass masterpieces in The Orb - a once in a lifetime opportunity before the panels are placed into the Great East Window.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens is situated in a dramatic cliff-top position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland. It offers something for everyone from the magnificent award-winning gardens to the deep rooted heritage of the grand hall.
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens is a garden managed to encourage wildlife and is a tranquil oasis throughout the summer, providing a home to many unusual species of insects and birds. There is a family friendly Wildlife Day on the 28th June where wildlife experts will take you on tours of the garden to identify the resident wildlife.
The Deep - Located in Hull, East Yorkshire, The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. They are home to over 3,500 fish including Green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays; not forgetting the snakes, bugs, a colony of Gentoo penguins and pair of Loggerhead sea turtles too!