Adventurous families head for Dalby Forest to explore miles of footpaths, world-class bike trails and Go Ape! high ropes course amid the trees. If that’s not enough excitement, Flamingo Land also awaits, a theme park and zoo where the highest and wildest rides look out over the encroaching moors.
Get to the heart of things at the free-to-visit National Park Centres at Danby and Sutton Bank. The Moors National Park Centre at Danby is set in an idyllic location on the banks of the River Esk, with its resident dragon, the Woodlings of Crow Wood and the adventure trail, it’s the perfect place to relax and explore. Soak up the view described as the ‘finest in England’ at Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, before testing your bike skills on the cycle trails and family routes around the Centre. No need to bring your bike, you can hire them at Sutton Bank Bikes. Both Centres offer family trails, cafés and children’s events every school holiday - it all adds up to a great family day out.
The rugged stretch of coastline is the best place in Northern England to find Jurassic fossils, dinosaur footprints and hunt for all manner of wildlife in rockpools. Indulge your inner pirate and seek out the smugglers’ bolthole of Robin Hood's Bay. Secretive rocky bays, fishing cottages full of hidden passageways and legendary caves, make this stretch of coastline a treasure trove too tempting to resist. For bucket and spade days, Sandsend and Runswick Bay offer golden sands and rolling waves perfect for surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking too.
Take a trip back in time on the world’s most popular heritage railway, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which winds through the North York Moors from Pickering to the sea at Whitby via the rail village of Grosmont. Heritage steam and diesel trains with vintage carriages rattle through yesteryear stations (including Goathland, or Hogsmeade, Harry Potter fans!), and whether you want to just wave out of the window or go for a countryside picnic, there’s no better way to see the sights.