A-Z of Days out Yorkshire

Armouries – Leeds – Well worth a visit, with free entry this museum showcases many different themed areas such as war and tournaments. They also have a variety of events throughout the year, check website for details.

Butterfly House – Sheffield – So many animals to visit, so many experiences to have and then a splash park as well, a dinosaur trail and also a play area and café. A family pass is between £40-50 depending on numbers but a good price for a full day out.

Cannon Hall Farm – Barnsley –  You can easily spend a day in this place, lots to do whether soft play, seeing the animals or the play areas. They also have many food festivals and events through the year. They also have a toy and deli shop.

DIG – York – For something a little different, for the little archaeologists in us to explore, we have DIG. Includes 4 excavation pits to explore great for kids. This attraction is also included in the York Pass so you can save even more money when touring York.

Elsecar Heritage Centre – Barnsley – They hold many craft fayres and events at the heritage centre, they also have quite a few little quaint shops including a sweet shop. In the centre there is an indoor play area for the kids and they also have the train running from there with a small charge. It also has a free parking and also free parking on the streets.

Falconry UK – Thirsk – They offer falconry shows each day so well worth it if you are a lover of owls or birds of prey. Take your camera and a picnic and explore falconry in its finest.

Go Ape – Various (Sherwood forest) – Needs to be pre-booked and ideal for the older kids and adults alike, the course costs around £30 I think and takes a few hours. It is at height and you are attached to a harness. Ideal for thrill seekers and those that like a physical challenge and aren’t afraid of heights.

Hesketh Farm Park – Skipton –  Enjoy seeing over 1000 animals, enjoy the interactive zones and tractor rides and enjoy a nice bite to eat in the café.

Ingleton water falls Trail – Ingleton – For the lovers of nature, the people that like to walk and see beautiful sights. It takes between 2-4 hours to complete the 4 mile trail and the cost for a family is around £20 including the activity park so well worth a few hours for this visit. The walk is strenuous through so many not good for the little ones.

Junior Kitchen – Morley – Ever wanted to try baking and cooking with your kids but don’t want the mess in your own kitchen – Then this place is perfect for you. They have a variety of different classes that can be booked through the website.

Kirklees Light Railway – We have been here a couple of times to go on the train to the other end where there is a café and sometimes they have activities on. There is a little play area for the kids as well and free parking.

Locke Park – Barnsley – Locke park is a huge park to explore, good for a walk, parking all the way around and they host many family events and car boots throughout the year. They also have a cool play area and nice café area. The park is also used at the weekend for Parkrun.

Meanwood Valley urban farm – Leeds – A lovely little cheap farm to visit, around £10 per family. Great if you just want to have a relaxing walk and see a few animals.

National Railway Museum – York – Brilliant and free. Bradley used to love trains when he was little so we came a few times, I guess it can be boring if you don’t like trains and from what I remember it wasn’t very interactive but still worth a couple of hours if you are taking a day out in York, you can pad your day out with the chocolate story or York dungeon both of which are great places to visit.

Outdoor Activities @ Howstean Gorge – Abseiling, caving, gorge walking – Fancy these then head on down to Howstean gorge and fulfil your outdoor adventure fantasies. Prices vary per activity but again probably one for the older kids.

Piglets adventure park and Farm – York – We loved this place, definitely one of our favourites. In the summer we spent a full day here easily. There was lots for the kids to do such as the bouncy pillows, a tractor and trailer ride and the large maze. We also saw lots of animals and there were food areas so ideal for a picnic, think we paid around £40 for a family which is great for a full day out.

Quarry Playground – Knottingley – A free open access playground for kids of all ages.

Roundhay Park – Leeds – Have a lovely walk around the gardens and the lake, they do have a few events on through the year so definitely worth checking what is on, a good way to spend a relaxing few hours in Leeds, plenty of free parking and lots of grass areas ideal for a picnic.

Sculpture Park – Denby Dale – The Yorkshire sculpture park offers a nice park to walk around and visit the sculptures indoors and outdoors, you can easily spend a few hours here looking around at the various artworks.

Terror Tower – Scarborough – Not suitable for the younger kids, definitely aimed at teenagers and adults is this haunted house with a movie like theme. The cost is a reasonable £5 for adults, enter at your own risk – Definitely not for the faint hearted.

Ultimate – Ride the Ultimate at Lightwater Valley – Ripon – This theme park is great fun for any age, there are so many attractions to suit all riders including those looking for a thrill and also many rides suitable for toddlers. They have offers on entry throughout the year so look out for those.

Viking Centre – York – Jorvik Viking Centre is a great museum to visit for the family. The entry you pay includes entry for 12 months, you can also buy combined tickets for other attractions in York including DIG. Family entry is around £40-50

Wigfield Farm – Sheffield – They have a toddler session here through the week so me and Kylo called over, it was cheap to visit they had snacks and drinks for toddlers and an indoor play session with dress up costumes and toys then we had a walk around the farm, I think it was around £5 and we spent all morning there so worthwhile especially as a mum and toddler event.

Xscape Yorkshire – Castleford – Many things under one roof at Xscape including Trampolines, bowling, adventure golf, many eating places, an arcade, indoor soft play area, 4D ride and ski-ing village. If you run out of things to do you can walk around 300 yards over to the J32 shopping village and visit a range of outlet shops from the likes of Thorntons, Next and M & S.

Yeadon Tarn – A large body of water and lots of area to explore, they also have a newly included zip wire and lots for kids to explore. There is plenty of car parking but the place does get  busy at times.

Zoo – Malton – Flamingo lane park and zoo is definitely worth a visit, you can even pay to stay in a caravan their with park tickets included so you can have a full week or weekend with the rides and the prices are pretty reasonable. The zoo is large and you can easily spend a day exploring the rides and all the animals.

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