Looking for exciting things to do with kids in Yorkshire this summer? We’ve got you covered, from amazing woodland trails to exciting adventure parks where they can run wild. There is something for everyone in God’s Own Country. We’ve hunted for the lesser-known things to do in Yorkshire as well as some classics and curated some fun-filled things for you to do.
As well as our guide to the prettiest free castles and heritage houses and gardens, this guide has found the best things for kids to do to make the most of time out of the house with them. Make sure you bookmark any of your favourites and make your way through our ultimate checklist of family fun days out.
1. Totally Roarsome, Leeds
Located at Hazelwood Castle in Leeds is a wonderful woodland walk that is filled with magical creatures that your children will find fascinating. You and your family can complete a woodland trail treasure hunt and complete a quiz to win a prize. Tickets are just £7.95 per person and you can find out more here.
Hazlewood Castle, Paradise Lane, Tadcaster, LS24 9NJ Leeds, UK
2. Let Loose! Adventure Park, Beverley
Found in the heart of the East Riding of Yorkshire, this exciting adventure park has been open since 2017 and has caused quite a stir. It’s the perfect place to let your little tykes loose, it has a range of exciting things to do such as high ropes, zip lines, roller skating and a super slide.
All of the above the kids will be buzzing as they play at this incredible park. Find out more here.
Hull Rd, Woodmansey, Beverley HU17 0RS
3. Hole In The Wand Crazy Golf, York
Popular with Potter fans since its opening, The Hole In Wand allows visitors to take on wizard-themed holes with easter eggs from the show before enjoying magical refreshments such as Wand Dog, Uni-Pop Corn, Grobble-Nachos, alcoholic potions and Butterbeer. Visit our write up here for more info.
14-16 Coppergate Walk, York YO1 9NT
4. Falling Foss Tea Room, North York Moors
This magical woodland tea garden sits beneath a 30ft waterfall and is the perfect woodland walk for you and your family this summer. You can either take a two-mile walk or park up at the car park and enjoy a spot of tea.
You can find it just 6 miles outside of Whitby, and it has a natural play area and becks to paddle in. Check out Falling Foss Tea Garden here.
Midge Hall, Whitby YO22 5JD
5. Piglet’s Adventure Farm, North Yorkshire
Piglet’s Adventure Farm has a range of activities for the perfect day out with kids as well as events throughout the year including their pick-your-own pumpkins and Christmas event. The kids can play on their man-made beach whilst you sit in a deck chair and chill.
Or, they can let off steam in the playground before petting a range of animals in their petting zoos such as pigs, donkeys, Shetland ponies, rabbits, sheep, ducks, a pygmy goat, tortoise and even guinea pigs.
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST
6. Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough
Known as one of the UK’s oldest tourist attractions, Mother Shipton’s Cave has been mesmerising visitors with its magical well which waters turn everyday objects to stone.
You can also enjoy a woodland trail and enchanting tale that you’ll learn along the way in the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. The park’s natural beauty and will have you mesmerised. Check out more info here.
Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD
7. Ninja Warrior, Bradford & Sheffield
If you’re a fan of the popular TV show, then you will love this new park opening in West Yorkshire. Test your skills on its range of Ninja Warrior inspired course that has something to test all abilities. There is a huge inflatable obstacle course as well as party rooms and a cafe to get refreshments.
Find out more here.
8. Studfold Fairy Adventure Trail, Yorkshire Dales
Found in the magical Yorkshire Dales, the fun-filled adventure is a great place to let your children’s imaginations run wild. It has some fantastic fairy houses and a beautiful trail through the woods where you can explore nature.
It has a fantastic new playground where the parents can sit and watch their children burn off some energy whilst having a chat. Find out more here.
Studfold. Lofthouse, North Yorkshire ,HG3 5SG
9. Northwood Magical Fairy Trail, North Yorkshire
Love all things mythical, Want more fairy goodness? This place is designed to foster young children’s minds and let them run wild.
It has been an attraction for years and the 100-acre wood on the outskirts of York has plenty for you and your children to get stuck into this summer. Find out more here.
Northwood Trail, Sunley Hill, Muscoates Lane, Nunnington, York, YO62 5XQ
10. Diggerland, Castleford
One of Yorkshire’s newest attractions, found in West Yorkshire Diggerland is every machine loving kids dream. They can have a go on real working diggers as well as go on exhilarating rides made from adapted diggers.
There are also go-karts and more to keep you entertained for hours this half term. If you’re looking for more excitement then this is for you! Find out more here.
Willowbridge Ln, Castleford WF10 5NW
11. Flamingo Land
Yorkshire’s greatest theme park, full of fun for all ages, Flamingo Land is the perfect place to enjoy fantastic adrelanline fuelled rides, along with some fantastic games and fun activities. You get a two for one with Flamingo Land has they also have an amazing zoo which is full of lions, hippos, giraffes and a whole host of creepy crawlie for you to discover (if you’re not too wet from the fantstic log flume that is).
12. Forbidden Corner
Full of follies, underground tunnels and secret chambers, Forbidden Corner is built to fuel the imagination and waiting for you and your kids to explore. It’s definitely one of the best days out in Yorkshire, and we should know, it’s one of our personal favourites to visit. Many people can’t quite find the right words to describe this stunning venue, which is why you’ll just have to go and discover it for yourself. Find out more here.
The Forbidden Corner, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ
13. Visit One Of Yorkshire’s Outdoor Swimming Pools and Lidos
We’ve already kicked off the summer with some of the hottet weather on record, so these outdoor swimming pools and lidos will be perfect for you to cool down. The kids can run wild in a safe space enjoying splashing around in these beautiful outdoor poolsand lidos in some of the most beautiful locations across Yorkshire. Find out more here.
14. Check Out One Of Yorkshire’s Family-Friendly Farms With Animals
Looking for things to do with kids in Yorkshiire? The summer holidays are here and we all know how hard it is to keep the kids entertained. Farms are not just for growing crops all these fantastic places across Yorkshire have plenty to do for you and your kids including traditional petting farms to all-singing all-dancing adventure parks, here’s our guide to the best family-friend farms in Yorkshire to visit this summer. Find out more here.
15. Have Sometime Away In One of Yorkshire’s Weird & Wonderful Unique Stays
If you’re not going abroad this summer, or you are but fancy a cheeky getaway. These unique stays are perfect for thing to do with kids in Yorkshire that involve sparking their imagination. Wether you want to stay in the Griffyndor Common Room, lay your head in a Hobbit Hole, or fall asleep in a double decker bus. These Yorkhire stays are definitely something you won’t have experienced before. Find out more here.
16. Temple Newsam
Temple Newsam is a masive place to explore that is steeped in history as well as full of fun-filled activities. Take a trip around the outdoor trails or visit the on site farm which houses sheep, cows, goats, pigs and more. After you’ve worked up an appetite, viit the farm shop for a taste of a few local delicacies. Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE
17. National Science and Media Museum
Found in Bradford, which was recently given city of culture for 2024, The National Science Museum has seven floors of galleries with permanent exhibitions focusing on photography, television, animation, videogaming, the Internet and more.
During the summer, kids can get used to not using their nogging, so why ont get those neurons flowing with some inspirational activites that make a great family da out in Yorkshire possible. The kids can explore interative exhibitions, dicover the origins of photography and play around with a whole host of activie that will keep them entertained all day. Did we mention it also has an IMAX cinema!? Pictureville, Bradford BD1 1NQ
18. York Maze
It’s only open for a few months of the year, but York Maze is a great day out with the kids. In the middle of the Yorkshire countryside, it boasts the biggest maze in Europe – the Giant Maize Maze. But that’s not all there is to do here. There’s also a Jurassic Maze, a Mineshaft Maze and a Finger Fortune Maze, not to mention loads of play zones, including a jumping pillow (that’s a bouncy castle without the walls) and a climbing zone. Find out more here.
Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT
19. Castle Museum
A former prison that once housed the famous highwayman, Dick Turpin, Castle Musuem is one of the most amaxzing family days out in Yorkshire for you to experience. It feature a street that will take you back in time along with an immersive & nostalgic trip through time with their maticulously put together exhibitions. Parents get ready to explain what a few things you grew up with are. We can’t believe Nintendio 64 are now considred vintage! Find our more here.
Tower St, York YO1 9RY
20. Dalby Forest
Cycling, woodland walks, a fantastic park and much much more, Dalby in North Yorkshire has great things to do with kids in Yorkshire’s best forest. Wether you choose to take a picnic, venture on the Gruffalo Trail or decide to get some food in the on site cafe you can easily while away a whole day and more at Dalby. If you’re feeling brave, why not try out the Go Ape treetop course, or explore an a segway tour. Dalby Forest Dr, Low Dalby, Pickering YO18 7LT