Whitby West Cliff Beach (35 miles)
Whitby West Cliff Beach
Blue Flag awarded sand beach with excellent fossil hunting prospects and plenty of local history.
Runswick Bay (41 miles)
A sheltered sand and rock beach with the only safe swimming in the area. Very good for beach combing and fossil hunting. Quality Coast Award winner.
Scarborough Donkey Rides (46 miles)
Scarborough Donkey Rides
The adorable collection of well behaved and well loved animals all wear their names proudly on their harnesses to help kids choose their favourite and clearly enjoy taking equally well behaved children for gentle little jaunts across the sand.
Bridlington Beach (54 miles)
Quality Coast award winning sandy beach with swimming and lifeguard cover and a good few local attractions.
Danes Dyke Beach (56 miles)
Danes Dyke Beach
An exploring and roaming beach rather than swimming and lounging, with a nature reserve close by and great fossil hunting territory.
Hornsea Beach (57 miles)
Sand and shingle beach good for collecting driftwood, exploring and swimming though irregular lifeguard cover. Cheap entertainment nearby.
Longsands Beach (61 miles)
Sandy beach with good swimming and popular with surfers. Aquarium and facilities nearby, and a short walk away is a smaller version of the beach which is a little quieter.
Whitley Bay South Beach (65 miles)
Whitley Bay South Beach
The sand and rock pool beach to the north of the parade is long and lovely. Walk across the causeway to St Mary's Island and the gleaming white lighthouse.
Lytham St Annes Beach (67 miles)
Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes Beach
Donkey rides on the sand, a renovated Victorian Pier, children's playgrounds, Lytham's famous green windmill, cafes, ice-cream parlours and municipal gardens: it's a place of irresistible old fashioned charm!
Formby Beach (70 miles)
An unspoilt wilderness of a beach, run by the National Trust and with a nature reserve adjacent. Not the best choice if you're looking to swim etc., but lovely for exploring.
Ainsdale Beach (73 miles)
Sandy, dune backed bathing beach boasting the oldest iron built pier in the country, with a nature reserve adjacent. Village with facilities nearby.
Lightwater Valley (4 miles)
Simply bursting with over 40 rides and attractions and 175 acres of action-packed adventures, from the dark and mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack to the dizzying heights of Whirlwind, a typhoon of screams that'll twist even the bravest of souls and (new for 2011) 5 new rides in the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove!
Flamingo Land (29 miles)
400 acres of wild family fun. There are many white knuckle thrillers including Kumali, a suspended looping rollercoaster, rides for younger children, 5 family shows and an extensive zoo, home to many rare and exotic species such as giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions.
Sion Hill Hall Birds of Prey (9 miles)
Sion Hill Hall Birds of Prey
Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species. Daily flying displays and handling opportunities for the Ultimate Hands on Experience.
Nidderdale Llamas (9 miles)
A llama trekking centre and animal petting farm. Visit the farm, take a llama for a walk or if your over 10yrs why not go llama trekking! You don’t ride llamas, but they are great walking companions and carry your picnic! Birthday parties a speciality! Refreshment area. Pre-Booking essential.
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats (9 miles)
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats
The ultimate family day out with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, Marlon the Llama, pygmy goats amongst other wildlife providing the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family in the finest collection of trees and shrubs in the country set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland and lakes with new equipment in the children's playground for 2013.
Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm (11 miles)
Big Sheep & Little Cow Farm
When you visit the farm, one of our friendly guides will show you around the farm so that you can bottle feed lambs and piglets, bath a pig, hold small animals, feed the cows and sheep and talk to the donkey (if Charlie the pony does'nt object).
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre (11 miles)
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre
Our Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
Hesketh Farm Park (19 miles)
Hesketh Farm Park
Hesketh Farm Park is part of a 600 acre working farm situated in one of the most picturesque areas of the Yorkshire Dales; Bolton Abbey.
York Maze (26 miles)
is a seasonal family attraction, with mazes galore, sand and water play, slides, rides, shows, games, petting farm, pig racing, painting, fantastic food, and great gifts. It’s a great day out for the whole family!
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park (29 miles)
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park
Animal encounters, glorious countryside, make friends with friendly farm animals and take part in a range of seasonal hands-on activities and demonstrations. Climb aboard the 4WD Farm Safari to the Deer Park, hitch a ride in a giant caterpillar and let the kids loose in the Wizzick Play Barn. Join in with lamb and calf feeding daily plus Junior Quad Bikes.
Newham Grange Country Farm (30 miles)
Newham Grange Country Farm
Come and make friends with the rare breeds of farm animals, enjoy a walk around the fields or drive a mini tractor, and why not bring along a picnic for a treat.
National Railway Museum (21 miles)
National Railway Museum
National Railway Museum - for big trains, bigger rides and the biggest day out, come to York, to the worlds largest railway museum. Explore our three giant halls for a complete family experience packed full of incredible trains and interactive fun. Discover the fascinating story of the train.
Yorkshire Museum (22 miles)
With archaeology, geology, biology and astronomy collections on view you won't run out of things to look at!
Barley Hall (22 miles)
See the sights, handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.
Yorks Chocolate Story (22 miles)
Yorks Chocolate Story
Includes a tour, a tasting, museum, demonstrations and a virtual chocolate factory.
DIG (22 miles)
Owned by the same archaeologists who discovered the Viking-Age City and created JORVIK Viking Centre. DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist. This is a one of a kind!
York Castle Museum (22 miles)
York Castle Museum
One of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects recreating rooms, shops, whole streets!
Yorkshire Museum of Farming (24 miles)
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
14 acres of parkland dedicated to Yorkshire's farming past. Indoor and outdoor fun: livestock pens with lots of animals, adventure playground, toy tractors and plenty of open space. Museum displays include child-friendly interactives. Events run throughout the year and costumed interpreters are on site daily in the summer holidays.
National Media Museum (26 miles)
National Media Museum
- an exciting centre in the heart of the north devoted to film, photography, television, radio and the web. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in West Yorkshire with kids
Ryedale Folk Museum (27 miles)
Ryedale Folk Museum
Large open air museum for all the family. The museum contains reconstructed buildings including a 1950s post office, iron age roundhouse, Elizabethan manor house and model village, and focuses on life in Ryedale through the ages. The museum also has a Blacksmiths, and livestock such as pigs, sheep and chickens.
Yorkshire Air Museum (27 miles)
Yorkshire Air Museum
Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, and much more.
Eden Camp (30 miles)
Housed in an original POW camp, a visit to our award winning museum will allow you to experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of World War Two.We present the most comprehensive display of British Second World War history in the world, and also cover the First world war and post-1945 conflicts.
Dorman Museum (31 miles)
With ever changing exhibitions - 8 galleries and 3 exhibition spaces, there's something for everyone and plenty of hands-on activities, objects and children's trails.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (32 miles)
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
welcomes families and in addition to the appealing exhibits themselves offers spirograph table games and art trolley plus interactive art sessions for under 4s.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (39 miles)
Saltburn by the Sea
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
The Museum today offers visitors an opportunity to experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and to explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner. It was these miners that helped make Cleveland the most important Ironstone mining district in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
The Hydro (10 miles)
- offers three swimming pools (diving, main and teaching), springboard and highboard diving, Harry's Place creche, The Energy Bar cafe and more.
Knaresborough Pool (10 miles)
Featuring a 4 lane 25 meter standard swimming pool plus family leisure pool with hot water bubble pool and flume water slide.
Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool (20 miles)
Water World (22 miles)
Where the kids can slide down one of the three exciting flume rides, dare them to face 'The Edge', swim against the waves, ride the 'Torpedo Tube' or endure the 'Rapids Descent! Area for smaller children available.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Ripon with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in North Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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