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.
Blackhall Rocks on Durham Coast (43 miles)
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. Classic photo opportunity!
Filey Beach (50 miles)
offers a 5 mile stretch of clean, sandy, award winning beaches for traditional family beach days.
Bridlington Beach (54 miles)
Quality Coast award winning sandy beach with swimming and lifeguard cover and a good few local attractions. Be warned, it's a little tricky to find.
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. Heed the warnings!
Hornsea Beach (57 miles)
Sand and shingle beach good for collecting driftwood, exploring and swimming though irregular lifeguard cover. Cheap entertainment nearby.
Lightwater Valley (3 miles)
Over 40 rides and attractions and 175 acres of action-packed adventures, from the 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 the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove! Plus Angry Birds activity park...
Flamingo Land (29 miles)
375 acres of wild family fun. There are many white knuckle thrillers including Kumali, a suspended looping rollercoaster, rides for younger children, family shows and an extensive zoo, home to many rare and exotic species such as giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions.
Talon Falconry (4 miles)
Meet over 35 birds of prey, have a photo taken and see them fly. Other residents include ferrets, rheas, snakes and rabbits. A variety of experience packages also available.
Falconry UK (9 miles)
A Birds of Prey and conservation centre with over 70 birds and 30 species including hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. Falconry experience days offered for adults and kids.
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.
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats (9 miles)
Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats
Hands-on family wildlife experience with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, llama, pygmy goats and 2 new white donkeys, set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland with one of the country's finest collection of trees and shrubs. Plus children's playground!
York Bird of Prey Centre (15 miles)
York Bird of Prey Centre
A centre with over 70 birds of prey and owls with a chance to fly and handle some of them. Educational talks, plus two flying displays per day. Hawk Walks, Owl Experiences and Falconry Courses available.
Nidderdale Llamas (9 miles)
A Llama Trekking Centre based in the beautiful Dales. Enjoy a Llama Farm Experience or go Llama Trekking! You don't ride llamas, but they are fantastic walking companion and entertain you with their hilarious personalities! They are very friendly and love to meet people! Birthday parties a speciality!...
Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm (11 miles)
Big Sheep and 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 doesn't object).
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre (11 miles)
Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre
With loads of friendly animals, a traditional Adventure Playground and separate Play Area for smaller kids, a Farm Pedal Car Arena, scenic way marked Nature Trail and tea rooms, this is a life saver if you're passing on a long journey!
Hesketh Farm Park (19 miles)
Hesketh Farm Park
A welcoming kids' farm where seasonally one can join in with bottle feeding, egg collecting, pig brushing and cavvie fussing, plus the adventure playground, tractor trailer ride and pedal go kart track! Loads!
Piglets Adventure Farm Park (22 miles)
Piglets Adventure Farm Park
Seasonal Children's Farm with Petting Barn, Tractor Trailer Rides, Bouncing Pillows, Trails, Maize Maze, Pedal Go Karts, Play Area, Olympigs Obstacle Course, animal cuddling and a Cafe!
York Maze (26 miles)
is a seasonal family attraction, with mazes galore, sand and water play, slides, rides, shows, games, petting farm, pig racing, fantastic food and great gifts. It's a great day out for the whole family July through September!
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.
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park (30 miles)
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park
Animal encounters, glorious countryside and take part in a range of seasonal hands-on activities and demonstrations. Climb aboard the 4WD Farm Safari ride, hitch a ride in a giant caterpillar and let the kids loose in the Play Barn. Toddler sessions available. NEW for 2016 : Tractor Ted Little Farm!
Ripon Museum Trust (< 1 mile)
Ripon Museum Trust
- is a group of three museums where you can go back in time and see what life was like in a Victorian prison, workhouse and courthouse.
The Royal Pump Room Museum (10 miles)
The Royal Pump Room Museum
Borrow a family backpack, try the mystery object game or complete the spa trail to discover what it would be like to be a visitor to the spa 100 years ago at this small family friendly museum with hands on Egyptian and scientific activities!
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, in a stunning house that has been beautifully restored. Interactive and hands on displays, plus a “Horrid History” exhibition.
Yorks Chocolate Story (22 miles)
Yorks Chocolate Story
Includes a tour, a tasting, museum, demonstrations and a virtual chocolate factory. With new Chocolate Making Station in the Factory Zone!
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!
Craven Museum and Gallery (24 miles)
Craven Museum and Gallery
Free to visit, family friendly museum with displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art and regular children’s activities and events. Kids can dress up as a cave person or a Victorian, dig in the archaeology pit, and more!
Yorkshire Museum of Farming (24 miles)
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
16 acres of parkland dedicated to Yorkshire's farming past, includes livestock pens with lots of animals, adventure playground, toy tractors, and more! Museum displays include child friendly interactives. 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. Imax theatre also on site.
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...
Yorkshire Air Museum (27 miles)
Yorkshire Air Museum
Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, and much more.
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum (29 miles)
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
Newly refurbished museum telling the story of Cook's early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas. Now with interactive elements, touch screens and audio trail!
Dales Countryside Museum (29 miles)
Dales Countryside Museum
Housed in the old Hawes railway station, this museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits telling the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.
Eden Camp (30 miles)
Award winning museum, housed in an original POW camp, and experience the sights, sounds, and even smells of WWII. See the most comprehensive display of British WWII history in the world, and also cover WWI. and post 1945 conflicts.
Beck Isle Museum (31 miles)
Beck Isle Museum
Museum all about Pickering, with 27 themed rooms, an outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area, plus kids' quiz, demonstrations, talks and hands on exhibitions!
Dorman Museum (31 miles)
From artistic pottery to feminism to the magic of water, from local history to natural history to ornithological collections, there are so many different topics to explore in depth you couldn't get bored if you tried!
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (32 miles)
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Leading gallery for modern and contemporary art and craft. mima’s family programme includes family guides, fun sessions for the under 4s, free Saturday afternoon family activities, and regular school holiday programmes. Free to visit!
Museum of Victorian Science (36 miles)
Museum of Victorian Science
By appointment only for over 16s, a journey of real science through 19th century physics. A tour followed by several live demonstrations. A virtual visit to the laboratory of Dr Frankenstein.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (39 miles)
Saltburn by the Sea
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
Take the tour and you can not only explore the museum but also below ground into original mining areas, experience ventilation techniques and even see a mini detonation set off!
The Hydro (10 miles)
Offers three swimming pools (diving, main and teaching), springboard and highboard diving, The cafe "Taste Hydro" 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)
Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool
20m heated outdoor pool open daily between mid June and early September. Mix of Fun Sessions and Adults only sessions. Basic facilities, but clean and tidy. More charming than an indoor pool, plus there’s a play park next door!
Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool (39 miles)
Ingleton Open Air Heated Swimming Pool
Community run heated lido open May to September. Worth looking out for their fun special events! Various swim sessions, plus private hire available. Annual Membership available. Under 4s swim FREE.
Winkies (10 miles)
Fantastic! Thoroughly unique concept in tiny town role play, with kids' computers, trampolines and more in addition to the play frame.
Twiggys Play (10 miles)
is a playcentre themed on the Yorkshire Countryside. From the big slide to the dedicated under 3s' area, all of our play frame can be viewed from the comfort of our seating area complete with wifi and magazines!
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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