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Free Fun: 5 Free days out in York in and around the city

Harriet Shearsmith

15 October 2017

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It’s coming up to the first half term of the school year and that means two things: knackered kids who need to let their hair down and recuperate and Christmas is right around the corner so the purse strings are getting tighter and tighter.

We’re incredibly lucky with our location, there are so many things to do with kids in North Yorkshire, and a lot of them are absolutely FREE (or as close as possible!), you just have to be a little bit creative.

So, want to know what to do with the kids this half term in North Yorkshire for free? Sure you do! Let's get to it...

  1. Visit the beach and go rock pooling!

    So many people think that visiting the beach is something that is ideal for the summer holidays but we actually prefer to leave it until autumn half term! Not only is the beach quieter because it’s cooler and less sunbathing, more paddling and keeping a coat on, but it’s also the PERFECT time to go rock pooling. So much more seems to be going on in those beautiful quiet pools. There is no one to disturb them and there is a wealth to learn from the pools. Just remember to be SO cautious of the tide - as a sort-of seasider, the fear is real and when I see tourists on the beach, miles away from the exits and the tide is coming in...

    Visiting the beach is a great free activity in Yorkshire

  2. A woodland walk OR Dalby Forest (£4 per car in Autumn/Winter!)

    I adore Dalby Forest, it’s beautiful and filled with adventures. They have a Gruffalo walk, a massive play area, a plethora of streams, pathways and a wonderful Go Ape centre. You really can’t beat it. Much like the beach, it’s also dog-friendly - just be a bit cautious of snakes! Yes, snakes! Adderstone rock is called that for a very fundamental reason... it’s not really one for Mastermind, is it? To keep the cost right down if you go to Dalby take a flask and a treat picnic. Going totally free option? Try Hackfall Woods - BEAUTIFUL.

    Free family days out in and around York

  3. Walk the walls in York

    Steeped in history and with some of the most amazing views of the beautiful city that is York, walking the walls is great fun. You can pretend you’re walking the Great Wall of China, learn about the Romans (which I believe is a topic for reception age kids - or it was for Toby last year!) and all of the city’s history. It might be an idea to take reigns for a little one and it’s not pushchair friendly.

  4. Visit Peasholm Park in Scarborough

    It actually a really lovely park, and it’s super duper close to the beach so you can combine the two! I really love taking the kids and having a walk around, taking a pedalo boat out and enjoying our day quietly. They even have a green trail PDF which you can download (ahem, homework points!)

    Walking is a great free way to explore, with so many places to choose from

  5. Visit the National Railway Museum

    Yes, it’s actually FREE!! It’s free!! Not only is the National Railway Museum a fantastic day out (or afternoon out really as it’s not massive...) but it’s a really well thought out, entertaining and educational museum and 100% free. If you have a train fan then you absolutely can’t miss out on it - and even if you don’t, it’s great for seeing the days of old, the free shows they put on and the play area.

I hope you have a wonderful autumn half term! Do you have any other places that you love in the area that are free or cheap as chips? Let us know in a comment below, or get some inspiration for other days out in Yorkshire!



Harriet Shearsmith

15 October 2017

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Harriet is a multi-award nominated blogger and instagrammer, avid mum-bun wearer and self confessed coffee addict. Frequently found on Instagram talking about her children and family life. Harriet is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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