20 Best Things To Do In North Yorkshire Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In North Yorkshire

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the amazing things to do in North Yorkshire with kids!

 

Where do we begin? How about a visit to York’s sweetest attraction - York's Chocolate Story? Harriet, who’s not only one of our trusted explorers but also a multi-award nominated blogger and instagrammer, has made a video review of her family trip to York's Chocolate Story. Check it out for some inspiration!

Fancy a day of farmyard fun and adorable animals? One of our favourite attractions in North Yorkshire is Piglets Adventure Farm Park. From meeting piglets, goats, donkeys and all the rest of the friendly farm residents, to taking on the Olympig obstacle course and exploring the Play Barn - it's a great day out for you and your kids any time of the year. 

North Yorkshire offers many unusual family days out too! The county’s home to The Forbidden Corner - dubbed “The Strangest Place in the World”, there you’ll find all sorts of curious things from pagan tree men, to haybale dogs, and a huge pyramid made of translucent glass! Then, there’s Castle Howard with its fantasy themed play area, Skelf Island which was ranked amongst the best adventure playgrounds in the UK by our team of family days out experts. 

If large open areas and acres of stunning gardens sounds like the perfect day out, visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, or explore the mysterious remains of the gothic Whitby Abbey and find out how it inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 

And last but not least, our intro to the things to do in North Yorkshire has a little something for the thrill seekers - Lightwater Valley. With 35 exciting rides, lots of seasonal events, plus a choice of indoor and outdoor play areas it’s one not to miss!

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The lady bird coaster at Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley

  • Ripon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Who fancies a thrill ride on flying swings? What about meeting modern-day dinosaurs, or simply enjoying a lazy day aboard the Eagle's Creek Farm trac...

Spilmans

Spilmans

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Who doesn’t love a day out in the fresh country air? Well, head over to Spilmans (May - October), a pick your own farm with a play barn for little ad...

York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail

York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get out and explore a different side of York with the York Chocolate and Sweet self-guided themed treasure trail! Suitable for all ages, this trail i...

The Painting Pottery Yard overview

The Painting Pottery Yard

  • Thirsk
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Love doing arts and crafts with your kids? Head to The Painting Pottery Yard, no matter the weather, and enjoy a relaxing pottery painting session fo...

Toddler soft play area at Twiggys Play in Thirsk

Twiggys Play

  • Thirsk
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Twiggy's Play is a 4000 square foot indoor play centre in Thirsk, themed on the wonderful Yorkshire Countryside. Nestling in the shadows of our own W...

Fawn at Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre in Thirsk

Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre

  • Thirsk
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Monk Park Farm Visitor centre is one of ‘Yorkshire’s best places to visit.’ Situated in the heart of Herriot country, on the edge of the North York M...

Owl flying at Falconry UK in Thirsk

Falconry UK5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Thirsk
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Falconry UK is set in a beautiful country garden and gives you a great chance to experience the excitement and thrills of falconry. If you have ever...

Outside view of Newby Hall Adventure Garden in Ripon

Newby Hall Adventure Garden

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Newby's exciting Adventure Garden for Children has been thoughtfully and safely designed for children of all ages, from the paddling pool, sandpit an...

Outside view of Ripon Museum Trust

Ripon Museum Trust

  • Ripon
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ripon Museum Trust has three museums with the common theme of Law and Order. At the Workhouse Museum you can dress as a Victorian pauper and play in...

Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

Ripon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Behind every corner and with every step, riddles are waiting to be unpicked by you and your crew of salty sea dogs… So what are you waiting for? Join...

A Side View of Mother Shipton's Well

Mother Shipton's Cave

  • Knaresborough
  • Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Behold the hidden powers of the magical water in Mother Shipton’s Cave that turns all it touches to stone! Get ready to discover the wonders of Engla...

Girls on nets at Treetop Nets Yorkshire in Ripon

Ripon Treetop Nets Yorkshire

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Imagine giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels - all made from netting - welcome to Ripon   Treetop Nets ! Now picture this suspended up to...

Owl flying at Talon Falconry in Ripon

Talon Falconry

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Talon Falconry will give you a truly gripping experience that is fun for all the family. This is a great chance to see how these amazing birds are ha...

A little boy looking at a bug at Tropical World in Roundhay

Tropical World Roundhay4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Summon your inner explorer at Tropical World (Roundhay) - discover tumbling waterfalls, humid rainforests and pools of exotic fish in the not-so-far-...

Aerial view of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Ripon

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

  • Ripon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

An amazing historical World Heritage Site near Ripon, Fountains Abbey provides picturesque wide open spaces, family guided tours, school holiday acti...

Falcons at York Bird of Prey Centre in Huby

York Bird of Prey Centre

  • Easingwold
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

York Bird of Prey Centre is fantastic for nature lovers as you have the chance to get really close to these stunning birds, most of which have been h...

Some people walking in the Gardens at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate

RHS Harlow Carr

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Enjoy a beautiful day out in Harrogate at RHS Garden Harlow Carr - the garden is family-friendly with lots of natural play features for your cheeky m...

Girl on soft play bridge at Middlesbrough Sports Village

Middlesbrough Sports Village

  • Middlesbrough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

If sports are your thing, Middlesbrough Sports Village is the place to go! Nothing will stop you from staying active and having fun, even the tempera...

Walking path at Thorp Perrow Gardens, Falcons, Meerkats in Bedale

Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Wildlife Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bedale
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Wildlife Park is a mix of meerkats, falcons and the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country! Situate...

A family taking part in a Hunt Fun trail

Hunt Fun Northallerton

  • Northallerton
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Crack codes and see the sights on the Hunt Fun Northallerton trail. It’s a great way to get the family outside and working together. Begin by grabbin...

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