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Best Things To Do & Days Out In York

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you'll find this list of awesome things to do in York to be quite the treat!

You won’t need a golden ticket for a tour around York’s Chocolate Story, where you can learn all about how the local chocolate is made and make some of your own, before embarking on the York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail where you need to follow the clues and discover more delicious morsels on the way!

With all that sugar running around your system you’ll be grateful for the chance to burn it off. Strap yourself in for a race in the fast lane at the Motorsports Village or practice those tucks, flips and rolls at the Trampoline Park. Smaller children will love the Wacky Warehouse or have a family game at Sector 7 Laser!

Budding archeologists will love DIG, which is the ideal place to master those fossil brushing skills and learn all about what it takes to excavate ancient artifacts from York’s 2,000-year history on this York family day out.

If parents are in need for a bit of tranquility, jump on board a York Boat trip where you can relax and enjoy the sights of the city, or take a walk around the Curious About York trail.

Don’t forget that if the children misbehave, parents can always threaten them with a trip down to the depths of the York Dungeon, where horrible history is brought to life on this nerve-wracking 70-minute tour!

Want to check when the next school holiday is so you can plan your family days out? We've got a handy breakdown of the UK school holidays to help.

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Towneley Hall Museum

  • Burnley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Towneley Hall Museum is a Burnley's Art Gallery and Museum set in the town's largest park provides a wonderful day out for all the family. With an ex...

Cliffe Park

  • Dronfield
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Cliffe Park is a popular park with a large play area offering swings, slides, climbing frame, table tennis table, crazy golf course, large grass area...

Grimsby Ice Rink and Leisure Centre

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Their ice rink boasts great music, disco lighting, and a snow machine that will give you a great and joyful experience every time you come skating. M...

The Painted Teapot

  • Dronfield
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

The Painted Teapot, choose from the large and constantly changing selection of items ready and waiting to be painted or deco patched. Paint anything...

Donkey Rides at Seaton Carew Beach

  • Hartlepool
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Adorable donkeys and a day on the beach? Yee-haw! Seaside rides have returned to Seaton Carew beach after a quarter of a century, with a helping hand...

Planet Leisure5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

This exciting, indoor entertainment centre awaits you and your family. Head on down to Planet Leisure for all-weather fun, you all can enjoy. There’s...

Creswell Crags5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Worksop
  • Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Creswell Crags is an ancient limestone gorge honeycombed with intriguing caves and smaller fissures. Cool stone tools and remains of animals found in...

Thompson Park and Miniature Railway5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Burnley
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

At Thompson Park there is a whopping great 3 acre boating lake here plus the River Brun bisects the Park, between the 2 providing habitat for many va...



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Jump 360 Hartlepool

  • Hartlepool
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Put a spring in your step at Jump 360 Hartlepool, packed full of trampoline park fun and a giant inflatable arena. The whole family can bounce away b...

Fuzzy Ed's at the Cricketers

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for a soft play area in Grimsby? Why not try Fuzzy Ed’s Cricketers, a great place for your under-12s to discover this exciting soft play cent...

MFA Bowl Burnley

  • Burnley
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

MFA Bowl Burnley Classic tenpin bowling is an all weather, all age family activity that is simple to play and fun to master, where even the youngest...

Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at the Gretna green Hotel provides kids up to 4ft9 a range of indoor play features spread over several floors of climbing maze, inclu...

Wacky Warehouse - The Star

  • Burnley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at The Star provides kids up to 4ft9 a range of indoor play features spread over several floors of climbing maze, including racing sl...

Settle Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Settle
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Pick out a pirate name and with a yo ho ho, join the hunt for buried loot on the Settle Treasure Hunt Trail. Salty sea dogs, young and old, will have...

National Fishing Heritage Centre

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

National Fishing Heritage Centre provides a fascinating insight into Grimsby's maritime history, so why not sign up as a crewmember and find out why...

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Giving unwanted or injured creatures the gift of a home is what Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is all about. It makes it a must see for all animal lovers!...

Captains Cove Adventure Centre

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Captains Cove Adventure Centre Working along a piratical theme, your children will be amazed by all the different activities they can play and intera...

Withernsea Beach

  • Withernsea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Explore Withernsea Beach, a popular sandy and shingled beach in Yorkshire that stretches out for miles and miles on end. Once you’ve chosen your spot...

Animal Quackers Park Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)

  • Bacup
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

A farm tour from a real farmer is just one of the things on offer at Animal Quackers Park Farm. Resident Farmer, Farmer Terry, will keep little ones...

Time 4 Play

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Time 4 Play is a three level indoor soft play centre with a variety of obstacles, slides, sports area and ball pool, providing a safe, secure and sti...

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