Table of Contents
- 1 Things to do in Yorkshire
- 1.1 Alpamare Water Park, Scarborough
- 1.2 Beach
- 1.3 Castles
- 1.4 Dalby Forest
- 1.5 Eden Camp
- 1.6 Fort Paull
- 1.7 Geocaching
- 1.8 Humber Bridge
- 1.9 Ice Skating
- 1.10 John Bull World of Rock
- 1.11 Kirkstall Abbey
- 1.12 Lighthouses
- 1.13 Museums
- 1.14 North Yorkshire Moors
- 1.15 Outlets
- 1.16 Peasholm Park, Scarborough
- 1.17 Quadbiking
- 1.18 Rivelin Valley Park
- 1.19 Seven Seas Fish Trail in Hull
- 1.20 The Tour De Yorkshire
- 1.21 Underground
- 1.22 Valley Gardens in Harrogate
- 1.23 Whitby Abbey
- 1.24 Xscape at Castleford
- 1.25 York
- 1.26 Zoo
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It’s half-term for many in Yorkshire this week and before we know it we will be looking for things to do during Easter, Whit-week and even the Summer holidays!
So today I share with you my A-Z list of free or cheap things to in Yorkshire with kids!
Things to do in Yorkshire
Alpamare Water Park, Scarborough
This awesome water park opened in the Summer of 2016 and is one of only two (I think!) water parks we have in Yorkshire.
We have some fabulous beaches on the East coast..
- Withernsea is on the Yorkshire coast too don’t forget 😉
Another thing we have plenty of in Yorkshire…
- Scarbrough Castle
- Castle Howard
- Clifford Tower
- Conisborough Castle
- Helmsley Castle
This is somewhere where every year I think we should go but never actually do! There’s even a Go-Ape up there, cycle tracks and 8000 acres to explore!
I loved Eden Camp when I was younger and is for sure on my list to take the kids to this year. My near 8-year-old is really interested in the war and I think he’s at the perfect age to really take it what this original POW Camp is all about.
This is another Yorkshire attraction that I think my eldest would love… located to the east of Hull Fort Paull is Yorkshire only remaining Napoleonic Fortress.
We can see the beauty that is the Humber Bridge from our bedroom windows and is somewhere we regularly go on a weekend when we are wanting to blow the cobwebs off, particularly on the foreshore. There is a Farmers Market on the ‘top car park’ the first Sunday of every month too and with the Country Park that takes you from the bridge itself to the bottom of the first tower; a dog walk and a visit to the pond in the very middle via what we locals call ‘Little Switz’ is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Although perhaps not the cheapest activity you will find on here it is one that is pretty fun for all ages! We have Hull Ice Arena, Bradford Ice Rink and of course the ice capital of Yorkshire, Sheffield.
John Bull World of Rock
Located just on the outskirts of Bridlington, you can pop in and even make your own rock as you listen to the history of the area’s premier confectioners as told by John Bull’s ancestor.
Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete examples of a medieval Cistercian abbey in Britain. Set in wonderful parkland along the banks of the River Aire, Kirkstall Abbey
Located at the Spurn Point is the first lighthouse on the east coast you’ll come to at the most southern point of the north bank; Spurn Point, 15 miles drive north will bring you Withernsea (Museum open from Easter onwards) then Flamborough (not far from Bridlington) and Scarborough further north still.
There are tons of museums around the Yorkshire area… here’s just a few of them…
- National mining museum in Wakefield
- National Science & media museum in Bradford
- Eureka Halifax
- National Railway Museum York
- Trolleybus Museum, Doncaster
- Jorvik Viking Centre
- Royal Armories
- Industrial Museum in Bradford
North Yorkshire Moors
Last summer we decided to randomly head up to the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. We couldn’t believe that such
We were going to stop at Pickering and jump on the train up to Goathland but although beautiful I’m sure, it was a little expensive for a family of 4 so we drove up there in and amongst the sheep and sheer open fields.
On the way back we headed across to Thornton-Le-Dale and just sat beside a beautiful clear stream soaking in the beauty that is the moors.
We have a few shopping outlets in Yorkshire where you can find discounted stores such as Next, New Balance, Cath Kidston and so many more. I can’t promise you won’t spend some money there though but you can pick up some right bargains! Some of my
Peasholm Park, Scarborough
I remember visiting Peasholme Park as a child like it was yesterday but I haven’t actually visited for many many years!
I have a picture that I typically can’t find of me and my Grandad on the rowing boats. The swan boats are a memory of which I will never forget about Peasholm Park.
They not only have a lake but a miniature golf, putting green and obvious the island itself that you can fully explore with or without kids!
Probably one of the most expensive experiences on this list but having saved on 25 other activities you might want to splash out… (that.. and you try and think of something beginning with Q! 😉
North Yorkshire seems to be the place to go quad biking so here’s a couple I’ve come across:
- Quads North Yorkshire
- Camp Hill
- Yorkshire Outdoors
- And Quadbiking Yorkshire
Rivelin Valley Park
The Rivelin Valley Park is situated on the Rivelin Valley Nature Trail in Sheffield which has some of the most beautiful waterfalls you will find in Yorkshire. Maria at happymummy.co.uk says she and her family loves the paddling pools and beautiful lakes.
Seven Seas Fish Trail in Hull
The Seven Seas Fish Trail is something I again pass and have passed
The Tour De Yorkshire
The Tour De Yorkshire is back! You can find out more information on where the routes are going to be this year over at https://letour.yorkshire.com
Can you tell I struggled with U… but this is a good one trust me!
Every wanted to go caving? (See what I did there.. underground, caves, caverns … sorry it was the best I could do!) 😉
There are so many caverns and caves just waiting to be explored particularly in the Yorkshire Dales.
I remember going to Mother Shiptons Cave when I was younger which is child friendly but there are a few more that you may want to look at too if you want a true caving experience and/or are experienced in caving itself:
- White Scar Cave
- Stump Cross Caverns
- Gaping Gill
- Ingleborough Cave
- Blue John Cavern
- Victoria Cave
- Simpson’s Pot
Valley Gardens in Harrogate
The Valley Gardens Harrogate are open all year round, 24 hours a day, and with a number of different areas and garden styles make a relaxing and captivating place to explore.
We’ve only actually visited Whitby the once (probably more when I was younger!). It’s such a beautiful place as a whole but the ruins of Whitby Abbey is a must-see if visiting North Yorkshire.
Xscape at Castleford
Although there are activities with Xscape that aren’t cheap there are tons of activities that are
My eldest is obsessed with history at the minute and so in addition to visiting the FREE National Railway Museum during February half term week, we decided to also check out some of the historic beauty that York city centre has to offer too. Parking was £10 all day in the museum which is just a short walk away from the centre. We spent nothing meandering around the small cobbled streets and along the famous walls. The kids absolutely loved it and can’t wait to head back in the summer to go on a river boat!
Now there are a fair few Zoo’s around the Yorkshire area but in my opinion, the larger more popular ones aren’t necessarily cheap so I’m not going to go for your obvious here. Instead I’m going to go with:
- Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park
- Thirsk Birds of Prey Center
- Sewerby Hall
- Lotherton Hall
- Filey Bird, Garden & Animal Park
- Harewood House
- Tropical World
- Canon Hall Farm
- The Sealife Centre in Scarborough (lots of 2 for 1’s on offer for Sealife Centers)
I hope this gives you some inspiration on things to do in Yorkshire this year.
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If you too are on the hunt for something new to do locally then why not check out some of my previous Yorkshire related blog posts below:
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