If you’re having a staycation this year in the North Yorkshire area here would be our top 10 days out.
1. A northern Lido- Just because we’re up North doesn’t mean you can’t find a local (ish) lido for a dip. Especially with this recent heatwave cooling down outdoors is just good for the whole family, I enjoy it as much as the children! Two tempting lidos to visit in this hot weather are Ilkley Lido Helmsley Lido
2.National Trust – For existing members here are a few spots to visit, and if your non members Brimham is a good budget option to visit, or wander around Beningborough Parklands.
Beningborough Hall- this historic Hall, has a great shaded woodland outdoors play park, loads of trees to climb, gorgeous parkland to walk in (some of it, open to non-members) and throughout the school holidays they’re hosting fun art and feathered friend activities. Beningborough Hall
Nunnington Hall – This beautiful moorland hall sums up an idyllic English country garden. It’s a beautiful spot for a game of pooh sticks, get up close to some peacocks, play outdoor jenga, croquet and quoits in the peaceful garden. For little ones there is a little Peter Rabbit walled garden complete with a mud kitchen. The house has some interesting artefacts for kids to look at, if they enjoy going back in time. Again they also have some holiday activities running.Nunnington Hall
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal- An atmospheric spot for a picnic amongst the abbey walls and a picturesque walk along the water garden to wear them out. My older two really enjoyed visiting here!
Brimham Rocks- Not for the faint hearted if you’re like me and have climbers in the family. I have many a happy childhood holiday working out how to scramble up and down the crags.Brimham Rocks
3.Eureka- Not in North Yorkshire but not far away! This is on our to do list as we have heard great things about this educational day out and love a museum that is hands on for little hands.Eureka
4.Jorvik Viking Centre- We headed to this museum right at the end of the day and what a difference that made to queuing times and getting the most out of this viking ferocious learning experience. It has had some recent investment to the exhibition and so makes the experience even more exciting.Jorvik
5.Piglets Adventure Farm- A little on the pricier side for large families but well worth it for a farm experience. You can spend all day there and once your in there, its refreshing to not have any hidden extras to pay for. With big tractor rides, and bumpy barrel runs and plenty of space makes for a fun day for all. There is also an extensive play park area, indoor barn, fairy walk and animal barn. Mine love to get up close to all the animals and the staff are very friendly, lastly an important one, the coffee is fairly good!Piglets Farm
6.RHS Harlow Carr- A beautiful spot for us adults to wander around and plenty of kids play areas to entertain them. You can even grab a Betty’s treat from the outdoor kiosk on site. Harlow Carr
7.Head to the Coast – There are some beautiful quieter bits of the coast around Whitby. We headed to Runswick Bay and enjoyed a beach day without the crowds. Maybe on hot weekend days it might not be as pleasant but there are some quiet beaches to be found. Great Coastal spots around Whitby
8. Bolton Abbey- Be it going to splash in the water down by the abbey, visiting the picturesque local steam railway or heading a little further into Burnsall for a picnic and river swim.Visit Bolton Abbey
9.North Yorkshire Moors Railway- For all your budding train enthusiasts, stunning views and again activity days held throughout summer. North Yorkshire Moors
10. Forbidden Corner- A weird and wonderful collection of abstract art built amongst a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises in a 4 acre garden in the heart of the Dales.Forbidden Corner