When the weather gets warmer it’s the perfect excuse to go paddling, splashing or swimming outside.
From streams to stepping stones and splash areas to outside swimming pools, we’ve rounded up all the places near York that you can cool down this summer.
So why not pack a picnic, grab some towels and head off for a day of fun!
1. Creepy Crawlies, Wigginton Road, York – 2 miles from York
There is a brilliant water play area at Creepy Crawlies with pumps, dams, streams and a paddling area. Plus plenty more activities to enjoy whilst you are there. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “When the weather is lovely, there’s a nice water play bit outside to dip the little ones feet in so take a towel!”
💷Cost: See website for up to date details and opening times & days.
2. Mini ‘Beach’ and Riverside near Beningbrough Hall – 8 miles from York
There is a very small little bit of sand by the side of the river in Newton-on-Ouse, near Beningbrough Hall that is lovely for a nice walk and a stop for a paddle. Please be aware that this is a river with strong current so don’t let your children in out of their depth and always supervise very closely.
One of our Mumbler’s helpfully gave these directions: If you park on the street (In Newton) and head through the Beningbrough gates there is another gate to the right. Go through it and turn left, follow the trees along side the river for about 15/20 mins and you will stumble upon it. You can’t miss it once you’re there.
What do Mumblers think? “We’ve been and it was lovely about 2 other familys”
3. Allerthorpe Lake, Pocklington, York – 15 miles from York
This is a lovely place to visit for a relaxed summers day out. For the more adventurous there is open-air swimming and an inflatable obstacle course. Equally as enjoyable is a paddle in the lake and play in the sandpit. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “Allerthorpe Lake is a great day. They have a bit of the lake for paddling.”
💷Cost: £6 per swim (additional charge for Aqua Park, pedalos etc). Everything expect open swimming must be pre-booked online.
4. Bebra Gardens, off Brewerton Street, Knaresborough – 20 miles from York
This small park in Knaresborough is open all year and has a paddling pool open form May to early September. It is attached to the Castle Gardens and the pool looks over the valley towards the River Nidd. Find out more on Mumbler.
Opens for the summer season only – late May until September.
What do Mumblers think? “Go on a train trip to Knaresborough, then there is the Bebra Gardens with a lovely paddling pool, you can then walk by the river or get a rowing boat.”
5. Rudding Holiday Park Outdoor Pool, Follifoot, Harrogate – 22 miles from York
💷Cost: 90 minute sessions can be booked in advance, £4.75 per person. Pre-book online.
What do Mumblers think? “The pool at Rudding is fab…but you have to book a slot.”
6. Valley Gardens, Harrogate – 23 miles from York
This beautiful park in Harrogate is perfect for a day out with a picnic. There is so much to do including pitch and putt golf course, crazy golf, boating pool, children’s play area and if the weather is good a large paddling pool. Find out more on Visit Harrogate.
Opens for the summer season only – late May until September.
What do Mumblers think? “I highly recommend Valley Gardens in Harrogate, brilliant gardens huge play park and skate park plus the amazingly beautiful outdoor paddling pool truly beautiful clean water, we have spent the day there and couldn’t speak highly enough of it.”
7. Helmsley Open Air Pool – 24 miles from York (due to re-open from 21 June 2021)
Another heated pool. This one is a 25-metre open-air pool and aims to provide affordable outdoor swimming and a holiday atmosphere. There are 90-minute fun sessions when children can attend. Check the website for opening times & sessions.
Cost: £3.50 per adult, £5 per adult, £2.50 per spectator
What do Mumblers think? “We went this afternoon and it was lovely. There’s a little park next door too.”
8. Newby Hall, Ripon – 24 miles from York
Head to Newby Hall if you want a fab family day out with plenty to do, including getting wet in Tarantells dancing water play area by Willian Pye. You can explore the beautiful gardens and take a ride on the miniature railway. Find out more on Mumbler.
💷Cost: (Gardens only) Child £9 (+£3 for playground access for over 3’s), Adult £14, under 4s free.
What do Mumblers think? “Newby Hall is perfect for splashing! There’s a play area, peddle boats, a ride on train and water fountain things with sprouting fountains. Great for kids.”
9. Thornton le Dale – 28 miles from York
This picturesque village has a beck running through it, perfect for a quick paddle if the weather is warm. There is a woodland footpath that runs from the car park to the village and lots of lovely walks in the surrounding valleys and woods.
What do Mumblers think? “If you want somewhere simple and free then we like Thornton le Dale. Grab and ice cream and go sit by the stream. Kids and dogs can have a paddle while you sit and enjoy the sun.”
10. Dalby Forest, near Pickering – 30 miles from York
Located in the North York Moors National Park there is so much to do. Take a picnic and enjoy a walk or a bike ride and a paddle in the streams. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “At Dalby Forest there so much to do. Lovely streams to go in, two lovely parks, some nice walk and good picnic areas.”
11. Hutton le Hole – 30 miles from York
This picturesque village in the North York Moors is lovely for a wander, picnic and paddle. Set off on a nice sunny day and don’t forget your towels. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “Hutton le hole is gorgeous, fantastic for a paddle and a picnic. Fab ice-cream there too.”
12. IIkley Lido, Ilkley – 38 miles from York (due to re-open in June 2021)
The indoor pool is open all year and the outdoor Lido is open between May and September. The outdoor pool isn’t heated so best to be prepared for that before you rush in! Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “It’s a gorgeous place. There’s a fountain they can work themselves but it’s hard work! All covered by trees with rocky streams to play in until they join the main river and then they can paddle in there.”
16. Falling Foss – 46 miles from York
Enjoy a walk through the woodlands to see the 30 foot Falling Foss waterfall and then return alongside the babbling May Beck. A great shady walk on a warm summers day with lots of shallow water to paddle in. Find out more on North York Moors website.
What do Mumblers think? “Falling Foss waterfalls is fantastic for paddling and lovely tea room.”
17. Alpamare, Scarborough – 41 miles from York (due to re-open late May 2021)
Have four hours of water fun at Alpamare in Scarborough. With water slides, wave pool and 35 degrees outdoor garden pool with whirlpools and bubble recliners you are spoilt for choice. Find out more on Mumbler.
💷Cost: Under 6 free, Child £16, Adult £20, Family ticket £64
18. Clifton Park Rotherham – 50 miles from York
There is a huge Water Splash at Clifton Park with fountains, paddling pool, whirlpool and over 70 water jets that fire at random. There is also a huge play area, lovely gardens and a café. Find out more on the Clifton Park website.
What do Mumblers think? “Clifton Park in Rotherham is perfect on a hot day. There’s a huge green area and big climbing park and then there’s a paddling area and little fountains that are all free, you just pay for parking.”
💦💦💦There are even more swimming and paddling ideas on the Mumbler website too 💦💦💦