Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a small, friendly wildlife park based at Askham Bryan College, York. The park includes a range of awesome animals, from monkeys and meerkats to spiders and snakes.
The park is set in a beautiful arboretum, full of fascinating trees, and is a lovely place for a picnic in summer.
The nearby Hive café serves coffee, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.
– Daily Keeper Talks programme
– Animal Arts and Crafts
– Play Park
– Free Parking
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
The award-winning farm shop and newly expanded café specialises in home-grown fruit, veg, and local and rare breed meats, plus the finest homemade food including quiches, scones, soups and seasonal dishes. Pick your own in the summer. A great day out for all the family – entertain the children in the brand new play area and visit the animal corner with feeding platform, while you relax in the cafe garden.
Our superfresh homegrown asparagus crop is now ready. The asparagus crop thrives in our sandy soil, being a mediterranean crop, and the quality and taste of the yield benefit tremendously from this. Watch out for the asparagus specialities in the cafe and on the deli in the farmshop.
Our excellent delicatessen serves a wide range of delicious hot and cold goodies. The bakery and deli ovens are also on display so you can see the cakes being baked in all their glory. There is also a sandwich station where superfresh sandwiches will be made to order in front of the customers. We are making it easier for customers to eat on the go with take away tea and coffees from the deli, and a good choice of easy lunches with hot and cold sandwiches and pies to suit busy lifestyles.
Opening Times: Open seven days a week, Farmshop 9am-5.30pm, Cafe 9am – 4.30pm.
Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley
YO41 1NB (One mile west of Stamford Bridge)
Distance from York: 29 miles
Nestled just below the Iconic Brimham Rocks on the southern fringe of the Nidderdale AONB, is Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm.
A real working farm which allows people through the farm gate to learn about all things farming and countryside.
Although the farm has only been open to visitors a short while it’s not a new venture for the farming couple behind it; it’s an extension of their commitment to connecting farming and education.
On site we offer spacious indoor and outdoor play areas, a café serving home cooked food and delicious cakes, outdoor viewing areas to see the animals and an indoor petting barn with a large variety of friendly animals.
We are open Wednesday to Sunday term time in accordance with NYCC dates and 7 days during the school holidays.
We offer term time weekly “Little Farmer” Sessions on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 10.30am -12.30pm designed for toddlers, allowing them to meet the animals, do a craft, have story time, snack and more.
We have themed fun educational activities each half term. This can be anything from sowing and growing your own fruit and flowers to wild bird feed making.
It’s always worth checking our Facebook page for up to date information.
Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks Road, Hartwith, Harrogate HG3 3HB
Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & the UK’s most visited Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village,
for fantastic family days out, holidays & short breaks.
Distance from York: 25 miles
Theme Park and zoo.
Open until November, from 10am. Zoo does open in Winter (Check website for daily closing times as they vary off season).
Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
If you don’t mind travelling that little bit further then don’t forget the Out of York page for Day’s out ideas that little bit further afield.
Farm, wildlife sanctuary, café.
“beetle bank farm is really good, there’s lots of animals and there’s a little petting area where you and you lo can hold/ stroke the rabbits and guinea pigs xx”
SMR, Aug 18
” I’ve been it has a lovely small soft play inside perfect for her age! The horses are nice too…More to do for older preschoolers but definitely worth a trip x“
JS, Aug 18
Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD
T: 01904 488796
Distance from York: 15 miles
Lotherton is a very popular place attracting over 3/4 of a million visitors each year
(Wildlife World, House and Chapel, Grounds and Gardens, Outdoor Play, Indoor Play)
” Lotherton was fab, lots to do“
LE, Sept 18
” Lotherton hall, not so many activities but we had a picnic there the other day and it was raining but they have gazebos x“
EM, Aug 18
Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959
Are you free range at heart? We love to welcome free range kids to our farm – with acres of space and lots of animals to see, the whole family will have fun. Come and see our hens, pigs, pygmy goats and alpacas, climb our straw bale mountain and explore the vegetable garden – all for free during opening hours!
“There’s donkeys and pigs too and an amazing farm shop”
RL, March 18
“For something small and sweet try Minskip farm shop. It’s lovely at the moment there is lamb feeding at 10.15 or 3.45. Really intimate”
LF, April 18
Minskip Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, YO51 9HY
T: 01423 329063
Distance from York: 21 miles
Monk Park Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This wonderful Children’s Farm is one of Yorkshire’s best Places to Visit and is ideal for school visits and educational farm visits. As an Animal Park it is extensive with so much to do.
“Monk park farm Deffo… we love it there xx”
VG, Jan 2019
“Recommend Monk Park farm, Thirsk x”
VS, Jan 2019
Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG
T: 01845 597730
Aptly named an adventure farm, scramble up the Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, tackle the Olym-Pig Assault course, race friends on pedal Go Karts, bounce high on Big Pigs Pillows and jump aboard the Trailer Ride or pink Barrel Train. Not forgetting the Giant Sandpit, Bale Play Baaarn, Crazy Farm Golf and explore the Farmyard Trails.
Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Jan but open exclusively in December for their Magical Christmas event).
“We like Piglets for a special treat as there is so much to do there, you could never get bored.”
OP, Nov 2018
Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499700
Distance from York: 22 miles
Greenhouses filled with UK’s largest tropical plant and animal collections outside of Kew Gardens.
“loved it! We ate at a café at Roundhay Park which I would recommend xxx”
AR, Jan 2019
” Tropical World Leeds. Right next to Roundhay park which has cafe and park. It’s cheap to get in too.“
GLK, Jan 2019
Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER
T: 0113 237 0754
Distance from York: 10 miles
There’s eagles, owls and some owls to hold and stroke. Cafe, toilets and baby change.
“So interactive and you can hold a lot of the birds and watch the displays.”
SN, Jan 18
“We spent the day at York birds of prey centre at Huby yesterday. (Not our first visit) The children had a lovely day, we were there for the 11.30 and 1.30 flying display. Lovely to watch and lots of information. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible”
LS, Aug 18
Burn Hall (round the back), Tollerton Road, Huby YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833214
The Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton, a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. Also Danelaw Living History, Derwent Valley Light Railway, Nature Trail, Livestock, Playground.
We are CLOSED FROM 1ST NOVEMBER UNTIL EASTER (Except for special Christmas/school holiday events)
“Murton it’s amazing I went as a child and can’t wait to take my little one this year, xx”
BT, Dec 18
NL, April 18
Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966