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)
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
Visit the outside areas of the beautiful 16 acre site.
Including: outdoor museum exhibits, farm animals, nature trail, Viking village, Roman fort and railway station platform and outdoor playground.
There will be a few changes to keep everyone safe:
– Hand sanitiser points
– Cough screens
– Social distanced queuing
– Museum galleries closed
– Staff PPE
– Café open on weekends (eating outside only)
– Playground closed
– These restrictions will be loosened as soon as it is safe to do so in line with government guidelines.
– If you hold a 12 month ticket your right to return will be extended by 3 months.
During the period that only the outside areas are open there is the option to pay half price to access for the day only. The standard 12 month tickets will still be on sale as usual giving excellent value.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
Distance from York: 41.5 miles
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!
Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.
Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.
The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.
Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.
Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)
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. Sandpit, bouncy castle and playhouse remain closed. Only 2 groups at a time with 15-minute slots to be booked with the Barn Staff. Please bring a face mask (unless you are exempt from wearing one) and gloves for feeding and handling the animals.
“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
Partially open. Visitors can enjoy the grounds, gardens and deer park (10am-8pm) and the cafe is operating a takeaway service (9:30am-5pm). The hall, playground and toilets remain closed.
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. There is currently a drive-thru farm safari.
“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
Opening 1st August, prebook tickets on sale from 10th July
Aptly named an adventure farm, explore the farmyard trail and meet lots of furry friends, explore the new maize maze, follow the fairy tale trail through the enchanted woodland, enjoy the beach, play a game of crazy golf or reach for the sky on our Bouncing Pillows.
“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