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Visiting somewhere out of York? Get the local Mumbler knowledge!

If you want a day trip away from York with your family then we’ve got some places listed below.

But did you know that the Mumbler family has grown and we’ve now got Mumbler websites in a number of different areas? If you want the insider tips from local parents to the places you’re visiting then check out the websites below:

Ryedale Mumbler
Selby, Tadcaster & Goole Mumbler
Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler
Harrogate Mumbler
Hull & East Riding Mumbler
North Leeds Mumbler
West Leeds Mumbler
South East Leeds Mumbler
Wharfdale Mumbler
Ripon & Nidderdale Mumbler
Wakefield Mumbler
Barnsley Mumbler
Stockport Mumbler
Stourbridge & Kingswinford Mumbler
Norwich Mumbler
Stratford-upon-Avon Mumbler
Crawley Mumbler

If you know someone who would be interested in running a mumbler in another area then please check out the Mumbler Franchise Website too. We’d love to hear from you.


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Diggerland – Castleford

Diggerland Parks 20% off


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Mother Shipton’s Cave – Knaresborough

Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s amazing story. She lived some 500 years ago in the times of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. She was born in a cave next to the river Nidd, delivered as lightning crackled in a violent storm. As she grew older, her prophetic visions became known and feared. She foretold the invasion and defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1488; and Samuel Pepys’ diary grimly records that Mother Shipton gave forewarning of the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Beside the Cave is the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Curiosity has drawn millions of visitors over hundreds of years, to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone.

The park has several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays, with a FREE children’s trail sheet.
Open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October, 10am – 4.30pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).

“I think it’s a great place my 3yr old and 10 yr old niece loved it. Followed by a picnic by the river and then an ice cream! Great day out!”

Mumbler ES, April 15

“I love it. It’s a lovely woodland walk, and you can walk by the riverside too. I loved it as a kid and still do. It’s such a beautiful place.”

Mumbler SM, April 15

Mother Shiptons Cave, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

T: 01423 864600
E: info@mothershipton.co.uk

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The Deep – Hull

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.

“Yes the deep is good and (of its not changed) once you’ve paid you can go again for free within the year x”

JK, July 18

“The deep Hull. Once you have paid on your first visit you can then visit as many times as you like for a year with nothing to pay”

SS, Feb 18

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)

T: 01482 381000


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Williams Den

Distance from York – 27 Miles

William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. A unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.

Also run lots of special events and activities both term time and in the school holidays.

Check out the Mumbler Review here for more info and pics.

For more information please call 01430 472230 or email hello@williamsden.co.uk. Or you can find more info and book tickets on their website here. 

Check out the Mumbler Review here for more info and pics.

“Just wanted to recommend William’s Den adventure play in North Cave. It’s brand new and we took our 4 yr old and 2yr old yesterday. Gorgeous outdoor views and fab activities including building stick dens, tunnels, tyre swings sand and slides. And then indoors a real adventure with sand, water, climbing and soft play. With a lovely cafe that has a big pizza oven so the kids could watch them being made, spun and cooked which they thought was great fun. Open until 7pm at weekend So we could go back and play after tea. If I wasn’t a preggo I would have treated myself to a cold glass of wine at this point! The facilities are really thoughtful, the toilets are spacious with double toilet cubicles. We had a fab afternoon and the kids are desperate to go back!”

Mumbler JC, July 17

“We’ve been today, me and my 22 month old. Had a fabulous day definitely worth a trip we’ll be going back. There’s an inside play area all built from wood some bits easy enough for my little one to do on her own other bits she needed a little help (sand pit area to play in and also water area) plus a large outside play area with different equipment tunnels mud kitchens and another large sand pit area.Picnic area is lovely but there is a little cafe if you prefer. All the facilities are lovely and clean. Perfect for a dry day maybe not so great if it’s a full on rainy day. Definitely take a change of clothes as we found out today near enough every child there wanted to play under the water shower!”

Mumbler EE, July 17

William’s Den , Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.

T: 01430 472230
E: hello@williamsden.co.uk
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Bracken Hall Countryside Centre – West Yorkshire

Distance from York: 39 miles

Many thousands of people have visited the centre and enjoyed the fish, bees and rabbits, monthly public guided walks, bat walks, fossil walks, bird walks, stream dipping, looking for insects, painting and woodland sculpture and learned from exhibits in the museum. The small charming garden attracts different kinds of wildlife throughout the year from tadpoles to butterflies and honeybees. The garden is designed to show how people can attract wildlife to their own gardens, and also features bee-hives and a pond.

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA

T: 01274 584140


Alpamare – Scarborough

Distance from York: 42 miles

All the way from the Alps, Alpamare Scarborough is a waterpark like no other.
If you love adventure, it’s time to experience the biggest, the fastest, the wettest, the warmest, the cleanest, the waviest, the newest, the funnest, the most unlike-any-waterpark-you’ve-seen before waterpark.

“My 3 year old loved it, especially the lovely warm outdoor pool.”

Mumbler SE, May 17

“I really loved it when we went there is so much to do there”

Mumbler LB, Feb 17

North Bay, 28 Burniston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6PH

T: 01723 861431


Aysgarth Falls – Leyburn

Distance from York: 56 miles

Visit the superb waterfalls on the River Ure. Mumblers have advised to take a backpack/sling for little ones as opposed to a buggy.

“My son is 5 and loves it there. We take a football and a picnic and go for walks there he loves it as can run around.”

Mumbler FB, Aug 17

“They will love it. You can even paddle and down on the lower falls you sit on the edge with your feet in. Lovely on a sunny day.”

Mumbler MM, Aug 17

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3TH

T: 01969 662910


Beamish Museum – County Durham

Distance from York: 84 miles

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820’s, 1900’s & 1940’s.

“I grew up very near Beamish museum, so sometimes forget how brilliant it is. I’d really recommend it to anyone who hasn’t been!”

Mumbler VC, April 17

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

T: 0191 370 4000


Big Sheep Little Cow – Bedale

Distance from York: 38 miles

This is an excellent day out. Farm tour including some feeding/petting, huge sand pit, picnic areas tea shop, soft play area (inside) peddle tractors, tractor rides.

“Big sheep little cow is great been loads of times would highly recommend it”

Mumbler KA, May 17

Bedale, Aiskew Watermill, The Bridge, Bedale, DL8 1AW

T: 01677 422125


Billy Bob’s – Skipton

Distance from York: 41 miles

Some folks call up just for ice cream treats; some stay awhile for the full 50’s belly-filling diner experience, most all the young ‘uns say Billy Bob’s play is awesome and early risers swear by our coffee and breakfast plates.

In short, Billy Bob’s Parlour combines a pretty awesome ice cream parlour with a 50’s American diner and amazing play adventures.

Awesome ice cream and has an outside play area in a massive barn.

MS, Feb 18

Has to be Billy Bobs near Skipton, there’s a play barn as well as the American style diner including yellow school bus

SG, Jan 18

Calm Slate Farm, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU (6AD closest for SatNav)
T: 01756 711826


Bolton Abbey – Near Skipton

Distance from York: 38 miles

The 60 stepping stones offer a fun and challenging experience, but there is a bridge offering a safe and dry passage.
There is a large beach area popular with visiting families. Enjoy a picnic, build sandcastles have a little paddle in the river or simply relax and take in the view of the Priory.

“Bolton abbey is fab too. Plenty of different areas to explore and only £8 per car all day.”

Mumbler AD, Aug 16

“I do like to combine Bolton Abbey with Billy Bobs ice cream parlour, which I am sure would go down well with the kids”

Mumbler KP, Aug 16

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX


Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Distance from York: 44 miles

“Just want to recommend this place as never seen it mentioned here. We went last week and were very impressed. It is only small and when we turned up I was a bit sceptical as it looks a bit run down but it was very good. They don’t have a huge amount of animals but they’re all clearly well loved, the staff are very passionate about the animals and lots of hands on opportunities. There was only about 5 families there and we got to hand feed the wallabies, handle snakes and lizards, watch a bird of prey display, there’s pigs, meerkats and birds then a paddock with donkeys, goats and sheep to feed plus a play area with ride on toys, playhouses and a big tyres and wooden frames to climb. Worth a visit if you’re heading to Bridlington”

Mumbler HT, July 16

Carnaby Covert La, Bridlington YO15 3QF

T: 01262 673653


Brimham Rocks- Summerbridge

Distance from York: 29 miles

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale. There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non National Trust members, our car parking charges are as follows: £4 up to three hours, £5 thereafter.

“It’s just £5 to park or free if you are national trust members. Then you are free to roam it’s huge. Be very careful with a 2 year old, but great fun. There is a small cafe on site or stop at Ripley for lunch.”

Mumbler NP, July 17

“You could just about manage with a buggy but would be much better off with a sling.”

Mumbler CH, Feb 16

Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW

T: 01423 780688


Calypso Cove – Barnsley

Distance from York: 44 miles

Calypso Cove is home to fantastic flumes, sensational slides and wonderful waves – making it a great day out for the whole family!
Splash your way through the slides, flumes and pools before retreating to The Hideout on poolside to refuel and relax with some hearty grog ‘n’ grub!

“Would recommend calypso cove very highly”

Mumbler SA, Feb 17

“We have been to Calypso Cove and had a lovely time”

Mumbler CC, Jan 17

The Metrodome, Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN

T: 01226 730060


Cannon Hall Farm – Barnsley

Distance from York: 42 miles

Large, family-run farm packed with animals, a playground, tube maze and farm shop for fresh produce.

“Cannon Hall Farm is in Barnsley, so about 45 minutes away, but it is fab! It has animals, play areas, an indoor soft play, café etc…..It is fab!”

Mumbler KE, March 2016

“Cannon hall farm is fab and about an hour away. We had a really great time there the other weekend”

Mumbler ET, March 2017

Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

T: 01226 790427


Captain Barney’s – Malton

Distance from York: 18 miles

Captain Barney’s is a barrel load of fun! With levels to explore and slides to dive down, it’s oceans of fun for all our shipmates. Bash past the biff bags, squeeze through the rollers, swing through the hanging snakes before plunging into our ball pool. We also have plenty of toddler toys for our younger visitors, so children of all ages are entertained at Captain Barney’s.

14 Railway Street, Malton, YO17 7NR

T: 01653 692100


Crazy Tykes – Wetherby

Distance from York: 13 miles

Crazy Tykes is an Indoor Soft Play area with visibility in mind for the parents.
They have a cafe with 200 seats and a chef on site to prepare all food orders freshly. Catering for children parties they love to do and can seat 60 in our fab party rooms.

“Crazy tykes is great for little ones especially during term time its super quiet during the day… and nice food to!”

DC, Feb 18

“Crazy tykes parties are fantastic! Great value and so easy.”

MJ, July 18

Unit 650 thorp Arch Trading Estate, Thorp Arch Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BJ
T: 01937 541007

Days of Adventure at Camp Hill – Bedale

Distance from York: 32 miles

Fun family days out in our adventure park with Quad Biking, Segways and Footgolf. Enjoy a Picnic in our Woodland Kingdom with slides, swings, assault course, treehouse fort and more!
£5 per car and then £15 per car from 27th May.
The Woodland Kingdom is open on 10am-5pm weekends and school holidays until November.
Free entry to the Woodland Kingdom with pre-booked activities.

Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS

T: 01845 567788


Dinostar – The Dinosaur Experience – Hull

Distance from York: 41 miles

The exciting, interactive dinosaur museum. A children’s museum with dinosaurs!
Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and our unique Dinosaur Sound Box. Dinosaurs you can see, touch, hear and even smell! Hull’s own natural history museum. Ideal for children of all ages!We are close to The Deep and Hull marina.

“We’ve been my girl + boy (4+2) liked it, interesting exhibits downstairs + some interactive digging/ colouring upstairs – just b aware it’s only open sundays term time”

Mumbler VM, Feb 16

28-29 Humber St, Hull, HU1 1TH

T: 01482 320424


Doncaster Dome

Distance from York: 45 miles

A multi-pool water wonderland of geysers, fountains, jets and airbeds.
With a wide range of different swimming sessions, there really is something for everybody. From quiet swimming sessions like Leisure Swim and Parent & Toddlers to the fun-packed action of The Big Splash with all the slides and feature. Also offers ice skating and a soft play playzone.

“I went today for the first time with my 5 yr old. She loved the whole place was perfect for her now she can swim confidently.  Thought it was good value for money for the 2 of us today. The wild waters were so much fun!”

Mumbler BW, Feb 17

Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 7PD

T: 01302 370777


Duncombe Park – Helmsley

Distance from York: 24 miles

This is a great place if you like walking with the kids. We only did a small part of it, but there is also a riverside walk. Its free entry for RHS to the gardens, or £5 for the gardens, but plenty to do outside the grounds too. There is a small play area and tea rooms.

Estate Office, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB

T: 01439 770213


East Riddlesden Hall – Keighley

Distance from York: 44 miles

A little oasis in a busy urban area. The intimate gardens, with an ever-changing palette of colour, offer a peaceful space to relax and unwind in. Children can let off steam in the natural play areas and get creative in the mud pie kitchen. The hobbit house is waiting to be discovered and there’s no better place to spot wildlife than at the bird hide.

Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, BD20 5EL

T: 01535 607075


East Riding Leisure – Bridlington

Distance from York: 41 miles

25 metre six- lane swimming pool, with a maximum depth of 2m.
13m x 7m learner pool with a moveable floor, to a maximum depth of 2m
Splash Zone to include waterplay features and two interactive water slides connected to the learner pool.

“We have also been to Bridlington recently. It’s newly refurbished, great fun and very good value.”

Mumbler CG, Feb 17

“Bridlington Splash Zone is amazing! Lovely and modern, slides, water fountains and sprinklers to play under, mix of deeper and shallow bits.”

Mumbler LW, Feb 17

East Riding Leisure Bridlington, The Promenade, Bridlington, YO15 2QQ

T: 01262 606715


Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway – Skipton

Distance from York: 47 miles

Take a Ride behind one of our vintage steam locomotives for a special journey back in time.

Bolton Abbey Railway Station, Skipton BD23 6AF

T: 01756 710614


Eureka, The National Childrens Museum – Halifax

Distance from York: 44 miles

This museum is a fantastic day out and is really highly recommended for children up to about 11. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas. The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything there is hand-on. There is a cafe and gift shop on site although there are indoor and outdoor picnic benches if you want to take your own.

“All really hands on. Fab day out.”

Mumbler NG, Jan 17

“We took our 2.5 year old a few weeks ago. We were there from start to finish and she didn’t want to go home. Luckily you can use your tickets for a year so I’d say we will definitely be back. There’s a large sandpit outside too so take a picnic and sit out for a bit, it’s lovely”

Mumbler JM, June 17

The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

T: 01422 330069


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden – Ripon

Distance from York: 30 miles

Set within the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site offers a great day out for all the family. Hidden within the Skell valley, you’ll find the magnificent ruins of the once great Fountains Abbey and a Georgian pleasure ground to delight your senses. This breathtaking landscape is also home to a Jacobean Manor House, Medieval Deer Park, Victorian church and Cistercian mill.

“Just wanted to massively recommend Fountains Abbey for a day out with small kids. Its glorious for all ages but the friendly staff made it. Plus they have THE best baby room Iv ever used. Wished I had still been breast feeding to make use of the comfy chair in there!”

Mumbler SA, April 16

“There’s so much to see and do whether you have just a few hours or a whole day.”

Mumbler FL March 17

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

T: 01765 608888


Golden Acre Park – Leeds

Distance from York: 28.5 miles

This popular park in North Leeds is renowned for its wonderful gardens, popular tea rooms and circular lakeside walk. At 55 hectares in size, it is located near to two of Leeds’ most treasured nature reserves, Breary Marsh and Adel Dam. It’s also on the route of both the Leeds Country Way and the Meanwood Valley Trail.

Recommend Golden acre park Leeds

KEB, Feb 2018

Highly recommend Golden acre park x

LH, May 2018

Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 8BQ
T: 0113 261 0374


Harewood House – Harewood, Leeds

Distance from York: 20 miles

Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land.There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden, Farm Experience and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens for visitors to explore and enjoy.

‘”Harewood House is open again now, got a little farm, bird garden, cafe, playground & loads of space to run around”

Mumbler RES March 2017*

“We went last weekend and had a brilliant time. My girls are 2.5 and 9 months. The playground was great. The bird garden was lovely and we saw the Penguins being fed. Definitely worth a visit”

Mumbler ME, June 15

Harewood House Trust, Harewood House
Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG

T: 0113 218 1010


Helmsley Open Air Heated Swimming Pool

Distance from York: 24 miles

Yorkshire’s only 25m heated open air pool. We are a charity providing affordable outdoor swimming and a ‘holiday atmosphere’ to our local community and many visitors. We also offer free parking and there is a children’s playground adjacent.

Baxton’s Sprunt, Helmsley, YO62 5BH

T: 01439 408010


Hesketh Farm – Skipton

Distance from York: 38 miles

Kids can feed animals, collect eggs and play with rabbits and guinea pigs. There’s also a tractor ride (although it costs extra) sand pits, ride on tractors, café, picnic tables indoor and out and a playground outside. They also host children’s parties.

“We went to Hesketh Farm this week, took about 1hr 15mins to get there, lots to do even if it rains, we took a picnic as they only serve cold food (but have lots of yummy cakes!). Lots of picnic benches inside too. We had a lovely day and will definitely be back.”

Mumbler HH, Aug 17

“As a family we have had one of the best days out, we visited Hesketh Farm at Bolton Abbey today & it was fantastic. We paid £17 for a fun packed day. Parking is free & you can take a picnic, they do sell sandwiches, sausage rolls etc in the shop. Loads of animals that the children keep hold, feed, brush & generally get involved in. Lots of indoor & outdoor activities inc a maze, tractor ride (extra cost) indoor/outdoor play area, sand pit….. Loads!
Cannot recommend it highly enough & we will def be back.”

Mumbler LR, July 16

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA

T: 01756 710444


Honeysuckle Farm – Hornsea

Distance from York: 44 miles

Honeysuckle Farm is a working farm. We are also a visitor farm and first opened our gates to the public on June 1st 1992. A lot has changed since then so come and enjoy a visit to the farm and experience all the attractions.

We’ve been to the coast for the week and really enjoyed Honeysuckle Farm at Hornsea, we’ve done a few farmparks in our time but this one was really good!!”

Mumbler VN, March 17

“Really want to recommend Honeysuckle Farm near Hornsea. Maybe it was the glorious sunshine today but it was such a great day today. It opens at 10, it’s £4.95 for adults and free for under 3s. Pram friendly all round but might get a bit muddy after rain. Lots of well kept animals, loads of picnic tables dotted everywhere, cool slides and tunnels, nice café and clean toilets. We went to bridlington after and made a full day of it at the coast.”

Mumbler PM, June 17

Honeysuckle Farm, Bewholme Ln, Hornsea HU18 1BY

T: 01964 533873


Hope Pastures – Leeds

Distance from York: 26 miles

Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. We also provide the opportunity for people to meet the animals and learn about them and how to look after them.
You can visit everyday free of charge 10am to 3pm (2pm in Winter). Our visitor centre is open at weekends and bank holidays, with activities for you to do, information, souvenirs and refreshments.

Hope Pastures,, Weetwood Lane, Leeds LS16 5PH

T: 0113 261 4344


Kilnsey Park – Skipton

Distance from York: 48 miles

In the heart of spectacular Wharfedale, Kilnsey Park is your ideal location to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales. With fishing, kids activities, friendly farm animals and the best of local food, Kilnsey is a great Yorkshire family day out.

Kilnsey Park Estate, Kilnsey, Skipton, BD23 5PS

T: 01756 752150


Living Sealife Centre – Flamborough

Distance from York: 45 miles

Open daily from Easter to end of November. During a visit to the Living Seas Centre you will find a wealth of information about Yorkshire’s fascinating marine and coastal wildlife. Exciting events are run from the centre across the year for all ages. Join Living Seas Officers for a Seashore Safari, come along for an evening talk, create a marine-themed masterpiece or learn about Yorkshire’s valuable shellfish! With all this on offer, the Living Seas Centre is a great place for young and old alike. Like the Living Seas Centre on Facebook.

“I can highly recommend the Yorkshire wildlife trust living seas centre. There’s always free craft activities going on and beach based events for a small charge during the holidays”

Mumbler KC, March 16

Free to enter (although a donation is appreciated)

Living Seas Centre, South Sea Road (South), Flamborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1AE

T: 01262 422103


Meanwood Animal Farm – Leeds

Distance from York: 25 miles

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, a registered charity, was established in 1980 to provide services to inner city communities. From the Farm’s humble beginnings operating from two old caravans, it has grown into a 24 acre site. It’s not only a working farm with a wide variety of animals but also a major centre for community and environmental work.

“I can highly recommend Meanwood valley urban farm. Took our 10 month old lg today & she loved it, plus the entry price is a bargain”

Mumbler HG, April 15

“I’ve heard only good things”

Mumbler EF, April 17

Sugar Well Rd, Leeds LS7 2QG

T: 0113 262 9759


Mini Monsterz Indoor Play – Scarborough

Distance from York: 38 miles

Providing fun for all the family!
Based in the picturesque towns of Scarborough & Whitby, Mini Monsterz are 2 of the biggest Indoor Play centers in North Yorkshire, catering for all age groups!

“Mini monsters just outside Scarborough is good. Its lovely and quiet during the week.”

Mumbler VB, April 17

5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Rd, Scarborough, YO11 3YS

T: 01723 586665


North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) – Pickering

Distance from York: 26 miles (to Pickering Station)

If your little ones like riding on the train, then Mumbler highly recommends a day out to NYMR.

The train picks passengers up from Pickering before traveling through the beautiful Yorkshire Moors and stopping at Goathland (picturesque village where heartbeat was filmed) Grosmont and many trains go through to Whitby.Run by volunteers, it’s an experience you and your little one won’t forget. NYMR endeavour to run the steam trains as much as possible. Dogs are also welcome on the train for £3 each but not in the dining cart or first class. Parking is available at the station for £5 per day.Baby Changing is available at Pickering, Goathland, and Grosmont stations.
Under 5’s travel FREE!

Pickering Station, YO18 7AJ

T:01751 472508


Peasholm Park – Scarborough

Distance from York: 40 miles

Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE.

Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough YO12 7QZ

T: 01723 500954


Playdale Farm Park – Scarborough

Distance from York: 40 miles

The farm is packed with things to do to entertain your children whatever the weather. The huge indoor play area includes soft play area, tractor zone, adventure trail and much more! The Animal Barn and Interactive Paddocks are designed so the children can see animals in a natural farm environment.

“Playdale Farm, is nice, it’s near Filey, it’s not very big but has all animals you can feed and stroke, a big outdoor climbing frame things, a big indoor soft play area and sand pit and I don’t think it was too expensive, plus you can go Filey for ice cream or fish and chips”

Mumbler LR, April 17

“Playdale is great fun for all ages, there are plenty of picnic areas and a nice little café too.”

Mumbler RP, July 15

Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3AT

T: 01723 586351


Rainbow Factory – Leeds

Distance from York: 30 miles

The Rainbow Factory brings children’s books to life through theatre, music and craft – staging unique events that inspire, challenge and delight the under-10s. With a talented team of staff including authors, artists and drama professionals, handpicked for their ability to engage with children, you’re guaranteed an enchanting family day out. (Check website for opening – private parties only on a weekend).

Rainbow Factory, GATE 3 / Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley, LS28 5LY

T: 0113 257 5750


RHS Garden – Harlow Carr – Harrogate

Distance from York: 26 miles

Beautiful gardens, children’s play areas, educational activity centre, shop, Betty’s Tea Room and much more.

“I can highly recommend Harlow Carr, such a lovely day out for all ages, my 4 year old daughter adores it and I love finishing off the day in their onsite Betty’s Café”

Mumbler KH, March 17

“It’s a lovely place to go with little ones, especially if it’s a nice day”

Mumbler RG, April 15

Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB

T: 01423 565418


Roundhay Park – Leeds

Distance from York: 22 miles

Roundhay Park now covers over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland and is one of the largest urban parks in the world. Facilities at the Park also include tennis courts, childrens play area, a small skateboard park, sports pitches, bowling greens, the sports arena, a golf course, and fishing. The Lakeside cafe overlooks Waterloo Lake.

Across the road from Tropical World, so perfect to extend a day out.

Mansion Lane, off Princes Avenue, LS8 2HH


Royal Armouries Museum – Leeds

Distance from York: 26 miles

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world. We are located at Leeds Dock, which is only a short distance from Leeds city centre, West Yorkshire. Admission is free.

“It’s fab. They’ve got a fab kids play room upstairs but my boy just loved team space to run around and playing with swords tbh!”

Mumbler JG, April 17

Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

T: 0113 220 1999


RSPB Fairburn Ings – Castleford

Distance from York: 23 miles

With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife. There is a visitor centre selling hot drinks and a wide range of RSPB products. The visitor centre, family trail and Lin Dike trail are accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

“I would just like to recommend a day out for families it’s rspb fairburn ings at Castleford it’s a wonderful nature reserve where you pay only £3 for parking, activity kits are available for pond dipping etc from as little as £2 and it has a fabulous nature trail with bird watching facilities as well as duck feeding platform and has plenty of ducks and swans. There is a small Park, tree house and den building facilities and really is a fabulous day out for all the family.”

Mumbler HE, April 17

Fairburn Ings, Newton Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2BH

T: 01977 628191


Sealife Centre – Scarborough

Distance from York: 42 miles

You get the most out of a visit to SEA LIFE Scarborough by attending our talks and feeding demonstrations which are held throughout the day! Get closer than ever before to our over 1,000 of our amazing creatures and discover something amazing!

“We went the other day and my lg loved it! They have a jelly fish room and that’s lovely all different colours and a massive turtle!!!!!”

Mumbler AJ, Sept 16

“Scarborough sealife has had a refurb recently. Its definitely worth a visit and such a nice location by the beach too”

Mumbler AW, Sept 16

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP

T: 01723 373414


Sewerby Hall & Gardens – Bridlington

Distance from York: 44 miles

Set in fifty acres of stunning parkland, this historic country house and estate has a great deal to offer to visitors of all ages. A House, Gardens, zoo, shops and a café.

“Sewerby hall is amazing! They have little fluffs to cuddle and feed and penguins too!”

Mumbler KA, Jan 17

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA.

T: 01262 673769


Shibden Hall & Park – Halifax

Distance from York: 43 miles

“Shibden Hall, there is a little lake to feed the ducks, miniature railway, play park, little pedalos, lovely walk round the park, nice café”

Mumbler KR, Dec 16

Listers Road, Halifax, HX3 6XG

T: 01422 352246


Sledmere House – Driffield

Distance from York: 25 miles

Sledmere is very children friendly with acres of gardens and grounds to run free. The house quiz provides a fun and interesting way to learn about the house. There’s a children’s adventure play area, sand pit and pedal tractors. Terrace Café and is a great place for younger visitors to play and run around whilst parents can take advantage of the picnic benches nearby.

“They have a fab play area and animals to see. My girls could have stayed in the stables all day! Also a lovely farm shop and cafe And dogs on leads are welcome.”

Mumbler MD, Feb 17

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire, YO25 3XG

T: 01377 236637


Streetlife Museum of Transport – Hull

Distance from York: 41 miles

Climb aboard at the Streetlife Museum of Transport and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of the past. Admission to the Streetlife Museum is free. Step back in time with 200 years of transport history as you walk down a 1940s high street, board a tram or enjoy the pleasures of our carriage ride. It’s just the ticket for a family day out! Free Entry.

“It’s a mini national railway museum and it’s free. It’s got a car ride and a carriage ride. Lots of things to climb on and explore. No cafe so you have to go back to the deep for that or walk into hull which is really not far away”

Mumbler KS, March 17

“It’s so good and FREE”

Mumbler EB, June 16

High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE

T: 01482 300300


Summit Indoor Adventure – Selby

Distance from York: 15 miles

Play, climb, trek, bowl, skate, ride, eat, drink Summit Indoor Adventure has something for everyone whether you’re a parent with a toddler to entertain, group of friends looking for a somewhere to go or want to do something together as a family Summit Indoor Adventure has it all.

“We took our 7 NCT “babies” (now 5yrs) to summit at Selby- they do a climb/play package which was 2/3hrs worth of activity and then they let us cut a cake in the cafe.“

Mumbler JB, Jan 18

“Summit in Selby have wall climbing and aerial trek which are both good parties.”

Mumbler RB Sept 17

Summit Indoor Adventure, Scott Road, Selby. YO8 4BL.

T: 01757 293292


Swithens Farm – Rothwell, Leeds

Distance from York: 26 miles

“Today we visited swithens farm , can’t recommend it enough , couldn’t believe how much was there for such a small price !. There were lots of animals that could be petted and fed inc lambs cattle donkeys ponies alpacas Guinea pigs rabbits etc . A big play area and bouncy castles sand pits trampoline etc all at no extra cost and a great cafe that was really reasonably priced with children’s menu £1-£2.95 a meal . There was a play barn in doors too but there was so much to do outside we didn’t get chance to go indoors . ( think the play barn was £2 extra ) such a good day out  ( there’s even a zip wire for the dads ! 😉) such a cheap but fun packed day out Would highly recommend !”

Mumbler HS, March 16

£4 per person, under 2’s free.

Swithens Lane, Rothwell, LS26 0BU

T: 0113 2828828


Temple Newsham – Leeds

Distance from York: 23 miles

Famous as the birth place of Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam House is a truly impressive Tudor-Jacobean mansion. Described as one of the best in Britain and beautifully restored to its former glory, it is now home to one of the most important collections of decorative arts in Britain.

Temple Newsam has so much to offer visitors. Come and view the stunning collections, see a variety of rare breed animals, wander around the beautiful gardens, enjoy some leisure time and book our football pitches, or enjoy a round of golf, walk in the woods to discover the folly and explore the bridle paths. Visit the shop and take afternoon tea in the café.

Temple Newsham, lovely parklands to walk/scoot/ride bikes through, lovely rare breeds farm and 2 nice parks. If you park at the bottom car park it’s free too.

JRC, Feb 2018

Temple Newsham grounds and play area free and can take picnic. There is a farm you can pay to go in x

LF, July 2018

Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE
T: 0113 336 7461


The Forbidden Corner – Leyburn

Distance from York: 48 miles

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!

“It’s fab! My little girl loves it, we discover something new every time we go. If it’s raining we just make sure to put her waterproofs on and wrap up a bit, it doesn’t bother her”

Mumbler MB, Nov 16

“Forbidden corner is absolutely brilliant !”

Mumbler HS, Nov 16

The Forbidden Corner, Tupgill Park Estate, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ

T: 01969 640638


The National Science & Media Museum – Bradford

Distance from York: 41 miles

8 floors to explore with FREE ENTRY

“M I N D B L O W N today at the National Museum of Science and Media in Bradford. Such a brilliant day out! Less than a hour easy drive from York, parking right next to the museum was £1 all day on a Sunday, fantastic #familyfriendly cafe and exhibitions which track the genesis and growth of technology, the internet and gaming, tv, animation and photography and the incredible #Wonderlab full of hands-on experiments with light and sound. There’s a 3D IMAX on site as well as a regular @picturehouses cinema which I will definitely be back to in the future. What’s more, as it’s a National Museum it’s totally FREE!”

Mumbler RC, Jan 18

The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ
T: 0844 856 3797


Thornton Hall Country Park – Near Skipton

Distance from York: 50 miles

Experience hands on animal encounters on our traditional working farm, hitch a ride in our 4 x 4 Adventure Experience and relax in our country tearoom while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in our huge fun filled Wizzick Play Barn… a fun filled, informative family day out, RAIN OR SHINE!

“Thornton Hall Farm is fantastic!”

Mumbler CE, April 17

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS

T: 01282 841148


Thorp Perrow Arboretum – Bedale

Distance from York: 37 miles

Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. There are tree trails, a nature trail and a children’s trail, a large lake, picnic area and children’s play area.

“I’d recommend Thorp Perrow for a day out. It’s near Bedale, have been the last couple of years and they do a brill Halloween trail within the woods. They also have a bird of prey centre and great play park there too so a great day out!”

Mumbler EW, Sept 16

“Lots of woodland paths to explore, a little lake, lovely little play park, birds of prey and small animal park (flying demonstrations, baby meerkats and baby wallabies at the moment). There’s a main cafe at the entrance and a snack place by the birds of prey (drinks/sandwiches/hot dogs/soup/bacon butties/cakes) also plenty of picnic benches. Just over £8 per adult under 4yrs go free. We’ve had a lovely day today. Beautiful place full of daffodils!”

Mumbler MH, April 16

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS

T: 01677 425323


Treetop Nets – Ripon

Distance from York: 34 miles

Try to imagine over 2000m2 of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made out of netting. Now picture this safely suspended between trees up to 12m off the ground and set in mature native woodland and you’ll have the right idea.

Based at Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Stainley, HG4 3HT (follow brown signs once close)

T: 01539 447186


Tropical Butterfly House – Sheffield

Distance from York: 57 miles

Number 1 for things to do in sheffield according to trip advisor. Meerkats, reptiles, birds, mammals and of course butterflies, also a petting farm.

“Tropical Butterfly house is fab with lots of animals & play areas.”

Mumbler DH, Feb 18

Tropical Butterfly House Limited, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 4EQ

T: 01909 569416


Tropical World – Roundhay, Leeds

Distance from York: 22 miles

Greenhouses filled with UK’s largest tropical plant and animal collections outside of Kew Gardens.

“The cafe is very spacious and good food (sandwiches, jacket potatoes etc.). It does get very hot in the walk through so would recommend lots of layers that you can take off along the way. Takes about 45-60min to see everything! Can have a nice walk round roundhay park afterwards”

Mumbler HB, Dec 16

“It was amazing, take cool clothes we ended up stripping our lb to his vest”

Mumbler CV, March 17

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER

T: 0113 237 0754


Twiggy’s Play Centre – Thirsk

Distance from York: 22 miles

Twiggy’s is a 4000 square foot indoor play centre in Thirsk, based on the wonderful Yorkshire Countryside. Nestling in the shadows of our own White Horse, the centre provides a safe and secure environment in which children under 10 can run off excess energy and have great fun. It is open 7 days per week, 10am – 6pm. It is also available for private hire outside of these hours for either community groups or private parties.

Twiggy’s Play, Unit 2, Concept Business Park, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY

T: 01845 523553


Wolds Way Lavender – Malton

Distance from York: 25 miles

A leisurely stroll around the site reveals the amazing differences from one variety of Lavender to another. Plenty of seats are available. Ride the Wolds Way light Railway located at Wolds Way lavender. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities on site. Dogs permitted on a lead. Teashop & Farm Shop Available.

Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8HW

T: 01944 758641


Xscape – Castleford

Distance from York: 27 miles

Xscape is all about active entertainment. With a real snow slope, bowling alley, cinema, climbing walls, trampoline park, arcade, soft play and golf courses, there are days of entertainment for the whole family at Xscape whatever the weather.

“Yes we’ve been 🙂 there is a separate under 4’s area and I’d say it’s baby friendly when it’s not busy…the food etc. was quite good and not overly expensive and our 18 month old had a great time!”

Mumbler ES, Feb 17

“The soft play bit is really good and not expensive. The food is also good in the soft play bit.”

Mumbler PM, Feb 17

Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford WF10 4TA

T: 01977 664794


Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Wakefield

Distance from York: 38 miles

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, experienced and enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Explore open-air displays by some of the world’s finest artists, enjoy fascinating exhibitions throughout four stunning galleries, be inspired by the natural beauty of an historic estate, and get involved in a dynamic line up of events and activities.

“Yes the sculpture park is brilliant -take a picnic. you can spend all day, pick a fine one if you can. ours love it.”

Mumbler VS, April 17

“We went on Tuesday and my daughter absolutely loved it! She was able to just run about and explore the sculptures in a safe environment! Will definitely be back!”

Mumbler CM, Aug 16

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG

T: 01924 832631


Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Doncaster

Distance from York: 48 miles

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, commonly referred to as YWP, is a wildlife park located just outside Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in England.

“We were just at ywp yesterday. Really great place to visit, loads to see, great play areas etc. Much nicer experience than a more traditional zoo!! Highly recommend a visit.”

Mumbler TA, Aug 17

Warning Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB

T: 01302 535057