Days Out York

Paddling, Waterparks, & Seasides

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Creepy Crawlies Outdoor Area

12916309_1026521114080875_60643546999440430_oLooking for a splash and a play?

Creepy Crawlies have a lovely water play area where little ones can splash, pour, drizzle and spray with pumps, dams, streams, squirting chickens and paddling area!

So don’t forget to bring a towel with you when you come pay a visit!

Loyalty Scheme: Pick up your loyalty card, once you’ve paid for 6 child entries, you get a free hot drink and once you’ve paid for 10, you receive one free admission for a child.

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH

T: 01904 692221


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Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest

Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including our Grand Father Oak play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and walking and cycling trails for all.

The Visitor Centre houses a café serving a wide range of locally produced snacks and meals for all the family, information point and toilets. Dalby Courtyard is home to craft & business workshops, café and bike hire centre.

Burn off some energy on the cycle trails and explore the forest. Our quality trails range from family routes to highly technical routes. Dalby Bike Barn offers high quality bikes to buy and hire suiting all ages. Visit for more details.

Go Ape’s have adventure courses, with high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees for adults and children, or Forest Segways for fun on the ground. Visit

For a relaxing stroll within the forest choose a way-marked trail, including some trails classified as suitable for all abilities, wheelchair users and pushchairs.

In the heart of the forest Dalby Activity Centre provides activities including paintballing, archery and many more. Visit

For more information about opening hours and charges visit or call 01751 460295.

“There’s a visitor centre, cafe and a really good play area, which our 2 loved.”

Mumbler GC, Feb 18

“We went to Dalby Forest.. it was a lovely day out”

Mumbler RE, July 17

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

T: 01751 460295


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Out of York

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.

Best places for paddling

Have you found a great place to paddle in or around York?  If yes, please tell us about it here so we can add it to the list.

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park (Near Pocklington)

Distance from York: 14 miles

“Love this place, would highly recommend for children of all ages and with the dog too and it’s free entry to the park at the moment so a cheap day out (or nothing if you don’t buy a coffee / pop / icecream or go on the pedelos etc”

Mumbler CW, Feb 16

“Absolutely, it’s a massive lake with a lovely walk around it, a big children’s play ground, a sand pit, a cafe, and safe area for paddling/swimming and boat/kayak/pedelo hire! There were kids of all ages there loving it!”

Mumbler CM, April 17

Open Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm & Sat – Sun 9am – 4pm

Open Bank Holiday Mondays
FREE Entry 1st Nov – 31st Jan 17
Closed: 19th Dec – 31st Jan 17

Melbourne Road, Allerthorpe, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL

T: 01759 301444

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

Bebra Gardens – Knaresborough

Distance from York: 19 miles

All-day parking at Waterside Car Park, HG5 8DF, the gardens are sign posted from there.
Bebra Gardens is open all year round, 24 hours a day. The paddling pool is open from Spring Bank Holiday (at the end of May) to the first week in September.

“Bebra gardens in Knaresborough also has one. You can get to it from either the castle or waterside”

Mumbler NT, Aug 15

“Bebra gardens in Knaresborough has a paddling pool”

Mumbler NM, Jul 16

Brewerton Street, Knaresborough HG5 8AZ

Bradford City Centre (outside the town hall)

“Outside the townhall is the most amazing paddling area with loads of fountains. You can combine it with going to the media museum too. A really great day out. 40 mins drive from York.”

Mumbler SE, April 18

Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY


Distance from York: 40 miles

Bridlington’s South Beach Area
An Award winning beach which stretches over a 1 mile South from Bridlington Harbour wall and the recently refurbished Spa Complex, Children’s paddling pool – Picnic areas to the end of the sea wall and the award winning Seafront has a host of other facilities for Families.

“Park n ride, nice beach easy parking, toilets and cafe and cheap bus or walk into the centre”

Mumbler RB, June 17

South Beach, Bridlington, YO15 3BZ


Distance from York: 44 miles

“Burnsall is gorgeous, lovely village with a nice walk along the river and plenty of places to paddle. About a 75 minute drive.”

Mumbler RH, June 17

“Burnsall is great just park up by the river and let kids paddle and fish”

DW, July 17

Main St, Skipton BD23 6BP

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

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

Falling Foss & The Tea Garden – Whitby

Distance from York – 46 miles

Falling Foss Tea Garden is a small but enchanting tea garden set in the grounds of Midge Hall, a tiny cottage which nestles at the top of the beautiful Falling Foss waterfall. (Check the seasonal opening times if you wish to visit the café – open April-Sept).

Falling Foss is a lovely place to go

AS, July 17

Falling Foss Waterfall & tea rooms, near Robin Hoods Bay, a little gem we found a few weeks ago and would definitely recommend

DM, Aug 17

Falling Foss Tea Garden, Midge Hall, Whitby,YO22 5JD

T: 07723 477929

Filey Beach

Distance from York: 41 miles

Filey is great with a huge stretch of beach to stroll along. There is one arcade on the front at the north bay I think it is,with a fab cafe that do home made cakes & hot choc next door fish and chips and a few shops also.

SW, March 14

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


Distance from York: 44 miles

The beach at Hornsea is made up of fine golden sand and shingle, and features a newly-developed promenade including a children’s paddling pool, cafe and traditional fish and chip shops.

“Hornsea has a little paddle area near the cafe and the beach just over the wall!”

Mumbler NB, July 16

Hornsea, HU18 1TE


Distance from York: 30 miles

Hutton-le-Hole is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, about seven miles north-west of Pickering. Hutton-le-Hole is a popular scenic village within the North York Moors National Park.

“We used to go to Hutton-le-hole as kids. Fab little streams to play in. Best in the summer months to take a picnic”

Mumbler LH, March 17

“Hutton le hole we went today good idea to take a picnic but there’s tea/ice cream shops and a pub (can use the toilets in here). Lots of kids today were in swimming costumes but otherwise shorts and a change of clothes/towel etc. Oh and maybe wellies if you prefer to bare feet in the water.”

Mumbler JM, April 17

Hutton-le-Hole, YO62 6UA

Ilkley Lido

Distance from York: 37 miles

Ilkley Lido is a fantastic outdoor swimming and paddling pool, open May- September but please double-check with the Lido before going!

There is a cafe serving food, drinks and ice-creams. The opening times depend on the weather, its best to ring first to check the cafe is open if you are unsure. There are also vending machines.

You can take your own food & drink and there are picnic tables for you as well.

Ilkley Pool & Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, LS29 0BZ.

T: 01943 600453

Newby Hall – Ripon

Distance from York: 24 miles

The sound of children’s joyful laughter rings out as they swing, play, ride, splash, and run in Newby’s legendary Adventure Gardens. A perfect place to meet up with friends; eat, discover, relax, shop and smile all in the stunning setting of Newby Hall. A day with us is a rare thing…truly a day that the whole family will enjoy.

(Paddling) – “Newby hall has lots of water jets and in their own fenced area. My kids loved it as they were the only ones playing in it. They do ask you to wear shoes when you’re in in though. Mine just wore crocs. It’s a bit further to go than some places but I highly recommend it.”

“Newby Hall is great, has a fantastic children’s play area, miniature railway and also nice gardens to look round – just the other side of Boroughbridge.”

Mumbler AE, May 17

Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE

T: 01423 322583

Saltburn Beach – Near Middlesborough

Distance from York: 58 miles

Saltburn is beautiful and it’s up the A19 so you avoid the A64″

Mumbler CH, Sept 16

What a fab little place. Just over an hour to get to, a fantastic beach, pier, amazing fish & chips, the beautiful Valley Gardens with a miniature railway, lovely tearooms and fantastic picnic and play areas. Makes a lovely day trip.

KL, July 15 (Harrogate Mumbler)

Saltburn Road, Saltburn TS12 1NY

Thornton le Dale- Near Pickering

Distance from York: 26 miles

“Thorton le dale stream is gorgeous for paddling in, lovely ice cream too!”

Mumbler GA, July 16

Thornton le dale, YO18 7SD

Valley Gardens – Harrogate

Distance from York: 22 miles

A 17-acre English Heritage Grade II listed garden, including: children’s playground, skate park, paddling pool (seasonal, games in parks including tennis, pitch and putt and crazy golf, café, toilets & a children’s boating pool

“We were in Valley gardens yesterday – the pool was full with a few littlies in it – not bad for a day with a chill in the air. My daughter and her cousin played on the *fantastic* apparatus for 4 hours non-stop. We’re going back today to meet a friend and hoping to do the pool today too.”

“The valley gardens in Harrogate has water in it now – They tend to fill it on the second May bank holiday for the summer”

Cornwall Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SZ

Wetherby Riverside

Distance from York: 14 miles

“Not necessarily a full day out but my girls love the river at Wetherby. Big car park (free). Lovely little pebbly beach, ice cream van and we had fish and chips for tea. They could’ve played there for ages.”

Mumbler SH, Aug 17

“parking is free at the ‘wilderness car park’ in the town centre which is right by the river. (Entrance between the bridge and the toy shop) You can feed the ducks and paddle quite safely on the riverside there’s also a lovely little riverside pathway and also fish n chips from the wetherby whaler only 2 mins walk from the river”

Mumbler MT, May 16

Bridgefoot, Wetherby LS22 6RF

Whitby Beach

Distance to York: 47 miles

“We love Whitby…fun climbing steps to abbey and some fab sweet shops”

Mumbler LP, Mar 14

“We recently had a lovely family weekend in Whitby …. would highly recommend”  

Mumbler LC, Mar 14

Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU