Days Out York

Paddling, Waterparks, & Seasides

Looking 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

01904 692221


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.

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

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.

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park (Near Pocklington)

Opening 14th July

Distance from York: 14 miles

“We went to allerthorpe lake at the weekend and kids really enjoyed it. Bit muddy in places but should have dried out after this week. I paid £4 for me, a 3 year old and a 2year old. Nice little cafe, walk round the lake, a sandpit (that was full of water when we went) and a park. I’m 38 weeks pregnant and it was ideal.”

HT, April 18

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, it’s lovely.. there’s a cordoned off bit for you to have a little paddle in (not deep and no fish!) also water sports to enjoy from paddle boats to stand boards, it’s a lovely day out especially in this weather! Xx”

HG, June 18

Open Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm & Sat – Sun 9am – 5pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays & during school holidays.

£2 per person or £5 per family for the woodland walks and play area. Water sports extra.

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.

We went to Alpamare on an evening when it’s slightly cheaper and car park free after 6. It wasn’t busy and kids had a great time, especially in the outdoor pools when it was dark. Straight into their pj’s afterwards

SH, Aug 18

“Loved it when we went there”

LB, Feb 18

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.

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.

“Bridlington leisure center has slides and just fun. And being 4 she be able to do so much on her own. The pools for little ones they can stand too. My 2.5yr loves going n going down the slides “

LH, Jan 19

Bridlington leisure centre is great, has a really shallow ‘splash zone’ with little slides and other bits, ideal for toddlers! X

VS, Jan 19

South Beach, Bridlington, YO15 3BZ


Distance from York: 44 miles

“Burnsall is fab”

NM, May 18

“I recommend Burnsall (about 20 mins away from Bolton Abbey) – lots of parking but a great field off the bridge – charges £6 per car for a day’s parking, there is a toilet block and ice cream van but a great family picnic spot and on a lovely river which is suitable for playing in (I used to go there over 20 years ago as a child) x”

CP, Aug 18

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 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!”

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”

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.”

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.”

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″

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

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 just had a cracking day out at Valley Gardens love. Got the train over, kids loved it.

CM, May 18

“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

“I recommend Wetherby Riverside”

CB, Oct 18

“Go to Wetherby Riverside. You can paddle safely in the river at the Riverside Car Park”

MTA, June 18

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