Visit our brand new fitness Park in Nether Poppleton opposite Manor CE Academy on Millfield Lane, YO26 6QY
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)
Gardens, parkland, car park and toilets will be open. You must pre-book tickets before arrival with tickets being released every Friday.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – 11am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10:30am-5pm
Just eight miles north of York is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens and sprawling parkland.
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Distance from York: 15 miles
Update: Castle Howard’s Gardens and Grounds is open for all visitors. All visits will need to be pre-booked using the online booking system ONLY. The much anticipated reopening of Skelf Island, with it’s rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment comes with new ‘Skelf and Safety’ measures in place to ensure that all visitors have space to play whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Please note that for now the House itself will remain closed along with the indoor cafe outlets. There will be some take away catering on offer and the Farm Shop and Garden Centre remain open.
Toilets available. The main toilets in the Courtyard will be closed, with the exception of the accessible toilet and the baby changing facility. Portable toilets will be available on the North Front.
Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England, the 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape just outside York. The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland as well as formal walled gardens making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.
Rethink your next family day out at Energi Trampoline Park York.
Whatever the weather, our gigantic air conditioned, indoor arena will put huge smiles on your kids faces – treat them to an experience they’ll be talking about for days.
With trampolines, reflex games, basketball hoops, dodgeball arena, foampits, balance and agility challenges and a giant airbag to bounce onto, you cannot fail to impress the whole family.
Book your slot on our website.
OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.
Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Please note, as car parking is limited tickets are only available online, with pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
Why not walk from Rowntree park to Homestead park?
Download the map here: Childrens Walking Map which has things for children to spot on the way.
The walk takes approximately 1 ½ hours. The last section is not suitable for wheelchairs or large buggies, but an alternative route is suggested.
Distance from York: 15 miles
In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin. Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!
Stockeld Park is open every school holiday and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons.
Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play as well as large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for all ages.
At Stockeld Park there’s a large outdoor, real ice rink which is covered, meaning you can ice skate in any weather! The ice-skating rink transforms into a roller blading rink in the warmer seasons – fun all year round! As well as the ice rink there is also the impressive yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!
Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available for birthday parties.
Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and a large picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!
For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit our website
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
Distance from York: 25 miles
Come and explore the 12 acre site!
NEW FOR 2019!
Complete our Quiz and enter it in our end of season draw with a chance to win 1 of 5 Season Passes for 2020
Season Tickets to enable you to enjoy the farm all season long and get 10% off in our tea-room!!!
Willow Warren – play, run, hide!
Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own play den.
Timber trail, tiny tots trail, Maze, Giant games, Giant sand pit & Mud kitchen, Mini foot golf, Nature trail, Childrens quiz, Minature railway, Wildflowers, Nature ponds, Lavender, Distillery, Picnic areas, Tearoom, Plant sales and Shop.
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8HW
York Foot Golf is back! It’s simple, kick the ball into the hole in the lowest amount of shots to win! No football skills or previous experience needed so it’s accessible fun for the whole family! Suitable for anyone aged 6+
£25 Family (2 adults and upto 3 juniors)
NHS staff and their household play free (please bring ID)
There is no ball hire charge however we strongly recommend you bring your own football.
– Pre-booking only (pre-payment preferred)
– Clubhouse facilities and toilets remain closed
– Social distancing rules must be followed
– Footballs and scorecards sanitised (please bring pen/pencil)
– Tee time intervals increased to 15 minutes
– Each booking allocated a numbered parking space and should not arrive until 10 minutes before tee time
– Only 1 round per visit, we kindly ask you leave the premises immediately after your round
Call or book online!
York FootGolf, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XW
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.
We’ve compiled a list of ten great parks and play areas in York so you can add some variety to your days out and enjoy even more of the many beautiful green spaces that York has hidden away.
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
Distance from York: 16 miles
Open 10am-5pm – prebooking only.
9 acres of land, comprising 2 lakes and a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily.
Burnby hall in pocklington is lovely
SM, Oct 2018
Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington. Lots of woodland walks around a lake, can feed the fish, there’s a play park and a tea room.
CD, April 2018
Managed by Joseph Rowntree Foundation it has entrances on Water End (YO30 6WP) and Shipton Road (YO30 5RE).
Wild meadows, ornamental trees, colourful flower beds and a themed summer bedding display. This well-maintained park is popular for picnics. There is a large play area and a pop-up cafe and plant sales.
Park Facebook Page is HERE
I like homestead park in the summer time. They do loverly tasting ice cream their an nice green area to run around. An i remember going to that park as a child myself. X
KF, Nov 2018
I took my 15 month old yesterday and had flashbacks to when I used to go as a child 30+ years ago (I’m ancient) – some of the equipment is still the same (I don’t mean this as a criticism of the park – I was pleased that a couple of my childhood favourites had stood the test of time!)
FB, Nov 2018
40 Water End, York YO30 6WP
T: 01904 629241
Jubilee Park is a community green space which has been developed through the efforts of local residents, with financial and other support from many sources. Development work at the park is now complete and the work of the Jubilee Park Company is to raise money for its maintenance and further improvements.
“Jubilee Park at Fangfoss is lovely”
MC, July 18
“Jubilee Park in Fangfoss is so amazing. My five year old says it’s his favourite park ever!”
LDG, May 18
Back Lane, Fangfoss, East Yorkshire, YO41 5QH
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
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
Some 2000 trees and 1,500 woodland shrubs were planted during the establishment of the Country Park. Developing woodland includes willow, birch and pine with oak and ash. Hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose thickets give nesting cover and food for an increasing range of birds. The climbing boulder is open for use by the public all day, every day and is free of charge.
Facilities: Country Park office/classroom, children’s play area, toilets at Park and Ride
“Recommended a walk around the pond (lake) at Rawcliffe Country Park”
GH, Jan 19
“We have just been round Rawcliffe lake this morn with scooters, its tarmac all the way so it is nice, flat and safe for bikes and scooters”
KH, Jan 19
Rawcliffe Bar Country Park, A1237, York YO30 5RR
T: 01904 883991
Rowntree Park has a river-side location to the south of the city centre. The fantastic park offers a great Reading Cafe, children’s play areas and sporting facilities such as bowling, mini-golf, tennis courts, basketball court and skateboarding area as well as a duck pond (often filled with geese!) Because of the low-lying nature of the land, when the Ouse floods, Rowntree Park fills up with water, and Park users have to wait for the Park to drain, partly by gravity (through one-way valves in the flood walls) and partly by pumps. The Friends aim to keep the public aware of this, as much as possible, via their Facebook page.
“Rowntree is great”
ES, Nov 18
“Rowntree Park is great as you can buy a little bag of duck food from the café close by.”
LR, Feb 18
See the Park Website for more details.
Terry Ave, York YO23 1JQ
Distance from York: 13 miles
“Thorp arch outside play area, take a picnic or go to the cafe opposite, also does ice creams”
RS, May 17
Thorp Arch Trading Estate, Thorp Arch Estate, Wetherby LS23 7BJ
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
A 16-acre park in the middle of Holgate, about 30 minutes walk west from the centre of York.
(woodland walk and tree trails, meadow picnic area, rose terraces and pergola walk, two bowling greens, basketball court, toilets, two children’s play areas – for under 11 years and over 11 years old)
“West bank park Holgate – good open spaces with grass to path.”
KP, Oct 18
There is a car park for park users off James Backhouse Place, behind the park. On-street parking is available on New Lane or Hamilton Drive.
West Bank Park, Holgate, York.YO24 4NS
Distance from York – 27 Miles
” I think it will be good my daugther love it. Got indoor and outdoor. Sand area and water thingd.lots of climbing bits. And the restaurant is great“
FM, April 18
“My lb loved it, he’s just 3 on Feb and I literally had to drag him away! He could have stayed a LOT longer!! We will definitely be going back xx”
LT, April 18
William’s Den , Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.
T: 01430 472230
Reopening 4th July 9am-4pm.
‘Willow farm cafe get my vote as a grandma. Our grandaughter loves it there foods scrummy and well priced and she loves musical moo and the craft table which is free to use.’
WV Jan 19
‘Brilliant free children’s facilities and amazing food options. There is loads for the kids to do of all ages from covered smaller play items like ball pools and kitchens cars etc to outdoor slide/ climbing frames, sand section and a bouncy castle in the summer the variety keeps them entertained for hours the wonderful free crafts table inside means we always take a memory home with us x’
LM Jan 19
Willow Farm Cafe, Wigginton Rd, York, YO32 2RH
T: 01904 766822
Will you ride down the slide? Crawl through the tunnel? Or scale the cargo net? Our adventure playground is open all day to children aged between three and six years old, located outside the East entrance. Food outlets and toilets available inside the designer outlet
St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA
T: 01904 682700
Update: Maze remains closed for the 2020 season
Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country.
With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled full family day out. York Maze is open from July – September.
“York Maze is beautiful.”
LM, July 18
“York Maze are great for all ages. If you book in advance online its cheaper. “
KH, June 18
Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT
T: 01904 607341