Days Out York

Parks & Playgrounds


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)


01759 373023
info@theballoontree.co.uk
www.theballoontree.co.uk

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Just eight miles north of York is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens, sprawling parkland and hands-on art galleries.

Whether it’s swinging from heights or climbing the wall up the pyramid tower in the popular wilderness play area, fun and games on the lawn, borrowing a bike to ride around the gardens or dressing up as royalty in the hall, Beningbrough is a fantastic family day out.

Pick up a free explorer backpack and go hunting for bugs, bird watching or navigating the gardens with a compass. Or, head inside. The hall can be enjoyed all year round. Get creative in the interactive galleries or let your littlest one amuse themselves in the pre-school playroom.

During school holidays, there are plenty of organised activities to enjoy from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ playlist as well as artrageous workshops and interactive trails.

Children’s picnic boxes and delicious meals made from home grown and locally sourced produce are available from the restaurant. Plus ice creams, sandwiches, snacks and drinks from the Brew House during school holidays and on weekends.

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD


01904 472027
beningbrough@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough

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Distance from York: 29 miles

Nestled just below the Iconic Brimham Rocks on the southern fringe of the Nidderdale AONB, is Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm.

A real working farm which allows people through the farm gate to learn about all things farming and countryside.
Although the farm has only been open to visitors a short while it’s not a new venture for the farming couple behind it; it’s an extension of their commitment to connecting farming and education.

On site we offer spacious indoor and outdoor play areas, a café serving home cooked food and delicious cakes, outdoor viewing areas to see the animals and an indoor petting barn with a large variety of friendly animals.

We are open Wednesday to Sunday term time in accordance with NYCC dates and 7 days during the school holidays.

We offer term time weekly “Little Farmer” Sessions on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings from 10.30am -12.30pm designed for toddlers, allowing them to meet the animals, do a craft, have story time, snack and more.

We have themed fun educational activities each half term. This can be anything from sowing and growing your own fruit and flowers to wild bird feed making.

It’s always worth checking our Facebook page for up to date information.

Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks Road, Hartwith, Harrogate HG3 3HB


01423 779759
info@brimhamrocksadventurefarm.co.uk
www.brimhamrocksadventurefarm.co.uk/

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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.


01904 360 500
info@energiyork.com
www.energiyork.com

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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


hello@northwoodtrail.co.uk
www.northwoodtrail.co.uk/

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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.


01904 552 828
contact@exploreyork.org.uk
www.exploreyork.org.uk/park-to-park-walking-trail-and-childrens-activity-map/

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Distance from York: 15 miles

**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**

Embrace the fresh Yorkshire air and time together in this magical setting. Stockeld Park opens its beautiful parkland throughout the school holidays with fun for all the family including February, Easter, Spring, Summer, Halloween and Christmas events.

Take a walk in the Enchanted Forest and let the children (and adults!) burn off some energy in the Adventure Playgrounds. Whizz around the forest on Electric Scooters! Get lost in the big Yew Tree Maze or try out your skills on the ice/roller skating rink – now under cover so you can get your skates on whatever the weather! (Ice/Roller – season dependant). There is Interactive Play, a huge Yew-Tree Maze and a Woodland Laser Tag arena too!

Fabulous events such as the Circus, Concerts, and Interactive Themed Workshops take place throughout the year, suitable for kids of all ages. Finish off your visit to the delicious café and gift shop.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN

Mumbler Offer: For an extra 10% off online prices quote: MUMYORK

(Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)


01937 586333
enquiries@stockeldpark.co.uk
stockeldpark.co.uk/

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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


01944 758641
admin@woldswaylavender.co.uk
woldswaylavender.co.uk/half-term-fun/

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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.

10 Brilliant Parks & Playgrounds in York

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.

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park (Near Pocklington)

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

Burnby Hall & Gardens – Pocklington

Distance from York: 16 miles

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

The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF
T: 01759 307125

Castle Howard

Distance from York: 15 miles

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 garden and children’s adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.

“Castle howard lovely gardens and woods to walk round childrens play area at the bottom next to boathouse cafe toilets with changing room for 1yo”

TB, Aug 18

Castle Howard for a lovely day”

RW, Jan 19

T: 01653 648333

Homestead Park

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 – Fangfoss

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

Lotherton Hall – Aberford

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

Piglets Adventure Farm

Aptly named an adventure farm, scramble up the Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, tackle the Olym-Pig Assault course, race friends on pedal Go Karts, bounce high on Big Pigs Pillows and jump aboard the Trailer Ride or pink Barrel Train. Not forgetting the Giant Sandpit, Bale Play Baaarn, Crazy Farm Golf and explore the Farmyard Trails.

Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Jan but open exclusively in December for their Magical Christmas event).

“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

Rawcliffe Bar Country Park

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

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

Thorp Arch Outdoor Play Park – Wetherby

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

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

West Bank Park – Holgate

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

Williams Den

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

Willow Farm Cafe

‘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

York Designer Outlet Undercover Adventure Playground

Adventure Playground
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

York Maze

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 (2018 dates tbc).

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