Days Out York

Pools, Paddling, Waterparks, & Seasides

York Leisure Centre opened in 2021, as part of the York Community Stadium Leisure Complex located in Huntington, York. The centre includes a 25m swimming pool, learner pool and splash pad. As well as a large spacious gym, fitness class studios, multi sports hall, Clip N Climb arena and 3G pitches.

Clip N Climb is a fun interactive indoor climbing arena where adults and kids 4+ can enjoy some healthy action-packed fun. No climbing experience is necessary as a full safety briefing and equipment is given before you start.

Swimming: The Main Pool is available for fitness lane swimming, and swim for all sessions The Splash Pad is shallow water paddling pool for under 8’s with an interactive water play area perfect for building water confidence. Booking also includes access to the Learner Pool. These sessions can be found under ‘Swim For All’ – select Main Pool, or Learner Pool (includes Splash Pad) Lockers take £1.

Gym and Fitness classes are available for members and non members. There are a number of fitness classes scheduled throughout the day at times to suit all.

Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross Dr, Huntington, York YO32 9AF

All sessions are bookable via the ‘Better UK App’ or online, just click below. 

💜  Check out the York Mumbler blog post with lots of images and information from when we visited York Leisure Centre when it opened in January 2021! 💜

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Roko York is a family friendly, premium health and fitness club with an endless list of cutting edge facilities that will take your breath away and all at an affordable price.

Try our 3 month membership with no joining fee.
Kids go free!

At Roko Health Club! Full access to the state-of-the-art gym floor, 70+ classes per week, swimming pool, junior pool & spa facilities. Children under 5 free of charge!
Whatever your health, fitness and lifestyle goals we can help you achieve them.

💜  Check out the York Mumbler blog post for more information and a review of Roko York and how family-friendly it is!💜

Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4TU

T: 01904 699740

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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)

Distance from York: 14 miles

Large lake with canoes, paddle boards and boats to hire, circular walk around the lake and a shallow area of the lake roped off that you can paddle in. Also an Aqua Park – inflatable obstacle course on the lake. Open water swimming available. Also a good playpark and cafe with children’s menu.

£3 per person/ £8 for a family entry, hire items for the water additionally. Pre-book in advance only. Open Tuesday – Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm, and bank holiday Mondays.

Melbourne Road, Allerthorpe, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL

T: 01759 301444

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

Better Energise Leisure Centre

Leisure Centre

Boasting a gym, 25-meter and learner pools. As well as a large spacious gym, fitness class studios, multi sports hall, Clip N Climb arena and 5 aside 3G pitches. We have something for everyone.

Activities are bookable via the Better UK App or the website.

Cornlands Road, Acomb, York YO24 3DX
T: 01904 403900

Bradford City Centre (outside the town hall)

There is a paddling area with loads of fountains. The media museum is nearby too.

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

Good family picnic spot on the river. There are toilets and an ice cream van. Lots of parking – charges £6 per car for a day’s parking.

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!

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

T: 01226 730060

Creepy Crawlies at The Web Adventure Park

Creepy Crawlies is the huge indoor play area with lots of activities including huge slides and climbing. There are separate Play Zones incorporating baby and toddler areas, a sensory baby area, sports arena, disco area, ball canons and a huge play frame for over 5s, plus splash park in the summer months.

T: 01904 692221

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.

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

A beautiful stretch of beach, one of the longest in the UK – its rarely crowded, however busy it is. Take a walk, paddle in the sea or build a sandcastle.

Goosewood Holiday park – Swimming Pool – Sutton-On-The-Forest

Distance from York: 7 miles

Guests love our modern heated indoor swimming pool and splash pool for the kids. Guests will love the pool which provides all weather entertainment for the whole family. Charges apply for the use of the facilities which are also open to the public.

Carr Lane, Sutton-On-The-Forest, York, YO61 1ET

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, 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.

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

Marriott Leisure

Open 6am until 11pm, 7 days a week.

“The York Marriott hotel have a pool which is not over whelming to young ones that’s are getting used to the pool. They offer private swims. Give them a call and take her there highly recommend as this is where I started with my boys”

CLB, Jan 19

Tadcaster Rd, Dringhouses, York, YO24 1QQ
T: 01904 701000

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.

Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE
T: 01423 322583

Saltburn Beach – Near Middlesborough

Distance from York: 58 miles

Fantastic beach, pier, amazing fish & chips, the beautiful Valley Gardens with a miniature railway, lovely tearooms and fantastic picnic and play areas.

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

Cornwall Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SZ

Wetherby Riverside

Distance from York: 14 miles

You can paddle safely in the river at the Riverside Car Park.

Bridgefoot, Wetherby LS22 6RF

Whitby Beach

Distance to York: 47 miles

Whitby is steeped in history: fishing, whaling, the jet industry, Captain Cook, the glorious Abbey, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was inspired by the town and Goth Festival that draws visitors from around the globe.

Pier Road, Whitby, YO21 3PU

Yearsley Swimming Pool

Close to the Nestle factory on Haxby Road. 50 yard (45.7 metre) 6 lane swimming pool. Balcony and spectator area.

Haleys Terrace, York, YO31 8SB
T: 01904 552424

York Sport Village

York Sport runs many kids’ activities, from junior athletics sessions, holiday multi-sport camps, and family swims. We have a number of facilities for grown -ups including a state of the art gym, fitness classes, 3G Football pitches, and cycle tracks.

Locations: Near Grimston Park and Ride, and at the end of the 66/67 bus route.

York Sport Village, Lakeside Way, York, YO10 5FG

T: 01904 325750