We’ve listed loads of great ‘bad weather’ ideas for days out, things to do, places to visit and activities for Kids in York just here.
We’ve also got a really useful blog if you need a bit more help and inspiration of things to do with kids in York when it’s raining. Plus we have another blog with 15 ideas for a rainy day if you just decide to stay at home.
DISCOVER YORK’S HIDDEN MEDIEVAL HALL
Tucked away behind bustling Goodramgate lies one of York’s true hidden treasures.
Once the dining hall of the medieval Vicars Choral of York Minster, Bedern Hall is now open to share stories from an eclectic mix of over 700 years of history.
From songmen to squirrels, priests to pork pies, you can discover them all in our hidden medieval hall!
Opening times 2021
19th May to 31st August – Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.30am to 4pm
1st September to 30th November – Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm
December – 10th to 17th -Christmas Market, Carols & Crafts
We will be closed on the following dates for private events:
May 29th, July 9, 10, 17 August 6, 14, 21, 26, 28 September 3, 4, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 November 6, December 2, 18
5-15 year old £1
Under 5s Free
Bedern Hall, Bartlegarth, YORK, YO1 7AL
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.
At the Web Adventure Park you’ll find lots to entertain all ages whatever the weather!
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.
We have a wonderful role play village “Bugginton” with a shop, cottage, a vets and a DIY store and a Crafty Corner for children who feel creative.
Outdoors there a large park to explore which includes a mini beach, water play area, ride-ons (including pedal tractors), den building zone, tractor area, jungle bridge, wacky swings, quad bikes and more.
Our Animal Zone houses friendly chipmunks, rabbits, ponies, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens. For older children and adults we have two large high ropes courses – Wired!
We have plenty of seating indoors and out and a café which serves scrumptious homemade, freshly prepared dishes! Ample parking on site.
Weekends and holidays we have an amazing addition to the park, fairground rides! These are included in the entry fee.
The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, YO32 2RH
Go on an archaeological adventure at DIG, from the people who brought you JORVIK Viking Centre! Discover only the most exciting archaeological artefacts from the 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York. Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived.
Pre-book only. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.
Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf?
Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.
Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?
At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook!
After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard pub with a Wand Dog, Uni-pop-corn or GrobbleNachos and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.
Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.
Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Inn.
With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000-year-old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy. Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.
At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology.Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even a fossilised Viking poo! Dig deeper into the Viking story of Yorkusing the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts.
Pre-book only. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.
Escape the day-to-day at National Railway Museum. Hop aboard the miniature railway for a little taste of train travel and unleash your curiosity (on during school holidays). Indoor and outdoor play areas should keep children of all ages busy, while you recharge with a warm drink and some cake from one of the onsite cafés.
Discover the world-changing stories of the railway through star objects like Stephenson’s Rocket and the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard. Admire the splendour of royal travel including Queen Victoria’s ‘palace on wheels’, and marvel at the power and innovation of the Japanese Bullet Train.
National Railway Museum is open 10.00-17.00, Wednesday – Sunday during term time and every day during selected holiday dates.
The museum is free to enter but booking ahead online is encouraged and can even be done on the day (capacity allowing). There may be a few additional safety measures in place since your last visit, so check the National Railway Museum website before your visit.
Visit our website for tickets and information.
A great place to take the whole family, this Farmhouse Inn is friendly, welcoming and warm. Please note the play area remains closed at the moment.
A great place to take the whole family, this Farmhouse Inn is friendly, welcoming and warm. Whether you’re stopping for breakfast, lunch or dinner – there’s something to tickle everyone’s fancy. At The Pear Tree Farm, we offer a wide selection of pub classics and traditional roast dinners from our daily carvery, with a choice of up to four joints and seasonal vegetables. And when it comes to our dessert menu, you can be sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth – from our homemade Cakeaway desserts to our wide selection of ice creams.
Sunday – Thursday 9am- 10pm
Friday & Saturday 9am – 11pm
Breakfast 8-11am (weekend only)
Main Menu 11:30am-9pm
Here’s what Mumbler say:
“Just had lunch at pear tree!! Oh how I’ve missed you. Tables all spread out. You get seated and you order from the app but you can order at the bar if you wish. You get called up to the carvery when it’s your turn and they plate up the food for you. Someone constantly walking round cleaning tables and door handles. Staff wearing masks. Obviously play area isn’t open. We’ve had a good time and the food was lush as always.”
KD, July 2020
“We went to pear tree farm and it was brilliant we booked a table 2 hours before downloaded an app ordered food on the app the food arrived- some had carvery we were told when to line up it had a screen around the chef went along and plated it up. Couldn’t fault the service and safety x”
CL, July 2020
Monks Cross Drive, Huntington, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 9GZ
York’s Premier Trampoline Park, Winner of the Small Visitors Attraction of the year 2020 by Visit York. Bounce, Flip and tumble over 100+ trampolines. You can test yourself on our assault course or jump off the heights of mount Enzo into the giant Air Bag.
Family Packages available, for the whole family to enjoy the park together and Toddler Sessions now for ages 1-5 yrs. Don’t forget the ever-popular fitness session on a Wednesday evening, where you can bounce yourself fit.
On Thursdays at 5pm the Park is transformed into a haven for individuals with additional needs, we have designed a session in partnership with local charities, professionals and parents to ensure each individual’s needs are met.
Parties now available for ages 1- 101!!!! Build your own Party package including 1 hour of trampolining madness where the party can go wild in the ultimate house of bounce. Followed by a delicious selection of food from our 5* Refuel Café.
Bespoke packages available for corporate events and team building activity days. Email for details.
Look forward to seeing you soon!!!!
Pottery Painting Studio in the heart of York!
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio is a well established pottery painting studio just 2 mins from York Minster and across the road from York Art Gallery. We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils, sponges and paints you need to help you and your little one get creative.
We are situated on the corner of Bootham and Gillygate and parking is available on Bootham Row, just behind the shop.
Paint at Home Pottery
Why not bring the fun of the studio to your home? Pick what you would like to paint at www.rainbowsceramics.co.uk/shop and collect it from the studio. You will be provided with everything you need, then simply return in 1 week.
We are also an award winning children’s party venue so if the little ones fancy some pottery painting fun with their pals either in the studio or at home please do give us a call. Please log on to the website for current party packages and info.
Mention York Mumbler for 10% off (excluding parties & evening bookings).
The Georgian house hiding a big secret…
Since 1686, the goings on at 17 Blossom Street have been York’s best kept secret. A secret that remained hidden for hundreds of years, until its residents felt safe enough to reveal it.
To the outside world, this house was York’s first school for girls. To those in the know, it was hiding an illegal convent.
The English Reformation saw Catholicism banned, but this group of brave and determined women built a Convent, including an entire Chapel, under the watchful eyes of all of their suspicious neighbours. Today, more than 300 years later, it is the oldest active Convent in England.
Discover this remarkable story of survival through stunning artefacts and engaging interactives in our fascinating exhibition.
With special activities for our younger visitors, a café and garden, the Bar Convent is a unique experience for the whole family to enjoy.
No need to book.
Distance from York: 41.5 miles
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!
Tickets are now on sale, all visitors will need to book a date and timeslot for their visit (including Day Plus Pass holders). We will have reduced visitor numbers in order to adhere to Government guidelines. Please follow the instructions at the top of the ticket page on our website.
Find out more at www.thedeep.co.uk
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000.
Come and enjoy brilliant art for free at York Art Gallery!
Spot the L.S. Lowry, Turner and Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery. With a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all ages, there is always something new to see and do.
Visit our families page to download activities to do on your visit, such as our Art Heroes Fact Sheets, and the Curious Create Colour Export colouring sheets.
Or why not pick up one of our YAG Activity bags, full of ideas and activities to try while at the gallery and souvenirs to take home afterwards! The bags are priced at £7:50.
Visitors will need to book their free timed tickets online at www.yorkartgallery.org.uk where they can also find out about the new exhibitions and the changes we have made to ensure a safe and relaxing visit.
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
We have an exciting range of tours available to explore some of the most fascinating aspects of our collection and building – including one just for families!
Kirkgate Family Tour 2021
Families! This Spring, let our costumed guide whisk you back more than 100 years to walk the streets of Victorian York.
Step onto the cobbles and peer in the windows of the fine shops along Kirkgate, hearing why a Devil lurks outside the printers and how taking your “weasel” to the pawnbrokers was a weekly occurrence for many. Then head down the back alleys into York’s slums to discover how hard and deadly life was for the majority of the city’s residents as they battled against the awful conditions, where sharing a toilet with your whole street was the norm.
This tour is aimed at ages 5-16
Upcoming dates: Saturdays & Sundays in May
To find out about our other tours click here: https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/york-castle-museum-tours/
Pre-book tickets online. Open from 21st May 2021.
Bring your family to Visit England’s quality assured visitor attraction, and discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate. Unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. Indulge yourselves in our café, with it’s delicious chocolate menu and shop from some of Britain’s finest confections stocked in our shop.
Admission Prices (from Feb 2020):
– Adult: £15
– Senior/Student £15
– Child £12.50
– Family of 4 £50
– Family of 5 – £60
— Under 4’s go free. York residents receive 1/3 off the full price admission rate on Sundays.
Open daily from 10:30am, last tour at 3:30pm. Closed 25th-26th December and 1st January
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
As a York Resident you can take in one of the world’s most-magnificent cathedrals – with stunning stained glass and architecture dating back nearly 2,000 years – for FREE with proof of address.
The wide open areas of the Minster offer a great chance to explore and learn on your day out and you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have the Visit England ‘Good To Go’ stamp of approval, showing they are following all health guidelines correctly.
Booking slots online is required for all at the moment – even with free admission. Please visit YorkMinster.org to select your day and timed slot now. Remember to have your proof of address with you on the day (this includes YorkCard, Drivers ID, Council Tax bill, York Student Card).
Charges for non-York residents are £11.50 for Adults/Seniors and £9 for students. All under 16s are free of charge all year round.
The building is currently open for sightseeing Mon-Sat: 11am-4pm, Sun: 12.30pm-2.30pm
All are welcome to daily services held at the Minster for free. See YorkMinster.org/Whats-On for service times.
York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
Re-opens July 9 2021!
From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe.
Don’t miss our ground-breaking exhibition Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, opened by Sir David Attenborough. Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in.
NEW! From July 9 – The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III will go on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display, in summer 2021.
The painting, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London, and will be displayed alongside the museum’s outstanding collections associated with the King such as the magnificent Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters.
Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
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.
AGILITY is one of the most exciting and unique centres for fitness in the UK. The main feature is two ninja warrior style obstacle courses catering for the whole family.
T: 01904 340495
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
Pottery & Glass Cafe in the heart of the city
Bespoke baby prints and keepsakes available. Baby Changing facilities, soft play area (currently closed due to COVID) and breastfeeding mums grab a chair and sit down! Party room – starting from as young as 3 years old. Paint at home available.
T: 01904 654114
64 Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL
City Screen offers a varied programme of mainstream and independent movies. The cinema is fully-accessible for people with disabilities. There is a baby-change facility in certain toilets (ask for a key), and a Riverside Café-Bar.
13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
T: 0871 902 5747
Distance from York: 13 miles
Crazy Tykes is an Indoor Soft Play area with visibility in mind for the parents.
They have a cafe with 200 seats and a chef on site to prepare all food orders freshly. Catering for children parties they love to do and can seat 60 in our fab party rooms.
Fairfax House transports you to the world of 1760s townhouse living, revealing the domestic interiors in which the Georgians would have walked, and the tastes and fashions of the day for architecture, interior design, food and entertainments. The house boasts a beautiful collection of eighteenth-century furniture and is famed for its stunning plasterwork ceilings.
Open 7 days a week, 11-4pm
Pre-booking is recommended via the website however walk-ins are welcome.
Admission is £7.50 and children under 16 go FREE.
T: 01904 655543
Kids eat for a £1 on a Monday and there is a Wacky Warehouse attached to it.
Clifton Moor Centre, Stirling Rd, Rawcliffe, York YO30 4XY
T: 01904 693239
Pool and fun farm remain closed.
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. Residents receive a discounted rate for entry.
Carr Lane, Sutton-On-The-Forest, York, YO61 1ET
T: 01723 584311 (PHONE TO CHECK OPENING TIMES )
A fast paced, fun experience for 2-30 players based right in the City Centre opposite Clifford’s Tower.
We have games which are designed specifically for teams of 2-6 players, and all take place in a custom-built, themed escape game room. With five rooms available our capacity is 30 players playing at one time. The recommended age for our games is 8 years and older.
Soft Play at the Wacky Warehouse, with a new ‘Safe Play’ brand, is aimed at keeping us all safe in a fun filled environment. We are open from 9am- 7pm everyday with food and drinks served throughout.
Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XJ
T: 01904 642525
With Birthday bash party bookings available throughout the week, and a wide selection of food and drink available from ‘The Lanes’ menu, you’ll be fuelled to bowl as long as you like.
Sector 7 Laser arena is the perfect way for adrenalin seekers to have some heart pounding fun in this fully interactive laser, shoot ’em up. Play Batfast, a simulated bowler that bowls for you to test your batting skills in our Cricket & Baseball nets.
At Stirling Road, Clifton Moor Centre, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4WZ
T: 0871 222 36 75
Currently closed due to COVID.
Vue York is a 12 screen cinema located within Clifton Moor.
MINI Mornings – From only £2.49 per ticket for adults and children, every Saturday and Sunday morning and every day in school holidays.
Vue York, Clifton Moor Centre, Stirling Road, York, YO30 4XY
T: 08712 240 240
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
There will be staff to assist you and there is a one-way route around the museum. Come and explore what your York Army Museum has to offer. There are high-quality educational activities for learners of all ages.
3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB
T: 01904 731532
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.
St. Nicholas Avenue, Fulford, York, YO19 4TA
T: 01904 682700
The Mansion House has been at the centre of extravagant city life for almost 300 years. Now open for you and your little ones to experience the decadence of Mayoral Life, and take a peek into Georgian life, this is truly a house like no other.
York Mansion House, YO1 9QL
T: 01904 553663
Indoor karting and racing simulation for all ages. Children from 4 can find their ‘racing feet’ in our fun, safe, electric F3 Racing karts.
Older children from 8 years can experience our F2 Racing petrol karts.
Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, YORK, YO32 9JS
T: 01904 673555