Days Out York

Theme Parks

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Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & the UK’s most visited Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village,
for fantastic family days out, holidays & short breaks.
Distance from York: 25 miles
Theme Park and zoo.
Open until November, from 10am. Zoo does open in Winter (Check website for daily closing times as they vary off season).

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX

0871 9118000


Alton Towers including Cbeebies land – Staffordshire

Distance from York: 111 miles

Theme Park including CBeebies land. Also a Waterpark and Spa.

“We’ve been to the CBeebies hotel with a 1 and 4 YO and they both loved it! Very well equipped rooms with everything you could think of for little ones. Plenty to do in CBeebies land too, a fair few rides, shows and meet and greets with characters throughout the day. There’s also an aquarium at Alton towers now too which the children enjoyed.”

KF, June 18

“Ours were 2 and 4 and we all loved it! Lots of interactive shows, meeting the characters was magical too. The restaurant was nice, they do family sharers or the little ones can design their own pizza for them to make. We got a pass for splash landings pool and we were pleased we did as it poured it down one day.”

SF, June 18

Farley Lane, Alton ST10 4DB
T: 0871 222 3330

Drayton Manor – Staffordshire

Distance from York: 120 miles

Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land anytime throughout the main park season which usually runs between March and October enjoying all the thrills and spills of the park.Theme Park including Thomas Land and zoo.

It’s so good there, by far the best theme park. You can easily spend just a day in Thomas land. We’ve been a few times and found we’ve never had enough time to wander round the rest of Drayton manor which is also really good so I’d just say keep an eye on the time. There’s lots of rides for little ones in the Drayton manor part aswell as Thomas land. There’s a zoo aswell

JP, Aug 16

Drayton Manor Park, Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW

T: 01827 287979

Lightwater Valley – Ripon

Distance from York: 34 miles

Open from March until November (check website for specific dates as only open on weekends during spring and autumn other than school holidays). A variety of rides for all ages, from rotating teacups to The ultimate, a 1.5 mile long rollercoaster. There is also a discount shopping village.

Lightwater valley! so much more family friendly”

NA, Aug 18

“Lightwater valley is good”

LM, Sept 18

North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT
T: 01765 635321

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

Distance from York: 258 miles

York Mumbler visited in August 2013 and it was great. Unfortunately as it was the summer holidays the Peppa Pig bit was rammed. Having said, that there were bits within the Peppa Pig world that didn’t have massive queues (the water jet play park, the little houses where you can just see the figures and get your photo taken) so my girls still got a good look around.

The rest of Paultons park was much less busy and it was fantastic. The vast majority of the rides are for kids- only one or two have height limits (I seem to remember 1.1 and 1.2metres) so my kids could go on most stuff.

We were there for 2 days on a Paultons mini break and could have stayed longer. We loved it and will be back! Quite often they do a buy one day get one free.

Top tips- rent a double cart/buggy for the day. The park is massive and it really gave my 2 kids longevity. They loved jumping in the littl cart rather than a pushchair.

Take swim stuff and towels for the water jets bit (big one inside the main park, smaller one inside Peppa Pig world)

Ower, Romsey, SO51 6AL

T: 023 80814442

Sundown Adventureland – Nottinghamshire

Distance from York: 70 miles

A theme park designed exclusively for the under 10’s. It is highly recommended by many MUMblers as a superb day out for young children and well worth the journey. Seasonal activities including Santa visits in December.

“Perfect age. They can go on almost everything (the new driving “ride” has a height restriction and my 2&4yo were both too small). There are loads of play areas, soft play, little houses and towns all perfect size for little ones. It’s my 2 year olds favourite place!.”

HT, Aug 18

“It’s amazing there”

MS, March 18

Treswell Road, near Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0HX
T: 01777 248274