The ARK is a small wildlife park in Lincolnshire, and is home to a wide variety of animals in indoor and outdoor areas, with the usual farmyard friends, as well as meerkats, lemurs, and reptiles, and some more exotic species. Most of the animals came to the Ark after being rescued, many of which have been there for years, since it was just private, exotic animal sanctuary. Daily animal encounter shows, and experience days are also available. A play area is on site for younger kids, as well as a picnic area and a cafe.
Open – Summer season- 10 am – 5 pm, Winter season – 10 am – 4 pm (closed Mondays except for School & Public holidays) Last admission 1 hour before the park closes.
West Fen Lane, Stickney, Lincolnshire, PE22 8BD.
The Metrodome Leisure Complex, Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN. 01226 730060.
Come and discover Barnsley’s hidden treasure – the island paradise that is Calypso Cove Waterpark. 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!
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT. 01226 790427
Open daily 10.30-4.30.
Great day out approx 1 hour 20 mins drive from Hull. Lots of large animal barns, tractor ride, excellent outdoor play areas and new indoor soft play, sheep racing and animal handling. Good cafe but gets very busy at weekends. Set in a country park so you can take a picnic and use the benches on the park
Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP.
Open daily from 28th March to end of October but an access the parklands all year round. House open 10.30am – 5pm, gardens 10.30am – 6pm, farmyard and playground 10.30am – 5.30pm.
Magnificent stately home in the middle of the Peak District. House to view, great gardens for children with trails, maze and water features, parklands and river for paddling. Farmyard situated next to the house has several animal barns, animal handling and good outdoor play areas.
New outdoor theatre sessions during the summer with some great Shakespeare classics, great to take a picnic to.
Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE. 01422 330069
Open term time Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-4pm (5pm Saturday & Sunday), open daily in school holidays 10.00-5pm
Approx 1 hour 20 mins drive from Hull is this interactive children’s museum. Great family day out, lots of interactive, hands on exhibits for children that are fun and educational
Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL
Open weekends in March, daily from April – November. Located near Southampton so need to visit as part of a holiday.
Fabulous day out. Peppa Pig World is exactly like the TV show and amazing for children, kept in beautiful gardens with good small rides. The rest of the theme park is also suitable for young children, only a few rides are too big for under 5s. Well worth a trip if you are near the area, ideal for 2-5 year olds.
A 2 hour drive from Hull you’ll find The Forbidden Corner – dubbed as The Strangest Place in the World. A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!
Well worth a visit with kids of all ages if you can stand the long drive. Admission is by pre-booked tickets only, call 01969 640638 to buy or reserve tickets.
Open every day from 1st April – 4th November then Sundays until Christmas.
Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 6pm (or dusk if earlier). Sundays and bank Holidays 10 am – 6pm (or dusk if earlier).
Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TQ.
Bowness-on-Windemere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX. 0844 504 1233
Located in the southern Lake District, a fabulous attraction for children, especially those who love Peter Rabbit on Cbeebies! Walk through areas with all the characters, including outside in Mr McGregors garden.
Near Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW. 2 hours drive from Hull.
Excellent theme park and zoo for all ages. Thomasland is full of rides ideal for under 5s, very realistic to the books/TV show. Large zoo and outdoor dinosaur walk and playground. Main theme park has a variety of rides from big thrill rides for the grown ups and fun rides for children, plus train ride and boat trip on the lake. Good selection of food outlets, all reasonably priced and all selling meal kids boxes and snacks.
Themed hotel on site to stay in is good quality and has large outdoor park for children.
Just over an hour’s drive from Hull is Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln, which is a series of flooded gravel pits and associated habitats full of wildlife, walks and trails. There is an extensive network of paths, waymarked trails of varying lengths (between 1 and 3 miles) and several birdwatching hides. Paths are mostly wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and also suitable for bikes. Lovely day out with the family.
Facilities on site include toilets, shop, cafe, picnic area, disabled toilet, baby change, and an outdoor play area.
Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln LN6 9BW
Mansfield Road, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8HL.
Open daily from 10am. Located in Sherwood forest approx 1 hour 20 minute drive from Hull
Large farm with lots of animal fields to walk around, animal barns, reptiles, birds, outdoor play area