There are some fantastic places to take children on our doorstep and a short journey away.
These are some suggestions for free days out nearby. If you have any other suggestions for a day out that you have enjoyed, or want to feature your attraction, please contact us here
June 2021 – Baysgarth House is temporarily closed for refurbishment.
Georgian house on the edge of Barton. Staffed mainly by a team of dedicated volunteers, Baysgarth House Museum celebrates the lives of local people through permanent and temporary exhibitions. The surrounding Baysgarth Park has facilities for all the family and is the setting for summer events and plays. Free admission and parking.
March- October Thursday – Sunday & Bank Holidays 12pm – 4pm.
November – February Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
Caistor Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5QP. 01652 633297
Walk around the beautiful Beverley Minster, which has been a place of prayer for over 1300 years. You can walk around yourself admiring the architecture, or alternatively for a fee, floor and roof tours are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April onward (booking essential). The guides are very experienced and great with children, they will guide you around the history of the Minster, and show you amazing things normally hidden from public view.
Open weekdays – April – October: 9am – 4.45pm. November – March: 9am – 4pm. Sundays – 12noon – 5pm.
Minster Yard North, Beverley, HU17 0DP. For more information about the tours call 01482 868540.
We are lucky to have some fantastic coastline in our region and a walk on the beach or cliff tops is a great day out all year round, here’s a list from north to south along our East Coast:
PLEASE PLEASE respect the local residents, take your rubbish home, park responsibly and remember that many of the local community have retired to these beautiful locations and therefore many are in the “vulnerable” bracket for COVID19.
Wide open beach to play, run and walk. Lifeguard on duty. Lovely pier and there is a lift down the cliff to the beach, plus there’s even a miniature railway! There are some arcades, a few cafés and some little shops. Dog friendly. Port Mulgrave is a perfect beach for sand and finding fossils as it combines sandy and rocky.
Really quaint with golden sands. Only a few shops and cafés. Fishing village with nice harbour area but not much beach to walk on. Do check the tide times before going. It is very hilly.
Believed to have been the busiest smuggling community on the coast in the 18th century – this historic fishing village is known for worldwide for its steep main street leading visitors down through a tangle of alleyways and side streets packed with quirky shops including the Dinosaur Museum, cafes and pubs to a family-friendly beach complete with rock pools. Beware it is very hilly down to the beach. Make sure you check the tide times!
One of the most intriguing places on the Yorkshire Coast for those interested in history, the spectacular clifftop. Ravenscar was once an important part of the British dyeing industry: the peak alum works is now a National Trust site. Like many of the other towns and villages on the Jurassic Coast, it’s a magnet for fossil hunters.
Hidden gem just a couple of miles north of Whitby. Lovely beach in a cove that provides a lagoon for children to play in with their boats and body boards. Lifeguards throughout the peak season. Lovely local pub and café for food….and lots of ice cream! 5 minutes from Whitby for fish and chips. Perfect place for a lovely family day out. Like most places, Sandsend has been very busy in 2020.
Whitby offers year round fun with its Blue Flag beaches and myriad attractions, including the world-famous steam-powered North Yorkshire Moors Railway. 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. West Cliff includes other children’s activities including bumper boats, trampolines, pitch and putt, and crazy golf. There is also a tourist shop selling buckets and spades and ice creams. The large west cliff car park is near the Whitby Leisure centre. Lovely sheltered sandy beach in the centre of Whitby with easy access that is perfect for all ages. The East Cliff stands above a very rocky coast full of fossils (check the tides before venturing down though, it comes back very fast).
Scarborough has stunning scenery, glorious beaches and loads to do! North Bay is a big open beach with cafés & a few shops. This long stretch of golden sandy shores is perfect for a sandcastle competition, and when you’re done, why not take off your shoes and go for a quick dip in the sea? There’s bright beach huts behind it, the ruins of an 11th century castle, and you could even go rock pooling here – phew! it is a Life guarded beach. South Bay is arcades, cafes etc together with access to a sandy beach. Donkeys are normally in situ in summer. Walk towards the Spa and further where the crowds tend to thin. It is possible to walk between the two, North and South Bay.
It is a rocky beach that is perfect for a family adventure, and that’s great for little explorers. Once you emerge from the coastpath, you’ll come out next to not one, but two spectacular waterfalls! Hiding in the rocks, keep your eyes peeled out for little creatures hidden among the rocks and boulders, plus it’s a great spot for some fossil hunting. Dog friendly.
Wide sweeping bay, dog-friendly beach, affordable parking and great facilities. Lucy’s Beach Shack sells snacks, sandwiches and a vast array of beach toys. Cayton Bay is popular with holidaymakers and a beautiful place to explore, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. A favourite with surfers, bird watchers, fun-seekers and fossil hunters, or those who just want to relax and unwind. Great rock pools and some fantastic fossils to be found. Parking is £5 in the car park or free on the road. Toilets near the surf shop. It is quite a steep path to and from the beach.
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. The Brigg is great for a long walk, loads of rock pools to play in and explore. Be careful when you walk past the cliff end, it can be very windy. Before setting off, check the tide times, its further than you think! With its glorious sweep of soft golden sand, Filey beach is one of the best in the country for families! If you take your dog, there are parts of the beach which are designated dog free zones. Children love the Cobble Landing where they can see the fishing boats being taken out to see with the tractors or visit the Lifeboat, inshore and outshore. Interesting fact….Filey coble landing is named after the coble fishing boats. Visit Paul at Barnes Ice Cream or try the fish and chips from the Cobble Landing Fish Bar, I think they are the best. The Amusements and the Fair have been entertaining children for years. You can park at the Country Park (great play area here) with a slight hill to the beach at the back of the Sailing Club. Glen Gardens also has a great play area and the boating lake is always fun. Car park up here too, with access to the beach.
Great with kids as it’s never packed with people so kids have loads of room to play without the worry of them being lost in a crowd. However, this has been busier in 2020 than in previous years.
£5 for parking all day.
Thornwick Bay is excellent for rock-pooling, has several small caves and a magnificent sea arch. This beautiful rocky bay is on the north coast of Flamborough Head and is well worth a look. This is not suitable for a pushchair
Car park at the top with toilets (open). Costs £1.80 for over 2 hours. Steep enough walk down to the beach but level so pram is possible as long as you are feeling strong on the way home!
Pebbly / rocky beach with lots to explore including, rock pools, an arch and caves. Puffins, razorbills and gulls can be seen on the cliffs. Be careful of the tide as you can get cut off quickly.
Flamborough’s famous white cliffs enclose a dramatic bay with caves and chalk arches, and boasting a fabulous lighthouse! It has two – one active, and one dating to 1674, making it the oldest surviving complete lighthouse in England. You can climb the 119 steps of the Flamborough Lighthouse to see the magnificent views. The village is just a couple of miles from Bempton, one of the UK’s most famous RSPB reserves, hosting gannets and puffins amongst other sea birds. The Living Seas Centre on South Sea Road (South), Flamborough, YO15 1AE has information and education facilities.
Jutting out miles into the North Sea, the headland has in the past been effectively cut off by the construction, in the Iron Age, of the erroneously named Danes’ Dyke, which encloses five square miles of the peninsula. The end of the Dyke is a deep ravine on the south side of the Headland, where it exits into Bridlington Bay There are a number of nature trails in the Dyke which can be accessed easily from the car park off the main Bridlington to Flamborough Road. Danes Dyke, Flamborough Head, Flamborough, East Yorkshire YO15 1AG
Bridlington has lovely wide promenades, glorious beaches, an historic harbour and a fascinating, arty Old Town with galleries and antique shops. Bridlington Spa has a variety of acts to suit all tastes and ages. Bridlington leisure centre is great for a rainy day complete with climbing wall and health suite! The Land Train operates in summer from the park an ride to Sewerby. The beaches are really accessible, sandy and you can walk for miles from South Bay.
Situated just down from Bridlington. Its a lovely beach where you park in a field and just pop onto the beach. Lots of space to run and play. Dog and child friendly. There is also The Cow Shed near the car park which is a lovely cafe serving food and drinks. No lifeguards. Parking is £5 for the day in summer.
Wide sandy beach is revealed when the tide goes out making it good for the kids and the dog to run around and let off some steam. No lifeguarding service and no facilities.
This quiet beach is a popular fishing spot and well worth a visit for a peaceful stroll. It’s also a great place to watch sand martins which nest in the cliffs from April to September. Barmston beach is six miles south of Bridlington and well worth a visit during summer.
Hornsea marks the end of the TransPennine Trail and is more of a classic seaside resort with a blue flag beach and an extensive stretch of sand and shingle. There are some nice gardens alongside a long promenade and plenty of parking with accessible town facilities accompany the beach.
An excellent beach for fossil hunters; Mappleton’s eroding cliffs reveal Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks including corals, molluscs ammonites and belemnites. Great place to discover a hidden treasure! Take care near the cliff edge as it is eroding into the sea and collapses unpredictably.
The traditional seaside resort is a family destination, with a sand and shingle beach backed by large rocks (sea defenses). If you climb the 144 steps to the top of Withernsea’s famous inland lighthouse – now a museum – you can take in breathtaking views of its long promenade and Blue Flag Beach.
The beach consists of a three-mile stretch of sand and shingle which runs around a narrow patch of land at the beginning of the Humber Estuary. It has excellent water quality and is a brilliant place for bird watching and fossil hunting. Check for ticks after visiting they can latch on!
East Hull Community Farm is a real working farm and open to the public. If you are lucky you may get to see lambs being born in the Springtime or Sheep sheared in June. The farm is set in almost 7 acres of land, most of which is taken up by fields for the animals. There is also a farm shop selling their own produce from the farm (pork, lamb eggs, plants). Admission is free to individuals and families, but there is a small charge for groups.
Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Closed weekends, bank holidays, Good Friday & Easter Monday. Also closed for 2 weeks at Christmas.
Barham Road, Bilton Grange, Hull, HU9 4EE (next to Andrew Marvell Business College). 01482 783990.
Open, advance booking required.
Free art gallery in Hull city centre. Explore a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, plus there is a regular program of temporary exhibitions and events. Includes a very good children’s area to play in and get creative and a good child friendly cafe (Cafe Venue Hull). They hold regular children’s activities and events, Mini Masterpieces and Gallery Expedition are sessions for the under 5s and sessions are available for older children during school holidays (see our school holiday section for more information).
Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA. 01482 300300.
Hessle’s whiting mill, the chalk mill on Hessle Foreshore, has been restored and re-opened of as part of the new Chalk Walk heritage trail. Free entry. Limited days open, please check before going. Find out more here.
Hull’s largest park, there’s something for everyone – you can take a stroll around 130 acres of parkland, brave a ride on our splash boat, take a trip on the swan and rowing boats, visit our animal education centre, ride the land train (weekends only) and visit the new library at the Pavilion and enjoy afternoon tea in our cafe. Plenty of equipment for the children to play on suitable for a good range of ages. You will also find a small skate park here, which you can access from the main road, near to Woodford Leisure Centre.
June 2021 Covid Update – The Animal Education Centre is open, but with limited capacity. It is still free to enter, but visits need to be booked in advance here.
East Park is located on Holderness Road and this is where the main access for vehicles is located. There are also pedestrian entrances on East Park Avenue, Summergangs Road, James Reckitt Avenue and Holderness Road.
Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU
Hull Marina is a beautiful place to visit, not only are there hundreds of boats to see, if you’re lucky you might see the opening of the lock gates as the boats come and go. It’s a lovely area for a stroll near the Humber Estuary, with lots of clean open space for the children to run around. Just near the Marina is the Fruit Market, located on Humber Street, which is a vibrant area full of things to see and do, including free art galleries, family friendly cafes such as Nibble to grab a bite to eat; it’s also often the location for festivals and celebrations during the summer months.
Humber Street, HU1 1UU.
June 2021 – Currently open for visits Friday and Saturday 12.00-3.30pm, face masks must be worn, and no toilets or hospitality available.
Hull’s most historic church, very friendly and welcoming and open most days to have a look around inside. Hull Minster is located in the heart of the Old Town Hull. They regularly run the following for families:
A cafe is available onsite and entry is free for all to enter.
Parish Centre, 10a-11 King Street, Kingston upon Hull HU1 2JJ
Hull Paragon Interchange combines the Hull rail and bus station.
If you’re in town, why not take the kids to the station where they can watch the trains coming in and out or, for a small fare, catch the train for a ride to Cottingham or Beverley station.
All of Hull’s museums are free – Streetlife, East Riding Museum, Arctic Corsair, Maritime Museum, Hands on History Museum.
See Museums section for details
First Sunday of every month 9am-1pm. Over 100 stalls serving food, drink, crafts and gifts. Combine with a trip into Humber Bridge Country Park or a walk onto the Humber Bridge
Humber Bridge Viewing Area, Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0LN. 01482 647161.
A trip to the library to choose and take out children’s books is a great activity to do for free. Below is a list of all the libraries in our area. Many libraries run Toddler Times, see Weekly Classes for listings.
Museum about the heritage of coal mining, including tours 140 metres below ground into one of Britain’s oldest working coal mines.
June 2021 Covid Update – Open Wednesday to Sunday, pre-booking required. Admission is free.
New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH. 01924 848806
June 2021 Covid Update – Facilities are open, pre-book online only
One of the largest natural sports lakes in North Yorkshire, we offer a range of fun, relaxing and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. You can challenge yourself, learn a new skill or make a splash! Nestled in picturesque countryside, just off the A170, near Wykeham (close to Scarborough). Open every day in the summer and October half term (check their website for other days open outside of this period).
Have a go at kayaking, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board or learn to sail, take a dip and go for an open water swim or take a peaceful trip on one of our electric mini ships or pedalos. Get away from it all on our 2.5km all-terrain walking and cycle track around the lake (FREE to use) whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. Take a bike ride along one of our cycle tracks or wind down with a relaxing walk whilst taking in the picturesque views. We are dog friendly too so bring yours along! (Please note all dogs must be kept on a lead to avoid disturbing nesting birds and wildlife). Finish off your day with a blast on our ever popular Aquapark, with some of the largest inflatable slides, climbing walls and trampolines in the region.
Family friendly cafe on site offering a selection of hot and cold food and drink. Enjoy the view and a cup of tea even if not partaking in any activities. All welcome. FREE PARKING, FREE ENTRY, #YOUONLYPAYTOPLAY.
Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough, YO13 9QU. 01723 865052.
Open – advance booking only.
History brought to life with live combat demonstrations, dramatic performances, talks and tours throughout the exhibition. Explore arms and armour from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays.
Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is free.
Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT
Rustic Riddle is a lovely cafe in Ulrome (near Skipsea) with indoor and outdoor seating. Also on the site for customers to explore is a nature trail, woodlands and pond, paddock and lots of animals to see. Walks surround the site and it is close to the beach.
NB Currently closed (Aug 2021), check before travelling.
Rustic Riddle, Bugg Lane, Ulrome, YO25 8TN.
Pick up a Seven Seas Fish Trail leaflet from Hull’s tourist information centre and follow a unique pavement of fish swimming around Hull’s Old Town and down to the beautiful riverfront. From shrimps to sharks, young and old will enjoy exploring the city and seeking out the fish. If you find all 41 fish you will receive a certificate on completion. The trail starts from Queen Victoria Square, and ends on Whitefriargate.
Tourist Information, 1 Paragon Street, Hull, HU1 3NA.
It’s free to climb aboard Hull Marina’s iconic boat – The Spurn Lightship – which guided ships safely through the treacherous River Humber for almost 50 years. Discover how it was used as a navigational aid and find out what life was like on board. An interpretation panel at the Marina explains its history and various parts for visitors when the ship is closed.
You can still view The Spurn Lightship in the Marina but access onto the ship was closed in 2018 due to being moved to a different location within the Marina to allow for major bridgeworks to be completed over the A63. It is expected to reopen in 2021 after conservation work and rejuvenated displays.
Hull Marina, Castle Street, Hull, HU1 1TJ. 01482 300300
Heritage centre and museum with plenty of activities for children, including hands on interactive exhibits, historical costumes to try on, and colouring sheets. Also a great view of Beverley from the tower. Beverley Library is also in the same building. Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am, admission is free.
Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE. 01482 392780
We have lots of great outdoor spaces and places to visit, most of which are free. Find a full list of those on Mumbler here.
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Wednesdays and Thursdays in term time, 10am – 5pm, the World of Wonder is open for families to use for free. Magical rooms with various imagination play equipment including a play kitchen, a faraway tree, a hobbit hole, sensory room and narnia props. Plus large hall with ride-ons to use. Free tea, coffee and toast and access to fairshare foods too.
Please note that only families can use the world of wonder room but anyone can come in and use the rest of the facilities. Please check times and sessions with them prior to going, different sessions on in school holidays.
For more information email email@example.com
Hull Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2NB
If you’re in the Driffield area, why not pop down to Fimber Halt and visit the Yorkshire Wolds Railway; a small heritage railway formed in 2008 on the trackbed of the former Malton & Driffield Junction Railway. You can take a ride in the locomotive cab “Sir Tatton Sykes” or have a look in the historical visitor centre set inside a cosmetically restored BR MK1 coach. Also on site is a gift shop, refreshments, as well as baskets of games to entertain the kids. Entry and car parking is free, however there is a small charge for cab rides.
Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from 21st April to 27th October. For more information call 01377 338053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fimber Halt, Beverley Road, Fimber, YO25 3HG.