There are some fantastic places to take children on our doorstep and a short journey away.
These are some suggestions for paying and 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
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 from 13th July to Monday 2nd September, ideal for a school holiday day out (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.
Find a list of good, local parks and play areas on Mumbler here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Spurn Head is good for longer walks and spotting birds. Unfortunately in December 2013, a storm caused a long stretch of the access road to be washed away preventing vehicle access, and consequently Spurn is now a ‘tidal island’ with unpredictable tidal areas that can isolate the reserve from the mainland. So you can only access the point on foot (check tide times!), but on a good day it’s a beautiful walk. There is also a Discover Centre located at Spurn where you can learn about the history of the area. (Spurn Discovery Centre, Spurn Road, Kilnsea, Hull HU12 0UH).
Withernsea and Hornsea have pebble beaches for stone skimming and good fish and chips.
Fraisthorpe is a quiet and more sheltered beach ideal for children. Parking is cheap in the farmers field above but getting down to the beach with a lot of children’s things can be tricky. There are refreshment vans in the car park and nice toilets at the car park entrance. The beach is used by windsurfers and kite surfers giving children plenty to watch. There is also The Cow Shed near the car park which is a lovely cafe serving food and drinks.
Danes Dyke – If you’re looking for something away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside towns, then Danes Dyke, near Bridlington (YO15 1AA) is perfect. Declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2002 it is one of the finest stretches of coast land on the east coast. Get down to the beach by walking from the car park down the steep surfaced road. If the tide is out the beach is very flat and sandy, with a pebble and rock area closer to the cliffs, plenty of opportunities for exploring and discovering sea life in the rock pools. There is also cafe and toilet block in the car park.
Bridlington is a great day out. Parking at South Shore park & ride is recommended, you can access the South Shore beach via good steps, or get the bus or walk from there to Bridlington’s south beach. The south beach has recently been renovated to be a lovely beach with nice toilets, cafes and a small splash stream running along the promenade. The land train also runs into town from here. From the old harbour you can watch the fishermen, take your own crabbing and fishing equipment and fish from the harbour wall or take a boat ride. Amusements and arcades are located north of the harbour. The Bridlington Spa Theatre also has some good children’s shows throughout the year.
Cayton Bay is a quiet beach just before you arrive at Scarborough (on the coastal road), it’s quite a steep walk down to the beach (just about manageable with buggies) but it’s worth it when you get there to see the wide sweeping bay. Perfect for beach games, sunbathing, fossil hunting, paddling, surfing. Great facitilites, including a small shop, cafe and toilets.
Scarborough can be reached in just over an hours drive (or direct train from Hull or Beverley) and has loads to do for children from donkey rides on the beach to walking up to the old castle. Driving from Beverley takes you on a very scenic drive past Driffield and over the wolds ending in the dramatic drop down Staxton Hill.
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com
Fimber Halt, Beverley Road, Fimber, YO25 3HG.