Days Out

Free Days Out

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 

Baysgarth House – Barton on Humber

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


Beverley Minster

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

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.


Feren’s Art Gallery

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 – East Park

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 and Fruit Market

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 Minster

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:

  • Saturday activities
  • Regular events of music, arts, performance and markets.
  • Children’s trails
  • A Midweek Toddler Group
  • Sunday Groups

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 Train Station

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.


Hull’s Museums

All of Hull’s museums are free – Streetlife, East Riding Museum, Arctic Corsair, Maritime Museum, Hands on History Museum.

See Museums section for details


Humber Bridge Farmers Market

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.


Libraries

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.

Hull:

  • Anlaby Park Library – The Greenway, Anlaby High Road, HU4 6XH. 01482 614483
  • Avenues Library – 76 Chanterlands Avenue, HU5 3TS. 01482 331280
  • Bransholme Library – North Point Shopping Centre, Goodhart Road, HU7 4EF. 01482 331234
  • Central Library – Albion Street, HU1 3TF. 01482 210000
  • East Park Library – East Park (next to the cafe), Holderness Road, Hull. 01482 318830
  • Fred Moore Library – Wold Road, HU5 5UN. 01482 331239
  • Freedom Centre Library – The Freedom Centre, 95 Preston Road, HU9 3QB. 01482 710100
  • Gipsyville Library – 728-730 Hessle High Road, HU4 6JA. 01482 616973
  • Greenwood Avenue Library – 220 Grenwood Avenue, HU6 9RU. 01482 331257
  • Holderness Road Library at the Holderness Road Customer Service Centre – 1 The Mount, HU9 2AH. 01482 318830
  • Ings Library – Savoy Road, HU8 0TY. 01482 331250
  • Longhill Library – St Margaret’s Church, Shannon Road, HU8 9PD. 01482 331530
  • Waudby Library – Waudby Centre, Hull, HU9 5LD. 01482 331 264
  • Western Library – 254 Boulevard, HU3 3ED. 01482 331217

East Riding:

  • Anlaby Library at the East Riding Leisure Centre (Haltemprice) – 120 Springfield Way, Anlaby, HU10 6QJ. 0845 1225000
  • Beverley Library – Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE
  • Brough Library at the East Riding Petuaria Centre – Centurian Way, Brough, HU15 1DF. 0845 1225000
  • Cottingham Library – Market Green, Cottingham, HU16 5QG. 01482 392762
  • Driffield Library – Driffield Centre Cross Hill, Driffield, YO25 6RQ
  • Hedon Library –31 St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, HU12 8EY. 01482 897651
  • Hessle Library at the Hessle Centre – Southgate, Hessle, HU13 0RB. 0845 1225000
  • Hornsea Library – 77 Newbiggin, Hornsea, HU18 1PA. 01964 532561
  • Market Weighton Library at the Wicstun Centre – 14 Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 3JP. 0845 1225000
  • North Ferriby Library – 11 Church Road, North Ferriby, HU14 3DA. 01482 632227
  • South Cave Library – 97 Church Street, South Cave, HU15 2EP. 01430 422901
  • Swanland Library – Swanland Village Hall, Main Street, Swanland, HU14 3QR. 01482 634896
  • Willerby Library – 50 Main Street, Willerby, HU10 6BZ. 01482 658007

Royal Armouries Museum Leeds

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


Seven Seas Fish Trail

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.


Spurn Lightship

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.

Access to The Spurn Lightship 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


The Coast

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.


Treasure House & Beverley Art Gallery

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


World of Wonder at Hull Community Church

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 contact@wowhull.com

Hull Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2NB


Yorkshire Waterways Museum

A fun and interactive trip out for the whole family, with its relaxing canal side location, café, exhibits and boat tours round Goole’s historic docklands and beyond. FREE admission to the museum, charges for boat trips (contact museum for details of trips and charges). Various special fun activities/events at the museum.

Open Monday to Friday all year – 9am – 4pm.
Weekends and Bank Holiday (to 11th November 2018 only), 10am – 4pm.

Dutch River Side, Goole DN14 5TB. 01405 768730.


Yorkshire Wolds Railway

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 info@yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk

Fimber Halt, Beverley Road, Fimber, YO25 3HG.