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

Caistor Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5QP. 01652 633297

Free admission and parking. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 12noon-4pm.

Georgian house and parklands on the edge of Barton. The house is now a museum with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.

Beverley Minster

Minster Yard North, Beverley, HU17 0DP.  01482 868540

Open weekdays 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 12.00noon – 5.00pm

Walk around the beautiful Beverley Minster or ask the Welcomer about a guided tour, guides are very experienced and great with children. Roof tours also available for a charge (call to book).

East Hull Community Farm

Barham Road, Bilton Grange, Hull, HU9 4EE (next to Andrew Marvell Business College).  01482 783990

Admission is free to individuals and families, small charge for groups. Lots of farm animals to see plus a farm shop to buy produce from the farm (pork, lamb and eggs).

Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Closed weekends. Not open Good Friday or Easter Monday, or other Bank Holidays and close two weeks for Christmas.

East Park

Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU.

Hull’s largest park. A great day out for children with lots to do. Several play areas, lake, splash boat, good animal enclosures

Feren’s Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA. 01482 300300.

Free art gallery. 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 childrens activities and events, Mini Masterpieces and Gallery Expedition are under 5s session and there are sessions for older children during school holidays.

Fish Trail

Find and follow the unique pavement of fish around Hull’s Old Town

Starts from Queen Victoria Square, ends on Whitefriargate. Maps of the route are available from Tourist Information (1 Paragon Street, Hull, HU1 3NA) and certificates available upon completion

Holy Trinity Church Hull

King Street, Hull, HU1 2JJ.   01482 224460


Tuesday to Thursday 11.00am – 3.00pm

Friday and Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday 9.00am – 3.00pm

Hull’s most historic church, very friendly and welcoming and open most days to have a look around inside.

Informal family service at 9.30am on Sunday. Also run a toddler group at 10.00 on Fridays.

Hull Marina and Fruit Market

Have a walk around the marina, there’s hundreds of boats to see and the opening of the lock gates to watch.

Humber Street and Humber Dock Street have plenty of free family friendly galleries to visit, Humber Street Gallery has a children’s gallery and activities upstairs. Nibble, the cafe next to C4DI at the end of the street is a great cafe for childrens (and adults) food.

Hull Train Station

Hull Paragon Interchange combines the Hull rail and bus station.

Children 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

Humber Bridge Viewing Area, Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0LN 01482 647161

First Sunday of every month

Over 100 Local food and craft stalls. Combine with a trip into Humber Bridge Country Park or a walk onto the Humber Bridge

9:00am – 1:00pm


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.


  • 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
  • Brough Library at the East Riding Petuaria Centre – Centurian Way, Brough, HU15 1DF. 0845 1225000
  • Cottingham Library – Market Green, Cottingham, HU16 5QG. 01482 392762
  • 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

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

History brought to life with live combat demonstrations, dramatic performances, talks and tours throughout the exhibition

Spurn Lightship

Hull Marina, Castle Street, Hull, HU1 1TJ. 01482 300300

Free to go on board to explore Hull Marina’s iconic boat. Open on selected dates, check before visiting.

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

Withernsea and Hornsea have pebble beaches for stone skimming and good fish and chips

Fraisethorpe 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.

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.

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

Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE. 01482 392780

Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am.

Free admission. Heritage centre and museum with plenty of activities for children, plus views of Beverley from the tower. Beverley Library is also in the same building.

World of Wonder at Hull Community Church

Hull Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue (corner of Cottingham Road and Newland Avenue), Hull.

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.

Yorkshire Waterways Museum

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

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

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.