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
This is a great place for a walk and to watch birds, around half a million birds gather here every year and nest on the cliffs and ledges. The Seabird Visitor Centre has self-guided trails (including a Puffin Trail, Gannet Trail and Scavenger Bug Hunt Trail) and Discovery Backpacks for kids, which can be hired throughout the year.
The centre is open from 9.30am – 5pm (Summer) and 9.30am – 4pm (Winter). With free entry for RSPB members.
RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Cliff Ln, Bridlington YO15 1JF.
This Local Nature Reserve is a special place where the landscape reveals a secret past. Discover this changing nature reserve where you can enjoy a stroll around a delightful fruit orchard. Fields across the reserve are being transformed back into a traditional parkland landscape. Venture into the new wood and see how quickly it is becoming a valuable home for wildlife.
Beverley Parks, which covers 49 acres, was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2006 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community.
There is a small car park. Starts on Long Lane near Beverley Minster (Long Lane, Beverley HU17 0NJ) and heads out towards Dunswell.
Very large grassy open space just outside Beverley ideal for picnics, ball games and walks in the summer and sledging in the snow. Cattle roam freely and Beverley racecourse is located on it too, you can walk right around the back of the racecourse for a good walk.
Burton Bushes is a good woodland area for children to explore (lots of bluebells in Spring) located on the opposite side of the road to the racecourse at the end closest to the A1079 roundabout.
York Road, Beverley, HU17 8RG
Closed now until March 2021.
New Reggio Emilia based forest school in Sancton. Black Beard Forest School gives children the opportunity to develop important skills not taught in a classroom environment. They can learn ecological literacy and numeracy, problem-solving, negotiation, resilience, risk, and independence. We do this by facilitating and encouraging the freedom to explore a play-based curriculum.
‘Curious About’ are a series of booklets for different cities which contain guided walks and things to spot/find out on the way. Curious About Hull has 2 walks from Queens Gardens to Trinity Square and Trinity Square to Minerva Pier, each around 1 mile, with 36 questions to find on the way around.
They are aimed at adults and children 6 years and over and cost £5.99 for an instant download (to print at home or use immediately on your mobile device) or £6.50 & P&P for a printed booklet. You can find it online here.
Code Curious15 at checkout for 15% discount on purchases over £10.
Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, YO18 7LT (just off the A169 Pickering to Whitby road)
Approx 1 hours drive from Hull is this great forest to explore. Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover. Lots of tracks for walking and cycling of different abilities.
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!
Find a full list of walks, nature reserves and countryside places to visit on this East Riding of Yorkshire Council website – https://eastridingcoastandcountryside.co.uk/
There are also walking routes and directions on this website – http://www.walkingtheriding.co.uk/
This Local Nature Reserve is a special place where families can walk and explore. Discover this peaceful nature reserve where you can enjoy a stroll around the wildlife ponds and tree-lined old railway. The series of borrow pits provide valuable wetland areas for wildlife, where plants and animals are not disturbed.
Eastrington Ponds, which covers 23 acres, was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2002 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community. There is a large pond, meadows, old railway line and borrow pits to explore. Car park on site.
Find it at Howden Road, Eastrington, Goole, DN14 7PL
Closed during the 2nd National Lockdown, open again after
Are you looking for your own unique adventure at this time? Well, here it is! Hire your very own private woodland for the day at Bainton (YO25) and enjoy time in the great outdoors, relaxing, having a picnic or campfire with friends and family. Bookings for private woodland day hire. Undercover picnic benches, an undercover fire circle, compost toilet and tree swing all within 4 acres of magical woodland make this an ideal day out for all the family!
Contact to book or for further details on 07817 546075, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The regions only all weather 1km cycle circuit next to the Ennerdale Leisure Centre, offering a number of loops and straights for all cycling abilities, to help gain confidence and develop cycling skills.
Open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 9.30pm & Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Sometimes it’s booked out to a club or school so please call ahead to check it is available for public use.
Adult £4.20 per hour, child £2.10 per hour, under 5s Free. All age children welcome, must have a helmet on and under 8s need an adult with them aged 16 or over.
Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Sutton Rd, Hull HU7 6EA 01482 331136
You can find a full list of places that have stayed open for walks and fresh air during the latest lockdown (commencing 5th January 2021) here.
Far Ings is a nature reserve situated on the south banks of the Humber (easily within biking distance over the Humber Bridge). Lots of ponds and gravel paths to walk along and explore. Some are buggy/wheel chair accessible, as are 2 of the bird hides. Lots to explore and plenty of wildlife to see. No dogs are permitted onto the reserve. There is also a Visitor centre, toilets, gift shop, picnic area, and a baby change.
The reserve is open all year round. The Visitor Centre Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays 1-4pm. Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm
Far Ings Road, Far Ings, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5RG.
A nice green space within Kingswood with labyrinth, pond, wooden carved animals, all pram, bike friendly.
You can access Foredyke Green on foot from both sides between Kesteven Way and Bude Road (arriving by car the postcode is HU7 3EJ). There is a small layby next to the bus stop where you can park for free or there are plenty of side streets here parking is available. Alternatively, there is customer parking at Home Bargains on Bude Road (please check local signage for time limits). You can walk through from Home Bargain’s car park into the south sides of Foredyke Green.
Hessle Foreshore is a great place to go on a sunny day. Park for free in a small car park off Livingston Road and follow the path Jean’s Walk down to the foreshore. You can either go down onto the stones, or you can follow Jean’s Walk all the way along to the main part of the Foreshore. The path is part of The Yorkshire Wolds Way and is great for bikes or scooters and you can follow it along the banks of the river Humber. It’s a very picturesque part of Hull, the view of the bridge is stunning.
Cliff Rd, Hessle HU13 0HE.
Become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer with Hidden Horizons.
Based in Scarborough, they offer regular sessions for families along the coast as well as private bookings (including school trips), ideal for birthday parties and other special occasions. Their experienced leaders will show you the amazing secrets hidden on our coast, from 180 million year old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures that call it home today. Including:
For more information call 01723 817017, 07964 759433 or email email@example.com.
Hornsea mere is the largest fresh water lake in Yorkshire. Taking in part of the Sutton to Hornsea trail, you can walk around the mere through woodlands, meadows and farmland. Lots of ducks and geese to feed.
Hornsea Mere, Hornsea HU18 1AX.
This pleasant, 2-3 mile walk forms part of the Hudson Way, and runs along the track bed of the old railway from the centre of Market Weighton to Goodmanham. This walk is mainly level and suitable for pushchairs, but there are bigger slopes up to 1: 6 if you choose to return via Goodmanham.
Start at the free car park in Londesborough Road, Market Weighton.
Humber Bridge Country Park (or Little Switzerland as it is known locally) is a 48 acre wood with open meadows and wildlife ponds. Some of the meadows are kept neat to enable picnics and games in the summertime, others are left wild to encourage wildlife. There are various walking trails to choose from, varying in length and ability, and along each trail you will have the opportunity to spot birds, butterflies, and even newts and fish in the ponds. A fantastic free family day out; wet weather gear essential during the winter months!
The park is accessible to all, wheelchairs and pushchairs can gain access from the Hessle Foreshore entrance. Alternatively you can park in the Humber Bridge carpark and walk down into the park (expect lots of steps).
Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0HB
Picturesque Nature Reserve in Hull especially in Autumn. Small lakes and good graveled paths ideal for prams. Popular with dog walkers. Located behind Sutton Park Golf Club, Hull. Follow the signs to the Driving Range (up East Carr Road) then the brown signs to the Loglands car park.
East Carr Rd, Hull HU8 9LR.
Lovely wooded area, which is also a local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. There is a nice circular walk, and also a more challenging route of hundreds of steps up the valley – with excellent views at the top. Great for bluebells in spring. Also 1 pub and 1 cafe in Millington for food afterwards.
Located just north of the village of Millington, 4 miles north east from Pocklington.
Noddle Hill is a nature reserve situated close to Bransholme in North Hull. Supported by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is popular year-round due to the presence of wildlife ranging from flycatchers and cuckoos to water voles, otters, deers and grass snakes. The site also boasts a good fishing lake.
Noddle Hill Way, Hull, HU7 4YP.
Ideal for children on bikes is this mile long footpath (no cars) starting at North Cave playground. Take the road opposite (Church Lane) over the bridge and to where the road turns left into Nordham, go through the turnstlye and onto the path to Hotham.
North Cave Wetlands was developed on the former site of a large sand and gravel quarry. With so much wildlife to see, any time of year is a good time to visit this reserve. There is a circular path which runs around the outskirts of the reserve, and this has been partly resurfaced to allow good access for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There are various hides dotted around the site, which are great for spotting all those birds. Also on site you will find toilets, cafe and refreshments and a picnic area.
Dryham Lane, North Cave, near Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU15 2LY.
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.
A wooded area situated just off the main road to walk and explore, great for collecting leaves in Autumn and hunting for Gruffalo’s all year round! Millers Tea Shop on the opposite side of the road is lovely for a snack afterwards.
Situated on Riplingham Road (between the A164 and South Cave), park opposite Raywell Hall and head up the hill.
A hidden gem at Goole, with secluded lakes and gentle walks. Oakhill is a 150 acre nature reserve with ponds, meadows, wetlands and woodlands, stretching out beyond Goole. It is home to stunning dragonflies, beautiful butterflies and fascinating amphibians and reptiles. The reserve has a rich bird life and a wonderful variety of flowers and fungi.
Car park on site. Find it just off the M62 junction 36 at 4A Lidice Rd, Goole DN14 6XL
Starts from behind the Hayride pub (Grange Way), Beverley, follow the path towards Molescroft.
Old railway line now a good path for prams and children’s bikes to walk/ride on.
A little gem of fishing lakes and an old folly. Fishing competitions take place here (they ask children to be quiet when on) but when the lakes are quiet its great for children to explore. A 3 mile walk ‘the risby round’ sets off from the car park and goes through the woods and lakes. Excellent cafe the Folly Lake Cafe in the car park.
Located off the A164 from Beverley to Cottingham . Take the Walkington exit (Walkington Road) for 100yds then take the 1st left for Little Weighton. Risby Park is on the right 1/2 mile down Dunflat Road.
Risby Park Fishing Ponds, Risby Park, Dunflat Road, Risby, Nr Beverley. HU17 8SS
Lots of sections of the foreshore are great to walk on –
Victoria Dock to The Deep – good paths run all along the waterfront.
Hessle Foreshore to North Ferriby – a wide path ideal for prams or children’s bikes runs along here with the river is on one side and the train track on the other for children to watch. Plenty of parking available, drive through the Country Inn car park and there is a dedicated car park at the start of the trail
North Ferriby – Take the public footpath from the corner of Church Road and Ings Lane and you come to open fields and the river, horse stable and donkeys to see too.
South Bank – If you cross the Humber Bridge, there is also a very accessible track along the banks of the Humber, great for bikes and walks, and also for dipping in and out of the 2 nature reserves located in this area (Water’s Edge and Far Ings). Lots of wildlife to see in these areas.
Walk along the River Hull. All stretches from Sutton Road Bridge to Wawne have good paths and are suitable for prams. A nice section to join is from behind David Lloyds down to Ennerdale passing the back of Haworth Hall.
The path on the lower section gets tricky below Sutton Road Bridge but carries on past Oak Road Playing fields. From B&Q the path isn’t suitable
Skidby Windmill has an excellent playground and field behind it, park in the main car park and access up the path. Carry on from the Mill field on the public footpath and it leads back into Skidby or down to Eppleworth. This path is not paved/gravelled so can get very muddy.
The Windmill Cafe (Sails Cafe) does excellent lunches and cakes for afterwards
The Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve at Drax Power Station is a lovely area for children to explore, plus there is a nature trail and picnic area. The actual nature reserve is on Barlow Mound, a site where un-recycled waste products from the power station were sent. The area has been reclaimed and transformed into an area of natural beauty. There are over a 100 species of wildlife, including endangered and rare species on the site, as well as plenty of rest areas and nature walks. Open to the public and also offer experience for school children to learn about nature.
Skylark Centre and Barlow Nature Reserve, Park Lane, Barlow, Selby YO8 8JW.
The old railway line runs from Sutton village to Hornsea, good paths on all sections ideal for doing part or all of the trail with bikes and/or prams. Forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
Located not far from Driffield in East Yorkshire, Tophill Low Nature reserve is an active Yorkshire Water treatment works built in 1959. It opened as a nature reserve in 1993 and has 12 hides spread across the site which is close to the river Hull. With woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, you will spot all sorts of wildlife – it is a perfect day out for avid birdwatchers. There are 160+ bird species, with over 60 readily visible even in mid winter.
You can also take part in their monthly Wildlife Walks – join the Warden at 10am on the first Saturday of every month for an informal 2hr guided walk to see the best the reserve has to offer through the year. No booking necessary, all ages and experiences welcome – just boots and binoculars.
No dogs allowed on site.
Adults £3.50 and Kids £1.80.
Nature Reserve, Tophill Low, Driffield YO25 9RH
A Mumbler favourite, just over the Humber bridge is this nature reserve (the blue roofed buildings you can see as from the bridge). Excellent paths and boardwalks around several lakes with ducks to feed and birds to spot. Paths then go through woods and up onto the river front for great views back to Hull and the bridge. Two good parks are located in the main car park. Free to walk around. Visitor centre has lots going on for children, activities and play area. Cafe within the visitor centre is great, good value kids meals.
Open weekdays 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 5pm
Waterfront, Maltkiln Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5JR. 01652 631500.
Start with a look at the duck pond in the village centre then take either Dale Road north from the village into Welton Dale or Kidd Lane north into Welton Dale for great views of the Humber. Very steep hill though, a real buggy burn!