Much as we love York, there are lots of reasons to get in your car or hop on a train this summer. Set up the satnav and head out to one of these great places where there are summer activities galore.
Medieval fun at Scarborough Castle
There’s a range of medieval activities to try with the Hands on History Crew at this fantastic castle. From dressing up and craft activities, to dancing and sword fights – there’s something for everyone. Take your kite – this is a lovely windy spot with epic sea views. Scarborough Castle, Castle Road, Scarborough YO11 1HY – Throughout the summer – visit the website for dates & times
Explore Castle Howard with interactive activities
The glorious gardens of Castle Howard are coming to life this summer with interactive activities including woodland quests and survival challenges, from foraging to archery and crafts. Track down lost animals on the new children’s trail or set sail on a boat on the Great Lake.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA – 23rd July to 3rd September – for dates and times of specific activities, visit the website
Summer adventures at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
Borrow a little bike or trike and explore Beningbrough’s gardens. Don’t forget to head to the wilderness play area and build a den – biggest wins! There’s lots going on during the holidays – visit the website or pick up a flyer for full details. Highlights include getting close to creepy crawlies on Fridays in August. There are family art workshops in August too (Mon & Weds). Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD – Throughout the summer – visit the website for dates and times
Dalby, the Great Yorkshire Forest, covers over 8,000 acres of woodland for all the family to explore, enjoy and discover. There’s a play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, plus signposted walking and cycling trails for all abilities. Even if you’ve visited Dalby before, there’s always something else to try including Gruffalo spotting on the new interactive trail. Why not visit with the family and discover the magic of the forest this summer? It’s brilliant value, too. No admission fee, just pay to park (additional activities extra).
I Love The Deep
Explore Hull’s fantastic aquarium this summer, then help create a giant montage showcasing your favourite things about The Deep to celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture. Visit the new Loggerhead turtles, watch the penguins being fed and learn more about marine lift at the regular presentations. The Deep, Hull HU1 4DP – 22nd July to 3rd September 2017
Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants! Nick Sharratt Exhibition at Nunnington Hall
This fab exhibition will explore Nick Sharratt’s passion for drawing, from childhood to internationally renowned illustrator and author. You’ll see many of the well-known characters that Nick has illustrated over the years including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete, as well as a host of animals and much more. There’s lots of interactive activities too. Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants Nick Sharratt exhibition – Saturday 15th July to Sunday 10th September 2017
Garden Explorers at Brodsworth Hall
Get your green fingers at the ready for hands-on fun at Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster this summer. Join the Hands on History Crew for lots of garden-themed fun including storytelling, dressing up, bug hunts and a garden trail. Brodsworth Hall, Home Farm, Doncaster DN5 7XJ – Throughout the summer. For dates and times, visit the website
Seafarers at Whitby Abbey
Hear tales from life at sea, including Whitby’s most famous seafaring captain James Cook. Have a go at sea themed crafts and learn navigational skills to help you get home after a great day at the abbey. Fish and chips anyone?
Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, Whitby YO22 4JT – Throughout the summer – visit the website for dates & times
Pick your own fruit at The Balloon Tree
The Pick Your Own Trail is now open at The Balloon Tree, with lots of juicy fruit and vegetables to pick. Filling punnets with strawberries and raspberries is one of our favourites things to do in the warmer months, and The Balloon Tree is a great place to do it, with a lovely café and outdoor play area, shop full of tasty treats and even a few animals to meet!
The Balloon Tree, Stamford Bridge Road, York YO41 1NB – call 01759 373023 or visit the website for more information
Fairytale fun, magic and more at Piglets
There are new attractions and old family favourites at Piglets Adventure Farm this summer. Follow the new Fairytale Trail through the woodland to find out which fairy or woodland elf you are. There’ll be pig racing, daily foam parties and two new quests in the Maize Maze. That’s on top of the usual tractor and trailer rides, bouncing pillows, brilliant new play barn and much more.
Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST – July 22nd to September 3rd – Open daily 10am to 5.30pm
There are six weeks of themed activities from fashion to wildlife and all things Yorkshire. Every week of the holidays there’ll be something new, from themed crafts to events, outdoor games and trails. Visit the Lotherton Hall website for more details. Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB – 28th July to 3rd September, 11am to 4pm.