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They’re open! Seven places to go now in and around York with your kids

York things to do

Confused about what the latest guidelines mean for things to do around York with your kids? We get it! Here’s a quick guide to where’s open now, in the city and beyond.

While kids are unlikely to be excited by the reopening of York’s beer gardens on April 12th, they’ll be leaping for joy to discover that some of the best family attractions in and around York have opened too (with the remaining ones opening on 17th May, all being well). Some of favourites were welcoming visitors already – from Castle Howard to Newby Hall, Dalby Forest and Mother Shipton’s, but here are some of the places that are open as of this week.


All the fun of the fair at The Web Adventure Park

Web Adventure Creepy Crawlies

While you’ll need to wait until May 17th for the full Creepy Crawlies indoor play experience, the outdoor area at The Web Adventure Park is open again at weekends. As well as the fun outdoor play equipment, sand and water play and animals, there’s even a fun fair with dodgems, tea cups and more. Visit their website for more info.


Jump around at Piglets Adventure Farm

Piglets Adventure Farm fun

Little Vikings Award-winning Piglets Adventure Farm is open again daily, and you can even boo your own beach hut as your base for a day out! Expect the usual Piglets fun, from jumping pillows to barrel train rides, crazy golf and water play. Visit the Piglets website to pre-book.


Peer at the penguins at Lotherton’s Wildlife World

Lotherton Wildlife World

Penguin lovers will be excited to hear that Wildlife World is open at Lotherton again, and is included in the admission price. Pre-booking is required, so visit the Lotherton website for more details and to book.


Outdoor fun at William’s Den

William's Den Yorkshire

Again, you’ll need to wait until May for William’s Den’s indoor play, but the outside area is open again. There’s a woodland walk, excellent play equipment, mud kitchen, den-building and more. You can even pack your tent and stay over at their campsite! Visit the William’s Den website to pre-book.


Furry friends and more at Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land

Although it’s not fully open yet, Flamingo Land has opened its doors and has plenty to offer for young families. As well as the zoo, there’s a selection of rides (visit their website for details of which ones) and a sea lion show. Visit the Flamingo Land website for all the details and to pre-book.


Lambs and llama at Beetle Bank Open Farm

Beetle Bank Farm York

Beetle Bank Farm is a lovely place to visit with young children, especially if they’re big animal fans (so that’s most of them). As well as an outdoor play area, there are plenty of animals to meet, a little cafe and plenty of space to run about. Visit the Beetle Bank Farm Facebook page for more details.


All about animals at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park Easter

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is one of the best places in York to learn about animals, and it’s reopening at weekends from Saturday 17th April. All tickets must be pre-booked online – visit the website for more details


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