Whatever your small people are in to, Yorkshire has something to offer. In fact, we’re so fortunate with the array of days out in Yorkshire that our young people are probably some of the most discerning when they step outside the county. Spoilt for choice – from history to wildlife, nature and urban highlights, take your pick.
For the Transport Enthusiast
Two of the region’s best museums involve transport and both offer free entry. The National Railway Museum in York tells the story of rail travel and is in fact the UK’s largest railway museum. With activities suitable for the youngest Thomas fan through to the modern day train-spotter, there is no shortage of fun here. Additionally there is the Streetlife Museum of Transport in Hull where the family can come face to face with the sights, sounds and smells of the past. History comes alive with their authentic 1940s street.
For the Wildlife Lover
Kids are often drawn to the antics of animals, and whatever their favourite you’re bound to track them down in Yorkshire. The York Bird of Prey Centre is great for younger kids with a pets corner and hands-on experience. The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, near Sheffield, will delight with not only the fluttery encounters but talks and shows on all sorts including the much loved lemurs and meerkats. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park has some of the world’s larger animals on show, and watching the lions relax and take life easy is a wonderful pastime. For an animal encounter that is a little different, head to the Nidderdale Llamas and get up close to these fascinating animals.
For the History Buff
Yorkshire has a rich and varied history and there are plenty of places to explore our past. The National Coal Mining Museum in Overton is a free museum telling a very specific story of our heritage. With underground tours and free family history workshops it is an interesting day out. The Royal Armouries in Leeds is another free Yorkshire offering and will fill a day and more. With 6 themed galleries, with kids particularly drawn to the Tournament Gallery, it’s an amazing display of arms and armour. Little ones will enjoy the Jesters Yard Play Area, and older children can try their hand in the Crossbow Range. York Castle Museum is well worth a trip for a realistic wander down a Victorian street, as well as glimpsing life in a prison of days gone by.
For Peace, Space and Nature’s Beauty
We’re not just blessed with a National Park in our borders, but a bountiful choice of places to get out in the open air with the family. From the stunning parks of Roundhay in Leeds and Peasholm in Scarborough, we are also home to beautiful beaches such as Filey beach, and staggering natural beauty such as Malham Cove. Kids of all ages will enjoy a trip to Malham Cove where they can play surrounded by the natural amphitheatre along the stream, and Harry Potter fans will love exploring the Limestone Pavements.
Whatever your family are in to, pack up the picnic basket (remembering to put Vale of Mowbray Pork Pies on the shopping list first!), and head out for your next family adventure.