Things To Do With The Kids In Yorkshire
Yorkshire is like a blank canvas of discovery, with so many features and places to chance upon. It is hardly a well-kept secret, but even so, if you have never visited Yorkshire you will need a guide, because the area is so vast and the attractions are so varied that you won’t want to waste a single minute.
As one of the biggest caravan sites in Yorkshire, the Harrogate Caravan Park is ideally located for you to use as a base as you take day trips in all directions. Of course these visits have to be suitable for everyone, and Yorkshire is a joyous landscape of adventure, education and culture that children can enjoy, so here is what we would recommend.
Not surprisingly given Yorkshire’s proud industrial heritage there are several museums based around the local customs, such as the National Railway Museum in York, the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield and Magna, the science and adventure museum in Rotherham. Leeds houses the Royal Armouries and the Thackray Medical Museum, while the Jorvik Centre, York Dungeon and the Chocolate Story all reside in York and the National Media Museum is in Bradford.
Sometimes you just need to give the kids free rein to run around and discover their own entertainment in a safe environment, and Yorkshire has plenty of attractions where you can do that. These include Eureka in Halifax, Lightwater Valley and Flamingo Land theme parks, Xscape dry ski slope near Castleford and the York Maze. Of course you also have numerous seaside towns along the east coast.
You would be foolish to visit Yorkshire and not take in some of the array of historical landmarks that have stood for thousands of years. There are numerous castles dotted around the area, such as in York, Scarborough, Ripley, Skipton, Richmond and Pickering. Abbeys and their associated ruins are a great place for kids to play, and the best of these can be found at Fountains Abbey and Bolton Abbey, while stately homes in beautiful grounds, such as Castle Howard and Harewood House, have great facilities for the whole family.
A trip to Yorkshire wouldn’t be complete without simply admiring the scenery and taking in the unspoilt wonder, while the kids can explore the endless open spaces. This is best experienced at RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate, in the Yorkshire Dales or North Yorkshire Moors National Parks, Brimham Rocks or Roundhay Park in Leeds.
You can find plenty of precious nuggets of local culture tucked away in Yorkshire’s many tiny villages, but the big cities also have plenty of interest for the kids. Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Barnsley has something for everyone, as does the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. Meanwhile, Yorkshire has several big theatres all serving up something for the kids, such as the Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Alhambra and the Opera House.
Always a winner with the little ones, Yorkshire is awash with farms and theme parks in which you can see animals happily enjoying the Yorkshire life as much as you. The best ones are Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Temple Newsam Farm and the Scarborough Sea Life Centre.
All the above are easily accessible from the Harrogate Caravan Park, sometimes allowing you to combine two or three ‘things to do’ in a day, and the only trouble you will find is fitting everything into your stay.