Treat the kids to a fun-filled day out at these Yorkshire attractions, which have all re-opened safely.
It’s time to treat the kids to a fun-filled day out. You can round up the youngsters and visit one of these family-friendly attractions that have re-opened across Yorkshire. They all have social distancing measures in place, so you can stay safe while having fun. From magical gardens to treetop adventures, there’s loads to do, so go on and get planning your next family trip.
A zoo and theme park rolled into one, Flamingo Land has all you need for an awesome family day out. You can spot rhinos, tapirs and red pandas in the zoo, before you get your blood-pumping on the rollercoasters. Little ones can enjoy smaller rides like the Twistosaurus, while older kids can whizz through the air on Mumbo Jumbo, a jungle-themed ride with a steep drop. There are social distancing measures and plenty of hand-sanitising stations across the park.
Cannon Hall Farm
One of the best family-friendly farms in Yorkshire, Cannon Hall is welcoming you back with social distancing measures in place. They’ve been busy behind closed doors, so there are lots of cute new arrivals for you to meet like Spindles the Llama and Sapphire the foal. Don’t miss their quirky group of alpacas or their fuzzy rare-breed sheep either. The adventure playground is open, complete with huge slides and towers for the kids to conquer.
St Aidan’s Nature Reserve
Why not take the kids on an outdoor adventure to St Aidan’s? This RSPB nature reserve is absolutely massive with loads of natural beauty to discover along their family-friendly trails. The kids will love splashing in puddles and spotting wildlife as you wind your way through a variety of habitats, from green meadows to marshy wetlands. They’re limiting numbers on the reserve and have a one-way system to help keep you safe.
St Aidan’s Nature Reserve, Allerton Bywater, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8DD. Walk-ins are welcome. Find out about their safety measures.
Thorp Perrow is a beautiful Victorian arboretum with loads for the family to see and do. You could spend hours roaming the picturesque 100-acre grounds and if the kids need to let off some steam there’s a great adventure playground. But that’s not all, because tucked in a corner of the walled garden is a wildlife centre. It’s home to meerkats, pygmy goats and birds of prey. They even put on awesome flight displays daily, so you can see the birds in action.
Helmsley Mystery Treasure Trail
You can explore the picturesque market town of Helmsley with a special murder-mystery themed treasure trail. It’s a 2-mile route and the special map is available to download online. Set off to find clues hidden in the town’s historic streets, buildings and monuments. Crack the codes and you’ll uncover the truth behind the Helmsley Mystery. It’s a great way to keep the whole brood active and entertained while exploring more of Yorkshire.
The Helmsley Mystery Treasure Trail takes place around Helmsley. Download the map online.
The Forbidden Corner
Nestled in the scenic Tupgill Park is The Forbidden Corner. Step inside this unusual attraction and you’ll be transported into an enchanted garden that’s filled with strange creatures and oddities. It’s an intriguing adventure for kids and adults alike, with stepping stones to hop across, labyrinthine passages to follow and topsy-turvy doors that lead to nowhere. You’ll need to pre-book your time slot online to help maintain social distancing.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
You can take the family to see incredible artwork in the beautiful natural surroundings of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. There are over 500 acres to explore at the open-air gallery, with loads of imaginative sculptures for the kids to marvel at as you wander around the lake and venture through the trees. Keep your eyes peeled for cool historical features hidden in the grounds too, like the Obelisk and the shell grotto.
There are loads of activities for the whole family to get stuck into at Stockeld Park. This family favourite has re-opened for spring with safety measures in place and there’s plenty of fun to be had. From the Enchanted Forest to the Spider’s Lair, the kids can go wild on six different adventure playgrounds. They’ll have a blast clambering across the nets and zooming down the slides. The pedal go-karts aren’t to be missed either – why not challenge the youngsters to a race around the track?
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to loads of cool creatures. We’re talking lions, tigers and even polar bears. Want to get right up close? You can walk through the wallaby and lemur enclosures – they’re a friendly bunch and might even pose for a photo or two. The outdoor adventure playgrounds are back open for the kids to enjoy too – just make sure you follow social distancing guidance and make use of the hand sanitising stations.
If you’ve got a family of thrill-seekers on your hands, why not spend the day swinging through the treetops at Go Ape? They’ve got extra safety measures in place to allow social distancing both on the ground and in the trees. Take on their famous Treetop Challenge and you’ll soar through the woodland 15 metres high, with wobbly platforms and huge zip lines to tackle along the way. They also have a special course designed for younger kids, so nobody has to miss out.