Here at STAG Mumbler, we are always keen to hear your recommendations for great days out. From soft play centres to the great outdoors, from woodland walks to farms, we want to hear about them all. If you have any to recommend, simply drop us an email telling us all about them at email@example.com
Call before you go
As you will be aware, some classes, events and local businesses have been temporarily cancelled, or closed as a result of the pandemic. While we are delighted to see so many back open, some do still have restrictions in place. Please call in advance if you are heading anywhere, just to ensure they are open and to check on any restrictions that might be in place.
Until we are back to the new norm, we have pulled together a whole new webpage dedicate to keeping children busy and entertained here
Have a wonderful Summer break
Filling the 6 weeks can be hard, as can finding new and exciting things to do, while watching those pennies. Here at STAG, we want to try and help make things a little easier and offer you some inspiration.
Check out our STAG Mumbler – Summer Holidays Special
It’s never too late to tell us about great local events, clubs or groups. So if you’re a local business or one of our lovely mumblers heading somewhere great this Summer, do let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure we add it for other mumblers to see.
Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.
Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?
At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!
After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.
Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.
Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.
Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.
The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!
The park has several scenic picnic areas, a coffee and ice cream kiosk, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.
Themed events run during school holidays. For more information about family events visit our website.
Please check the website for up-to-date opening times and any unforeseen park closures.
In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!
Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.
Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!
In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!
Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!
Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!
For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit www.stockeldpark.co.uk
Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.
28th May – 5th June 2022
This Spring, the National Festival Circus are joining us for a half term filled with excitement! Every day throughout the Spring Adventure there will be three circus shows! (There are NO animals involved in the circus). Let your imagination run wild with the Stockeld Circus! A true feast for the eyes, a real family treat!
The National Festival Circus is a magical mix of laughter and excitement. Slapstick clowns, balancing equilibrists, fast tempo juggling, baffling magic, high flying diabolos, mesmerising spinning hoops and buckets full of fabulous fun.
Circus tickets are an add on to your Spring day passes, available on a first come, first served basis. Just select the date and time for your Spring Adventure, then before checkout, you can add your circus tickets onto your booking. Everybody requires a circus ticket, except for babes in arms.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333
The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.
You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!
Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.
Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.
The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.
The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.
There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.
You can book your magical potions experience online
9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ
‘Not only do you get a glorious garden, but also a grand country house.’ NT
Now dog friendly.
Near York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027
‘Whales, Wonders & Wildlife – there’s so much to discover inside and out! Home to the Constable family for over 700 years, Burton Constable is one of the most fascinating English country houses to survive with its historic collections.’ – BC, Aug 18
A great day out for all the family – includes onsite tearoom and gift shop and baby changing facilities.
Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN
T: 01904 562400
‘One of Britain’s finest historic houses and home .’ – CH, Aug 18
Offer: Book online and save
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333
‘Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line during WWII. Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original WWII Prisoner of War Camp.’ – EC, Aug 18
Malton, North Yorkshire,YO17 6RT
T: 01653 697777
An extraordinary family day out for children aged 0 to 11. Hundreds of hands on exhibits. Lots of specially trained staff to help you get the most out of your visit. Six unique zones each with a different theme to explore. Play once and play free all year!’ E
Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
T: 01422 330069
Tupgill Park Estate,Coverham,Middleham,Leyburn,North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ
T: 01969 640638
‘Family home and garden on the edge of York. Wandering around the Arts and Crafts house, you’ll discover family stories and chocolate history – this was the home of the Terry family.’ NT
27 Tadcaster Rd, Dringhouses, York, YO24 1GG
T: 01904 771930
Discover the history of the UK’s most inland port town, Goole. Experience the life, love and loss of the people and their industrial heritage at this community museum. From boat builder’s models and ship paintings to domestic life and leisure pursuits, transport yourself into the past.
If you’re visiting with children there’s plenty to do alongside exhibitions to make your visit fun and interesting. Enjoy interactive exhibits about living and working in Goole, diving, and docks.
Under 5s can play with sea themed activities or borrow Explorer resources to make fascinating discoveries around the exhibition spaces. Spot ‘5 Things’ activities to do and collect a sticker.
Carlisle Street, Goole, DN14 5DS
‘From the creators of Jorvil Viking Centre comes a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee diggers and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of history.’ – YD, Aug 18
Access: Wheelchair access to all areas and facilities and baby changing facilities
Offer: Pay once and visit for a whole year and Under 5’s free
DIG, St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, Yo1 8NN
T: 01904 615505
‘Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in this brand new major exhibition. From the depths of the deepest seas to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows; meet the dinosaurs and sea dragons that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes.’ – YM, Aug 18
Offer: Kids under 16 go free with a paying adult
Access: Fully accessible to wheelchair users except for the library and reading room.
Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
T: 01904 687687
‘It’s more than just a museum. What will you discover? Children’s playground, nature trail, picnic area, free parking, shop and refreshments, baby changing facilities. Under 3s free.’ MP
Murton Park, Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966
‘Set in 10 acres of ancient woodland and rolling parkland. This is the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.’ – NCFBOP, Aug 18
Offer: Children under 4 free
Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB
‘With giant halls full of steam and Diesel engines and railway legends including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive, we have something for everyone.’ NRM
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
‘A perfect place to meet up with friends or have some quality family time; discover, relax and smile all in the stunning setting of Newby Hall award winning gardens.’ NH, Aug 20
Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon, HG4 5AJ
T: 01423 322583
‘The NYMR is one of the worlds greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Railway conservations, run by volunteers, not for profit.’ NYMR, Aug 18
T: 01751 472508
‘Three Museums, One Great Day Out. Discover what life was like in the Victorian Workshouse, Prison and Police Museum and Liberty Courthouse. Find out why people ended up here and what happened to them.’ – RP, Aug 18
Offer: Under 5’s free
All three museums are just a short walk from each other in the centre of Ripon.
Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE
Courthouse Museums, Minster Road, Ripon, HG4 1QS
Prison and Police Museums, St Marygate, Ripon, HG4 1LX
T: 01765 690799
‘Explore arms and armour from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays.
Only a short distance from the city centre at Leeds Dock.’ RA, Aug 20
Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT
T: 0113 2201999
‘Nestled in the beautiful village of Hutton-le-Hole, in North York Moors National Park. RFM is Yorkshires leading open-air museum.’ – RFM, Aug 18
Offer: Pay once and visit for a whole year!
Hutton-le-hole, YO62 6UA
T: 01751 417367
‘Revel in the tranquility of the award-winning contemporary Walled Garden here at Scampston, designed by renowned Dutch Plantsman Piet Oudolf.’ – SH, Aug 18
T: 01944 759111
We are so lucky to have an abbey within our town. It’s packed full of history and opportunities to get involved with regular services and events.
We are delighted to announce the opening of a new adventure playground, Skelf Island. Magically inhabited by the otherworldly Skelves, this new addition to the Yorkshire tourist attraction will enhance its family offer and encourage children to reconnect with nature.
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333
‘Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved castles in England. It has a shop, tea room and is great for group bookings and school visits.’ SC, Aug 20
Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW
T: 01756 792442
Sunnybank home to the Yorkshire Ice Cream Farm, we offer a fantastic range of Homemade Ice Cream, Cowshed Tearoom, Doggy Diner, Play Barn, Crazy Golf and Caravan Storage, Please note we are not a garden centre anymore we do not sell plants.
‘The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts. Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, the Museum has a wonderful story to tell.’ BM, Aug 20
Barnard Castle, Co Durham, DL12 8NP
T: 01833 690606
‘Enjoy a fun-packed day out for the whole family at The Deep, Hull’s spectacular aquarium.’ – TD, Aug 18
Accessibility: Offers an accessible family day out for visitors with disabilities and additional needs.
Offer: Save 10% buying online and pay once and visit for a whole year!
Tower St, Hull, HU1 4DP
T: 01482 381000
‘Exploring the transformative impact of image and sound technologies on our lives. 8 floors of FREE galleries and 3 cinemas including the UK’s first IMAX.’ NSMM, Aug, 20
Pictureville, Bradford, BD1 1NQ
T: 01274 202 030
‘Like millions worldwide, you’ve probably read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small, or maybe you’ve heard of James Herriot on the TV series The Yorkshire Vet. Well why not come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and wrote his incredibly successful series of books based on his experiences as a young North Yorkshire vet.’ Aug 20 WJH
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL
T: 01845 524234
‘A uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to Yorkshire’s most perilous past. See, hear, feel and smell the chillingly amusing characters of the bad old days as they come to life before you.’ – TYD, Aug 18
12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
T: 01904 632599
‘Set up to ensure that birds of prey would survive to provide the public with a rare opportunity to see and enjoy these beautiful birds….Est for over 25 years as a popular visitor attraction.’ – TBOPC, Aug 18
Offer: Children under 3 years go free
Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske, Thirsk, YO7 4EU
T: 01845 587522
A National Trust house, garden and cafe in the centre of York.
Minster Yard, York, YO1 7JL
T: 01904 624247
Come and enjoy brilliant art for free at York Art Gallery this May Half Term
Spot the L.S. Lowry, Turner and Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery. With a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all ages, there is always something new to see and do.
Visit our families page to download activities to do on your visit, such as our Art Heroes Fact Sheets, and the Curious Create Colour Export colouring sheets.
Or why not pick up one of our YAG Activity bags, full of ideas and activities to try while at the gallery and souvenirs to take home afterwards! The bags are priced at £7:50.
Offer: Under 16 FREE with a paying adult
Access: Is fully accessible to wheelchair users. A wheelchair is available to borrow on request.
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
T: 01904 687687
York Maze is home to Europe’s biggest Maize Maze and boasts over 20 rides, attractions and shows.
York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT
T: 01904 607341
‘A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history.’ – YCS, Aug 18
Access: The attraction has ramps, a lift and written tracript and wheelchair accessible toilet.
King’s Sqaure, York, YO1 7LD (Top of the Shambles)
T: 01904 527723
‘Located on the site of former RAF Elvington, a World War 2 airfield used extensively by Allied bomber crews during the war, we are one of the largest independent aviation museums in the UK.’ – YAM, Aug 18
Offer: Free for under 5’s
Halifax Way, Elvington, York, YO41 4AQ
T: 01904 608595
‘Lavender farm and gardens. Plant nursery. Gift Shop. EJ’s Tearoom. Deer Park. Play Area and much much more.’ – YL, Aug 18
Free admission during certain months – visit website for more information.
Terrington, York, YO60 6PB
T: 01653 648008
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