Open every day from 10am-4pm (until 5pm in summer holidays)
Boston Park Farm, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster DN7 6DS
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In the meantime, we’ve already listed lots of lovely local attractions and events, as well as some super suggestions for fun and free things you might like to do if you’re staying at home on our website.
While our Easter Holiday Special has lots of ideas for fun things to do this year, here’s a link to a few of our other pages you might find handy.
Friday 3rd June 2022 10am- 4pm
Join us for our ‘Magical Family’ Event!
Meet and get your photo taken with the family, enjoy live performances AND interactive entertainment throughout the day.
Pre-booking online (even if you’re an annual pass holder) is essential to avoid disappointment.
Book your tickets HERE.
Your ticket includes entry to the farm and play areas as well as the event! The farm is open from 10am – 4pm, with characters here from 10:30am – 3:30pm.
Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, DN7 6DS
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.
* Pre-booked tickets only *
ENCHANTED STORIES MAY HALF TERM AT MOTHER SHIPTON’S
28th May – 5th June 2022
Wander into a world of Enchanted stories at Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term!
See giant story books and a Wonderland of fairy-tale themed displays with fantastical photo opportunities throughout the ancient woodland. Watch out for the pesky dragon, The Wicked Witch of the West and the Big Bad Wolf, peek into miniature fairy houses, and sit on the Wishing Chair throne. Dressing up as your favourite storybook character is thoroughly encouraged, prizes will be awarded to Mother Shipton’s favourites when you share them on Instagram #mothershiptons.
You’ll be OVER THE RAINBOW to discover how Mother Shipton’s is filled with mystical delights for all ages: see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well, make a wish in the Wishing Well, and step inside the cave where Mother Shipton was born. This May Half Term you can gaze at a brand new exhibition of fantastical creatures in the museum alongside petrified celebrity items, and browse the unique attraction gift shop.
Go wild in the Adventure Playground, or have your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with artisanal coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream available to purchase from our vintage style coffee kiosk. There are plenty of picnic benches with scenic views of the River Nidd and Ancient Royal Forest.
Dogs are welcome everywhere except the children’s adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.
Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
T: 01423 864600
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
‘My daughter and I also had a brill time at a party, recently held at Tadcaster Swimming Pool. Lots of fun.’
HB, Jan 18
‘Wonderfully maintained beautiful pool with fabulous staff.’
RP, Nov 19
‘My son has had some 1 to 1 lessons with Lauren in the holidays she has been amazing with him. Really patient and she has helped him so much.’
AM, April 19
T: 01937 833001
32 Westgate, Tadcaster, LS24 9AB
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Our first tip is to try and add some variety to your walking route so you are not doing the same old circuit again and again. If possible try and change your route as much as you can to try and see new things. Play some of the games below whilst walking along or have an I spy list so you have something to look out for. That always seems to make sure little legs don’t get as tired.
This idea is pretty similar to how you might pass time on a long car journey. Try and think of different games you can play together whilst walking along. Here are a few suggestions:
Make up your own simple ‘I spy’ lists to take out on your walk and tick off. You can do a new list each time you go out. You can include anything from road signs to nature! We’ve listed some ideas below:
If you have a magnifying glass, why keep your eyes on the ground and go looking for some bugs in your street. Just remember not to touch or pick anything up. Just look at the insects if you are out in public. If you want to do some real bug hunting, and if you have a garden, then that is the safest place for a full bug hunt.
Letting your child take some photos can add some variety to your daily walk and they will probably love being in charge of the camera. Try writing a list before you go out of things to photograph. It’s also a good way to ‘collect’ the items on your ‘I spy’ lists.
You could set a theme for the photos you take on your walk and print them off when you get home to turn into a collage.
Of course, you also get to enjoy ‘editing’ 3 million photos from your camera/phone when you get home. 😂
Ok, so it’s not going to be as fun as a trip to the park, but why not try balancing on any lines you see, not standing on the cracks or jumping over any covers in the pavements. Please engage in this activity responsibly, and remember to keep at least 2 metres apart from others not in your family at all times.
As a lot of us are simply walking around our local neighbourhoods at the moment there are probably plenty of road and street signs to see. Ask your child to read the signs or ask them what they think they mean.
You could design your own trail for your children around your local streets. Decide on a simple circular route and write down basic directions and clues for them to solve. The clues can be based on street signs, road signs or shop names, even manhole covers – there are plenty of words out there when you start looking. The answer to the clue should reveal one letter and then all the answers (letters) make up an anagram your child needs to work out at the end.
Why not try to beat your previous day’s step count…another lap around the block anyone? 😂
Or you could do the same walk a few times and see if you can beat your time! Might get everyone moving along to try and shave a few seconds off your personal best!
Give your child a map (either print off a map of your local area or use your phone). You can teach your child how to read the map, identify north and south, and try to navigate. Maybe you can encourage your child to plan a route or draw a map of your route before you head out.
You could also use a mapping app on your phone and show your child how to use it.
With special thanks to our lovely sister site, York Mumbler for this super blog.
Saturday 28 May – Sunday 30 October 2022
Prepare for lots of fun and mud! Our woodland adventure trail leads you from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. We would advise pre-booking a Bolton Abbey Car Park ticket for this activity.
Let your little ones put their balance skills to the test, scramble up nets, navigate the pole-to-pole and try their hardest to keep clean as they come down the slides! With many more obstacles in-between – it’s fun from start to finish!
This is a challenging adventure and some obstacles are not suitable for all age groups. Children must be supervised at all times.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX
T: 01756 718000
A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.
Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.
Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA.
T: 01653 648333
Half term holiday fun at East Riding Leisure centres
For those unsure what to do with the little ones (or not so little ones) during the half term school holidays, East Riding Leisure centres are running activities, including:
Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June 2022
10am – 4pm, Self-led trail
This summer half term, RHS Garden Harlow Carr is a hive of activity as we celebrate everything about our favourite pollinators – bees! Follow our bee-themed trail around the garden and discover more about bee-friendly plants and different types of bees.
Take a closer look at these fascinating insects with beekeeping demonstrations, bee-spotting safaris, pollinator-friendly planting workshops and much more.
Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
T: 01423 565418
Two exciting woodland events will be happening for children and families at local nature reserves over the spring period, allowing attendees the chance to try new crafts and explore nature together.
Kids Go Wild: Natural Dreamcatchers will be happening on Tuesday, 31st May at Eastrington Ponds Local Nature Reserve. Two sessions will be taking place between 10am and 11.30am and 1pm – 2.30pm.
Head off on an adventure around the woods and ponds, hunting for a collection of natural materials to make a fantastic dreamcatcher with the help of woodland skills tutor Bev Oliver. This event is suitable for children and families.
On Wednesday, 1st June, come along to Kids Go Wild: Springwatch Dreamcatchers at Humber Bridge Country Park, Local Nature Reserve. The activity will last 1.5 hours and start at multiple times; 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 1pm, 1.30pm or 2pm
Head off on a Springwatch adventure around the woods and meadows of the country park to find signs of spring using spotter guides for help. Make a woven willow dreamcatcher to take home and capture dreams for a brilliant summer ahead. This event is suitable for children and families.
For enquiries, please call 01482 395320
Children: £2.50, accompanying adults free.
Saturday 7 May – Sunday 25 September 2022
We are ‘wheelie’ pleased to bring back the Family Cycle Zone this year – a great spot for little ones to build their confidence on two wheels! The original grass cycle track will be in place with the most recent additions in the shape of a level crossing and traffic lights for children to cycle over and through. Situated adjacent to the Bolton Abbey Car Park, this space offers a safe area for children to learn and practice their cycling skills. With roads cut through the grass and road signs to mark the way, children can enjoy endless fun manoeuvring the roundabout and junctions!
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX
T: 01756 718000
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Buttercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499183
Now, more than ever, is a time for local discovery and we’re very fortunate to live in a district that has a fascinating mix of bustling market towns and charming villages, with medieval history, stunning architecture and beautiful countryside.
To showcase the many places to experience and enjoy, three themed Selby District trails have been developed – aimed at encouraging residents and visitors to explore the district and experience must-see landmarks and attractions, whilst supporting local businesses.
The Three Themed Selby District Trails
The trails focus on landscape, green open spaces, heritage stories and family adventure.
The self-guided Selby District Trails will help you explore and discover all that the district has to offer, whether you’re new to the area, visiting, (re)discovering what’s on the doorstep.
1. Escape in your own backyard
If you’re looking for an hour’s escape, a slow Sunday jaunt or an adventure off the beaten track – Selby District is an outdoor wonderland.
It is filled with ancient woodlands, waterways, acres of lowland heath, nature reserves and a wealth of flora and fauna. This is complemented by quiet country lanes, historic market towns and wide–open spaces. Enjoy discovering what is on the doorstep with this wonderful mix of gardens, woods and nature reserves.
2. Discover your home’s history
Encompassing the historic market towns of Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, Selby District is one of Yorkshire’s hidden gems. It is rich in history, overflowing with heritage and brimming with stories that bring our home to life. Explore breath-taking heritage, medieval history and beautiful countryside – and discover how it all began with this wonderful mix of attractions, churches, historic sites and battlegrounds.
3.Young – at the Heart of Yorkshire
From fruit picking and solving puzzles to escape, to gliding in unique thermals and learning how electricity is generated, there are many exciting and unique things to do as a family in our District. Spend some quality family time together – and enjoy discovering what’s on the doorstep with this wonderful mix of family days out, activities and things to do – come rain or shine!
Visit Sewerby Hall and Gardens during May half term from 28th May to 2nd June 2022. There will be lots of Rusticus Encounters, Zoo Activities, plus daily feeding times at the Zoo, Wildcats Seaworld Shenanigans, Magic Shows and Face Painting. These activities are running on selected dates throughout the half term. There is also the putting green, daily orienteering, outdoor play areas and lots more to enjoy at Sewerby Hall.
Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.
This kept our mini mumbler busy for hours!!
Monday 30th May 2022 4pm-6pm
Ecanto’s ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ Party! Join us on the 30th of May at the KIDS INN.
4-6pm | £5 per child (includes access to the play area)
T:0871 200 3363
Oakney Wood Rd, Selby YO8 8LZ
‘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
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
17th May – 5th June 2022
York Spring Fair & Food Festival returns to York Racecourse for 10 days of Jubilee Holiday fun from 27 May to 5 June, bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire, a food festival as well as live music and family entertainment!
Enjoy more than 15 stunning vintage funfair rides and game stalls and more than 40 traders supplying street food and drink, crafts and gifts.
Admission £5 for adults on off-peak days and £7.50 on peak days, children aged 12 and under free. Tokens for funfair rides and game stalls can be purchased on site at £3 per ride/game. Gates open at 10am daily. Visit website for full details.
Tickets must be pre-booked.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, commonly referred to as YWP, is a wildlife park located just outside Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in England.
Warning Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB
T: 01302 535057
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