Child friendly places, North York Moors & coast

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North York Moors & coast – May 2022

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Child friendly places to go


Ampleforth Abbey and College Finance Offfice, Ampleforth College, Ampleforth, York YO62 4EY. Tel 01439 766000
Email reception@ampleforth.org.uk
Website http://www.visitors.ampleforth.org.uk
Child notes Children can enjoy the 'Mouse Hunt' in the Visitor Centre. Children's sandwiches and pizzas are available in the Tea Room.

Bark Endeavour Fish Quay, Whitby Harbour, Whitby YO21 1DN. Tel 01723 364100
Email info@endeavourwhitby.com
Website http://www.endeavourwhitby.com
Child notes Sea cruise on 40% size replica of Captain cooks ship.

Beck Isle Museum Bridge St, Pickering YO18 8DU. Tel 01751 473653
Email info@beckislemuseum.org.uk
Website http://www.beckislemuseum.org.uk
Child notes Activities, children's events, outdoor area.

Bilsdale Riding Centre Shaken Bridge Farm, Hawnby, Helmsley, York YO62 5LT. Tel 01439 798225
Email info@bilsdaleridingcentre.co.uk
Website http://www.bilsdaleridingcentre.co.uk
Child notes Hands on with ponies

Burton Agnes Hall Driffield YO25 4NB. Tel 01262 490324
Email office@burtonagnes.com
Website http://www.burtonagnes.com
Child notes Maze, garden games, children's corner, woodland sculpture walk.

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum 101 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6NB.
Website http://www.captaincookschoolroommuseum.co.uk
Child notes Including school parties. Interactive displays, play corner.

Castle Howard Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel 01653 648333
Email house@castlehoward.co.uk
Website https://www.castlehoward.co.uk

CIeveland Ironstone Museum Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn TS13 4AP. Tel 01287 642877
Email visits@ironstonemuseum.co.uk
Website https://landofiron.org.uk
Child notes Interactive mining experience.

Dalby The Great Yorkshire Forest The Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel 01751 460295 / 0300 067 4306
Email yorkshirefd@forestryengland.uk
Website https://www.forestryengland.uk/dalby-forest
Child notes Family friendly, Play areas, GoApe Tree Top Junior, Enchanted woodland, Family cycle and walking trails, Events for children, Outdoor activities and guided sessions, Cycle hire & Orienteering .

Eden Camp Modern History Museum Malton YO17 6RT. Tel 01653 697777
Email admin@edencamp.co.uk
Website https://www.edencamp.co.uk
Child notes WW2 reconstructed camp, Children's play area/Assault course. Free wartime-themed puppet show.

Flamingo Land Resort Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX. Tel 0800 4088840
Email info@flamingoland.co.uk
Website http://www.flamingoland.co.uk
Child notes Interactive Zoo Keeper talks and handling sessions throughout the day.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Lower Dalby, Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel 0845 643 9215
Email info@goape.co.uk
Website http://www.goape.co.uk/dalby
Child notes Age 10+ & height 1.4m for tree-top adventure. Go Ape Junior for 6-12 year olds, height 1m. Forest Segway over 7 stone (45kg). Supervision ratios apply.

Greenwood Crafts Unit 5-6, The Craft Workshop, Hutton-le-Hole, York YO62 6UA. Tel 01751 417089
Email wendy@greenwoodcrafts.co.uk
Website http://hutton-le-hole-crafts.co.uk
Child notes Small gifts

Grove Hill, Back Lane Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA. Tel 01642 712429
Email info@cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk
Website http://www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk
Child notes Museum trail and activity sheets. Workshops during holidays

Helmsley Arts Centre The Old Meeting House, Helmsley YO62 5DW. Tel 01439 771700
Email marketing@helmsleyarts.co.uk
Website https://www.helmsleyarts.co.uk
Child notes Youth theatre age 5-18. Half-term activities.

Helmsley Castle Castlegate, Helmsley, York YO62 5AB. Tel 01439 770442
Email helmsley.castle@english-heritage.org.uk
Website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/helmsley-castle
Child notes Space to play and to learn.

Helmsley Walled Garden Cleveland Way, Helmsley, York YO62 5AH. Tel 01439 772314
Email info@helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk
Website http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk
Child notes Chickens in the walled garden.

Kirkham Priory Whitwell on the Hill, Malton YO60 7JS. Tel 01653 618768
Website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kirkham-priory

National Centre for Birds of Prey Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB. Tel 01439 772080
Email charlie@ncbp.co.uk
Website https://www.ncbp.co.uk
Child notes Child friendly, free colouring sheets, free word search and free ink stamp trail for children.

North Bay Railway Station building, Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF. Tel 01723 368791
Email info@snbr.org.uk
Website https://nbr.org.uk
Child notes Plenty to see and do

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 12 Park Street, Pickering YO18 7AJ. Tel 01751 472508
Email info@nymr.co.uk
Website https://www.nymr.co.uk
Child notes Travel on a steam hauled service to Goathland where 'Hogsmeade' was filmed in the first Harry Potter film.

North Yorkshire Water Park Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Wykeham, Scarborough YO13 9RA. Tel 01723 865052
Email info@northyorkshirewaterpark.co.uk
Website https://www.northyorkshirewaterpark.co.uk

Nunnington Hall Nunnington Hall, York YO62 5UY. Tel 01439 748283
Email nunningtonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall
Child notes Seasonal children's trails in the house and garden

Pickering Castle Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX. Tel 01751 474989
Website https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pickering-castle
Child notes Ourdoor games. trail, seedbombs

Rievaulx Abbey Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LB. Tel 01439 798228
Email rievaulx.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk
Website https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/rievaulx-abbey
Child notes childrens trail, shop, large grounds, check website for children’s seasonal activities.

Rievaulx Terrace Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LJ. Tel 01439 798340
Email nunningtonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rievaulx-terrace
Child notes Run around the wood & terrace.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs The Seabird Centre, Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington YO15 1JF. Tel 01262 422212
Email bempton.cliffs@rspb.org.uk
Website http://www.rspb.org.uk/bemptoncliffs
Child notes Trails to explore and additional activities during school holidays. Puffin season, a favourite with youngsters, runs from April to end of July. School groups welcome - but must be booked in advance.

Ryedale Folk Museum Hutton-le-Hole, York YO62 6UA. Tel 01751 417367
Email info@ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Website http://www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Child notes School holiday activities are on offer, there is a year-round fun children's trail to follow and our animals (pigs, chickens and sheep) are always a hit with children. A new play area for younger visitors (under 5s) includes a play house in an original 'gypsy caravan' and a ride-on tractor zone. A construction/building activity room caters for children aged 6+.

Ryedale Society of Model Engineers The Clubroom Mail Box, The Old School House, Gilling East, York YO62 4JJ.
Website https://www.rsme.org.uk
Child notes Miniature railway train rides

Scampston Walled Garden Estate Office, Scampston Hall, Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG. Tel 01944 759111
Email info@scampston.co.uk
Website http://www.scampston.co.uk
Child notes Family explorer trails, playground, fairy trail, nature trail, fairy stories during holidays.

Scarborough Castle Castle Road, Scarborough YO11 1HY. Tel 01723 372451
Email scarborough@english-heritage.org.uk
Website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/scarborough-castle
Child notes Historical education & events

Scarborough Sea Life & Sanctuary Scalby Mills, Scarborough YO12 6RP. Tel 01723 373414
Website https://www.visitsealife.com/scarborough
Child notes Interactive rock pool, feeding demonstrations, soft play area, mini-golf.

Sledmere House & Gardens Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG. Tel 01377 236637
Email info@sledmerehouse.com
Website https://www.sledmerehouse.com
Child notes Rare Breed Farm Park, adventure play area, lots of child friendly events throughout the year.

Stephen Joseph Theatre Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW. Tel 01723 370540
Email enquiries@sjt.uk.com
Website http://www.sjt.uk.com
Child notes Family-orientated productions, plus classes, workshops and summer schools are provided via the Outreach Department.

The Moors National Park Centre Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB. Tel 01439 772737
Email mcinfo@northyorkmoors.org.uk
Website http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
Child notes Interactive displays, indoor climbing wall, quizzes, trails, brass rubbing.

The Yorkshire Arboretum Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY. Tel 01653 648598
Email visit@yorkshirearboretum.org
Website https://www.yorkshirearboretum.org
Child notes Plenty of space to run around. Small woodland playground and den. Children's trails during school holidays

Whitby Abbey Abbey Lane, Whitby YO22 4JT. Tel 01947 603568
Website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey
Child notes Dedicated section for children in the exhibition and extensive event program for children, including in the summer holidays.

Whitby Museum Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE. Tel 01947 602908
Email keeper@whitbymuseum.org.uk
Website http://www.whitbymuseum.org.uk
Child notes Toy section, play area outside

Winkies Castle Museum 162 High Street, Marske-by-the Sea, TS11 7NB. Tel 01642 775086
Email post@winkiescastle.co.uk
Website http://www.winkiescastle.co.uk
Child notes Activities for children.

Wolds Way Lavender Sandy Lane, Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW. Tel 01944 758641
Email admin@woldswaylavender.co.uk
Website https://woldswaylavender.co.uk
Child notes Two acre giant games maze, timber trail play area, mini football golf, Miniature railway, den zone building, sculpture trail, giant sandpit, bird hide.

Yorkshire Lavender Terrington, York YO60 6PB. Tel 01653 648008
Email lavenderworld@btconnect.com
Website http://www.yorkshirelavender.com
Child notes Lots of runaraound space, Hillside snakes and ladders. lavender maze, new play area.

Child friendly accommodation


Abbot's House Farm Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NH. Tel 01947 896270
Email abbotshousegoathland@gmail.com
Website http://abbotshouse.org.uk
Child notes Steam railway runs through the farm. Heartbeat & Harry Potter filmed here. 9 miles from seaside.

Black Bull Caravan Park Malton Road, Pickering YO18 8EA. Tel 01751 472528
Email enquiries@blackbullcaravanpark.com
Website https://www.blackbullcaravanpark.com
Child notes Playground, playing field, games room and a 12 hole crazy golf

Carr House Farm Ampleforth, York YO62 4ED. Tel 01347 868526
Email anna@carrhousefarm.co.uk
Website http://www.carrhousefarm.co.uk
Child notes Over 8.

Crown Inn Hutton le Hole, York YO62 6UA. Tel 01751 417343
Email office@crownhuttonlehole.com
Website http://www.crownhuttonlehole.com

Foxhill Park Caravan, camping Claxton, York YO60 7RX. Tel 01904 468355
Email enquiries@foxhillpark.com
Website http://www.foxhillpark.com

Golden Square Caravan Park Oswaldkirk, Helmsley, York YO62 5YQ. Tel 01439 788269
Email reception@goldensquarecaravanpark.com
Website http://www.goldensquarecaravanpark.com
Child notes two outdoor & one indoor play areas. Football field. Crazy golf

Ingleby Manor Ingleby Greenhow, Great Ayton TS9 6RB. Tel 01642 722170
Email christine@inglebymanor.co.uk
Website http://www.inglebymanor.co.uk
Child notes Children's play area in the walled garden.

Ivy Cottage 5 Elmslac Road, Helmsley, York YO62 5AW. Tel 07795 063861
Email chrisburnsrempstone@yahoo.co.uk
Child notes Garden, DVDs and boxed games/jigsaws, Cot, high chair, stair-gates

Jasmine Park Cross Lane, Snainton, Scarborough YO13 9BE. Tel 01723 859240
Email enquiries@jasminepark.co.uk
Website http://www.jasminepark.co.uk/
Child notes Childrens Play Area - Football field.

Laskill Grange Easterside, Helmsley, York YO62 5NB. Tel 01439 798265
Email mandy@laskill.co.uk
Website http://laskillcountryhouse.co.uk
Child notes Children's play area. Animals on site.

Robin Hood Caravan Park Slingsby, York YO62 4AP. Tel 01653 628391
Email info@robinhoodcaravanpark.co.uk
Website http://www.robinhoodcaravanpark.co.uk/
Child notes Play Area & Treasure Trails

Rosedale Abbey Caravan Park Rosedale Abbey, Pickering YO18 8SA. Tel 01751 417272
Email info@rosedaleabbeycaravanpark.co.uk
Website http://www.rosedaleabbeycaravanpark.co.uk
Child notes Open country park, walking, rambling. Playground on park.

Royal Oak Hotel 123 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6BW. Tel 01642 722361
Email royaloakgreatayton@gmail.com
Website http://www.royaloakgreatayton.co.uk
Child notes Children's menu available. Ground floor baby change facilities.

Royal Oak Inn 1 Main Street, Gillamoor, York YO62 7HX. Tel 01751 431414
Email enquiries@theroyaloakgillamoor.co.uk
Website http://theroyaloakgillamoor.co.uk

Shallowdale House West End, Ampleforth, York YO62 4DY. Tel 01439 788325
Email stay@shallowdalehouse.co.uk
Website https://www.shallowdalehouse.co.uk
Child notes Over 12s

Sunset Cottages Grimston Manor Farm, Gilling East, York YO62 4HR. Tel 01347 888654
Email info@sunsetcottages.co.uk
Website http://www.sunsetcottages.co.uk
Child notes Farm with sheep and lambs

The Fairfax Arms Main Street, Gilling East, York YO62 4JH. Tel 01439 788212
Email info@thefairfaxarms.co.uk
Website http://thefairfaxarms.co.uk

The Granary Holiday Cottage Pexton Moor Farm, Low Dalby, Thornton le Dale, Pickering YO18 7LU. Tel 01751 460294
Email wendynewham@btinternet.com
Website http://www.dalby-forest.co.uk
Child notes Dalby forest, play areas, BBQs, GoApe, mountain biking, wlks, farm animals

The Inn on the Moor Hotel The Mill Green Way, Goathland, Whitby YO22 5LZ. Tel 01947 896296
Email info@theinnonthemoorhotel.co.uk
Website http://www.theinnonthemoorhotel.co.uk
Child notes No minimum age. .
Children between 2 and 14 years = £20.00pn. Infants 2 and below - £10.00pn

Vale of Pickering Caravan Park Carr House Farm, Allerston, Pickering YO18 7PQ. Tel 01723 859280
Email info@valeofpickering.co.uk
Website http://www.valeofpickering.co.uk
Child notes Play area and ball games field.

Wainstones Hotel High Street, Great Broughton, Middlesbrough TS9 7EW. Tel 01642 712268
Email reception@wainstoneshotel.co.uk
Website https://www.wainstoneshotel.co.uk
Child notes Children's Meals provided

Westfield Lodge Farm Hutton le Hole, York YO62 6UG. Tel 01751 417261
Website http://www.huttonleholecaravanpark.co.uk
Child notes Grass field area. Walk to village - stream.

Wombleton Caravan & Camp Site The airfield, Wombleton, York YO62 7RY. Tel 01751 431684
Email info@wombletoncaravanpark.co.uk
Website http://www.wombletoncaravanpark.co.uk
Child notes No play area, no ball games, no riding bikes around the park.

Wyse House Campsite Wyse House Farm, Wise House Lane, Old Malton, Malton YO17 6RE. Tel 07949 794648
Email admin@wysehouse.co.uk
Website https://wysehouse.co.uk
Child notes Play area, walks by the River Derwent , free range hens and rare breed farm animals.

Child friendly clubs, societies & organisations


Ampleforth College Golf Club Castle Drive, Gilling East, York YO62 4HP. Tel 01439 788274
Email sec@ampleforthgolf.co.uk
Website http://www.ampleforthgolf.co.uk
Child notes Junior golf

Girlguiding Nun Bank, Oswaldkirk, York YO62 5XT.
Email admin@girlguidingnyne.org.uk
Website https://girlguidingnyne.org.uk
Child notes Girlguiding offers membership for all girls from age 5 onwards.

Great Ayton Discovery Centre 105b High Street, Great Ayton TS9 6NB. Tel 01642 722835
Email great_ayton_tourist_information@ntlworld.com
Website http://www.visitstokesley.com

Helmsley Library Town Hall, Helmsley YO62 5BL. Tel 01609 534555
Email helmsley.library@northyorks.gov.uk
Website http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/helmsleylibrary

Helmsley OpenAir Swimming Pool Baxtons Sprunt, Helmsley, York YO62 5HT. Tel 01439 326008
Email info@helmsleyopenairpool.org
Website https://www.helmsleyopenairpool.org
Child notes Fun sessions

Child friendly shops & services


Active Mobility 4-6 Falsgrave Road, Scarborough YO12 5AT. Tel 01723 355122
Email enq@activemobility.co.uk
Website http://www.activemobility.co.uk

Carters Country Wear 7 Market Place, Helmsley, York YO62 5BH. Tel 01439 770688
Email ccw7@btconnect.com
Website https://www.carterscountrywear.co.uk

DV Townend 12 Bridge Street, Helmsley, York YO62 5DX. Tel 01439 770313
Email info@dvtownend.com
Website http://www.dvtownend.com
Child notes boys country clothing

Helmsley Outdoors 14 Market Place, Helmsley, York YO62 5BL. Tel 01439 771628
Child notes Children's clothing dept., small toy section.

Lithgow Sons & Partners The Auction House, Station Road, Stokesley TS9 7AB. Tel 01642 710158
Email info@lithgowsauctions.com
Website http://www.lithgowsauctions.com

Yorkshire in Style 2 Station Road, Helmsley, York YO62 5BZ. Tel 07598 137112
Email sutcliffestephen@hotmail.com
Website http://www.yorkshireinstyle.co.uk