Child friendly places, North York Moors & coast
North York Moors & coast – March 2023
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Child friendly places to go
Ampleforth Abbey and College Finance Offfice, Ampleforth College, Ampleforth, York YO62 4EY. Tel 01439 766000
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
Child notes Sea cruise on 40% size replica of Captain cooks ship.
Beck Isle Museum Bridge St, Pickering YO18 8DU. Tel 01751 473653
Child notes Activities, children's events, outdoor area.
Bilsdale Riding Centre Shaken Bridge Farm, Hawnby, Helmsley, York YO62 5LT. Tel 01439 798225
Child notes Hands on with ponies
Burton Agnes Hall Driffield YO25 4NB. Tel 01262 490324
Child notes Maze, garden games, children's corner, woodland sculpture walk.
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum 101 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6NB.
Child notes Including school parties. Interactive displays, play corner.
Castle Howard Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel 01653 648333
CIeveland Ironstone Museum Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn TS13 4AP. Tel 01287 642877
Child notes Interactive mining experience.
Dalby The Great Yorkshire Forest The Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel 01751 460295
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
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
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
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
Child notes Small gifts
Helmsley Arts Centre Old Meeting House Court, Helmsley, York YO62 5DW. Tel 01439 772112
Child notes Youth theatre age 5-18. Half-term activities.
Helmsley Castle Castlegate, Helmsley, York YO62 5AB. Tel 01439 770442
Child notes Space to play and to learn.
Helmsley Walled Garden Cleveland Way, Helmsley, York YO62 5AH. Tel 01439 772314
Child notes Chickens in the walled garden.
Kirkham Priory Whitwell on the Hill, Malton YO60 7JS. Tel 01653 618768
National Centre for Birds of Prey Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB. Tel 01439 772080
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
Child notes Plenty to see and do
North Yorkshire Moors Railway 12 Park Street, Pickering YO18 7AJ. Tel 01751 472508
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
Nunnington Hall Nunnington Hall, York YO62 5UY. Tel 01439 748283
Child notes Seasonal children's trails in the house and garden
Pickering Castle Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX. Tel 01751 474989
Child notes Ourdoor games. trail, seedbombs
Rievaulx Abbey Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LB. Tel 01439 798228
Child notes childrens trail, shop, large grounds, check website for children’s seasonal activities.
Rievaulx Terrace Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LJ. Tel 01439 798340
Child notes Run around the wood & terrace.
RSPB Bempton Cliffs The Seabird Centre, Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington YO15 1JF. Tel 01262 422212
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
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.
Child notes Miniature railway train rides
Scampston Walled Garden Estate Office, Scampston Hall, Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG. Tel 01944 759111
Child notes Family explorer trails, playground, fairy trail, nature trail, fairy stories during holidays.
Scarborough Castle Castle Road, Scarborough YO11 1HY. Tel 01723 372451
Child notes Historical education & events
Scarborough Sea Life & Sanctuary Scalby Mills, Scarborough YO12 6RP. Tel 01723 373414
Child notes Interactive rock pool, feeding demonstrations, soft play area, mini-golf.
Sledmere House & Gardens Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG. Tel 01377 236637
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
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
Child notes Interactive displays, indoor climbing wall, quizzes, trails, brass rubbing.
The Yorkshire Arboretum Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY. Tel 01653 648598
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
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
Child notes Toy section, play area outside
Winkies Castle Museum 162 High Street, Marske-by-the Sea, TS11 7NB. Tel 01642 775086
Child notes Activities for children.
Wolds Way Lavender Sandy Lane, Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW. Tel 01944 758641
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
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
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
Child notes Playground, playing field, games room and a 12 hole crazy golf
Carr House Farm Ampleforth, York YO62 4ED. Tel 01347 868526
Child notes Over 8.
Crown Inn Hutton le Hole, York YO62 6UA. Tel 01751 417343
Foxhill Park Caravan, camping Claxton, York YO60 7RX. Tel 01904 468355
Golden Square Caravan Park Oswaldkirk, Helmsley, York YO62 5YQ. Tel 01439 788269
Child notes two outdoor & one indoor play areas. Football field. Crazy golf
Ingleby Manor Ingleby Greenhow, Great Ayton TS9 6RB. Tel 01642 722170
Child notes Children's play area in the walled garden.
Ivy Cottage 5 Elmslac Road, Helmsley, York YO62 5AW. Tel 07795 063861
Child notes Garden, DVDs and boxed games/jigsaws, Cot, high chair, stair-gates
Jasmine Park Cross Lane, Snainton, Scarborough YO13 9BE. Tel 01723 859240
Child notes Childrens Play Area - Football field.
Laskill Near Hawnby, Helmsley, York YO62 5NB. Tel 01439 798265
Child notes Children's play area. Animals on site.
Robin Hood Caravan Park Slingsby, York YO62 4AP. Tel 01653 628391
Child notes Play Area & Treasure Trails
Rosedale Abbey Caravan Park Rosedale Abbey, Pickering YO18 8SA. Tel 01751 417272
Child notes Open country park, walking, rambling. Playground on park.
Royal Oak Hotel 123 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6BW. Tel 01642 722361
Child notes Children's menu available. Ground floor baby change facilities.
Royal Oak Inn 1 Main Street, Gillamoor, York YO62 7HX. Tel 01751 431414
Shallowdale House West End, Ampleforth, York YO62 4DY. Tel 01439 788325
Child notes Over 12s
Sunset Cottages Grimston Manor Farm, Gilling East, York YO62 4HR. Tel 01347 888654
Child notes Farm with sheep and lambs
The Granary Holiday Cottage Pexton Moor Farm, Low Dalby, Thornton le Dale, Pickering YO18 7LU. Tel 01751 460294
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
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
Child notes Play area and ball games field.
Wainstones Hotel High Street, Great Broughton, Middlesbrough TS9 7EW. Tel 01642 712268
Child notes Children's Meals provided
Westfield Lodge Farm Hutton le Hole, York YO62 6UG. Tel 01751 417261
Child notes Grass field area. Walk to village - stream.
Wombleton Caravan & Camp Site The airfield, Wombleton, York YO62 7RY. Tel 01751 431684
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
Child notes Play area, walks by the River Derwent , free range hens and rare breed farm animals.
York Meadows Caravan Park York Road, Sheriff Hutton, York YO60 6QP. Tel 01347 878508
Child notes Under 4s free
Child friendly clubs, societies & organisations
Ampleforth College Golf Club Castle Drive, Gilling East, York YO62 4HP. Tel 01439 788274
Child notes Junior golf
Girlguiding Nun Bank, Oswaldkirk, York YO62 5XT.
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
Helmsley Library Town Hall, Helmsley YO62 5BL. Tel 01609 534555
Helmsley OpenAir Swimming Pool Baxtons Sprunt, Helmsley, York YO62 5HT. Tel 01439 326008
Child notes Fun sessions
Whitby Tourist Information Centre Harbour office, Endeavour Wharf, Langborne Rd, Whitby YO21 1DN. Tel 01723 383636
Child notes arious retail products for children.
Child friendly shops & services
Active Mobility 4-6 Falsgrave Road, Scarborough YO12 5AT. Tel 01723 355122
Carters Country Wear 7 Market Place, Helmsley, York YO62 5BH. Tel 01439 770688
DV Townend 12 Bridge Street, Helmsley, York YO62 5DX. Tel 01439 770313
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