• Handpicked Harrogate


As summer marches in and the children are off school, what better than to take them out and about for some fresh air, exercise or a spot of educational fun. We've collected together a few suggestions for places to go over half term that are sure to be a hit with the children whilst being pocket friendly for the adults.

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other animals and foodwebs.

The small charming garden attracts different kinds of wildlife throughout the year from tadpoles to butterflies and honeybees. The garden is designed to show how people can attract wildlife to their own gardens, and also features bee-hives and a pond.

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA telephone/fax: 01274 584140

York Railway Museum

We’re home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit us and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse our object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the outdoor play area. Younger visitors will love letting off steam in our railway-themed outdoor play area. Plus, you can take a ride on the nearby miniature railway and enjoy the scenery

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Opening Times 10am–6pm daily Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec

FREE ENTRY

Beningbrough Hall

Come out to play at Beningbrough with activities from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ play list, plus the usual fun and games around the gardens and hall.

Just on the outskirts of York with its leafy woodlands and magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland are packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and you can discover its delights with the National Trust’s essential 50 things play list. Join us for a host of organised events:

Sunday 26 May - Have fun with sticks

Monday 27 May - Discover what’s in a pond

Wednesday 29 May - Build a den

Friday 31 May - Go cloud watching and create some wild art

Sunday 2 June - Get to know a tree

The activities will run at specific times between 11am and 3.30pm.

They're all free to join, plus there's no need to book.

Brimham Rocks

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature’s playground.

This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.

There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members. Non National Trust members, our car parking charges are as follows: £6 up to four hours, £8 thereafter

Peasholme Park, Scarborough

Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake and in the summer months people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water at close quarters. Boats include traditional rowing boats and canoes but pedaloes with dragon heads are available too and these prove to be very popular with summer visitors and locals alike. If you don't fancy pedaling then go for a sail in the Swan launch where you can relax on the water and let someone else steer the boat. There is a bandstand in the middle of the lake and music concerts which are free of charge can often be heard during the summer season. During the tourist season there are two cafes where hot and cold drinks can be purchased and, of course, ice cream, plus sandwiches and full meals if wanted. What a beautiful place to sit sipping your coffee, looking at the lake whilst listening to the music. If you prefer, you can bring your own picnic. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy it. There is an island in the centre of the lake and a bridge leading across to it allows the visitor to explore the island with a path leading round it or by climbing up to the top with its impressive pagoda. The park has been designed with an oriental theme and there is much evidence of this as you wander through its pathways.

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