Are you thinking about a family to Yorkshire and want ideas where to go?

Here are just a few ideas on what you and the kiddies can get up to.  And all within a 5 mile radius of Spring Cottage.

All these family friendly activities have been tried and tested not just by me and my family but from other cottage guests too. So they come highly recommended!

Flamingo Land

Situated in the next village, Kirby Misperton, it’s home to Velocity, Mumbo Jumbo, Kumali, Flip Flop …..  The kids will tell you which of these rides are the best.  If you’re 14, I have it on good authority that it’s Velocity!

Flamingo Land family holiday to YorkshireNot all rides are white knuckle.  They cater for all ages with zones for tots and younger children. Muddy Duck Tractor ride used to be one of our favourites. How did they move from that to Velocity??

If you want to escape the theme park, there’s also a zoo and various shows throughout the day such as African dancers and seal lions.  Much more my thing!

We’d recommend you take your own packed lunch to avoid the regular burger stands and cafe queues. Or get your hand stamped and pop back to the cottage for lunch?

Castle Howard

THE place all our guests visit. Parents will love the gardens and the house itself.  The house is closed from October to March, apart from it’s spectaular Christmas opening. Details can be found on their website – not to be missed.  Gardens remain open most of the year.

Kids will LOVE the amazing adventure playground and a boat trip on the lake. A walk through the woods and a run around the Atlas fountain, you’ll probably all love.

I like to visit the shops around the courtyard. You don’t even need to buy an entrance ticket. When you’re there why not buy some meat (from Castle Howard estate) from the butcher’s shop to take back to the cottage for the BBQ?

Castle Howard

(Photo Chris J Parker NYMNPA)

Eden Camp

Eden Camp is on the site of the original Prisoner of War camp, used in the Second World War.

To say it’s a World War II musuem isn’t doing it justice. It’s interactive, family friendly and very educational.   Eden Camp is laid out in a series of huts, each with a different theme.  If you want your kids to experience or at the very least better understand life in Britain in WWII then this is the place to take them.  I know it always raises lots of questions when we visit.

The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Train

Either take a trip across the moors, catching the train at nearby Pickering. Or take a picnic onto the moors and watch the trains steam by; with an obligatory wave of course!

Either way you take in the beauty and the scenery of the North York Moors.  The trains run from Pickering, across the North York Moors to Whitby. There’s a timetable in the cottage and look out for special events such as WWII weekend in October and special Santa trains.

More info can be found here >>North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway<<

family holiday to Yorkshire

And just think after a busy day out and about, you return home to your luxury holiday cottage, the kids can connect to the wifi and hook up with friends and their games, or pop on a DVD.  While mum and dad enjoy a well-earned glass of wine in the cottage garden. As you plan tomorrow’s family adventure!

family holiday to Yorkshire

If you want more information about our lovely cottage and this fabulous child friendly part of North Yorkshire, click here <<Spring Cottage North Yorkshire>>

To book, select the Availability and Book tab. And I look forward to welcoming you all to Yorkshire.


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire