Whether you wander beside or a paddle in the river, cross the exposed purple heights of the heather moorland or explore the woodland nature trails, there is something for everyone. With the Welly Walk Woodland Adventure Trail (not suitable for prams!), the stepping stones over the river and the numerous seasonal extras on offer, Bolton Abbey makes a great day out! The cafe is well stocked if you are hungry or thirsty with ice creams being available at both the shop & the kiosk!
Buttercups is a fun family venue which allows you and your child(ren) to play and relax and sample delicious food, which is made fresh every day.
2, Westgate Arcade, 2 Westgate, Otley LS21 3AT
Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9LW
Monday: 9.30am – 5pm
Tuesday: 9.30 – 1pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm
Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm
Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 1pm (private party bookings until 6)
The standard admission prices are as follows
Monday – Saturdays:
£3.50 for first child
£3.00 for second child
£2.50 for third and subsequent children.
With tickets available on the day or recommended to be booked in advance 0-2 years go free & 3-15 years only £5.50, what child wouldn’t love a trip on a traditional steam train. The Santa specials are brilliant, a great annual trip for the family.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF.
Phone 01756 710614
Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs (Off the A59) are a lovely walk, with a trail for wheelchairs and prams its one for the whole family! There is a coffee shop just off the walk and the Sun Inn at Norwood is nearby and dog friendly.
Otley’s popular Gallows Hill Nature Area is home to a variety of birds, insects and amphibians and has a car park and pushchair and wheelchair friendly path around it, including a riverside walk. Local group the Friends of Gallow’s Hill help maintain the site that was once sewerage works until it was taken over by the council and turned into the wildly beautiful park it is today. The team have planted many trees in the park, including a community orchard with cherry, pear and apple trees. While strolling around, be sure to be as quiet as can be, you may come across a frog or a toad, or perhaps see a kingfisher flash over the pond.
Regular family-based activities are held here, listings can be found on the Gallow’s Hill site.
Golden Acre park has a lovely walk around the lake with plenty of ducks to feed. With a newly refurbished cafe, a regular ice cream van and plenty of space for a picnic you can spend the day! Alternatively follow the path to the right before the tunnel entrance for a lovely walk to Paul’s Pond & see the beautiful bluebells in “Bluebell Wood”- complete with stream to paddle in!
Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just 1 mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey and 5 miles from the market town of Skipton. There’s loads to do, including feeding and stroking the animals, having fun inside – maybe in the giant sandpit or playing hide and seek with your friends in the straw maze. The Farm Park is idyllic, with around 10 acres of greenery overlooking the Yorkshire hills and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam train whistling by in the valley below. Hesketh Farm is still a working farm with over 1,000 livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs. Today it is run by Chris and his wife Sue who are the fourth generation to farm here. As Dales’ weather can be un-predictable they have a large cosy, undercover barn with an efficient heating system so that your day will be still fun-packed even if it’s grim outside. If you’re feeling peckish there is a small café from which you can enjoy a delightful homemade snack.
Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA.
Denton Rd, Ilkley LS29 0BZ
Indoor pool, Outdoor pool, Climbing Wall, Tennis, Putting green, Bowling, Picnic area, Cafe, Ramped access.
With a big outdoor swimming pool and plenty of space to sunbathe.
You can take your own food & drink and there are picnic tables for you as well.
The indoor pool is open all year round. The outdoor pool is summer only (not heated), see here for Ilkley Lido opening times.
Phone : 01943 600453
Developed by the Victorians as an ornamental feature, Ilkley Tarn lies above Ilkley on the edge of Ilkley Moor. An idyllic spot to visit.
Beautiful woods especially in bluebell season!
Start at Junction of Denton Road and Middleton Avenue at bottom of New Brook Street. A 2.5-mile easy going walk taking roughly 90 minutes.
Fish and chips are available until 8.00pm at the Riverside Gardens Hotel (01943 607338 for more information)
Toilets are situated near to the Riverside Gardens Hotel (but in a separate building). Open 9.00am – 5.00pm – and are free to use.
Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years.
Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.
Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1AW
The best way to experience Skipton Castle Woods is to visit by walking along the spectacular tow path from Mill Bridge in the heart of Skipton. On arrival in the wood you will find a site map full of interesting features, suggested walking routes and more activities to try. Happy exploring!
Most of Skipton’s ancient woodland is a mix of broadleaf trees such as oak, ash, lime, alder, hornbeam, holly, hazel and beech. But you’ll also find yew, Scot’s pine and Norway spruce.
Woodland plants and flowers such as wild garlic, bluebells, wood anemone and dogs mercury are in seasonal abundance.
Skipton Castle Woods supports a rich diversity of wildlife, including many bats, birds and deer.
Nearest postcode BD23 1AW
The Barn is a great place for all the family to come and enjoy fun activities, indoor and outdoor and great home-cooked food in the cafe.
Emsley’s Farm, Warm Ln, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7DW
Experience hands on animal encounter’s on our traditional working farm, hitch a ride in our 4 x 4 Adventure Experience and relax in our country tearoom while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in our huge fun filled Wizzick Play Barn… a fun filled, informative family day out, RAIN OR SHINE!
Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS
With amazing riverside walks this park is very pretty. The gardens look great all year round and they are well maintained. Many birds live on the river & weir area so bring your bread to feed the ducks and swans.
With a large playground and skate park for children, there is lots to do for both young and old. An on-site cafe means a hot coffee and sweet treat or an ice cream in on offer! At the far end of the park there are 4 tennis courts and an outdoor gym to burn off the sweet treat!
Farnley Ln, Otley LS21 2RW
A Soft Play Centre for children 0 to 14yrs with an American theme for kids. Providing a great place for children to play and learn in a safe environment from 9.30am to 6.30pm 7 days a week with unlimited play.
With flat paths all the way round the Tarn, ideal for scooters, prams and wheelchairs, ducks galore, a new play park & a regular ice cream van, Yeadon Tarn is a great cheap day out! For older children there is also a skate park.