We’ve heard it directly from the Harrogate Borough Council- it’s official!
“It is wonderful news that the play areas can officially open on 4th July 2020
We will be giving them a thorough inspection in the week leading up to the reopening to make sure that they are safe to use.
We need to remind everyone to keep the social distancing as much as possible, bring your own hand sanitiser with you and wash your hands when you get home.
We are expecting the play areas to be busier than normal to begin with. We want to appeal to people to keep their visits short so that everyone gets a chance to play and if a play area is really busy then please come back at a quieter time.“
Last Updated 24th June 2020
Just eight miles north of York, around a 45 minute drive from Harrogate is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens, sprawling parkland and hands-on art galleries.
Whether it’s swinging from heights or climbing the wall up the pyramid tower in the popular wilderness play area, fun and games on the lawn, borrowing a bike to ride around the gardens or dressing up as royalty in the hall, Beningbrough is a fantastic family day out.
Pick up a free explorer backpack and go hunting for bugs, bird watching or navigating the gardens with a compass. Or, head inside. The hall can be enjoyed all year round. Get creative in the interactive galleries or let your littlest one amuse themselves in the pre-school playroom.
During school holidays, there are plenty of organised activities to enjoy from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ playlist as well as artrageous workshops and interactive trails.
Children’s picnic boxes and delicious meals made from home grown and locally sourced produce are available from the restaurant. Plus ice creams, sandwiches, snacks and drinks from the Brew House during school holidays and on weekends.
“We had a fantastic day at Beningbrough this week. They now let dogs into most of the gardens (just not in the childrens play area and walled garden bit) and there is a place you can sit and have a coffee just close to the adventure playground. My girls loved building the dens and climbing the trees. A fabulous day out. And the for was lovely too!”
Mumbler EP, Jul 18
“My 2 love the adventure play area.”
Mumbler JC, Jan 18
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.
Be sure to have a playground adventure. There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.
Have a well-earned sit down with a seasonal meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, tuck into tea and cake with a lakeside view at Studley tea room or a sweet treat at Mill Café.
If there’s still oodles of energy left visit the deer park. Admire the views down to Ripon Cathedral and see if you can spot the deer. There are three different types from small fallow deer to the largest of them all: red deer.
There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.
Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Click here to visit the website.
Photos by Chris Lacey
Billy-Bob’s Parlour combines an awesome ice cream parlour and 1950’s American diner with amazing play adventures for diners up to 15 years old. You can drop-in for an ice cream, or come for a full meal and a play – the choice is yours! Be sure to check out our website before you come
Billy-Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour
Calm Slate Farm
T: 01756 711826
This is a great place if you like walking with the kids. We only did a small part of it, but there is also a riverside walk. Its free entry for RHS to the gardens, or £5 for the gardens, but plenty to do outside the grounds too. There is a small play area and tea rooms
Just off Otley Road.
An excellent place to take energetic toddlers! Annual membership is currently around £36 for an adult (which also gets you into Harewood, Ripley castle gardens, Newby hall and loads more off season.). Kids under 6 are free and members can take in one adult guest each visit. There is a Bettys café at the entrance and kiosk in the gardens for a mid way cuppa and delicious cake! There is a small play area, a log maze, a tree house, and loads more.
There are always seasonal/ school holiday activities so check out our school holidays pages here for the most up to date information
Marigold Café and Boating is situated in Knaresborough on the banks of the River Nidd, one of Yorkshire’s most picturesque settings.
Marigold in Knaresborough enjoys an enviable riverside location at the bottom of the Nidd Gorge. And here’s a thought: how often is it the case that, after travelling far and wide, we realise that true happiness is to be found in our own backyard?
So if you’re popping in for a bite to eat, chilling with a nice brew, trying out your rowing skills or indulging in a luxury ice-cream – Marigold offers a delightful spot in a beautiful town.
Open every day from 9.30am
16 Waterside, KnaresboroughYorkshire HG5 8DET
01423 869 773
Facilities:Sun Parlour Cafe, Childrens Play Area, Maze, Football pitch, 3 Tennis courts, Flat Green Bowling, 18 hole Putting and 9 hole Crazy Golf.
The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.
There is a new kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.
The park also offers pitch and put, crazy gold, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.
At the top of the Gardens lie the Pine Woods.
Signposted off the A59 after Bolton Abbey but before Skipton.
This place has a great (free) outdoor play area and brilliant 1950’s style parlour serving sundaes, breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs, coffees, cakes & all sorts!