Days Out Harrogate

Parks & Playgrounds

Last Updated: 22/03/21

The gardens, restaurant for takeaway drinks, play area, toilets and car park at Beningbrough are open for the local community to exercise in on selected days. The hall, galleries and shop remain closed. We’ve introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. You will need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we may need to turn people away who arrive and haven’t booked.

Opening Times: March – April, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Plus 7 days a week in the local Easter school holidays 27 March – 11 April.

May, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Plus both bank holiday Mondays

June – August, Monday – Sunday, 10am -5pm


Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

01904 472027


Billy Bobs Parlour

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
Bolton Abbey
BD23 6EU
T: 01756 711826

Duncombe Park Helmsley

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



RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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

Marigolds Cafe

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

Ripon Spa gardens

Facilities:Sun Parlour Cafe, Childrens Play Area, Maze, Football pitch, 3 Tennis courts, Flat Green Bowling, 18 hole Putting and 9 hole Crazy Golf.

Valley Gardens

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.

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour

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!