From Forest Bathing and Yoga in the woods, to Orienteering and Foraging Courses around the Druid’s Temple, to learning to Stone Carve and Weave Willow in the craft tent – this is a day out that offers a variety of woodland activities and countryside crafts for all ages along with guided walks around the Swinton Estate.
The day starts and finishes at Swinton Bivouac near Masham, from where walkers are free to roam on the Estate Trails, with activities running all day in the woodland, the Bivouac café and the ArtisOn craft tent.
We haven’t forgotten about your little ones. The Woodland School runs twice a day with children enjoying supervised play and exploration in the Druid’s woodland (suitable for ages 5-11yrs).
Complimentary Falconry Displays are always a huge hit, watch the gracefulness and precision of these amazing birds as they fly with exhilarating speed.
The Mountain Bike track will be open for those seeking some thrills and spills. With a variety of routes for differing ability levels to experience the jumps, bumps and downhill sections, please bring your own bike.
Let the creativity flow with craft activities for children in the Long Barn with a range of activities available.
Budle Bay Croft – 5-star luxury farm-stay holidays on a lovely coastal smallholding in Bamburgh, Northumberland. 2 cottages – Budle Falls and Budle Haugh
Owner Allison has been in touch with Mumbler to tell us about her incredibly family friendly cottages and to offer Mumblers a 5% discount when booking directly with her; firstname.lastname@example.org
“Luxurious serenity with bags to do – gorgeous 5* self catering cottages on a magical coastal smallholding in the parish of Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast.Two cosy, comfortable, contemporary and romantic 2 bedroomed self catering cottages ideal for families, couples, dog lovers, groups of friends, parties, reunions, honeymoons, hen parties, birthday celebrations.Short breaks, weekends and weekly bookings, open all year round.
Very child friendly and family friendly – cots, highchairs, potties, bath toys, toys, outdoor toys, moses basket, travel cots with comfy mattresses, cot linen, step up stools, baby carriers, baby monitors, changing mats, high chairs and stair-gates provided free of charge. Several acres of grounds with play parks, farm animals, ride on toys and private gardens too.
Dog friendly too – acres of grounds to explore and run around, dog basket, bowls and doggie treats provided for our 5* pooch guests”
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The holiday village in c’an picafort it’s an exclusive Thomson hotel, it’s a family hotel, kids club, shows every night for all the family, kids pool with slides etc close to the beech and town, we would defo go back it was fab,
“Another vote for crows nest, we have a caravan there. Great things around it playdale farm park, gorgeous farm shop with fab offers cafe and kids garden, Filey 5 mins away and Scarborough and Bridlington 15 mins, Filey country park is lovely, glen gardens, kids paddling pool, little fairground without being tacky! Oh gosh to much to say, we love crows nest and Filey! Also cayton bay, primrose valley, blue dolphin and flower of may are all close by but are alot bigger and more commercialised depends what your after but if you want a small family run site and want your kids to play out knowing there not going to go far crows nest is the one it also has an indoor pool which you can have to yourself quite often! ”
Tel 01723 582206
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm
“Have stayed in Sequoia Lodge and Hotel Cheyanne, both were nice but personally preferred Sequoia Lodge, it was quite a bit more money but had a lovely indoor pool and nice bar area. We have always flown with Jet 2 and then caught the local train from the airport which takes you right into the resort. We also book the flights separately from the hotel booking as it has always come out cheaper”
“Would recommend the Cheyenne- it’s one of the cheapest, but perfect for the amount of time you actually spend in the room! We traveled by Eurostar – it was really straight forward – would recommend buying the ‘half board’ food vouchers too- as it’s a lot more expensive when you are there! ”
“We have been to seqouia four times and love it. We are going again in the next holiday. Lovely and cosy feel to it. We have flown twice and gone on eurostar twice. Again this next time we are going on euro star. It takes u straight into the park. They take your luggage to the hotel too! You also get extra time on your departure day too as train does not go till 6.40ish. The plane is normally lunchtime so you get up and go. Depends what u want. I just love the eurostar and sequioa. If u stay in a disney hotel you also get magic hours before everyone else. Normally between 8-10 on a morning. I booked this trip last july and got a good deal. Upgraded the train for a small amount and upgraded the room too.”
“Filey is great with a huge stretch of beach to stroll along. There is one arcade on the front at the north bay I think it is,with a fab cafe that do home made cakes & hot choc next door & fish & chips few shops up also!” SW March ’14
Situated in a glorious woodland meadow, deep in the heart of Cropton Forest, Forest Holidays’ luxury self-catering cabins with private hot tubs make an ideal base for adventures, exploring or simply relaxing.
For pre-travel enquiries and bookings call: 03330 110 495
(Cropton Forest is located approximately 55 miles North East of Harrogate in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park)
Follow the forest road as it drops deep into the wooded valley; feel the calm of the forest wrap itself around you, and listen… silence. This is Keldy, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
For pre-travel enquiries and bookings call: 03330 110 495
(Keldy is located approximately 55 miles North East of Harrogate in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park)
“Primrose valley was fantastic” HH
“Another vote for Primrose Valley. Has fantastic facilities for the kids. Ours love it. We go for a long weekend every year” CS
“Primrose Valley or Blue dolphin if you want a quietish site then Reighton Sands” AC
“We went to Reighton sands a couple of years ago was nice as is a quieter one but can go use the things at nearby parks. Driving distance of Filey Scarborough and Bridlington as well” MJ
“We have done haven and would recommend them reighton sands and Thorpe park both good and am currently looking at this years We did go out of school holidays though!” CM
Been camping this weekend to Heathfield Caravan Park in pately bridge. Would like to highly recommend it was a lovely site with very nice clean facilities and very reasonably priced. I’ve never been to a campsite with such clean toilets and showers. The lady who runs it is a mumbler too but can’t remember her name. LR Aug 2013
All hotels listed have been recommended by mumblers and are (roughly) within an hour of Harrogate.
The Angel Inn – Hetton (Nr Skipton)- 01756 730263
a great place if you’re a foodie!
Black Swann – Helmsley – 01439 770466
The Black Swan – Oldstead – 01347 868387
Crab & Lobster – Thirsk – 01845 577286
They have themed rooms like different luxury hotels around the world. My mum went for her anniversary and loved it!
Hotel Du Vin – Harrogate – 08447 364257
Hotel Du Vin – York – 08447 489268
Mallyan Spout – Whitby – 01947 896 486
The Old Rectory – Nr Thirsk – 01845 501417
The Pipe & Glass Inn – Beverley – 01430 810246
The Star Inn – Harome (Nr Helmsley) – 01439 770397
Talbot Hotel – Malton – 01653 639096
Wensleydale Heifer – West Witton – 01969 622322
Themed rooms which include a chocolate room, film room, whisky room, heifer room, hot tub room etc etc. Food to die for. Well worth a look
Ilkley Lido is a fantastic outdoor swimming and paddling pool, open May- September but please double-check with the Lido before going!
There is a cafe serving food, drinks and ice-creams. The opening times depend on the weather, its best to ring first to check the cafe is open if you are unsure. There are also vending machines.
You can take your own food & drink and there are picnic tables for you as well.
Ilkley Pool & Lido
Tel: 01943 600453
Puerto pollensa!!!! Loads of kids and it’s flat…long beach with shallow waters!!! Were going end of may I love it there
Ferrera Beach aparthotel near cala d’or. We went last year and loved it. Fab kids club and amazing all inc food. All staff so friendly too
We went to First Choice Holiday Village in Cala Millor this year and it was absolutely brilliant – went with my sister too so we had a 5 year old, 2 x 2.5s and a 1! And there was loads for all of them entertainment was top notch and restaurants plenty to choose from!
Check out pirate village in Santa Ponsa, we went this year and booked for next year too.. Mine are 2, 7 and 10 and they all loved it. Pirate themed hotel, pirate invasion
Around the pool twice a week, great kids clubs and entertainment day and night
“Masons at Appletreewick is great, right by the river with footpath too”. SA June 2013
“Another vote for masons” NM June 2013
Harrogate Mumbler visited in August 2013 and it was great. Unfortunately as it was the summer holidays the Peppa Pig bit was rammed. Having said, that there were bits within the Peppa Pig world that didn’t have massive queues (the water jet play park, the little houses where you can just see the figures and get your photo taken) so my girls still got a good look around.
The rest of Paultons park was much less busy and it was fantastic. The vast majority of the rides are for kids- only one or two have height limits (I seem to remember 1.1 and 1.2metres) so my kids could go on most stuff.
We were there for 2 days on a Poultons mini break and could have stayed longer. We loved it and will be back! Quite often they do a buy one day get one free.
Top tips- rent a double cart/buggy for the day. The park is massive and it really gave my 2 kids longevity. They loved jumping in the littl cart rather than a pushchair.
Take swim stuff and towels for the water jets bit (big one inside the main park, smaller one inside Peppa Pig world)
“Saltburn is beautiful. You can walk for miles along the beach. Theres a small pier and also if you walk the other way theres a fish/chip shop. Over the roads a park as well. On the front of the pier theres a small ‘penny arcade’. . Have fun !” JM Mar ’14
“Sleningford Watermill at West Tanfield is great for kids and dogs” SH June 2013
All Spa Hotels have been recommended by Mumblers and are (roughly) within an hour of Harrogate.
The Bridge Hotel & Spa – Wetherby – 01937 580 115
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa – Bolton Abbey (Nr Skipton) – 01756 718111
Feversham Arms – Helmsley – 01439 770766
Feversham arms In Helmsley is amazing!!
Afternoon tea was absolutely gorgeous. Outside pool very warm. Good mid week prices.
Poolside suite absolutely beautiful, pool lovely, food lovely, really relaxing, went a few summers ago when weather really hot, air-conditioned room perfect!, can’t recommend highly enough!
Goldsborough Hall – Knaresborough – 01423 867321
Middlethorpe Hall & Spa – York – 01904 641241
Raithwaite Hall – Whitby – 01947 661661
Rockliffe Hall – Darlington – 01325 729999
amazing with fab spa
Rudding Park – Harrogate – 01423 871350
Seaham Hall – Seaham – 0191 5161400
Swinton Park – Masham – 01765 680900
Wood Hall Hotel – Wetherby – 0845 072 7564
lovely, and the spa is fab
“We opened our little campsite in Killinghall last year and get LOADS of local families staying – one local family came 3 weekends running last year!! We have a campfire which we allow people to light on a Saturday night and this seems to be the biggest attraction.”
We went to a lovely place in Cornwall, called Tintage. It’s where King Arthur was meant to have been born.
We rented a lovely cottage in walking distance of the tow and whilst there visited the Edan project. There were lovely walks and lots to see and do. It also wasn’t far from the zoo. BH Oct 2013
Humble Bee Farm is a working farm ideally located for your glamping getaway in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, around 60 miles from Harrogate or about an hour and a half drive.
To book simply call our helpful staff on 01723 890437.
“Whitby! Good fish and chips and there are arcades too! Go to Hadleys if you go-best fish and chips!x
FP Mar ’14
“I will second Whitby. All you could want in a seaside town and still a little traditional town” EL Mar ’14
“We love Whitby…fun climbing steps to abbey and some fab sweet shops” LP MAr ’14
“We recently had a lovely family weekend in Whitby …. would highly recommend x LC Mar ’14
“Wrea Head Cottages, Scarborough- lovely family friendly self catering cottages with a large communal indoor pool and children’s teddy bears picnic play house in the garden.” SS Oct 2014