What to do when in Yorkshire

At the moment, the topic in most people’s minds is, “when will this terrible pandemic end?” We’re here to share some of the incredible and fun days out in Yorkshire that you and your family can enjoy.

There’s no doubt that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has left us all feeling anxious, isolated and a general feeling of uncertainty. We are all wondering when life will return back to normal, so that we can get back to doing the things we love, with the people we love.

Here’s a few ideas to put in the diary for your next fun days out in Yorkshire!

Diggerland Theme Park

First and foremost, Diggerland of course!

Diggerland provides a truly incredible and unique experience to add to your  fun days out in Yorkshire.

With 20 fantastic rides and drives to choose from, suitable for all members of the family, you’re bound to be impressed!

Where else can you learn how to operate real JCBs and 180/360 excavators? You can also experience what it is like to spin around on our Spindizzy ride! 

We provide a true variety of different construction based activities. Starting with rising to lofty heights on the Skyshuttle; and enjoying an off-road ride on the Groundshuttle. 

Additionally, you can choose from hooking a duck using a Komatsu PC14 machine, or moving and digging dirt in a JCB 8030 tracked mini digger!

Get stuck into history

Jorvik Viking Centre

For the families that have an interest in all things historic, we suggest planning a visit to Jorvik Viking Centre.

Experience the site which revealed some of the most incredible discoveries in modern archaeology. Taking you back to the 1970s, you can see at first hand what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back. 

You can even get a closer look at some of the rarest Viking artifacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks!

National Coal Mining Museum

Days out in Yorkshire just got super unique at the National Coal Mining Museum.

Here, you can go on an adventure 140 m underground into England’s last deep coal mine.

Just put on a hard hat and a lamp, and you’re good to go! 

Talk to charismatic former-miners as they tell the tales of their mining careers. Learn about the men, women, children, animals and equipment that worked the coal mines for centuries before them.

Hear how mining lingo, hardships and dangers shape how we live our lives today.

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle is one of the country’s most magnificent and best preserved medieval castles. It bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is still in the private ownership of Lord Bolton.

The beautiful castle based in Wensleydale provides groups and families a wonderful opportunity to delve deep into the history it holds. With their educational trips and tours, it’s perfect for the family.

Bolton Castle currently provides a 20% off discount to passengers that travel via Wensleydale Railway!

Enjoying the great outdoors

Short Strolls (up to 5 miles)

If you’re the outdoorsy type of family (or even if you’re not), we bet that you’re looking forward to getting outside after a long time of being in isolation.

We have a list of really exciting outdoor walks that screams beauty.

The Yorkshire Dales offers a range of fantastic walks for everyone.

Some of the best family routes are at Aysgarth Falls that takes in a series of breathtaking waterfalls and the gem of a walk to Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Gill Force from Askrigg. 

Or, what if we were to tell you that you can take a halter trained alpaca for a walk?

In the Hambleton Hills, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire, you can! What a wonderful way to spend your days out in Yorkshire!

Walks of 1, 1.5 or 2 hours are available for adults over 16 (younger children over 10 can be accompanied by an adult). These delightful creatures are friendly, most endearing and easy to handle.

On foot experiences

For the following walks, get ready to get your backpacks packed and your walking boots on your feet, as we mean business!

Coast to Coast is a classic walk, devised by the late Alfred Wainwright in 1973 to link the Irish Sea and the North Sea via the hills, Moors and valleys of Northern England. This is a 190 mile route which crosses two of Yorkshire’s National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

Or does The Three Peaks challenge interest you? We challenge you to complete the ascent and descent of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent within twelve hours!

You can also discover 300 miles of waymarked walking, mountain biking and horse riding across wild and wonderful Yorkshire landscapes by taking part in one of Yorkshire’s National Trails. Long distance trails are a brilliant alternative for a break from home and enable you to explore even more of an area. Set yourself a personal challenge and grasp that fantastic sense of achievement that comes with tackling one.

We hope that this small guide has plucked some inspiration for your family.

To pre book your tickets to Diggerland, visit our website.