We all know what it’s like to be constantly on the lookout for fun and memorable experiences to keep the family entertained over the weekend.
From getting stuck into nature to exploring museums, our list of family-friendly day trips will help you to make the most of your free time and ensure you’re never frantically searching for something exciting to do together.
Set in a magnificent 400-hectare country park — just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Leeds— St Aidan’s boasts picturesque woodland, lakes, and grassland to take in while admiring an abundance of British wildlife species including roe deer, brown hares, and marsh harriers.
Pack a picnic and some warm clothes and you’ve got the perfect family day out to reconnect with the great outdoors.
The National Children’s Museum in Halifax is a unique day out that the little ones simply won’t forget.
With interactive exhibitions tailored to inspire curious minds to learn about the world around them, it’s no wonder that this centre welcomes over 300,000 visitors through its doors every year.
3. Jorvik DIG
For adventure seekers, Jorvik DIG is a fantastic choice. Lurking beneath the busy streets of York city centre lie four replica excavation pits giving children the chance to be ‘trainee-diggers’ for the day — discovering Roman, Viking, medieval, and Victorian artefacts and learning how people lived in the different historical periods.
4. The Deep
This vast aquarium — on the banks of the River Humber in Hull — hosts over 3,500 fish, as well as turtles, sharks, penguins, and rays.
With a tour lasting two-three hours, children can see species from the world’s oceans, play interactive games, and learn all about the importance of preserving marine life.
TakeatriptoRoundhayPark and embark on an unforgettable journey through rainforest, mangroves, and desert to see assorted creatures — from meerkats and bats to piranhas and crocodiles — before stepping into the darkness to join a variety of nocturnal species.
A fun experience for all the family, Diggerland in Castleford grants you access to real life construction machinery — from a 6-tonne digger to JCBs — as well as the opportunity to get behind the wheel for yourself!
Take advantage of the indoor and outdoor play areas, and café to make a real day of it.
This family-run, award-winning farm has quickly become a top tourist attraction within the picturesque Pennine hills.
An adventure playground, indoor play area, farm shop, restaurants, and hundreds of animals await you at this spot — as seen on ‘This Week on the Farm’ and ‘Springtime on the Farm’.
With the spookiest of holidays fast approaching, head to Ravensknowle Farm for an autumnal day of tractor rides, archery, bird of prey shows, story time — and of course the chance to pick your very own pumpkin.
Be sure to take your camera to make the most of the photo opportunities!