York offer some great value activities for children and families, but which ones top the list? Find out here?
Having visited Yorkshire for over a month, we've gained lots of first hand experiences we thought we'd share with anyone else heading this way soon. Find all you need to know to plan a visit to York with kids in tow: the best attractions, parking advice and some tips where to find the best food. So in a city with plenty of great value activities for children and families, which ones top the list. Find out below?
Heading up to Yorkshire soon? If you do, you'll find York has plenty of fun lined up this Christmas, so there's no excuse for family boredom! Perhaps you fancy spending a family friendly day at one of York's museums or attractions such as the impressive Jorvik Centre or Railway Museum. Or maybe your kids might fancy embracing all things festive and getting involved in the festive St Nicholas Christmas Market.
Mention needing to 'Learn about Science' and you might ordinarily think of places like the Science Museum in London, Deutsches Museum, Munich or even the famous CosmoCaixa in Barcelona... But as we reckon this is one of the most important aspect of our road schooling curriculum, we take each and every chance to grab some interactive science experiences with our girls. So today's seen us head to Halifax in Yorkshire to see Eureka! The National Children's Museum.
As our thoughts turn to Christmas, both girls have asked what was Christmas like in the Twenties? The Thirties, Forties or the Fifties? So inspired in part by the excellent TV series ' Back in Time for....' we decided to visit Nunnington Hall's excellent 'Christmas over the Decades' exhibition.
All year, adults and children alike are understandably spellbound by Castle Howard from the moment you enter past the gigantic gatehouse information boards that offer useful information for the day ahead. Each day spent here feels both educational and fun with plenty of exhibits to enhance your experience. However, it also offers one of Britain’s most atmospheric Christmas experiences to get you in the festive mood
With a month to the start of the Christmas holidays are you looking for things to do in Yorkshire? Perhaps a trip to York's Chocolate Story or the Jorvik Centre? Maybe grab a MTB Bike or Go Ape adventure at Dalby Forest? Or you could consider an educational yet fun visit for kids at the impressive 'The Deep' aquarium in Hull.
From Bonfire Night in York to spooky Halloween performances at Whitby, we've loved visiting Yorkshire at this time of year.... But today we've grabbed the chance to wrap up warm and head into York's historic city centre to discover more about the Industrial Revolution, Georgian History and to build on our learning in Porto about the Age of Discovery.
Helmsley's pretty town centre in North Yorkshire is well known to walkers, motorcyclists and those within the hunting scene..... But thanks to their new free motorhoming aire, it's far more than just an ideal lunch stop or passing through place enroute to the North York Moors... The town's picturesque location, on the River Rye, is surrounded by beautiful countryside and moorland beyond..... Making it the perfect place to explore and discover on a crisp winter's day in November (as much as a sunny July weekend)
Our Roadschooling Adventures keeps offering plenty of varied and exciting opportunities across Europe, but one thing that really excites the girls is any chance to develop their growing passion for marine biology. So Scarborough's Sea Life Centre seemed a perfect fit. Easily accessible by motorhome (see pic), it's located close to the North Bay Promenade overlooking the crashing waves of the North Sea.
Sure you might have been to a haunted house for Halloween? But can you imagine the possibilities of a haunted cornfield or corn maze. Well nor had we, but as they recommend you need to be 14+ yrs old to brave the evening 'Hallowscream'....... We thought we'd opt for the more family friendly daytime option to visit York Maze. Little did we know it's enormous!!!! Easily the largest maze in the UK, it’s proved to be a fun filled, day out with well over 20 rides or activities that's kept us busy all day (our visit lasted 5hrs!!)
The Flamingo Land Experience beside the North York Moors promises Yorkshire's ultimate theme park plus the UK's most visited zoo, so we thought we'd check it out on one of it's Halloween themed days in late October..... and boy does it it deliver!! By some distance! Perhaps the adrenalin fuelled rides might not suitable for those with delicate dispositions or with very young children....but there's plenty for everyone and if you've got an active family who love an adventure... you'll certainly find one here!
Steam engines were once one of the most graceful yet powerful symbols of the industrial age. Powerful locomotive engines with a winning combination of speed and beauty. So it's no wonder they still fascinate us now but if you visit the National Railway Museum in York you can add in an opportunity to see over 100 engines including the world's fastest steam train (The Mallard), the Shinkansen Bullet Train or even a replica of Stephenson's Rocket.
Earlier in the year, we all went fruit picking near London and whilst we were there, we discovered that high quality farm shops do in fact grow vegetables too and even more exciting than that… they grow pumpkins! Just like 'The Ballon Tree Farm Shop' near York... So as we've focusing our road schooling in Yorkshire over the next month, we thought we'd pop in to have a closer look!!
With Yorkshire literally dripping with historical significance, visits to cities like York are a crucial part of our roadschooling adventure across Europe. There maybe hundreds (& thousands) of history resources on the web! But we're taking a different approach, bringing history to life by taking them to places like the WW1 battlefields or the iconic Berlin Wall. Trying hard to give our daughters the broadest understanding of European History...
Squeezing York into one day is a hectic thought..... Its bustling historic city centre is full of attractions that will boggle your brain if you don't have a plan.... But we thought we'd share our first hand experiences to help give you the best place to start any family day out in York...... Especially as it's become one of our favourite European Cities that we've visited on our European Roadtrip... So if you're looking for the first tip from our visit, we'd suggest everyone should try wall walking when you arrive.... giving you a chance to get your bearings by strolling around some of the 3 miles of medieval city walls and gatehouses (just like Dubrovnik...)...
Prepare to be amazed if you visit Pembroke Castle! We certainly were! Expecting to see a small provincial castle overlooking a small town in Pembrokeshire. Little did we know just how much was on offer for families. You can visit the impressive Norman Keep/Tower, take a walk across the brilliantly innovative map of Welsh Castles/Cathedrals..... or for those brave ones you could even venture into the Castle Dungeons or the enormous Wogan Cavern. Who'd have known that Pembroke Castle would be such an exciting place for the whole family to visit.....
If you're on holiday in Pembrokeshire and your children love animals? Then the national award winning 'Folly Farm' might just be the place to visit! Situated just outside the impressive Bluestone Resort, close to some fantastic family experiences and fine beaches lies this family friendly Adventure Park & Zoo. If you regularly visit the south-west corner of Wales (a little north of Saundersfoot and Tenby), you've probably already heard of this fantastic family friendly attraction. But if you haven't, it's well worth every second of the visit...
Leaving our base at Camping Lanterna, we spent the day driving around the Istrian interior which proved to be yet another amazing experience in the mild early May weather (mid 20°C) With plenty more sudden stops like this one at Baredine Caves , this corner of Croatia has something new up it's sleeve at every turn...
The rambling 5-star Piani di Clodia campsite, spread along the shores of Lake Garda, Italy, offers four different ways to escape the summer heat... a huge water park, gentle swimming pools, a dip in Lake Garda itself or through the spacious, shaded grassy pitches. So if you're looking to book your next summer camping holiday, you could do much worse than try one of Europe's best campsites by a lake or river. Think less sand, more a combination of sun, aqua parks and great food and loads of opportunities for family fun!!!.
Having already visited in February (read our full article here)... we couldn't wait to return with the wider family on a '3 Generation' (3G) Holiday. As we mentioned on our last visit to the national park resort of Bluestone Wales... if you love 'Free Range Fun' then you'll find everything you need in the well designed resort set in over 500 acres of Pembrokeshire's finest countryside. But once you've exhausted the array of opportunities within the resort, don't forget that it also lies within easy reach of the amazing beaches of Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven South or Freshwater West! Before returning back to one of its 350 individual timber clad lodges that offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy family fun...
A new star was born in the camping world over a decade ago: The fifth star! Luxury campsites could be set apart for the quality of their facilities, location & accommodation... So having seen other Leading Campings sites including La Marina (Spain), Turiscampo (Portugal) & Camping Krk Resort (Croatia). We were excited to discover just what made Union Lido, the first ever Italian '5 star' Campsite, as we drove from Croatia to Italy, and the stunning location of Venice.
Our 'Roadschooling' Road Trip really has become an ‘adventure’ in every sense of the word with every day full of surprises as we move from one location to another. Now, everyday brings a new outdoor classroom / playground / family adventure for us to discover together as a family. Just like the fantastic Dinopark in Croatia which proved to be a great addition to our 'History' Roadschooling topics
If you missed yesterday's Ghent article, you'd have missed the chance to see us explore Ghent's stunning historical centre (but you can read it by clicking here) However today was all about trying out Ghent's family friendly series of museums.
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