Holiday Fun for Kids in Rosedale or Whitby

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There are just so many places for kids and teenagers to have fun across the North Yorkshire Moors National Park or on the Yorkshire Heritage Coast that it is impossible to list them all.  

We’ve put together a selection of our favourite places that our family has been visiting for many years. 

Ryedale Show 04 - Tracey Phillips

A Visit to the North York Moors Gives Kids the Chance to Re-connect with the Natural World.  And That is Important!

You'll also find regular updates of places for family fun on our blog - so visit now and bookmark the blog for future reference.

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Beck Island Museum

In the centre of Pickering, and housed in a Regency Mansion in its own grounds, the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life sits in a pictorial setting.  The 27-gallery museum is a time machine back to Victorian life.  The award winning Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life captures a way of rural life that disappeared with the Second World War.  There is a fantastic the gallery of Photography of local scenes.  Further galleries, all set out as rooms or shops include Dairy, Cobblers, Village Pub, Chemist's, Costumes, Nursery, Village Store, Gents Outfitter, Victorian Parlour, Hardware Shop, and Blacksmith.  To the rear, a large collection of agricultural equipment, carts, threshing machines and ploughs is on display.  For further details and opening times, please telephone 01751 473 653.

NY Moors Railway

One of North Yorkshire’s premier tourist attractions; the NYMR offers steam train trips through 18 miles of beautiful North York Moors National Park from the market town of Pickering to Grosmont, and then on to Whitby during the summer months.  The station at Goathland is better known as Aidensfield in Yorkshire Television’s popular Heartbeat series.  The railway line was also featured in the first Harry Potter film as Hogsmeade.  For full details on timetables, fares and events please telephone customer services on 01751 472508.

NYM Railway Steamtrain

NYMR Steamtrains Runs from Whitby to Pickering Every Day in Summer.

Cleveland Iron Museum

The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum at Skinningrove is a fascinating museum which today offers visitors an opportunity to experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and to explore the skills, customs and life of the miners.  It will give you real insider’s view of how the 5,000 miners living in Rosedale in the 1800’s lived and worked.  The museum is on the coast but only a short drive from either Spyglass 1708 in Whitby or Rosella Cottage in Rosedale.  For opening times and other details, telephone 01287 642 877.

Wild Country Walkabouts

Wild Country Walkabouts runs a low impact outdoor activities centre, including bushcraft and archery, in and around Rosedale.  They’re located just a short-hop from Rosella Cottage in Rosedale Abbey.  They offer a chance to expand your knowledge, develop new skills and further your understanding of yourself and the natural world.  They aim to ensure that you leave Rosedale seeing wild places through new eyes, with the confidence to explore further when next time you visit.  Telephone 01751 417 950 for further details.

Moors Centre

The Moors Centre at Danby is the main visitors centre for the whole of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.  It offers a great interpretive centre, a gallery, café and some lovely short walks in a beautiful setting.  Telephone 01439 772737 to check on opening hours and find out what’s going on at the Moors Centre.

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo – between Pickering and Malton - is 400 acres of wild family fun.  We suggest you call Flamingo Land for seasonal opening times and to confirm admission prices.  Telephone 0871 9118000 for details and information on special events.

Eden Camp

Eden Camp is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.  This showcase museum offers realistic tableaux which incorporate moving figures, authentic sounds, smells and lighting effects that will transport you back in time to the Second World War.  Explore the inside of a U-Boat and experience what it was like to be under attack.  Find your way through the Black Out and brave the Blitz.  Learn all about rationing and the Save it Schemes. Take a stroll through a Street at war and take shelter in an air raid shelter.  You can also visit the Music Hall and Puppet Show or let off steam in the Eden Camp Junior Assault course (weather permitting).  There is also an extensive collection of military vehicles, war planes and other hardware on display.  And, on a number of special days during the year, Eden camp becomes the temporary home of a number or re-enactment teams, when visitors can come face to face with German POW's, British soldiers, an American MP or even the great British Bobby.  Eden Camp We is an all-weather site and the majority of displays and exhibits are indoors, so it’s an ideal place to visit during inclement weather.  For further details, and to check on opening times, telephone 01653 697 777.

Dizzy Rascals

Dizzy Rascals is located in Pickering. It is a lovely colourful farmyard themed soft-play facility with jumbo slides, ball pool, cargo nets, and many other features.  There is a comfortable cafe area serving snacks and drinks. There is also a separate baby and toddler area to cater for smaller children.  Telephone 01751 467097 for seasonal opening times.

Go Ape

Go Ape is located at the Dalby Forest visitor centre in Thornton-le-Dale, “Go-ape, Dalby” offers tree canopy zip wires designed to get the adrenalin pumping.  Children must be 10 years or older and the under 18s must be supervised by an adult.  For further details and bookings, telephone 0845 643 9245.

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay offers a safe and sheltered paddling area with a nice sandy beach; great for dinghy sailing.  At low tide the beach reveals a mile of rocky outcrops and countless fossils, so it's fabulous for beachcombing and rock-pooling with the children.

Runswick Bay Credit Chris J Parker NYMNPA 2

Kids will Love Sailing at Runswick Bay.

Robin Hoods Bay

The beaches and cliffs at Robin Hoods Bay are full of ammonites, belemnites, reptilian and dinosaur fossils and footprints from the Jurassic and Cretacious periods.  And at low tide you'll also find a small sandy beach approachable through the village (you’ll need to park at the top and walk down).  As you pass through the village you’ll find the interesting Bay Museum (and Mortuary) with displays covering local fishing, shipping, local history and geology.  Details of the many shipwrecks and historic rescues in the Bay are recorded and there is a unique model of a smuggler's house showing how contraband was hidden from the Revenue Men!  Altogether a great day out with the kids.


A town like no other on Planet Earth. Spend at least a day out visiting the old town on East side, walking along Henrietta Street, and climbing the 199 steps to St Mary’s Churchyard and the Abbey beyond. You can grab an ice-cream or ride a donkey on the beach in summer. If you’re brave (or mad), you might even take a dip in the North Sea! Don’t forget to try some fish ‘n’ chips. Haddock from Haddley’s near the bridge is our favourite. It’s magic.

Ruswarp rowing

Rowing at Ruswarp on the Esk above Whitby.

Palace Cinema

The Palace cinema in the near-by town of Malton offers two screens of pure delight!  For details of current films showing, please telephone Jeremy Powell on 01653 600 008.

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