Great Yorkshire Days Out
We seem to have been getting out and about a lot in the last few weeks in glorious Yorkshire where we live and I thought it might be interesting for anyone looking to plan a family day trip (with a buggy) to see what I thought of where we’ve been. The whole ‘step free access’ thing has become a minor obsession of mine on days out now, as faffing around hauling Albert up and down some stairs while strapped in his buggy isn’t my idea of a fun time. Although bingo wings, GONE.
The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate
It’s only on for three days a year in July so this is one for next year if you like the look of it. There was so much to do and I don’t think we got to see it all and we covered A LOT of ground. There’s plenty of livestock, food stalls, shops, crafts, the show ground for displays (we saw some showjumping), falconry, brass bands, woodchipping, the list goes on.
Most of it is flat and great for pushchairs but we couldn’t find a way to get to the main food hall that didn’t involved hauling Albert’s pram up a considerable number of steps. But that’s just a minor quibble and we’re going again next year.
Cricket at North Marine Road, Scarborough
Every year, Yorkshire CCC play a handful of games at Scarborough. It’s always busy but there’s loads of room and if you’ve got a buggy you can get to the front seats and park them up on the boundary. There’s step free access too BUT the only baby changing facilities are in the pavilion which you can only access with a membership card. So unless you want to change your baby on the grass at the side of the pitch (or you’re a member) then it’s a bit of a problem. If this doesn’t phase you or you’re fully signed up to the White Rose (or the visiting county) then it’s a great place for a day out.
The Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes
If you’re visiting the Dales this is a great place to stop for a snack and lots of cheese. There’s a great shop, a cheese sampling area where you can try before you buy, and then try again, a spacious cafe with plenty of high chairs and a tour of the creamery which is suitable for buggies.
It’s in a really nice spot in Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and I would totally recommend it if you’re visiting that part of the world.
Filey and Filey Beach
This is one of our favourite places and the beach is the best one in Yorkshire in my opinion. It’s a real hidden gem with wide, golden sands, few people on really sunny days and it’s so flat and clean. It’s so much better than the beach at neighbouring Scarborough as there’s just so much of it and we always feel like we have so much of it just to ourselves. The beach is easy to get to from several ramps so no worrying about steps and the front at Filey is a nice walk and as flat as flat can be. There was also a free outdoor paddling pool which was in action while we were there. It’s perfect for a family day out.
Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate
I’ve blogged about this place before but I’m writing about it again as it really is that good. Wayne and I got married here and we go back fairly regularly for lunch or sometimes to stay as a treat. It’s a luxury hotel and the grounds and Kitchen Garden are absolutely gorgeous, as is the hotel and rooms. But the thing I love about it the most now Albert’s here is just how family friendly it is, despite sitting at the top end of the market. All the staff are so friendly and helpful, no-one pulls a face when they see you have a baby and they even offer activity packs and all the essentials including nappies and wipes in case you run out.
One mini quibble is that the only baby changing unit is in a disabled toilet a bit of a walk from the restaurant and it would be great to have one closer, but everything else is A1. And no problems with steps here either, as there are plenty of lifts and ramps. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re after somewhere brilliant to stay, to have lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
OK so there’s lots of hills and it is a bit bumpy in places, but the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a great place to spend a few hours wandering around. I went with a friend and our little boys and we had a good walk, a picnic, coffee and lots of chats. Finding the sculptures was fun and the views are gorgeous. Entry to the sculpture park is free but parking costs £8 a car for all day so if you can car share it doesn’t work out too bad at all.
If you’re in Yorkshire or are visiting with your family then I hope this post has given you a few ideas of some great places to visit.
Lots of Yorkshire love,