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Top 10 Days Out to Expand Young Minds

Find a place to keep young ones occupied and expand their knowledge and world a little bit at the same time with our Top Ten for expanding Active Minds

Studfold Adventure Trails

Number one has to be Studfold Adventure Trails, designed to cater to the whole primary school age group as well as pre-school, the Explore, Discover and Learn Trail provides fun, adventure and the opportunity to learn through their own curiosity as they travel round the trail.  The features of the trail focus on all the senses, on the surrounding nature and materials of the natural world.

Skipton Castle

What better way to learn about the turbulent times of the 17th Century and in particular the Civil War.  Skipton Castle frequently features re-enactment and immersive history experiences bring the past back to life.  Please check their website for upcoming events.

Mother Shipton’s

Based around a geological wonder, Mother Shipton's Cave also includes an adventure playground, riverside walks and a gateway into the strange beliefs and superstitions of the Tudor age.  At its heart is the Petrifying Well that flows with waters so rich in minerals that they turn objects placed in them to stone.  See objects at various stages of the process which can be complete in just a few months.

Ripon Museums

Away to the Workhouse - the fate of so many unfortunate souls once upon a time.  Ripon Workhouse Museum and Garden, along with its sister museums offers the chance to learn about the life of society's less fortunate members in the time of Queen Victoria,  Dickens and Lewis Carol, when the less fortunate were confined to a hard and gruelling life.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

Unlike many stately homes Beningbrough Hall is not full of stuffy old furniture separated from the public by felt ropes, but full of portraits and art.  Included in this is the chance for young ones to dress up, learn how portraits were made through a host of interactive exhibits,

Brimham Rocks 

Pick up a discovery pack from the Brimham Rocks Visitor Centre and explore this amazing natural environment, discover the species, geology and environment that make Brimham Rocks and its surrounding moorland a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Discover the secrets of plants and the natural world at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, learn new crafts and facts about the animals and creatures that live under our noses, and there are always special activities put together by the team to make the best of school holidays all year round.

Coldstones Cut

The surreal Coldstones Cut sits on the top of Greenhow Hill, a limestone hill that has seen human activity and industry for hundreds of years.  As the site for the last working quarry in Nidderdale that activity is still taking place.  The quarry workings and processes are clearly visible from the front apron of the sculpture with quarry vehicles making their way around the site, and each of the two viewing points accessed  by spiral paths include informative installations to capture young imaginations.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall and Gardens is home to world class collections of Dolls Houses and Teddy Bears recently donated to the house are remarkable in their stories and their craftsmanship.  They add to the amazing range of things to do at Newby which as well as a house and gardens include and adventure playground and a miniature railway.

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