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Studfold Adventure Trails

Studfold Adventure Trails

Nidderdale

Family Fun in Harrogate & District

Harrogate District has family friendly attractions and activities all year round meaning there is always plenty to keep the whole family happy and young ones entertained come rain or shine!

Many of our attractions offer great family fun you won’t want to miss, from adventure playgrounds to nature trails that offer discovery and learning, a theme park and several castles! 

You’ll also find children’s play areas across ours towns and city, the usual swings and slides mixed in with climbing structures and zip wires.
When the weather is kind – the garden town of Harrogate really comes into its own.  Between them the Valley Gardens and the Stray extend to 217 acres bringing the wide green spaces right into the heart of town.

The Valley Gardens is especially suited to families, offering an amazing adventure playground, skate park, pitch and put and crazy golf. 
The delightful market towns of Ripon and Knaresborough offer similar Games in Parks that will entertain the whole family.

Struggling to entertain the children during the School holidays?  It’s a perfect time to plan a family break.  Our popular heritage attractions always make sure they have programmes of family activities to engage their younger audience, often with an emphasis on fun whilst learning about our past, agriculture, and the natural world.

You don’t need to travel far in any direction to find stunning countryside to explore and we are blessed with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on our doorstep – offering paths and trails through woodland, pastures and uplands for families to re-connect with the natural world.

Cycling has never been more popular and is a great way for all the family to have fun together.  Check out our family-friendly bike trails and paths.
Whether you are just here for a day – a week – or longer, come and find out why Harrogate has been welcoming families for generations.

Hungry after all that activity?  Gone are the days when children were “seen and not heard” and you’ll find cafes and restaurants welcoming little ones with excellent facilities and great menus to suit all tastes and budgets – picky eaters definitely catered for here.

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  1. Stunning Views from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale

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    Brimham Rocks

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    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    The Wonder of Nidderdale

    Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, sculpted over centuries by ice, wind and rain. It makes a great day out for families, climbers, walkers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views.…

  2. Lightwater Valley Theme Park

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    Lightwater Valley Theme Park

    Type

    Theme Park

    Ripon

    With over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with adventures for the whole family.

    The Ultimate is Lightwater Valley’s signature ride and provides a thrilling 1.5 mile cocktail of speed, cornering and airtime.

    Unique amongst…

  3. Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

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    Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

    Type

    Cave

    Knaresborough

    Along the banks of the River Nidd, Mother Shiptons Cave is the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess.  It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. This popular visitor attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the magical water which turns objects…

  4. Fountains Abbey ruins in North Yorkshire

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    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

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    Abbey / Priory

    Ripon

    Surrounded by beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site has a lot to offer for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

    The magnificent ruins of the once prosperous Fountains Abbey, the largest monastic ruins in the country, sit alongside a Georgian water garden that is sure to…

  5. Skipton Castle

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    Skipton Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Craven

    The remarkable 900 year old Skipton Castle became a major stronghold by the late C13th.

    Owned by the powerful Clifford Lords, it saw them participating in all the major battles, from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses.

    The Tudor Wing was added in 1536, when Eleanor Brandon,…

  6. How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

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    How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

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    Adventure Sport Centre

    Pateley Bridge

    How Stean Gorge’s activity centre offers professional high quality outdoor experiences onsite in this natural wonder and at other exciting locations in the Yorkshire Dales. This special place is a spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, making it the perfect…

  7. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Castle / Fort

    Knaresborough

    A stronghold of medieval kings, Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd.

    Explore Knaresborough Castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

    Get a…

  8. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    Garden

    Harrogate

    One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, RHS Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence all year round!

    Wonder through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning 58 acre garden and gain ideas for your own borders, or simply relax…

  9. Ripon Law and Order Museums

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    Ripon Law and Order Museums

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    Museum

    Ripon

    Three Museums, one great day out - The three museums of Ripon follow a common theme of law and order and are based in the original workhouse, prison and courthouse buildings. These are all within walking distance around Ripon’s city centre.

    Workhouse Museum

    The Ripon Workhouse Museum and…

  10. The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park - Skating Fun

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    Stockeld Park

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Harrogate

    Stockeld Park – where magic is made and adventures begin... perfectly located between Harrogate and Leeds and just off the A1. Join us in our beautiful Yorkshire Parkland and have an adventure for all the family whatever the season. In Spring and Summer enjoy outdoor and indoor fun whether rain or…

  11. Newby Hall & Gardens

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    Newby Hall & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Ripon

    Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England's finest houses, an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Built in the 1690s in the style of Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam. The…

  12. Valley Gardens, Harrogate

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    Valley Gardens, Harrogate

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    Garden

    Harrogate

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, are known as The Pinewoods cover 17 acres.

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place - visit the area…

  13. How Stean Gorge

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    How Stean Gorge

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    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    A Natural Wonder. Carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, the Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine in the Yorkshire Dales.  Now with a stunning new glass floored building that hangs out over the gorge.  Experience the hieght, and the beauty of this place as has never been possible…

  14. Studfold Adventure Trails

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    Studfold Adventure Trails

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    Nature Trail

    Pateley Bridge

    A Magical Family Countryside Experience - The fairy village of 'Two Stone Wishes' has magically appeared! Discover the hidden code to unlock the gateway to reveal Studfold's magical wood and the secret hidden treasure box! 

    Studfold Adventure Trail is situated in stunning countryside, an area…

  15. Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

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    Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

    Type

    Crazy Golf

    Knaresborough

    Conyngham Hall Park is a beautiful green space on the edge of Knaresborough, perfect for family games and picnics.

    The grounds of Conyngham Hall are open for walking and ball games by the banks of the River Nidd, and up by the hall there are hireable games for families and groups.   

    The…

  16. Coldstones

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    The Coldstones Cut

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    Viewpoint

    Pateley Bridge

    The sculpture functions as an array of platforms from which visitors can view both the spectacular quarry hole and limestone quarrying operation, and the landscape of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty and beyond.

    The sculpture also functions as an interpretive medium for the…

  17. Scar House Cycle Route

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    Scar House Cycle Route

    Type

    Walking Route

    Pateley Bridge

    Scar House Walking & Cycle Routes are a permissive bridleway loop around Yorkshire Water’s Scar House Reservoir which comes to 4 miles and crosses both dams at the top of the valley.

    For walkers it can be extended with a further loop of rough yomping around Angram Reservoir to the remote top of…

  18. Nidd Gorge

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    Nidd Gorge

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Knaresborough

    Nestling between Harrogate and Knaresborough, the woodland, which dates back to at least 1600, is actually made up of five woods, Coalpits Wood, Bilton Banks, Spring Wood, Scotton Banks and Gates Wood.

    A local conservation site, the valley woodlands and the surrounding agricultural land are a…

  19. The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail

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    The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail

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    Walking Tour

    Harrogate

    For young detectives and budding spies to adults who never grew up. The Harrogate Mystery Treasure Trail is a captivating challenge that combines mind-twisting clues and fascinating stories for anyone with a sense of adventure.

    What is a Treasure Trail?

    Turn a regular day out in Harrogate…

  20. Lost Earth Adventures

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    Lost Earth Adventures

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    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    York

    Come abseiling, rock climbing, gorge walking, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, caving and hiking across Yorkshire and the Peak District with our friendly, enthusiastic and highly qualified guides. Perfect for families, corporate groups, charity fundraisers, school and activity groups,…

  21. Laser Adventure, at Stockeld Park

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    Laser Adventure, at Stockeld Park

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    Activity Centre

    Harrogate

    Join friends and family to shoot your way to victory at Stockeld Park’s superb outdoor Laser Adventure!

    Set in beautiful woodland, the Laser Adventure is a new outdoor laser tag gaming experience, ideal for parties and groups, both children and grown-ups. Located in the heart of Yorkshire’s…

  22. Games in the Park - Valley Gardens

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    Games in the Park - Valley Gardens

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    Family Fun

    Harrogate

    Games in the Park for Valley Gardens offers a great opportunity to get outdoors and get active. As well as 4 Tennis Courts, Valley Gardens offers an 18 hole crazy golf course & 18 holes of Pitch and Put. If you fancy trying something a bit more unique there is 9 hole disc golf... Disc golf…

  23. Hackfall Woods

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    Hackfall Woods

    Type

    Forest

    Masham

    Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to explore stretching along the banks of the River Ure.

    There is something about the wild splendour of Hackfall Woods that simply inspires creativity.

    Nineteenth century writers…

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