A to Z of play in Yorkshire and the North East
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This summer we’re inviting you to play out. We have loads of games in store for you from dressing up to hide and seek; garden games like quoits and giant Jenga; and if you’re more of a thrill seeker, kayaking and rock climbing. It’s inevitable we’ll have some rainy days too, and on those days you can play indoors with jigsaws, tiddlywinks and card games.
Here's our A to Z of play so you don't run out of ideas for playing out this summer.
Art – create wild art at Cragside
Bushcraft – learn to live outdoors at Allen Banks
Climbing - scale Crag Lough on Hadrian’s Wall
Events - from pirate days to magic displays we have events for all the family
Fun Palace – Ormesby Hall turns into a fun palace every Thursday in August
Garden games – try croquet and badminton at Goddards
Hobbit house – explore the hobbit house at East Riddlesden Hall
Imagination – pick up a sword and defend your empire at Housesteads Roman Fort
Jigsaw – tackle one of the jigsaws at Wallington
Kite flying – borrow a kite from Lindisfarne Castle
Labyrinth – get lost in the Rhododendron labybrinth at Cragside
Morse code – crack the code and learn semaphore at Souter Lighthouse
Nature –discover nature in the nuttery at Washington Old Hall
Old Maid – try your hand at retro card game Old Maid at Washington Old Hall
Pond life – discover what lurks beneath at Hardcastle Crags
Quoits – have a go on the terrace at Rievaulx
Rockpooling – let our Rangers on the Farnes show you sea life
Strawberry Castle – discover the adventure play area at Gibside
Tracker packs – pick up a coast alive pack from Old Coastguard Station
Underground – explore a cave at Brimham Rocks
Visit a farm – meet the farmyard animals at Cherryburn
Wilderness – check out the new tunnel and story den at Beningbrough’s wilderness play area
Xtreme activies (ok we cheated a bit with this one) – Kayak along the North Yorkshire coastline
Your highness - take up the royal trail at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Zebra – play a game created by the Trevelyan family at Wallington called hump backed zebra.