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

Dressing up – go Victorian at Cragside or 1920’s style at Nunnington Hall

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.