Family days out at Beningbrough

In need of ideas for your next family day out? Visit Beningbrough Hall and discover all kinds of activities and things to do for the entire family.

Looking ahead to the summer holidays

Download the handy planner to stick on your fridge or you can pick one up from the visitor reception on your next visit. Summer 2019 at Beningbrough (PDF / 2.7MB) download

During August

Mondays - become a garden apprentice

Tuesdays - bug busting in the hall

Wednesdays and Fridays - Artrageous! family art activities

Plan your summer visit...


Discover the wilderness

Unleash your wild ones for a new adventure. Last summer we said goodbye to the trusty old fort and hello 7 metre pyramid tower with climbing wall, two slides and a 5 metre swing bridge. 

All the rest of the wilderness is as you might have found before with the zone for smaller visitors to climb over and through or set sail on the ship or wendy house. Of course we still have the swings and the ever popular den zone and for older children the cantilever swing and clamber stick is a popular choice.

It's all change in the wilderness play area
New wooden play equipment with two slides and a rope bridge
It's all change in the wilderness play area

Refreshments at the Brew House

Visitors to Beningbrough have told us how they'd like the opportunity to grab something to drink and eat near to the wilderness play area.

We're delighted to have opened the Brew House in the laundry courtyard, open on weekends and school holidays, 11am - 4pm. New toilets are open too - all should help to minimise play interuptions. 

Dogs are welcome in the Brew House and there will be special dog friendly ice cream so your four legged friend can join in the refreshments too.

Little legs can borrow a bike

Fancy something a little different? Why not borrow a bike? We have a selection of bikes and trikes for little explorers to pick up and help them navigate the grounds scouting out the next adventure. For those of you seeking out the perfect picnic spot, we even have one with a carriage on the back if you would like to tow along your lunch - the perfect way to work up an appetite. It's not a formal bike hire though, simply pick one up if you're passing, then prop it up when you've finished for the next child who might want to use it. 

What will you discover hiding in the Walled Garden?
Boy on a trike in the walled garden at Beningbrough hall
What will you discover hiding in the Walled Garden?

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾  

What better way to spend a day than by ticking off new exploits from our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list.  Become one of our explorers – climb a tree, play on the clamber stack or hunt for bugs. See how many of the 35 + things available at Beningbrough you can achieve all year round. You can always rely on the famous Yorkshire weather to help you achieve number 6. Run around in the rain! Grab a free scrapbook when you visit or record your adventures on the app.  

Need some ideas for wet weather days?

Making faces 

Come inside! All year round our interactive galleries are open for your enjoyment. So whether you favour absorbing its history or dressing up as one of the many characters who shaped it, there is something here to entertain the whole family.

We have the pre-school playroom for the smallest members of the family and everyone can get hands on in the sculpture room. Feel your way around and see if you can sculpt a nose worthy of the great hall, or if your talents lie in portraiture why not sit the whole family down for your very own digital portrait. 

Dressing up is perfect for big and little kids
Three boys dressing up with capes and hats
Dressing up is perfect for big and little kids

Grab an explorer back pack

Grab a themed back pack form the hall and head outside for your own adventure. Look out for bugs, spot the birds in the garden or find your way with a compass. They're designed so you can decide exaclty where you want to play and what you want to do.

Unmask your inner artist 

Come and participate in one of our popular artrageous workshops and discover the artist within. Join the team in the Hayloft as we get creative together. Activities vary throughout the year with seasonal themes. Past masterpieces include – Andy Warhol style self-portraits, Corgi sock puppets and hand decorated Christmas baubles.

" I love running around Beningbrough chasing my sister and having fun in the play area."
- Eleanor, age 7

Explore the parkland

Whether it’s simply a stroll through our beautiful gardens or a more extensive jaunt off the beaten track that you desire, we have plenty to offer you here at Beningbrough Hall. 

Fancy stretching your legs a bit further? If you have a couple of hours how about taking a riverside walk following the path of the Ouse and discover the breath taking Yorkshire countryside that surrounds us. If you are in need of any further inspiration, download a parkland map (PDF / 1.9MB) download  or pick one up from reception to help guide your way. 

Feedback from family visitors

It is thanks to reviews above from visitors like Eleanor that we have been awarded the accolade of highly commended for the wilderness play area for the last three years by York’s Little Vikings Magazine in recognition of our family friendly visitor experience.

For more independent family reviews, see what people are saying on our York Mumbler page.


Being kids at Beningbrough

Get a flavour of a family visit to Beningbrough, come rain or shine, with this short video. From outdoor adventures to indoor exploring - you don't need to wait for the sun to shine to make the most of family time.

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