Family days out at Beningbrough

Children playing on a large swing

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.

The next school holiday

February half term - the magic of trees

Saturday 15 - 23 February (closed Monday), 11am - 3.30pm

It's the last chance to follow the tree and bird trail and see Winter Wildlife in Print as you meander, you might also spot the first signs of spring emerging including swathes of snowdrops along the ha-ha walk.

Join a naked tree walk - Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20, 11.30am and 1.30pm

Head out exploring for this 30 minute session with the gardeners looking closely at the bare branches of the trees as they give away their seasonal secrets. Spaces limited so sign up on arrival.

Artrageous! - Wednesday 19 and Friday 21, 12 noon - 3pm

Get hands-on and crafty creating tree silhouettes inspired by the bare trees around the garden. Unless it's gloriously hot and sunny (and as it's February in Yorkshire...) this will be in the Hayloft, please note the room is accessed by stairs only. 

Keep your eye on the What's on for updates and the next holidays later in the year. 

Discover the wilderness

Unleash your wild ones on the seven metre pyramid tower with climbing wall, two slides and a five metre swing bridge. 

In the rest of the wilderness discover the zone for smaller visitors to climb over and through or set sail on the ship or wendy house. There are swings as you might expect and the ever popular den zone and for older children the cantilever swing and clamber stick is a popular choice.

Great fun climbing trees
Dad and family climbing
Great fun climbing trees

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 local school holidays. 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. 

Jumping around in muddy puddles
Jumping around in muddy puddles
Jumping around in muddy puddles

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 sheet when you visit to record your adventures.  


Unmask your inner artist 

Get stuck into one of the 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.

Keep your eyes on the what's on for timings. 

* Hayloft accessed by stairs only.

Explore the parkland

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. 

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

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.

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