For younger visitors to Beningbrough

Dad and family climbing

Things are getting more and more back to normal. Here's what to expect on a family day out and a few ideas to try at home.

The next school holidays...

Autumn activities for all

Looking ahead to winter...

Head out on the new trail this winter
Illustrations for winter revealed at Beningbrough
Head out on the new trail this winter

Be an undercover discoverer

On open days throughout winter, 10am - 3.30pm November - February

Pick up a free nature trail for your time exploring in the garden. Bring your pencil to make the most of the activity sheet helping you get closer to the shapes, sizes and fascinating facts behind the trees around the garden. 

Wellies are depends if there are puddles to jump in! Bring a hat and scarf to wrap-up against the chill, we recommend hot chocolates all round in the restaurant when you've done.


Father Christmas has now sold out

However he visited this summer for a day out around the gardens. He loves Beningbrough, just like everybody else. See what he got up to when he met the fish, had a picnic and of course made time to play. If you've got tickets for stories with him in the Victorian laundry later in the year, this will certainly get you in the mood.

Discover the wilderness 

Unleash your wild ones on the seven metre pyramid tower and slide or discover the zone for smaller visitors to climb over and through get creative in the wendy house.

There are swings as you might expect and the ever popular den zone. For older children the cantilever swing and clamber stack is a popular choice to test their adventurous spirit.

Let off steam in the wilderness play area
Children playing on a large swing
Let off steam in the wilderness play area

Regular visitors might have noticed the boat has recently been removed, all part of ongoing maintenance...this winter we're adding something new to replace it, ready for spring 2022.

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾  

What better way to spend your day than trying new exploits from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list. Become an explorer, the list is a great place to start.

You can do around half at Beningbrough throughout the year especially with the famous Yorkshire weather for number 6 - go on a welly wander! 

Head to the page on the left, or if you're ready to go, download the list on the right...

Good to know

The restaurant is open to sit in or takeaway for refreshment or a meal or something to top up your picnic. On the busiest days the brew house at the play area end of the garden opens, complete with scoop ice cream. 

Toilets can be found behind the laundry courtyard and close to the play help keep the interuptions to a minimum or by the shop and entrance/exit area.

Please keep your dogs on a short lead as you all wander to ensure everybody can enjoy their visit in comfort. The play area and walled garden are the only areas you are unable to visit with your four-legged friend. 

Helping little legs to get around

Under fives are welcome to bring their balance bikes, trikes and foot propelled scooters to help them navigate the garden.

We ask larger bikes with pedals and e-scooters stay at home or make the most of the open spaces in the parkland, not the garden. 

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

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