Family days out at Beningbrough

Backs of legs of small children walking in wellington boots

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.

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! 

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 follow the waymarkers in the parkland.


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

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.

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.

Children enjoying the great outdoors at Beningbrough
Children playing on log at Beningbrough
Children enjoying the great outdoors at Beningbrough

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. 

Unmask your inner artist 

Get stuck into one of the popular artrageous workshops and discover the artist within. Join the team on the top floor of the hall in the new create and connect spaces as we get inspired together. Activities vary throughout the year with seasonal themes.

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


" 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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