For younger visitors to Beningbrough

Backs of legs of small children walking in wellington boots

Currently the outdoors are open for exercise for local communities during lockdown, here's what has changed and what families can expect or a few ideas to try at home.

Book your tickets to visit via the What's On pages - tickets are released on Fridays and booking closes the day before. 


50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾  

What better way to spend your daily walk 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. Go on a welly wander! 

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 or set sail on the ship or wendy house. There are swings as you might expect and the ever popular den zone. For older children the cantilever swing and clamber stick is a popular choice to test their adventurous spirit.

Some aspects of the play area are temporarily modified to comply with guidance, allow for cleaning and to help your family stay socially distanced.This includes a one way system, a temporary capacity and no food and drink in the area. Thank you for following the signs to help everybody stay safe.

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

Refuel on your visit

The restaurant offers a small takeaway menu for refreshment during your exercise, we just ask for now you refrain from eating and drinking in the play area.

Toilets can be found behind the laundry courtyard and close to the play help keep the interuptions to a minimum.

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

Please don't bring your scooter when you visit

We've temporarily removed the bikes and trikes that we know were a popular feature at Beningbrough, this is to comply with the latest guidance. We ask that for now you also keep yours at home to help everyone stay safe and socially distanced when they wander in the garden.

If you can't visit just now, here are a few ideas to try at home... 

Feedback from family visitors

It is thanks to reviews below 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.

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

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