For younger visitors to Beningbrough

Two small children crossing a rope bridge

Beningbrough is big enough to make the most of your time together on a day out, yet small enough for the shortest legs to enjoy. Here's what to expect for all ages in the family and a few ideas to try at home.

Planning ahead to the next school holidays...

Pick up the free nature trail

Brilliant butterflies is the theme for the summer. Grab a sheet then head off to search out the strange facts and giant butterflies as you explore the garden. There are two to choose from depending on what suits your family, or try them both if you span a range of ages. 

Pick the right day for you

  • What lives in a tree? Tuesday 2, 16 & 30 August.
  • Why do bees buzz? Tuesday 9 & 23 August.
  • Butterfly spotter challenge. Every Wednesday in August.
  • Arty butterflies - get creative. Thursday 4 & 18 August and 1 September. 
  • Terrific tansy beetles. Thursday 11 & 25 August. 
  • Outdoor story telling with Stories Alive. Monday 29 August.

Find timings and a few more details on the What's On page

Discover the wilderness play area

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.

How high can you go?
Little boy in green top on a swing with a woman pushing it
How high can you go?

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! 

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 in the summer. 

Toilets can be found behind the laundry courtyard and close to the play help keep the interruptions 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. 

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

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. 

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