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 and discover all kinds of activities and things to do for the entire family.

Pre-booking is recommended to guarantee admission, especially on weekends and school holidays. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary.

The next school holiday

Enjoy the Beningbrough trees this autumn

October half term at Beningbrough

Explore together as a family this school holiday from ticking off 50 things to do when you're 11 3/4, seeking out the pumpkin faces or adventuring in the wilderness play area.


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! 

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

Refreshments at the brew house 

The takeaway cafe is open on busy weekends and local school holidays for drinks, ice creams and various snacks. The seating has been temporarily removed inside but there are plenty of spots around the garden to pause for your break or head to the restaurant for takeaway or to sit in.

Toilets can be found just behind the cafe 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.

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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