Family days out at Beningbrough

The back of a boy leaning over large tree branches

In need of ideas for your next family outing? Then come join us at Beningbrough and discover all kinds of activities the entire family can enjoy.

What to expect from your visit

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. 

Discover the wilderness 

Thundering along muddy trails and peeking through the branches of your woodland den - there is nothing quite like playing outdoors. Discover all sorts of adventure in the wilderness play area. From toddlers to teenagers our recently expanded equipment can cater to all your daredevil needs. You can practice all your skills from balancing to den making or take off your shoes and socks and walk along the new barefoot trail. Just bring along your inner explorer and our surroundings will do the rest!     

Build a den
Mother and daughter building a den in the woods

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! Grab a free scrapbook when you visit or record your adventures on the app.  

Things to do this August, whatever the weather

We have a fun filled summer holiday programme this August. Scheduled activities include Artrageous on Mondays and Wednesdays 12.30pm - 3pm and 50 things Fridays hunting for the rare Tansy beetle 11am - 4pm. Visit the what’s on page for more information.

Need some ideas for wet weather days?

You can also download our handy planner to stick on your fridge or pick one up from the visitor reception on your next visit. Beningbrough Summer Holiday Planner (PDF / 0.1MB) download

Making faces 

Come inside! All year round our interactive galleries are open for your enjoyment. So whether you favour absorbing its history or dressing up as one of the many characters who shaped it, there is something here to entertain the whole family.

We have the pre-school playroom for the smallest members of the family and everyone can get hands on in the sculpture room. Feel your way around and see if you can sculpt a nose worthy of the great hall, or if your talents lie in portraiture why not sit the whole family down for your very own digital portrait. When you have perfected your angles feel free to email yourself your attempts as a memento of the day. 

Dressing up is perfect for big and little kids
Three boys dressing up with capes and hats

Free trails

You may have already enjoyed our Clarence the Corgi trail or even been on a journey with the Beningbrough Buddies and Benny the time travelling labrador in previous years.

Calling all nature detectives - pick up the brand new trail:

Get outdoors and closer to nature by following the brand new and interactive trail. Pick up your magnifying glass and special bookmark ruler at admissions and adventure outside....to see what you can see.

Remember to bring the magnifying glass back for future explorers though.

Unmask your inner artist 

Come and participate in one of our popular artrageous workshops and discover the artist within. Join the team in the Hayloft as we get creative together. Activities vary throughout the year with seasonal themes. Past masterpieces include – Andy Warhol style self-portraits, Corgi sock puppets and hand decorated Christmas baubles.

Artrageous August - join a free family workshop every Monday and Wednesday in August, 12.30 - 3pm.

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

Explore the parkland

Whether it’s simply a stroll through our beautiful gardens or a more extensive jaunt off the beaten track that you desire, we have plenty to offer you here at Beningbrough Hall. 

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 seasonal map or pick one up from reception to help guide your way. For little feet, download the easy walks trail here.

Please note dogs are welcome in the parkland, not beyond the ticket point.  

Feedback from family visitors

It is thanks to reviews above from visitors like Eleanor that we have been awarded the accolade of highly commended attraction in 2016 & 2017 by York’s Little Vikings Magazine in recognition of our family friendly visitor experience and in 2017 for the wilderness adventure play area.

For more independent family reviews, see what people are saying on our York Mumbler page.