Family days out at Beningbrough

Family looking at flowers through magnifying glasses

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.

What to expect from your visit

Holiday activities

We always have a busy programme for families over half-terms and holidays - see what's coming up.

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!     

Refreshments at the Brew House

Visitors to Beningbrough have told us how they'd like the opportunity to grab something to drink and eat - maybe an ice cream on sunny days, near to the wilderness play area. We're delighted to have opened the Brew House in the laundry courtyard, open on weekends and school holidays. New toilets are also due to open in June so watch this space. All should help to minimise play interuptions.

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

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.  

Need some ideas for wet weather days?

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. 

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

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 or with an owl mask in previous years. Pick up the latest free trail on your next visit in a school holiday.

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.

" 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 unless it's one of the trial 'waggy tail days'.

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.