Half term adventures in Yorkshire

Pull on your woollies and welly boots, and get ready for family days out in Yorkshire. Crunch through carpets of fallen leaves, build a den, follow an autumn trail or hop on your bike. Here's what's going on this October half term in Yorkshire.

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

More than 100 gardens and parks and hundreds of coast and countryside places are open in England and Northern Ireland. Many historic houses are open in England. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. In line with Welsh Government legislation, all places in Wales will close from 24 October to 9 November. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

three children play in the autumn leaves next to the abbey ruins

Become an autumn explorer at Fountains Abbey 

Walking boots at the ready? Head out across the estate and explore the sights and sounds of autumn with our autumn explorer trail. Twirl like a falling leaf, look for patterns in tree bark, collect wild treasures and crunch through leaves as you go. Make a day of it and go wild in the play area, then build a den.

Backs of legs of small children walking in wellington boots

Play for hours at Beningbrough Hall 

Keep your eyes peeled for pumpkin faces as you visit the gardens at Beningbrough Hall – there are 20 to spot. Download your ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ activity list and channel your inner adventurer as you go. And be sure to save some energy for the wilderness play area. The seven-metre pyramid play tower with is just waiting to be explored.

A family exploring Wentworth Castle Gardens in autumn

Go wild at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Spot squashes of all shapes and sizes around the formal gardens with your little explorers. And look out for fun facts along the way to scrub up on your gourd trivia. Get a great view of the autumn colour from Stainborough Castle and be sure to stop by Lady Lucy’s walk to snap a family selfie.

Visitors holding autumn leaves

Crunch through fallen leaves at Nostell 

The woodlands at Nostell are bursting with autumn treasures. Keep your eyes peeled for conkers, acorns, beech nuts and all sorts of funky fungi. Wrap up warm and adventure out into the 300-acre parkland on foot or by bike, following waymarked routes.

A girl playing in the fallen autumn leaves

Spend the day at Nunnington Hall 

Explore indoors at Nunnington Hall, the rooms are dressed in their autumn best with flowers and fruits harvested from the walled garden. And before you head outdoors, grab a luxury hot chocolate from the tea garden to warm your hands while you search for clues. You’ll find out all about the resident bats as you follow our batty about bats trail.

Children playing in the fallen leaves inthe garden

Head outdoors at Ormesby Hall 

Scamper along the woodland walk and stop by Bugsby Hall, our bug hotel. Make your mark and help wildlife feel at home by adding to it with pinecones, twigs or leaves. If you’re full of beans, try the one-mile circular walk through the parkland. You’ll pass sheep, cows and horses in neighbouring fields as you go.