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Family-friendly things to do at Beningbrough

A young boy rolling down the bank in front of Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Visitors playing in the garden at Beningbrough | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Beningbrough is the perfect place for a family adventure. Explore the wilderness play area to build a den and climb some trees or meander through the garden on a steady stroll. Whatever you do when you visit, here's what to expect from your family day out.

Planning your family visit

  • The main car park is around 50 yards from the main entrance
  • There are baby-changing facilities and toilets by the shop and entrance/exit area and in the laundry courtyard
  • Please leave your pram or pushchair behind when you first enter the hall, there are indoor alternatives, hip seats or baby slings available to use in the hall
  • There's even terrain in the garden but the parkland paths can be uneven and muddy in wet weather so pushchairs might struggle
  • Balance bikes and foot-propelled scooters for under fives are welcome in the garden but we ask that you use larger bikes and e-scooters in the parkland only.

Watch as you wander

There's a ha-ha with a sudden drop running the length of the southern edge of the garden. The garden has several open water features and ponds and part of the parkland runs alongside a river.

Children looking through binoculars outside
See what you can spot on the new nature trail | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Summer Holidays

Feathered Friends trail

2 June - 1 September

Our popular feathered friends nature trail continues over the summer months until Sunday 1 September. Weave your way around the gardens keeping your eyes peeled and spot the hidden wooden birds. Discover some fascinating facts about our favourite feathered friends along the way. Collect your spotter sheet from the welcome team and tick them off as you go. Can you complete the sheet?

Wonderful, Wild Wednesdays

Wednesday 24 & 31 July, 7, 14, 21 & 28 August

Every Wednesday across the school holidays, get involved with a variety of nature related activities as part of our Wonderful, wild Wednesdays. From bird-themed craft in the walled garden to chats with tansy beetle experts and engaging outdoor storytelling sessions. There’s something happening each week giving you lots of reasons to come back and try them all.

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Things to do in the rain

Once you've finished splashing in puddles and testing the build quality of your den, it might be time for something indoors or with a little more shelter. Head into the hall and test your little people to spot the faces in the carvings and count animals in the tapestries. Pop into the laundry and imagine life before machines and electricity.

The odd shower is something to plan for on a day out in Yorkshire.

Discover the wilderness play area

Unleash your wild ones on the 7-metre pyramid tower and slide, or explore the zone for smaller children, where they can climb and get creative in the Wendy house or soar to new heights in a bucket swing.

There's the ever-popular den zone and, for older children, the cantilever swing and clamber stack will test their adventurous spirit.

Perfect picnic spots

Bringing a pack up? There are plenty of great places around the hall and gardens where you can make the most of the weather and eat your lunch alfresco. Head down to the brew house where there are generous sized outdoor tables or take a pew on the benches in the walled garden. In the summer, there's an andundance of space for you to picnic and play on the large south lawn.

We always laugh and eat ice cream when we're there. Those are the best days...Oh and fish are always happy to see me!

A quote by Wesley Age 4
Two children on a swing in the play area at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Two children on a swing in the play area at Beningbrough | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

What better way to spend your day than trying new activities from the list of '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'? Beningbrough is a great place to become an explorer and you can do around half the '50 things' activities here throughout the year.

Here's just a few ideas to get you started:

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: With so many to choose from, which will you get up close and personal to? Look out for leaf shapes, textures on the bark and tiny creatures that might live on the tree.
  • No. 12 Have fun with sticks: Let your imagination run wild. Build a den, make a trail or create your own game...they make perfect wands.
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: To be a successful bird watcher, you'll need to be as quiet as a mouse while you keep a look out for our feathered friends. What will you spot?

Overhead shot showing countryside, gardens, hall, walled garden and tree lined avenue

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