Family-friendly things to do on the Yorkshire Coast
It's hard to ever be bored on the Yorkshire Coast when there are so many family activities on offer. Find out what adventures you can have beside the seaside.
Easter on the Yorkshire Coast
Between 7 and 10 April you can take part in an outdoor Easter trail starting from Ravenscar Visitor Centre or the Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hood's Bay; complete a series of nature-themed activities then collect a chocolate egg at the finish. Hop on over to our what's on page for all the details.
Rockpooling on the beach
Rock-pooling is an absorbing way to while away the hours when the tide is right.
You might be surprised at how many different species you can discover on Yorkshire's rocky shores once the tide has left them exposed.
Cycle the Cinder Track
The Cinder Track follows the old Whitby to Scarborough railway line and offers an excellent flat and traffic-free cycle route, perfect for all the family.
Meanwhile, the Ravenscar easy cycle loop is a trail ideal for families with beginners on two wheels.
Our visitor centres
The Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar Visitor Centre are open on winter weekends (please see our homepage for opening times). Pop in to delve into stories of life on the coast, enjoy some hands-on activities and discover things to do in the area.
You can also take a break from outdoor activities with a warming drink and a snack or browse a selection of second-hand books.
Buggies are allowed in the Old Coastguard Station and a ramp to the ground floor entrance is available on request.
Pick up a Tracker Pack
Hire a North York Moors National Park Tracker Pack from either visitor centre.
Each one is packed with lots of activities including fossil hunting, birdwatching and storytelling at Robin Hood’s Bay, or pond dipping and a guide to the fascinating ‘Town that Never Was’ story at Ravenscar.
Please ask staff for details.
'50 things to do before you’re 11¾'
You can tick a few outdoor mini-adventures off your ‘50 things’ list any day of the week. Just for starters you could:
Join us for an Easter adventure at Ravenscar Visitor Centre or the Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hood's Bay. Discover our family-friendly outdoor trails with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate egg at the end.
Find out what the Yorkshire Coast has to offer, from fossil hunting and walking routes, to the villages that reveal the human history of this wild landscape.
Find out all you need to know about our educational activities for schools, youth groups & families on the Yorkshire Coast, from rock pool rummaging to beachcombing & fossil hunting
There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.