A family cycling past Souter Lighthouse on Tyneside

Family breaks in summer

England is packed with child friendly activities and fun spots to holiday so head out this summer and be inspired. Camp in a wigwam or sleep on a cruiser. Hire bikes and picnic in a national park. Head to the beach for sandy fun, fossils and rockpooling. Go karting with the kids or zoom down a zip wire in a forest. Find horrid history in castles and caves.

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Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Ride 21 view-filled and traffic-free miles along the ‘Cinder Track’, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

 

See England's finest view from Sutton Bank

Celebrated author and vet James Herriot gave the view from Sutton Bank the ultimate accolade – “England’s finest”. Find out if he was right…

Location: Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

 

Waterfalls, row boats and a pagoda in Peasholm Park

Explore this beautiful Grade II listed oriental themed garden, set on the site of a medieval manor house with many activities to enjoy.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

 

Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls are a dramatic set of waterfalls in Wensleydale.

Location: Aysgarth, North Yorkshire

 

Explore the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle

Built to subdue the unruly North of England, Richmond Castle sits against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Richmond, North Yorkshire

 

September events: Visit Yorkshire’s food capital this autumn

Visit Malton’s hub of artisan food production for a tasty treat of some of Yorkshire’s finest and freshest autumnal flavours.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 

Discover the village that fell into the sea

One dark night in 1664, while local people were attending a wake, the whole village of Runswick slipped into the sea…

Location: Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

 

July events: Chomp on fresh seafood at Seafest Maritime Festival

Celebrate Scarborough’s seafood heritage by filling your hamper with some of the best food from local suppliers and heading for the beach.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Climb aboard a classic steam railway at Bolton Abbey

Puffing through the Yorkshire Dales is the Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway where special events take place throughout the year.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

 

Take afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Experience vintage English hospitality and choose from hundreds of delicious treats and tea varieties in this iconic Art Deco café.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

Find yourself face-to-face with gigantic outdoor sculptures

Each face reveals a story as you meet the gigantic outdoor sculptures that span the width and breadth of the seaside resort.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Get the creative juices following and spend the weekend discovering inspiring landscapes just waiting to be captured.

Location: Staithes, North Yorkshire

 

Cheese-y does it now…

Discover the captivating and often emotional story behind Wensleydale cheese and find out how Yorkshire’s art of cheese making evolved.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

 

Book your very own butler on a romantic getaway to York

Treat your loved one to a luxurious break at the five-star Grand Hotel & Spa in York, including a penthouse suite with your very own butler.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

Enjoy days out with the kids at Playdale Farm

Have a fun day with the family meeting some farmyard friends, and playing indoors and out.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Journey into the world of the dinosaurs at Dino-stone Park

Escape to the lost world of dinosaurs at this inventive theme park.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 

Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Mysterious caves, a medieval castle and a magical spring that turns objects to stone are just a few reasons to visit this gorgeous riverside town.

Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

 

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Follow in the footsteps of centuries of visitors – and more recently, filmmakers – to Malham Cove, a limestone amphitheatre in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Malham, North Yorkshire

 

August events: Be bowled over by the Scarborough Cricket Festival

The annual festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world and has played host to some great cricketers over the years.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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