Wet weather activities in York for the school holidays

So the summer holidays are nearly upon us and the rain shows no signs of easing. Arghhhh. If the prospect of entertaining energetic children indoors for the whole six weeks is a little bit daunting to say the least then read on. I’ve shared my best tips for indoor fun in and around York.

This summer holidays you need at least one trip to the National Railway Museum. It will be teeming with holidaymakers and other desperate mums but the kids absolutely love it (at least mine do). They always plan special events for the school holidays so be sure to check their website for details.

Unlike some stately homes where you daren’t take the children inside for fear of some expensive artifact being toppled over or muddy footprints on  the priceless rugs Beningbrough Hall has a great child-friendly floor where there are interactive exhibitions and plenty of activities to engage young minds. At the moment they have ‘Making Faces’ galleries where you can commission your own portrait.

Hesketh Farm Park is a bit of a trek from York at over an hours drive but it’s well worth a visit if you’re stuck for something to do in  the rain as they have an excellent under cover area where children can pet all manner of small animals, learn about life on the farm and even brush a pig!! There’s a hay bale maze and ride on tractors but limited food so either pack a picnic or get a pass out to one of the pubs nearby. If the weather changes during the day there are more outdoor activities and Bolton Abbey is just next door.

The Deep near Hull is another one that requires a bit of a car journey but its a really excellent, well designed attraction. There are interactive exhibitions and several large tanks teeming with over 3500 fish. The huge shark and ray tank and jellyfish exhibit are especially impressive to adults and children alike.

If you have your own suggestions for wet weather activities please leave a comment below. We’re always on  the look out for new days out to try and especially wet weather options as these seem to be depressingly regular this ‘summer’ 🙁

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