What To Do On A Family Holiday To Yorkshire

What To Do On A Family Holiday To Yorkshire

Want to book one of my remaining 4 night, summer school holiday short breaks?

Wondering what there is to do on a family holiday to Yorkshire?  Wonder no more!

Here are just a few ideas on what you and the kiddies can get up to.  And all within a 5 mile radius of Spring Cottage.

All these family friendly activities have been tried and tested not just by me and my family but from other cottage guests too. So they come highly recommended!

Flamingo Land

Situated in the next village, Kirby Misperton, it’s home to Velocity, Mumbo Jumbo, Kumali, Flip Flop …..  The kids will tell you which of these rides are the best.  If you’re 14, I have it on good authority that it’s Velocity!

Flamingo Land family holiday to YorkshireNot all rides are white knuckle.  They cater for all ages with zones for tots and younger children. Muddy Duck Tractor ride used to be one of our favourites. How did they move from that to Velocity??

If you want to escape the theme park, there’s also a zoo and various shows throughout the day such as African dancers and seal lions.  Much more my thing!

We’d recommend you take your own packed lunch to avoid the regular burger stands and cafe queues. Or get your hand stamped and pop back to the cottage for lunch?

Castle Howard

THE place all our guests visit. Parents will love the gardens and the house itself.

Kids will LOVE the amazing adventure playground and a boat trip on the lake. A walk through the woods and a run around the Atlas fountain, you’ll probably all love.

I like to visit the shops around the courtyard. You don’t even need to buy an entrance ticket. When you’re there why not buy some meat (from Castle Howard estate) from the butcher’s shop to take back to the cottage for the BBQ?

Castle Howard

(Photo Chris J Parker NYMNPA)

Eden Camp

Eden Camp is on the site of the original Prisoner of War camp, used in the Second World War.

To say it’s a World War II musuem isn’t doing it justice. It’s interactive, family friendly and very educational.   Eden Camp is laid out in a series of huts, each with a different theme.  If you want your kids to experience or at the very least better understand life in Britain in WWII then this is the place to take them.  I know it always raises lots of questions when we visit.

The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Train

Either take a trip across the moors, catching the train at nearby Pickering. Or take a picnic onto the moors and watch the trains steam by; with an obligatory wave of course!

Either way you take in the beauty and the scenery of the North York Moors.  The trains run from Pickering, across the North York Moors to Whitby and there’s a timetable in the cottage.

More info can be found here >>North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway<<

family holiday to Yorkshire

And just think after a busy day out and about, you return home to your luxury holiday cottage, the kids can connect to the wifi and hook up with friends and their games, while mum and dad enjoy a well-earned glass of wine in the cottage garden. As you plan tomorrow’s family adventure!

family holiday to Yorkshire

If you want more information about our lovely cottage and this fabulous child friendly part of North Yorkshire, click here <<Spring Cottage North Yorkshire>>

To book, select the Availability and Book tab. And I look forward to welcoming you all to Yorkshire.


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire

A Walk Near Castle Howard – In Yorkshire’s Green And Pleasant Land

This walk near Castle Howard starts from the pretty village of Welburn in the Howardian Hills

It’s a 3 mile circular walk with no hard climbs, ancient woodland, amazing vistas of Castle Howard and stunning views over the surrounding countryside.  My perfect walk!

Head out of the village of Welburn (walking towards the A64).  After about 50 metres follow a public footpath sign, and a gate on the left.

This takes you diagnally through the first field, then keep the hedgerow on your right. Here a wooden sign points you into the woods, belonging to the Castle Howard Estate. And what pretty old woodland it is.  Just look at the size of this oak tree.

ancient woodland walk near Castle Howard

It reduces me to Borrower size proportions!

Then you follow the path uphill until you come to The Centenary Way path a wide, flat, path running along a ridgeway; and turn left.

When you come to a gate turn right towards Castle Howard and you’ll come to a track.

Views of Castle Howard

The bridge ahead takes you into Castle Howard’s grounds (don’t go this way unless you have an entrance ticket).

Take a left along the track. Here you get a clear view of Castle Howard’s hugh mausoleum (to the right) and as you walk half a mile down this track, the famous Atlas Fountain and Castle Howard house itself comes into view.

view from walk near Castle Howard

The Countryside

When you reach a turret (a folly) take a way-marked left down the fields toward a farm on the edge of Welburn and follow the way marked sign to the village high street.

Just before you decend into Welburn, take time to admire the views. Just look at that stunning rolling countryside with the Yorkshire Wolds in the distance.  It’s no surprise that the Howardian Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is it?

walk near Castle Howard

Now you have a choice of refreshments in Welburn – The Crown and Cushion pub or the Leaf and Loaf cafe?  I couldn’t possibly recommend one over the other!   If I had to choose, I’d say “both”!

refreshments after your walk

And all this within a 5 mile drive of Spring Cottage, where you’ll find details of this walk, and many others.

Stay at Spring Cottage and walk near Castle Howard to your heart’s content.

Emmerse yourself fully in Yorkshire’s green and pleasant land with a special place to call home at the end of your day’s walking.

Look >>Your Cottage Awaits<<


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire




Castle Howard at Christmas

Castle Howard at Christmas

It’s several years since I visited Castle Howard at Christmas. Why did I leave it so long?

Then the children were young our primary focus was on visiting Santa in his grotto.  This year, I was determined to visit without them in tow and as Castle Howard is just 5 miles from Spring Cottage, I had no excuses!

My lasting memory of Castle Howard at Christmas (apart from Santa’s Grotto) was the huge tree in the Great Hall. Huge as in 22 foot high! It’s so impresssive. And what better place to admire it from then standing in front of the hall’s huge roaring fire.  You should see the size of their logs! And as for how may baubles there are on the tree – 100s if not 1000s.

Castle Howard at Christmas great hall
Me, the roaring fire and the tree

Before reaching the Great Hall I was blown away by the attention to detail and array of lights and accessories adorning the public rooms. From the staircase when you first enter the property to Lady Georgina’s bedroom –  simply stunning.  Each room had it’s own sophisticated design and colour scheme and roaring fires. Something that perhaps I didn’t pay much attention to last time as I was being dragged around on our mission to find Santa!

It’s worth spending a while in the Long Gallery and be serenaded by the jazz band in there,getting you all festive as they play Christmas tunes, while admiring the Christmas tree with golden roots inverted and suspended from the ceiling.

My photos don’t really do the house justice, but  just look at how beautifully it’s decorated:

the rooms at Christmas   Castle Howard at christmastime

If you do visit with juniors, there is a gingerbread trail to keep them engaged. Plus there’s a model of Castle Howard made out of gingerbread, as you can see in the above photo but this isn’t part of the children’s trail!

I chatted to many of the friendly room guides – a mine of information.  All the trees and tree branches used (the white tree above is only a branch) come from Castle Howard’s estate.   One particularly charming guide told me he thought 2016 was the best the house has ever looked at Christmas.

How’s this for a dining table centre-piece?

The dining room centre piece

I took plenty of photos to use as Christmas decorating inspiration for when I got home. I particularly loved their side table decorations using a candle in a hurricane lamp surrounded by a wreath. An idea I plan to steal!


A word of warning, be prepared to get tree-envy, bauble-envy, style-envy, table centre-piece envy, fire-place envy, candle envy, wreath envy.  You name it, I had it!

The tour ends in the shop and of course you just have to buy another bauble for your tree after being so inspired. The friendly lady behind the till told me that the lady responsible for creating such a jaw dropping Christmas display was their buyer and she was around if I wanted to say hello.

I thanked her but said not to bother as I’d written a comment in the visitors’ book to say how impressed I was.

I wrote “Simply stunning and truly magical”. What more is there to say!


I’d love for you to be able to experience Castle Howard at Christmas for yourself. Be quick, they close their doors on Friday 23 December.

I’m offering a special 2 night, 3 day stay at Spring Cottage for only £299 with flexible start dates.  Call it an early Christmas present. 

Visit the Availablity & Book tab to check your dates: www.luxuryspringcottageyorkshire.co.uk

Then email me and I will book you in, as the online booking system doesn’t accept booking of 2 days (normally you have to book for 3 nights): [email protected]

Don’t miss this jewel in North Yorkshire’s crown, and a visit to Castle Howard (ha,ha, ha)


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire


The Howardian Hills

The Howardian Hills

Here's a list of Beautiful British Places You've Never Though to Visit But Should .

And number 5 is the Howardian Hills.

Haven't I been saying all along just how beautiful this area of the UK is. Now The Telegraph agrees with me!
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/galleries/beautiful-uk-places-you-never-thought-to-visit/uk5/

Karen from luxuryspringcottageyorkshire.co.uk


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