Fun low cost summer holiday activities!

Fun low cost summer holiday activities!

With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking how to keep your children occupied! But trying to think of six weeks’ worth of activities that won’t break the bank can be a challenge. No need to worry though, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities that are either free or low cost to do with your children this summer that will keep the boredom at bay! We’ve got everything from day trips in Yorkshire, outdoor activities and things to do on a rainy day (which is very likely in Yorkshire). Enjoy!

Day trips

  1. Camping – there are some great campsites in Yorkshire that give you a nice break without the hefty price of going abroad. Check out our camping blog for the best ones.
  2. Go hiking – Yorkshire is full of beautiful hills to explore- Peak District, Nidderdale, Roseberry Topping and loads moreYork walks3
  3. Go to a lake/park/waterfall – such as the Malham Tarn lake, Thornton Force waterfall in Ingleton, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield
  4. Attend an outdoor concert/movie – Millennium Square in Leeds and Kirkstall Abbey are hosting some great outdoor screenings this summer
  5. Play mini golf – there’s a glow in the dark course at Xscape in Castleford, and a pirate crazy golf course in Hull, and loads more across Yorkshire
  6. Go to the beach for a day – the East Yorkshire Coast is a must visit
  7. Visit a museum/art gallery – there are loads all across Yorkshire from the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield to the National Railway Museum in York, and everything in between
  8. Go for a picnic – Yorkshire is full of stunning nature that provide the perfect spots for a summer picnic
  9. Visit a local landmark – Castle Howard, York Minster, Kirkstall Abbey, Brimham Rocks to name a few
  10. Go to a farm – Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is just 50p for children to visit and Goodalls of Tong in Bradford is freeDepp Hull
  11. Go on a boat ride – Skipton and York have some great boat tours
  12. Visit an amusement park – Light Water Valley, Flamingo Land, Fantasy Island and Pleasure Island are all in Yorkshire
  13. Explore a new town/city in Yorkshire
  14. Learn about wildlife – Yorkshire is home to some of the best parks and centres including Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield, and The Deep in Hull
  15. Go to one of Yorkshire’s many festivals held throughout the summer such as The Great Yorkshire Fringe in York, Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival in Skipton and so much more, suitable for the whole family!

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Outdoor activities

  1. Plan a road trip
  2. Go on a bike ride
  3. Go strawberry picking
  4. Grow flowers or vegetables in your garden, or create a cute fairy garden!
  5. Have a back garden campout
  6. Host a BBQ for family and friends with a fun theme
  7. Have a water fight
  8. Wash the car – if it’s a sunny day do it in your swimsuits!
  9. Create a scavenge huntSummer tent
  10. Host a mini Olympics in your garden
  11. Have a picnic in your back garden
  12. Do some volunteering
  13. Go to a local fair, parade or carnival
  14. Try a new sport
  15. Watch the sunrise/sunset

 

Indoor/rainy day activities

  1. Do some baking
  2. Make ice lollies, homemade lemonade or ice cream78492ecc9a2a51c764de9fc33a04f748
  3. Try some crafts/painting
  4. Make a homemade present for someone
  5. Make tie-dye t-shirts
  6. Have a clear out of your house
  7. Redecorate a room
  8. Have an at-home spa day
  9. Make a blanket fort if it’s a cold and rainy outside
  10. Organise an at-home film night or movie marathon for a rainy day
  11. Watch a live sports event
  12. Story time – the summer holidays is the perfect time for your children to read any books they want, try reading/giving them one of your childhood favouritesSummer journal
  13. Board games – dig out all your old board games on a rainy day
  14. Keep a journal or scrapbook of your summer adventures
  15. Make a family photo album

 

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Yorkshire’s best campsites

Did you know that June is National Camping Month? Yorkshire is full of beautiful nature hot spots that are best experienced by getting properly stuck in and camping out in the wilderness, or at least a fully equipped campsite. Here is our pick of the best campsites in Yorkshire, as seen on Cool Camping.

  1. Butt Farm Caravan & Camping – best for history

A beautiful farm campsite in East Yorkshire, across the fields from the old market town of Beverley, this site is steeped in fascinating history. Check out the grand gothic masterpiece that is Beverley Minster, and a WW2 anti-aircraft gun site in a neighbouring field. Whilst the surroundings are old, the facilities on the campsite are new and modern, with showers and washroom, dishwashing area and electric hook ups.

Dogs are welcome with the site even having a dog shower, aCamp- Butt Farmnd you can hire a fire pit (with logs, kindling and marshmallows) for £10 per night or a BBQ for £5 per night. Have a look at Butt Farm’s amazing 180 acres, home to cows and sheep, head into Beverley by foot or cycle or go in the opposite direction to Skidby Mill, the last working windmill in Yorkshire. The closest pubs include The Barrel, The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms, and The Dog & Duck, which all serve great pub meals.

2. Serenity Camping – best for relaxing 

Visit this peaceful and charming campsite in the sleepy seaside town of Hinderwell on the North Yorkshire Coast for a truly relaxing camping getaway. The olde-world charm of the town is interwoven into the campsite, and silence really is golden here, where they cater for a calmer audience who want to enjoy the peace and quiet. This site has all the facilities you’ll need including showers and washroom, cooking facilities (including microwave, fridge/freezer and kettle) and charging points.

Camp- serenityThe site has space for 30 tents and 10 caravans, or if you’d prefer the glamping experience than you can use their Lotus Belle tent or the private Potting Shed, a large wooden cabin with private garden. Try one of the many walks that start from the campsite, such as an eight-mile route out to the cliffs on the coastal footpath to Whitby with breath-taking views. Have a well deserved rest when you return at the pretty wildlife pond. The artistic village of Staithes is just a mile away, with several art galleries and craft shops, and their own festival in September.

  1. Orchard Camping – best for a homely feel 

An intimate campsite just outside Sheffield at Tumble Dove Farm, with just six pitches but with plenty of room, for the ‘in your garden’ type camping experieCamp- Orchardnce. The site has all the wash and kitchen facilities, and you can even order home cooked food and baking from the house. The close, family-run campsite is popular with hikers and cyclists tackling the surrounding hills, or if you’re a larger group you can book out the whole site.

Just a 15-minute walk away is the quaint old market town of Penistone, which is great for long distance walking, and also has some lovely café and shops. Those who make it to the hilltops of the Pennines will be rewarded by incredible views, and avid cyclists can follow in the professionals’ footsteps by cycling the 2014 Tour De France route.

  1. York Cycle Stop – best for cyclists 

A specially designed glampsite for cyclists who want to tackle the Tour de France routes graced by the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and have a comfy place to stay after a tiring day. The site has 6 eco-pods welcome to both cyclists and non-cyclists, but doesn’t allow tents, caravans, large groups or pets. The pods have plenty of space and two fold-down beds, as well as heating and electrical points to keep you nice and toasty. In the communal buildings are washrooms, showers and kitchen, and the pods come complete with secure cycle storage and servicing.Camp- York cycle

If you’re a non cyclist or wanting to take a day off from the tracks, the site is only a 30 minute ride away from the beautiful York city centre, full of cultural and historical wealth, home to the magnificent York Minster, the famous city walls, fascinating museums and the Shambles shopping streets. For great food and drinks close to the campsite, try The Windmill serving traditional, fresh dishes and Cross Key for a great selection of ales.

  1. Wold Farm Campsite – best for the coast

For those who don’t mind roughing it a bit more, this spacious site in Bridlington, with just one toilet and no showers, is definitely worth a visit. It’s open fields, big skies and breath-taking coast make you feel free and provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will have uninterrupted views of the sheep-filled fields and the Flamborough lighthouses, as well as a sliver of the gorgeous East Yorkshire sea. Children will be entertained by stroking the donkeys and feeding the sheep, whilst hikers can enjoy the circular six-mile walk of the entire headland.Camp- Wold

Despite it’s lack of shower facilities, there are electric hook ups, drinking water and a washing up area. Guests have exclusive access to a scenic path leading up to the stunning cliffs, and nearby are the Sewerby Hall and Gardens, an excellent picnic spot for a lovely day out. For another great day out, try the Landing Heritage/Sculpture trail, a mile-long walk through a nature reserve. There are also 13 drinking establishments within a mile and a half of the site, with the best being The Seabirds.

  1. Masons Campsite – best for families

An outdoor lovers dream in Appletreewick near Skipton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this campsite offers a whole host of outdoor activities. At the bottom of the two large camping fields runs a wide shallow river, great for flyflishing, whilst some families even bring lilos and dinghies to float on the river, or just go for a cool paddle. Children will love this site where they can paddle, fish, climb trees and feed the onsite chickens and ducks. The site has its only little shops with fresh pastries, eggs and local meats. You can pitch your tent, or hire out their bell tents, VW Van or Airstream caravans.Camp- masons

The site offers beautiful views of the surroundings, but get an even clearer view from a steep hill over the road. Take a walk along the river to Burnsall for a lovely picnic and a swim, as well as to Appletreewick and Barden Bridge. The site is very well equipped with 40 electric hook ups, 10 showers and 10 toilets, as well as washing up area. If you fancy a drink and a good meal, choose between the two nearby pubs; The New Inn has a great selection of quirky beers, whilst the Craven Arms has log fires and gas lamps.