A calendar of fun things to do in Yorkshire for families

Yorkshire is a bit like an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s huge, welcoming and has a little bit of everything.

Got children in tow? Even better. Many of Yorkshire’s best attractions focus on family fun. From kid-friendly walking routes to magical festive events, there are enough activities to fill a whole calendar from front to back.

So, you know what? We’ve gone and done it. Here’s a full seasonal calendar of things to do in Yorkshire for families. Get your diaries ready…

Things to do in Yorkshire for families in Spring

Blooming daffodils. Hopping bunnies. Pretty blossoms. Nothing puts a spring in your step like, well… spring.

Why not put those springy feet to good use and set out to explore the Peak District? After all, for seasoned walkers, spring is walking season. It’s fresh, breezy and not so hot that you’ll desiccate mid-route.

So go on. Rouse those walking boots from hibernation. There are loads of family-friendly walks to try, some of which start from Langsett – a short drive from our holiday cottages.

Are you visiting during Easter? Great! You could treat the kids to one of the National Trust’s annual Easter egg hunts. You’ll have to pay a small entry fee, but they’re loads of fun and participants get to munch a chocolate egg at the end.

Many National Trust properties take part, including – on occasion – Nostell Priory. This gorgeous Georgian estate is less than an hour’s drive away and is well worth a visit, eggs or no.

Things to do in Yorkshire for families in Summer

Hathersage Village Pool

There’s no shortage of things to do in Yorkshire for families during the summer months. Our county comes alive as people flock to enjoy the spectacular scenery and scorching weather.

In fact, you might need to cool off. So why not start your summer holiday with a splash and head to a local water park? You’ll find several of them within easy driving distance of our holiday cottages.

If you’re the thrill-seeking types, you could try the Aqua Park at Rother Valley. This aquatic attraction has a host of fun inflatables, including a climbing wall and floating trampoline.

Want something a little more ‘chill’? There’s a popular outdoor swimming pool at Hathersage Village, around 18 miles away. (Technically it’s in Derbyshire, but we’re not here to split hairs.)

Summer is also a great time to explore Yorkshire’s many picturesque towns and villages. Nearby Penistone, for instance, is full of cute shops and hidden treasures to discover – including one of Yorkshire’s best-rated ice cream parlours.

Things to do in Yorkshire for families in Autumn

Sure, the days are getting shorter. But that doesn’t mean your diary will dry up. There are still loads of things to do in Yorkshire for families between September and December.

Let’s start with Bonfire Night. In case you’re not from around here, this is an annual celebration where we Brits light big fires and watch dazzling firework displays.

Here on the fifth of November? Slip on some warm gloves and join in the fun. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly Bonfire Night events throughout Yorkshire. This includes several in Sheffield and Wakefield, our closest cities.

Love autumn walks? And alpacas? Holly Hagg Community Farm in Sheffield is your new nirvana. The farm operates unique alpaca treks for adults and children. You’ll be shown how to hand-feed the alpacas and then take them on a gentle stroll around the local woodland.

Or how about trains? There are lots of railway attractions close to our cottages, which are ideal for an autumn day out. Whistlestop Valley is only around 10 miles away and has plenty of kid-friendly attractions, including its very own Thomas the Tank Engine!

Things to do in Yorkshire for families in Winter

You might have heard mixed things about Yorkshire weather, especially in winter. But don’t believe the horror stories. While it might get a little chilly, we more than make up for it with our stunning scenery and good old Yorkshire hospitality.

Want to experience a bit of both? Head to the Peak District for a brisk walk and a tasty pub lunch. Imagine how warm and cosy you’ll feel when you step inside and smell the Yorkshire puddings…

And, of course, winter is festive season. You don’t have to look far to find Christmas-themed things to do in Yorkshire for families. Events vary from year to year, but you can expect plenty of opportunities to meet Santa and sample the yuletide Yorkshire atmosphere.

Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is always a safe bet. As well as the usual gift stalls and tasty festive food, the market plays host to street performers and a traditional carousel.

Things to do on a rainy day

Don’t let a spot of rain dampen your fun. If the weather looks a little gloomy, you’ll have the perfect excuse to visit some of Yorkshire’s many indoor attractions.

Take museums, for a start. There are at least 17 of them in Sheffield alone, focusing on subjects such as art, science and industry. The National Videogame Museum is particularly fun – especially if your little ones are pro gamers in the making.

Holidaying with younger kids? You can’t go wrong with an indoor play area, such as Stockeld Park in Wetherby. This all-weather attraction is home to Playhive, one of the largest indoor play centres in Europe.

Or, hey. Why not pretend that you’re in a tropical wonderland? Sheffield Winter Garden is a huge greenhouse that hosts more than 2,500 plants from around the globe. There’s a cafe on-site, so you can sip a coffee, admire the greenery and listen to the pitter-patter of rain on the glass around you.

And one more thing

This is just a small selection of the many things to do in Yorkshire for families. We’ve focused on events and attractions that are within easy reach of our holiday cottages. So if you’re staying with us, you’ll have no shortage of activities to enjoy on your family break.

Still looking for somewhere to stay? We’d love to welcome you at one of our large family cottages. We offer self-service accommodation for families small or large, set in picturesque surroundings close to the charming village of Holmfirth.