Every season Mumbler goes in search of the best budget-friendly activities and best deals around to keep the kids entertained. So as January rolls around again, after the expense and excitement of Christmas, we’ve got a list of some of the best free, low cost or reduced entry fee activities on in our area this Winter.
The Curzon Cinema in Ripon is offering £3 entry for everyone at their special Kids Club screening of Paddington 2 on 27th January and 3rd February at 10.30am. Tickets available here.
Camp Hill Estate opens again for the season at half term. At only £10 per car for the day it really is value for money. Explore their Woodland Kingdom – which includes a giant treehouse fort with slides, swings, a low ropes course and climbing walls and a mini zip wire all in a beautiful woodland setting. If you get hungry you can buy hotdogs or burgers in the Safari Tent Cafe. Camp Hill also have lots of other outdoor activities from seaways, a high ropes course, quad biking and more. All for an additional fee.
Family Funteering is a great opportunity for families to get to know Brimham through the seasons. Join their rangers for a great outdoors experience, learning traditional countryside crafts. Bring a packed lunch. Keep an eye on the website for details as this event is scheduled to run once a month throughout the year but dates may change (the January 14th date has apparently been cancelled so check the February one before going). The event is free but car park charges apply for non-members (£6 for the 4 hours you will be at this activity).
The Druids Temple at Swinton Bivouac is a beautiful free place to visit. Run through the woods and discover old stone monuments including the old Druids Temple. They also have a cafe (with beautiful views across the hills) on site so you can warm up with a hot chocolate after your adventure. You can read more about what’s on offer here.
Do you have any older ones who might be interested in learning more about the work of the team at the AONB? The Wild Watch AONB programme is offering a free opportunity to learn about bird surveys with Richard Baines from Wold Ecology providing an entertaining talk at the Playhouse in Pateley Bridge from 7-8pm on 30th January.
Local Treasure Trails are a fun way to get to know the area, solving clues along the way. They cost £6.99 for each download and local ones to us include: Ripon – Hunt for the Missing Horns, Pateley Bridge – Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Masham – Murder Mystery Treasure Trail. These three are approximately 2 miles long and take 2+ hours to compete. There is also a Coldstones Cut and Yorkshire Dales Trail. This trail involves approximately 4 miles of walking and 40 miles of driving, and should take around 5 hours to complete. Visit their website for more details on how to download your pack.
There will be reduced entry fees at Thorp Perrow throughout January giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have on offer for less than £25 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children). There will be a bird of prey flying display at 1.30pm each day, an adventure playground and the beautiful arboretum to explore. The tearoom with be closed from 8th – 12th January for renovations however, at other times stop in there to warm up with their Winter menu!
Ripon Museums open again for the season on 10th February. Their half term event will be a Victorian Mop Fair! You can find out how servants, labourers and craftspeople found work in days gone by and what amusements were in store at these popular events all for £18 per family of four (2 adults and 2 children).
If you want to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air for free we have a list of our favourite walks on our Days Out page.
All entry fees correct at time of publishing. 4/1/18