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.
Explore the naturally formed caverns at Stump Cross for half price! Just show this Facebook post from the Stump Cross Caverns Facebook page at the ticket office and get 2 for 1 entry. There is a visitor centre which includes information about the caves and the remains of it’s past inhabitants – including a wolverine! Tea rooms, garden seating area and gift shop also on site.
Nature Explorers at Brimham Rocks 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. They will be learning about the birds of Brimham Rocks and building bird boxes on 17th February. The event costs £5 per child and car park charges apply for non-members. Keep an eye on the website for details as dates may change.
The Dark Skies Festival offers the chance to learn more about the night sky. The National Parks and many of the surrounding areas offer the chance to stargaze, away from the light pollution of our larger towns and cities. We’re lucky enough to live so close to many of the events that will be happening in this years festival which runs from 15th February to 3rd March.
Discover more about the skies above us and and find local events listed in our blog here. (booking is essential for most activities).
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.
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, a Yorkshire Dales Trail (this involves approximately 4 miles of walking and 40 miles of driving, and should take around 5 hours to complete) and a Murder Mystery Trail in Grassington. Visit their website for more details on how to download your pack.
Ripon Museums open again for the season on 9th February. However, they will be hosting Squigglers Art Club during their weekly sessions running on 4th, 11th and 18th February. The cost is just £2.
There will be reduced entry fees at Thorp Perrow throughout January giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have on offer for about £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.
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. For more upcoming events take a look at our calendar.
All entry fees correct at time of publishing: 18/1/19