School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

February Half Term

Featured Listing

21 Places To Visit With Kids In Ripon And Nidderdale.

Ripon, Nidderdale and the surrounding areas in beautiful North Yorkshire offer lots of fun and exciting things to do with the kids. From National Trust properties to museums, gardens to roam and castles to explore, from train rides to adventure playgrounds, countryside walks and underground adventures we’ve got twenty one of the best places to visit with the kids listed here.


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

The abbey ruins are laid out in a grassy bowl – perfect for kids to run around in or roll down the hill into! There are small rooms to explore and a stream flows past on one side. Fountains Mill is a hands-on museum where you can try your hand at milling and see what life was like on the site many years ago. There are beautiful water gardens, follies, woodland to explore and a visit to the deer park is highly recommended. The new playground is fantastic! Built from timber it is much bigger and more beautiful than the last playground there with a zip wire, rope nets, bridges and climbing walls. After all that you definitely deserve a visit the cafe for a cup of tea! Check the website before going to see if there are any additional activities on offer such as den building or sewing and knitting.

Location: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY


Jervaulx Abbey

Things to do/see: In the Spring and Summer months there are hundreds of beautiful wild flowers surrounding the abbey ruins well worth a visit to see these alone. They also have tearooms on site that provide a wonderful afternoon tea.

Location: Park House, Jervaulx, Ripon HG4 4PH


Hackfall Woods

Things to do/see: Beautiful ancient woodlands with a water feature (gravity-fed fountain that spouts water about every 20 mins), ruined follies to play in and around, waterfalls, numerous footpaths, small beach along the river – great for picnics.

Location: Hackfall is at the Masham end of the village of Grewelthorpe. Nearest postcode to car park HG4 3DE

Click here to continue reading..

Featured Listing

Brimham Rocks

Birds Of Brimham
10th February
11am – 4pm
Learn about the birds of Brimham including jackdaws and nuthatches to robins and pied flycatchers. Try making your own birds nest.


Family Funteering
11th February 2018
11am – 3pm
A chance to learn about the environment, use natural materials and tools and learn bushcraft skills in the beautiful setting of Brimham Rocks. Bring a packed lunch. Call to check this activity is still running.


Bird Box Making
16th February 2018
11am – 3pm
Build your very own bird box to take home for your feathered friends. Booking essential. £5 per bird box.


Events free unless otherwise stated however, admission charges apply.
Brimham Moor Road, Summerbridge HG3 4DW
01423 780688

Featured Listing

Brymor: Pancake Fun And Games In The Play Barn!

Tuesday 13
th February
2pm – 4pm.

Join us for some Pancake Fun in our NEW indoor play barn on Shrove Tuesday.

There’ll be pancake racing where children of all ages are encouraged to come and show off their best pancake flipping skills.

PLUS, we’ll have a brilliant ‘build your own Sundae’ station next to the Guernsey cows for all to see – not forgetting our newly refurbished Ice Cream Parlour for everyone to enjoy.

Pancake racing will commence at 2.30pm.

It’s free entry, no booking required and it is open to children of all ages.


High Jervaulx Farm, Masham, HG4 4PG


Featured Listing

Do you want your event or activity listed here?

We’re busy collecting information on family-friendly half term activities. Scroll down to see what we’ve already got listed but check back for more soon.


Contact us at if you would like to see your half term activities listed here.


Featured Listing

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal: Half Term

Children’s Craft At Swanley

Saturday 10 February – 18 February
11am – 4pm
Bring the family along to get stuck into candleholder making – medieval style!


Make A Lantern

Monday 12 February – 14 February
10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm
Get creative and make your very own lantern to light up the winter months. £5 BE Tel: 01765 643189

*Admission costs apply

Featured Listing

Half Term Holiday Care And Camps

Looking for sports camps or child care options for February Half Term?


Click here for details.

Featured Listing

Lambing Live At Birchfield Farm

Opening from 10th February for Lambing Live 2018!

Come and visit our farm at one of the busiest times of the year, the lambing shed will be filled with expectant ewes ready to give birth. Come and help bottle feed a pet lamb and if you are lucky witness a sheep giving birth!

There will always be a farmer on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Check out our website for more information

or Facebook Birchfield ice cream farm

We will be open from 10th February everyday except Mondays (Excluding 12th February)

Entrance £2 per person


(Lamb feeding will take place at 11am and 2pm daily)

Includes access to the lambing shed, small area of the farm yard and also the woodland walk.

No Dogs allowed in the farm

Please note that this event is NOT suitable for pregnant women.

Featured Listing

Ripon Workhouse Museum

Give your children a taste of the world of work Victorian style!

Come along to our Victorian mop fair! Find out how servants, labourers and craftspeople found work in days gone by and what amusements were in store at these popular events!

In the past Victorian domestic servants and agricultural workers would hire themselves out for a year at these early ‘job’ fairs. Make a “Mop” or badge of your trade (e.g. a shepherd would have a crook or piece of wool pinned to his clothes, a gardener a piece of cord or twine, a housemaid would have a mop and a milkmaid a milking stool or bucket) then have a go at gardening, milking, chores, baking bread and finding the “sheep” around the museum.

If successful, we will “hire” your children by giving them a “penny” and a piece of bright ribbon – as a mark of the contract.

Half term weekdays, Mon 12th  – Fri 16th February  11am-4pm

Activities are included with admission

Featured Listing
Featured Listing

Twigs n’ Stix Forest School: February Half Term

12th and 13th February

10.15am -12.15pm

A woodland full of family fun for all ages 1-11yrs

Enjoy running free in the private woodland, building dens, collecting fire wood and learning to light the fire. Find and identify bugs and build them a home. Climb trees, create natural art and crafts and enjoy being in nature together.

Twigs n’ Stix Forest School is based in the Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) 2 miles from Pateley Bridge and 14 miles from the Harrogate. We have sole use of a unique and beautiful 11 acre ancient woodland where we provide inspiring and creative activities for children of all ages.

Snacks and hot drinks provided.

£10 per child or £18 per family

Harewell Woods Farm, Glasshouses, HG3 5QQ  Contact Liz on 07715 001394

Read our Mumbler review on our Forest School session.


Annual Ripon Pancake Race

13th February 2018

Starting point: Ripon Cathedral at 11am with the race going along Kirkgate.

Registration on the day… individuals, businesses and organisations welcome.

Pancakes made by chefs from 21 Regiment from donations from local businesses.


Awful Auntie

February 14th – February 17th

David Walliams Awful Auntie Live on Stage at Grand Opera House, York

Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York
Box Office 0844 871 3024

Beningbrough Hall

Eden from Stories Alive!

Sunday 11th & Wednesday 14th 2018

Owl-themed Beningbrough stories.


Artrageous! Craft Workshop

Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th 2018

Make your own Artrageous! origami owl.


Garden Walk

Friday 16th 2018

Learn about owls and their habitats on a walk with Mark the Gardener.


Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, Beningbrough YO30 1DD

Bolton Abbey: Hey Diddle Diddle

10th – 18th February 2018

Solve the mystery of the dish and the spoon and find out why nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ is thought to have originated at Bolton Abbey.

Free event. Admission charge of £10 per vehicle applies.

Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion. Last admission is at 4pm. Trail open from 9am to 4pm.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD236EX

01756 718000

Brymor Ice Cream Farm

Try out their NEW indoor and outdoor playground – and get an ice cream sundae while you’re there!

High Jervaulx Farm, Jervaulx, Masham HG4 4PG

01677 460377

February Frolics At Piglets Adventure Farm

10th – 18th February 2018


Tractor and trailer rides, see animals in the Animal Barn, Lambing Live, Piglet Maternity Ward, Sheep Show Live stage show!
Bale Play Barn with straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, giant drop slide, rope swing, dig’n’play – there’s a heated seating where you can grab some delicious food and drink too!

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

01904 499700


Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve

Build a Bird Box

Wednesday 14th February

10am – 12pm

A walk around the reserve to look at some of our nest boxes and to discuss how they have been used, then building bird boxes to take home! Suggested donation is £2.50 per participant plus £3.50 per box built to cover the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.


Wonderful Water

Friday 16th February

10am – 12pm

Please bring wellies for wet, watery adventures! Have fun with water and find lots of it on a walk around the reserve. Suggested donation is £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

Read more about upcoming events at the nature reserve here.

Lightwater Valley Family Fun

14th – 18th February

Petting zoo, indoor and outdoor rides. Perfect for 8s and under. Please note that only select rides are open as full park doesn’t open for the 2018 season until 28th March.

Prebooking tickets online required – no tickets will be sold on the day.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park
North Stainley

01765 635321


Milkshake Live!

14th February 2018

Starring your favourite Milkshake characters including Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Little Princess with two Milkshake! presenters singing and dancing through fairytales.

Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate HG1 2RD
01423 502116

Nunnington Hall

12th February to 18th February 12pm – 3pm

Follow the Feathery Friends’ Garden Trail, make a fat feeder and bird box making.

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York YO62 5UY

01439 748283

RHS Garden Harlow Carr – Mud & Machines

Mud & Machines Trail Monday to Friday photo opportunities with giant digger 11m – 3pm

Muddy Craft Activities Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30am – 3.30pm

Garden Detectives Tuesday 10.30am – 3.30pm

Worm Day Thursday 11am – 3pm.

Great British Mud Pie Off Friday 10.30am – 3pm.

Normal garden admission.

Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB

01423 565418

The Art Lab

A brand new arts venue for Ripon offering workshops, family-friendly activities, parties and more.

Opening for half term with a week of FREE entrance to the studio (small fee for some activities):

12th February 11am Colour Bombs

13th February 11am Swing Thing

14th February 11am Spray It

15th February 11am Hubble Bubble

16th February 11am Frothy Kanikaze

1st Floor, Main Block, The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate
Ripon HG4 1LE

Thorp Perrow

10th – 18th February

Kids eat free!*

*For every adult lunch receive a kids lunchbox meal for FREE! (Minimum spend for adult lunch £5)

Lunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm every day

Snowdrop Trail

Follow the trail to discover more about the 24 varieties at Thorp Perrow

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS
01677 425323