Take a Trip up North & Visit Toby and Roo’s Hot Spots!

Our Northern guest blogger Toby and Roo is back! Read on to find out the best outdoor activities and events in the North of England to entertain your young explorers this Easter!


I’ve often said to my husband that I should live in London and I’m not a massive fan of the North. I just always felt like nothing really happened up here and I was forever travelling down south for anything that resembled an event… unless you counted farming events. Which I didn’t. That is until I had children and I can honestly say that to live in the countryside with children is a wonderful blessing. Would I still love to live in or near London, truthfully yes, but that would mean travelling further afield to do all the wonderful things that are right at our finger tips living in the country as we do now.

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I was really struck by this when I was planning what to do with the children in the upcoming Easter Holidays. We’ve been to a lot of place over the years and I have a short few that we are planning to visit again and that I can’t recommend enough if you are heading up North for the Easter break.

Honeysuckle Farm, Hornsea

This is hands down my FAVOURITE petting zoo/ play farm. It’s really reasonable to get in, but once you are there it is HUGE, with so many places to play, hay bale barns to run around in, animals galore to pet and meet and two giant koi ponds where you can stand over grates and feed the fish through the floor. It is always a must for us during any holiday time or even on a warm weekend in spring. There is a cafe, but we always take a pack up because there is so much to see and do.

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Sheffield Butterfly Centre, Sheffield

I loved this place when we visited last year. It’s packed full of sights for kids with the crocs being a firm favourite with my boys. There is a great mix of play areas, including a water park area so take your little ones a change of clothes or swimwear and towels.

Doncaster Wildlife Park, Doncaster

We love it here, and had so much fun when we visited over summer. It’s a brilliant park that has great places to stop and play, so many animals to see and learn about and great cafes and restaurants or picnic areas a plenty if you are feeling like A La Carte! Why not check out my guide to visiting zoos before you go, it’s one of our favourite things to do so I’ve jotted down my tips for making the most of it on my blog.


Goathland & The North Yorkshire Moors

Loads of people tell me they have been camping or hiking with their little ones in the Lake District, but here in North Yorkshire we have a beautiful Moorland that really can’t be beaten. This is a great place to take the kids on a walking trail, you can download a route online or even purchase a book that will tell you where to go. There are different things to do, nature observation, rock climbing, wading in the streams, sheep spotting – just to name a few. If your little ones aren’t up to long walks then visit Goathland and have a walk around, spot the sheep and grab some gorgeous ice cream from their local shop – it’s made on site and can’t be beaten.

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Harrogate

With a family ticket for the day cost £18 this is one of the best places to take the kiddos! It has a wealth of things to teach kids that won’t feel like an educational borefest and will be great for outdoor lovers. You can go in the caves, enjoy the carvings as you walk around the gardens and even enjoy the history of the place – without realising it. They also have a pretty good play area and picnic spot too.


Wharram Percy, Nr Wetwang

I love this place. Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village between Beverley and Malton. It is filled with ruins, a fabulous lake to walk around (never swim in it!) and is made all the better by being free free free! It’s a great place to wander around with sheep and sometimes cows milling about, go on a good walk and enjoy the fresh-ish air! My husband has a tonne of anecdotal stories about being chased by cows when he was younger so just be prepared!


I can’t recommend the North enough for getting your kids out in the fresh air this Easter, we have so many beautiful outdoor days out to offer!