The summer holidays are finally here and … how on earth are we going to fill them! The place to start is East Yorkshire. Enjoy time together at family friendly attractions, playing on safe beaches, having cosy pub lunches or even walking for miles in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds countryside. Here’s some hints and tips to make a great day out in East Yorkshire hassle free and full of fun.

Summer + Ice Cream = Mr Moo’s
Mr’s Moo’s just outside of Skipsea is the ideal place to go on those days where you think put the kids in the car and let’s just go somewhere. With over 30 flavours to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice, but each flavour is delicious, made from locally sourced ingredients and expertly made by the Mr Moo’s team. From a single scoop cone to a monster ice cream sundae, it’s a treat everyone enjoys, especially in the summer. Keep an eye out for the cows (and calves if you’re lucky) in the fields neighbouring the icecream parlour. From the cafe you can take the farm walk to the clifftop, where it is possible to make it down to the beach but this is very uneven due to erosion and care is needed. It’s definitely worth checking tide times before you visit as when the tide is out there are plenty of rockpools to explore and sand to play on.

Wide Open Spaces
Beverley is more than independent shops and interesting heritage, it's the Westwood - green space, blue skies and cows…Take a picnic, meet up with some friends, set up camp and let the kids (and dogs) play. Picnic-wise we like to get something yummy to take away from Vanessa’s Delicatessen and Cafe or if we’re feeling particularly indulgent we’ll get some sweet treats from 42nd East Bakehouse. We always pack some outdoor play essentials, a bat and ball or frisby, but the change of atmosphere and space gives us all a bit of freedom while keeping everyone safe and it’s an easy way to while away a day.

Beach! Beach! Beach!
One of the easiest fuss free days out is a trip to the beach. All you need is towels, suncream and a bucket and spade… oh and yourselves of course. Turned up on spec? Don’t worry you can still pick up these essentials on the seafront - you can even hire deck chairs in Bridlington for a more luxury experience. At Bridlington you can park at the park and ride then either go straight down to the beach there or ride into town, by bus or - our favourite - by Landtrain, and pick a spot nearer the town centre. There’s so much space that even though there’s people all around no one feels too close to you. Hornsea is very similar in terms of space, it’s lovely to stroll along the front, there’s also a large grassed area near the boat launch which is perfect for a kick about. Withernsea is further down the East Yorkshire coast, and although it’s a smaller resort it doesn't feel that way on the spacious beaches and pleasant promenades. Avid beach goers can hire chalets in Bridlington and Hornsea, giving you the option for long beach days and an ideal base camp. Take a picnic if you fancy but fish and chips, icecreams and other seaside treats are aplenty and keep everyone full for a day full of sandcastle building, paddling, beach games and sunbathing - if you’re lucky! 

Shades of Space
Some days it’s simply too hot and a great way to combat this? Visit the local woods and parks in East Yorkshire. With the trees and vegetation in full bloom there’s plenty of shade while still having the space to explore and the refreshing feeling of being out in the great outdoors. Walking along woodland paths lined with wild flowers, and cowslip, with tree branches overhead soon gives the feeling of another world and is perfect for those kids that love an expedition. From Millington Woods in the Yorkshire Wolds, to Humber Bridge Country Park leading down to Hessle Foreshore, and Danes Dyke with the perfect balance of woodland and beach, there’s plenty of choice. It’s great to just head out and see where the day takes you, again picnics are a must here but take the hassle out prepping and stop somewhere local on the way to pick up something freshly made and delicious - visit the food and drink section of our website for ideas. 

Get it booked!
For some, we understand, the key to a hassle free day is all in the preparation. Booking the tickets, checking the guidance and thinking in advance so the day runs smoothly and there’s no time wasted at a fully booked attraction or event. Here are a few easy to book online, top notch attractions that families love in East Yorkshire:

Brick Wonders Exhibition - an exhibition of wonders of the world made entirely from lego at the Treasure House in Beverley.


Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens - grounds to explore, giant games to play and a house full of secrets to discover.


Let Loose - high ropes, low ropes, adventure play, archery… an absolute must for active families!


Sewerby Hall & Gardens - gardens to roam, a house to explore and a summer packed with events.


Sledmere House and Gardens - grounds, woodland walks, animals to visit and space to play. 


William’s Den - outdoor and indoor adventure play areas that lets kids explore their imaginations.


Wolds Way Lavender - enjoy calming lavender, before tackling a willow maze and giant games.

Check out the School’s Out website for even more ideas!

However you choose to spend time with your family in East Yorkshire, it’s safe to say you’ll all - especially the kids -  be worn out and ready for bed after a day of making new memories.