Schools are out for summer leaving parents pondering how to entertain the kids for six whole weeks without breaking the bank! Luckily, East Yorkshire boasts an abundance of options for a fun, budget-friendly family day out.

Puffins Galore

They’re one of the region’s most iconic sea birds and this summer they’re everywhere! Forty-two artist decorated puffin sculptures can be seen right along the coast from Bempton to Spurn Point, with a cheeky few migrating inland. From wild clifftops to traditional seaside towns, follow the puffin trail and explore all that East Yorkshire has to offer. Don’t forget to download the puffin spotter app to collect all your favourite puffins along the way. The perfect family selfie opportunity!

Cost: free

Bempton Cliffs

If the Puffins Galore trail has caught your imagination and you’d like to see real sea birds in action, head to Bempton Cliffs for a spectacle like no other. Around half a million sea birds gather here between March and October to raise a family on the towering chalk cliffs which overlook the North Sea. This makes Bempton Cliffs the largest seabird city in the UK! Six, safe cliff-edge viewing platforms give you stunning close-up views of life on the edge and if you’re lucky you might spot seals and porpoises swimming in the waves below. Self-guided trails and discovery backpacks can be hired and these contain binoculars, a spotters sheet, bird book and magnifying bug pot to help your little ones get the most from their visit. As well as the amazing array of wildlife, there’s also an onsite shop and café.

Cost: Children £3 (free entrance for first child and children under 5), adults £6


Brick City, Beverley Art Gallery

Experience iconic buildings from around the world as you never have before – made from Lego! Take the ultimate tour, taking in locations from five continents including Rio, New York, Copenhagen, Venice, Japan and Last Vegas. Fancy having a go at building your own landmark? Join in a Brick City workshop and get expert advice on creating your own masterpiece.

Cost: free (booking required)

John Bull’s World of Rock, Bridlington

A visit to the beach isn’t complete without a brightly coloured stick of rock and now you can discover the secrets of how this seaside favourite is made. Join a factory tour and learn how they put the letters inside a stick of rock (we’ve often wondered this too), see the mini bakery in action and watch as chocolate fish are made. They have an indoor play area too – ideal for those wetter summer days.

Cost: Under 4s free, children £3.50, adults £4.50.

Fossil fun at Spurn

Budding archaeologists will love getting their hands dirty as they take a guided walk along the beach searching for fascinating fossils from creatures that existed millions of years ago. When looking for fossils on the Holderness Coast you never know what will turn up so keep a look out for ammonites, Devil's toe-nails and Belemnites.

Cost: Children £6. Adults £10

Live on the Lawn, Burton Constable Hall

Head to Burton Constable this August as Live on the Lawns returns for its third year, bringing with it a series of spectacular summer family shows. Performances include Alice in Wonderland, Awful Auntie (an adaptation of David Walliams’ book), and Jeddy Bear and Gary’s Picnic which was nominated for ‘Best Kids Show’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival & UK Kids’ Comedy Festival awards 2021. As it’s an outdoor event, don’t forget to pack a picnic, blankets, sunscreen and hats (and as the great British weather can be unpredictable you may want to bring waterproofs too)!

Cost: From £2 

Bondville Model Village, Bridlington

Feel like a giant as you explore this magical miniature village which has over 200 lovingly handcrafted buildings, including a castle, a ruined abbey and a harbour. As you stroll around Bondville you’ll see its inhabitants going about their daily lives – make sure you pay attention as there’s a quiz to complete along the way. Afterwards, why not pop to Bondville’s tea room for some well-earned refreshments?

Cost: Adults, £4.50 Child, £3.00 Family Pass for 4 (2 Adults & 2 Children), £11.00

A day at the beach

The East Yorkshire coastline stretches for 53 miles, offering some truly beautiful beaches where families can enjoy a great value day out. The towns of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea offer traditional seaside attractions and fantastic quality beaches, whilst the coves of North Landing and Thornwick in Flamborough offer caves to explore and chalk boulders for rock pooling, not to mention picturesque beaches set against the cliffs. At dog-friendly Fraisethorpe you’ll find miles of peaceful, rugged coastline ideal for leisurely strolls and sand castle building. Whichever location you choose, all you need for a cheap and cheerful day out is a picnic, towels, beach games and your bucket and spade.

Cost: free

Mr Moo’s, Skipsea

Sunshine and ice cream go hand-in-hand so a visit to Mr Moos is a summer essential. With a whopping 30 flavours to choose from there’s bound to be something to keep the whole family happy, whether you’re a traditionalist or like to tantalise your tastebuds with something a little more unusual. To keep the kids entertained for longer, why not ditch the single cone and opt for one of Mr Moo’s colossal sundaes instead? Whichever option you choose you can enjoy delicious, award-winning ice cream made from locally sourced ingredients with no artificial colours or flavours. Once the last lick has been enjoyed, take a gentle farm walk to the nearby beach.

Cost: depends how big your ice cream is!

Humber Bridge Country Park, Hessle

Blow off some steam by exploring the trails set over the 48 acres of woodland at the Humber Bridge Country Park. The park is a designated nature reserve and home to a diverse range of wildlife, including great crested newts and 22 species of butterfly. The park is dog and cycle friendly too and there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a picnic so don’t forget your sandwiches! Whilst you’re there be sure to take in the impressive views of the iconic Humber Bridge, the longest single-span suspension bridge in the UK.

Cost: free
 

Beverley Minster Roof Tour

Sometimes you just need to see life from a different perspective! The magnificent Beverley Minster is one of the finest gothic churches in England and did you know that you can take a guided roof tour, taking your visit to new heights? After climbing the 113 steps of its medieval staircase you’ll arrive in the rafters of the roof where you can enjoy views to the north and south of the Minster through its ‘wheel’ windows.

Cost: Adult – £10, concession – £5. Concessions include children (8-16) Only suitable for those aged 8 or above

Honeysuckle Farm, near Hornsea

This family run farm has been delighting families since it first opened in 1992. Expect all the usual suspects including cows, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys and a whole host of greedy goats who love nothing more than being fed by visitors! You’ll also find a straw bale play area, nature walks, wooden forts to climb, ponds teaming with fish, ducks and swans (you can buy food from reception for them too) and a cafe so the humans don’t go hungry either!

Cost: Toddlers free, children £5.50, adults £6

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All information and pricing correct at time of publishing.