For Families

There's something for all ages to enjoy at the Yorkshire Arboretum and a range of activities that are especially suitable for those visiting with children:

Summer Holiday Activities

This summer we have a packed programme of fun activities suitable for primary school aged children. Minibeast Hunting, nature collections and lots of trails for you to try.   Check out the programme.  Whilst you are here we also have a selection of lawn games to try out over the summer -  croquet, kubb, giant jenga and more. 

We're proud to be listed on the Get Kids Out Learning website.This website pulls together all of the best educational venues across the UK and allows you to search for them by region to see all the information you need to plan a great day out!

All Season Children's Activities

There is plenty to keep the family entertained whenever you visit:

Woodland Playground

With lots of den building opportunities, balance beams, tree trunk bridges, log ladders and giant stepping stones, all created from the arboretum's own trees, there's plenty for children to discover and enjoy in our Woodland Playground. Open all season (weather permitting).

Minibeast Discovery Trail:

This trail is designed to help children explore nature & learn about the creatures they see, including ladybirds, bees and butterflies. Pick up a free trail guide from the Visitor Centre and start on the path behind Tercentenary Wood. Look out for the ladybird information board, then just follow the instructions. There's a prize for completing the whole trail!

The Children's University:

The Yorkshire Arboretum is a Learning Destination for the Children's University, a national scheme to inspire children aged 5–14 to learn outside the curriculum through out-of-school activities.

Participating children collect stamps/stickers in a ‘Passport' as recognition for their learning, and work towards certification. Children who participate in the following arboretum activities can present their passport to receive a sticker/stamp:

  • Minibeast Discovery Trail

  • Junior Rangers' Clubs

  • Discovery Days

  • Arboretum Explorers' Club

Local participating schools are Burton Green, Carr Junior, Clifton Green, Dringhouses, Headlands, Hob Moor, Lakeside, New Earswick, Osbaldwick, Park Grove, Scarcroft Primary, St. Barnabus, St. Paul's, Stockton on the Forest, Westfield, Woodthorpe and Yearsley Grove. Passports can also be purchased from York Theatre Royal.

Also look at the Things to Do page for activities and events that are suitable for all visitors.