We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to visit in York this summer and picked out ideas for 10 different things to do with your mini Mumblers during the holidays. With many businesses re-opening we are looking to support local this summer.

1. Picnic in the park – What better way is there to enjoy a sunny day out in York than in one of it’s many beautiful parks. Rowntree park has re-opened its play park so why not pop into the café and pick up a tree trail, some duck food and take a walk around their new rainbow yarn installation. If you are looking for lush open spaces, Homestead park is the perfect setting for a picnic and run around. Right in the heart of York you can enjoy a tranquil visit the Museum gardens, so why not pick up some local fodder and take in the picturesque Roman ruins.

2. Local history lesson – Why not brush up on your local knowledge this the summer by visiting some of York’s top educational attractions. Discover all about the Vikings at Jorvik Viking Centre or go on an archaeological adventure at Dig. Visit the centuries old Mansion House from 22nd July or step back in time at York Castle Museum from 1st August.

3. Get arty! – If arts and crafts are your family's thing then head into the city centre to explore your creative side. York Art Gallery re-opens its doors on the 1st of August so don’t forget to pop by to see the Michael Lyons exhibition, a collection of nine outdoor sculptures inspired by nature, myth and ancient culture. Rainbows ceramics offer a wide selection of shaped ceramics for you to paint, decorate and collect in a week. Check out the York Mumbler ‘50 ideas to entertain your kids’ blog for more craft-based activities you can do at home.

4. Take a day trip – If you are planning a ‘staycation’ this year why not pack up the car and head out for the day for some quality family time this summer. As well as the beautiful gardens and green spaces Castle Howard is home to tree top adventure Skelf Island. With its tree top nest structure, rope bridges, slides and nets, Skelf Island is sure to keep kids of all ages entertained. Beningbrough Hall is home to an array of beautifully designed gardens as well as a wilderness play area for the kids to let off some steam. Grab a bite to eat or a hot drink from the Brew House Cafe to make this a truly relaxing day out.

5. Pick some locally grown fruit – Looking to cut down on your food miles and a support local business? The mini Mumblers love to go and ‘pick your own’ and a visit to The Balloon Tree is always on our summer bucket list. With a wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetables available to harvest throughout the summer, why not pick up some strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for a summer inspired fruit salad.

6. Enjoy an ice cream – York city centre has a huge selection of delicious ice cream kiosks, vans, shops and even a boat. You can find them all here on our ‘Best Places to Get Ice-cream in York’ section on our website. If you are looking for a slightly different ice cream experience Plush Café has three themed dining rooms for you to choose from – We, at Mumbler, have also secured some fabulous offers for you at some of these places which you can find on the website HERE.

7. Get active! – For a fun, free way to burn off some steam don’t forget to explore one of York’s many cycle tracks. They are perfect for cycling, scooting, running or walking round the city, why not use one to get to your favourite play park.

8. Animal encounters – If your kids are crazy about animals, Piglets Adventure Farm will be re-opening its doors from the 1st of August. Explore the farmyard trail to find Juno and Bendi, their furry, friendly resident alpacas and make sure to visit the cute, curly tailed pigs. Murton Park – Yorkshire museum of Farming also has some great farm animals as well as all the tractors and Viking village. In the meantime, don’t forget visit your local duck pond to feed the ducks, we have a list of our favourite spots in York on our blog as well as advice on what’s best to feed them.

9. Take a trip on the river Ouse – The most relaxing to enjoy the river Ouse is by boat. So why not take a guided tour with City Cruises, for a real treat upgrade to one of their afternoon tea cruises. If you are looking to try your hand at skippering your own boat why not try their self-drive boats? they are fun, safe and easy to drive.

10. Go on a trail or treasure hunt – A Great way to explore the beautiful city of York is to go on one of its many trails. If you are heading into the city centre try spotting the 23 cat statues on the free, self-guided York Cat Trail. The best way to take in York’s most iconic photo spots is to take a stroll around the free York Selfie Trail, don’t forget to snap a selfie and #yorkselfie! Check out the York Mumbler blog for a full list of all the trails and treasure hunts around York.

For more ideas, inspiration and activities to do with kids over the holidays head over to the York Mumbler blog.

Things to consider

Some venues will require you to pre-book or have new processes in place to keep you safe. Be sure to check out their website for the latest news and how to best enjoy your experience before you visit.

For the latest news, updates and advice for families in York visit the York Mumbler Website.

This Blog was compiled by Yorkshire Brand Stories for York Mumbler