Attractions To Visit in Yorkshire Summer 2020 – What is and isn’t open

Rather than updating my post about places that have reopened in Yorkshire with toilets open I thought it would be easier to start a new post. This one is for all attractions that are open or will be opening this summer 2020 in Yorkshire.

This list will comprise of places in the East Riding of Yorkshire plus the north, south and west Yorkshire. I am only including attractions which have an entrance price. If you are looking for free days out with a family-friendly walk involved then this is the post for you – 70+ Family Friendly Walks in Yorkshire.

Covid 19 Safety Measures At Yorkshire Attractions

In these worrying times of Covid 19 I think it’s essential that attractions put in place strict measures to keep us safe. By me including these places in this list, I am not in any way saying that this is or isn’t a safe place to visit. I will, however, outline what they are doing to try and keep their customers safe. All the sites below do have toilets open.

Hopefully, as you lovely readers visit more places (myself included) I can include updated information about how safe people felt when visiting. If you have any comments to add please do so.

Please check their website for opening times and admission prices.

In alphabetical order for each area of Yorkshire.

EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Bridlington Animal Park

When do they open? – They are open right now. You have to pre-book admission.

Safety Measures – They have all the Covid-19 precautions in place such as:
1 way system, reduced ticket numbers, 2m distancing, Hand sanitiser and an increased cleaning program etc.

What is or isn’t open – The animal park is open fully again, there is no play area or food anyway. They have an interaction program all day including displays and wallaby feeding.

Address: Covert Lane, Carnaby, Bridlington YO15 3QF

More about Bridlington Animal Park


Burnby Hall Gardens

When do they open? – They are open again now, pre-booking only. There are three booking slots to choose from: 1000 x 1215; 1215 x 1430 and 1430 x 1700 and bookings can only be made for the current day (if places are available) or the following day.

Safety Measures – The Gardens are open, using a clockwise route around the Upper and Lower Lakes. All payments must be by card. All of their staff have received personal PPE and have been briefed in relation to staff safety and social distancing prior to re-opening.

What is or isn’t open – All of the themed gardens (Secret Garden, Aviary Garden, Victorian Garden, Rock Garden, Stumpery and Birch Walk) remain accessible with routes marked with direction arrows. The cafe is open for take-away. The highlight to any visit is feeding the fish. Make sure you purchase lots of food for them on your arrival.

They have not as yet announced anything about the reopening of the playground.

Address: 33 The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF

More about Burnby Hall Gardens


Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – They are currently limiting numbers to 50 a day with preference given to annual pass holders. They are hoping to introduce an online booking system soon and will update their social media when anything changes.

What is and isn’t open – Grounds, woodland, walled garden and woodland adventure playground are open. Takeaway coffee, wood fired pizza and other food and drink from the courtyard can be enjoyed in their grounds. They are unable to accept cash, so all payments must be made on card, preferably contactless.

Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB

More about Burton Agness Hall and Gardens.


Burton Constable Hall and Gardens

When do they open? – They are open again, even their house. To better manage the capacity and flow of visitors, they are requesting that you pre-book your tickets in advance via their online booking system.

Safety Measures – They are limiting the number of visitors. They have hand sanitisers, helpful signage and one way systems where needed.

What is or isn’t open – They are fortunate to have vast wide open spaces with plenty to explore, including a sculpture trail! You can make the most of the stunning scenery and tranquil environments by setting up for a picnic on one of their lawns or at one of our dedicated picnic tables. 

Their stable blocks, small play area and house are all open again.

Address: Skirlaugh, Hull HU11 4LN

Photo credit Burton Constable

Honeysuckle Farm – Remaining closed until Spring 2021


Let Loose – There is no news as yet of their reopening


Sewerby Hall and Gardens

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – There are new entrances to the zoo, and visitors should follow the new signs. There are also socially distanced queueing systems in place in the zoo, the shop, the café, and in the toilets. Customers will see perspex screens in the shop and the café to protect both themselves and the staff.

What is or isn’t open – Everything is open again.

Visitors can also download two free apps to add extra enjoyment to their trip : ‘Love Exploring’ offers a variety of games and trails, including a Fairy Quiz, a Dinosaur Safari, and Sewerby Statues (and more)

There are plans to reopen the playground and the house on the 4th July.

Address: Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA

More about Sewerby Hall and Gardens


Sledmere House

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – They have limited Half Day Tickets available, these are bookable on the website and are split between morning and afternoon sessions. New sanitising stations have been located throughout the site. All of their toilets are equipped with anti-bacterial soap and are cleaned on a regular basis. They are currently only accepting cards on-site.

What is or isn’t open – Everything but the house is open again.

Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG

More about Sledmere house


The Deep are making plans to reopen


William’s Den

When do they open? – They are currently open for take-away pizza every Saturday evening plus kitchen table take-outs Thursday-Sunday. They have also opened up a free to visit woodland walk. Their outdoor play area has also reopened

Safety Measures – They are restricting numbers. Advance bookings only.

What is or isn’t open – They are open for take-away pizza every Saturday evening plus kitchen table take-outs Thursday-Sunday. They have also opened up a woodland walk. Their outdoor play area has also reopened.

The indoor play area remains closed for now.

Address: Castle Farm, Wold Hill HU15 2LS

More about William’s Den


NORTH YORKSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park – They are hoping to reopen soon


Beetle Bank Farm

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety MeasuresAnyone wishing to hold the animals must bring a face mask. Children under 5 or those with breathing difficulties are exempt. Please also bring gloves if you wish to feed the animals.

What is or isn’t open – Most areas are open. The sandpit, playhouse, bouncy castle are all closed for now.

Address: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD


Beningbrough Hall – National Trust

When do they open? – Their grounds are already open. You must prebook.

Safety Measures – To open safely, they are limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member. Their toilets operate on a one household in at a time basis.

What is or isn’t open – Access to garden only, parkland remains closed. Toilets are also open.

There has been no update as yet with regards to the possible reopening of their playground, cafe and house.

Address: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD

More about Beningbrough Hall and Gardens


Big Sheep Little Cow – They are making plans to reopen with no formal announcement as yet


Bolton Abbey

When do they open? – They are currently open now but play areas remain closed.

Safety Measures – All visitors to the Estate, including Season Ticket holders, staff passes and other pass holders receiving complimentary admission will now have to book their visits. This has been introduced to ensure they can monitor the number of people on the Estate. It will also help to maintain the flow of visitors arriving at any one time and reduce all contact upon arrival at the car park kiosk. 

What is or isn’t open – The parkland is open. There are also a couple of places open for take-away.

There has been no announcements as yet about the reopening of the play area or the welly walk.

Address: Skipton BD23 6AL

Photo credit Bolton Abbey

Bolton Castle

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety measures – They have made some changes to their visitor admission and flow around the castle to ensure visitors can self-distance as much as possible during their time there. Please use the sanitiser as provided and check their new signage throughout your visit.

What is or isn’t open – The castle is open. The tea room is only opening Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays initially.

Address: Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET

More about Bolton Castle


Castle Howard

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They have moved to an entirely online booking function so that they can manage the capacity of visitors coming through the Courtyard. Signs are in place to encourage social distancing.

What is or isn’t open – The grounds, playground and Skelf island adventure playground are open again.

The house remains closed for now.

Address: York YO60 7DA

More about Castle Howard


Eden Camp

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – They are taking appropriate steps to make sure all staff and visitors are in a safe environment. The site has already undergone stringent cleaning protocols which will continue in line with government guidelines and more. Tickets must be bought in advance. Their huts already operate a one way system.

What is or isn’t open – Everything will be open. I’m unsure if food will be take-away or if you can sit down to eat.

Address: Malton YO17 6RT

More about Eden Camp


Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway

When do they open? – They are re-opening on the 25th of July

Safety Measures – All tickets must be pre-booked through their online ticketing system. Demand will be monitored carefully. Customers will be more spread out than usual to provide social distancing between groups.  Stringent cleaning procedures will be in place. Their is no mention about needing to wear a mask.

What is or isn’t open – They will be running steam trains and Dales Dining services every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Address: Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF


Flamingo Land

When do they open? – The theme park is open again

Safety Measures – Guests must purchase their tickets in advance and passholders will need to reserve a ticket for the day they are visiting. For the safety of their guests and team members they have completed thorough risk assessments for each area of their business and have implemented safety measures accordingly around the resort.

What is or isn’t open – Most rides and attractions will be open however some of the resort’s facilities may be unavailable or will have restrictions in place to ensure the safety of guests and team members. They will have limited refreshments available to purchase.

Address: Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UXv

More about Flamingo Land


Forbidden Corner

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – There will be reduced visitor capacity. There is a one way system in place and keep left where necessary. Extra staff will be patrolling the gardens. Social distancing markings and signage in key areas Hand sanitising stations. Reduced seating in the cafe. Take- out also open.

What is or isn’t open – The grounds and all the follies will be open plus the cafe to eat in or take-away. The Play park is also open again.

Address: Middleham, Leyburn DL8 

More about the Forbidden Corner


Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden – National Trust

When do they open? – The grounds are open

Safety Measures – To open safely they ae limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member. Their toilets are open to just one household in at a time.

What is or isn’t open – The abbey, water garden, visitor centre car park and toilet facilities at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are open.

The playground remains closed as do the indoor buildings.

Address: Ripon HG4 3DY

More about Fountains Abbey


Go Ape, Dalby Forest

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Group sizes will be limited and you can only book in advance. There will be markers in place to aid social distancing. There will be hand washing stations and sanitiser. You will also need to wear gloves.

What is or isn’t open – All activities that they have will be open

Address: North York Moors National Park, Low Dalby, Thornton Dale YO18 7LT

More about Go Ape & Tree Top Junior


Helmsley Castle – English Heritage

When do they open? – This site will be open from August

Safety Measures – There will be new limits on visitor numbers, so you’ll need to book your timed ticket before you visit. No other safety measures have been announced.

What is or isn’t open – TBC – It’s a relatively small sight so hopefully you will be able to explore all of it.

Address: Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB


Himalayan Gardens & Sculpture Park

When do they open? – Their gardens are already open again.

Safety Measures – The number of visitors per day will be limited and tickets must be purchased in advance online. Social distancing measures have been set up and hand sanitiser is available. They have introduced an additional hourly cleaning schedule to their usual routine.

What is or isn’t open – The grounds and toilets are open. The woodland playground is also open again.

Address: Hutts Lane, Ripon HG4 3DA

Photo credit Himalayan Gardens

Kiplin Hall and Gardens

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – They are offering their own contact tracing service. They are encouraging payment by card. If you wish to pay by cash no change will be given. You can follow their suggested routes to help maintain social distancing.

What is or isn’t open – Visitors can enjoy long walks around the lake, the open space of the parkland and ambles along our woodland paths. Take in the quiet calm of the walled garden in the company of the birds and the bees or choose the perfect picnic spot on the rolling lawns. The house is also open again to visit.

I am unsure if the play area has reopened. 

Address: Richmond DL10 6AT

Photo credit Kiplin Hall

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

When do they open? – They plan to reopen on Saturday the 18th July

Safety Measures – In order to manage numbers and ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained, the North Yorkshire theme park will initially be operating with reduced capacity and all visitors will need to pre-book tickets online. Staff are also introducing a series of additional cleaning and hygiene measures on site and queue markers are in place to help visitors keep a safe distance apart. They are focusing on running the rides and parts of the Park which are more suited to a younger family audience.

What is or isn’t open – While most of the rides will be open they are keeping The Ultimate, Raptor Attack and Apollo ride closed. The indoor play areas will also be closed at this time.

Address: Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT

More about Lightwater Valley


Middleham Castle – English Heritage

When do they open? – The castle is open again

Safety Measures – They have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe. You won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different. 

What is or isn’t open – It isn’t a large site so I hope everything will be open.

Address: Castle Hill Middleham, Canaan Ln, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4QG

More about Middleham Castle


Monk Park Farm

When do they open? – Currently they have only updated their Facebook page. They are open again and have opened a drive through safari

Safety MeasuresThis is their only announcement

What is or isn’t open – They are just running the farm safari 7 days a week. This is a drive through in your own car. The tea-room is open for take-away.

All other facilities etc. remain closed.

Address: Green Ln, Bagby, Thirsk YO7 2AG


Mother Shipton’s Cave

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Mother Shipton’s is an outdoor attraction with the continual movement of people through the mile-long park, with plenty of outdoor seating and space for visitors to enjoy the ancient woodland. They are encouraging contactless payments. You have to prebook in advance. They are limiting visitor numbers.

What is or isn’t open – The cave, petrifying well and park are all open. There is a new pixie village trail. The playground is also open again.

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD

Find out more about Mother Shipton’s Cave


National Centre for birds of Prey

When do they open? – They are already open again

Safety Measures – They have not needed to implement a booking service. They are cash-free and now have a one-way system in place. The shop and the toilets are disinfected every day using a fogging machine. this ensures that every surface is properly covered 

What is or isn’t open – There are numerous aviaries to walk around. They are conducting outdoor flying displays. The shop is open and they also sell hot and cold drinks. Experiences are also available to book.

The indoor flying area, Christmas cottage and the cafe are closed.

Address: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB


Newby Hall and Gardens

When do they open? – Their grounds are open again with limited facilities which will hopefully reopen soon.

Safety Measures – They are limiting the number of visitors who are able to access the gardens at any one time and for this reason, all tickets must be purchased or validated online in advance. Intensive cleaning regimes and protective screens and signage are in place and more.

What is or isn’t open – The grounds and toilets are open. The railway is also open. The restaurant is open for take-away.

The playground, house and indoor facilities remain closed but will reopen gradually after the 4th July.

Address: Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE.


Newham Grange Farm

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – The farm walk will be one way. Limited numbers will be allowed into the farm so everyone can socially distance. Tickets must be booked in advance.

What is or isn’t open – The farm walk and toilets will be open.

All buildings will remain closed (welcome centre, gift shop, café, discovery petting barn, soft play). Their adventure play areas will remain closed. This will include crazy golf, tractors and go-karts. Tickets are much cheaper because of this.

Address: Wykeham Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TG


Northwood Fairy Trail

When do they open? – They are open every day except Monday and Tuesday.

Safety Measures – They are limiting numbers and you must pre book a time slot.

What is or isn’t open – The trail is open again

Address: Buttercrambe Moor Rd, York YO41 1AP


North Yorkshire Moors Railway

When do they open? – Saturday 1st August

Safety measures – To help them maintain capacity all tickets must be prebooked online in advance. There will be an enhanced cleaning regime. Any refreshments must be paid for with contactless cards. Plus more measures which can be found on their website.

What is or isn’t open – They are offering pre-booked non-stop steam-hauled services with limited capacity.

Address: 7aj, 28 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ


Pickering Castle – English Heritage

When do they open? – Pickering castle is open again

Safety Measures – They have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe. You won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different. 

What is or isn’t open – The grounds of the castle will be open again

Address: Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX

More about Pickering Castle


Piglets Adventure Farm

When do they open? – They are reopening on the 1st August

Safety Measures – Tickets are limited and you must pre book online in advance. They have placed many hand sanitisers around the park. Plus many other measures.

What is or isn’t open? – Indoor play areas will remain closed for now. Barrel ride, tractor and trailer, the beach, water wars and animal activities will remain closed. Everything else will be open.

Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

More about Piglets


Playdale Farm Park

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety measures – There is a one way system around the animals.

What is or isn’t open – The indoor play area will remain closed for now. There is no animal handling. The cafe is open for take-away. Outdoor play areas are all open.

Address: Carr Ln, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TL

More about Playdale Farm


Plumpton Rocks – There has been no announcement as yet about their reopening


RHS Garden Harlow Carr

When do they open? – Their gardens are open again

Safety Measures – All visitors are required to pre-book a timed entry slot in advance of their visit and the number of visitors entering the gardens will be limited each day. Additional safety measures have been implemented and areas within the gardens where it is difficult to maintain social distancing remain closed.

What is or isn’t open – The gardens are open.

Some of their play areas have reopened but not all the larger parts.

Address: Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB


Richmond Castle – English Heritage

When do they open? – The castle will reopen at the start of August.

Safety Measures – There will be new limits on visitor numbers, so you’ll need to book your timed ticket before you visit. There will be other measures in place.

What is or isn’t open – The site will all be open again.

Address: Tower Street, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QW.


Rievaulx Abbey – English Heritage

When do they open? – The Abbey will reopen at the start of August.

Safety Measures – There will be new limits on visitor numbers, so you’ll need to book your timed ticket before you visit. There will be other measures in place.

What is or isn’t open – The site will be open again.


Ripley Castle and Gardens

When do they open? – Their grounds are open again

Safety Measures – To ensure social distancing and safeguard the well being of both their visitors, staff, and the village residents, for the moment, to enjoy the Castle’s Gardens and Grounds you will need to pre-book your visit.

What is or isn’t open – The deer park walk, formal gardens, toilets and picnic area. The tea room is also open for take-away.

The house/castle and adventure play area with high ropes etc remain closed for now. There is also a small play area.


RSPB Saltholme

When do they open? – The reserve is open.

Safety Measures – No facilities are yet open.

What is or isn’t open – Although the nature reserve is open all facilities remain closed including the cafe, visitor centre and play areas.

Address: A178 Seaton Carew Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough TS2 1TU

More about RSPB Saltholme


Ryedale Folk Museum

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – They have been busy preparing their buildings and grounds and working hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff. You can only visit if you have prebooked in advance.

What is or isn’t open – Their site is all open again

Address: Hutton-le-Hole, Kirkby Moorside, YO62 6UA


Scampston Walled Garden

When do they open? – Their gardens are open again with limited facilities. Initially from Thursday through to Sunday.

Safety Measures – Social distancing measures are in place. There are hand sanitisers and screens for the staff. Their toilets are open and they’ve introduced additional cleaning. They are currently only accepting cards.

What is or isn’t open – The grounds and nature trail are open.

Enclosed areas, including the Walled Garden Café, Hall & Conservatory will remain closed until further notice.

Address: Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG


Scarborough Fair Collection – They are closed until at least September


Sea Life Scarborough

When do they open? – They will be reopening on the 4th July.

Safety Measures – You can only visit if you have booked online in advance. The daily ticketed capacity will be greatly reduced and even annual pass holders will have to prebook. They are introducing enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day, which seek to disinfect high-frequency touch points, such as tables and chairs, service counters, flush handles, door handles, lift buttons and taps. Plus many other safety measures.

What is or isn’t open – I’m unsure if the play area is open but the centre appears to be opening as normal with regards to its exhibits.

Address: Scalby Mills Rd, Scarborough YO12 6RP

More about Scarborough Sea Life centre



Stockeld Park

When do they open? – They are reopening on the 18th July

Safety Measures – Capacity will be capped to 1000 people per day in order to maintain the Government’s safety standards. Handwashing and sanitising stations have been installed throughout, and social distancing measures are in place.

What is or isn’t open – TBC – hopefully everything will be open

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN

More about Stockeld Park


Studfold Adventure Trail

When do they open? – They have reopened

Safety Measures – To ensure control over numbers and therefore visitor safety, visitors must pre-book their tickets online.

What is or isn’t open – The trail will be open and the cafe will be open for take-away.

Several activities/areas will remain closed to ensure the best possible protection for both visitors and staff. 

Address: Studfold Farm, Lofthouse, Harrogate HG3 5SG

More about Studfold Adventure Trail


Thornton Hall Country Park

When do they open? – They have a new farm safari that is now open

Safety Measures – Our Farm Safari is fully compliant to the Governments guidelines ensuring your family and our staff are kept safe at all times.

What is or isn’t open – Come along and see a wide variety of farm animals as you journey over some of our 160 acres of fields and quarry land, getting up close and personal with the animals – all from the comfort of your own car. They are also offering a delivery or pizza to your car.

The country park and play areas are remaining closed for now.


Thorp Perrow

When do they open? – Their grounds and animal/bird park have reopened.

Safety Measures – They are taking the safety of their staff, volunteers, visitors and local community very seriously. They are counting on your sense of responsibility and ask you to continue respecting the current Government safety measures (keeping a 2 metre distance, no large gatherings, washing hands) to keep our staff and other visitors safe and healthy.

What is or isn’t open – Thorp Perrow’s Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre are open again to visitors alongside the Arboretum. The tearoom will be operating a take-away service with sandwiches, sausage baps, soups, cakes and hot & cold drinks. Toilet facilities will also be available. The playground has also reopened.

Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS

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Whitby Abbey – English Heritage

When do they open? – The Abbey is open again.

Safety Measures – They have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different. 

What is or isn’t open – The grounds and abbey will be open.

Address: Abbey Ln, Whitby YO22 4JT


Wolds Way Lavender

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Book your admission ticket online in advance. This allows us to carefully manage the number of visitors we have at the Farm.

What is or isn’t open – There’s plenty open including a willow maze, woodland walk, football golf, nature ponds, take-away food and drinks and more. The play area and Miniature Railway are open again. The cafe is closed but they are selling hot and cold drinks and limited snacks.

Address: Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW


York Maze – I’m very sad to announce that they won’t be opening this year


Yorkshire Arboretum

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – Currently they are limiting ticket sales. Non members must book in advance and only visit from 12pm. Toilet facilities and other facilities are also limited.

What is or isn’t open – The 120 acres of parkland are open. Other facilities are limited.

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY


Yorkshire Lavender – They have made the decision not to reopen this year


Yorkshire Museum of Farming

When do they open? – They have already reopened.

Safety Measures – Hand sanitizer points. Cough screens. Social distanced queuing. Museum galleries closed. Staff PPE.

What is or isn’t open – Open again: Outdoor museum exhibits, farm animals, nature trail, Viking village, Roman fort and railway station platform. The playground is also open again.

Indoor buildings are closed.

Address: Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF

More about Yorkshire museum of farming.


SOUTH YORKSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Aston Springs Farm

When do they open? – Their farm trail is open again

Safety Measures – Admission must be booked in advance. Daily slots available at 10 minute intervals, 1 household per interval to limit numbers on the farm trail. There will be extra handwashing and hand sanitisers onsite. Animals are unable to be fed or touched during your visit.

What is or isn’t open – The farm trail is open.

Toilets and play area are closed for now.

Address: Aston, Sheffield


Boston Park Farm & Maize

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – Sadly I can’t find any announcement regarding safety measures they will be putting in place other than that you have to pre-book.

What is or isn’t open – The farm and play areas will be open. The cafe will be open for take-out. You can pet and feed most of the animals and on special days we have animal handling sessions. 

The soft play should be closed although their website says otherwise. I have been informed that their maize maze is reopening.

Address: Bawtry Rd, Hatfield Woodhouse, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN7 6DS

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Brodsworth Hall Gardens – English Heritage

When do they open? – The gardens are already open again.

Safety Measures – They have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe. You won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There will be other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

What is or isn’t open – The gardens are open again. There is a pop-up cafe for take-away, temporary toilet facilities.

The play area and house remain closed for now.

Address: B6422, Brodsworth DN5 7XJ.


Cannon Hall Farm

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – Visitors will need to be in restricted capacities, so entry will be for pre-booked tickets only. 

What is or isn’t open – There will be no tractor trailer ride but instead there will be enhanced outdoor walkways. The animal barns, and outdoor play areas (excluding the tunnel maze) will be open but there will be no animal feeding.

Not all facilities will be open – at this time there no plans to run their talks and races programmes. The indoor play remains closed.

Address: Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT


Gulliver’s Valley

When do they open? – This is a brand new attraction that has opened recently

Safety Measures – They have a huge number of safety measures that they are putting in place. Including limited ticket numbers, you must prebook online. With staggered entry, contactless payments on-site, temperature checks, increased cleaning, etc.

What is or isn’t open – The website isn’t clear what is or isn’t open but I am sure they will be opening any outdoor ride or play area.

Address: Mansfield Rd, Sheffield S26 5QW


Kirklees Light Railway

When do they open? – They are open again

Safety Measures – Visitors must pre-book online in advance. There will be a limited capacity on our trains to ensure a distance of at least 1.2m between ‘social bubbles’. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the facilities – please use them! Face masks will be compulsory for adults on the trains.

What is or isn’t open – The cafe will be open for limited seating, they are encouraging people to take-out. The playgrounds will be reopened but with limited numbers. You will also still be able to ride the trains. The Clayton Flyer (miniature train ride around the duck pond) will be open but only contactless payments will be accepted.

Address: Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ


Magna Science Adventure

When do they open? – They are reopening on the 22nd July

Safety Measures – Visitors will only be able to buy admission tickets online. They are capping the number of visitors admitted on any day. They will also be going cashless. In addition to capping numbers you will find extra hand-sanitising stations in key areas, the cafe has moved to the Big Hall to increase social distancing between tables, and a suggested route around the main exhibition to improve people flow. 

What is or isn’t open? – The indoor areas will be reopening as will the outdoor play areas including the splash pad.

Address: Magna Way, Templeborough, Rotherham S60 1FD

More about Magna


Mayfield Alpacas Animal Farm

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – To limit numbers you can only visit if you have pre-booked. Social distancing strategies throughout the site. Increased hand sanitising stations throughout the park. Individual seating areas spread throughout the whole 28 acre site. Masks and gloves for all staff to ensure their safety and more.

What is or isn’t open – Keepers will interact with visitors talking about our animals (respecting social distancing) but will move between individuals/ families rather than encouraging visitor grouping. Public feeding sessions will be suspended, instead they have reverted back to bags of feed so that visitors can interact with the animals in their individual groups. Staff will closely monitor animal feeding by visitors.


Tropical Butterfly House – There is currently no news on their reopening


Wentworth Castle Gardens – National Trust

When do they open? – The grounds have already reopened

Safety Measures – You need to pre-book in advance as tickets are limited. These go on sale for the week ahead every Friday.

What is or isn’t open – The garden, parkland, car park and conservatory toilets are open.

Currently the café, shop, play area, conservatory and tower of Stainborough Castle are currently closed.

Address: Park Dr, Barnsley S75


WEST YORKSHIRE – Attractions that are open Summer 2020

Diggerland

When do they open? – They are open again.

Safety Measures – To limit numbers you can only visit if you have prebooked in advance. They are restricting numbers to 500 a day. Indoor areas are closed. On some rides you will be required to wear a face mask. All visitors will undergo a non-invasive temperature check on arrival. All Diggerland parks will be deep cleaned including any touch points and machines. We do suggest customers also bring hand sanitiser as well.

What is or isn’t open – Outdoor rides will be open. Indoor areas will be closed. You can also purchase food and drink on-site.

Address: Willowbridge Ln, Castleford WF10 5NW

More about Diggerland Yorkshire


East Ridlesden Hall National Trust – There is no news as yet of their reopening


Eureka – They will not be reopening until early August


Harewood House

When do they open? – They will be reopening on the 6th July

Safety Measures – Tickets will have to be prebooked online in advance. They are reopening with a limited capacity. There will be additional hand washing facilities. You may be asked to follow arrows, follow a one-way system, or slow your pace.

What is or isn’t open – Over 120 acres of Gardens, Lakeside Walks, new play space, the Harewood Bird Garden and open spaces to enjoy. 

They’ve developed a new temporary play space, including a hay bale maze and lots of activities, where children can play whilst socially distancing, and without having to touch any surfaces.

The house will remain closed. The courtyard will be open for take-away food and drinks.

Address: Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE

More about Harewood House


Keighley & Worth Light Railways – They are making plans to reopen soon


Lotherton Hall

When do they open? – They have already reopened some of their park and facilities.

Safety Measures – Members do not need to pre-book. Admission charges will apply from Monday and to make sure it is as safe as possible for staff and visitors, entry to Lotherton will be limited each day. They encourage you to buy tickets online to avoid disappointment on the day.

What is or isn’t open – Wildlife world and the grounds are open again. The Hall and playgrounds will still be closed (for the time being!) but you’ll be able to enjoy all other areas of the estate. The toilets on site will be open.

Address: Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

More about Lotherton Hall


Nostell Priory & Parkland – National Trust

When do they open? – Their parkland is already open again.

Safety Measures – Car parking numbers are restricted and you have to book a timed slot. The toilet facilities are open with social distancing measures in place.

What is or isn’t open – The hall, gardens, play area and cafe are closed for now. The toilets and grounds are open.

Address: Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wragby, Wakefield WF4 1QE

More about Nostell Priory


For more ideas for things to do this summer during a pandemic please see – 70+ Family Friendly Walks in Yorkshire. Or why not join my Facebook group Best UK Days Out

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