Kids & Families in Harrogate
|| If you’re
visiting Harrogate with children, or simply looking for
a way to keep them from complaining about being bored,
there’s plenty for youngsters to see and do in Harrogate.
Active children will find that they have plenty of space
to run around and play in the many green areas of Harrogate
Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal Water
Garden [map], Ripon, provide a whole day of fun.
Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal is the National
Trust’s most visited property with more than
300,000 visitors a year and is packed with plenty to see
Children can learn what it was like to be a novice monk
in medieval times at the Abbey, enjoy a winter walk in
search of wildlife or participate in one of the seasonal
trails around the estate.
Here’s something that will certainly appeal to any
gruesome girls or bloodthirsty boys as they explore the Prison and Police Museum [map], St Mary’s
Gate, Ripon. Built as a House of Correction in 1686, this
former Victorian prison has been converted into a museum
and each cell traces the history of crime, punishment
and law enforcement since the 10th century. Children can
really get involved here with worksheets and educational
If you want to keep the children quiet, try taking them
to the beautiful Harrogate Theatre [map], Oxford Street, for an evening of fun. Kids with a head for
heights will love to sit up in the God’s on what
must surely be one of the highest balconies in Britain.
If you’re visiting during Christmas a traditional
panto should fill you with seasonal spirit. The rest
of the year you can catch plenty of family-friendly
shows and those specifically aimed at children.
However if your youngsters want to get involved, Harrogate
Theatre has a very popular youth theatre for people
aged between three and 25. Here they can learn drama,
camera, media and circus skills.
For kids that are always on the go a visit to UK Superbowl on Tower Street, should prevent them from being
bored. It’s 10-pin bowling on a mammoth setting
and there’s also a good fast food bar where tired
mums and dads to relax in whilst keeping an eye on their
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