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I need up-to-date information! Please let me know of any free or good value outings you find...

In the meantime, here's the list so far...

  •     Viv Gibbons: "the Amazing Maize Maze at Cawthorne near Barnsley. Open from 19 July to 2nd September, Family ticket 12 for two adults and three children. This attraction is also next door to Cannon Hall Country Park, 1.50 parking all day where you can enjoy your picnic in the grounds and take the football, frizby, cricket set with you. Great day out for the family. Also the Metrodome leisure complex at Barnsely, particularly the swimming pool which has three large flume slides, a diving area with three boards at different heights, small slides for the little ones, and three different pools, one solely for swimming, another for toddlers and babies and the third is for fun swimming with wave machine and water jets. 13 for a family ticket; 2 adults 2 children. The food in the pool side cafe was also good value, good service. Typical McDonalds type food, which the kids enjoyed but there is a healthy eating option if you want."

  •     Nicola Mitchell: "Eden Camp is a museum for the 2nd World War and was originally a POW camp. Each hut you go into depicts a different stage of the war (e.g. one was the Blitz and it replicates the sounds and smells of this. We paid 12.00 to get in (under 5's go free). There is a restaurant (prisoners canteen) and we had 3 full meals and drinks for 11.00. It's really worth a visit. The brochure says allow 3-4 hours per visit - you'll need it."

  •     Hilary Reynolds; "We have five children (14, 11, 7, 4 and 3 months) and have always found that the following places have been excellent for us in different ways (eg space to run, things to look at, toilets and somewhere to eat the picnic). They are within easy drive/bus of Leeds:

    • Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    • Canal Gardens and Butterfly World
    • Kirkstall Abbey House Museum, which has "real" Victorian streets to walk down and shops to go in
    • Oakwell Hall
    • Harewood House does an excellent value family season ticket, worth it if you go there more than once - and there is heaps to do there from posh house to trip on lake, woodland walks and huge adventure playground."

  •     Petra from Whitby recommends Whitby beach -"the beach accessed from the West Cliff is large and sandy, the loos are awful so it's worth paying 20p (5p for kids) and using the posh ones opposite the cliff lift before you descend. The cliff lift at 50p per person is best saved for the ascent! A trip on the old Whitby lifeboat is good fun and the capn, Barry is very entertaining!

  •     Down the coast is Robin Hoods Bay, great for rock pools. Check tide times though. The beach at Fylingthorpe a mile south of R.H.B. and signposted from the coast road is sandy with rock pools and usually empty!

  •     At Sleights there is a miniature steam railway, good value at 50p each for quite a long ride and next to that is Perries Garden Centre, unusual plants to browse around, a lovely riverside cafe and pitch and putt to keep the kids occupied while you sip your coffee.

  •     The moors are beautiful and walks are free. Guides available in the tourist info centre in Whitby."

  •    Helen-Claire O'Connor has this to add: "I live in West Yorkshire and here we have the National Mining Museum at Wakefield... this is a great day out for old and young alike and caters for disabled people of all ages... you travel 140ft underground so sensible shoes and warm clothing are a must... lots to do including pit ponies and a train and the best bit is that it is free...."

    Sadly, I have to report that the Yorvik Centre in York has come in for a lot of flak; "although the children enjoyed it, it was very crowded, all over inside 40 minutes and cost in excess of 30..." is a typical comment - some were not so kind...

    Check out these sites for more advice :-

    YorkshireNet - useful list of links...

    Peak District National Park (AKA Let's Stay) - helpful...

    Herriot Country - fine if you can get the site to work...

    MaizeMaze.co.uk - the Amazing Maize Maze.

    TheMetrodome.co.uk - the Metrodome leisure complex at Barnsley.

    Eden Camp - the WW2 museum.

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Copyright: Angela Corbet, 2001.