Activity recommendations

Every year we run our ‘August Activity Alphabet’ to inspire our customers with summer holiday activities. However, these activities aren’t just for summer  so we thought you may like to benefit from this inspiration all year round!

Here our our 2021 suggestions….

A –  Aireville park

Aireville park, located in skipton, is a large open space filled with outdoor fun and adventure for all ages. The park boasts

💥Children’s play areas
💥Wheel park for BMX, skateboards and rollerblades
💥Pump track for bicycles
💥Raven Tree Top High Ropes Course
💥Multi Use Games Area, offering football, tennis, netball and basketball
💥Revive café – for hot and cold drinks, ice creams, snacks and meals
💥14-hole Pitch and Putt course

B – Bowland Wild boar park 

Surrounded by fells and woodland and sat on the banks of the river Hodder, Bowland Wild Boar Park is a delightful place to enjoy the countryside and local wildlife, have fun in the fresh air and take time out from the hustle and bustle whilst having lots of different activities for the kids to do.

C – Caves

We’re fortunately located close to two fantastic show caves, steeped in history and geological interest.
Ingleborough Cave, in the nearby Dales village of Clapham is reached via the 1.3mile @Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail. After this scenic, gentle walk you can enjoy breath-taking stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones – just be careful not to get dripped on by The Witches’ Fingers!
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Great Britain. With guided tours available to help you learn more about the shapes and features found in caves as well as stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales from outside the cave, its another interesting and educational way to spend the day.

D – Driving range

The Driving range at Bentham Golf Course is a great place to have a go or hone your skills, depending on where you are in your golfing endeavours. It’s open 7 days a week and token prices start from £3.50 for 50 balls so it’s an affordable activity for all the family! With clubs available to borrow if you don’t have your own and no dress code to stop you from having a go, head up to the golf course (LA2 7AG) and give golf a try.

E – Escape room

Here’s one for a rainy day or possibly an evening trip out…Lancaster Escape will test your mind, body and teamwork skills with 3 unique rooms.

F – Fun Fridays at Dales countryside museum

There aren’t just events on fridays at Dales’s Countryside Museum. In fact there are events all year round (restrictions permitting). ‘The Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years.’ A trip to Hawes will never dissapoint!

G – Greenlands Farm Village

Enjoy meeting all of the animals at the open farm, including calves, pigs, sheep, emu, peacocks, giant bunny Peter, snakes & more. With a farm shop, cafe and play barn this is another fantastic activity for all ages.

H – Holmes Mill Clitheroe

‘Based in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a unique celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment. Featuring a beer hall, hotel, food hall and much more, this former textiles mill is the perfect place to indulge, unwind and explore.’

I – Ingleton Waterfalls

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a great local activity and open all year round. Wind your way along the rivers edge as it takes you past these spectacular waterfalls, including Thornton Force and Beezley Falls. As you make your way along this well defined 4.5 mile walk, take in the oak woodland and unspoilt surroundings.

J – Jumprush

Need a rainy day activity? Jump Rush is jam-packed with attractions for all the family, including a 2m air bag, ninja zone, 100 trampoline beds, reaction wall and dedicated inflatable section Inflatarush!

K –  Hoffman Limestone kiln walk

he Hoffman Kiln is another local treasure, steeped in history. One of 3 remaining kilns in the area, the Hoffman Kiln is the best preserved in England. Located just off the road from Langcliffe to Settle, the site has the remains of 3 lime kilns used to burn locally quarried limestone, producing lime for the local building and agricultre industries. Forming part of the Craven Limeworks Trail, you can enjoy an educational and scenic walk around the remains of all 3 kilns.

L – Lakes Lasertag 

Who’s up for a fun filled, adrenaline pumping adventure in the Lakes? #]’Laser tag is a fun and zero impact action game played outdoors for all ages from 6 upwards making it the perfect day out for kids, parents and grandparents.

M – Maize maze

Lakeland Maze Farm Park is a farm park with lots of fun activities including 2 maize mazes (during the summer hols) and animals to meet on the working farm. Plus there are vintage tractors, a soft play area, trampolines, go karts and much more (some activities may be seasonal so be sure to check on their facebook page or website to find out what is on when).

(Please note: this is a seasonal activity)

N – National Trust

Why not make the most of the  National Trust activities in the Yorkshire Dales. With entertainment and education a plenty at places like Malhalm Tarn or hay meadows to explore in upper wharfedale.

O – Open air pools!

Perfect for hot, summer days….outdoor swimming pools! We are fortunate enough to have Ingleton’s wonderful 20m open-air swimming pool on our doorstep
(Please note: this is a seasonal cctivity)

P – Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit 🐇 would like to welcome you to the home of Beatrix Potter for today’s August activity alphabet suggestion.
The World of Beatrix Potter™ brings Beatrix Potter’s enchanting stories to life and allows you to enjoy these magical recreations in the beautiful Lake District countryside.

Q – Quest

This summer, give geocaching a try! This is a fantastic outdoor activity for all the family and it takes you to some stunning, scenic places too.

Geochaching is a modern day treasure trail! Using technology to explore rolling woodlands and enjoy stunning lakeland views, its got to be worth a try!

R – Ribble valley walks with taste

The nearby Ribble Valley offers many things including some incredible pubs and scenic walks. Ribble Valley ‘Walks with Taste’ comprises a selection of some of the best pub walks in the area. Enthusiastically supported by some of the area’s most popular pubs, country inns and specialist retailers, each individual Walk with Taste is centred on a participating venue where visitors can park, lace up their boots and enjoy a glorious self-guided walk before returning to sample an authentic taste of Lancashire. Routes vary in length from a leisurely three-mile ramble to a more challenging six-mile hike, and free route cards include a map and easy-to-follow directions – no map-reading should be required!

S – Stocks reservoir

Stocks Reservoir is situated in the nearby Forest of Bowland. Created in the 1930’s, the reservoir is popular for fly-fishing and walking.
Taking you through hay meadows and over the River Hodder, the circular walking route around the waters edge is a great way to enjoy the Forest of Bowland.

T – Trig points – send us a photo of you reaching a trig point, could be top of one of the 3 peaks, a wainwright or even bowland knotts

U – Ulswater way https://www.ullswater.org/the-ullswater-way/

V – Viaduct

Where else to take you to other than Ribblehead Viaduct. Ribblehead, with its massive 104 arches, is an iconic feature in our local landscape. This stunning piece of Victorian engineering lies at the foot of Whernside, one of the Yorkshire 3 peaks. You can either enjoy a drive to take in this fantastic sight or lace up your walking boots and walk up Whernside to enjoy the viaduct view from above.

W – Skipton Woods

Let’s go for a little walk around Skipton Castle Woods. Skipton Castle Woods is set in a river valley with both upper and lower paths covering just over two miles.With a few different walking routes, all of which are dog friendly, be sure to pack your binoculars to take in the surrounding nature whilst you’re there. Make a day of it and enjoy a tour of Skipton Castle or head into the Skipton town centre and enjoy a drink or lunch in one of skipton’s many eateries.

X – Xheight indoor climbing @ salt ayre leisure centre

Xheight at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre is the ultimate indoor challenge made up of 18 exhilarating panels in a range of themes, including Fireman’s Rescue, The Race and Galaxia.With activities for adrenaline junkies including gravity, europes first outdoor flight tower, there are ample other activities on offer at the leisure centre too.

Y – Yorkshire made 

From sensational jewllery to locally inspired art at Studio Vault in Settle to Yorkshire chorizo at Town End Farm in Malham. Take a trip to the Courty yard dairy on the A65 near Settle and sample some truly sensational local cheeses. Head to Hawes and visit the Wensleydale Creamery for more cheese or the rope makers, also in Hawes, for a unique gift. There’s so much on offer in our lovely local area, be sure to take something a little special home with you.

Z – Lakeland Zoo 

The little zoo with lots to do! The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis has over 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Located just 5 mins off J35 on the M6, it’s also very easy to get to.

With lush indoor tropical halls, walkthrough enclosures and picturesque outdoor spaces, this zoo is great fun whatever the weather!


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