Our week in York

Our week in York

Dear Mummy, we recently visited York and found some great spots to hangout. Here’s a series of lists we complied of things to do, place to eat and must-sees. We hope you like our snapshot!

Bella in York

There are many great things to do in York but some attractions can be a bit ‘grown-up’ for youngsters my age, like the gruesome York Dungeons and the scary ghost walks. So here’s what we found for little people.

Five things to do in York with a toddler in tow.

1) York Minister. A beautiful medieval gothic cathedral. It’s massive and is the largest in Northern Europe! We just peeked inside (saved ourselves the £10 adult entrance fee) and found it more fun and less stuffy outside playing in the park next to it. It’s stunning and we enjoyed the backdrop and spotting the gargoyles.

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

2) York Castle Museum. A living history museum all about York. We enjoyed the Victorian Street, costumes and the military artefacts. It kept me amused and daddy enjoyed the First World War exhibition.

3) Walking around The Shambles and York City Centre, full of quirky streets which look like something out of Hogwarts! There’s a great selection of shops and tea rooms around.

York City Centre

The Shambles in York

The Shambles in York

Walking around York

The Shambles in York

Walking around York

4) National Railway Museum. It was free and I loved looking at all the choo-choo trains.

5) Yorks Chocolate Story. A guided tour to find out all about chocolate!

York Chocolate Story

…and five things to do without toddlers….

1) York Dungeon & Ghost Walks. Anything scary and spooky my mummy loves. As soon as we knew we were going to York my mummy just had to go on a Ghost Walk, having been on one in Winchester and really enjoying it. Daddy wasn’t so sure, but then he is a big scaredy cat!

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2) Jorvik Viking Centre, I was a bit young to fully enjoy this exhibition. But Mummy and Daddy enjoyed walking around and learning about the Vikings.

3) Walk the city walls. It’s a bit steep and hairy with a toddler in tow. Best to enjoy the views without worrying about the little ones getting into mischief.

York City

4) Clifford’s Tower. A fort constructed by William the Conqueror. There are a lot of steps. It can take some time with a toddler. Little legs get tired and it’s hard to lift them to the top. The views are amazing though.

Cliffords Tower

5) York Designer Outlet. Shopping can be quite difficult with a toddler in tow, and even though York Designer Outlet provides cute little tikes cars to travel around it, other shoppers can get in the way at this large centre. Elbows out for the best bargains! Beep Beep!

York Outlet

Five quirky shops we found!

1) Ancestral Name, another great shop to find out the origins of our family name. The shop front looks great and entices us in. We spend ages find out family crest and looking though all the records.

2) Molly Browns, a beautiful boutique shop with another stunning window display! Lovely dresses and accessories to buy. Very glam!

Molly Browns

3) Cuffs & Co, at The Shambles. My daddy was really taken with this shop and spent ages hunting for the right Cufflinks to go with his business suit.

4) Stonegate Teddy Bears, filed with beautiful teddies. It has a quaint tea shop upstairs too. I picked up a super soft Panda to take home with me!

Stonegate teddy bear shop, York

Stonegate teddy bear shop, York

Stonegate teddy bear shop, York

5) The Cat Gallery. A shop devoted to cat lovers, selling arts and crafts and gifts…all cat related! Scary cat ladies only 😉

The Cat Gallery

Five awesome food places we found

1) Bills. For a relaxed family environment. We had speedy service, great food and a lovely time eating here. The decor is great with booths, comfy chairs and chandeliers.

Bills, York

2) The Vanilla Cafe. A small tea shop. We had a quick coffee and slice of cake here, behind the Cathedral. A beautiful setting with the blossom tree outside.

The Vanilla Cafe, York

3) Betty’s. The best afternoon tea shop. EVER. My mummy enjoyed a fabulous raspberry macaroon with fresh cream and berries. She also sipped on rose tea and watched the world go past.

Betty's York

Bettys Shop

Betty Tea Rooms

Betty's York

Betty's York

4) Evil Eye Bar. For amazing cocktails and an interesting decor, it feels really studenty and my folks visited here on their night out.

Evil Eye Cocktail Bar, York

Evil Eye Cocktail Bar, York

5) The Golden Fleece. Yorks oldest and most hunted pub. Well it was featured on ‘Most Haunted’ 😉 my mummy and daddy took in the spooky atmosphere when they visited

The Golden Fleece, York

The Golden Fleece, York

The Golden Fleece, York

Five things to do outside York

1) Room on the Broom Trail at Anglers Country Park (about 40 minutes from where we were based)

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

2) Sea Life Centre in Scarborough. I’m a big fan of aquariums especially on a rainy day. We went and enjoyed the seaside as well.

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Sea Life Centre Scarborough

Scarborough

3) Fountains Abbey, a National trust Estate with old Abbey ruins.

4) Castle Howard. The most impress entrance we’ve seen!

5) Web Adventure Park. A farm, an adventure play area.

We hope you like our round-up of York and surrounding areas!

Love Bella x

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The List

 

Room on the Broom Trail

Room on the Broom Trail

Dear mummy, we’re not usually up this neck of the woods, but while we were visiting friends and family we decided to stop by Anglers Country Park in Wintersett, Wakefield. The country park is 64 hectares in size and dominated by a huge lake, surrounded by grassland and woods. It used to be a open-cast coal mine in 1974! One of the deepest in the country. The lake is entirely man-made! It’s now been filled in with water and is a top nature reserve, attracting migrating birds….and visitors* each year. *inc. the occasional witch and dragon!*

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

The country park is maintained and run by Wakefield Council and is open every day of the year. It’s free too, with no parking charges which is refreshing. The visitors centre is open from 10.30 – 4pm in low season and 11-4pm in high season. There is a kids activity centre which includes information on bird watching and conservation. An adventure playground and great, cheap little cafe. Baby changing and toilets. All facilities and paths are buggy and wheelchair friendly and the route around the lake plays host to walkers, cyclists, joggers and even horse riders! We saw a group of girls on horseback cantering (even though I’m sure they should have been walking or trotting! 😉 ) it was a beautiful sight. Everyone was friendly and we had a good time roaming.

The main reason why we are here is to catch up with old friends who live nearby and see the Room on the Broom Trail which we’ve heard so much about!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

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The trail is not for the faint hearted though…it’s a two-mile walk around a large lake, which on the day we visited, was very cold and windy.

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

We weren’t disappointed with the carvings though as there were at least 5 that we saw, but we were walking aimlessly. The visitors centre had run out of Room on the Broom activity packs (£2) and we didn’t have a map, we just followed the path around the lake.

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We saw all our favourite characters from the Julia Donaldson book ‘Room on the Broom’. We saw the witch on her broom with her hat and cat, the dog, the bird and the frog…and then the most exciting part..we saw the dragon! RARGHHHH!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

A great place to visit for fresh air and exercise – the lake is deceptively big! I was knackered when we reached the cafe afterwards!

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

If you love Room on the Broom – you won’t be disappointed. A great FREE day out.

Love Bella x

Room on the Broom Trail in Wakefield

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